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Vitamin D deficient? Egypt is for sun seekers!

If your skin is anything like mine, it’s so pasty and white that it appears worryingly translucent at this time of year in the UK.

 
 

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Your hair is lifeless and your typical weekend includes avoiding the rain with a drink at your local or having a sweat sesh at the gym. Mother Nature, bring back the sunshine!

While a sleep-in and a good spray tan may help mask the fact that I’m vitamin D deficient (at least, according to Dr. Google), I think a spring holiday to some distant sunny shores is in order. After a search with my old mate Google, there it is – Egypt.

Here I was thinking it was all mummies and museums but to my surprise, there are also sandy beaches, scuba diving resorts, and best of all, sun.

After a quick 5-hour flight from Heathrow to Cairo, I was greeted with a familiar dusty warmth I had previously experienced on trips from an Aussie winter to Asia (with temperatures ranging from mid to high 20’s).

In Cairo, Luxor and Aswan I was able to get my fix of history and culture plus a donkey ride into the Valley of the Kings. I give my kudos to the local Egyptian tour guides who are so knowledgeable about these ancient wonders.

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After my brain was riddled with dates and facts, along came highlight number 1: sailing on a felucca boat down the Nile River. Some of my favourite things in life are sleeping, day-drinking, swimming and basking in the sun, all of which this cruise covered.

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From Edfu and Komombo then back to Luxor and Cairo, we explored more temples and tombs, and then it was onto highlight number 2: Nuweiba and Dahab which is by the Red Sea. This hippy beauty is notorious for water sports and just what the Doctor (Google) prescribed. Hello, vitamin D!

When I eventually peeled myself off the sun lounger, we headed back to Cairo before embarking on the depressing flight back to London. Goodbye, sun-kissed skin.

Travel Talk offers 9-day Egypt tours from £124 and 15-day itineraries which include Dahab. See traveltalktours.com for more information and to book now.

 
 

 
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