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.
President El Sisi on Tour in Aswan Post the Arab-African Forum
As the Arab African Forum comes to an end, President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi accompanied the participants on a tour of the archaeological sites around Aswan.
The tour included a number of cabinet ministers as well, and they all paid a visit to the Philae Temple.
The forum that began last Saturday on the 16th of March, and witnessed the participation of more than 1,500 youth, ended yesterday morning with a huge success.
The forum that took place in the upper Egyptian city, celebrated Egypt’s chairing of the African Union and shed the light on Egypt being a meeting point between both the African and Arab civilizations.
In light of this, the forum included the discussion of several crucial topics that relate to the development of both regions. These topics included the future of scientific research and health care, and the impact of advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region.
٢- قررت قيام وزارة الصحة بالتنسيق مع الأجهزة في الدولة لإطلاق مبادرة مصرية للقضاء على فيروس سي لمليون أفريقي وإطلاق حملة جديدة للقضاء على فيروس سي لضيوفنا – وليس اللاجئين – في مصر.
٣- اعداد وتجهيز لمنتدي مصر و السودان للتعاون بين البلدين. pic.twitter.com/ki11MBazIh
— Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) March 17, 2019
شارك السيد رئيس الجمهورية الشباب العربي والإفريقي المشارك في الملتقى وجبة الإفطار صباح اليوم بمعبد فيلة، وتلى ذلك جلسة حوار حرة استمع فيها لأسئلة الشباب وآراءهم وطموحاتهم تجاه عدد من القضايا التي تواجه المنطقة في الفترة الحالية. pic.twitter.com/NIxFMvsSvW
— Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) March 18, 2019
A number of senior officials attended the opening ceremony including, representatives and public figures from Africa such as Mariam al-Mansouri, the UAE’s first female fighter pilot; Moussa Faki, the African Union Commission chairperson; Nelson Mandela’s grandson; Syrian journalist and anchor Zaina Yazigi and Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
As for the Arab and African countries that contributed in the AYF, they included Nigeria, Djibouti, Chad, Ghana, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gambia, Sudan, Gabon, Iraq, Palestine, Guinea and Mozambique.
Travel Guide: Egypt’s First long-distance Hiking Trail
This new hiking trail is considered to be the first long distance trail in Egypt, it begins and ends by the Gulf of Aqaba, the 105-mile Red Sea Mountain Trail will take hikers through the epic deserts of Sinai.
Egypt is known for its breathtaking scenery of mountains, and through this trail, tourists will be able to walk through the mountainscapes west of the beach-side of Hurghada. Thus giving them an authentic experience of Egypt, and introduce them to Egypt’s beautiful culture and the local Bedouin tribes.
This trail was previously composed of ancient routes that Bedouin created; to help them in traveling, trading, and hunting, and it is owned by a local tribe names Maaza.
The 42 day sea-to-summit route is just the perfect way; to showcase Egypt’s iconic wilderness.
The aim of the project is to of course benefit tourism and also the Bedouin community; by preserving their culture and showcasing it to the world.
It will help give Bedouins leadership roles, and empower them to tell their own stories about the heritage of their homeland.
If you’re not much of a hiker, don’t worry because there are easier and shorter circuits within the Red Sea Mountain.
Note that such a hike can’t be done on your own, and that having a local guide is mandatory for safety measures.
“From vast, desert plains to deep gorges and high, rugged summits, and from crumbling Roman towns to prehistoric rock art and chapels of Egypt’s early Desert Fathers the Red Sea Mountain Trail shows the best of the region’s inimitable beauty,”
Your Travel Guide for Popular Attractions in Bali Ubud
Bali has become the most popular island holiday destination in Indonesia, and lately became a top romantic destination for honeymooners; because of its exotic nature and breathtaking scenery. It’s known for the marvelous attractions of temples and palaces that are set against stunning natural backdrops. My advice for those interested in traveling to Bali would be to divide their stay to Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta. Each area is special in its own way, because while Ubud greets you with its nature, Seminyak offers exciting clubbing and packed dance floors. The kind of diversity that you sure will be seeking during your trip.
From my own experience at Ubud, here is a list of places that are a must visit:
Ubud Monkey Forest, aka the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions; as it’s a natural forest sanctuary that is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. As an animal lover myself, I have always wanted to see them in their natural habitat and not behind bars. This is exactly why I enjoyed being surrounded with my favorite animal.
Tip: If you want to take a photo with a monkey, hold your palm up with some food in it, but be ready for monkeys to jump on you at any time!
The huge rice terrace is another popular attraction, the greenery there is breathtaking especially at sunset. Another highlight to go to nearby is the quaint village of Pakudui, where you can find an extraordinary variety of ornamental woodwork and various carvings. The shops nearby also sell the nicest local clothes, so make sure you don’t miss out on them.
Tip: wear comfy shoes because you’ll be going down long steps, and it might get muddy as well.
Near by are the coffee fields, where you get to taste their variety of coffees whilst enjoying a splendid view of the fields. Don’t go cheap when it comes to coffee shopping, because for a caffeine addict, this will be your heaven on Earth, so make sure you take some home.
One of my absolute favorites, and definitely worth the trip up to the top. The temple is literally so high that your pictures there are as if you’re standing between the clouds. The best views are higher up the stairs, where you can see all the way across the green forested slopes and neighboring Mount Agung. But only hikers will enjoy reaching this high point via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps, but don’t worry, for the not so athletic as myself, you can pay a car to drive you up to the top, but expect a bumpy ride!
4- Finnis Beach Club
Whether it is Finnis or any other club, spending a day at a beach club is a definite must! I mean can you name a better combination than the beach, good food and music? It won’t even cost you as much as you may think, because with a certain amount, you will have a nice comfy setting, access to the bathrooms, the beach and your choice for a meal and two drinks. And let me tell you, swimming in an island is a whole other experience.
The swings there are one of the reasons many now know about Bali, but what you might not know is that there are several ones, and their prices vary. So compare between prices, ask if they have life insurance (better safe than sorry) and ask them to check the pictures taken by tourists, and happy swinging!
Bali is beautiful and is surely one of the destinations closest to my heart, and so if you’re not going there for a honeymoon, substitute the fancy villa with a cheaper one, I stayed in Puri Suksma Ubud and it was a nice little hotel with a stunning view. Of course it isn’t like staying at a fancy villa that overlooks the rice terrace or coffee fields but it will definitely do.
One thing that bothered me personally was their currency. You can spend millions there, yes literally speaking, because 100 dollars equal a million and something rupiah! So as a person who sucks at math, it was hectic for me. Especially that you have to compare the prices of trips in dollars, so you would know how to bargain. So my advice is, choose a math geek to join your group.
Other than that, the experience at Bali is a new one, and can be enjoyed at a very reasonable price if you don’t go all fancy.
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