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 March 2011 she quit her stewardess job and hasn't stopped ever since. Her motto is ''I live to travel, I travel to live.'' She writes about crazy travel, fun adventures and sexy photos.