Ok, so a few days ago I posted some tips about how to travel to Egypt on a budget, with the beginning suggestions being broad, and could really work for any destination. In this second post, I’ll give a couple more suggestions on how to travel on a budget that will undoubtedly help when you come to Egypt!
- When coming to Egypt, it’s a good idea to book your hotel online. Our website can help with booking tours or hotels here in Egypt, while websites like Expedia and Travelocity can help with booking package deals of flights and hotels, which can definitely save some money. Be sure to read lots and lots of reviews of potential hotels before booking though, since official websites can sometimes be misleading. A great place to double check these reviews is on TripAdvisor. Here, hotels are ranked and reviews are listed, so you have a good, all-around picture of what the hotel is like, and if you would like to stay there.
- These websites can help you also find hotels that fit your budget pretty well. The great thing about Egypt is that it’ s been a major tourist destination for thousands of years, so by now, it has an abundance of hotels covering the full range of the budget spectrum. A great way to find slightly cheaper hotels that are still good is by looking a bit further from the major sites. Typically, a hotel overlooking the Giza Pyramids will be much more expensive than a hotel a little further away. While you won’t have the same stunning view, you’ll be saving quite a bit of money, and you can still see the sights during the day!
- If you fit the criteria of any of the ISIC, IYTC, or ITIC cards, apply and get one! These are basically discount cards that work for students, youth under 26, and teachers, and allow for discounts on various things such as some flights and museum entry fees. These are a huge help because in some places, entry fees can be kind of steep, so even if you save only a few dollars, it all helps! A penny saved is a penny earned!
- This last tip not only helps you to save money, but actually experience the local culture at the same time! This tip is about food. When in Egypt, eat like the locals do! Try local restaurants and eat authentic dishes. Have foul and taameya (beans and Egyptian falafel) for breakfast (this will only set you back about $1 per person), enjoy koshary for lunch (less than $1 for a small portion, and be careful because it’s REALLY filling!), and splurge a little for dinner. The whole point is, if you try local foods, odds are you’ll spend less because the locals aren’t exactly able to dine out every day, so they’re budget conscious as well. Ask your concierge, or check out my post about authentic foods to try when in Egypt for some tips!
Traveling on a budget often has a negative, boring stigma to it, but these ideas make it easier than you would have thought. The best way to think of it is the more you save in planning, the more you have to spend in cool and fun things that might pop up while you’re on your trip!
What do you think? What other ideas or suggestions would you give someone trying to come to Egypt on a budget? Tell us your ideas!