Tuesday,17 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1302, (30 June - 13 July 2016)
Tuesday,17 October, 2017
Issue 1302, (30 June - 13 July 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Eid vacationing on a budget

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

Ramadan will be ending soon, and a festive Eid vacation will be just the thing for many Egyptian families. People will flee to beaches and resorts to beat the heat wave. But vacationing can also burn a hole in the pocket.

To enjoy a memorable family vacation that won’t break the bank, take the time to find out more about the destination you choose and discuss activities with the family in advance.

Here are some tips for planning a holiday that doesn’t cost too much:

* Set your budget first and then start looking for places to go. Explore the destination online with the family. Become familiar with the activities and attractions in the areas you’ll be visiting.

* Talk to the family before you go. Make sure they understand you’re all going to work together to keep the vacation on budget, so you can afford the experiences they want to do the most.

* Booking travel arrangements and hotels in advance can help you save money. If you are travelling overseas, try to book your tickets six months in advance to get tickets at low prices. In the case of hotel rooms, the earlier you book, the more options you will have for inexpensive hotels.

* Many websites, hotels and airlines offer discounts from time to time. Check for deals and offers on flight tickets and hotels.

* Stay in hotels that offer free breakfast or places with a kitchen or a fridge. Bring sandwiches to the beach and order pizza for dinner at the hotel pool. You don’t want to waste time and money having meals in restaurants every day of your vacation.

* Opt for reusable water bottles so you’re not buying bottled water every time someone is thirsty.

* And finally, keep aside some money for emergency situations.

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