Are you planning a trip to sunny Egypt sometime soon? Egypt is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, with revenue from tourism reaching a total of $4.8 billion in the first half of 2018 alone! From the pyramids to the Sphinx, the Luxor Temple to the Valley of the Kings, 2019 may be the perfect time to see everything Egypt has to offer.
But before you go, you need to get into the right frame of mind. Nothing makes a trip better than getting excited for it through TV shows, games, and books. Egypt has made a huge impact on popular entertainment and, luckily for you, there’s no shortage to get you ready for your trip.
If you want to know the best ways to get ready for your trip to Egypt, keep on reading.
Read the Right Books
Unsurprisingly, there have been a lot of books written on Egypt through the years, and there’s plenty for you to choose from. One of the most famous is The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, a tale of wild adventures throughout Egypt taking place in the run-up to WWII. It’s an easy read and you can even listen to it on Audiobooks on the flight there!
If you want to be inspired by beautiful photographs of Egypt, then the photobook Egypt Rediscovered by Mohamed El Hebeishy might be just the thing for you. This book showcases the hidden treasures of Egypt along with short essays that provide more insight into the images.
Play the Right Games
Games are a great way to get into the mood of a new place, and there are plenty of them that follow an Egyptian theme. One of the first games to come to mind is Assassin’s Creed Origins by Ubisoft. Released in 2017, this title reinvented the franchise, bringing a surprisingly historically accurate depiction of Ancient Egypt to life. Visiting all of the main landmarks in their reanimated heyday will surely get you excited for your trip.
If you’re looking for something you can play on the go, there are plenty of Egyptian-themed slot games that will keep you entertained for hours. Some of the most popular titles at Buzz Bingo include Cleopatra Slots and Caravan to Cairo, which follows ancient Egyptian themes that are sure to make you eager to learn more about them once you arrive.
Watch the Right Movies
Movies have the ability to transport us to another time and place for a couple of hours, and there are plenty of great films that will take you to Egypt before you actually arrive. One such title is the 1932 film The Mummy, a film which was inspired by the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb and is certainly a spooky one (though the 1999 film of the same name definitely goes for a lighter tone…).
Another film you should watch before you go to Egypt is The Spy Who Loved Me, a classic James Bond film that follows travels through Cairo, Giza, and Luxor, all while following Mr Bond himself, played by Roger Moore.
If you’re getting ready to head to Egypt soon, these are just a few great ways to get yourself psyched for your trip. If you read, play and watch through these examples before you get there, you’ll enjoy the experience so much more.