I think it is a good time to talk about Egypt… go or not to go?
Egypt has always been my dream holiday destination and I was planning the trip to visit that extraordinary country for the last few years. When I finally managed to organise the two week holiday consisting of a week-long river Nile cruise and relaxing time in Hurghada…the revolution broke out. At first I was selfishly angry and greatly disappointed, but after spending hours reading and watching live coverage of Tahrir Square, I realised I do have the luxury of choosing other holiday destination, whereas the Egyptians in many cases are doomed to stare at the same freaking Pyramids their entire live as they can hardly afford bread!
In light of the ongoing demonstrations the Foreign & Commonwealth Office continues to advice against ‘all but essential travel’ to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Suez. The Office also announced that the Red Sea resorts, such as Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada, and Marsa Alam ‘remain calm’, at the same time stressing that ‘the situation across Egypt is unpredictable and may change quickly’. Read more. The biggest UK travel agents when asked about their Egypt holidays responded that the Red Sea resorts were ‘operating business as usual’. Despite that they have cancelled most of the Nile cruises and all excursions to Cairo. Contrasting with the FCO’s and UK travel operators’ announcements, the governments of other countries, such as Poland, spoke against their citizens’ travelling to any part of Egypt unless necessary and until the situation calms down. What is more, the Polish travel agents cancelled most of their holidays to Egypt in January and February and offered their clients a possibility of exchanging Egypt for other destinations such as Morocco, Cyprus or the Canary Islands.
All those comments combined with the live BBC News updates leave potential holiday buyers confused. In the end of the day it is up to a person really to decide if she or he would like to spend their holiday in the Red Sea resort when at the doorstep the Egyptians are fighting for the same rights and opportunities we, the Europeans and British, take for granted.
I’m looking forward to your comments on that matter.
*photos by courtesy of my friend Patrycja