It’s no secret that these days, everyone wants to travel the world without spending too much on the road. Backpacking is more common than ever, and it seems that everyone is in the process of planning a round the world (rtw) trip.
Since I’m in the process of organizing my own honeymoon trip, I am realizing more and more the necessity of budgeted travel. It’s a question that I’ve asked friends for tips on, and that people have asked me about as well. Egypt, with all its history and glory, is a destination on most traveler’s list of places to visit, and with good reason! Egypt has everything, from history to nature to modern wonders to amazing cuisine! It’s a great place to visit!
Here’s a two part post with tips on traveling to Egypt on a budget.
- The first tip I can offer you is one that works for pretty much any destination around the world: visit during the off/slow season. Every country/city/region has its own slow season. This is usually based on weather, though sometimes it can also be because of events that take place in the area. In Egypt, the slow season is usually the summer months of May through September. This is a result of the heat that the country experiences. While the weather can get pretty hot (it can reach the 40s C in Luxor and Aswan in the South), there are ways to keep cool and hydrated during this heat. If you brave the summer sun, you’ll not only get a tan, but you’ll also enjoy the monuments and tombs while they’re a bit emptier! In addition, you can arrange a trip to some of Egypt’s gorgeous Mediterranean or Red Sea beaches for a bit of a refresher.
- For those travelers who don’t mind adding a bit of travel time to their trip, the best way to do it is to take a flight that does not go directly to Egypt. This also works for any other destination you’d like to visit. You can often save hundreds of dollars by traveling with this method. By taking a flight with a layover somewhere for 3 or 4 hours, you can save quite a bit. If you fly with two or more different airlines, you can save even more. While it adds a few hours, maybe even a day, to your travel time, it can be worth all the extra money you save in the end.
- Before you come, learn the names of the places you would like to visit, and do a little research into how much average cab fares are for those destinations from your hotel. When you’re more educated about these things, you’re less likely to get tricked into paying more for your trip.
- Along the same lines, always carry small change with you. Oftentimes shopkeepers and cab drivers will say that they don’t have change for larger bills, and you’ll be almost forced to leave a larger tip than you had wanted to. This is, overall, good advice no matter where you go, as this is a common problem faced all over the world.
Those were some tips that help with budget travel overall, and can definitely be applied to travel in Egypt. Be sure to check back in a couple of days for the second half of my post about budget travel in Egypt!