Amanda | LVV Travel

Amanda is an Aussie backpacker who loves adventure, waterfalls and everything outdoors. Together with her husband, Daniel, they have been travelling the world for over two years and run LVV Travel. They share travel and backpacking guides and aim to help backpackers travel adventurously and sustainably.


  1. Saif A.K.
    9 Apr 2019 @ 10:36 pm

    I read and know exactly where you’re coming from….

    I live in Egypt, and do not look Egyptian and the rare times (once every ten/eleven years) I will visit the pyramids with friends or relatives and also have to go through that BS of tourism hassles… It is frustrating as I know Arabic but that doesn’t stop the hassle…

    I cannot imagine how you must feel as a woman and all that sexual harassment… Am glad you also had some positive memories and experiences… Definitely enjoyed reading your blog about the travel…

    Peace be upon you, Namaste, and all that jazz…


  2. Jen
    23 Mar 2019 @ 3:24 am

    I went to Egypt in February 2019. I would NOT recommend it to anyone. The monuments are amazing but all of the cheating, lying and money grabbing ruined the who experience. I have always want to go to Egypt and couldn’t wait to get there. With in 24 hrs of being in the country I was looking for a flight out. That is all it took was 24 hrs. I have been in a place where when anxiety and anger ruled every second of the day. I could type a very long post about what it was like there but I will just give you the basics. You are a walking ATM machine. You will pay to get into the museum, you will pay to use the bathroom in the museum. You will pay to use the bathroom anywhere including the airport. All of which are filthy. You are paying the so called bathroom attendants. The “bathroom attendants” hold the toilet paper hostage. They will literally run to the bathroom the beat the person that is heading there, run into every stall and take out all of the toilet paper. I watched this everywhere. If you bring in your own TP the get upset. If you pay them less than 10 pounds the get upset. Someone will say “watch your step” and then say “give me a tip. I just helped you” Money for everything. Pay an entrance fee to see a site and think you are done? Not a chance. There are men everywhere inside the temples that will come up to you and try to tell you something about the temple. Then want money. If you ignore and it is a busy temple they will leave you alone. If it is a quite temple they will follow you until you give them something to go away. And I forgot to mention the men trying to sell you something while you are in the temple. Then the men trying to sell you something when you leave the temple. Oh, and the men who try to sell you something when you arrive at the temple. And they are in you face, will not take no for an answer. You cannot even view the sites once inside without being harassed. I will stop here. This is just the a scratch in the surface of what you can expect.


  3. Madhurima
    1 Dec 2018 @ 7:38 pm

    I am back from Egypt ad have got great memories of the country. Harrasment and haggling exist, just the way you narrated it but they didn’t bother me much. Is it because I am from India and these things happen in my country too? And I do try and understand where that is coming from and choose to accept the bitterness of unjust life? I don’t know but I do know I felt people in Egypt were the most fun and confident lot I came accross in Africa as a continent (after traveling to Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe and Ethiopia).even with the lush and haggling and stalking and lies and rudeness! Loved them 😀 may be because they reminded me of my own lot?


  4. Charlotte Tweed
    24 Nov 2018 @ 9:23 am

    I was in Egypt this summer with my husband. I wonder, did you hire a private guide? I agree there are always people trying to sell you things but our guide informed us right off the bat to not even make eye contact with them. Do not say “no” as this is considered an invitation to conversation. Our guide also warned us not to go on the street alone as the “human mosquitoes” would never leave us alone. I would not say that I was sexually harassed. I wore sleeveless shirts. I have long blonde hair and am fair so I certainly did get a lot of stares. One young guy winked at me on the train platform in Luxor and gave me a nod. I found it kind of funny and so did my husband. The only time I felt really uncomfortable was at the Giza train station. Small children were coming up to me and saying things and I could tell it was not nice. Our driver said we could go someplace else but there was nowhere else on the platform that would have been different. I couldn’t understand what they were saying anyways. I was very grateful for our guides and drivers as they protected us from being ripped off and buying fake souvenirs that are just plastic. For me, the big thing that bothered me about Egypt was all the garbage. There was garbage EVERYWHERE! However, I didn’t notice the camel poo issue at the pyramids. Thanks for your post. It is good to hear the good and the bad. I also wrote a post about our travels to Egypt and how it was a culture shock. I’m glad we went but 10 days was enough.


  5. Lucie
    11 Nov 2018 @ 11:44 pm

    Thank you so much for your honesty. Every travel experience is not positive and I get so tired of everyone acting like it is. We were in Egypt about a month ago. I am a married woman in my fifties and my husband is a very large man so my harrassement was minimal. I also had a guide with me at all times which helped as well. I told anyone who listened to me that tourist are being chased away because of the vendors. I read a lot before we went and was well aware. It is very hard in my culture (southern American) to be rude, but that is what I had to be. I brought an extra suitcase for souvenirs but came home with only a few trinkets because I would not shop. I loved Egypt, but this certainly soiled my experience.


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Nov 2018 @ 9:09 pm

      Hi Lucie, thanks for reading and I’m so grateful that you can appreciate my honesty. It is difficult and I do hope that some things will change so that tourism keeps improving there. Glad you still had a great trip otherwise. Amanda


  6. Carmen
    9 Nov 2018 @ 2:12 pm

    I totally agree. Apparently I’m worth 300 camels. I was with a small tour group (9 in total with a local guide), and it was honestly worse than traveling through Turkey myself, which I thought was as bad as it could get. Yes – I HAVE BOOBS! And yes – I AM BLONDE! Ugh. If I look last the never ending annoyance and harassment, I did enjoy my trip (and I never felt physically unsafe – probably because I’m also 6’ tall), but I won’t be going back! /endrant


  7. Frances
    26 Oct 2018 @ 3:26 pm

    Hello! I visited Egypt last month to meet my boyfriend who is from there but from Alexandria, we visited the pyramids as it was a first for both of us and I too was annoyed with the vendors that I didn’t get to really enjoy visiting the pyramids because they were too busy taking our pictures on the camels haha but I would suggest visiting Alexandria, it is so beautiful and everyone there is so nice!


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      29 Oct 2018 @ 11:20 am

      Hi Frances, that’s for your tip! Will definitely head back Alexandria next time we visit. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time but good to know that you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading. Amanda


  8. James
    4 Sep 2018 @ 2:18 am

    For someone who has been traveling for two years, you do come off as somewhat ignorant. Here’s the thing. Times are hard in egypt. These people you encountered have no other source of livelihood, thus they will continue to bug you just to be able to put food in their mouth for the day. If you only spent some time getting to know these people you’d be ashamed for even thinking of writing this hate filled post. And about your tirade about being respected, just so you know: the way they act is ingrained in their culture. So believe it or not, to them they are not sexually harassing you. I know because i actually befriended locals and confronted them about this. It’s their culture. You are the visitor. You should be the one adapting. You can’t make demands, you can’t impose your beliefs on what’s proper and what’s not. You cannot change their way of thinking even if you spent years trying. If this is how you travel, here’s an unsolicited piece of advice. Stick to those countries with customs and traditions that are similar to yours. Believe me, these things you hated are present in many other countries, you’d only end up hating a lot more.


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      4 Sep 2018 @ 5:15 am

      Hi James. Thanks for your comment. I can see that you are someone who really cares about Egypt and I appreciate and understand that. I hope you’ll allow me the opportunity to respond to each part of your comment because I feel very strongly about everything you’ve said. Warning, it’s long but I hope you’ll read it in its entirety.

      For someone who has been traveling for two years, you do come off as somewhat ignorant. Here’s the thing. Times are hard in egypt. These people you encountered have no other source of livelihood, thus they will continue to bug you just to be able to put food in their mouth for the day. If you only spent some time getting to know these people you’d be ashamed for even thinking of writing this hate filled post.

      Actually, I did get to know locals and what’s ironic about what you say is that they were the ones who warned me in advance and I chose to see those warnings as “oh they’re just exaggerating”. I am not ashamed of sharing my honest experience. I’d be more ashamed of pretending that nothing went wrong and that my time in Egypt was pure bliss. I also don’t think the post is hate filled at all. I actually feel that I approached some pretty serious issues in a bit of a comedic and somewhat light-hearted way. If I took you back to exactly how I felt in my near month there, it was far more stressful, anxious and exhausting than I let on. There’s no hate (besides in the title) but a reflection of how I felt as a traveller there. 

I have reflected that times are tough in Egypt and the bugging I can understand a lot more. This is why I said that I chose NOT to respond rudely and learned that ignoring was okay. The reality is, I can’t give money to every single person. The point of that part of the post was to highlight that this will happen and that not responding is also acceptable.

      However, “times are tough” doesn’t excuse the outright lies though now does it. Hopping into a taxi and agreeing to 15 only then to change it to 50 is not okay anywhere in the world. Telling me that you’re going to take me for a 1 hour trip only to actually go for 15 minutes isn’t doing you any favours. Scams exist all around the world. I think it’s pretty important to let other travellers know what they might face. I’m not sure why that’s a bad thing. Common scams are always highlighted when talking about travel.

      And about your tirade about being respected, just so you know: the way they act is ingrained in their culture. So believe it or not, to them they are not sexually harassing you. I know because i actually befriended locals and confronted them about this. It’s their culture. You are the visitor. You should be the one adapting.

      “Behaviour ingrained in culture” is a pathetic excuse for justifying shit behaviour – usually towards women – that is unwelcomed, unsolicited and unacceptable on an objective level. Regardless of ANY culture, when a person asks you to stop something you are doing towards them, that is a very OBVIOUS sign that they would like you to… well, stop.

      Here’s the thing – you may well believe that an act you commit is not wrong. However, you can see from the other person’s reaction whether it is or not TO THEM. That’s what matters, not whether or not it is TO YOU. Take for example if you went and punched your mother in the face. She immediately screams, starts to cry and perhaps has some bruising afterwards. She is clearly not okay with this. Unless you’re a psychopath who gets off and that kinda thing, you know that it’s wrong. No one has to tell you that.

      So, like I said in my article, the issue I take is that even after asking the men to stop, telling them that I don’t find it okay and that I think it’s disgusting (and let’s be real, you can’t use language barrier as an excuse because these people spoke English well) – they laughed it off. So yeah, whilst this is something “ingrained” in their culture, it doesn’t make it okay and when someone makes it clear that something you are doing is making them uncomfortable, the ONLY appropriate response is to stop. That’s being HUMAN and goes beyond all culture, language and race. Don’t play the culture card as a pathetic excuse to allow that behaviour. There are still people who want to call “honour killings” that – it doesn’t change the fact that it is murder.

      I too have had conversations with locals about this. When I ask them how they would feel if they saw the same behaviour towards their mothers, sisters or wives, guess what they said? Not okay. So yeah, don’t feed be the BS that “to them they are not sexually harassing you”. They might not have a name for it and you can label it or not label it but when it comes down it, it’s obvious that it’s unwelcome and that’s kinda all that really matters.

      And for you as a male having conversations with other men about this, I can only hope that you reiterate that this behaviour is not okay. Unless of course, because you’re in another country it is now acceptable for you to also sexually harass women. Is that what it means to “adapt”?

      You can’t make demands, you can’t impose your beliefs on what’s proper and what’s not. You cannot change their way of thinking even if you spent years trying.

      There’s a difference between imposing beliefs on what’s proper and what’s not – e.g “I should be able to wear shoes in your house” vs speaking up for basic rights. Let me ask you this if you walked past a child having the shit beaten out of them by an adult, would you speak up or do something to stop it? Would it matter to you what country you were in?

      James, if everyone thought that way, there would be no fight for human rights or no one would speak up for injustices around the world. It’s that kind of line of thinking that allows disgusting “cultural” behaviours like “honour killings” to exist and be justified. There are girls and women who get murdered by their families because they have been raped which instead is seen as “fornication”. I’ve spoken to locals on this side of the battle, trust me when I say that to them, to the victims, it’s imperative that these behaviours are continually seen as unacceptable.

      And you’re wrong about not changing ways of thinking. I’m sure you’d agree that in fact, things are changing all throughout the Middle East and around the world, particularly for women and on so many levels. While this is not at all an effort only by the west, it’s the joint effort that has helped change things for so many people. It’s because people speak up collectively and reject behaviours and actions that progress can be made.

      If this is how you travel, here’s an unsolicited piece of advice. Stick to those countries with customs and traditions that are similar to yours. Believe me, these things you hated are present in many other countries, you’d only end up hating a lot more.

      I’ve been to many other countries with customs and traditions outside of mine. My family is Vietnamese – I grew up being told that men and women had different sets of rules and that beating up women was acceptable. Doesn’t mean it is. And using “culture” as an excuse is a bit of a cop-out. I have also travelled to many places where the behaviour very much resembled what I experienced in Egypt. However, when I turned around and said that I wasn’t okay with it, most people apologised. Also, as I pointed out in the article, I don’t have to LOVE every country I visit. That’s not the purpose of travelling. Not every country has to give you some enriching life-changing experience. You’re allowed to travel and to walk away not liking a place. And even then, I STILL recommended travelling to Egypt and still hope that people visit. Even then, I can still see some of the many great qualities and places it has to offer.

      Finally, let me tell you why it’s important for articles like this to exist. I thought long and hard before writing this post. As a pretty positive person in general, I do not enjoy disliking a place. I much prefer writing about how great a place is and focusing on only the great things. But that’s not the reality of travelling, is it? There is also an additional factor, which you may not consider, but the other half of the travel population do – what is like to travel to a place as a woman? I want to highlight true experiences, no matter how ugly they may seem, because not doing so is in fact potentially harmful. If you’ve ever been sexually harassed or assaulted before, you will understand that my honest reflection is helpful. For some people, this type of behaviour could be seriously threatening and triggering and it’s important that they aware of the full extent so they can make an informed decision about travelling to a place. I’m not going to shy away from the truth which is that sexual harassment is extremely commonplace in Egypt and that speaking up for yourself does not help. Being covered up does not help. If it’s something you have never had to consider, please don’t sit there and tell me that it’s not necessary to write.

      This was a very lengthy reply but I felt that you too came off as very ignorant and considered my article to be nothing more than an attack on Egypt. It wasn’t and I think that if after all that I experienced, that I am still recommending travelling to Egypt speaks to that. Hopefully, I’ve shed light on a different way to look at things. And to be frank, you will never understand what it’s like to be or travel as a woman. So, it’s easy for you to sit there and talk about “adapting” as a “visitor”. I was first sexually harassed when I was 12 years old travelling in Vietnam with my mum walking right beside me. I was touched inappropriately and told of vile things that they wanted to do to me. Would you tell that 12-year-old girl that it’s culturally ingrained so let it go? Would you tell her to not “impose her beliefs” of speaking up? Would you tell her that the feeling she has in her stomach, that feeling of disgust, guilt and shame all mixed up together is not valid because she’s just a visitor? I would hope not but from all of your suggestions, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did. I’m glad that at the time my mum was someone courageous who stood up for me when I was too scared and vulnerable to do so on my own. I’m glad that my mum “imposed” her beliefs when she spoke up. When people speak up against injustices, change happens. When you don’t, you simply accept it.


  9. chanaberk
    15 May 2018 @ 7:56 pm

    Great article, I appreciate when travel writers share the bad as well as the good. Keep up the great work and safe travels!


    • nick jesty
      30 Jun 2018 @ 5:04 am

      Excellent assessment of Egyptian harrassment. You seem to be too nice a person to be able enjoy egypt where it is imperative that you take absolutely no notice at all of all the “offers” being made all of the time. If it is likely to get to you then don’t go.

      The country is fantastic , especially the Sinai, but the idea of “making a deal ” is inbred in the egyptian psyche.


      • Amanda | LVV Travel
        1 Jul 2018 @ 4:19 pm

        Hi Nick. If by ‘too nice a person’ you are saying that I am a human being who expects to be treated with some decent dignity and respect, then perhaps I am. I am not sure that there is a person who would take “no notice” of this kind of harassment – even for people accustomed to it, I assure you, it is noticeable. I am also tired of the responsibility falling on the victim of harassment to be expected to ignore it. It’s a dangerous expectation because harassers are never held accountable and with your suggestion, NOTHING will ever change. Many unacceptable behaviours are inbred in psyches all around the world. This doesn’t mean that we should simply accept it and not speak up. Here’s a video I made that you should watch and I hope will shift your mindset, if only a little.

        I can only assume you didn’t read the entire article since I did specifically mention Sinai and that I still recommend travelling to Egypt:

        Every place has redeeming factors, and Egypt certainly has its own. Besides the Ancient Egyptian sites, the Sinai Peninsula is actually pretty rad and I absolutely love Dahab (this little coastal town). All of this being said, I still recommend travelling to Egypt

        Thanks for your comment though. I hope that you can appreciate that not every country has to be “fantastic” for every visitor and that this doesn’t mean people shouldn’t go. Harassment is never acceptable under any circumstance and telling people “don’t go” is the same sentiment as telling women “don’t wear this” or “don’t go here” or “don’t be alone” if you don’t want to get raped. It doesn’t deal with the problem, does it?


  10. Elaine Masters
    13 May 2018 @ 9:21 am

    Wow. I’ve longed to visit forever. Glad I waited until I’m a boomer & somewhat out of the harassment age. Or that may be a naive assumption. Well written. Hope your friend in the hospital got good care.


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      14 May 2018 @ 10:52 pm

      Thanks Elaine. I do hope that you don’t experience what I did. Daniel is all better, thanks!


  11. Viola
    13 May 2018 @ 7:41 am

    Wow very glad to read this honest post. I want to go to Egypt although it’s not high on the list right now. Thanks so much for sharing. Now I know what to expect. Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience 🙁


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      14 May 2018 @ 11:05 pm

      Hope you do go – great sites to visit. However, yes, now that you’re aware, perhaps it won’t be so bad. Amanda


  12. Mirela
    13 May 2018 @ 6:04 am

    Hi, so sorry to read about your experience and thank you for the great tip: earplugs. I am looking forward to see how the new law will function, but is a huge step that the authorities acknowledged the problem. I was planing to see Egypt alone, but day by day my plans go to maybe have a packed vacation, really I don’t want to deal with all this mess and harassment. Such an useful post!


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      14 May 2018 @ 11:22 pm

      Yeah, it will be interesting to see how effective the new law will be. Definitely a great step forward. I think seeing Egypt alone would be fine (definitely in terms of safety) but yes, you’re likely to receive a fair bit of harassment.


  13. Janine
    13 May 2018 @ 2:08 am

    What a great read. I want to head to Egypt and have definitely taken note of your experience. I am sorry to read that you were harassed and irritated. The comments received around the Pyramids is so typical. I felt like your story was mine from Istanbul. I hope that if you do any further travelling that you are not treated in this fashion and that Daniel is okay after being in the hospital.


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      13 May 2018 @ 2:53 am

      Hi Janine. Thank you so much. You should definitely still head to Egypt and I do hope that with the new laws, your experience will be a little different. You’re the first to mention Turkey actually. I haven’t been but will also keep that in mind. Daniel is all better now!


  14. mayuri
    13 May 2018 @ 1:55 am

    I have never been to Egypt. But I want to visit just for the pyramids. Its a good article I will definitely keep these things in mind when I booked my trip to Egypt.


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      13 May 2018 @ 3:12 am

      Thank you. If you go, do please go to Luxor. The temples there are INSANE and personally, I found these to be far more impressive than the pyramids.


  15. Carly |
    13 May 2018 @ 1:05 am

    Yuck – when I went to Egypt I was constantly harassed, usually by the men working at the hotel where I was staying. Management refused to even acknowledge my complaints until I said, “I’m sorry, is management the wrong place to report harassment by hotel staff? Should I speaking directly with the Ministry of Tourism?” I’m sorry to hear that you had a similar negative experience!


  16. Christie
    12 May 2018 @ 11:51 pm

    I’m sorry you had such a bad experience! I’ve heard very mixed things about Egypt. Like you said, the ancient and natural landmarks look beautiful, but the harassment seems so over the top. It sounds much worse than any of the experiences I’ve had in other places known for vendors who won’t leave you alone. Hopefully the new law will make a difference, because I would like to visit Egypt someday but am not keen on the scams and harassment there. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, and I hope you have a better experience on your next trip 🙂


  17. Rowena
    12 May 2018 @ 11:14 pm

    The harassment part is why I hated Kathmandu. I was literally stalked and followed multiple times. It’s sad that in some cultures the women have to deal with this all the time. Glad you were safe!


  18. Mexico Cassie
    12 May 2018 @ 10:29 pm

    Gosh. I haven’t been to Egypt since 2001 and it was pretty bad at times then but it sounds as if it’s much, much worse now. I suppose the revolution hasn’t helped at all. I’m sorry…I don’t disagree with a lot of what you’ve said… I remember being there with my friends and us walking in a line through the market so if the person at the front got touched, the last person could issue a quick elbow to the man as we walked through. It wasn’t ok then and it isn’t ok now. I did also find some incredibly kind people there who just wanted to help or get to know us. I think people who work in tourism can be incredibly pushy and often ruin an experience for visitors.


  19. linziclark2013
    12 May 2018 @ 10:26 pm

    I worked in Egypt on one of the Nile cruise boats where I had similar harrassment experiences to you and non-stop pressure to promote the gold shop to guests which I refused to do – making me very unpopular! it is a real shame that the culture is so difficult as it is an amazing country with breath-taking sights.


  20. Hannah
    12 May 2018 @ 10:16 pm

    WOW. I had the total opposite experience and actually loved Egypt when I thoguht I might feel like you do. I went with my brother in November, and we totally look alike so it was pretty obvious I was ‘available’ but I only had two incidents (and both were very much light-hearted jokes) about ‘how many camels’. I was actually shocked at how well I was treated as a woman and never felt objectified. I didn’t wear tight, revealing clothing but I didn’t dress local either.
    Cairo was shit for sure, so much harassment from everyone wanting us to buy. But I did barter for taxis and such ahead of time, or made sure they turned on the meter so wasn’t ripped off (at least not completely- I was happy with what I paid). But after Cairo everything was pretty easy. We did hire a professional guide for the main attractions because I’m a nerd like that and wanted the stories so I’m sure that made a difference. But we walked around and explore a lot on our own and most people just said ok when I told them no thank you.
    Just goes to prove gow everyone has very different expriences. I’m sorry yours was bad though because I loved my time there.


  21. Kimmie Conner
    12 May 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    Ahhh I am annoyed just thinking about it! I hate when people just don’t give up. I would still like to visit egypt but I enjoyed reading your perspective!


  22. Amanda
    12 May 2018 @ 9:36 pm

    And I’ll comment with an experience from the other side! I went to Egypt last year in November/December, and actually experienced far LESS harassment than I had prepared myself for. I think, though, that the fact that I was on a guided tour with a local guide helped a lot; many of the vendors would approach HIM, and then he would present us with stuff people were selling. I was approached more often by local school kids wanting to take selfies with me than aggressive vendors.

    The sexual harassment/comments are indeed indefensible, though, and I’m sorry you experienced that. I agree that the “but it’s their culture!” argument is crap; it’s not acceptable.

    But the vendors that bug you… I didn’t think they were that bad, but when I would really start to get annoyed, I reminded myself how much tourism has suffered in Egypt in the past few years. Many of these people are literally desperate. Our guide (who has been guiding in Egypt for 15+ years and would be considered quite well-off by Egyptian standards) told us about having to sell his car and a bunch of other things in the years after Egypt’s revolution just to be able to feed his family. I can only imagine how some of the less-well-off vendors fared!

    Just wanted to share my experience, since I think right now is actually a great time to visit Egypt for those who have always wanted to go.


    • chanaberk
      15 May 2018 @ 7:58 pm

      I was thinking of your article on Egypt as I read this one! Was very interesting to see two sides of the same coin.


  23. thegeniepants
    12 May 2018 @ 9:31 pm

    “Even when I post about the harassment on Instagram, there are women telling me that they’ve gotten used to it. We shouldn’t have to be used to it. Ever. My body was not created for your perverted eyes.” I have this thought all the time. There is a difference between respecting a more conservative culture and allowing harassment to become a normalised part of your experience. Never stop fighting against it because it’s never an okay thing, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world!


  24. countdowntofridayblog
    12 May 2018 @ 9:23 pm

    Sorry to hear about the harassment you experienced in Egypt. You’re right that it’s something no one should have to go through, no matter what place they’re visiting. I would rather pay more to visit a place and have a less ‘touristy’ experience with cheap souvenirs, being ripped off on tours, and people in my face all the time. And it’s in a country’s best interest to keep their tourist sites authentic!


  25. Kay
    12 May 2018 @ 9:23 pm

    It’s totally okay to not like a particular place, especially if you had a bad experience! Thanks for your tips!


  26. Suzie
    12 May 2018 @ 8:41 pm

    It happens in too many places around the world unfortunately. As a tourist I hate being treated like a commodity rather than a person! So good about the new law though, hopefully that sorts them out a bit 🙂


  27. Rachel Heller
    11 May 2018 @ 1:30 pm

    Sounds very familiar. I found a strongly-said “No!” without a softening “thank you” worked pretty well. I’ve also found, as I got older, that the harassment is distinctly less. You become practically invisible once you hit your 50’s.


  28. Charlotte
    10 May 2018 @ 7:25 pm

    I’ve been wanting to visit Egypt for years and this is the exact reason I still haven’t booked the trip. My skin is very pale and my hair is very long and blonde so I just know I will get harrased a lot! And just like you mention above, I can’t stand it when people say it’s just their culture. No, what a load of crap!

    But then again should I let stupid people stop me from visiting a place I really want to see? I don’t know haha 🙂


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 May 2018 @ 8:26 pm

      I don’t think you should let it stop you. I don’t regret going at all and like I said, there’s nowhere else you’re gonna see what you can see in Egypt. I also don’t imagine that things will change anytime soon. Let me know what you do inevitably decide!


  29. Leo & Carla
    9 May 2018 @ 11:35 am

    Oh no! Thanks for the story, great read. Cant wait to see more photos though. 👍


  30. Megan
    9 May 2018 @ 9:46 am

    That sounds awful! Hopefully you’re enjoying the next place a lot more x


  31. Donna
    9 May 2018 @ 8:46 am

    100% my experience when we went there as a family when I was 15, all these feelings were present! The “overwhelming” pyramids unfortunately did not make up for the highly tainted experience. Now when people tell me they are visiting Egypt I can’t help but feel sorry for them! Onwards and upwards gurl! xx


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      9 May 2018 @ 10:36 pm

      Ugh, I can’t even imagine having to go through this as a teenager!! Grosse. From some of the feedback, it sounds like it’s a love it or hate it kinda place as some people have been really surprised by my experience. Thanks Donna! x


  32. Robert
    9 May 2018 @ 7:27 am

    Good story sis! Very interesting read.


    • Ai-Mei
      9 May 2018 @ 8:20 am

      Loved this too! I have been thinking about visiting to see the pyramids and artefacts. Can’t wait to read the guides that you are going to share 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻


    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      9 May 2018 @ 10:52 pm

      Thanks Rob!


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