Egyptians like to take advantage of every single public holiday, we bridge them with weekends to make our vacation time longer, and most importantly we always make sure to get the best out of it. However when it comes to trip ideas they are more or less the same and mostly within Egypt; the North Coast or El-Sokhna if there is no intention to spend so much money on accommodation -who doesn’t have at least one friend who owns a place to stay in- or to waste too much time driving, Sharm, Hurghada and Gouna come as a second option to those wanting to pamper themselves in the luxury of 5 stars hotels and enjoy nightlife at its best.
Here is why…
Relaxing on the beach in Egypt by Ger & Audrey
Travel is exclusive to the rich, is it?
We mistakenly think that traveling abroad requires a fortune, and that travel is exclusively made for the filthy rich.
Filthy Rich by David Blackwell
Good news: You can travel abroad 2 to 3 times a year and spending a great time only by giving up on; luxury hotels, riding taxis, eating & snacking during the whole trip at fancy restaurants, bistros and cafes, spending irresponsibly and above all shopping like a maniac.
Last Minute Plans
We never plan ahead, we mostly take last minute decisions “let’s pack and go to X place now” -random plans can be really cool, but it doesn’t work for International destinations & doesn’t work everytime. And what’s funny is that we mostly go to the same places, so we don’t even explore the hidden gems of our country.
A very loaded car ready to hit the road by Tim Gould
Good news: The internet -that we use 24/7- is a huge online platform that offers all kind of information regarding everything you need to know about travel all at your fingertips, put some effort because what you need is a bit of research and planning, and voilà you’re touring the world.
Avoiding the “Visa Hassle”
We hate going through the visa process. Egyptians suffer a big deal when applying for Entry Visas to anywhere in the world -except for those 44 Visa-Free destinations–, with tons of ridiculous documents required and an appointment at the embassy that is booked 2-3 months in advance, standing in long queues and waiting.
Going through the Visa hassle by RiveraNotario
Good news: Although the visa process is quite annoying and sometimes even exhausting, traveling abroad is definitely worthwhile.
Getting Vacation approvals
We tend to give this lame excuse to blame it on anyone but ourselves.
Good News: If you have a silly boss, the solution is plan your vacations several months in advance, I dare you if s/he’ll ever say no (if he said no, that means he is inconsiderate, look for another job…I mean it)
Photo courtesy: Luke Addison
Hate to plan
Though it’s the most entertaining part of any trip -I am sure that everyone will disagree-, we hate the planning & booking part, what we really wish for is calling an agent who takes the money then does all the rest; put us on the first flight, plan everything, and why not also pack for us?
Trip Planning* by Laura
*These places are more or less cliches :), Barcelona’s touristic places.
Good news: Imagine yourself planning every single detail of your trip, booking the cheapest flights, saving unnecessary costs, finding out on your own if there is any famous festivals/events to attend, or -even better- exploring un-touristic places. Come on act like a traveller, not a tourist fooled by all kind of scams.
Cliched tourist photo next to Pisa Tower by Fugu Tabetal
Cannot live without our own car
We always want to have our own car to hop from one place to another, or an outing to another.
Good news: You can always get a map, walk, cycle/hire a scooter -with minimal risk of getting killed-, or use public transportations. Come on these are things that we don’t do in Egypt, don’t you want to try it abroad for a change?
Discovering the city using a map by Ed Yourdon
We are always out of resources, because we tend to spend our money irresponsibly on unnecessary stuff, then regret it later.
Good news: Monthly set aside a pre-defined amount of money and stick to that saving plan. A wise man -Warren Buffet- once said: “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.“
Empty pockets, totally broke by Dan Moyle
Struggling to find people with common interest
We barely find people with common interest to travel with, those who like to travel are mostly shopaholics or cliched tourists.
Shopaholics by tiny_packages
Good news: Share with your friends the kind of trips that you are interested in, as they might have a friend or two with common interest -pick your travel companion carefully as traveling with the wrong one can be fatal, it can ruin the whole trip.
Picking the right people by Michael Heiss
- You can travel alone, if you enjoy your own company -traveling alone has its own benefits and its own kind of fun.
- If Adventure Travel is your thing, you can easily join pre-arranged trips organized by Adventure Travel agencies without even having to go through “looking for people to join” hassle.
Group activity by Zach Dischner
Sticking to our comfort zone
We resist change, prefer to remain in our comfort zone, we lean towards traveling to places that we know to avoid any surprises or bad turn of events.
Good news: What the world has to offer is beyond our imagination; experience, exposure, traditions, culture/culture shock, food, festivals, nature, local encounters, adventures, you name it. You have to step out of your comfort zone; It’s never too late, and you’re never too old to explore, or to embark on new journeys and try new things. Life is about taking risks, and if there is No Risk, there is No Fun. As Neale Donald Walsch beautifully put it: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Stepping out of your comfort zone by Nicolas Baltenneck
No one can deny that Egypt is filled with hidden gems, that most of us ignore, still haven’t experienced, seen or even heard about, and exploring them is a must do, however traveling abroad is of equal importance. Experiences come in so many forms, and getting inside a culture is certainly one of them.
It’s time to enjoy what the world has to offer 🙂