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Ramadan Tourism

The Holy month of Ramadan coincides this year with the peak months for tourism and travel: July and August.

These months are also associated with a temperature rise that induces families to search for colder places for entertainment and recreation away from the heat, whilst also going on exploratory visits and travel with family members who meet once every year. Since general tourist attractions and recreation activities performed at natural resorts do not conflict with principles of fasting, fasting families find themselves this year and in during the coming few years facing the choice of travel during the month of Ramadan. However, how you can plan trips with recreational fun and quality time with the family and still make them compatible with the requirements of the fast? 

Select the right destination

About 70 % of the success of a family trip relies on the planning. During the process of selecting a destination, gatting the balance between desired family activities and what fits into Iftar and Suhoor habits can save time and effort and avoid fatigue and tiredness. It is better to search for locations where Arab and Muslim communities are available in order to keep the spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan and to create opportunities of interaction with new people who are also fasting.

There are many countries with Islamic communities that offer their tourists programs and special activities. As well as offering  hotels for Muslims that do not serve any alcoholic beverages within their restaurants, many places will also maintain dress codes for swimming at beaches and include the provision of private recreation areas for the veiled and their families.

Choose the appropriate travel time

Tourists often fall to the temptations of ads about travel tours that offer attractive packages, but can only be used at certain times. Since there are few appropriate travel destinations during Ramadan, it would be wise to choose a travel time in line with family expectations of the degree of entertainment desired. For example, if family members have agreed to spend the Eid holidays in their country of residence, then it is advisable to get back one week before Eid. Equally,  if the decision was made to spend the Eid holidays at the travel destination, then it is better to be there at least two days before Eid commences to avoid the confusion caused by predicting last day of Ramadan. Also, in terms of the selection of flight times, it’s important to choose sensibly to remain traveling with harmony, especially if a major time difference exists and the family chooses not use their traveler’s license of not fasting

Develop an alternative plan

It is possible that activities of the selected destination turn out not to be in agreement with the spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan, and this may affect the sentiment and thus disturb meditation. So it is important and essential to discuss alternatives with family members before traveling and explain to them the circumstances that would occur and may require changing the direction of travel. This step is important especially if there are adolescents among the family, so they can adapt and prepare for any emerging occurrences.

Psychological readiness

There are a number of factors that may need to be prepared for. The number of hours of fasting in the country of residence may vary on either side of twelve, so the family may be surprised with much longer fasting hours in the visited country. Family must also search for the availability of restaurants opening late to get an alternative to Sohour. Beyond that, the most important fact to discuss with family members is ways to adapt with new communities where people may not be fasting for many reasons, without evolving a sense of indignation or anger and thus lose the desired relaxation. Also, the family will have to be prepared for the physical effort required by a tour’s program in contrast with absolute physical comfort enjoyed by fasting at home.