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Travel Guide: How to Plan A Low Budget Trip

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Travel Guide: How to Plan A Low Budget Trip

We’re talking here to real travelers! Those who are traveling to explore not to live luxuriously and therefore are looking for ways to help them stay within their allocated budget, they’re the solo travelers who are seeking to enjoy the destination not their stay.

So for those of you who relate, here are a few tips and tricks to help you travel on a low budget.

Travel out of season

Google the best time to visit your desired destination then travel just before or after the dates given, this technique is called the ‘shoulder season’ where you get to enjoy the country but not the weather.

But who cares when the hotel and airlines prices will be so much lower than the usual? Trust us, you’ll still enjoy the country just as much.

Pack properly

One thing I personally make sure to do is pack properly because trust me, shopping expenses take up from your budget and you will find yourself inside the supermarket buying loads of stuff you clearly don’t need. So bring everything you need and always take with you a warm hoodie and a waterproof jacket, because anywhere you go, unpredictable weather incidents may occur, so why risk shopping for a new jacket?

Book flights in advance

Prices of flight tickets get higher in time as you approach your travel date, so make sure to always book your flight ahead if you already have everything sorted out.

Public Transport is your new travel buddy

Don’t even consider Uber or cabs when you’re traveling abroad, especially if the country you’re traveling to has a subway that covers most areas. Always choose public transportation, buses, metro or trains to get you around. If you’re scared to get lost, you can always ask around or use Google Maps.

To know more on how to use Google Maps for metro stations, click here.

Don’t eat away your budget! 

I know that dining in expensive restaurants seems quite appealing but getting broke on your second day is way scarier, so choose cheap lunches that you can buy from a supermarket, or give street food a try. But of course try the country’s main local dish as this is part of your travel experience.

One thing I always do because I get hungry A LOT is pack a few things from home, including canned food, pastas and of course some munchies.

Choose your accommodation wisely

Trust us, you won’t be spending much time in your hotel room because instead you will be out there exploring the world. So basically all you need is a safe place to leave your stuff behind and somewhere that is clean too.

You can trade expensive hotel rooms for dorm rooms in hostels, also a great way to meet people if you’re traveling solo! If you’re traveling with a group, then rent a place on AirBnb, you will find great spaces at low prices when divided on all of you, a studio will even suffice! Couchsurfing is another website you can give a look.

General tips!

  • Go where you know people. This will not only save you the accommodation fees but will also help you get around easily as they will show you around.
  • Ask the locals on some of the best deals on food, accommodations, and other necessities can only be discovered through word-of-mouth on the ground.
  • Gather all the information you need on the country before traveling, you can ask on Facebook groups for advises and personal experiences.
  • Avoid gift shops and shopping in general.

 

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Barbados is Inviting Remote Employees For a One-Year Stay!

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Are you working from home? Are you looking to make the most of it? Well, the Barbados government is making quite the mind-blowing proposal for remote employees!

They are giving you the opportunity to relocate your position and work from home/ the Caribbean! How insanely cool is this opportunity?

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is considering the introduction of a “Barbados Welcome Stamp” which gives the change to international travelers to live on the island and work remotely for up to a year.

We see you packing up your bags already!

Ms Mottley is proposing such a cool idea seeing that short-term travel has become a difficult and hectic thing, in a time of the pandemic.

According to Travel Market Report, tourism makes up 40% of Barbados’ GDP and 30% of its workforce is employed in the sector. Which is why the pandemic really impacted their economy in a negative way.

Barbados is set to open its borders to international visitors on 12 July, and Mottley proposed offering the option of a year-long stay in time of the flights’ resumption.

If given the chance, would you go for such an opportunity?

 

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Oxford Business Group: Egypt to Become a Favorable Touristic Destination

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Oxford Business Group (OBG) said in a report that some emerging countries, including Egypt, are expected to become favorable touristic destinations after coronavirus restrictions have been eased gradually.

After all, tourists are looking for affordable and accessible options, so they’re going for the countries with flexible labor laws and to the countries that have its touristic destinations safe and ready to welcome back travelers as their GDP depend heavily on tourism.

The OBG report also said that the Radisson hotel chain, as an example, announced recently that it is still keen on its expansion plans in Africa, and is targeting Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa in specific.

Moreover, some emerging markets are well placed to leverage an anticipated shift in consumer preferences, according to the report.

“Egypt is again seeking to take advantage of this; the country has been promoting travel to archaeological sites in Upper Egypt, offering discounts on tickets and a reduction in visa fees for travellers who fly into the region directly”, the report said.

“Conferences and other business-oriented events will likewise be difficult to organise for the foreseeable future, given the ongoing necessity of social distancing. Indeed, as early as late March, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry estimated that some 500 trade shows had been cancelled as a result of Covid-19 crisis, resulting in an estimated €23 billion in lost orders,” the report added.

 

 

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New Hotline Dedicated To Answering Tourists’ Inquiries and Concerns

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Inbound tourism has resumed and in light of this and to support tourists with all their inquiries, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has developed a hotline service dedicated to catering to the need of tourists.

The new hotline 19654 is dedicated to answering the inquiries of tourists and any of their concerns during their stay in Egypt. This comes as part of Egypt’s precautionary measures and hygiene safety regulations.

The hotline has already been receiving complaints and suggestions.

According to Dr. Ghada Shalaby, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, the hotline will receive all tourists’ inquiries including any questions they may have regarding operating hours for archaeological sites and touristic areas that are open for visits.

She added that the hot-line service, available both in Arabic and English, operates seven days a week and on official holidays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The caller’s personal information, questions, suggestions, and responses to their inquiries shall all be recorded, and all issues shall be resolved through the hot-line.

The hotline provides a quicker and more efficient way of answering to the concerns of tourists to guarantee a safe stay.

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