Viva Mexico :)

My first time to Mexico, I had a blast. One of the best vacations I had been on, nothing but good vibes, good energy, and meeting new people. I had went to celebrate a friends birthday which coincidentally was the same time for Spring Break, so you know we had the time of our lives.

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We stayed at the JW Marriott which was about 20-30 mins from the airport. Also was on the long strip of hotels and wasn’t far from downtown. The hospitality was great there and they attended to our needs. What really excited me was that when I bought a floaty at the gift shop they offered to blow it up for me right then and there.

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The night life was non stop but that was to be expected for Spring Break. They have a main bus that goes downtown and it only cost 1 USD, so that was our means of transportation to get to our parties or just when we wanted to explore Cancun.

La Vaquita was one of the clubs we went to. It was cow themed but the music was current, drinks were cheap, and the atmosphere was friendly. Everyone was just out enjoying themselves. A few other places we went to that was good as well were Fat Tuesday, Senior Frogs, and Congo. Congo is directly across the street from La Vaquita and the price to get in those were around $40. There were many promoters out there selling tickets so you can always negotiate a price for a group. Everyday was eventful, so now to go back again in June I am very excited.

I am going for a wedding so the turn up will be different but in Cancun you can never go wrong, it will be a turn up either way. I will be stay at the Riu Cancun and plan on doing more adventure activities. I would recommend to search around from early to find a good hotel rate and make sure you track your flight and purchase at least three months in advance for the best rate.

They have the regular tours for ATV, snorkeling, zip lining etc. But I specifically am interested in Jet Pack which range from $78-$120 for about 30 minutes and also this thing called The Sea Breacher experience. That cost around $170 but its a different experience, you are enclosed in a dolphin shape space ship that goes up to 55 mph across the water and goes under water and do tricks. You basically get to feel like a dolphin

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The Sea Breacher
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The Sea Breacher

in a sense. I’ve done the jet ski, parasailing, and snorkeling before so I’m looking forward to something new. The best place to book these I would say is tripadvisor or viator.com.

Can’t wait. So stay tuned 🙂

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Egypt…I came. I saw. I discovered.

So I landed in Egypt I felt at home but yet things were different right from the start. Car service meet you as soon as you get off the plane before you even getting your bags. I went to the bathroom and a lady opened the door and she asked for a tip. I was a little alarmed but from there I realized that Egypt is a hustling place and everyone wants that U.S dollar.

I am here to tell you the stuff that other people don’t tell you. Right now as of Oct. 2018 our USD is 17.80 Egyptian Pound so all they want is out dollar. Yes a dollar is nothing compared to what we spend on some thing but it is still not fair to be over priced on things just because you are a tourist.

My first stop was at Best View Pyramids Hotel that was in Giza and I must say you get a great view of the pyramids and the sphinx. But I will say book all our tours before hand online, do your research before you purchase anything.

View from Best View Pyramids Hotel….Pyramids light show
The Great Sphinx

Egyptian hospitality is very nice I must say. They greeted us as cousins and offered us tea, coffee, or soda. Every place my friend and I went to offered us a beverage and that was very sweet.

There food was different, I thought they would have plenty of fish options but they didn’t. They are big on egg, falafel, bread, and pastries for breakfast. Dinner there was options but nothing specific stuck out to me. Dinner for two cost us only $43 and that was 6 appetizers and a main course. So eating in Egypt you will get your monies worth. Do not buy any souvenirs at the first place you see. Hold out you will find it cheaper.

 

Hot air balloon view

 

Merenpath Tombs. No pictures allowed unless you pay an additional fee.

 

If you plan on staying in Egypt I would recommend a week to see everything. Go to Giza to view the pyramids/sphinx (great IG pictures) , ride a camel, atv, go to the Egyptian Museum, and see all the desert has to offer. Next go to Luxor to view the Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Queen Hatshepsut (great IG pictures), ride a hot air balloon, and do all the West Bank and East Bank tours. Last but not least go to Aswan and visit the famous Abu Simble Temples another great place to take IG pictures and learn great history. Travelling within Egypt is fairly cheap and easy. Take an early flight to Luxor, Giza, and Aswan have a day to chill then the next day do the adventure tours.

In Luxor we book the West Bank tour where went to the Valley of Kings and Queen Hatshepsut Temple. I found her story interesting, she was reigned King of Egypt for a very long time. She became King because she didn’t want her stepson to be king to some her story up.

Arial view of part of West Bank…Basically a grave site. All the holes are tombs. 
Queen Heshepsut Temple

I really wanted to purchase 18k gold in Egypt but I was skeptical of the local bazaars so I purchased my 1st piece of gold at the Hilton Luxor Hotel. They gave me a guaranteed bill of sale that it was real gold, I know the Hilton Hotel is a reputable hotel so I can trust them. I bought the famous cartouche silver and 18k gold, when I went to other shops I received many compliments on it, I felt good I finally got my gold.

For souvenir shopping go to local bazaars and haggle. They are willing to take a low amount but if you show that you have money and really want that item they will want top price for that item. Also when we going to the museums, tombs, and different monuments they require you to pay extra to take pictures. So be mindful of that. You can try and sneak but they do have people watching and checking your ticket. That’s why I say Egypt is a hustling country. They charge for everything.

Camel ride anyone?

To get around in Egypt I say Uber. For an hour and a half ride I only paid $6. Uber is more trust worthy and safe so you can worry less. Traffic though is crazy out there. Their 4 lanes becomes 8, there’s no stop signs, no traffic lights, and everyone is just going. Crossing the street is a mission in itself. Me and my friend ventured off without a tour guide and got lucky an Egyptian fellow helped us cross the street. Just literally hold your hand up and say a prayer that people stop for you and you don’t get hit.

 

Outside the Egyptian Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traffic in Egypt. There’s always a McDonalds.

 

My finally recommendation spend a week, see all the sights, book everything online, do your research, and do not, I repeat Do Not take anything from anyone. Nothing is free.

Overall it was a great experience a must to go visit and learn the history it can become overwhelming but its great.

 

Can I conquer the carry-on?

 

I think I got it as I looked at all my outfits and carry-on. Eleven outfits and counting not to mention the shoes for each outfits as well. I take a deep breath and tell myself I can do it and I will. I started folding, I either choose from the rolling technique or the stacking method. Today I think the stacking method will work in my favor. I put my toiletries in one separate cube bag and my shoes in another.

I got this I say then I became overwhelmed. So many clothes but yet I managed to forget something that I don’t have, compression sock for the long plan ride I’m about to endure. So I stop packing and went to my local T J Maxx. I found the socks among other things that “I need”. While on the the check out line the best invention was staring me in my face. Travel space saver bags. Why didn’t I think of this before, I picked them up and proceeded to check out. I was so excited and ready to try them out once I reach home.

I took everything out my carry-on and folded my clothes normally and put them in the savers bag. The one I purchased had five bags. So I separated my outfits and put tops in one, scarves in another, my linen pants in one, and my maxi dresses in the rest. It worked out. 15 outfits fit into one side of my carry-on leaving the other side for miscellaneous items that I will need.

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I am happy, packed, and ready to start my adventure in Egypt. 🙂

Packing for Egypt

So I planned it all out, what it is I want to do on my 7 day trip. I did my research on Egypt attire for women and I have my ideas of what I want to wear. Now to pack. My normal vacation attire is swimsuits and cover-ups (you can never go wrong in hot places) but that wont fly everywhere in Egypt so this is where my fashion skills kicks in. Its going to be hot so tip number one is to wear light clothing.Tip number two because I plan to bring a carry-on the clothes has to fold easy and not be bulky.

In Egypt the attire is a little more conservative. So the most practical thing for me to wear will be maxi dresses, linen pants, scarves (to cover up and look fashionable), long sleeve shirt, t-shirts, and sandals/slides. Oh I can’t forget swimsuits for hanging by the hotel pool. When going to temples, mosques, or any Holy grounds you must cover up out of respect. In the tourist areas you will be ok showing some skin, so shorts and tanks are allowed.

Another tip on how I pack is I have at least 2-3 outfits a day. A day time outfit, a night time outfit, and a just in case outfit. But because I know or have a good idea as to what I am doing each day I can pack accordingly and I can avoid over packing.

Granted I have a month to go but its better to be prepared then under prepared. I hate last minute packing, that’s when I either forget something or pack to much. So since I have all of that prepared I have a month to see if I can fit 14-18 outfits into a carry on.

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How I start?

When I travel I normally know a year in advance where I’m going and what month I’m going to be there. To end this year off I’m going to Egypt and I am very much excited. This was really my friend trip so for this one I knew about since March. Once I decided that I was going I started my research. I research the culture, where to go, what to do, and where are the best places to stay.We plan on going for seven days and my plan is to bring a carry-on and a personal bag but we shall see about that.

I started to put my itinerary together. Top things to do:

  • Nile dinner cruise
  • Camel ride
  • ATV
  • Picture with the Sphinx
  • Buy some gold
  • Visit Giza and museums

* these aren’t in any specific order

This will be a two part trip, first stay is in Ciaro then ending in Luxor. You think I can pack for seven days in a carry-on?

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