Another country added to the list! YAAAY! Lebanon is not your normal country to travel to .. It’s an small Arab country with European mentality! And though I searched a lot, there were little information about how to adjust and enjoy this country at the most.
So here are Zeina’s 10 tips to be an expert tourist in Lebanon!!
1- Dollars is all what you need to move around the country.
Don’t worry about not having a Lebanese currency, they all take dollars! just make sure to download Currency App to make sure you are not getting fooled :p
2- Transportation in Lebanon is complicated, Taxis’s work both as a private taxi and also ” multi people taxi, i.e Serfees”. They can pick up other people which means cheaper for you!
Taxis have red plates!
Prices for serfees: 2000 LL for one person.
3- Don’t feel shy when you negotiate the price of the taxi, LITERALLY you will find more than 10 taxis passing the same street at the same time. NEXT!
4- In Airport don’t take your taxi from the main door, take it from the 2nd floor and don’t pay more than 30$ (which is still expensive)
5- RENT A CAR! Best thing we did in lebanon was renting a car! Rent a small car, gas is cheap and WLAH you just saved 100$ for a trip outside beirut!
6- Local Food!! Sometimes all of our money goes for transportation and food and since we saved on transportation, food is now the problem!
Buy from local restaurants in al Hamara, my recommendation is “Sandwich w nos” cheap and tastes good.
7- Either choose a hotel that offer breakfast or buy Mankeesh from locals in the side streets! You will save one meal in the day.
8- If you want to enjoy the sea view then visit Korneesh better than Roshaa, less crowded and more enjoyable.
9- Don’t count on anyone and do your own research! Everyone told me that lebanon is just for nightlife (so sad and so not true)!! Driving in Beirut in the night by the water while listening to virgin Radio was one of the beautiful moments in Lebanon.
10- Lebanon is not expensive!! It all depends on you .. If you are going to spend all of your money on fancy places then Lebanon is expensive but if you just think before you spend 50$ then it will make a huge difference.
So here you go your 10 tips! Share and like if you thought this was helpful or can help someone!! And don’t forget to Like The Zeina Diary.
An Iraqi/ Hijabi Travel blogger. Trying to make a difference! I want to empower women and Iraqis in specific.
However, I faced a lot of obstacles because of my Passport, I don’t have the luxury to travel to many countries, but I will continue to believe in myself and the world.