Been to :
Rhodes, Falaraki,Kos, Aiya Napa Athens, Santorini, Myokonos, Crete, Corfu
Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt
Switzerland - Interlocken, Zurich, Geneva, Bonn
Nice, Lyon, Paris
Andulucia, Heleva, Bilbao
Durres, Tirane, Obsiz lake
Warsaw, Krakow +
Hurghada or Morocco (i admit that I am predictable, but I really like the ME!)
If you are not just in search of a beach, I can also strongly recommend going to Jordan. Maybe make it a combined Egypt-Jordan trip? It is easy taking the ferry to Sharm-el-Sheikh from Hurghada, and from Hurghada you can go by bus to Dahab (weed-smoking, snorkeling and diving hippie heaven) and up to Nuweiba or Taba. Taba is at the border with Israel, you can easily cross from there to Eilat and Aqaba if you don't mind an Israeli stamp in your passport. Otherwise take the ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba. Plan on about 7-10 days for a Hurghada-Petra roundtrip.
Interested in Petra as well, forgotten to include. So how do I get there from Aqaba to Petra? What is the negative thing about the Israel stamp?
Aqaba to Petra - usually by shared taxi or minibus. If you take the ferry from Nuweiba there should be drivers waiting at the port, and you should be able to find people to share a taxi with.
Downside of the Israeli stamp is that it limits the usefulness of your passport. A number of countries (Syria, Sudan, Lybia, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, ...) will deny you entry if you got an Israeli stamp in your passport. Not much of an issue if your passport is about to expire anyway, but if it is brand-new...
Yeah mine is only a few months old. Last one was battered!
As for getting there, thought about Dana. How do I get there? Not too worried about those countries most interested in Israel. Is this area easy to travel around? Cheap? Can you see any development towards tourism?
As for http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=aqaba&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl
how long and how much is the ride thanks!
Travelling in Israel is a piece of cake, the only problem is the security situation which can change very fast. There is a very good infrastructure for tourism (backpackers included) in Israel. Public transport is good, but a little bit crazy. (Similar to Egypt.)
Israel is a bit on the expensive side of things compared to other countries in the area, I would plan on taking at least 40 EUR per day and person.
As for getting from Hurghada to Aqaba:
First go to Taba. Check out the following link:
At Taba you walk across the border. From there you should be able to take the local bus to Eilat city centre (unless it is Friday). From Eilat city centre it means either local bus or taxi to the Jordanian border, and from there by taxi either to Aqaba or directly to Petra.
For Taba-Petra or Dahab-Petra I would plan on a full day travel-time, leaving in the morning and arriving in the late afternoon or evening.
Cost of travel for Egypt-Jordan is approx. 60-100 EUR return if you go overland, price varies whether you are forced to take a lot of taxis or manage to catch the buses. Cheapest way to get to Jordan or Israel from Europe is usually to fly into Sharm-el-Sheikh and then go overland.
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2009, at 14:46 by t_maia ]
40 includes hostel? How expensive did you find that, how expensive is it compares to Germany/Europe, Australia? Thanks
Daily minimum budgets are: (Western) Europe 50 EUR, Syria 15-20 EUR, Jordan 20-30 EUR depending upon entry fees, Egypt 15-25 EUR, Turkey 35-40 EUR. That includes all fees, hostel, food, entry to sights and some travelling around. Go figure.
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2009, at 14:48 by t_maia ]
alright, if you want to then you can got to Nice, Lyon, Paris... Philippines should be on your list... it's a good country and we have lots of beautiful places here...