Saudi Arabia is a unique and somewhat mysterious country. As a tourist, it can be quite challenging to have an enjoyable travel experience due to not being able to visit the holy sites (like Mecca) because you’re not Muslim, plus, tourist visas seldomly get approved there…
Because of the difficulties of tourism there, many western tourists have deemed Saudi Arabia as an undesirable travel destination, especially for a woman traveling solo. There are actually several misconceptions about women traveling alone to Saudi Arabia but a lot of those misconceptions are greatly untrue. The U.S. Department of State recommends that whether you’re a man or woman, it’s important to be aware of the safety precautions to take but it definitely shouldn’t stop or discourage you from traveling there and missing out on a great travel experience.
How to Get There
Any time you travel abroad, it’s going to get a little pricey. When thinking about planning to go to Saudi Arabia, you’re going to want to plan it out at least a year in advance so that you have enough time to “the kingdom.”
Work a Part-Time Job
The only way to get there, or anywhere for that matter, is by way of money. You need money to be able to do almost anything these days, right? Absolutely. So, a great way to earn extra money to pay for your trip to Saudi Arabia is to work a second job.
Your second job can really be anything you want it to be. With your second job, it’s a good idea to have the mindset of “work smart, not hard.” You need to have that type of mindset because if you’re like most people, you’re probably already working a full-time job, so to get off from your full-time job and go to your part-time job, that can be exhausting.
It’s also important to pick a part-time job that will keep your interest. If you love clothes and wearing the latest trends, then maybe your part-time job can in a clothing store. If you feel like you need a job that will give you work-related perks, then you should consider working part-time at a hotel or at a rental car company… those types of jobs typically give their employees great discounts, plus, you might be able to use those discounts on your Saudi Arabia trip!
Work for Yourself
The epitome of working smart and not hard is working for yourself! If you opened up your own e-commerce store and sold handmade products, it would allow you to conduct business from the comfort of your own home, you could work as little or as much as you wanted, and you would be able to work at your own pace.
The great thing about this type of work is that you can do it practically anywhere. If you visit a location with accessible wifi, you would be able to still conduct business all while enjoying your vacation.
Save Your Money
Saving your money is an unspoken known when it comes to traveling. Because traveling can be so expensive, you need to set up a travel fund or account with your bank. When you set up your travel account, you want to make sure that it is a high-interest account. A high-interest account will allow the money you save to grow.
To take your high-interest account even further, you can use a savings calculator to help you along the way. A savings calculator will allow you to see how long it will take for you to reach your savings goal based on the amount of money you consistently deposit. When you use this calculator, based on the timeframe it gives you, that can let you know whether or not you can continue to save at the rate you currently are, or if you need to save more to reach your savings goal in a quicker timeframe.
How to Enjoy Saudi Arabia
At this point, let’s say that you’ve reached your savings goal and you’re ready to head to Saudi Arabia… The question you need to ask yourself now is, what are you going to do while you’re there?
Jubbah Rock Carvings
The Jubbah Rock Carvings is arguably the most beautiful location for an open-air art gallery. It covers 39 square kilometers of gorgeous rock carvings and can be dated all the way back to 5500 BC. If you’re wanting to visit this location, be sure to call ahead or send an email to make sure the location is open.
Masmak Fortress was built around 1865. Some of the notable exhibits include old maps and early photographs of Saudi Arabia. An interesting fact about Masmak Fortress is that it is the site of a raid by Ibn Saud… A spear was thrown at the main entrance door, where the head is still stuck in the doorway! Masmak Fortress is truly a sight you have to experience for yourself so, don’t forget to put this Saudi Arabia treasure on your sight-seeing to-do list.
This state-of-the-art museum is loaded with modern architecture. It has two floors with eight impressive galleries covering Arabian history, art, and culture. Upon entering the museum, you can see a massive display of notable rock carvings and even a full-scale replica of a Nabataean tomb.
Not to be confused with Han Solo, Wong Solo is a budget-friendly Indonesian restaurant. Indonesians that visit Saudi Arabia have said that it is the only restaurant in Saudi Arabia that gives them the closest taste of home and is a very popular restaurant. It is recommended for visitors to come after the lunchtime rush hour.
As You Can See…
So, as mentioned earlier, Saudi Arabia has been labeled as an undesirable location for non-Muslims due to some of the travel restrictions but as you can see, there are plenty of things for non-Muslims to enjoy as well… you just have to go there and see for yourself.