Millennials, go to Egypt NOW! (and 10 reasons why)

Published April 8th, 2016 - 09:58 GMT

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Tech-savvy, communicative Millennials tend to source news from many outlets, which boosts the likelihood that our views are broader and our minds more open especially when it comes to interpreting world events. Broad stereotypes that, if true, position us as modern-day Marco Polos, fearless about travel and new experiences.

But pair these generational characteristics with a limited income, and what’s a 20-something to do? Al Bawaba's got a simple solution! Visit Egypt, where low prices let you live like...a Baby Boomer. Check our facts, do your own due diligence, but travel now, before costs and summer temperatures rise. 

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Temperatures are still…temperate. Travel is more enjoyable in April and May since you won't be crushed by extreme heat and humidity. Sunny Cairo weather will stay reliably south of 40 degrees Celsius for the next month, with wonderfully dry air.
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11Temperatures are still…temperate. Travel is more enjoyable in April and May since you won't be crushed by extreme heat and humidity. Sunny Cairo weather will stay reliably south of 40 degrees Celsius for the next month, with wonderfully dry air.

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Enjoy tremendous buying power. Egypt's economy is still reeling from the 2011 revolution which resulted in a retreat of foreign investments and tourism. The pound was devalued several times from 2011-2013 from 5.5 EGP to 7 EGP per US dollar. Despite billions in Gulf aid, the pound is now worth about 10% of the US dollar.
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11Enjoy tremendous buying power. Egypt's economy is still reeling from the 2011 revolution which resulted in a retreat of foreign investments and tourism. The pound was devalued several times from 2011-2013 from 5.5 EGP to 7 EGP per US dollar. Despite billions in Gulf aid, the pound is now worth about 10% of the US dollar.

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There are no crowds! Worried parents may have convinced your peers to get their ‘international’ adventures from the UAE or Caribbean (or Epcot Center!). But it ‘takes balls’ to have a ball; go now and find the best touristic sites nearly empty. Then remind your folks that most sites are managed by Egypt's military.
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11There are no crowds! Worried parents may have convinced your peers to get their ‘international’ adventures from the UAE or Caribbean (or Epcot Center!). But it ‘takes balls’ to have a ball; go now and find the best touristic sites nearly empty. Then remind your folks that most sites are managed by Egypt's military.

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Egypt’s 'post-revolution sale' is still going strong. Enjoy rock-bottom prices on food, tickets and trinkets. It’s sad to see dozens of idle feluccas moored along the Nile, more so when you consider the struggles of the families each boat had supported. So spend, knowing the price of your fun is a making positive impact on real people.
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11Egypt’s 'post-revolution sale' is still going strong. Enjoy rock-bottom prices on food, tickets and trinkets. It’s sad to see dozens of idle feluccas moored along the Nile, more so when you consider the struggles of the families each boat had supported. So spend, knowing the price of your fun is a making positive impact on real people.

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You can now afford to travel in your Dad's style! Top travel firms are hungry for business, so suck it up and hire a guide. His driver will fetch you at the airport and run to any sights you want, give you a proper history pitch, arrange tickets, handle hucksters, and help negotiate purchases. You'll squeeze far more into your trip with a guide.
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11You can now afford to travel in your Dad's style! Top travel firms are hungry for business, so suck it up and hire a guide. His driver will fetch you at the airport and run to any sights you want, give you a proper history pitch, arrange tickets, handle hucksters, and help negotiate purchases. You'll squeeze far more into your trip with a guide.

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TripAdvisor will lead you to the best tour guides who will customize itineraries to fit your wants. Swap a tour of antiquities for a Cairo club crawl. Make a pilgrimage to the best street food vendors, or go on a photo-safari of Garbage City (image). Just ask!  Plus your guide has superpowers to deftly navigate legendary Cairene traffic!
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Image 6 of 11:  6 / 11TripAdvisor will lead you to the best tour guides who will customize itineraries to fit your wants. Swap a tour of antiquities for a Cairo club crawl. Make a pilgrimage to the best street food vendors, or go on a photo-safari of Garbage City (image). Just ask! Plus your guide has superpowers to deftly navigate legendary Cairene traffic!

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Accommodation’s rarely been cheaper. Whether you book your own (Air BNB, TripAdvisor) or use an agency, you’ll find slashed rates and enjoy hotel upgrades. Don’t see these perks advertised? Since when have you been shy?  Politely ask, or channel your mom and request other bennies like included breakfasts or discounted/free spa services.
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Image 7 of 11:  7 / 11Accommodation’s rarely been cheaper. Whether you book your own (Air BNB, TripAdvisor) or use an agency, you’ll find slashed rates and enjoy hotel upgrades. Don’t see these perks advertised? Since when have you been shy? Politely ask, or channel your mom and request other bennies like included breakfasts or discounted/free spa services.

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There are fewer lines at the main attractions than there are on Haifa Wehbe’s (botoxed) face. Zip into the Egyptian Museum with barely a 10-minute queue. Spend hours eyeballing Tut’s awesome walking sticks (the Boy King rocked his club foot in style), no one will rush you. The Great Pyramids are also crowdless. It's eerie, but also wonderful.
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Image 8 of 11:  8 / 11There are fewer lines at the main attractions than there are on Haifa Wehbe’s (botoxed) face. Zip into the Egyptian Museum with barely a 10-minute queue. Spend hours eyeballing Tut’s awesome walking sticks (the Boy King rocked his club foot in style), no one will rush you. The Great Pyramids are also crowdless. It's eerie, but also wonderful.

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Anytime, night or day, you can easily find a seat at Cairo's most famous cafe, el Fishawy. Amazing! This place claims to never have closed since it first opened in 1773!  A fabulous atmosphere to have a glass of mint tea, or smoke sheesha. Sit indoors or out in the alleyway, a mix of men and women, locals and tourists. Cheap as chips, too.
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11Anytime, night or day, you can easily find a seat at Cairo's most famous cafe, el Fishawy. Amazing! This place claims to never have closed since it first opened in 1773! A fabulous atmosphere to have a glass of mint tea, or smoke sheesha. Sit indoors or out in the alleyway, a mix of men and women, locals and tourists. Cheap as chips, too.

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Visit a place where locals actually like tourists. Unlike other industries, Egypt’s government didn't give the tourism sector an assist after the 2011 revolution, so your travel expenses are crucially needed, and appreciated. This also means street vendor hustling can be aggressive, which is why it pays (literally) to go for a guide.
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Image 10 of 11:  10 / 11Visit a place where locals actually like tourists. Unlike other industries, Egypt’s government didn't give the tourism sector an assist after the 2011 revolution, so your travel expenses are crucially needed, and appreciated. This also means street vendor hustling can be aggressive, which is why it pays (literally) to go for a guide.

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You may get a bonus trip to Cyprus! Just don't be a knucklehead like Brit Ben Innes...and save the selfies for the Sphinx.
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11You may get a bonus trip to Cyprus! Just don't be a knucklehead like Brit Ben Innes...and save the selfies for the Sphinx.

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Temperatures are still…temperate. Travel is more enjoyable in April and May since you won't be crushed by extreme heat and humidity. Sunny Cairo weather will stay reliably south of 40 degrees Celsius for the next month, with wonderfully dry air.

Image 1 of 11Temperatures are still…temperate. Travel is more enjoyable in April and May since you won't be crushed by extreme heat and humidity. Sunny Cairo weather will stay reliably south of 40 degrees Celsius for the next month, with wonderfully dry air.

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Enjoy tremendous buying power. Egypt's economy is still reeling from the 2011 revolution which resulted in a retreat of foreign investments and tourism. The pound was devalued several times from 2011-2013 from 5.5 EGP to 7 EGP per US dollar. Despite billions in Gulf aid, the pound is now worth about 10% of the US dollar.

Image 2 of 11Enjoy tremendous buying power. Egypt's economy is still reeling from the 2011 revolution which resulted in a retreat of foreign investments and tourism. The pound was devalued several times from 2011-2013 from 5.5 EGP to 7 EGP per US dollar. Despite billions in Gulf aid, the pound is now worth about 10% of the US dollar.

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There are no crowds! Worried parents may have convinced your peers to get their ‘international’ adventures from the UAE or Caribbean (or Epcot Center!). But it ‘takes balls’ to have a ball; go now and find the best touristic sites nearly empty. Then remind your folks that most sites are managed by Egypt's military.

Image 3 of 11There are no crowds! Worried parents may have convinced your peers to get their ‘international’ adventures from the UAE or Caribbean (or Epcot Center!). But it ‘takes balls’ to have a ball; go now and find the best touristic sites nearly empty. Then remind your folks that most sites are managed by Egypt's military.

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Egypt’s 'post-revolution sale' is still going strong. Enjoy rock-bottom prices on food, tickets and trinkets. It’s sad to see dozens of idle feluccas moored along the Nile, more so when you consider the struggles of the families each boat had supported. So spend, knowing the price of your fun is a making positive impact on real people.

Image 4 of 11Egypt’s 'post-revolution sale' is still going strong. Enjoy rock-bottom prices on food, tickets and trinkets. It’s sad to see dozens of idle feluccas moored along the Nile, more so when you consider the struggles of the families each boat had supported. So spend, knowing the price of your fun is a making positive impact on real people.

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You can now afford to travel in your Dad's style! Top travel firms are hungry for business, so suck it up and hire a guide. His driver will fetch you at the airport and run to any sights you want, give you a proper history pitch, arrange tickets, handle hucksters, and help negotiate purchases. You'll squeeze far more into your trip with a guide.

Image 5 of 11You can now afford to travel in your Dad's style! Top travel firms are hungry for business, so suck it up and hire a guide. His driver will fetch you at the airport and run to any sights you want, give you a proper history pitch, arrange tickets, handle hucksters, and help negotiate purchases. You'll squeeze far more into your trip with a guide.

6

TripAdvisor will lead you to the best tour guides who will customize itineraries to fit your wants. Swap a tour of antiquities for a Cairo club crawl. Make a pilgrimage to the best street food vendors, or go on a photo-safari of Garbage City (image). Just ask!  Plus your guide has superpowers to deftly navigate legendary Cairene traffic!

Image 6 of 11TripAdvisor will lead you to the best tour guides who will customize itineraries to fit your wants. Swap a tour of antiquities for a Cairo club crawl. Make a pilgrimage to the best street food vendors, or go on a photo-safari of Garbage City (image). Just ask! Plus your guide has superpowers to deftly navigate legendary Cairene traffic!

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Accommodation’s rarely been cheaper. Whether you book your own (Air BNB, TripAdvisor) or use an agency, you’ll find slashed rates and enjoy hotel upgrades. Don’t see these perks advertised? Since when have you been shy?  Politely ask, or channel your mom and request other bennies like included breakfasts or discounted/free spa services.

Image 7 of 11Accommodation’s rarely been cheaper. Whether you book your own (Air BNB, TripAdvisor) or use an agency, you’ll find slashed rates and enjoy hotel upgrades. Don’t see these perks advertised? Since when have you been shy? Politely ask, or channel your mom and request other bennies like included breakfasts or discounted/free spa services.

8

There are fewer lines at the main attractions than there are on Haifa Wehbe’s (botoxed) face. Zip into the Egyptian Museum with barely a 10-minute queue. Spend hours eyeballing Tut’s awesome walking sticks (the Boy King rocked his club foot in style), no one will rush you. The Great Pyramids are also crowdless. It's eerie, but also wonderful.

Image 8 of 11There are fewer lines at the main attractions than there are on Haifa Wehbe’s (botoxed) face. Zip into the Egyptian Museum with barely a 10-minute queue. Spend hours eyeballing Tut’s awesome walking sticks (the Boy King rocked his club foot in style), no one will rush you. The Great Pyramids are also crowdless. It's eerie, but also wonderful.

9

Anytime, night or day, you can easily find a seat at Cairo's most famous cafe, el Fishawy. Amazing! This place claims to never have closed since it first opened in 1773!  A fabulous atmosphere to have a glass of mint tea, or smoke sheesha. Sit indoors or out in the alleyway, a mix of men and women, locals and tourists. Cheap as chips, too.

Image 9 of 11Anytime, night or day, you can easily find a seat at Cairo's most famous cafe, el Fishawy. Amazing! This place claims to never have closed since it first opened in 1773! A fabulous atmosphere to have a glass of mint tea, or smoke sheesha. Sit indoors or out in the alleyway, a mix of men and women, locals and tourists. Cheap as chips, too.

10

Visit a place where locals actually like tourists. Unlike other industries, Egypt’s government didn't give the tourism sector an assist after the 2011 revolution, so your travel expenses are crucially needed, and appreciated. This also means street vendor hustling can be aggressive, which is why it pays (literally) to go for a guide.

Image 10 of 11Visit a place where locals actually like tourists. Unlike other industries, Egypt’s government didn't give the tourism sector an assist after the 2011 revolution, so your travel expenses are crucially needed, and appreciated. This also means street vendor hustling can be aggressive, which is why it pays (literally) to go for a guide.

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You may get a bonus trip to Cyprus! Just don't be a knucklehead like Brit Ben Innes...and save the selfies for the Sphinx.

Image 11 of 11You may get a bonus trip to Cyprus! Just don't be a knucklehead like Brit Ben Innes...and save the selfies for the Sphinx.

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