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.
This summer, 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 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?
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 too. I just wanted to go to Luxor but then as I busy travel all the time, this time I decided not to do anything.
with mom at Giza pyramids in 2007
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
with mom at the Makadi Bay beach
cooling down in the pool in Tia Heights in Egypt
- putting the sunscreen lotion 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),
Alex is a crazy Slovak girl who made traveling the reason of her life. In 2010 she quit her stewardess job and since hasn't stopped. Her motto is ''I live to travel, I travel to live.'' She writes about crazy travel, fun adventures and sexy photos.