Basic Know-how When You Budget Travel to Egypt

Egypt is a wonderful land; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the River Nile, minarets and the first powerful, well-known civilizations. It is almost impossible to believe that it is easy to see all that it has to present when you budget travel to Egypt, but it is absolutely worth a try.

The formal name of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This excellent nation is situated in north-eastern Africa and is bordered by Jordan, Libya, Israel, Sudan and the Gaza Strip. Its largest city and capital is Cairo. Egypt covers over 997,000 sq. kilometers of the African continent and has an estimated number of 81 million inhabitants.

Going There

Going to Egypt is quite easy. A huge part of their economy is tourism and making it difficult to enter the region may definitely impact their tourism. Probable visitors who are thinking of budget travel to Egypt must know that visas may be acquired upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Language

The formal language of Egypt is Arabic. A lot of natives, though, converse with what is known as as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the local dialect. However, in schools and in other formal settings, the accepted kind of Arabic is the Standard Arabic.

Egyptians are known for their curiosity of other languages. There are quite a few Egyptians that can communicate in English in addition to Arabic. Also, due to the overwhelming number of visitors who arrive in Egypt from Europe, you may find out that a lot of Egyptians also converse in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also turned out to be an increasingly popular language to practice because, again, there are a big population of Russian travelers going to Egypt- especially in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Money

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound, written as LE- which is an acronym for the French term “livre egyptienne” (Egyptian pound). When written in numbers, the Egyptian pound indicator can be found in front of the numerals £. A lot of major hotels receive U.S. dollars. There are also a lot of various ATM’s good for use to receive Egyptian currency.

Shopping

When buying souvenirs in Egypt, if you are at a marketplace or buying goods from a road vendor, bartering is completely acceptable; it is even encouraged. The main reason for this is that costs are frequently marked up for visitors. Egypt’s products are thought of to be very fairly priced and depending on the types of lodging places that you desire to stay into, you are capable of getting by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.

Whatever you plan to shop for, whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Regardless of whether you are in the market for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely choices for you to buy when you budget travel to Egypt. There are lots of souvenirs and items available for visitors in Egypt. There are also a huge variety of designer shops available to shoppers at most of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.

Climate

One cannot go around several places without excellent weather, right? In general, winters are relatively temperate and summers are naturally) hot and quite dry. The best part? You will pretty much not carry around your raincoat as it rarely rains.

Ramadan

True to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a important Muslim holiday. In the course of Ramadan, Muslims fast daily, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would very much appreciated if tourists do not eat, consume liquid or smoke a cigarette in public.

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Deserts Galore

It has been mentioned that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the land encompassing the Nile are quite fertile and favorable to the development of crops. Once you plan to budget travel to Egypt, it is essential to understand that Egypt, in its entirety, is not fertile. As a matter of fact, Egypt is covered by 95% desert and is a continuation of the Sahara Desert.

Do not be deterred, however, since the desert land is in fact remarkable in itself and its vastness may in fact overwhelm you when you are able to see it in person.

Fun factoid: The Desert part of Egypt is one of the cleanest places you would ever go to. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it can be applied as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free. 

A lot of tourists go on guided desert tours once they budget travel to Egypt. Guided desert tours are obtainable in different increments-

– short tours, which can last up to 3 days

– extended tours, that can last in between 4 days to a full week

– and Desert excursions. Desert excursions are the ideal bet if you are interested in checking out everything the desert has to offer. These can last anywhere between 10 to 21 days. 

And there is quite a few to discover in the desert which includes sand dunes- excellent for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.

By Sea

It is possible to go to Egypt by land and also by sea! No budget travel to Egypt is complete without exploring the sea…and there are endless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, crystal clear water and an amazing coral reef for you to see. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of fish under the sea to see including: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish among others! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 various documented varieties of sharks that may be observed in the Red Sea.

Oases

Situated in then distant regions of Egypt, there are seven oases in the Western Desert which you can choose to go to when you budget travel to Egypt. An oasis is a confined area in the desert where there is vegetation, which is able to exist because of the oasis’ proximity to a water source (either a spring or other source of water). An oasis can be inhabited by animals and in the case of the Egytian oases, people.

These oases include:

–         Siwa Oasis

–         Bahariya Oasis

–         Karga Oasis

–         Dakhla Oasis and

–         Farafra Oasis

Luxor

Once you budget travel to Egypt, you will certainly want to go to Luxor. Populated by over 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and various items of Egyptian history.

Squeezing all there is to know about Egypt into one piece is virtually impossible. Do your research, choose a time to visit and Go! You will surely not be disappointed.

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