Having a plan before traveling to Egypt is a very important issue in order to have an exciting trip free of any troubles all through your as there are lots of places to visit in Egypt, some very recommended activities and other not recommended ones, lots of good places to stay at and others not that good so in order to manage your Egypt Trips and plan them in a perfect way, you should definitely know the main things to avoid in Egypt and that is why we have included in this article the main points to keep in mind while planning a vacation in Egypt so keep reading to get our point.
What to Avoid While Being in Egypt??
1- Avoid Traveling Without A Currency Converter App
It is highly recommended to have such a converter app with you while being in Egypt so that you don’t get deceived by anyone of the locals or at any place as this app show, you the exact exchange rate of the same day and that is how you will get the best exchange rate.
2- Avoid Not Knowing All About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt
Unfortunately, some travelers who visit Egypt alone without booking a tour with a travel agency miss actually a lot from the main sites in Egypt through spending lots of time at one or two places without visiting the other attractive sites but a travel agency with professional tour guides are exactly what you need to book with in order to have a real satisfactory vacation.
3- Avoid Drinking From the Tap Water in Egypt
It is highly not recommended to drink from the tap water since it is heavily chlorinated and it is even not being drunk by the locals unless it is treated or being purified so it is highly recommended for any traveler to buy bottled water while being in Egypt from and shop or market and drink lots of water during the day tour. The cost of a bottle of water is only 3 to 5 EGP in Egypt and can be found anywhere so you won’t face any kind of problem regarding having them.
4- Make Sure Not to Book Hotels on Your Own Before Scheduling Your Tour With the Travel Agency
Sometimes, tourists find it much cheaper to book hotels & domestic flights on their own and hire only a tour guide and a private car from the travel agency but they eventually discover that all of their bookings don’t even match the tours schedule or the Nile Cruise schedule and as a result, the tour itinerary won’t be doable. So the main advice regarding this point is that the guest should check with the agency first the itinerary he or she wants to go for, which special requirements the traveler wants to apply, and then based on the agreed on the itinerary, the traveler should do the necessary bookings to enjoy some of the best Egypt Tour Packages is a rich historical country like Egypt.
5- Avoid Waiting Till the Last Moment Before Your Arrival Date
Egypt is a wonderful tourist country that contains lots of amazing sites & landmarks and it is visited by thousands of tourists during the whole year and for your knowledge, the peaked seasons in Egypt are the Easter and the Christmas ones and you need to book your vacation in Egypt as soon as you can to guarantee that there will be available for you as if you come to book a couple of months or a month prior to your arrival, you may not find availability for you.
6- Avoid Wearing Inappropriate Clothes
You need to make sure that you pack culturally appropriate clothes with you before your arrival to Egypt as Egypt is an Islamic country and it is not appropriate at all to wear mini-skirts, scrappy tops, shorts, or that clothes that reveal too much of the one’s flesh as it will bring upon you too much unnecessary attention especially if you are a woman so make sure to wear what fits culture in Egypt and what makes you feel comfortable.
Here are some of the recommended clothes to wear in Egypt:
- Maxi skirts & dresses
- Pants & Jeans
- Cotton blouses
- Loose fitted trousers
- Jumpsuits if you are in a coastal city or on board of a Nile Cruise.
7- Don’t Forget to Tip in Egypt
Tipping is actually part of the Egyptian culture and it seems that everyone in Egypt expects that you give him “Baksheesh” after offering you some kind of service. It is something that is not obligatory but it is also expected and you need to give tips to the ones who offer you satisfactory services during your vacation in Egypt just like the local tour guide, the driver, the waiter at a restaurant, the cabin crew, and similar people whom you may meet and require their services. That is why you need to have some cash with you for the tipping matter to give money in a small currency like the 5 or the 10 pounds.
8- Avoid Buying Gold Without Doing Lots of Research
Since gold is purer and much cheaper from foreign countries, lots of tourists love buying gold during their vacation in Egypt but unfortunately, there are some gold scams by the Egyptians for the tourists who don’t have enough experience in gold just like weighting it incorrectly or manipulating in the price of the gold of the day without letting the tourists know. So you need to do your research to make sure you are getting the golden items at the best price.
9- Avoid Heading to Unsafe Places in Egypt
There are so many attractions in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria, and other cities in Egypt that should be visited and spend a vacation around but there are some places that aren’t recommended for travelers just like Sinai or the Western Desert which you can actually visit but things may change due to some political issues and they may not be safe for travelers.
There are some essential things to pack with you for your Egypt vacation including:
- An Entry Visa can be obtained upon arrival for some nationalities and should be prepared in advance for other nationalities so you need to check first whether you can obtain your visa upon arrival to Egypt or whether you need to head to the Egyptian embassy in your country to apply for the visa.
- Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all travelers are required to bring a negative PCR test with them that should be issued a maximum of 72 hrs prior to their arrival.
- A valid Passport that has a validity of at least 6 months prior to the date of the arrival.
- Suitable comfortable clothes that match the season of the visit and of course suitable hiking shoes to be able to tour around without any pain.
- And medicine that the traveler is used to taking daily.
- The Tour should be booked with a travel agency and the traveler should be accompanied by a local tour guide who knows all of the most visited places, the timing that should be spent on each site, the best sites to do shopping trips, and also have the best negotiation skills to assist the guest to buy the things he or she wants with the most reasonable prices.
- Exchange some of your money in EGP and make sure to keep a little amount of cash with you for any emergencies or for any small purchases.
- Learn some Arabic words and phrases to be able to communicate with the locals who don’t speak English.
As a final word, make sure not to spend so much time worrying about unnecessary things in Egypt as it is such a lovely country that is blessed with so many natural, historical, and cultural destinations to visit and the majority of tourists who come to visit it, love every single moment they spend in Egypt and always hope to be able to return to it again in the future. So start preparing for your adventure and let your dream begin.
Saad Mushtaq was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Saad Mushtaq has contributed to many online publications including the PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Saad Mushtaq earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Saad Mushtaq follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.Thanks
8 Proven Tips to Have a Sound Sleep During a Long-Haul International Flight
There’s nothing worse than a 12-hours long international flight across the ocean and your eyes wide-open throughout the journey with no hope of sleep.
Deprived of sleep, you will experience significant jetlag for at least two days. And, this could be a problem regardless of whether you are headed out on a family vacation or an International client presentation.
While having a sound sleep on an aeroplane is challenging, some practical tips help you ease some discomfort.
So, read on as we put forth proven tips for you to enjoy good sleep during a long International flight.
First things first, if you have a fear of flying, then you will probably be anxious during the trip. And, anxiety won’t let you sleep. There are several ways to fight anxiety but the most effective one being enrolling on an online fearless-flyer program.
An effective fear of flying course includes lectures from veteran flight captains and crew members that will help you deal with your claustrophobia, fear of heights, panic attacks, and fear of turbulence.
By undergoing the course, you will be able to deal with your fear permanently, so that the next time you fly with confidence.
The window seat is the most preferred pick if you have plans to sleep during your entire trip. Since the seat is against the wall of the aeroplane, you can lean on it.
You will have more space and won’t be nudged by your neighbour thus you can easily drift off. Those in the aisle and middle seat are often jolted by other passengers. Also, you will have some control of the window shade.
Think twice about opting for an exit row seat. Yes, you will get the extra room space, but the exit row seats do not recline.
#3 Skip the Caffeine
Especially, for a daytime flight — even when the slightest ray of light through the window is a distraction— you should stay clear of caffeine. You will find it baffling to sleep if the caffeine is coursing through the veins.
Avoid the temptation to have a cup of coffee before boarding the plane. Stick to water or lemonade and no alcohol.
For better sleep, you need to drown out all the surrounding noises. High-quality noise-cancelling headphones are effective at preventing disturbance caused by the kids in the back seats or the chatting passengers.
Opt for wireless headphones which are Bluetooth enabled so that you can play the music via your smartphone.
You need to understand there is a fine line between staying hydrated on a long-haul flight and distributing your co-passengers now and then as you rush to the restroom.
But, during the long flight, you may get dehydrated if you are not taking enough fluids. Dehydration can lead to headaches and nausea eventually disturb sleep.
Do not count on beer for hydration.
#6 Bring an Eye Mask
The more you can block external plane elements such as plane noise and light, the more quickly you will fall asleep.
Buy an eye mask that blocks the lights from your neighbour’s laptop screen, also easily contours to your face for great comfort.
Avoid foods that are heavy on carbs and no spicy stuff, as such foods cause indigestion. The ingestion may cause anxiety which may not let you sleep.
You know your body better, so eat what is easy to digest and comfortable on the body before heading on to sleep.
Yes, the crew may give you a pillow, airline pillows are not too comfortable. You will sleep better and more comfortably if you bring your pillow.
Opt for a pillow that supports your slides. It would be helpful if your seat does not have a recliner option.
If all the above fails, there are several options for over-the-counter medicine to assist you in sleep. Take medicine prescribed by your doctor. Do a ground test to be assured that there are side effects before you pop the pill while on the aeroplane.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]
A few Tips for your Next Road Trip | Travel Safe 2021
Road trips are an exciting way to spend some time with your friends and family as well as to explore new locations. Driving your car on highways with beautiful and picturesque views on either side is quite an experience. However, there are certain things that you should keep in mind to avoid getting stuck in any inconvenience situation. Just like you take care of yourself and your family it is essential to take care of and look after your automobile. Here we will give you some tips that you should keep in mind when taking your vehicle on a road trip.
- Keep extra tyres: you may have to encounter a flat tire due to several reasons. These emergencies never come announced and therefore it is always a good idea to keep an extra set of tires with you. Getting stranded in the middle of the road with no auto repair shop anywhere nearby is a situation that we all want to avoid. If the problem is as simple as a flat tire you can get yourself out of this dicey situation by carrying a set of extra tires. You and your friends can work together to replace the flat. This way you don’t have to push your vehicle to an auto repair shop and you can take care of the car yourself. Make sure you also have all the necessary pieces of equipment required to change tyres. Any good mechanic shop near you will tell you the importance of carrying an extra pair of tyres.
- Carry maps: road trips are all about exploring new places and discovering new regions. Therefore, it is extremely important to always carry a roadmap with you. Do not depend on passer-by as they may be wrong or you may not find anyone nearby to ask for directions. Always keep a hard copy of the roadmap with you. This can help you to get to an area where there are some people or hotels to rest for the night.
- Rent a car: if you do not have your own car to take on the road trip or if you cannot depend on your vehicle then it is best to hire a car from a trustworthy agency. Make sure you hire a car from a reliable and dependable agency. You may also hire car service from your friends if you trust them. No matter where you get the automobile from, make sure it is in good condition.
- An additional fuel: if you are on a road trip you would have to travel miles and miles so it is better to have an extra fuel for the car. This point possesses a separate article to be discussed but here you can go through with some importance of taking extra oil. Sometimes you have to drive on road with minimal oil stations on the way so don’t get yourself stuck on unusual areas. Also make sure you don’t keep the oil or gas inside the car. You can carry a safe container and put it in back of the car so it wont give any smell or unusual accident.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
Stick to Your Exercise Routine When You’re A Digital Nomad
Physical fitness refers to the ability of a person to perform some type of physical activity. It is the natural condition that human beings have to do any activity.
Physical fitness is something that a person develops over time. Any quality can be improved through practice and effort.
Each person has a different physical quality for what he/she develops better, however, whatever that quality is, one must have good physical fitness, which, among other components, consists of aerobic capacity and flexibility.
The healthy human being maintains a biopsychosocial balance. Physical and mental health are closely linked and impact productivity, functionality, and adaptability to daily demands. It is expected that the interrelation of the different human dimensions will manifest itself proportionally, that is, the greater the physical health, the greater the intellectual capacity, or vice versa. This study is based on the assumption that people who exercise frequently may be healthier and have greater cognitive or mental performance than people who do not exercise regularly.
If you are a digital nomad, you must probably feel very lucky, and rightly so. But being constantly on the road requires some extra physical effort through your poor body; you only have one and this one keeps you going. So, respect it.
Three factors will determine your fitness level while you are on the move. Firstly the inner strength to achieve the desired results, then the actual body workout to remain in shape, and last but not least the healthy eating habits. Let’s have a look at them.
Tips for staying fit as a digital nomad
1: Work on your motivation
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, digital nomads need that extra motivation to convince themselves that they have to stay strong when following the nomadic lifestyle. Your routine has now changed; you find new ‘homes’ every now and then. It’s difficult to stick to a daily program. And what about all these wonderful temptations out there?
You can’t easily resist. And you don’t have to; at least not always. Just remember to make a commitment to yourself that you will find the courage to make up for that crazy last night. Everything is part of the journey. Finding the right balance is the key.
2: Try to exercise once a day
If you decide to live and work in the developed world, and especially in big metropolises, things are rather easy regarding your workout choices. You will definitely find a gym around the city, where you can usually ask for membership according to the length of your stay.
If your nomad budget allows it, you may also stay at hotels that provide a swimming pool or again gym. Look for yoga or pilates lessons as an alternative workout; you can easily fit them into your schedule (Yoga is a very healthy habit!).
Remember that since your job is mostly done through a computer screen in a seated position, it is advised to take regular breaks; for the sake of both your eyes and your body. A brief rejuvenating workout will not only get your blood flowing but help you concentrate better as well. You are fine if you manage to exercise 3-4 times a week, while in the meantime you do some beautiful full-body stretching exercises.
3: Keep moving around!
A good idea to keep you moving while working, would be to change often corners within your workstation, or simply change the workspace (if possible) a lot of times, daily. Sitting for a prolonged time at the same spot will only harm you, and you don’t want that.
When it comes to living in the developing world, trying to find and stick to a workout routine might be a more challenging task. Here, you probably have to improvise a lot. The easiest thing you can do is to walk around the place, which has double benefits: sightseeing and exercise. Same with hiking; find out about hiking trails in your location and start walking.
Depending on where you stay, you may also take part in local recreation activities, which is also a great way to meet new people. For example, you can take salsa lessons in Brazil, practice martial arts in India or go snorkeling in Zanzibar. Biking is another good option since you can find it almost everywhere and it’s cheap as well.
The point is that wherever you are, look out for workout facilities. If you don’t really fancy the gum cause you find it rather impersonal, try a local park during off-peak hours; or go for jogging early morning when the town is still asleep. You may even do some bodyweight in your room (if there is enough space): you need no equipment, it can be short in time, plus, you do see results.
However, exercise alone won’t be enough to get the results you want. And this is where eating habits come in the game.
4: Master your diet and eating habits!
Don’t freak out; by diet, I definitely don’t mean a weekly diet plan or the like, neither I am planning to bombard you with do’s and don’ts. It’s just that there are a few nice tips that seem to keep up well with your workouts. Cause creating healthy eating habits is one more vital factor to keep you strong as you move.
Number one on your list should be hydration, especially when you live in hot-climate countries. Keep a bottle of water with you when you go outdoors and don’t underestimate its necessity.
While preparing for a trip, it’s good to pack some healthy snacks; this way you avoid eating here and there like a pig (aka junk food). And try to eat healthy meals most of the time. Alright, you don’t have to be perfect. Besides, you only live once. So, yes, go for that yummy extra fattening local specialty without feeling much guilty (well…once in a while).
As to what this ‘diet’ would be nice to consist of, here we are: Look for protein-based food. Protein will fill your stomach with ‘healthy’ calories, plus it will help build muscle. Moreover, be generous when consuming vegetables, especially the green ones, as they are very rich in nutrients, much needed for your body.
The combination of a regular workout with a relatively right diet, will not only make you stronger and healthier, which you need when you travel often. It will also make sure that the calories are there to build muscle instead of making you fat. Remember that no one expects you to follow advice 100%.
Arslan Fazal is a student of the Aust Abbottabad University of Science and Technology. He started his graduation in 2016 and graduated in 2020. I’m a professional article and blog writer, has written dozens of content on different topics and worked with professionals all over the globe. Feel free to contact me for any assistance. [email protected]
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