Australia & New Zealand Travel Budget

Typically my partner and I are very focused on maximizing our travel budget by forecasting and planning on each trip’s spend. My spouse does financial planning in his day job and loves to create elaborate spreadsheets to not only anticipate the overall price tag, and get me to “approve” the expense. This January was unusual.…

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Egypt Vacation Budget to Actuals

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…

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Egypt Packing List

What does one wear to an Islamic country that is also known for desert temperatures? The question of the day! Below I’ll share my packing list with you for our March trip to Egypt, including both what I’m so glad I brought and the things I wish I brought after I was there. Generally the…

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The Ultimate 10 Days in Egypt Itinerary

Egypt was exhausting. Fantastic amount of history, but oh my goodness exhausting. We spent about 10 days, excluding fly days, tromping around multiple cities in Egypt and I feel like we barely skimmed the surface given the vast amount of history. Egypt is considered the start of history (compared to prehistoric times) since they were…

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How to Negotiate in Egypt

For better or worse, the only items we truly negotiate for in the United States are our homes, vehicles and salaries. Rarely do you see negotiation for items otherwise. Since I haven’t needed to hone my negotiation skills in my home country, entering a negotiation heavy country like Egypt is exciting and a bit nerve-wracking…

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7 Unique Souvenirs from Egypt

Maybe I’m getting more sentimental as I get older, but I really enjoy adding special pieces to my life that are reflective of the country I visited. I’ve purchased a Kurta in Nepal, a rosary in Rome, a rug in Turkey, you name it. I’m not into the trinkets and shot glasses found in the…

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3 Reasons to Use a Tour Group in Egypt

Look, I don’t do tour companies. Personally I get annoyed when I see large groups of people led by a colorful umbrella or wand with a flag. We like the flexibility to do what we want and unencumbered by someone else’s speed. We had to eat our words when travelling to Egypt this March. As…

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