I have always seen travelling abroad as this impossible mission, one where you need a fair amount of money to do so. But as I traveled more, turns out it isn’t that impossible. Last year, my friends and I decided to do a senior trip to Malaysia and Bali, all on our own. We booked travel tickets, rented an apartment, all by ourselves. And we didn’t spend much, the budget that I had set was around the 20K minus the travel tickets.
So with my little experience, I’m going to narrow somethings down to help you plan for an abroad trip, on your own and save as much as you can.
1- The accommodation
Now, I believe that if you have this figured out, everything else will fall in motion. I usually choose countries where someone I know lives or studies there. If this option is off the table, then your next best option is renting an apartment through airBnB, the website is very easy to use, and it’s not that pricey. You can find a small studio with a reasonable price, it helps if you are travelling as a big group; because when the rent will then be divided on all of you. Another option is staying in a hostel, it may not be comfortable, but it saves a lot!
Tip: remember that a studio or small apartment won’t be as lavish as a hotel, but trust me it will save you A LOT. And when you travel, you barely spend anytime inside, so all you really need is a clean apartment where you can shower and get a good night sleep.
We have booked a studio, it was tiny but cozy. The building was secure and clean, just check the reviews and ratings.
2- The flight ticket
Usually this is the one thing I don’t risk to save in, but what helps is booking it early and constantly checking for the price. Emirates would be my number one choice for a destination like Malaysia, because you get your transit in Dubai airport, and it’s exquisite!
Tip: Getting to transit will get you a cheaper ticket, and it’s actually better,in fact try to get longer hours if you’re interested in shopping in the airport.
BUT always be close to your gate number, so that you’re ready to board. You don’t want to miss your flight for shopping!
3- The food
If you’re staying in an apartment, then bring canned food from home with you for breakfast and snacks. You can get Nutella, peanut butter, pastas, tuna, canned corn, even cheese and turkey.
But of course, this should not substitute the local food of the country, but fancy restaurants are off the table.
Tip: Don’t worry, we have taken all the above with us, it didn’t get ruined on the plane and we were traveling for long hours. I just prefer to put them in a separate bag and wrap it really good, and this bag will come in handy when you need storage for all the shopping.
4- The shopping
If you’re travelling on budget then you better check this out of your list, and trust me you want to enjoy the city, shopping wastes a whole lot of time.
Tip: Some countries are known for certain things, then you can get off the budget a little and buy those things that you won’t find in Egypt, and that is my own scale for shopping, can I find this in Egypt? Is this way cheaper than if I get it from Egypt?
5- The transportation
Depending on the country you’re traveling to, but the best way is through subways and buses. But always check for the prices of train and subway tickets, then compare them with an Uber. Because sometimes, when you’re a big group, it costs less to divide a cab fare than to pay individually for the subway.
Tip: Check google maps for which subway lines to take, and ask people for confirmation, so you don’t get lost.
Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence
Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!
Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).
Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.
This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.
It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!
These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.
Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai
As of December, diving and scuba activities for yachts on cruises will resume in six nature reserve diving sites in South Sinai, according to a statement made by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment.
The diving sites include: the Temple, North Laguna, South Laguna, White Island, Electricity, and Map.
The decision by Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency follows the cessation of diving activities that lasted for nine months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Egypt’s health ministry announced Wednesday that South Sinai, Minya, Suez and Ismailia have recently seen a drop in infection rates, unlike Cairo and Alexandria.
According to the statement, “These sites were chosen after carrying out a number of field studies and scientific surveys, and after ensuring that they are distinguished by all the appropriate environmental requirements for diving sites to achieve the enjoyment of those involved in diving activities,” quoting Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad.
43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates
So far, a total number of 43 floating hotels and Nile Cruise ships have obtained the government mandated health and safety certificates.
These hotels and ships have started the resumption of their trips in October and ever since, they have been obtaining the certificates that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA).
According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these floating hotels obtained the certificates for meeting the health and safety requirements set out by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The ministry’s inspection committees approved 26 floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan last week, including: Nile Dolphin Hotels; Solaris 1; Premium; Amo Boat; Abercrombie 2; Zaina; Medea; La Travita; Tosca; Beau Rivage 1; Château Lafayette; Esmeralda; Champollion 2; Abercrombie Nile Adventure; Crown Jewels; Royal; Regency Louvain; Miss World; Nile Plaza; Nile Shams; Emilio; Miss Beau Rivage 2; Nile Marquis; Blue Shadow; and Farah. In addition to these, the Nile Vision and River Boats in Cairo also received ministry approval to resume their trips.
The inspection committees will continue looking at the rest of Egypt’s floating hotels, the ones that submitted applications for the certificate.
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