Tempus fugit as they say and in my view, with much truth.
I recall vividly student travels to Turkey (a couple of times from c.1969 to 73 by boat and train) and being caught in a riot with people violently protesting against the US 6th fleet and the then war in Vietnam. Later there was a visit to Egypt when one war or other broke out. Travel to Turkey at about that period when going to Istanbul meant by train and boat from London Victoria via Munich for 2 or 3 days with an ancient smokey steam train taking the last few miles to Sirkeci station. During such a trip one of the world's final epidemics of small pox broke out and resulted in compulsory vaccinations at departure ports (with reused needles as there was no HIV etc then) and fleeing by boat to Cyprus thence by another boat to Egypt's Port Alexandra.
All that seems quite recent but in fact tempus fugit applies as is apparent from the development of aircraft tourism that has taken place since then with today's students often travelling much further around the world often but not always by air.
I have not visited Egypt since then but believe that one of the many differences between Europe and Egypt that have changed for the better in Egypt in the subsequent years, despite all the other violent sounding news that seems to come from that part of the world recently, is the fact that in c.1969/73 I recall seeing only one tractor in my visits to that historic country and that was involved in shiploading and unloading in Port Alexandria whereas all the way down by train from Cairo to Thebes/Luxor I saw only donkeys being used for ploughing the land. Today I assume that cranes and tractors are relatively common.
The other development which presumably applies as much to Egypt as to many other parts of the world is the spread of hotels. In c.1970 staying in Thebes/Luxor meant finding a place on roof tops of local hospitable people whereas I'd guess that now, hotels abound. Possibly one aspect of Thebes Luxor and surrounding Tombs of the Kings and Queens that applied in the early 1970s which still applies today, was the absence of other travellers caused by the wars - I recall even seeing men in the 70s travelling on the same train going south in chains, presumably having been captured in some fighting and with their guards firing machine guns through the roof.
As really good luck would have it a few days after arriving at Thebes/Luxor, we met a young Swiss archaeologist working locally and who had not been required to depart during the fighting. She after taking a Dhow with us to cross the Nile took us to visit many deserted tombs - a really memorable time. I think we also managed to find some bikes.
We (I traveled with a very good friend from Beaumont) were then obliged to recross the Nile before sunset however as a war requirement. The fighting today is different but the affect on tourism might not be.
One of the benefits of age or perhaps more literally of growing up , is that there is less of an urge to travel - or maybe that is a personal feeling. However a possible sudden day job need to visit the far west of Canada next week beckons and in some ways all the old excitement comes flooding back.
If the trip materialises then taking a short holiday would be ideal, in which case taking a train south to Seattle USA along the coast might beckon. If the trip does take place I doubt that I will post again until the week following.