Hey V.I.P’s. How’s your Summer coming along so far? Mine? HOT! Hopefully you’ve been plotting and planning those get away abroad trips during this time, as sales are at their all time high around this time for traveling during the Fall! I wanted to share how I booked a roundtrip to Dubai for only $600 last year around this time. I went for my 30th birthday last December for 10 days and I had a wonderful time! I purchased my plane ticket last July around this time and leading up to the trip, saved up and payed off hotel, food and activity money. It was super convenient because I practically had till the end of the year to save up for the rest of my trips expenses. I’ll break this down into several sections:
Two words. ExploreTrip. Check out ExploreTrip.com for great flight deals like I did. I had an earlier date in mind and it gave me an alternative date (maybe like a week later) that was cheaper than the dates I originally planned for. I thought this was super dope! Be sure to also check out Airfordable.com which allows you to copy a screenshot of a plane ticket price from any airline of your choice, then send it in and make installments on your plane ticket. It will charge you a fee to do this but it’s totally worth it if your traveling overseas and are on a budget.
I booked two different hotels via Hotels.com to give myself a different perspective of the city of Dubai. My first hotel was in old Dubai and my second hotel was in the Marina area closer to the beach. Every 10 nights equals 1 free hotel room when you create an account. The free night has to equal the average amount of your previous 10 night hotel stay. Tip:Be sure to check the free breakfast filter when booking. Thats one meal expense you won’t have to worry about each day your there.
Getting around Dubai is super easy. There’s taxi’s everywhere and their super cheap but it can add up. Of course Uber is available also and the train, which is the cheapest. If your looking to splurge more on food, I’d ride the train to most places and use a taxi for emergencies only or if you get lost and want to be sure to get somewhere on time. The train is super convenient and you can buy whats called a nol card for the week and ride it unlimitedly all day and night.
I found and booked a lot of my activities thru Veltra.com. It’s a site that literally has all the must do activities in whatever city or Country your in. I love it because it’s all in one place and you can pay for your activities on the same site. It also won’t charge an international fee on your debit/credit card. I strongly suggest this site to get ideas and inspiration if anything else. What I also love about it is that it has discounts just for booking on the site.
Food for me wasn’t a big deal. It wasn’t important to me to indulge in the culture of food everyday. My big splurge went to activities. Whatever was around via Yelp, I went and ate at. I would eat, just to make sure I ate. I didn’t go out of my way to find particular cultured places or anything. I did enjoy more cultured food when I booked a particular activity but that was about it. If I could describe Dubai it’s honestly like an American big city times 100 but of course with it’s own middle east charm, so finding food of the middle east was far in between. There were mostly American restaurants and bars than anything else.
If you’d like to check out more on Dubai and all the activities I embarked upon, check out My Trip to Dubai Playlist below. Hope you enjoy!