Traveling on a budget can really suck some times but if you want to see the world and you aren’t making much money, you don’t really have much choice. In actual fact, traveling on a budget can often be more fun and it requires a great deal of careful planning from you. Last year I did a budget trip to Egypt, something which I never thought possible but I managed to see all of the sights, and enjoy my time in the country, without spending too much cash.
If you want to get the best of Egypt, here is how to do it on a budget.
Your digs are often the biggest expense and throughout my time in Egypt I stayed in hostels and guest houses for between $5 and $15 per night. There are times where I stretched my budget to $25 because I wanted to get a room with air con to take a break from the searing heat but $5-$15 should be your usual budget in terms of accommodation.
The food in Egypt was what surprised me the most and I practically ate like a king, for around $3 per meal. I love the food here anyway, the chicken, falafel, humus and fresh skewers, and you can buy them all both on the street and in the restaurants throughout the country. There is a general consensus that Egypt has boring or bland food but I honestly never experienced that, nor did I experience insane prices for meals.
Now we get to the main event, the attractions and the ruins throughout Egypt. Generally speaking, you can count on paying no more than $15 for entry into the large majority of the ruins and most attractions are very well priced. I had kept $50 to one side for the visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza yet I was happily surprised to find that it was only $10 to get in and a guide was only an extra $4. Be mindful that when you go to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, that each of then tombs are usually priced individually at around $10 each, so have an idea of how much you want to see, or spend, before you go.
I really wanted to factor in a trip down the Nile on my trip and so I managed to find a great river cruise for 3 nights, which was very well priced. For just $30 per night, we sailed down the famous river, visiting villages on the way and watching just what this river means to the locals. All meals were included in the price of my river cruise and in truth I thought it was a great investment. Naturally there are river cruises which come at a higher cost, with a touch more luxury but if you are on a budget, you can still find cruises that fit into your price range.
All told, Egypt was a very budget backpacker friendly place which I will definitely be returning to once I make my millions!