Why I regret swimming with dolphins

When I heard that you could swim with dolphins in Sharm el Sheikh I leapt at the chance. This was a long-held dream of mine and I was over the moon. It was a spur of the moment decision that I now regret. Before we had left England I had looked at what excursions were...

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Snorkelling in the Red Sea – Tarin Island

Snorkelling in the Red Sea is a treat not to be missed and was without doubt my favourite part of my recent trip to Egypt.   Although I had been snorkelling before, it was a long, long time ago. That was also in the Red Sea, but in Israel rather than Egypt. I can...

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Sustainable tourism in the Middle East

As discussed in my previous post the current political events in the Middle East have adversely affected the tourism industry throughout the region. I recently visited Destinations Holiday and Travel Show in London and spoke to award-winning travel journalist, Matthew...

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Egypt… is it safe to travel there?

The political crisis in the Middle East over the last few years has severely impacted on the tourism industry throughout the region but does this mean that tourists should stay away? Following my visit to Egypt last November I’ve spoken to a number of people about how...

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Dining with Bedouins in the Sinai Desert

Having ridden camels through the desert plains, climbed up the side of a mountain to get a better view of the dramatic scenery surrounding us and then watched one of the most magical sunsets I’ve ever seen, we gathered round a fire in the middle of a traditional...

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A camel ride into the Sinai Desert

Before we left for Egypt last month Neill had stated, quite categorically, that he would not be riding a camel any time soon. When we arrived however,  to my surprise, he happily agreed to a camel ride into the Sinai Desert. Even with the camels sitting down,...

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Girls’ Rights amongst the Bedouins of the Sinai Desert

A Girl's Right to an Education and a Childhood I photographed this girl last month in the Sinai Desert, Egypt. It was just before I climbed onto the back of a camel to ride through the desert to a Bedouin camp. Now I am home, I wonder how old she is and what is her...

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All-inclusive Sharm El Sheikh (alright or all wrong?)

When I heard that my prize for winning a writing competition earlier in the year was a holiday in Egypt I was over the moon. The prize was a one week holiday for 2 in a 5 star hotel, on a self-catering basis, with flights and transfers thrown in (yippee!). Eventually...

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