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Travel Guide: How to Travel on a Budget

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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.

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Baron Palace: What You Need to Know About the Ongoing Restoration Process

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The Baron Palace, one of Cairo’s most prestigious and astounding landmarks will open its doors to welcome the public next October as 90% of the renovation process that began last year has been completed.

Restoration process started last year in August and had cost around 100 million EGP. Now, the long wait is almost over as Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, has announced that 90% of the restoration project has been indeed completed.

You may have heard of the controversy that surrounded the renovation process when pictures of the palace emerges with another burnt sienna color, many found it outrages and began complaining about how the restoration process has ruined the beauty of the place and that the outer color isn’t a match to the previous light beige.

In response to these speculations, the minister of antiquities toured the historic palace for a follow up on the development of the restoration project. The minister then assured the public that the color hasn’t been changed and that they are the same as the original ones, only that the impact of weather and time caused people to believe the palace’s color changed after its restoration.

The Baron Palace is truly a one of a kind architectural masterpiece that was built by the Belgian millionaire Édouard Empain, who came to Egypt at the end of the 19th century from India. The palace is located in the heart of Heliopolis in Cairo and covers an area of around 12.5 thousand meters.

The palace is designed in a unique way in which it allows the sun rays to enter all of its rooms and lobbies, this is one of many reasons that make the palace one of the most luxurious palaces in Egypt.

 

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Giza’s Bent Pyramid Opens To The Public For The First Time

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Egypt has opened the Bent pyramid of Dahshur to visitors, the pyramid was built for the pharaoh Sneferu and is considered to be a key step in the evolution of pyramid construction.

The pyramid is now open to the public after restoration works have been completed, and as of last weekend the public are now allowed into the massive 4,600-year-old pyramid and can climb its 79-metre narrow tunnel from a raised entrance that leads to two chambers inside.

A man walking through the passage in the ‘bent’ pyramid of King Snefuru.

Visitors will also have access to an adjoining 18-metre high “side pyramid” that was possibly built for Sneferu’s wife Hetepheres, the pyramid is now open for the very first time since its excavation back in 1956.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany also reported on Saturday that Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a collection of stone, clay, wooden sarcophagi and mummies, in the Dahshur royal necropolis. All of which were uncovered during on-going excavation work that took place near the pyramid.

Anany also exclaimed that the Bent Pyramid along with other pyramids located in the area of Dahshur are all registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

We hope that such astounding discoveries and restoration to ancient landmarks can spur tourism and drive more tourists to the historical parts of Egypt.

 

 

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A Path For The Visually Impaired Inaugurated in the Egyptian Museum

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A new path in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir was inaugurated on June 20 for the visually impaired.

The inauguration of the new path was opened by Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy in the presence of 16 foreign ambassadors.

Such an impressive reform was developed under the vision of the Vivere all’ Italiana programme by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair. 

The path for the visually impaired was made by the Archaeological Centre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, the Egyptian Museum and the Museo Tattile Statale Omero in Ancona. 

This is considered as a huge step and quite the impressive gesture as it will allow people with disabilities to visit the Egyptian museum and learn more about the history of their country.

The new special itinerary relies upon the expertise of the Omero Museum in Ancona, where the visually impaired can enjoy art along with the rest of the public.

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is the first to apply this initiative but won’t be the last as more museums in the future will follow the same steps.

 

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