I have always been fascinated by New Orleans and had to travel there for Halloween, to experience the wonderful revelry and explore the dark crevices of the French Quarter and beyond. The people, food, art and stories were inspiring as there is so much soul and energy out there–definitely going back!
For international travel, I always research political and social climates to find out appropriateness of actions, interactions, etc. As a solo female traveler, I chose to meet up with a tour group (for safety), wore appropriate conservative attire (to show respect for the culture and to stay lowkey) and found out about social mores. There are soldiers and tanks at checkpoints mostly on the outskirts of Cairo, but I had no safety fears while traveling in a group. Like all cities, there are underbellies, and spots that aren’t so great, but with a little common sense, no troubles at all. Now is a great time to travel to Egypt, since you don’t have to push through crowds congregating at the sites, and with a country so dependent upon tourism, the prices are really great. Just watch out for the aggressive vendors–you’ll learn to hone your bargaining skills like a pro!
My interest in traveling to Egypt was to learn more about the present culture, and the mysteries / history of Ancient Egypt, with the great monuments and exquisite artwork. I definitely am inspired to create new art… just have to dig in and start creating! 🙂
While I was traveling on my own–away from the group–I was delighted to meet dozens of curious lil Egyptians and fell in love with their smiles and energy. There were very inquisitive–asking my name, where I was from, how I liked Egypt, etc. Another reason why I enjoy travel–to meet new people and get inspired! Here are a few pics of them while in Cairo 🙂