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Many independent travellers miss out on a good time visiting sites because they insist on doing it alone (this tends to be truer on Luxor rsquo;s West Bank). Whilst they think they are saving on their budget, they can often be adding to it due to having to rely on taxis, when a minibus with a tempor


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Though the publications ldquo;Lonely Planet and ldquo;Rough Guide are good books, do not rely on them solely. Unfortunately the time taken to update them and get them published often means that they are out of date when you get the latest copy. Many people have had their holidays ruined by relying



To be a guide in Egypt the person must have completed, and passed, a three year course at university. They are then issued with an identity card from the Ministry of Tourism and they also have to apply for a tour guide syndicate card, both of which have to be updated annually. Anyone working as a to



Before you leave home, make yourself a small medi-kit for your journey, including items like plasters (different sizes), antiseptic cream, safety pins, painkillers, and sun cream (preferably high factor). You could also include diarrhoea tablets, as a precautionary tactic, though all pharmacies in E



Hotels: If you are travelling alone and are going to be out for the whole day, let the hotel know about your plans, and your phone number, before you leave. This way the hotel will be able to contact you if they get worried about you being away for too long. Also, take a note of the hotel rsquo;s na



Money: First and foremost, do not let anyone see that you are carrying money with you. A good tip is to carry two wallets, one with a limited supply of notes in it that shows you do not have a lot of cash. Try and plan your day in advance so that you know, roughly, how much you will need to take wit



A Rough Guide to Tipping * Restaurant: 10% of the bill * Representative/transfer man: 20-30LE per transfer * Driver taking you to hotel from airport upon arrival: 10-20LE * Hotel Porter: 5LE + 5LE per item of luggage * Housekeeping: 5-10LE per night * Waiter/waitress at restaurant at hotel: 5-10LE p

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