Let’s Go To Egypt: Applications Open

Let’s go to Egypt! Applications are open for 2 Egypt adventures in October and December of this year (2018). They won’t be typical tourist trips though—(you know the drill)—so read on and only apply if you’re up for something more experimental, creative and growth-oriented than usual vacationing.

There are two trip opportunities:

  • October Trip: October 1-16 (16 days) for $3,000.
    • The October Trip can be extended to October 21st for a 21-day trip. We will use those extra days to fly to Luxor followed by a cruise down to Aswan and the Nubian Islands. The total price for the extended 21-day trip is $4,000. 
  • December Trip: December 1 – December 16 (16 days) for $3,000.
    • Just like the October Trip, The December Trip can be extended to December 21 for a 21-day trip. We will use those extra days to fly to Luxor followed by a cruise down to Aswan and the Nubian Islands. The total price for the extended 21-day trip is $4,000.

More details below.

If you’re already in, nice. Plug your name and email into this form now. I’ll send you a link so you can secure your spot with a 50% deposit.


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Intention:

Traveling at all—but especially going on epic, adventurous trips with people you don’t know and a purpose that goes beyond ‘seeing a new place’—is outside of most peoples’ comfort zones, and way outside of the patterns and environments most have built their lives around.

So when we travel—when I travel—when we make a decision that dramatically alters our physical reality for a significant period of time—we access ourselves differently than we normally can. It’s like a side door opens up to my mind and I can explore aspects of my identity and my life that were previously on autopilot—unquestioned and unchallenged. Stuff like “I’m not the kind of person who…” and “I’ll be happier once…”

The more I travel—and not just travel, but take risks that shift the needle on my life; risks that change things externally—I become more and more aware of the me that doesn’t change. The more I peel away layers of conditioning, the more myself I become. My authentic, changeless, self. And the more myself I am, the better I am for the people around me. The more I feel like I’m living the life I was born to live—MY life (not someone else’s).

These are hard lessons to learn without getting into the game. Most of us speculate from the sidelines and learn conceptual lessons (guilty). I’m seeing that the more I jump in and stay in, and say yes, and take action… the more these lessons crystalize. The faster I grow. The more myself I become. 

What excites me about these trips more than anything is this:

I want to cause alignment for everyone I can. I want you to become as authentically you as you want to become. I don’t know how to teach anyone how to do this, but I know how to follow my own path and share the what I’m learning along the way. I don’t want to tell you how, I want you to come with me.


The Overview: What to expect

 

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Egypt is magical—and I’ve teamed up with someone who knows how to channel Egypt’s magic into tangible experiences. Actually, let me correct myself, Ammar doesn’t just know how—he loves it. He’s been doing this for years and he’s reached a certain mastery that’s inspiring to watch in action. One thing I’ve heard come out of his mouth more than once is this: “What’s your vision? I’ll make it happen.” And if you don’t know what your vision is, he’ll grin and give you a handful of great suggestions. Whenever things seem stuck or there’s a significant obstacle, he’ll perk up and say, “There’s always a way.”

Ammar and I spent the last month traveling all over Egypt, scouting experiences, building a network of lovely, passionate locals, and designing a trip structure that we’re excited to share. From an “experiencing the best of Egypt” perspective, this is a best case scenario.

That said, almost everything is up for spontaneity. I say “almost” because there are some relatively immovable pieces—like flights within Egypt and securing accommodation in the high-demand areas.


The Itinerary 

  • Days 1-3: Arrive in Cairo. Cairo is enormous and active and wild and raw. You’ll see families with kids walking around at 1am on a weeknight. The full spectrum coexists here: from poverty to luxury, from welcoming to harsh. It’s intense and enlivening.
    • First thing’s first—settle in, tend to your jet lag and rest up.
    • In Cairo we’ll stay in a super-active area near a bustling [super photogenic] market.
    • We’ll visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, have the option to tour several museums, and get our fast-paced Egypt overview from the beginning.
    • We’ll go for a private boat ride on the Nile.
    • We’ll visit two unique restaurants—one in the big market and another overlooking the Nile.
  • Days 3-8: Quick flight to Dahab. EEEEK! Dahab is special—it’s where I first fell in love with Egypt. Here the culture is a mix of Bedouin (natives of the Sinai peninsula), Egyptians (people from outside of Sinai), and ultra-chill tourists. The environment: harsh, desert mountains that run along a gorgeous, coral-filled sea with a handful of diverse beach landscapes.
    • In Dahab we’ll stay somewhere JUST wonderful. Not going to spoil that one for you 😉
    • We’ll each take an [included] multi-day course in either freediving, scuba diving, or—depending on the weather—kite boarding or windsurfing. Dahab is the mecca for ocean sports—diving especially. That’s because it has one of the world’s few blue holes—a 300-ft. deep ocean canyon right off the coast. Freediving was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life—so I recommend it. But since I’ve already done it now I’m hoping on perfect wind for kite boarding!
    • We’ll also do a few creative workshops. (Eg. I’ll lead a few rapid prototyping sessions and a writing workshop, we’ll arrange an intro to Arabic workshop, etc.) Read more about other workshops (and an invitation to lead one) below.
    • We’ll do at least one Bedouin dinner in the desert.
    • We’ll do a heavenly boat trip + picnic.
    • Etc. etc. etc… (SO MANY OPTIONS in Dahab!)
  • Days 8-10: Fly back to Cairo and hop in a private bus for Siwa. We’ll spend at least one night on our way in Marsa Matrouh—a beautiful coastal village with few tourists.
    • Here you’ll probably meet our friend Fadl. I hope for your sake that you get to try his chicken 😉
    • Either way, we’ll have a unique local dinner while we’re here.
    • We’ll visit some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen.
  • Days 10-13: Siwa was the most ancient-Egyptian place I’ve seen so far. It’s stunning. It has a life of its own—seemingly independent of the tourism industry. They have delicious dates, fresh olive oil, and MAYBE the best food I had in Egypt. Except for Ammar’s mom, Jehan’s cooking of course.
    • We’ll spend 3 nights in Siwa on a gorgeous off-grid island resort following a more intentional structure—think morning meditations and periods dedicated to silence and reflection.
    • We wont have electricity (but it’s luxurious—far from camping)—so these days will be great for connecting with each other, enjoying life simply, journaling, yoga, meditating, etc.
    • During the days we’ll do workshops or excursions—up to us.
  • Days 13-16: Tunis Village. THIS PLACE. Think of this as the desert at the end of your meal. When Ammar and I arrived in Tunis village we looked at each other and laughed. It’s heaven. The town is known for three things primarily: art, bird watching, and organic farming. It’s the cleanest place we saw in Egypt, the people were genuine and warm, and it’s beautiful.
    • Here everyone will have the option to take a pottery / ceramics class.
    • We’ll go sailing with a group of funny guys.
    • We’ll do a desert excursion with sandboarding and live music and an authentically-cooked desert dinner.
    • We’ll do a spectacular hike or two.
    • We’ll relax and wrap up our time together.
  • Day 16: You’ll take a 2-hour shuttle back to Cairo for your flight home.

For those who are doing the 21-day trip: 

  • Days 16-21: After Tunis Village we’ll fly to Luxor and spend the remaining 5 days doing a cruise down the Nile, going to Aswan, and visiting the Nubian Islands.
  • Day 21: Flight back to Cairo for your flight home.

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What the cost includes and doesn’t include:

As a reminder, The 16-Day Trips cost $3,000. The 21-Day Trips cost $4,000.

Everything is included except:

  • Flights to and from Egypt (flights within Egypt are included)
  • Travel insurance (should be less than $100, depending on the plan you choose)
  • Gifts / souvenirs / personal shopping
  • Alcohol
  • Some meals (most meals will be included. Sometimes everyone will be on their own or having a free day/night in which case you’ll pay for your own food). We will plan in advance all of the included meals, and let you know ahead of time. As a rule of thumb: If we’re all together and it’s in the itinerary, it’s included.
  • Anything you do independently from the group. We’ll be super clear about which activities are included (like the water courses in Dahab and the ceramics class in Tunis Village), and which aren’t (like if you want a massage or a spontaneous private bird-watching excursion).
  • Although, if enough of you let us know well enough ahead of time, we might be able to get the massages or the bird-watching excursions included.

Ready now? Apply here:


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A Note on Creativity:

In the spirit of creativity, we’ll be incorporating a handful of custom workshops. I’ll lead a productive writing workshop (geared toward producing your own relevant content for your own followers). Our friend Tommy Joyce—a photographer and videographer for National Geographic and Red Bull—will join the first trip (and likely both) to video-document our experience, do a private photo shoot with each participant, and if there’s demand, he’ll lead a photography course. Epic. (And I hope he volunteers to lead a ‘Live an Epic Life’ course too). We’ll also probably have an “intro to Arabic” course.

And we’d like to encourage participants to pitch their own workshops or classes too. If you’ve got a special skill—say public speaking or yoga or something else—let us know in the comments if you’d like to offer your course as an option in the trip schedule.

Ideally, I’d like everyone who comes on a trip to take some sort of creative ownership this way—whether it’s initiating a game of tag with the local kids or leading a workshop somewhere during the day. Use this platform as an opportunity to rise to an occasion of leadership and creative generosity.

 

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