Happy New Year From Egypt!

Happy New Year from our house to yours!  We wish you all the best for 2018!!!  May it be full of health, happiness and of course – TRAVEL!

Luxor temple, Luxor, Egypt

We are so excited to be back on the travel trail as a family….and are currently in Egypt for a 10 day adventure.  Many of our friends and family ask us – why Egypt?  Why would we select a place like Egypt to spend our Christmas holidays, especially with all sorts of media reports on how unsafe it is?

Well, let me share our reasoning…it goes back to our big trip of 2014-15 when our family took just over a year to travel the world and experience life outside of Canada. We visited close to 30 countries and touched 6 different continents.  It was the best year of our lives; we did some incredible world schooling and our shared experiences brought our family closer together.

One of our original goals of our year long trip was to visit all the Wonders of the World.  So far we have visited six man made wonders.  The lists of Wonders – including ancient Wonders, Modern Wonders and Natural Wonders etc… is quite extensive and ever changing, but the one place that is always on every list is Egypt and all of its amazing ancient sites.

Being amateur Egyptologists, we were excited to visit the Middle Eastern country during our trip in December of 2014.  Sadly, due to some of the troubles, the Canadian embassy decided to close and send their diplomatic service home.  We inquired if we could still visit the country, but were told by the Canadian government it would be at our own risk, and if we needed diplomatic help – none would be available.  Our thinking at the time was that the world is a big place and we shouldn’t put ourselves in any unnecessary danger, so we opted to skip Egypt and go straight to Israel and Jordan with the promise to ourselves that one day we would return and see the ancient cities.  

Well, that day of return is now upon us….and here we are in Egypt!  It’s everything we could have hoped for – and more.  Just when we think it can’t get any better – it does!  Experiencing this adventure as a family has been incredible and our “travel spidey senses” are tingling like crazy! …..And just for the record, the media reports inflate a lot of the concerns.  Just like any other place in the world, there are problems, but we shouldn’t let fear stop us from experiencing and enjoying other cultures.  

Rameses Tomb – Valley of the Kings.

Over this next series of blog posts, we will share our dream trip and what we have experienced over our short time of travel – we really could have spent at least 2-3 months here – there is so much to learn.

Here is our route:

Cairo>>Abu Simbel>>Aswan>>Luxor>>Hurghada>>Cairo

Stay tuned to learn more about our adventures!  And once again, Happy New Year to all! May 2018 bring you joy, health and happiness!

New Year Celebration overlooking the Nile River.

20 thoughts on “Happy New Year From Egypt!”

  1. JEnny says:

    Happy New Year! All the very best wishes for 2018! Love, Mom and Dad P

    1. Katina says:

      Happy New Year to you too! You would love it here – the sun is shining and it is gorgeous!

  2. Oma says:

    It is wonderful to read your blog again and I am looking forward to lots of photos and travel stories. Thank you for sharing, we wish you a Happy new Year with many more travel adventures to come. Love and hugs to you all from Oma and Opa

    1. Katina says:

      Hi Oma,
      Happy New Year to you too! It feels so good to be on the travel road again….we are so excited to discover all these ancient mysteries!

  3. Jill says:

    Wow! Have been thinking about you and so glad to hear your news from Egypt . It sounds amazing!
    Happy New Year to you all, enjoy and I can’t wait to hear more about this trip!
    Love Jill

    1. Katina says:

      H Jill,
      Happy New Year! You need to add Egypt to your travel list – the country is outstanding! The history is beyond belief, and the service has been extraordinary!

  4. Karen Smith says:

    Wishing your family a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year in 2018.

    1. Katina says:

      Hi Karen,

      Happy New Year to you too! I hope you’re keeping warm!!! The sun is shining bright in Egypt today! We will stay here as long as we can!

  5. stephane Cliche says:

    Happy New Year to all four of you! Safe travels and enjoy the last part of your trip! Stephane, Isabelle, Karianne and Zoé

    1. Katina says:

      Happy New year to the Cliche family! All the best for a fabulous year ahead….I hope you are keeping warm in Ottawa! Where are your next travels??

  6. Annie Slater says:

    Wow such an amazing experience! Egypt is on my bucket list but until then I will live vicariously through you four! Enjoy every second, safe travels and can’t wait to see all the pictures when you are back! Happy New Year!!

    1. Katina says:

      HI Annie,
      It is incredible here! It is safe…and has been an amazing experience for all of us. We will for sure be sharing the pics! I will help you book your trip and maybe come along…. we need to return!

  7. Ravi Puliani says:

    A Happy New Year to all of you from India. I know, you are definitely visiting India in 2018 on Pranav’s wedding. Wait for the breaking news.
    Meanwhile, happy travels to all.

    1. Katina says:

      Happy New Year Ravi!

      All the best to the family in India! We are waiting for the wedding news!
      Looking forward to more fun and adventure in 2018!

  8. Maria zurcas says:

    Merry Christmas and happy new year guys
    I am amazed there is still somewhere you haven’t been yet
    enjoy the wonders of the pyramids I thought they were spectacular and something I am happy we made the effort to go and see

    1. Katina says:

      Hi Maria,

      So nice to hear from you! We hope all is well in Australia! The pyramids, temples, tombs and more have been outstanding! We are so glad we did this trip….and there are always more places to discover in this wonderful world of ours!
      Please say hello to all the family!

  9. Jane says:

    Happy New Year!!

    1. Katina says:

      Hi Jane,

      Happy New Year to you too! All the best for 2018!
      I highly recommend adding Egypt to your future travel list….lots of places and mysteries to explore – it’s perfect for kids!
      Take care!

  10. Ingrid Stevens says:

    Happy New Year to all of you !
    What an adventure. But as experienced worldtravelers, I’m sure everything works out fine for you.
    If you ever think you should explore more of Belgium, remember that you are always welcome here !
    And if possible, I will be glad to guide you around 🙂
    Keep it safe.
    Friendly greetings,
    Ingrid and Family xxx

    1. Katina says:

      Hi Ingrid,
      Happy New year!
      Thank you so much for your kind offer…and of course – please know you are always welcome to come and visit us in Canada. We would love to host you and share our part of the world!
      All the best for you and the family!

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