Finding My Inner Indiana Jones in Post-Revolution Egypt

Like just about every child of the 80s, I desperately wanted to be like Indiana Jones when I was a kid.

I don’t know if it was Harrison Ford’s rugged hotness, the amazing score that still gets me pumped for adventure or Indy’s signature hat, all I knew is I wanted it all. I envisioned growing up to be a bookish, yet beautiful professor/archaeologist, who was happy to spend hours with dusty artifacts in the hope that John-Williams-soundtrack-worthy escapades would one day land in my lap, plunging me into adventures beyond my wildest dreams.

So what country comes to mind when you think of Indiana Jones-style adventure? Perhaps somewhere with ancient ruins, unsolved mysteries and maybe a little modern day danger?

It had to be Egypt!

(And stay tuned for my early 2012 adventures which include REAL Indiana Jones film locations – weeeee!)

It wouldn’t be a real adventure without a signature hat!

As you know I etched out a rough itinerary at the beginning of my first year abroad, and Egypt was one of only a handful of places that I ABSOLUTELY HAD TO SEE. At the beginning of 2011 when Egypt’s government went to pot, protests raged and Mubarak was ousted, I wistfully drew a line through Egypt on my list. Travel to Egypt seemed out of the question, especially for a solo traveling female American. That meant no pyramids, no Nile, no desert and no Red Sea holidays for me.

Just this once… I’m really glad I got it wrong.

Hold up. I know you want to know if it’s safe to travel to Egypt post-Arab Spring, and I promise I’ll get to that. For now, all I’ll say is my two weeks in Egypt were two of the very best weeks of my whole year on the road. To be extra cautious, I chose to travel with a tour company with about 30 strangers, from singles in their early 20s to married couples in their 60s.

And I’m not exaggerating when I say that even in the absence of dramatic encounters with bandaged, long-dead pharaohs, I’m still thinking about how much fun it was.

Camel wrangling. Did Indiana Jones ever do this?

Stay tuned for all the dirt (sand?) from my adventures in Egypt!

Up next… What To Wear in Egypt

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  • January 06, 2012

    Love the hat! Love Indy too! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip! 🙂

  • January 06, 2012

    I’m always green with envy over how good hats look on you! Too cute.

    • February 10, 2012

      But you have the sundress collection I covet =)

  • January 07, 2012

    Loving the Indiana Jones hat!

    We just had a great time in Egypt too!

  • January 07, 2012

    Love the camel wrangling photo. Haha.

    I can’t wait to read about all your Egypt adventures! It’s great you got to go after all, even if a bit later than you had hoped.

    • January 09, 2012

      Thanks – it’s one of my favorite photos from the Great Pyramids!

  • January 09, 2012

    Nice hat! 🙂
    I can’t wait to read about your adventures in Egypt.

    • January 09, 2012

      Thank you! There are even more hats along the way =)

  • January 10, 2012

    Love the photos, I love the whole indiana jones thing too 🙂 looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!x

  • January 11, 2012

    LOVE the hat!! so cute!

  • January 11, 2012

    Great hat!

  • January 15, 2012

    Haha you rock that hat!

    • January 17, 2012

      Thank you – hats suit me because I have a big giant forehead, haha

  • January 21, 2012
    AlexBerger

    Great indie esque shot in front of the Pyramids!

  • August 21, 2012
    Brian Bejarano

    This sounds great! Im headed to Nepal and India for two months and, OF COURSE, its rather Indiana inspired. So Indy inspired that, I must admit, I have the replica hat. Not the cheesy Halloween ones either. Glad to see Im not the only 80s kid that turned into a travel enthusiast while trying to “emulate” a character lol

    • August 24, 2012

      Oh yes! It’s crazy how often I conjure my favorite movie or TV shows when traveling… have fun on your Indiana Jones adventure =)

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