I'm from Egypt, but been living in Australia for ten years now.
After the revolution, commodities prices increased dramatically in Egypt, but I'm not sure its effect on the tourism industry!
You can easily do Egypt on a shoestring budget, if you avoid posh hotels, nile cruises, gifts buying (especially fake papyrus souvenirs), and managed to talk your way out of excessive tips demands (baqsheesh).
Also, if you have a strong stomach, you can eat from local eateries which are really cheap. Always drink bottled water though, which isn't that expensive.
I would highly recommend you avoid spending too much time in Cairo, but instead, go the western (white) desert. The best place to aim for is an oasis called Siwa, which you can get transport to on local coaches from Cairo or Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh, then another minibus to Siwa (very long drives, but worth it!)
Another great place to go to is Sinai. Dahab is the most famous town, and would probably be bit more expensive than less famous, but really beautiful Tarabeen.
The red sea is an obvious attraction if you want to do diving, but it'll cost you.
I would also suggest you catch a coach or the overnight train down to Aswan and Luxur for some great monuments sight seeing, but don't join expensive tours. It is totally doable on your own, and there are heaps of cheap hostels there. The people are also so lovely, especially Aswan.
People in Egypt, especially the ones involved in the tourist industry, think that all foreigners are loaded and are easy to trick, so never give in easily when it comes to bargaining for services or products, and make sure you negotiate baqsheesh (tips) before you embark on any trip.
It is totally safe there, and people will never harm you, but they might not be the happiest if you out-bargain them : )
Enjoy your trip and have loads of fun!
Tawfik almost 7 years ago