A new type of tour across Egypt breaks new ground for women working in tourism. Sinai Trail offers Egypt’s first-ever, long-distance hiking trail tour, led by Bedouin guides intent on taking the region’s tourism into their hands.
Uniquely, a portion of the tour guides are women, even though the conservative Bedouin traditions mean Bedouin women are rarely seen outside the home or their communities. The female guides say while the newfound jobs go against tradition and culture, their families need the extra income — plain and simple.
The nearly 350-mile trek takes place over 42 days in the remote Sinai Peninsula mountains. There are eight different Bedouin tribe guides that participate in the tour, each coming along for a different leg of the journey.
The only caveat for the female tour guides? They can only lead groups of female tourists and must return back to the villages before nightfall.
During the tour, travelers learn about the local landscape, plants and herbs, history, legends and the various Bedouin tribes. In the case of the female-led tours, the female travelers return to the villages with their guides.
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WELCOME TO THE EIGHTH ANNUAL Leisure Lifestyle Issue, celebrating the best in leisure travel. This year is a bit different because many of us haven’t traveled as we have in the past, but instead of writing about what we’ve missed in 2020, I’m looking forward to what will be possible in the rest of the year and beyond.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
WHAT A YEAR ... AND IT’S ONLY JUNE (or already June, depending on how you look at it). “Leisure lifestyle” may seem like an oxymoron in 2020, but as an optimist and travel enthusiast, I’m still determined to live the rest of this year to the fullest (or as full as possible, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation) — with travel at the forefront — and there’s no better way to do that than with a strictly leisure vacation.