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Satisfying Your Wanderlust When You Can’t Travel

Coronavirus has impacted every single part of our day to day lives, with Governments around the world restricting travel and domestic activities.

Ultimately, for most of us, overseas travel is off the cards for the time being.

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So what do you do if you’ve got compulsive Wanderlust and you can’t satisfy it by jetting off to a new far-flung part of the world?

 

A Piece of Advice First

 

Our first piece of advice would be to ensure you follow your local government guidance which is ever-changing. At the time of writing, there’s no real restriction on movement domestically within the UK, but in Spain, parks and open spaces are out of bounds.

So check your local laws before taking any of the tips in this article on board.

 

Fall in Love with Your Local Area

Many of us have parks, woodlands, forests and open areas that we have never even been too. And for lots of us, it’s easy to head out to open space without even seeing another person – helping us keep safe social distances in the current climate.

 

Check out Google Maps and look for open spaces near you and go explore somewhere close to home you’ve never been before.

 

Start on Next Year’s Travel Plans

I don’t know about you but one of the best ways that I get over the post-holiday blues is by getting planning the next one. And while this year is looking uncertain for now, what’s stopping you planning next year’s travel itinerary.

 

Scouring Pinterest, Tripadvisor and online travel websites is a great way to start making a wishlist. Something special to look forward to when this crisis is over

 

Virtual Reality Travel

If you have a virtual reality headset (our favorite is the Oculus Quest but there are lots of alternatives) then you have a world of virtual travel at your fingertips. The Youtube app for Oculus has tonnes of VR content from great organizations like National Geographic that let you immersively experience far-flung corners of the planet.

 

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can always make it a visit to space!

 

The Home Staycation

For those of us who simply love to travel, isolation and a lot more time at home can be a challenging time for our mental health.

 

Try and find the time to talk to others, do things that relax you and keep in touch with friends and loved ones in whatever ways you can.

 

And if Covid-19 isolation is really affecting your mental health, there are tonnes of amazing organizations that can help including https://www.mhanational.org/get-involved/contact-us in the USA and https://www.samaritans.org/ in the UK.

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We are travelers. We know how to do it right. 20 years of process planning, negotiation, and fun experience have helped establish Business-Class.com as a reliable agency for first and business class travel. We are happy to share our experiences and savings!

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  • Barcelona ($ 1,754).
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We guarantee maximum value for your trip by negotiating low prices for available seats and matching those seats to your schedule and budget.

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Many websites and agencies simply allow the algorithm to provide clients with a cookie-cutter offering. It’s fast, but it doesn’t always save you time.

Business-Class.com is an advanced OTA specializing in international first class and business class travel. Helps you book a personalized trip that meets your needs and plans, our dedicated agents understand what you’re looking for, and leverage our extensive supply and industry knowledge to make it ideal for business class travel Offers various options.

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Top Rated Tourist Attractions to Visit in Egypt in Winter Season

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Some people consider that Egypt revolves only around the Nile and Giza Pyramids and they don’t actually realize that it is a country that has more than 7,000 years of amazing fascinating history, culture, and civilization and based on this, you will find a collection of the best and the most magical sites to visit on each tourist city in Egypt which uncover the greatness of the ancients through having a tour around such dazzling attractions. Egypt Tours is the best travel agency to enjoy life and to spend a unique Egypt vacation in the Winter season and that is exactly what you need to enjoy and have fun with the ones you love, so check which destinations and attractions you want to enjoy in Egypt and start planning your adventure with the dearest ones to your heart.

Best Places to Visit in Egypt in Winter

Here is a list of the top-rated attractions and landmarks to visit in Egypt and all of what you need to do is to check which among them are interesting to you and deserve your visit whenever you get the chance although if you ask for what we request places to visit in Egypt in winter, we will say that all of them are highly recommended to be visited because of their greatness and their rich history.

1. The Wonderful Giza Pyramids

What can be mentioned at the top of our list rather than the three captivating Pyramids in Giza Complex that were built more than 4500 years ago as tombs to three of the most interesting pharaohs in the past who were Khufu, Khafre, and Macquarie? the pyramid of Khufu is one of the most recognizable attractions all around the world and is, in fact, one of the Seven Wonders of the World so how can you come to Egypt and miss a visit to such a bewitching spot.

You will also find extra attractions in the complex that will make your day just like the fabulous sculpture of the mythical Sphinx and the amazing Valley temple where there are so many untold stories regarding mummification and the ancient Egyptians’ rituals.

2. The East & the West Banks of Luxor

Luxor is the most recommended destination for those who love adventure and seek to spend unforgettable tour packages to Egypt in the winter. Luxor was supposed to be the capital of Egypt since it was established in the location of Thebes, the old capital of Egypt and it has inside some of the most invaluable treasures of the ancients. The first spot you need to visit in Luxor is its east bank where there are two of the most memorable temples of Karnak & Luxor. Luxor is actually called the biggest open-air museum because of the amount of sightseeing on its land. Then, you can head to its west bank where there are extra fabulous attractions like the Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, the breathtaking Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and some extra sites that belong to great kings and queens from the New Kingdom so you will enjoy a lot while being there.

3. The Amazing Part of Old Cairo

Just like how Giza is rich with the tiptop tourist sightseeing, Old Cairo is another terrific destination that has lots of incredible Islamic & Coptic attractions that amaze all types of tourists and allow them to explore a great part of culture and religion in Egypt. So you can join your tour guide first to head to the Egyptian Museum that contains a huge collection of the ancients’ treasures and antiques. You will love your adventure there especially if you entered the Mummy Room to check the mummy of king Ramses II and also if you got the chance to get inside the room where the treasures of the young pharaoh, Tutankhamun were kept including his golden mask.

Then, you will be able to enjoy a long walk around the hypnotic Islamic mosques & madrassas just like Mohamed Ali, El-Refai, Sultan Hassan, Amr Ibn El-As Mosques plus having the best opportunity to have a shopping tour but your shopping this time won’t be as what you enjoy every time as shopping in Khan El-Khalili is unique and spectacular since you will find there all of what you may need to buy from accessories, clothes, bags, antiques, and lots of other things were their price tags comes in different values, so get ready to enjoy the finest things while being in Egypt.

4. The Beautiful Nubian City “Aswan”

There are lots of beautiful places in Egypt and Aswan city is the most beautiful one of them as nature there is more beautiful than any nature painting you have ever seen and the houses of the Nubians are really gorgeous. You will be able to spend some time between the Nubians to know a lot about their culture and how they managed to keep their heritage up to date. You should head to Elephantine Island there and enjoy the beauty of all attractions around you. In addition to the beautiful nature all around, you will get impressed with the fabulous historical sightseeing you will find just like the High Dam, the great Unfinished Obelisk, the Spectacular Philae Temple, and don’t forget to ride a camel towards the St. Simeon monastery and have a tour around such a great ancient site.

Another attraction that you should definitely visit while being in Aswan is the hypnotic Abu Simbel Temple that is located only a few kilometers from Aswan and it is really special as it was built by the great pharaoh Ramses II and it was adorned with some colossal statues that are standing to guard the temple. The decorations and inscriptions over the two temples of Abu Simbel clarify a lot about the ancient history of Egypt, the first peace treaty ever been signed in the history of mankind, and also shows the amazing love story that was between the king and his wife, Nefertari.

5. Nile Cruise Excursion

After knowing the best sites to visit in Aswan and in Luxor, you should know that the best possible way to tour around them and enjoy the best possible sailing tours there is through booking a Nile Cruise adventure and the best thing regarding such tours is that you will have lots of options in front of you. For example, you can spend 3/4/7 nights’ accommodation on the board of a Nile cruise. You can start your adventure from either Aswan or Luxor.

There are hundreds of Nile cruises in Egypt that are divided into different categories and the most recommended of them is the 5* deluxe and the 5* High Luxury Nile cruises as they really care for their services and the type of accommodation they offer to their customers but anything less than this won’t be sufficient at all when it comes to furniture, food, and facilities on board.

6. The Fabulous Alexandria city

Just like what we have mentioned, Egypt is rich with breathtaking sites, some of them are historical and others are natural ones and when it comes to Alexandria city, you will find that it is a city that combines between both features in Egypt with is the coastal side that overlooks at the Mediterranean Sea and the other side that contains some of the most interesting landmarks including the fascinating Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa, Qaitbay Citadel, Pompey’s Pillar, and the bewitching Library that attracts people from around the universe.

7. The Beautiful White Desert

There, nature speaks out loud with the majestic shaped chalk mountains and the spectacular landscapes that look like something you see in science fiction. You will be able to overnight in the desert and enjoy unforgettable camping in the desert below the beautiful sky and while being surrounded by huge icy mountains. If you love nature and want to have the best overnight adventure, don’t miss a visit to such a terrific destination.

8. St. Catherine’s Monastery

You won’t believe the number of tourists who come all that long to have a visit to such an old monastery that is considered the oldest one to be built in the world and it stands close to Mount Sinai which is another hypnotic touristy site where Moses received the ten commandments of Allah and that is how that place got its religious reputation and importance. So take your steps towards repentance and head towards such a magical sight.

 

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Everest Base Camp is one of the most serene places on earth. Surrounded by the tallest Himalayan peaks, you will be in absolute awe of nature in the Base Camp. You don’t have to be an expert mountaineer to experience the natural landscape of the Everest region. 

Trekking to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8848m) is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Trekkers from all around the world flock over the region to complete this incredible adventure. This exciting trek offers you magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), and other snow-capped mountains. 

Moreover, there are various trekking routes to reach the Everest Base Camp (EBC). The classic trek route from Lukla to EBC can get quite crowded at peak seasons. You can’t avoid the crowd at the last stretch towards EBC but there are certain alternative remote trails in the beginning. 

You can also take a helicopter ride that reduces the itinerary and the difficulty of the trek. Hence, various alternative routes will provide you a new perspective of the Everest region. But what are the various ways to reach EBC? You might wonder. Read on to know more about the 3 ways to reach Everest Base Camp and other relevant information in detail.

The 3 Ways to Reach Everest Base Camp

1. Luxury Trek

Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is one of the best routes to the highest mountain base camp in the world. This luxurious trek is comfortable and takes you to the base camp of Mt. Everest (8848m) in a short time. 

The trip will start with a scenic adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek journey then starts from Lukla as you trek to Phakding before arriving at Namche Bazaar. We acclimatize at Namche Bazaar for a day then continue our trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m). There we can visit the famous Tengboche monastery and experience the spiritual atmosphere. 

We then make our way from Tengboche to Dingboche which lies at an altitude of 4410m. We acclimatize for the second time at Dingboche. We then trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940m) via Duglha (4,600 m). The trek then extends from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. We will hike to Base Camp (5,335 m) and return to Gorak Shep (5,164m). 

After trekking from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,643 meters), we fly back to Lukla on an adventurous helicopter ride. The 30 min Helicopter return ride from Kala Patthar to Lukla is the highlight of the trek. Finally, we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu via a mountain flight observing the aerial views of the Everest region for one last time.

The trails of this incredible trek pass through the fantastic landscapes. You will also get to observe the majestic views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848 meters), Mt Lhotse (8,516 meters), Mt. Amadablam (6,856 meters), Mt. Nuptse (7,855 meters), and others. 

Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the ideal time for EBC Luxury Trek. You can also explore the rich and unique Sherpas culture and heritage. There are local Buddhist monasteries along the trail that provide an insight into the religion and lifestyle of the mountain people.

 Everest Base

You will stay at the 4-star deluxe accommodation of Yeti Mountain Home in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche. Besides that, you will also stay in cozy and comfortable teahouses and lodges en route to the Base Camp. This luxurious trek also includes full-body ayurvedic massages, fine dining, spa treatment, hot showers, Wi-Fi, and other facilities.

This spectacular trek is ideal for those trekkers who have a busy schedule or who do not want to trek for a long duration. Overall, this EBC luxury trek is an incredible adventure and one of the best ways to reach Everest Base Camp.  

2. The Standard Route

The Standard EBC trek route is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. Thousands of trekkers flock through the region to take this standard route to Everest Base Camp. After taking an adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we start our trekking journey to Phakding (2800m). 

After trekking for 3-4 hrs we arrive at Phakding. The following day we trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438 m). We acclimatize at Namche Bazaar for the day. There are various acclimatization points in Namche Bazaar. We then trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870 m).

From Tengboche, we trek to Dingboche (4360 m) and then from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m). The trail from Lobuche – Gorak Shep – EBC (5360 m) – Gorak Shep is quite challenging and takes around 7-8 hrs to complete. The trail then leads us from Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (5555 m) from where we trek back to Pheriche. 

 

We trek back to Namche Bazaar (3438 m) from Pheriche on a 6-7 hrs trek. We take the same trail that we took earlier and trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800 m). Finally, we take an adventurous flight from Lukla – Kathmandu (1400 m) experiencing the scenic mountain vista. You can explore historical places in Kathmandu valley for a few hours.

3. From Gokyo valley

The trek route from Gokyo valley is another exciting way to reach Everest Base Camp. In this trek we take the route via Gokyo valley to arrive at the EBC. The route is similar to the standard route as we arrive at Lukla from an adventurous mountain flight. 

 

We then trek from Lukla to Phakding (2,840 m). The trail then takes us from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,445 m). The trek then stops at Namche for acclimatization. The route diverges from the standard route as we trek from Namche to Dole (4,038 m). From Dole, we trek to the settlement of Machermo (4,470 m).

We will finally arrive at Gokyo (4,800 m) after 3-4 hrs trek from Machermo. Gokyo is our next acclimatization point. We then trek from Gokyo Ri to Thaknak (5,367 m). The trail then takes us from Thaknak to Dzongla (5,420 m) via Cho La Pass on a challenging 7-8 hrs trek.

We will then trek from Dzongla to Gorak Shep (5,170 m). From Gorak Shep, we trek to the famous EBC (5,335 m) and then return to Gorak Shep. The trek then turns towards Periche and then to Namche Bazaar. We then trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla from where we fly back to Kathmandu.

The Final Say

The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most loved treks in the world. While the standard route is quite popular among trekkers, there are various alternative routes as well. You can also take the EBC luxury trek which reduces the trek itinerary and difficulty by a significant amount. 

Safety note: you must be aware of high altitude sickness above the altitude of 3000m.

Moreover, the alternative route through the Gokyo valley is also quite exciting. The remote trails will take you away from the crowded atmosphere of the region. Proper packing and preparation is essential for this high altitude trek. Trekkers must carry basic hiking gears like hiking boots, hiking clothes, sleeping bags, and others during their trek.

We hope you learned everything you need to know about the 3 ways to reach Everest Base Camp. Hence, you can choose any one of these routes for your trekking adventure.

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