Updated: Nov 19, 2020
FATMA BAYOMI, It's My Egypt Freelance Tour Guide
Born and raised in Egypt, Fatma Bayomi is a long time fan of her country's ancient history and iconic landmarks including the Pyramids of Giza, Temples of Aswan, and the Sphinx. Fatma loves her career as a tour guide at It's my Egypt, where she leads amazing tours around her homeland to travelers. She is dedicated to sharing Egypt's intricate history, culture, and unique beauty with all her visitors through these tour experiences.
Fatma also enjoys immersing herself in photography and capturing the memories and excitement of her group tour travelers by taking beautiful photos for them that they will cherish forever. When she's not busy on a tour, you can find Fatma spending family time with her two twin daughter or updating her Instagram followers of the awesome things she's up to at It's My Egypt. Join us in our trip to Egypt where you'll see the spectacular Pyramids of Giza up close, touch the the ancient temples of Luxor, and ride a felluca down the Nile river as you marvel at the beautiful sight of Egypt's sunset.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT FATMA BAYOMI
1. What do you believe makes Egypt a desirable travel destination?
I believe that the Giza Pyramids is the most important thing that makes people around the world want to come to Egypt , I have seen people cry, others laugh like crazy and scream “we made it, we made it,” and even a woman who came to celebrate her 50th birthday there because it was her dream since she was 10 years old. Many reactions!
2. What has been the most rewarding part of being a tour guide and Founder of It's My Egypt?
For me the most rewarding part about being a tour guide in Egypt is that I've learned a lot from meeting new people everywhere in the world. I’m a totally different person now; each one of these travelers has impacted me in a beautiful way and encouraged me to keep going. That’s the most rewarding thing for me, because I kept going!
3. What has been the most impactful thing you learned growing up, that has carried you into your current success?
NEVER quit, LOSE those who make you feel low. Do not let them get in your way and be very confident in yourself because you can make it and nothing can stop you but yourself.
4. What inspires you about Egypt and female empowerment projects here?
The thing that continues to inspire me about the women of Egypt that they are fighters, fighting the negative habits or norms that are sometimes found in our society and they try their best to prove themselves. I really want my twin girls to be strong and to know when to use their hearts and when to not let their emotions or hearts make them weak.
5. Is there a piece of advice you would give a young person who wants to see our world or make a change?
Believe it or not, you can do it - just trust yourself.
6. What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in this industry?
This question made me smile because being a woman wasn’t an issue in the tourism industry but being a single mother was the greatest challenge. My kids were 5 years old when I started my work and now they are 9 so they needed me to be there most of the times from feeding them, helping doing their homework, laundry, ironing, and cleaning. But I tried my best and found time to make itineraries for my guests and do the tours too - all that by myself. I DID IT AND AM STILL DOING IT!
7. What is your most memorable tour experience?
The most memorable tour experience I had was with a traveler named Bill. He was sick and struggled with his eyesight but he had always dreamed that one day he would get to see the Giza Pyramids with his beloved wife, Barbara. When he came he couldn’t see anything but shades - I still can’t forget holding his hand to make him feel the pyramids and holding his arms most of the time. It reminded me of holding the hands of my own father, who had passed away a long time ago. It was an experience I will never forget.
8. What Global Goal are you most passionate about?
All of them. Of course all that bring peace and nothing but peace.