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:
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!
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!
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
[STAY TUNED FOR MY MAKADI SPA HOTEL REVIEW!]