In preparation for a TV special, Rick Steves has wondered beyond his usual balliwick of Europe and is now blogging and Facebooking from Egypt. His posts, videos and photos are enlightening looks at what it's really like for a tourist in Cairo, at the pyramids and (once) popular tourist sites. "In my first week in Egypt, touring nearly all its top ancient sites, I saw tourists, but I never saw an American. Giza parking lots, once filled with big tour buses, are now empty."
As you likely know, Steves' company, Europe through the Backdoor, specializes in affordable, guided and unguided itineraries throughout Europe. Of note are the money-saving "My Way" itineraries that include city-to-city private bus transportation, central hotels, a "trip escort" on hand, breakfasts, guidebooks and your days free to roam on your own--just my kind of travel--stress-free and flexible. Steve's tours are wildly popular, so you may wish to check them out ASAP.
Karen Misuraca is the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.