As part of our family money priorities, travel takes up a fair portion of our spending. Every trip comes with a budget and then a post-mortem of how we did with our budget to understand the over/under. Although I would LOVE to say we always stay in budget, there are many (most?) trips we go over on our expected spend.
Since we opted for a tour group, our intra country flights and accommodations were fully covered. It was only on the fun stuff like souvenirs, food and fun extras that we anticipated spending more money on. In total, we budgeted $7,300 for two people and 10 days in Egypt.
Egypt Trip Budget
|2022 Trip to Egypt – Actual vs. Budget Spend|
|($ in actuals)|
|Item||Per Person||Total||Per Person||Total||$||%|
|Airfare (Fares, Taxes, Fees and Seats)|
|Dallas (DFW) / Cairo (CAI) Round-trip||$798||$1,596||$422||$844||($752)||(47.1%)|
|Cairo (CAI) / Aswan (ASW) One-way||–||–||–||–||–|
|Luxor (LXR) / Cairo (CAI) One-way||–||–||–||–||–|
|Food / Drink||296||593||415||830||237||40.0%|
|Local Transportation / Rental Car / Airport Parking||75||150||58||117||(33)||(22.2%)|
|Alexandria Day Trip||149||298||149||298||–||0.0%|
|Tour Guide Tips||75||150||136||272||122||81.0%|
|Abu Simbel Day Trip||99||198||99||198||–||0.0%|
|Other / Unclassed||24||47||219||438||391||831.6%|
The actual spend? $8,600. We were about $1,300 over our expected spend. Here were the spend categories where we went over:
We fell in love with a carpet while we were there, so it was well worth the purchase. After the chaos that the first 9 day were, I also have no regrets on the massage we had the final evening in Cairo.
What I wish I knew before was the tip culture in Egypt. We had no idea how much tipping is embedded in every single activity.
Did you make it out of Egypt for less than we did? Overall the dollar goes a long way.
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