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  1. nmg
    April 20, 2011

    Great article Leslie! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. I’d love to go too!!

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  2. Juno
    April 20, 2011

    Even though Egypt is a high on my list, I didn’t know much about it until I engaged to travel blogging and social networking.
    I got to know what it really is like from Giulia as well, she shared a lot of real storied. it is not just ‘pyramid’ and ‘desert’ anymore.
    Jordan is now uprising travel destination, as I see.
    It’s possible that its not safe to travel to middle east, but if you think about it, where isn’t? Of course there’s some obvious threats but it’s not to travelers, mostly.
    I’m really excited for your trip Leslie. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

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  3. Maria Russo
    April 20, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this information. I know many people who are skeptical about visiting, but may feel comforted after reading this article having been assured that these countries are working diligently to keep travel safe for tourists . Hope I can get there soon!

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  4. Matt Stabile
    April 20, 2011

    Sounds like an amazing trip. I’ve been wanting to visit the Middle East for a long time now, especially Egypt and Jordan, so I can’t wait to see how it goes. Enjoy the trip and I look forward to reading the dispatches.

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  5. ciki
    April 20, 2011

    Hi Les! I think despite the region’s political unrest, I would still want to visit both places. Life is full of risks. Heck you could cross the road and be run over.. choke on a bottle of mineral water.. So long as the country’s tourism board says, it’s OK, it’s OK by me!

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  6. Jo from WHOA Adventures
    April 20, 2011

    like my wife (ciki), I would jump at the change to go to go to Jordan. Perfect for the adventure man in me! Tourism Jordan should consider sending us too! LOL!

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    • joseph
      October 5, 2011

      Hello – I’m Joseph from Jordan – Jordan said most of the areas is now safe and there are many places to visit and if you want adventure you can be what you want

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  7. Jeremy B
    April 21, 2011

    Right before the riots in Egypt, my wife’s aunt and uncle took a tour there. They shared a story from their tour guide about the drama for other people caught in the riots and what it took to get them out of there. Egypt and Jordan have a lot to offer and are worth visiting. However, the Middle East is an area where people have to evaluate their risk in visiting – much like people do today with the threat of terrorism. Sometimes, the government and media do more harm than good by scaring people. However, Egypt and Jordan are definitely places that fascinate me.

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  8. Dave from The Longest Way Home
    April 21, 2011

    Well done to you Leslie for taking this opportunity.

    Media likes bad news, and bad news travels fast. Especially whenever there is a mention of Islam, or the mid east. Least we forget oil and energy. It’s good to see tourism boards step up to the plate with social media.

    I’ve not seen anything great, nor original come out of this region for a while now. Personally, I think this is a prime opportunity, so I look forward to your updates from there!

    And, enjoy some couscous! 🙂

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  9. Ted Nelson
    April 21, 2011

    Awesome, I look forward to your reports.

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  10. Michael Hodson
    April 21, 2011

    thanks for the shout out — I am still here (Dahab, Egypt) for another month or so…. so anyone that shows up and mentions they read it here… a couple beers on my tab 😉

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  11. Giulia
    April 21, 2011

    I really hope you will enjoy this trip, and I can’t wait to hear about it! Egypt is such an amazing country 🙂

    Too bad I won’t be in Cairo when you arrive – am heading to Sinai tomorrow morning – but please if you need anything just ask 🙂 I will probably be chilling out on the beach with @mobilelawyer when you call. Cool!

    Thanks for mentioning me and the #back2egypt project.
    Take care and enjoy this trip to the max!

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    • Me
      February 12, 2012

      if you are talking about egypt so you are talking about 3 types of different culture and three different eras and every one of the three left their own remains ,first is the Pheroanic era ,second is the christian era and last one is the Islamic era which left the oldest Masqeds in world , when i look to pyramids from far away at so dark night i say this country has real interesting past while another countries their own history had been summarized in 3 or 4 persons like America with my respect to America but their history can be summarized in two or three persons history but Egypt is the first civilization in world , pyramids capture my heart and my mind i look for them and cant move my eyes away for at least 20 min i say inside my mind is it really stand like that from between 3000 to 5000 years ago how were people in that era???? egypt is a country has a past and has a nice present with amazing revolution did not over yet and has a nice future as i hope its really some interesting place .

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  12. Thomas M.
    April 21, 2011

    Really great story, I’m jealous of your trip. I went to Egypt on a trip shortly after 9/11 when everyone was afraid to travel anywhere and had a great time and no troubles at all. So many people here tend to be afraid to go anywhere, I’m sure you’ll be fine.

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  13. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista
    April 21, 2011

    I would really like to visit the region someday. It is too bad that people can’t get an honest report on the safety of traveling. The media is completely run amok, in my opinion. The blogs I read tell a very different story so it is really about how risk averse travelers are.

    Looking forward to reading more about your trip!

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  14. Jeff Titelius
    April 21, 2011

    Wow, what an adventure you are going to have. I think it would be great to go and explore all of the great sites…especially Petra…long on my bucket list since the Indiana Jones movies!!

    I really look forward to hearing about and seeing your adventures as they unfold while you are there. Please send lots of pics!!!

    Happy travels my friend!!

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    • Leslie Koch
      April 21, 2011

      Jeff, when I first saw a photo of Petra I immediately thought of Indiana Jones! Those movies made quite an impression on me as a kid. I’ll be posting photos and updates throughout the trip. Stay tuned!

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  15. santafetraveler
    April 21, 2011

    Unfortunately, a few people got really deep discounts at the museum during the brief revolution. I’d love to see the Pyramids. What a great opportunity for you. Travel safely!

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  16. jade
    April 21, 2011

    I’ve wandered too if the violence is more media hyped or actually very dangerous. Very interesting!

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  17. Aaron @ Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures
    April 22, 2011

    I’ve learned over the years that the media tends to way overhype situations and that even government travel warnings should be taken with a grain of salt. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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  18. Ayman rashdan
    April 22, 2011

    For month now, me and the H.O.G’s (Harley Owners Group) have been riding throughout Jordan (over 3100 KM) through cities, villages, main roads, side roads, passways through farms.
    We have not faced one single security or otherwise problem, people were waving at us wherever we went, and helping whenever needed, even the police were so friendly and went out of their way to guide us.

    The country is so beautiful, and people are just great.

    Totally safe and recommended for all, specially for bikers.

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  19. Norbert
    April 22, 2011

    Great article! I’ve wondered how hyped are the media reports about the situation over there. Turns out that most of the time the portray an exaggerated perspective. This looks like an amazing trip, look forward to read more. Egypt and Jordan are two destinations that are way on top of my list… so, I’m more than willing to go there. 🙂

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  20. Jon
    April 22, 2011

    Should be a great trip. Thanks for working to show Egypt and Jordan are still safe. I actually just took a 2 day, border to border hitchhike across Jordan for the same reason. Not only did we find that it’s safe, we made some actual friends in the process. It’s an amazing country with remarkable people. Enjoy!

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  21. Maria A
    April 23, 2011

    What a great opportunity for you personally and professionally – I hope this trip does help the tourism industry in the Middle East!

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  22. Catia
    April 25, 2011

    I’m planning to visit Egypt next month and showing friends this post will help alleviate some of their worries. Thank you!

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  23. Stephanie
    April 27, 2011

    I was in Egypt at the end of March and am heading back tomorrow. I will then be heading to Jordan. My friend and I stayed in Tahrir and took pics of the demonstrations last time we were there. Ppl were so happy and welcoming! We went back to our hostel early, but never felt any danger.

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  24. Sailor
    April 27, 2011

    I have always dreamed of visiting Egypt and the pyramids. And from the statistic you have given I think this is the best time for me too.

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  25. emad
    April 30, 2011

    Egypt is so Safe and anybody is coming Egypt i can show him around Cairo mail me on Bangora82@hotmail.com

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  26. Sunny in NY
    May 2, 2011

    We were in Cairo last year, and it was fascinating. Jordan is next on our list. Thanks, Leslie, for your great descriptions.

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  27. Alexandra Paoli
    May 7, 2011

    My family were supposed to visit Egypt this summer but we were told it would be dangerous due to what happened secently. Its been my lifelong dream to go to Egypt and i really wanted to go. Im happy to know that is isnt as unsafe as we thought it was, hopefully we will be able to go this summer. 🙂

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    • Leslie Koch
      May 9, 2011

      Go for it! I did not feel unsafe during my visit. If you do go, I would love to see the photos of your trip. Keep me posted 🙂

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  28. mckinsey
    October 1, 2011

    I have been to Cairo many times. I visited Jordan last year and went to Petra. I went scuba diving in the red sea, which was amazing!! i love Egyptian food!!! Koshari is the best!! Every time i go i stay at Citi star intercontinental.. its an amazing hotel! i have never felt unsafe with my travels to Egypt. I really encourage people to go and see the culture. McKinsey Gonder

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  29. Jon
    October 13, 2011

    Supposed to be going to Egypt in 2 weeks. Is it safe at the moment with the current protests going on?

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    • Leslie Koch
      October 15, 2011

      I visited in April, so I can’t vouch for the safety in October. I’d check out the State Department website, news articles and blogs for a better sense of the current situation.

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  30. Floriaan N
    January 16, 2012

    just got back from a 10 day trip to Egypt (12/30 to 01/08): 2 days cairo, 8 days cruise from Luxor – aswan- luxor. And we have to say that at no moment we felt unsafe.

    We even went on the tahrirsquare (and if you scared from a roundabout with some tents on: stay away).
    if you don’t like to be almost alone in temples, and if you like to wait sometimes one hour to see some beautiful room in a temple: stay away…

    else: don’t hesitate and book immediate your trip! I was also al little worried before about the all the pictures in the news.
    but made a final decision after reading many posts on the internet. And i have to say: if you don’t go on friday nights to the tahrirsquare and throw some rocks at the army, you ‘ll be safe ;-).
    As said before, we went there in the afternoon, when visiting the egyptian museum, and there was nothing dangerous at all.

    I can’t repeat enough to people that now is the moment to go to egypt. Traveling without the thousands of other tourists around you is just so much better.

    Floriaan N.
    Belgium

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 21, 2012

      Floriaan, thank you for sharing your recent experience in Egypt! I’m glad you had a wonderful time. It’s so helpful to hear from someone who has just been to Cairo.

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  31. Egypt
    February 15, 2012

    This is a great post. While I would not consider the boats on the Nile to be “luxury”, they are quite nice. We did a Nile River cruise in July to the sites you mentioned. Yes, it was hot, but not terrible. I would agree with everything you wrote. And Kom Ombo was our favorite on the Nile (although Abu Simbel on Lake Naser was our favorite overall).

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  32. Daniya
    April 18, 2012

    I am a Jordanian girl and yes our country is perfectly safe comparing it to other’s
    PROUD TO SAY 😀

    everyone is welcome to visit Jordan at any time and if u have any related question please feel free to contact me over this email:
    Dark.Harb@yahoo.com

    Cheers <3

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    • Leslie Koch
      April 21, 2012

      Thanks Daniya! Appreciate your offer to answer reader questions on Jordan. It’s a beautiful country.

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  33. Adan
    April 26, 2012

    Great post! I’ll definitely be following your blog!

    In 2 months my girlfriend and I are leaving on a open ended trip around the world. Both Egypt and Jordan are on our must see lists, especially since it is so affordable to visit right now! The fact that there are currently 80% fewer tourists certainly helps the decision that now is the best time to go. The Indiana Jones inside of me has always felt incredibly drawn to historical sights like the Pyramids of Giza and the City of Petra, but I’ve always felt before that going would be a headache with the high numbers of tourists. While I hope to be a part of the rebuilding of their tourism industry, I’m certainly glad to be able to fully enjoy my upcoming visits to both countries!

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