“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. Although holidays are times to open up new pages in our lives, however, we are often handicapped by a number challenges, key among which is fund. What if you are introduced to some of the world’s exclusive relaxation and fun sites where you won’t have to dig holes in your pocket to have a wonderful time out? I can almost hear you say, “Who says no to a nice meal!”
If you are ready, then let us go to Egypt on a backpacker’s budget, our destination is Hurghada! It is a chance of a lifetime! Remember, in the end, we only regret the chance we did not take.
It is actually difficult to work out how much your holiday will cost before you travel to Hurghada so, like most experienced budget travelers in Hurghada, it is best to sort the essentials, perish the worries and set out for the fun.
Talking about the basics, once you can sort out your accommodation, feeding and transportation needs, I think the problem is half solved. Here is an easier route, search out resorts /hotels in the Hurghada to compare the prices and pick which of them suits your budget. The good news is that many of them offer all exclusive packages at reasonably pocket friendly prices.
On the other hand, it is possible to get hotels at $50 per day and use public facilities, such as beaches, at almost no cost. If you are taking this path, then you should plan to take care of the rest of your needs on a basic running cost.
Note that if you are going to any destination on backpacker’s budget, it is best to buy whatever you need outside the touristic spots because things are sold at relatively higher prices at beaches and resorts that are tourists’ hotspots. Anyway, if we live our lives on checking costs of everything, we probably won’t do anything eventually. So, for once, let us jump at life on the beach!
Before judging the book by its cover, let’s see if Hurghada is worth the trip.
Sandwiched between the rich and vibrant adventure of the Red Sea and the isolated and remarkable appearance of the arid desert, in a location spanning over 40 km of pristine coastline is Hurghada. This city is blessed with year-round sunshine, incredibly beautiful coral reefs and dozens of exciting attractions in a laid back, relaxed atmosphere.
Hardly will anyone think about Hurghada without considering diving and snorkeling. In fact, the city is among the top-three diving destination on the planet. However, there is more to Hurghada than diving. Non-divers seeking beach fun, extreme water sports, clubbing and golfing or a ride on camel’s back in the dessert area, Desert Quad Bike Safari, as well as connection to unique culture will have their hands full with options so numerous to choose from.
Avoiding the beach in Hurghada is like kissing one’s elbow, did someone just say, “that is impossible!” Here is the bitter truth; some of the city’s stunning beaches are privately managed and accessible only after paying a token— the cost is around £1-£2 sterling.
Some hotels manage well-created beaches that stretch out on the Red Sea corniche with less waves and more rocky trails, if you are using any of the resorts/hotels offering all exclusive packages; you are likely to get access to some of these beaches, as access fees must have been imputed into the charges.
On the other hand, you can use public beaches at almost no cost. Here is a caveat: these beaches are often poorly managed and could serve only if you just want to go and have a dip in the Red Sea and lie on a stretch of sand. The popular, public and perfect beaches for a daylong relaxation on the cornice include Dream Beach and Old Vic beaches. These are where the residents usually go. Entry per person is EGP50 and EGP35 respectively.
If you agree with me that a fulfilling time awaits you at Hurghada already, let me break your heart with this bad news. It is impossible to capture what to expect in a city in a single post, but I must say that if you reject the beaches, hate the food, detest the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay back and work on your person. It is a big world ‘sweetened by our uniqueness and differences’ and it would be a shame not to experience it all to the fullest.
Usifo Mike-Alvin is a creative writer with knack for budget traveling and adventure. He travels across Africa and reports for www.afrotourism.com