Long fascinated by ancient civilizations, meet the Australian couple who took a tailor-made Egyptian honeymoon.
Self-proclaimed lawyer turned funrepreneur Sarah Davidson – AKA A spoonful of Sarah – and her partner Nic recently returned from their honeymoon in Egypt. And it wasn’t just any honeymoon; Sarah got in touch Intrepid’s bespoke team about curating the perfect Egyptian experience. We sat down for a chat to see how it all went.
What made you choose Egypt for your honeymoon?
My husband, Nic, and I have each been fascinated by ancient Egypt since we were children. Travel has been one of our greatest shared passions and we realized early on that Egypt was high on both our dream destination lists.
We had our dream wedding in 2019 and were hoping to have our honeymoon a few months later, but then came COVID! But the three-year wait made the trip all the sweeter because we both had a new appreciation for the ability to travel freely and see the world again.
We considered the more conventional “romantic” destinations for our honeymoon, but we had longed to visit Egypt for so many years and were thirsty for a transformative adventure. So the honeymoon seemed like the perfect time to visit and it was so worth the wait!
What was involved in organizing a tailor-made trip with Intrepid?
We leaned heavily on Intrepid’s travel experts – we barely had enough input into the itinerary (although we could have if we wanted). We opted for a private tour (only because it was our honeymoon and we really wanted to maximize our time as a couple); we basically turned up on day one and sat back to enjoy.
It was completely different to how we would normally approach a trip, but in a place like Egypt – where there is SO much to cover and appreciate – no one could have put it together better than the team at Intrepid. Every detail of the itinerary was seamless. The planning and stress was completely removed and we got the benefits of the deep relationships Intrepid has long cultivated with the local people. And the security of knowing everything is governed by B Corp’s principles of sustainability, human and animal welfare is unsurpassed.
Did your expectations for Egypt live up to reality?
Egypt is one of those destinations you have a lot of exposure to long before you visit, especially from movies and TV. I’m thinking we might arrive at some places and have that “oh, it’s smaller than I expected” kind of experience (like some people have about the Mona Lisa). But from the very first stop at the Pyramids of Giza, our experience was exactly the opposite. I’m still not sure my brain has processed the scale, integrity and significance of each structure we saw – pictures and videos will never do the relics of ancient Egypt justice. Every day was magic in a different way.
Tell us about your local manager, Dalia.
We could not have wished for a better guide than Dalia and we all cried at the end of the trip. She is a local of Giza and a trained Egyptologist so her knowledge of the ancient sites and hieroglyphs was extraordinary.
Everything came alive with her passion and background briefings as we walked around – our experience would not have been nearly as rich without her. Plus, we had SO much fun in the downtime between activities, like trying Egyptian food, sharing stories and photos of our families, and comparing our lives and ambitions. It was so special!
What were some of the highlights of your adventure?
The Pyramids of Giza were a huge highlight because they are so the epitome of ancient Egyptian. It’s strange to let it sink in that they’ve been exactly where they are now for 4,500 years. The fact that we don’t fully understand how they were built is quite magical and shows how advanced the ancient Egyptians really were.
Sharing a meal in a local’s home was such a uniquely special part of our itinerary and seeing a slice of a local’s daily life was an enriching experience – the Egyptian people are lovely and proud of their culture.
Any advice for other travelers who might want to organize their own adventures but don’t know where to start?
Consider Intrepid before you do anything else; it’s such an effortless, conscious and comprehensive way to travel. You can take the very best parts of an already great itinerary and then tweak it either by making it private, taking a small group of friends, or changing the itinerary. It’s the best of both worlds.
All images C/O A spoonful of Sarah. Sarah traveled as a guest of Intrepid, but all opinions remain her own.