Going on a trip to an exotic destination like Egypt excites a lot of tourists, and has for hundreds of years. There are popular attractions to visit such as the Giza Pyramids, St. Simeon’s Monastery in Aswan, or even Mount Sinai. These places are rich in culture and history, which makes the trip very meaningful. But one way to make a trip to Egypt even more meaningful is to try and reduce your carbon footprint while there. Even without a tour operator, you can prepare in advance to ensure an eco-friendly travel experience in Egypt. Here we take a look at three ideas for reducing the ecological stress of taking a trip to Egypt.
One fantastically green and incredibly fun way to reduce your carbon footprint in Egypt is riding camels along the Sinai Peninsula or Western Desert. Relive the experience of a bedouin as you slowly cross the desert for a day trip. But don’t forget to listen to your camel guides on how to properly sit on a camel. The monastery in Aswan is another perfect place for camel riding. It only takes an hour or so to include a sidetrip to the tomb of Aga Khan. One good tip is to haggle for the price of camel trip. Camel hands will always try to overcharge tourists. Also, check beforehand if you need do some long hikes since some places are not accessible to camels. Mount Sinai is one place you can visit using a camel but it requires quite a bit of hiking as well.
Cruising down the Nile on a felucca is another eco-friendly experience you could enjoy in Egypt. The Nile, the longest river in the world, has played a major role in Egypt’s economy. Feluccas have been used by people since biblical times as a means of water transport. A smooth cruise down Alexandria during sunset presents a beautiful scenery that’s unforgettable. The trip is less comfortable than being onboard a gas guzzling cruise ship, but it’s infinitely more eco-friendly and meaningful. The key to a successful trip down the river, though, is to know the captain of the ship prior the trip. Be clear with your terms as to what you expect on the trip.
These sustainable trips will provide you with unforgettable memories and stories to bring home and share with your loved ones. But sometimes being eco-friendly isn’t always the most inexpensive option. So you should consider planning financially beforehand, so you can put that money saved toward especially eco-friendly alternatives. One way to be fiscally prudent is to look into local banking while away. Your finances can be managed well through online banking in Egypt with HSBC. Just carry minimal cash with you every time you withdraw from ATMs conveniently located in tourists spots. Manage your budget by spending only for your needs. Put a lid on your shopping expenses so you won’t have any regrets.
Travelling to Egypt is wonderful experience, especially if your trip is well planned. You can taste exotic flavors, soak in the culture, meet new friends, and enjoy the scenery. Sustainable tours like a Felucca cruise or camel rides gives a different twist, since it helps you connect with nature. And the easiest way to connect with nature, hands down, is to protect it and the beauty it shares with us. A trip to Egypt is one of the best adventures to incorporate a few eco-friendly adventures!
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