Taking part in a Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage can be as educational as they are daunting. Before you embark on your travels together, always ensure that you ask the following questions before you set foot in your airport taxi…
1) “How has my transport been arranged?”
Ensuring that your transport schedule and daily program is validated and available to you party is essential. Depending on the nature of your flight, you may want a little more information on how to conduct salah while travelling [link], and potentially what you should expect upon your landing in Jeddah Airport.
2) “What should I do to prepare for my journey?”
Ensuring that you are physically and spiritually ready for your Pilgrimage is important. This may include ensuring that you are prepared for the season you’ve chosen to visit in – especially if the days you’ve chosen may be a little hotter than expected or colder that you bargained on. Depending on your age and health you may want to plan an health and fitness schedule that suits someone a little older, or at the younger end of the scale.
3) “What options are there for guides and other programs?”
To get the most out of your pilgrimage, ask your Agent to find the right tour-guide for your group – aiming for one that understands any unique concessions you may need. This may involve visiting some great destinations like Jeddah and its corniche area or helping to arrange tours and visits to important local destinations like some of Saudi Arabia’s beautiful villages or take part in an adventure and go dune bashing.
4) “What can I bring to and from my Umrah?”
Packing the perfect items to help on your pilgrimage and knowing what you can bring back is extremely helpful. Your agent should be fully up-to-date with advice on essentials that can be brought with you. You guide will also be able to advise you on the fine detail about what you can and cannot bring back with you as part of your journey.
5) “Is there anything I haven’t thought of”
Any reputable agent will be able to give advice and tips to make sure that you’re prepared for the journey to come. This can easily include recommending useful apps and programs, suggesting the best time to undertake your Umrah Pilgrimage, some of the best markets in Mecca to shop at, and some of the best places to eat at the end of a long day.