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Exploring Egypts: Pyramids and Leisure

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Egypt is a country in north-eastern Africa with a part of a small Sinai Peninsula extending into Asia. Bordered by Israel and the Gaza Strip to the north-east, by Sudan to the south and by Libya to the west. To the north lies Mediterranean sea and to the east lies Red Sea and is geographically dominated both by the Nile River and its fertile well-watered valley, and by the Eastern and Western deserts.

Today we hear news of political unrest in Egypt since the uprising in last year, however tourism is one thing which has been kept immuned from the political differences. Another TWR’s student journalist had recently visited Egypt to make Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh holidays and her experiences describes everything was smooth and relaxing in the country.

When we talk about Egypt first thing comes to the mind is Pyramids of Giza. Egypt is no doubt best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and – visible above all – its pyramids.

However Egypt is not only famous for Pyramids but also for its beautiful resort towns of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Remote oasis of Siwa (Near Libyan border) and Golf Kebir.Beside the above mentioned places, another major attraction is Luxor, known to be at the site of Ancient city of Thebes. Luxor keeps the title of having world’s greatest open air museum. as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

Since Egypt is dependent on tourism for it large part of economy, thus authority ensure that you will make the most out of your Egypt holidays. It is very easy to get in Egypt as getting visa is very easy and relaxed considering the increasing number of tourists flowing in the country.Below is the list of best places to experience the pyramids in Egypt.

Great Pyramids of Cheops 

This is a must see! One of the wonders of the world, which should be for sure on everybody’s “bucket list”. Impressive huge limestone blocks construction of almost 144 m high, standing there for thousands of years without moving an inch. There are eight other pyramids are in the complex, together with the Sphinx. 

Pyramids of Cheops
Pyramids of Cheops, photo taken by Ed Yourdon

I entered the Pyramid of Menkaure, which is the smallest of the three pyramids of Giza; there was a long passage which was stiflingly hot and not for those who may be even slightly-claustrophobic, I had got there early to take the option of a visit inside when there were only about 12 people inside because later would have had to stand in queue and as the day passes it gets very hot. Surroundings and paths are rocky and uneven one must take care and wear appropriate footwear if you plan to go inside. 

The way up in the King’s chamber is awesome, however to go up and come down there is only one narrow passage with no divider and you may often find people going the opposite side come in your way. Don’t miss mortuary ship fully restored, separately exposed in the complex. You may want to hire a camel or horse ride; negotiate it hard, don’t give up. Likely you’ll get it for 30% of the asking price. Walking away will help a lot.

Stay away from locals guides and ignore everyone who approaches you for photo or guiding. It is better to go in an organized tour or with a group of people as there have been cases of gangs robbing tourists on highway by forcibly asking them to stop.

Pyramids of Dahshour

If you are in Cairo then you should give a go to the region of Dahshur. The area is wide and open desert and contains two of the most significant of all Egyptian pyramids, the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid, both credited to Snofru and built around 2600 BC – meaning over 4600 years ago.

Red Pyramid
Red Pyramid, photo taken by Hannah Pethen

Both pyramids are a little over a hundred meters high and are as impressive and magnificent as the pyramids in Giza. These pyramids are not as popular as the Gizas and hence there is a possibility that you can be almost alone here as you wander around and look at the majestic monuments from all four sides. One can enter the Red Pyramid and the interior is impressive too. When I climbed down the steep steps through a narrow corridor, I was the only once inside the gigantic monument.

Bent Pyramid
Bent Pyramid, photo taken by Arian Zwegers

Another pyramid, the Black Pyramid is also impressive, although rather crumbled and not accessible as it stands in a restricted area. But there is a good panoramic view from the Bent Pyramid.

Great Sphinx

You can no longer go up to the Sphinx, but you can get close enough to it to take great pictures. Be a bit patient to find a time when you can take pictures without anyone crowding around you. You don’t want anyone else in your pictures.

Sphinx
Sphinx, Photo taken by Ernesto Graf

Watch for the volunteers trying to give you explanations. They may only want your tips! They will start saying they are ‘official free guides’ to end up asking for money for their services; and the explanations are very vague. On rare exceptions you’ll meet nice locals who will honestly try to be helpful.

Pyramids of Giza

You only need a morning to go here, try to go as early as you can as it becomes very hot as the sun climbs up. It’s 60LE to enter the pyramid complex. However, if u wish to enter the burial chambers u ll need to pay 100 LE to enter the biggest pyramid and 30LE to enter the smaller one. Remember, cameras are not allowed inside.

Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza, Photo taken by Tim Kelley

Practically every tour guide will try and scam you regardless so be wary of that. Be wary of vendors and touts jumping on you – they do come by the dozen all at once.

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If there is one thing everyone loves is to travel. Whether we do it for business reasons or simply for pleasure, traveling brings us the opportunity of experiencing new alternatives and discover new places we would not be able to enjoy on a daily basis. But a lot of planning needs to be put into any travel in order for it to run out smoothly. Down bellow, you will be able to find some tips that could come out handy during your next journey. 

Moving around in a rented car

Renting a car is always an amazing option when it comes to moving around  a new and unfamiliar area. It gives us the option to move around freely, without the constraints or the language barriers that could be associated with public transportation.

A good example of this could be seen if you plan to visit the touristic island of Maui. This beautiful island has a lot of hidden gems that can not be reached using public transport. Rent a car Maui is an amazing affordable option to make sure you do not miss out anything on this marvelous island. They offer a big variety of rental cars, all with one of the best customer services in the island. 

Because we do not have why to miss out anything when we travel. 

Starting a new life in a new country

Sometimes, when we travel to a different country, it is not something temporal, but a permanent change. Starting a new life in a different country can seem like a scary experience at first, but with the right preparations, it should be a smooth transition.

A popular destination that people are choosing to move to permanently over the last decades has been Spain. But you may be wondering, how to move to Spain

Moving to Spain is a relatively easy process, but there is a series of steps you need to take in order to do so

  1. Check out the different types of resident permits and Visas and choose the one that better suits you.
  2. Check the requirements for said permit.
  3. Find out if you can submit the paperwork before moving to Spain or you need to do so once you arrive to Spain as a tourist.
  4. Prepare all the documentation needed for the paperwork.
  5. Get your Visa and start enjoying your new life in Spain.

Choose an option for your stay according to your needs

One of the key aspects of every travel is to decide where we are going to be spending our stay in our destination. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of resorts available on the main tourist destinations, so spending time to decide on which one would be a better fit for us is always a good idea.

Take for example the beautiful city of Cancun. Cancun is one of the most visited cities in the world. There are a lot of luxury resorts in this city, but if you are looking for an original and exciting experience, we can not stop recommending Temptation Cancun Resort

Temptation Cancun Resort is an exclusive resort that only admits adults +21 on their installations. They have recently reopened their doors with a timetable full of fun and sexy events you can not miss out. Because life is too short to spend it on traditional family destinations, try something original like Temptation Cancun Resort and live an once in a lifetime experience. 

Save money by using public transport

Public transportation is an affordable option available wherever we decide to travel. A fast and safe way to travel around any country has traditionally been the train. Thanks to websites like Trenes.com you can check the schedules of all the trains available, buy your ticket online and get amazing discounts on the final price. This makes moving around a different country easier than ever.

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6 Things you can do in Tijuana

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Tijuana is one of the largest cities in Mexico. Located in the northern part of the country, its proximity to the US border has make it a popular tourist destination among American citizens looking to experience all the recreational activities this beautiful city have to offer. If you are planning to visit Tijuana, we have a list of our six favorite spots in the city, so make sure you do not miss them.

1- The Caliente Xoloitzcuintles Stadium

Soccer, simply known as football in Mexico, is the country’s favorite sport. And there is no football team with more devoted fans than Los Xolos. It does not matter if you like football or not, visiting the Caliente Xoloitzcuintles Stadium while you are in Tijuana is a must . On the days there is a football match scheduled, you definitely need to go to the stadium a few hours early, since there is a big party going on on the parking lots of this stadium. People park on the parking lots and eat roasted meat while drinking beer with their friends. Then you can head to watch the football match. Los Xolos enthusiasts are known to be among the most friendly football fans out there, and will make sure you feel welcome and have an experience you will never forget.

If you want to stay close to  the Caliente Xoloitzcuintles Stadium, we recommend you check out in a nearby hotel like Tijuana Marriott Hotel since its proximity make it pretty convenient.

2- Morelos Park

Morelos Park is one of the best destinations in Tijuana if you are traveling with kids. This park is the biggest in the city and features a lot of green areas, a huge artificial lake where you will be able to see ducks and fish, and even a small zoo featuring native animals like iguanas or jaguars. 

There is a small train that will take you for a ride around the lake. On this lake you can also find a small dock with small boats for rent. 

On weekends, you will also be able to enjoy public performances especially created for children, like clowns shows or puppet theatres.

3- Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Cathedral

The cathedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is also known as Tijuana’s Cathedral due to it being the most important one in the city. Although this cathedral dates back only to 1909, its beautiness immediately made it one of the most visited tourist spots in the city. This building design used as inspiration Mexico’s traditional temples, which made the local authorities give it the accreditation of historical monument.  

This monument is located just a few minutes away from the city centre, so if you are looking for accommodation in the heart of Tijuana, we recommend you check out Hotels like Fairfield Inn & Suites Tijuana due to its convenient location.

4- Wax Museum

Tijuana’s Wax Museum is one of its most original buildings. Across 10 different halls, you will be able to enjoy many wax figures, all divided according to different themes like Mexico’s historical figures or Mexico’s legends. One of the most curious things about this museum is that it has a Horror hall, where you will be able to enjoy the scary figures of Dracula or Frankenstein, although we do not recommend this if you are weak of heart. 

5- Tijuana’s Cultural Centre

Its modern sphere design has make this building one of the most visited locations in Tijuana. This Cultural Centre was created to try and promote art and culture in the area. On the different rooms of the building we will be able to find an art exhibition, an aquarium, an event room and a film library. 

6- El Trompo Museum

This amazing museum is the perfect mixture of science and fun, helping us to introduce our kids to new knowledge by using games and interactive activities. The museum also includes a 3D cinema and a concert room.

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The best places to stay during your holidays in Isla Mujeres

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When we dream about our dream holidays, we often picture ourselves in the middle of a Caribbean beach, letting the sand and the waves take away the stress of our daily lives. No place embroiders this ideal like Isla Mujeres. This small island is located near  the Mexican Caribbean coast and its white sand beaches with crystalline waters have make Isla Mujeres one of the most popular holidays destinations in the world. If you are planning to visit this island soon, then you should definitely check out our list of accommodation suggestions.

Staying in the island

Isla Mujeres may be a small island, but it features all the commodities you could wish for in a Caribbean island. But if you are looking for something intimate while luxurious at the same time, then you should definitely check out boutique hotels Isla Mujeres.

The main difference between average hotels and boutique hotels is their size. A boutique hotel features all the commodities a luxurious hotel could have while having a lower number of rooms available. One boutique hotel we can not stop recommending in this island is Hotel Casa Sueño. 

Hotel Casa Sueño is located between Punta Sur and and the center of the island in a truly idyllic location. The hotel is right next to the Caribbean Sea, which means that you will be able to enjoy some amazing views during your stay. The hotel is run by some of the most courteous staff members we have ever ever encountered and you will be able to enjoy an amazing gourmet restaurant and a Spa center among the services provided by the hotel.

Travelling on budget

While most people looking to travel to the Caribbean want to do so with all sort of luxuries and commodities within their reach, others prefer to discover the area on a more humble way.  One of the most popular ways to do so is by using the internet site Airbnb. 

This online portal allows people to rent someone else’s empty home for their next holiday. If you are planning to visit Isla Mujeres, you can use Airbnb to rent an apartment in the island or in a nearby city like Cancun. This will allow you to be more independent than if you stayed in an hotel. And if on top of that, you use a cupón Airbnb you will be able to save some extra money in a place that was already cheaper than a hotel. 

Discovering a foreign place does not have why to be expensive, and you can make your next travel the best example. 

Travelling with the family

Travelling abroad is always complicated, but it becomes especially tricky when we travel with kids. Traditionally, parents would need to sacrifice their own share of fun in order to find a place their kids would enjoy, but thankfully there are now luxury resorts for families. Resorts like ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres were designed keeping in mind the necessities of both, adults and kids alike. 

ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres is a luxury resort located in Playa Mujeres. This coastal area is the perfect location for your next holidays, since it is in the continental area in front of Isla Mujeres and near important cities like Cancun. 
This resort features everything you and your family could wish for in a summer vacation, making it by far one of the best luxury resorts for families. Kids will be able to enjoy themselves it the Doodle Land® program, which is full of funny activities created to incentivise our kids imagination. Adults also get their fair share of fun at ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres. This resort includes many facilities like a luxurious Spa or a fantastic 18 hole golf course. Then the whole family can spend time together visiting the art exhibitions host in this resort or enjoying one of its five different gourmet restaurants.

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