How I survived 12 days without internet – holidays in Egypt
I try to go to Slovakia every summer (July – August) because the weather is kind of ok to be outdoors or even to go to a pool and then my mom is on vacations so we can do some stuff together.
The summer of 2012, after I came back from New York City and spent just a few days at home in Snina, I was looking for holidays to Sharm el Sheikh as I haven’t visited it yet (shame on me!)
But unfortunately, all the good deals from Slovakia were not from the closest airport Košice but from Bratislava and the deals I found were or shorter or longer than my mom wanted.
I don’t know why but all the all inclusive holidays you can take from Slovakia are more expensive than from any other European country which I don’t find fair because of the shitty salaries we have home.
Anyway, after 3 days of tough searching, I found a good deal in Egypt – 5 star all inclusive Tia Heights hotel in Makadi Bay close to Hurghada.
We visited Hurghada with my mom back in 2007 already but when I saw the hotel had the biggest swimming pool in Egypt, I was sold. I just wanted to swim without no one in my way. Or just cool down in the pool having my own space as I cannot stand sunbathing for longer than a few minutes (as I mentioned in the post about different tanning habits around the world).
So I said goodbye to my Australian friend Matt who I spent time speaking about benefits of traveling to Australia, packed, scheduled some posts and flew to Hurghada with my mom.
I knew I was not going to be online for those 12 days there.
21st century and no wifi, you asking?
I know, I was terrified to death! The longest time ever for me without internet for the last approx. 4 years was 3 – 4 days (for example when I went to Uyuni Salt flat in Bolivia or Pampas Tour where in the Amazon jungle there was no internet of course).
And in a 5 star hotel???
There was actually wifi but only at the reception and it was 5 euro per 24 hours. Way too expensive in my opinion, and if I paid for it, I would force myself to be online for all the 24 hours which obviously would not be good
So I took a hard decision of no internet for 12 days, just proper vacations and relax.
Are you asking how I survived for so long?
What did I do on holidays in Egypt?
Let me be honest with you. It was tough on like 4th day and then again my last day in Egypt. In between I was actually happy I couldn’t go online so I had time to do nothing.
We did not take any tours. It was too hot for both me and mom to spend time on a bus or outside during the biggest midday heat.
We saw the Giza pyramids in 2007 and went snorkeling to Giftun island, too. I just wanted to go to Luxor but then as I busy travel all the time, this time I decided not to do much.
I spent days:
– eating (5 or 6 times a day as usual),
– swimming when I was not too lazy,
– cooling down in the pool or at the beach
– putting the sunscreen lotion on and on and on,
– sunbathing a little bit (most of the time in the water),
– walking around the hotel complex,
– drinking like crazy (I mean water with lemon and hot chocolate),
– writing down what I had to do after I got back home,
– complaining about the things that could be better (with a family with 2 cute girls we met there),
– making some videos when it was too hot or boring (I had my laptop with me),
– enjoying the beach and people watching,
– taking photos,
– shopping (bought a Lacoste belt, a Gucci handbag, a silver butterfly-shaped ring, postcards and some presents),
– learning Russian (the hotel was full of Russian tourists),
– putting the after sun on,
– having fun with the hotel animators (Mido, Shika),
– meeting new interesting people (such as Adnan and Adi from Bosnia and Herzegovina)
– making fish faces with my favorite bartender Amr,
– and every night after a good hot chocolate we were watching the night show (dancing, acrobatic and comedy shows etc.).
I will miss all the people I met there (including a Dutch tall guy drinking tons of beer every night and staring at me with his mouth open).
I can say it was a lot of fun … with even more sun. And a lot of doing nothing.
It did feel like holidays.
I need holidays as well
And holidays in Egypt were a perfect fit for what I needed!