I honestly have a lot of friends who often told me to visit Egypt one day. But unfortunately, all of them never do. For some reason, they find it discouraging after a couple of discussions of dos and don’ts. I get that the common reason why they always end up not pushing through their planned visits is that they think that Egypt is a strict country. Well, that is quite true. There are specific rules and regulations that Egyptians have that can pretty much cause a cultural shock. With that, I will help you understand the things you should do to avoid a lot of emotional and mental strain when visiting the country.
Be Aware Of Where You Should And Want To Stay
Like any other country, Egypt has parts of it that can be quite overwhelming. While some of its places are endearing and suitable for traveling, some areas are far less likely foreign-friendly. Thus, when traveling, you should be aware of the exact locations you want to visit and research the place you want to spend the rest of your vacation. That way, you would not end up regretting everything about the whole travel experience. Be mindful that depending on where you choose to stay, there are different accommodations, aesthetics, and people.
Consider Your Budget And Lower Your Expectations
Staying a night in a very nice place in Egypt is pretty much expensive. When I say costly, the cost of things starts at an above-average rate already. The whole renting an apartment thing is just another part of the story because usually, the nicest apartments you can get are settled in a well-off location. For instance, you are confident that you can afford the rent for a house or most known as a villa; you need to secure a large sum of money. Thus, you need to be aware of your finances. Because if you don’t, you might get caught up with a lot of anxiety and stress all along your travel journey.
The Language Barrier Is Way Too Complicated
Visiting a foreign country can be adventurous and exciting. You get to see different historical places and learn from the country’s cultural background. However, this enjoyable stuff in your head can be entirely bad when you don’t consider the language barrier. At times, you might see people talking in their language while looking at you. You might think that they are trying to talk something bad about you. Please, do not jump to that conclusion about what you think the people are saying. If you don’t understand it, ask them. Never assume things because you will only spend a lot of time upsetting yourself. And when you feel upset, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the rest of the beautiful things that require your focus.
Discipline Is Not Your Strongest Quality
A lot of people are afraid to visit Egypt because of the strict rules they often have. Often, people get overwhelmed about everything they see in the country that they never find time to examine the right and wrong way of dealing with things. Yes, you are a traveler, and you know nothing about the place, its culture, and its people. Unfortunately, it cannot be an excuse for intentional or unintentional misbehaviors. The fact that you try and visit the country is your responsibility to know the dos and don’ts they have. You need to spend time and effort to understand everything about the country to commit mistakes or offend people.
Prepare Yourself For Cultural Differences
It can be quite challenging to visit an unfamiliar place that is way too different from what you are used to spending time every day. You may not understand things from the Egyptians way of talking, gestures, mannerisms, and so on. That is because these norms are not something you can change instantly. Yes, you can argue that you don’t have to change to fit in with their cultural demands. But the fact that you are foreign to the Egyptian land, you need to abide by their rules and traditions whether you like it or not. Thus, it would be better if you learned to be patient. Remember that you are a visitor to their country. Thus, they do not have to adjust to you.
Traveling is one of the best remedies for mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression. However, if you got too cocky and did not consider things about your whole expedition, traveling can cause physical, mental, and emotional issues a lot worse. That instead of helping you get over whatever it is that you are psychologically and emotionally carrying, it can, unfortunately, intensify all the negative emotions. Thus, be mindful of the things you should do before traveling to Egypt.