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Top 5 Travel Tips for Egypt

Monday, July 12th, 2010
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You can never be too prepared when you travel to a destination very different from your own! So, we listed a few points that we think are essential for every traveler that visits Egypt.

Money Small notes (1, 5, 10) are like gold in Egypt! You pretty much tip everyone who looks at you so you will need a good supply of small notes handy. Make sure that you receive the correct notes when you get change back after buying something. Don't mistake the 50 piastre note (50 Egyptian cents) for the 50 Pound note if a sly trader hands it to you 'by mistake'.

Water Avoid tap water (except in bigger, better hotels) and only drink bottled water. Clean your teeth with bottled or boiled water and avoid unpeeled fruits and vegetables (unless you wash it first). The real tip though for water is to remember to take it with you everywhere.

Dress Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, however they are pretty relaxed and accepting of other cultures and religions. I would not recommend hitting the town in hot pants and a boob tube... longer length shorts and shirts are fine.

Shopping There are plenty of plastic Tutankhamun’s and stuffed camels to buy in Egypt but there is also some good quality items. The ones to look out for are Papyrus, Alabaster/granite, gold and Egyptian cotton. Bartering is expected.

Photos No matter where you are, or who they are, do not give your camera to someone else to take a photo for you - it could cost you to get it back. Do not take pictures of military/police/official posts - ever! And do not take a picture of a local person without their permission. You do not need to take any more precautions in Egypt than you would traveling to most Western countries. It’s a different culture, no question there, but that doesn’t make it wrong - just different. Open your eyes and open your mind and Egypt will find a place in your heart.

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Africa Overland Travel Tips

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
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Wondering what to pack? What do I bring? How much money do I need? What is the deal with visa's?

To make sure you get the best out of your holiday then a few Africa travel tips will be helpful. If there is one bit of advice I can share that nobody tells you when you go overlanding... bring your own pillow. It's the best investment I ever made when I went on my tour. You will thank me for this when you get back I promise!!

Check out great Africa Overland Travel Tips right here, see other travellers questions... or contact Mixo at OverlandingAfrica.com

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The 10 Do’s and 5 Dont’s of Namibia Budget Travel

Monday, December 14th, 2009
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A short list of Namibia travel Do's and Don'ts from the expert Crew on the ground.

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DO:

-  Buy your crystals and semi precious stones; they are cheap and ALL over the place!

-  Take a warm jacket

- it may be a desert but it does get chilly at night

-  Visit during October for a real German October Fest!

-  Search for wild horses, they are rare but there

-  Visit an old diamond town such as Kolmanskop

-  Quad bike! (No experience necessary!)

-  Hike up Dune 45 JUST before sunrise for the best view in the world

-  Take plenty of sun cream and a sun hat at all times of the year

-  Take balloons for the local children (obviously not pre blown!)

-  Spend the day with the Himbas or the Bushmen

DON'T:

-  Spend more than a day in the capital, Windhoek. So much more to see....

-  Hike in the Fish River Canyon between November and March, it is waaaay too hot!

-  Give money to the locals if they beg, rather buy a little food and give it to them. Giving money only encourages begging.

-  Wander off too far in Spitzkoppe or the Sossusvlei dune fields

- everything looks very similar and you may never find your way back!

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- try out the quad biking, sand boarding and sky diving in Swakopmund.

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Zimbabwe Travel Tips

Monday, October 26th, 2009
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So much to see and do - where do you start? Here is a short list of things to do and things not to do on a trip to  Zimbabwe.

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Do:

- Have cash in USD or ZAR to pay for day-to-day items and activities

- Spend a extra day or 2 at either end of your trip visiting the local sites

- See Victoria Falls from the air

- See more than just Victoria Falls!

- Take a Lion for a walk at Antelope Park, Gweru (the best campsite in Africa in my humble opinion)

- Get the most out of Zimbabwe by using local guides for sights and activities

- Stick to designated areas and trails within Victoria Falls National Park

- Barter the price for your curios

- Keep your valuables secure at all times

- Leave photocopies of your documentation with someone at home

- Take time to chat to the locals about non-political issues

- they are REAL people too

Don't:

- Believe everything you hear on the news channels

- Rely on your Credit Card to pay for things (if the charges don't get you the exchange rate will)

- Take photos of any Police or military people or of any check point, border post or installation

- Exchange money 'on the street'

- Buy curios without bartering first but also don't fight over a few measly cents

- Walk around Harare at night

- Expect Zimbabwe to be like your home country

- this is Africa!

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