Secret Deals on Alexandria

One of the most amazing cities of the land of the Nile, Alexandria, nicknamed as the jewel of the Mediterranean, has a special magic of its own that attracts the love of many Egyptians and foreigners who spend their vacations in Egypt.

Although it doesn’t hosts startling monuments like Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan and it doesn’t enjoy the marvels of the Red Sea like Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, Alexandria offers many excitements to tourists who enjoy their holidays in Egypt.

Established in the 4th century BC by Alexander the Great during his visit to the Temple of the Oracle to gain legitimacy to rule Egypt, the city became the capital of Egypt for many centuries and an important cultural, political, and arts hub in the Middle East. Today, some travelers who tour Egypt usually spend one or two days in the jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. We would be having an insight in the most remarkable sites in Alexandria.

Qaitbey Fort

Constructed in the 15th century by the famous Mamluk Sultan and builder, Qaitbey, it became a landmark of Alexandria afterwards. Built to protect the Western section of the city against any attacks coming from the sea. It turned into a major touristic attraction that welcomes hundreds of travelers who tour Egypt.

Located in the Westernmost point of Alexandria, the fort can be seen from everywhere in the city. The most important sections of Fort Qaitbey include the oldest mosque in the city, a marvelously stone decorated Mihrab, a finely preserved building that was constructed with the remaining stones from the ancient lighthouse that was erected during the Pharaonic period.

The Roman Amphitheatre

The only one of the kind in Egypt, the Roman Amphitheatre was founded during the 4th century AD. The complex was discovered in the 20th century by coincidence when workers were trying to dig into the ground. Afterwards, it became a wonderful touristic site that welcomes many tourists who travel to Egypt.

With its U shape stage, the Roman Amphitheatre has 13 columns of marble steps that can accommodate more than 600 spectators. This distinctive complex is still used to host many artistic events and performances. Beside the theatre, there are many statues and other displays that were found in many sections around Alexandria in a wonderfully organized open-air museum.

Pompey’s Pillar

Another magnificent landmark of Alexandria, Pompey’s Pillar, together with the two sphinxes beside it, are the only remaining sections of a huge Roman temple that was constructed in the 3rd century BC. A visit to Pompey’s Pillar is commonly included to many travel packages to Egypt.

Made out of red granite, the pillar is 27 meters high with a base that has a diameter of around 3 meters. Located in the Western section of the city, this small yet impressive complex hosts a number of travelers who visit Egypt.

Montazah Complex and Gardens

The Montazah Complex was established at the end of the 19th century by Khedive Abbas Helmi II to be the summer resort of the royal family of Egypt at the time. Many tourists who travel to Egypt explore Al Montazah Complex for its wonderful gardens and a number of wonderfully decorated historical palaces.

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Things You Should Have For Summer Getaway

As soon as the temperature rises, school’s done for the year and about any cold beverage or dessert is being craved, you’ll know it is time to dust off your straw hat, swimming gears and of course try fitting in those swimwear. Yes, it’s summer! The one season we will be enjoying the 2 month vacation from school as well as look for that family destination to savor the sun, the sand and the sea.

But, before we all get excited, let me give you tips on the travel essentials to bring for your chosen (if not favorite) summer getaway. Grab your pen and paper and take down this list.

Travelling with Family Must-Haves:

Travel Documents. If you plan to travel here in the Philippines, make sure you bring your valid IDs for documentation of possible verification. If you will be travelling outside the country, then passports, visa must come in handy.

Funds. Importantly, you must bring cash and/or your credit cards for all the payments. However, you must be cautious enough not to bring too much cash at hand as we know robbers may be eyeing on you. So basically, practice being safe at all times specially when withdrawing at ATMs. Better yet, keep a note in your mobile phone or a little notebook where you write down your budget and possible expenses so you would be able to track down in/outs of your money and keep the whole vacation on budget.

Medicines, medical tools and first aid kit. If you or any of your family member have an existing medical condition, make sure to always bring enough and a little extra of the maintenance medicines. You may not be able to find an immediate pharmacy on the place you will going and you may need prescription as well, so keep that with the medicine kit. You can place this in a pouch or a small bag that you can bring with you at all times while travelling. This goes with your first aid kit. At least, make sure that the first aid kit contains medicines for common illness like headache, stomach pain, loose bowel movement, anti-allergy as well as band aids, betadine iodine, alcohol, cotton swabs and a nail cutter. You will need to bring also blood pressure monitor and blood sugar monitor in case you have diabetic loved ones.

When travelling with kids or babies, this will be a different story. You will pack another set of essentials just for them. Clothes, diapers, wipes, feeding bottles, sterilizer, just no name a few. So keep that in the list too!

When you will be commuting for the travel, make sure you have all commute stops planned. If you will need to be travelling by plane, you must be making the booking ahead of time. While, when you travel by land, make sure you will know the bus stops, etc. And when you will be driving, Google maps and GPS will be your best friend. Plan and make your research ahead of time. And when you are driving, make sure that your motor vehicle is at its best condition with enough fuel, air and water.

Accommodation at destination. Make sure you have booked ahead for resorts and hotels as they might not entertain you via walk in. Sometimes, you can save time and money by booking or making your reservations online.

Clothes, swim wears. Make sure you bring enough appropriate clothes. To save some space in your bags though, consider bringing lightweight clothes and learn how to pack smartly.

Gadgets, camera. What would capture your memorable summer but bringing in your mobile phones for your selfies! Bring in your digital cameras or action cameras too! Keep your gadgets in waterproof pouches in case you want to bring them while swimming.

Padlocks. For security reasons, make sure your bags have padlocks. Make sure you attend to you belongings as just about any establishment have no responsibility on your belongings in case of loss.

Snacks, water. Due to the hot season, we tend to be dehydrated. So make sure to pack some snacks and water while travelling to fill up that energy.

Toiletries, cosmetics. These are important too. Make sure you have napkins, tissue paper, wipes. Your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner. Sunblock and sunburn recovery lotion. You may want to have travel kits where you can keep these essentials so you won’t need to bring the big bottles of shampoo. Just take a portion and place in these travel kit containers and you can refill those on your next travel destination.

This is my list when we go travelling. I will be making a series to this to include some more tips on my next blog. You may need more than this essentials, make sure to customize and tailor this list to your own needs and situation. Meanwhile, enjoy you summer destination and make memories!

 

Benefit Traveling Alone

“Anything we fully do is an alone journey” – Natalie Goldberg

The above quote from this New Age Author and Speaker is inspiring in all terms. It’s true that we come to this life due to our parents and nurture ourselves under them. But, there’s a point of time when we realize that all our journeys are separate from them. We realize it, eventually. None of us can deny that at least once in your life we have wanted to roam around the world and explore its lengths and breadths.

A self-exploring solo travel will let you come across various things of life. Probably, a rich experience will change your perspective of the world and help you in more than one way. We have listed the 15 benefits that you will love to experience on a solo trip. Or maybe more!

1. Meet new people – Of course, you’d be meeting many new people everyday, but connecting with travel buddies and local people feels something different and interesting at the same time.

2. Devour the books – Traveling solo may convince you to check the Facebook or Twitter account regularly, but there’s something else you can do. Yes, you can read the best books while traveling and enjoy it.

3. Know yourself – We know that you know yourself, but there are some issues, some subjects or topics that you aren’t able to think alone. On those solo trips, since you don’t get anyone buzzing around, you can learn more about yourself.

4. Guiltless rest – In a group, you will have to hurry from one place to another for catching up with others. On the other hand, you get the whole time to decide on your own whether you want to take rest, sleep or move ahead.

5. Zero stress – You are not in an office or home. You don’t need to report to anyone. Being carefree and ecstatic, you can rest for the whole time without any stress. In fact, it gives a great boost to your creative mind.

6. Follow passion – This is the time where you can do whatever you are so much passionate about, such as writing poetry or stories, prepare a business plan or any ingenious project. Just go for it!

7. Be happy – Freeing up your mind from daily chaos is definitely going to help you in the long run because you will feel happy about it. That anxiety, stress or depression that has been chasing you has no place in your life.

8. Improve communication skills – Okay, let’s accept you won’t be an overnight master of all languages, but you will surely learn a thing or two about other languages or at least ways of communication.

9. Impressive resume – Quite a few employers search for candidates who have good adaptability, communication and planning skills. You may be the one going to solo vacations who have an impressive resume with all these skills.

10. Be confident – With no strings attached, you will develop the confidence you have been lacking for a while. It makes you strong and efficient.

 

How To Protect Your Passport

Do you take pride in being a responsible, well-informed traveler?

I certainly do. I read up on local history and customs, take time to learn at least a few words in the local language, never wear white tennis shoes in Europe, and make active decisions about protecting my valuables.

So you can imagine how surprised I was to find myself standing with my husband outside the closed American Embassy in Bratislava with no passport, missing credit cards, an international flight scheduled to leave in 12 hours, and no clear idea about what to do next.

How do you protect yourself from this kind of travel experience? (I refuse to say “disaster”, incidentally. Having your passport buried in rubble from an earthquake is a disaster. Losing it IS a nasty shock, however.)

And how do you deal with the loss if it happens?

Here are 4 easy steps to avoiding loss or theft of your passport. And, because no plan is foolproof, the 5th step reviews what to do if it happens.

1. Do not keep your passport, cash and credit cards together.

I thought I was being a wise, careful traveler when I got my husband a shiny new “RFID-blocking” leather passport/wallet combination. No one could steal the data from our chips now. He looked like a spy on a mission, like a traveling diplomat. Everything was together, easy to keep track of.

Huge mistake. Huge. Because when everything’s together, then every time you need to pay for anything, you have to get it all out. And, if you’re dealing with cash, which you will in many countries, you have to lay everything down, organize packages, separate cash and coins, and get it all put away.

And at some point, you will lay it down and that will be the end of it. Keep your cash separate from your credit cards, and keep your passport separate from everything else.

Thieves don’t actually want your passport. In fact, most of them don’t even want your credit cards. Credit card theft is easier to trace and the risks are higher. And passports are not easy to sell. Ask the police, and you will discover that passports and credit cards are usually found in a convenient dumpster.

What the thief wants is your cash. So carry cash, but only what you need that day. If you discover it’s missing, it’s only a little and you can replace it from the stash you left in the hotel safe. But if you discover your passport is missing, the fun stops till it’s replaced. And when you start adding up charges for changing flights, extra hotel days, extra meals, transportation and replacement passport charges… losing your passport is not just a scary hassle, it’s also very expensive.

2. When you get to your hotel, leave your passport in the safe.

You need your passport at the airport. But once you get to the hotel, leave it.

I know, the State Department says to carry it with you. But virtually every hotel has a safe, and many of my most traveled friends leave their passport there. You can leave your extra cash and extra credit cards there, too.

It works great while you stay in one place. The problem, of course, comes when you move around. We’ve all left things behind. Which presents a whole new scenario.

You know who you are, and whether the safe is a good idea for you or not. Still, it has to be said-many experienced travelers find the hotel safe to be the smartest, easiest and safest choice for passport protection.

3. If you decide to carry your passport with you at all times, like the State Department says, then carry it close, and in a place you never have to access.

I’m a rule-keeper, so I carry mine. And besides, having my passport seems to present at least some level of protection should things suddenly go bad. But if you carry it with you, it’s for official emergencies, not for flashing.

You can wear one of those “inside your clothes” pouches, though for heaven’s sake do wear it inside your clothes, not outside. If you hang it around your neck, possibly with your money as well, you might as well put up a flag that says “Steal this!”

And please, be sure the little tie thingie doesn’t show. It just looks silly.

You can tell I’m not a fan of inside pouches. Probably because I can’t think of any place where I’d really like that kind of a bulge. I wear a small shoulder bag with an inside zip pocket, where my passport goes and never comes out. It’s close to my chest, under my arm, and behind two zippers. And any wandering hands encounter my fake wallet first.

The most important thing is not to put your passport where you have to get it out. Ever. Getting it out defeats the purpose of secreting it away, and ups your chances of losing it. That’s exactly how my husband lost his.

4. Do not invest in an expensive leather RFID case. For anything.

Get a cheap RFID-blocking paper sleeve, for your passport, or for your credit cards. Office Depot and Staples have them for about $5. They block electronic theft just as effectively as leather, they’re lighter, they lie flatter, and they won’t tempt you to flash them because they’re too cool to hide.

And remember-cash doesn’t need electronic protection, and you don’t have to call anyone if it’s lost.

5. Nothing is foolproof, and we’re all fools sometimes.

Before you leave, make two color copies of your passport and your birth certificate. Put one set in your suitcase and one in your carry-on. If you have some extra ID, put that in as well. It all makes getting a new passport much easier. And if the worst happens, file a police report. You can’t go to the Embassy till they open anyway, and filing a report makes you look responsible.

So. Wisdom for smart travelers. Having your passport handy may seem like a cool, “world traveler” kind of thing to do. But having it hidden securely away gives you the freedom you need to have the journey you want.