Yasmine graduated from the faculty of Tourism and Hotels management with a major in Egyptology in 2003 and started working as a tour guide in 2005. She has continued her studies in Egyptology through open courses provided by the Egyptian Syndicate of Tour Guides, allowing her to develop her knowledge and dig deeper into the complexity of ancient Egyptian civilization. Yasmine is extremely passionate about travelling and interacting with the locals in every place she visits – not just Egypt!
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: I knew I wanted to be a tour leader ever since I was 7 years old as I was able to see the top of the pyramids from my room. I used to invite my friends to my room, open my window and start explaining the pyramids. I guess living in Giza near the pyramids heavily influenced my chosen career path.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: I like travelling, exploring and being outdoors as I am really adventurous and mobile. In addition, I love interacting with people, being introduced to new cultures and sharing their experiences.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: I can’t choose just one place in Egypt alone! There are several places that I love - for example, being in old Cairo and walking El-Mo’az Street or Karnak temple which takes you back in time and allows you to walk a path of history. Hiking in The Valley of Whales is something else - it is a master piece of nature’s beauty.
Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?
A: Exploring the streets of Paris on foot and using the subway was a highlight as it allowed me to interact with the people there and I didn’t feel that there was a language barrier even though my French is poor. It was an enlightening experience as I learned that people have a universal language to communicate with one another, not only through common language. I have also enjoyed sightseeing in Rome - a childhood dream that came true.
Q: What’s the craziest request you’ve ever had from a client?
A: I wouldn’t say craziest, but it was strange. One of the travellers wanted to attend a Nubian wedding while we were at one of the villages in Aswan and out of pure good luck on that night we were invited to a Nubian wedding by one of the members of our Dahabya’s crew. It was amazing as I personally have never attended a Nubian wedding before, so it was a great cultural experience for all of us.
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: My comfortable shoes are a must as a good state of mind starts from your feet I believe! Also, my ear plugs when flying from one place to another.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: I am not a big fan of celebrities but if I must choose, it would be Sean Penn or Angelina Jolie as I admire their humanitarian work and how they travel to ease people’s misery and raise people’s awareness of those who are suffering and how we can all help.
Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A: No, because of my extreme fear of making a cultural faux pas when travelling abroad I am always self-aware and cautious of what I am doing so I wouldn’t offend anyone.