Why Egypt HAS To Go On Your Bucket List

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When you think of Egypt, it’s likely Cairo and the pyramids are the first thing to pop into your head – and you wouldn’t be alone in that vision. Before I touched down in Hurghada on the Red Sea coast (just a five-and-a-half hour flight away from London and an hour ahead of us – so no jet lag!), my knowledge of the country was pretty limited to what I’d learnt in school: mummies, the River Nile and hieroglyphics. My daydream of visiting this beautiful and history-rich country never contained the stunning beaches (reminiscent of Thailand) like the secluded Orange Bay, the postcard perfect Red Sea where you can spot dolphins and snorkel face-to-face with tropical fish, or the Red Sea Holidays’ luxurious Makadi Spa hotel, where we stayed for five dreamy days.

Egypt utterly surpassed my expectations in so many ways and I really can’t stress enough how much you should add it to your travel list – and think outside the box by considering checking out Hurghada and Luxor (a 4 hour drive in-land away), alongside the bustling city of Cairo (which is a 5 hour drive away or an hour by flight).

Here are some postcards of what went down during this unforgettable trip to an unexpected slice of paradise:

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Red Sea offer excursions for just £44

Despite not really being able to swim, the azure waters of the Red Sea tempted me in to try snorkelling for the first time ever (sidenote: this was also the first time I went in deep, open water since I was a kid). Got a water phobia too? No need – the sea is so salty you’ll stay afloat, and trust me the gorgeous coral reefs are well worth it. They’re the most amazing purple colours. We even spotted dolphins frolicking on our way out to sea too!

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I honestly never knew Egypt could be so beautiful – Orange Bay is a tiny slice of heaven on earth, reminiscent of Thailand and so peaceful. There’s a bar and restaurant on the island run by locals and you can kick back on a beanbag with a mojito (or beer) in hand and be soothed by the waters. D-i-v-i-n-e!

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Growing up, I absolutely had my heart set on becoming an archaeologist and have been fascinated by ancient Egyptian civilisation for as long as I can remember. Exploring Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple (along with the Valley of the Kings – which I WISH I could show you guys, but you’re forbidden from taking snaps there) was a dream come true, the carvings in the stones are still so detailed. Luxor Temple only costs £5.50 to enter (which translates to 50 Egyptian Pounds) and is open until 10pm at night – considering how special it was to discover during the day, I can only imagine how cool it’d be to wander around there after dark pretending you’re a bad ass Indiana Jones female equivalent!

Stay tuned… I can’t wait to show you all the rest of this incredible trip and the beautiful Makadi Spa Hotel where we stayed xo


YOU CAN BOOK YOUR TRIP TO EGYPT VIA RED SEA HOLIDAYS HERE

[STAY TUNED FOR MY MAKADI SPA HOTEL REVIEW!]

10 Comments

  1. Laura 18th October 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Beautiful pictures – take me there now! I don’t want to be stuck in an office, help! 😀

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Hayley 20th October 2016 / 3:12 pm

      Thank you lovely – it was so beautiful! x

  2. Blush & Pearls 18th October 2016 / 7:48 pm

    I’ve loved Egypt since I was a kid and have always wanted to go there. Maybe one day when things get a little safer in that area I’ll take my husband and daughter.

    Angela / Blush & Pearls

    • Hayley 20th October 2016 / 3:12 pm

      Same Angela – it’s always been somewhere that I’ve loved and wanted to go! I found it really safe whilst there and would definitely go back! x

  3. Stephanie 18th October 2016 / 11:39 pm

    I want to go there sooo badly. I have since I was little. I want to go into the cairo museum and just be lost for hours in the history.

    • Hayley 20th October 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Definitely go if you get the chance – it’s s beautiful! x

    • Hayley 20th October 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Definitely go if you get the chance – it’s s beautiful! x

  4. Nette 19th October 2016 / 5:10 pm

    I have been in Cairo many times on work related trips, and once took the time to visit Luxor. I think I had 24 hours in the city and the trip was an amazing experience.

    Even though I am very impressed with the pyramids in Cairo (which I have seen both in daylight and at nighttime), Luxor will forever be one of my favorite sightseeing destinations.

    I envy you the snorkeling experience – if I ever go back, that will be high on my to do list.

    • Hayley 20th October 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Definitely put it on your to-do list lovely – you’ll love it! x

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