Blog: Adventure plan
Traveling is something we all love doing and has become the lifestyle of many. But because of the current situation, this is now a passion we all have to put aside for a while to make sure we can come back to it as soon as possible. But if we try to be a bit creative we can still enjoy being able to travel without leaving home. Here are our suggestions that will still make it possible to explore different cultures, meet international travel enthusiasts, try food from all around the world, learn languages and discover travel destinations from your home sweet home. Travel virtually to a park, zoo or aquarium Elephants, monkeys and penguins can be viewed through webcams, virtual tours and “home safaris.” Visit Georgia Aquarium to keep an eye on Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales which are the stars of this aquarium's live cam. The San Diego Zoo is live-streaming a number of animals on its website and lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting. You can also bring exotic animals like snow leopards into your living room with a selection of live video streams from Australian zoos. Discover the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park and the magnificent peaks of Banff National Park via Google Earth, watch a live view of Algonquin Provincial Park and let a guide take you on a video tour of Gros Morne National Park. Learn your favourite foreign language We all have at least one language we've always wanted to learn but we keep procrastinating it anyway. But don't you see that it's the perfect time to start diving into this lovely language you admire? Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. There are plenty of resources available such as language lessons on Udemy, books on Amazon, Youtube videos, language learning podcasts, and even practice groups on Facebook and Telegram in most large cities. Read travel blogs Some of the best travel stories and travel tips can be found on (no surprise!) travel blogs. Add in interesting writing, gorgeous photos, hilarious stories, and you’ve got hours of entertainment. You can find new blogs to read by scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram, or doing a good Google search for your next destination. Additionally, *cough cough* Ootlah's blog articles are a good place to start; it's just two steps far from here ;) Dive deeply into Travelporn on Pinterest If you are a visual person, you defiantly love Pinterest as it's the ultimate in inspiration. It also goes hand in hand with reading travel blogs. Follow all your favourite travel blogs on Pinterest and that way, you can see at a glance if there are any articles you just have to read and you can save anything interesting to your own boards. Follow as much as you like of travel blogs so you’ll never be lacking for visual goodness. You'll learn about so many new places this way. Sort all your boards by destination, so when you do have the opportunity to travel again you can go back to the board for the country you're heading to and read through all of the pins you’ve saved. Listen to travel podcasts Travel podcasts are one of the best ways to pass the time, especially if you are doing something monotonous like cleaning or exercising. Listen to your favourite travel podcasts to learn something new or just get inspired. Bonus points if the hosts are funny and interesting, which they all are in Amateur Traveler, Women Who Travel, Indie Travel and much more. Watch movies that fuel your wanderlust Watching movies is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to travel without leaving home . Just pop in a movie, grab some popcorn, and get your fill of wanderlust from the comfort of your own couch! Watching movies about travel or movies from different countries will put you in a better mood, give you so many new ideas for your next vacation, and shows how people live around the world. Pick a country or region and gather all of the movies or TV shows you could find either about or set in this place. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of the all-time favorite travel movies: Hector and the Search for Happiness The trio: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight The Secret Life of Water Mitty Midnight in Paris Eat, Pray, Love Put on some foreign music “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Music is and has always been a great source of inspiration and entertainment for many. For a quick and easy mood booster, Put on songs from other countries you didn't listen to their music before. Open Spotify or Youtube and search for whatever strikes your fancy. Feeling tropical? Put on Caribbean steel drum music. Want to be the epitome of chic and classical? Put on some French Brigitte Bardot songs. Want to be transported to a cafe in Korea? They have that as well! Just search Youtube for “Korean Cafe Music”! Plan your next trip Just because you've had to stay home and shelve all your travel plans doesn't mean you can't look forward to a future trip. Often the happiest part of travel takes place before you ever pack your bag! Read about destinations, search for hotels and decide on what to do once you get there. If nothing else, it will tide you over during this lockdown period and give you something fun to look forward to when this is all over. Check out Ootlah's Instagram and Facebook feeds for some amazing ideas. You can also get inspired by our vacations and flexible trips— all designed to let you book with peace of mind. Last things last, Remember that we are all in this together and we are not missing out on anything. Soon we will travel again and enjoy it even more because we will appreciate it more. Be creative and make the most out of your around the world from home trip! Don't miss reading part one here. Enjoy what travelling brings to our life without having to move from the couch!
In terms of entertainment, going into a home self-quarantine probably means you’re in for a lot of boredom, a lot of Netflix, and a lot of browsing the internet. While travel may be out of the question for the present, we're still dreaming of our next adventure and all the places we hope to get to soon. Until then, we've made a list of "Ways to travel without leaving home" so you can color the time during coronavirus quarantine. Discover museums around the world The digital age has made it easy to visit some of the world’s most famous museums from the comfort of your own couch. Google Arts & Culture brings you virtual tours in over 2500 museums and galleries around the world. The collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. Take a look at just some of Google’s top museums and galleries that are offering online tours and exhibits all for free. While it’s hard to beat the experience of seeing a seminal piece of fine art or important historical artifact with your own two eyes, you could easily spend a lifetime traveling the world in search of all of them. Cook meals from different countries What about a two-weeks challenge of cooking a new meal every one or two days that belongs to the list of your favourite world kitchens? Spice it up with an Instagram story for each meal and let your highlighted stories section welcomes a new member. You can take online cooking classes such as Nonna Live, where you'll learn to make classics from an Italian grandma. Free lessons have cropped up during this downtime, including daily Delish.com cooking videos for parents and children, and Kitchen Quarantine, Instagram lessons from Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura to help you cook during coronavirus quarantine. Try to make yourself that Italian pasta dough, the Indian curry or the Mexican fajitas. And remember that the harder the recipe, the better.. We have a lot of time in this coronavirus quarantine! Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites There is a list of 1,121 locations on the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a collection of places considered to be of “outstanding universal value”, whether for cultural, historical or natural reasons. The list includes everything from European towns to tropical islands, American national parks to African churches, and endangered wonders at risk of disappearing. And obviously there has never been a better time to explore the greatest sites on the planet like these days. It’s not quite the same as being there, but it's still cool being able to visit some of the world’s most celebrated heritage sites without leaving home. Many of these cultural sites, such as India's Taj Mahal, England's Stonehenge and Peru's Machu Picchu, have their own virtual tours that enable you to see detailed panoramic images while reading all about these fascinating places to appreciate why they are so important. Watch travel vlogs Travel videos have gained a lot of popularity in recent years and they are a wonderful diversion during a boring coronavirus quarantine time at home. Forget the typical stuff you always find on TV and tune regularly to watch some funny & inspiring YouTube travel channels! YouTube is full of passionate travellers that share their adventures in entertainment videos that make you feel like you joined them on that trip. This is also a great way to make a list of places you want to actually visit once that is again safe and possible. By watching these videos you get to know what to do, what to expect, and everything else you need to know while traveling. Make photo books out of your old vacation photos Whether traveling alone or with a group of friends, we all want those memories to last forever. Digital photography means no long waits to have your film developed, and you don’t pay for wasted frames on those lousy images. However, it also often means that your precious travel pictures get stuck on SD cards, hard drives and computers, and not out in the world where you or anyone else can enjoy them. A travel book is an easy way to keep all of your favorite travel photos in one place. Just pick it up and flip through the pages. No need to turn anything on or wait for it to load, it’s a more intimate, tactile experience than looking at photos on a screen. Photo books can be more than just pictures. You can include notes, scanned ticket stubs, and excerpts from your travel journal to accompany your images. They also make a beautiful addition to a coffee table, and visitors love to look through them. Read travel books This coronavirus quarantine has made us all run back to pick some books and start reading even more. You can read books about travel or books from another country depending on your interests. It’s especially interesting to see how writing is different across cultures and how writers build up their story using visuals, symbols, words, and so on. There are so many options for books that narrate a story through traveling or tell you about a country, its culture and history in many different ways just like travelling itself. Check out the travel genre list of recommended books by the Goodreads to get inspired and pick a favourite for you. There are also a few excellent travel magazines, but even fiction can offer a look at a completely different way of life in another part of the world. List all of your favourite travel-related books so you will just keep it to the books you read at the end of the year. Follow travel influencers on Instagram There are thousands of travel influencers on Instagram so it’s easy to travel vicariously anywhere in the world, with any age, gender, and style of travel. It not only gives you inspiration but also motivation to continue to save and practical tips for what to do once you got on the road. You will have the opportunity to walk through the life of genuine, passionate people who simply love to share the world with others. Pick a few favourites and travel vicariously while you can’t travel yourself. There are indeed several travel influencers you admire for their amazing creativity, talent, and sense of adventure. Cyber-stalk your favourite travel influencers as they will influence you to start planning for your next go. Whether it was through their writing or creative media, they'll inspire you to travel the world. Also Read: Food adventure: a tour around the world kitchens
You will find that many tourists love coming to Indonesia and enjoy incredible days there, because of how beautiful and adorable this country is. Known to many as Wonderful Indonesia, where it brings you the second-largest tropical forest and numerous virgin beaches with great diving sites and surfing waves. As well as the amazing hiking to active volcanoes and wildlife. There are plenty of places to visit in Indonesia that you can enjoy. Indonesia may not be the first place that many people think to go to, but it is a real hidden gem in Southeast Asia although it is large in size, with more than 17,000 islands with 240 million people! In this large country with all these diverse cultures that cover many time zones, you can find many places to visit in Indonesia from the mysterious island of Bali to the magnificent Dragon Komodo. Indonesia is still far from the radar of the travel map, with the exception of Bali, where its infrastructure is still lacking in development and faces major challenges. Backpackers can enjoy the pleasure of exploring undefeated paths while luxury seekers may find they already have many options as well. When is the best time to visit Indonesia? Indonesia's Weather The weather in Indonesia differs from season to another, known as the two seasons - wet and dry - with warm tropical temperatures averaging 28 ° C throughout the day, throughout the year. In most regions, the dry season runs from May to September, with precipitation between October and April. Generally, the best time of year to visit and enjoy Indonesia tourist places is between May and September when the weather is beautiful and the days are dry and sunny. However, the temperatures remain high during the rainy season, and the precipitation comes in the form of intense tropical rain for a few hours and you do not need to spoil your flight. Indonesia's best areas In some areas, the difference between the two seasons is not extreme: for example, Bali and Kalimantan are not relatively affected by season change, but the contrast usually increases as you travel east to the Nusa Tenggara region (to Lombok Islands, Flores and beyond) where there is more chance of flooding during the rainy and dry season in the dry areas. It really depends on your travel plans: Muddy back roads can be a problem during the rainy season if you intend to explore more outside the hammered track sites and harsh seas can make some islands inaccessible. The best months to dive off the coast of Bali, Lombok or Komodo National Park are April to September, with harsh seas especially in January and February. If you are planning to climb one of the many volcanoes in Indonesia, such as Mount Bromo or Mount Rinjani, a dry season is recommended. Expect the temperature to cool while going up and pack some warmer layers. Kind People of Indonesia With people of diverse origins and religions, Indonesia has a good mix of Indonesian cultures and festivals, creating a unique kind of melting of species. But one thing that is similar in people is that they are generally nice for travellers. Indonesia vacation is an ideal holiday for families, as Indonesians respect family gatherings and offer many places to visit in Indonesia as well as activities for children. Diverse cultures bring great food from varieties and flair. Try all of the delicious Indonesian foods like Nasi Padang, Nasi Temple, Nasi Uduk, Pakmi, Kuwaiti, Pako, Soto Ayam, Ayam Bakkar, Gado Gado, Sambal, Koi, and fresh local fruits just to name a few. Festival and Indonesian Food From street food to home (the restaurant) to fine dining, you can be sure to satisfy your appetite in Indonesia. Indonesia is a good option for holidays as it has plenty of Indonesia tourist spots. Also, it has a lot to offer for travellers even for those who travel on a budget, but they are willing to take advantage of their time and effort to reach some places that are nice to know that they deserve it. In short, you must go to Indonesia to discover the beautiful nature of beaches, and the marvellous tropical forests, as well as the active volcanoes and wildlife. Also, don’t forget to learn about the impressive history of monuments, and experience the great diving and surfing. But most of all, you must go to Indonesia to experience all that you offer people to culture and food, which ultimately concludes with what we might call an unforgettable and satisfying journey. Accommodation and Hotels Indonesia is a cheap country, it has plenty of hostels and hotels that range from 1-star hotel up to 5-star luxury hotels. Hostels could cost you 10 American Dollars The price of a 1-star hotel starts from 26 USD The average price of a 5-star hotel could be around 357 USD. Itinerary and activities in Indonesia vacation It is important to know from where to start your trip to Indonesia vacation, to make sure that you will have fun and enjoy it to the max. For that, we recommend you to begin with Bali, where you will enjoy the best attraction in Indonesia. After that, Lombok will be your next destination where you can enjoy a quiet and beautiful city. In the end, you can have fun in Jakarta while you are strolling in the most luxurious malls. Bali (4-5 Nights) You can begin your tour with Bali, as it has many attractions and different types of activities. Exploring Bali will need about 4 to 5 nights in this fabulous city. Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and the most popular destination for Indonesia vacation, and with good reason, this island of gods is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Surrounded by the azure sea and golden beaches, Bali is considered a paradise for the surfing lover, and if you are looking for a beach vacation, there is no better place to find it than this gorgeous island located in central Indonesia. Besides the sea and sand, Bali has many other attractions to enjoy such as temples, museums, and caves, as well as waterfalls and markets. If you are a history lover and like culture, you can spend hours learning local and Balinese myths. Also, you can learn about the traditions in places like Ubud. If you like adventure activities, you will not be disappointed on a trip here, and you can expect an impressive array of water sports, water diving and snorkeling, and the opportunity to travel through a forest canopy like Tarzan. Here is a list of the most popular activities that you can enjoy at Bali: 1- Explore the paddy fields of Tabanan Those looking for something a little different in Bali can head to the Tabanan area covered with lush rice sparkling with emerald colors in the sun, which is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. The big lot here is that in addition to examining the scenery, you can also share and learn how to grow and harvest rice in Bali. If you're feeling adventurous, you can sweep mud in the paddy field and choose some of it. 2- Spend time with the monkeys at Monkey Forest One of the stunning places to visit in Indonesia is Monkey Forest. Monkey Forest is a Hindu temple complex in Ubud and also one of its main landmarks. The complex is filled with more than 500 monkeys and the three temples that remain here dating back to the fourteenth century. The whole area is a nature reserve and you can walk around and wander around the landscape as well as take pictures of monkeys. You can buy bananas to feed primates from the main entrance, but beware if you have anything else you want such as sunglasses or water bottles that the monkeys have been known to take over as many visitors as you can. 3- Get back to nature at Bali Zoo Bali Zoo is located in Gianyar Regency, and if you want to check out some Southeast Asian animals this is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia and to do it. The zoo consists of outdoor containers instead of cages designed to mimic the natural habitats of the species here. Some of these include tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses, and a group of colorful birds, and you can either visit during the day or choose the perfect night safari if you want to see some of the nocturnal animals that summon the zoo home. 4- Strap on a jetpack in Tanjung Benoa Tanjung Benoa is the place to come to Bali if you want to try watersports and you can find a range of different activities on offer. However, one of the most exciting is the water jet link, which allows you to fly up to the sky at a height of 10 meters and sessions usually last about 20 minutes. One of the big draws of using jetpacking is the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Bali island from the air, even if you haven't done something like this before our professional coaches teach you how to fly in a safe and controlled environment. 5- Go snorkeling in Amed If you're looking for a quieter corner in Bali without the hassle of crowds pouring in tourists here, Amed is a great choice. This part of the island is still relatively far from radar and not quite a city, but rather a group of villages lying near the sea. Forming one of the most adorable places to visit in Indonesia. The reason many people come here is snorkeling and diving because the visibility is excellent and you can dive at a relatively cheap price compared to other parts of Bali. 6- Turtle Island Bali Tanjung Benoa One of the family activities you can do in Tanjung Benoa during your vacation, along with water sports is Turtle Island Bali Tour with a glass-bottom boat. This creates an opportunity for a water sports operator in Tanjungbenoa, to provide boat trips while visiting Turtle Island and to maintain the marine park abroad. While you are on a glass-bottom boat, the boat driver will accompany you. From the glass-bottom boat, you can enjoy beautiful underwater scenery without having to join scuba diving. You also can see the beautiful coral reefs, a variety of ornamental fish, and marine plants as well as other marine animals. Do not forget to bring bread so that children can feed the fish while they are on the boat. Lombok (3-4 Nights) After Bali, you can visit Lombok, where you can find peace and quietness. Exploring Lombok only needs from 3 to 4 nights to allow yourself to enjoy the best beaches ever. Lombok offers many beaches of empty and often isolated beaches. It is a great place to have an unforgettable Indonesia vacation, as it is quieter than Bali. It also has a friendly and interesting people, as well as delicious food and wonderful nature. Transportation to Lombok To reach Lombok, there are only two options, the plane, and the boat. You can take flights from many cities in Indonesia to Lombok, which is more recommended than taking a boat, however, you can take a boat to Lombok from eg Bali, Gili Islands or Sumbawa. Here is a list of the best and top activities that you can do in Lombok: 1- Pusuk Monkey Forest The second option to reach Bangsal is to winding along a scenic mountain landscape. In it, you will find a forest of monkeys, named after many wild monkeys, in the forest, and near the street. Feed the little bastards hungry and annoying at the views if you like. 2- Pink Beach It's no longer just a tip, but it's still worth a visit! If you get there, you will be rewarded with a quiet, deserted beach. It is called after the pink sand that consists of coral. The view from the nearby viewpoint is also great, and the slopes worth seeing in Tanjung Ringgit are close to the hotel. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Indonesia. 3- Mosques and Hindu temples Unlike Bali, Lombok and the rest of Indonesia are mainly Muslim. This is why you can see mosques, especially hearing them everywhere. Also, the Balinese minority in Lombok acquired its temples such as Pura Meru, Pura Lingsar, Pura Narmada, or Pura Patu Bolong. Most of them are located in the western part of the island and around Mataram / Cakranegara or Senggigi. It is one of the worthy places to visit in Indonesia, especially for history lovers. Jakarta (2-3 Nights) Jakarta has the most luxurious malls in the country, for that we recommend to visit it at the end of your trip so that you can travel freely all over the country without being annoyed by your belongings. It only needs from 2 to 3 nights to explore it and have fun while strolling through the city and its leisure malls. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia for now but nowadays they are looking to make Java the capital. Jakarta is a sprawling megacity, with more than 10 million people of diverse ethnic backgrounds from all over Indonesia. During the day, the number increases as passengers arrive to work in the city and flock again in the evening. Jakarta Pusat or Central Jakarta is the place where you can find the most famous landmarks such as Monas, Independence Mosque, Merdeka Palace, National Museum, Jakarta Cathedral, Monumen Selamat Datang or the welcoming monument widely known as Pondiran Hai. Some prestigious malls and upscale hotels are located in the heart of Central Jakarta. Here you can enjoy the excitement 24 hours a day in Jakarta! Also, Read: Sri Lanka Tour: Beauty, adventure and impossible greenery Hidden gems: Explore the marvelous beauty of Saint Kitts
Mobile apps, no doubt, have made a huge part of our lives much easier and worry-free. The travel and tourism sector obviously has a fair share of such helpful apps that bring magical solutions to every traveler worldwide. So whether it's a road trip, family vacation, solo wellness retreat, or a last minute long-weekend getaway, these 10 apps will definitely get your back. If you are a regular traveler, you may know or have already used more than one of them. But if it's your first time abroad, these 10 best travel apps will be such a treasure for you! Skyscanner Who doesn't like finding a cheap flight ticket especially to a destination that has high price ranges like Europe? This mobile app searches millions of flights from over 1,200 sources and then gives you the best options available (whether it’s the cheapest route or the easiest one). Additionally, Skyscanner's handy chart feature lets you look at the cheapest days or months to fly to your destination and sends you notification of price changes. It also helps you find the best airfare rates by alerting you when prices dip. Airbnb Airbnb is a marketplace app that allows you to search for and find unique accommodations across the world, from rooms or couches to an entire apartment or hacienda based on the price, requisite amenities and more. Airbnb covers a range of prices in more than 34,000 cities across almost 200 countries, which means the adventurous or flexible traveler has some interesting choices for accommodations on their next trip. Just enter your destination and dates, filter results based on the home type, and choose whatever suits you! And for last-minute travels, you can also search only for accommodations that don’t require pre-approval. Hopper Hopper is a favorite app for thousands of travelers worldwide and one of the best travel apps absolutely. This amazing app uses a massive database of airline prices and historical trends to predict when prices to a destination are likely to be lowest, when they're likely to change, and the best time to buy a ticket for a particular date and destination. Hooper shows you a calendar of the coming year with dates color-coded to reflect historical price averages. Days in green are the cheapest, followed by light orange, coral and red, with red indicating the most expensive days to fly. You can watch flights on specific dates or destinations, and the app will advise you whether it's worth it to buy now or to wait and notify you of price drops or rises. TripIt This app will let you amazed that you haven’t used it more throughout the years. TripIt organizes all of your itineraries in one place. You can set your reservations to be automatically sent to TripIt, which will let you view travel confirmations, flight itineraries, tickets, hotel and Airbnb booking info, rental car reservations, ferry tickets and driving directions without ever leaving the app. TripIt also makes it simple to share your trip plans with whoever you want. For a premium service, TripIt Pro (€44.39/year) boosts your organizing power with additional features such as real-time flight alerts, refund notifications, and the ability to track reward points and miles as well as a currency converter, a list of socket and plug requirements, tipping advice, and more, for 180 countries. HotelTonight Booked a last-minute flight and now you're in the air trying to figure out where you're going to sleep when you arrive? Don't worry! HotelTonight finds last-minute deals on hotels near your location, ranging from "basic" to "luxe" options, including unique boutique hotels. The app allows you to filter for location, dates, the number of guests, whether the hotel is "pet-friendly" or not, as well as other amenities. It’s incredibly easy to use, and it doesn’t take long to reserve a room. You can search by city or attraction, or on the map, and then check out the reviews and photos from other travelers. It also has 24/7 customer support. Roadtrippers From now on, you won't worry much about planning any road trip. Why? Because this handy app helps you find everything along the road from diners and dives to hotels, national parks, restaurants, roadside attractions and other scenic points of interest. The app even has pre-made guides for popular road trips. Users can plan out trips in the app or the Roadtrippers web portal, saving locations and stops into a trip plan which you can sync across multiple devices for easy reference. The app allows you to map your trip with up to 7 waypoints for free. After that, there's an option to upgrade. PackPoint PackPoint helps you build a packing list based on your trip by providing a checklist of travel essentials that you need to pack, depending on the nature of your trip. Users simply create a trip profile, with their destination, length of stay and purpose of travel. PackPoint then creates a customized packing and luggage checklist that takes into account whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the type and amount of clothing to pack based on the weather forecast and other factors. Just input the dates, the location, the type of travel, and the activities you plan on doing—and the app will conveniently generate a list of items you should bring. Plus, if you’ll have access to laundry facilities in your destination, PackPoint even allows you to account for washing your clothes and wearing them multiple times. This App is one of the best travel apps that will make you avoid distractions. App In The Air The app which has been placed on Apple’s coveted “Best App” list as it not only keeps track of itineraries, boarding passes, and frequent-flier programs, but it also tracks boarding and landing times, along with current waits for check-in, security and customs. App In The Air condenses all of this information so that it's easy to refer to at a glance, while also providing handy extras. You can integrate the app with TripIt, track loyalty rewards, and view airplane amenities. Through augmented reality, it even helps you figure out if your carry-on is the right fit for your next flight. And also, if you're the competitive type, you can keep "score" of all of the places you've been on the worldwide leaderboard. MeetUp Isn't it great to meet and talk with locals from the country you're visiting especially if they share the same interests as you? Meetup can help you connect with people with common interests. The app shows you groups that are formed around particular interests in your city, including photography, cinema, yoga, cooking, hiking and much more. You can join groups to get updates on particular events you may want to participate in, and the app can even help with networking, as there are many groups dedicated to business and technology. You might even be able to join a co-working group. Travelers with kids can participate in family-friendly meetups, and it’s one of the best travel apps for solo travelers to make friends and connect with others. TripAdvisor TripAdvisor is your #1 guide who allows you to browse through millions of reviews, images and videos featuring various establishments worldwide. You can access contact details; search for nearby establishments; explore restaurants by food type, price range or rating; check out air fares; and even add to the knowledge base by posting your own reviews, images and entries for the places you visit. Being available in 28 languages, you can read articles for inspiration and write your own reviews, follow friends and travel experts for advice that matches your interests. Also Read: Travel checklist: The best travel advice you will ever get
The Kingdom of Bahrain has been an expat destination for centuries. It is considered a true melting pot of expats outnumbering the locals! Living in Bahrain puts you at the center of the Persian Gulf, the region’s financial hub and cultural heart. In this article, we brought you all you need to know about getting a Bahrain visa, be it a tourist visa, a work visa or a family visa (residence permit). Additionally, you will find more about the nature of life in this small Arab country and what makes it "Top Middle East Destination for Expats". Visiting and Tourist Visas Citizens of the USA, most EU countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland can get a visit visa on arrival for BD5. This is normally for two weeks, but the US and EU nationals can get three-month visas for the same fee. Visit visas can be renewed once from within Bahrain, but any further renewals require exit and re-entry. Citizens from all other countries require visas prior to arrival in Bahrain. All GCC nationals (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia) do not need a visa to enter the Kingdom of Bahrain. However, visitors who have been residents in the GCC for a minimum of three months, and who possess a return visa for the country of GCC residency valid for at least 3 months can enter and this varies between different nationalities. Regulations should be checked before travelling. Tourist visas don’t allow visitors to engage in any employment, and there are two types of tourist visas: Two Weeks Tourist Visas Tourist visas are issued for stays of two weeks to citizens of the European Union (EU), Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. Applicants must possess valid, up-to-date passports and a return or onward ticket. A visa fee of BD5 is applied and can be obtained at entry at the Bahrain International Airport. 72 hour/7 day Visas This visa is obtained on arrival at the Bahrain International Airport or at the King Fahad Causeway. In addition to a passport, the passenger must have a confirmed return/onward journey ticket for the visa application to be processed. Living and working in Bahrain If you wish to live and legally work in Bahrain you will need to apply for the following visas and permits: 1- Work Visa To live in Bahrain, all expatriates must be sponsored. The majority of expatriates coming to Bahrain are sponsored by their employer for the purpose of work and residence. Most people are recruited from overseas and your employer will arrange for your entry visa before you arrive. You must also have a work permit to work in Bahrain. People wishing to visit or work in Bahrain would now be able to know if they are eligible for a visa, apply and even view its status electronically without the need of being present in person. The Bahraini government is trying through these services to help people get their visa applications processed in the fastest time possible without any delays as requirements are clearly stated for the e-visa to be issued. You can determine if you are eligible for any visa and what's required online: Online Visa eligibility - http://www.mofa.gov.bh/Default.aspx?tabid=147&language=en-US In case the information is invalid or unacceptable, procedures can be done manually following the below-mentioned steps. Employers are advised to arrange and process necessary documents to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority prior to the arrival of their employees and dependents. Be noted that: Work visas are issued based on the Non-Objection Certificate (N.O.C) issued by the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports, and Residence in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Working Visas cannot be issued without taking prior approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Requirements: Visa application form Employee’s passport Passport size photograph Sponsorship Letter: a letter of employment indicating employer’s name/organization, commercial registration number, employee’s capacity, salary, contract duration, employee’s name, birth date, and nationality Copy of the contract Health record from an authorized clinic BD100 fee 2- Residency Permit (Family Visa) This permit is submitted to Labour Market Regulatory Authority and issued by General Department for Nationality & Passport Residence. It requires the following: Application form Employee & family’s passport copies Employee’s sponsorship letter Employee’s contract Family health record from an authorized clinic BD22 fee per applicant 3- CPR Card (Identification Card) Submitted to and issued by Central Informatics Organization, you are required to get: Employee (or spouse) passport Sponsorship letter stating names of dependents Marriage certificate (for spouse) and birth certificate (for children) BD1 fee per applicant Why Bahrain is the coolest country in the Arab Gulf region to live in? The Kingdom of Bahrain has a super attractive cultural diversity as 45% of Bahrain’s population is expats coming from different countries around the world. This enriches Bahrain’s cultural life and turns it into a large platform displaying the world’s different lifestyles. You can find multiple restaurants boasting different cuisines from America, Asia, Europe, and Arabian food of course, culture centers, art galleries, and a unique state of harmony binding all these cultures together. Bahrain is popular for being more liberal than the surrounding Middle Eastern countries, but it still has moral rules that govern almost every aspect of life. Most of the locals speak English and are generally welcoming to foreigners. Also, there are presently over 25 faiths and respective churches in operation and about 60% of their population is expats, so the cultural diversity is immense. A number of multinational companies have set up headquarters in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama. Some of the other fields in which Bahrain is actively involved include trading, construction, ship repairs, and tourism. The island state is known to have the most liberal economy among all the Middle Eastern countries. Bahrain’s healthcare system has considerably improved during recent years. Expats will discover comprehensive healthcare infrastructure with options for public and private healthcare. There are a number of state-funded hospitals, private medical facilities, clinics and maternity hospitals. Compared to other countries in the region, Bahrain spends the most on health and is also one of the healthiest Gulf countries. Last but not least, Most people living and working in Bahrain maintain that they earn a larger disposable income and have a higher standard of living than they did in their home countries. So if you got the opportunity to make it and work in Bahrain don't think twice and be certain that the country's quality of life is a real worth! Also Read: Holidays in Bahrain: Things to do on your next holiday Activities in Bahrain
New year, new beginnings, new plans, and new roads to hit; Are you wondering about where to head next? Don't think too much. In this article, we bring you the best travel destinations 2020 with a sneak peek at the most exciting and interesting events from all over the world. We bet you're definitely going to want to put these spots on your travel wish list so Enjoy reading! Egypt From its great history, ancient treasures and interesting culture to its flowing Nile, warm sun, vast deserts, and cool beaches, Egypt has too much to offer than anyone can expect. It's not an exaggeration at all to define the "perfect vacation" with only one word: Egypt. Why? Simply, Because Egypt has it all. Egypt features a diversity of worship serene places, mind-blowing Nile cruise tours, thrilling desert adventures, therapeutic tourism spots, magical beaches and of course a wide range of delicious food. Most importantly in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum which is the largest archaeological museum in the world will open to the public and the exhibits will include thousands of ancient Egyptian artifacts that have never been seen before! Croatia With its breathtaking coastal vistas, hidden islands and incredible food, Croatia represents the perfect balance between relaxation, culture, and activity. The young European country was named the top “Emerging Destination” for the new decade, honoring the stir caused by the "Game of Thrones" effect, dramatic landscapes, and proximity to other European destinations. In 2020, when Croatia’s third city will be honored as a European Capital of Culture, plenty is planned within the port town to mark the occasion. More than 1,000 official musical performances will be held, as well as literary events, art exhibitions, and parties. But the most remarkable event is the reopening of the ship Galeb (Seagull), which is being refurbished and transformed into a museum in the global spotlight. United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates is the destination where luxury meets the future. Dubai the capital is home to not only the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, but also the largest artificial islands in the world, the Palm Islands. 2020 will be a particularly special time to visit the UAE since the Expo 2020, the first World Expo held in the Middle East, will be happening from October 20, 2020, and April 10, 2021. The theme of the event is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" and over 130 countries will be participating in the pavilions and events. The United Arab Emirates is one of the best, must-consider travel destinations in 2020. Costa Rica Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and a popular destination among lovers of nature and wildlife. With its abundance of wildlife, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches, Costa Rica offers marvelous adventure, culture and even some useful insight into living a happy life. People of Costa Rica extremely value happiness, down to their "Pura Vida" philosophy, which means ‘the simple life’ and encapsulates Costa Ricans’ ability to appreciate the little things. 2020 brings new cultural and adventure activities. For example; chocolate lovers will get a kick out of a new route through the province of Talamanca that guides visitors through 17 factories, demonstrating the importance of cacao in Costa Rica. And for thrill-seekers, a cycling route is opening around the Arenal Volcano in the Central Pacific region. Greece The Greek islands have always been a popular choice for both international and local travellers. Besides its outstanding Greek museums and archaeological sites, Greece is known for its delectable cuisine and traditional dishes which have stood the test of time offering the perfect balance of healthy, fresh and flavorful. For 2020, the Santorini Council has made plans for new roads and parking areas to make the town more accessible. Furthermore, several new hotels are opening. Coming to Seajets, it has added 17 ships to its fleet for 2020 and is the largest high-speed fleet of the Aegean. Greece is absolutely one of the best travel destinations you shouldn't miss in 2020! Sri Lanka With an abundance of natural wonders, overflowing UNESCO World Heritage sites, exquisite cuisine, world-class hotels, enchanting wildlife, and a rich cultural legacy, there is no wonder why Sri Lanka has shot to the top of the list of many travellers dream destinations. For 2020, The government announced a decrease in handling charges for airlines and a cut in aviation fuel prices, which means cheaper airfare in and out of the country. It will be a perfect time to discover the beautiful country, making your way through tea plantations, rainforests, temples, national parks, and the southern coast. Brazil South America’s largest country and the world’s most biologically diverse, Brazil is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world offering everything from 2,000+ tropical beaches to amazing Amazonian adventures. UNESCO selected Rio de Janeiro as the first World Capital of Architecture for 2020. Rio will be celebrating with special events all year. And that’s in addition to hosting the world’s largest party, Carnival, one of the major cultural events which annually drawing thousands of revelers to different cities. The whole country transforms itself in the carnival season, with endless possibilities of fun from North to South, including numerous street carnival blocks and groups in all cities. Additionally, the Formula One motor race "Brazilian Grand Prix" will be held in November. Poland As a country that has been through a re-birth process, Poland is, today, the success story of Eastern Europe. The country has embraced its re-birth process, which is especially evident in its contemporary and restoration architecture, as well as in its love of culture, entertainment, and hospitality. The year 2020 commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Poland remembers the tragedy of war, with a death count of almost 6 million citizens—about one-fifth of the pre-war population. Today, the country welcomes guests to dually understand the atrocities that occurred within its borders and witness its process to heal. Japan From its ultra-high-tech cities and world-beating food to its grand temples and bamboo forests, there really is no other country like Japan. 2020 marks the year the Summer Olympics head to Japan for the second time. Swap the fever-pitch festivities in the capital for an enjoyable experience in the birthplace of the country’s most famous martial arts export, karate, which has just been added to the Games roster. The Olympic torch relay passes through Okinawa prefecture, from Naha to Nago, on May 2 and 3, bringing with it a host of celebratory activities. Argentina Argentina is famous for many things: great wine; spectacular landscapes; the tango; FOOTBALL… yet Argentina will have another claim to fame in 2020: It will be one of the best places on the planet to witness a rare total solar eclipse. This year on December 14 in the afternoon, at the small town of Fortin Nogueyra, visitors will be able to experience one minute and 57 seconds of totality. Obviously, Argentina is one of the best travel destinations in 2020, so make sure of marking it on your calendar. Also Read: 7 cheapest travel destinations in the world for low-budget travelers
“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage” – Paulo Coelho .. So now you are a solo backpacker or a group of friends with mid-range budget or even a couple of honeymooners, who want to spend time abroad in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world all on a low budget? All right we got you covered. In this article, we bring you the 7 best and cheapest travel destinations worldwide so that you can get the most value for your money, meet friendly locals, eat delicious food, and have fun. Keep reading to find a quick overview of every country, places to visit there, things to do, some tips and tricks and the average range of a day cost in each country. Nepal Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia that borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west. This beautiful country has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Nepal is one of the world’s cheapest places for mountain trekking, whether guided or independent. However, take care when it comes to trekking as Mt. Everest, in particular, costs too much money. There are routes throughout the Himalayas that are very well-supported and have many tea houses where you can eat and sleep. A private room in a tea house and three delicious meals a day costs about $20. Usually, when you stay in a tea house, you can negotiate to have your room for free if you agree to eat at the tea house! Don’t miss visiting Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cambodia Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, and Vietnam to the east. Cambodia is one of the cheapest travel destinations in the world as you can easily spend a month in Cambodia with just $1000. One of Cambodia's main attractions is Angkor Thom which was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Several monuments from earlier eras are located within Angkor Thom such as Bapuon, Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace. You can also enjoy swinging in a hammock on the quiet island of Koh Rong Sanloem, or river boating and hiking in the Cardamom Mountains. A day in Cambodia usually costs between $25 and $45. Vietnam Vietnam is one of the mind-blowing spots in Southeast Asia which shares its land borders with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. Vietnam is popular for the best, healthiest and cheapest street food you will ever taste. You are going to fall for the soup with rice noodles, cilantro, and the amazing broth. Vietnam's top attractions include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoàn Kiếm Lake and Ha Long Bay. The magic here is that Vietnam is really one of the cheapest travel destinations where you can spend a day with only $25, including a guest house, food, transport and more! Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. Sri Lanka's must-visit spots are Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park, Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple. A Day in Sri Lanka can be spent on closer to $30 including food, transport, accommodation, and Internet. Here's to mention that there are some expensive activities you might want to consider such as safaris and admission into the UNESCO World Heritage sites. A train ride in Sri Lanka is real worth, not only is it the cheapest transportation, but it is also very delightful and relaxing. Enjoy unforgettable trip in Sri Lanka Egypt From renowned historical attractions to world-class dive sites, golden Mediterranean and Red Sea beaches, desert oases and natural alternative healing spots, Egypt has something for almost everyone. While the most famous landmark is The Pyramids and all Pharaohs, Roman and Greek monuments, Egypt has so many underrated spots of entertainment which is considered one of the best in the world, especially reef beaches, islands and natural reserves. However, the cost of travel in Egypt is so cheap and full of value too, with a rich cultural history, top-class delicious food, helpful locals, incredible regional diversity, great tea, wild nightlife and a lot to do. A day in Egypt might cost from $20 and it increases according to the type of activity you want to do as Egypt is one of the most countries in the world that has an endless list of entertaining, exciting and fun activities to offer. India India is one of the cheapest travel destinations in the world that is a must-visit, as it is even way cheaper than neighboring Nepal. Occupying the greater part of South Asia, you might spend a couple of years backpacking across India and not be able to finish half of what this amazing country has to offer. From Taj Mahal to Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, and the breathtaking Ganges, it will be one of the most unforgettable experiences in your entire life. Similar to Nepal, if you walk into local guesthouses, restaurants, and tour companies, you could easily get the same things in person for half the quoted price online. A day in India would cost about $30 or less in case of staying in cheap guest houses, taking second-class trains, and avoiding Western food. Of course prices vary according to the comfort level you're seeking. Turkey Being a transcontinental country that lies in both Asia and Europe and links between East and West, traveling to Turkey is an epic way to travel overland from Europe to Asia. You’ll enjoy seeing a lot of Roman ruins and cave cities as Turkey was once home to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Moreover, it is popular for its buzzing bazaars and plenty of golden Mediterranean beaches where a traditional gimlet sailboat cruise is a must. The stunning Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the breathtaking white travertines in Pamukkale, are relatively affordable to enter, as a dip in the thermal pools in Pamukkale costs about $5. As for the bit costly historical places, you can save your cash and buy a five-day Museum Pass, which gets you into 12 sites with discounts at lots more. Street food is so delicious and cheap (Don't miss trying the Balik Ekmek). A day in turkey might cost between $30 and $50. Also Read: Weird Hotels: 11 wonderful hotel you can stay at around the world
A wise man once said: "Anyone can pack a bag but not everyone can pack it right". Okay, now it's just the writer of this article who said that but let's admit it's still a wise quote though. There are too many factors to consider before you start packing for travel; such as the length and type of your trip, the weather of the place you're heading to, the itinerary, the size of your luggage, and any weight limits imposed by your airline. Under all that stress, it’s too easy to overpack or underpack. So whether you're going on a weekend break or a month holiday, you will find in this article all the tips you need for stress-free packing so that you will start packing like a pro thereafter. Know your airline’s baggage fee policy First of all, and before you begin the packing for travel game, Google your airline's website and take a look at its baggage policy. International airlines tend to have different sizes, pound and piece restrictions based on fare class and travel zones. You might even want to do this before buying your flight ticket. Knowing all about the airlines' baggage-fee policies is key to any budget-minded packing strategy. It allows you to figure out what you’re working with from the very start. Choose the right suitcase When choosing a travel suitcase, it's most important to go for a lightweight option. Don't forget that airlines include the wheels, not just the actual packing space. Choosing a hard-shell suitcase can add up to four kilos of weight without even packing a sock! So as every pound counts; you might want to seek out ultra-light luggage that will not eat into your weight allowance. Also, consider testing each suitcase before buying, make sure it rolls smoothly around corners and that the handle length suits your height. Make a packing list YES, it's always and forever a ‘mom’ tip, but man, let's be honest, it is the most fail-safe way to ensure that you are never, ever going to forget to bring something important. Start your packing process days ahead of your travel date; as in the very stressful few days before a trip, it’s all too easy to forget items you need. So, don't let the stress make you forget to review your packing for travel list. Take a quick look at it the day before the trip in case there's still any additional item you need to purchase. Pack by outfit This tip is a real lifesaver from the hassle of choosing what to take and what not to take; especially if you are that " over packing for travel " weirdo who might think of packing his grandmother's couch just in case… So think about the activities on your itinerary and what you see yourself wearing while doing them, TAKE THEM ONLY and strictly. To clarify, don’t take that shirt unless you know that you are bringing shorts and shoes that you would wear with it. Believe me; you don't want to figure out at the end of your trip that you didn't wear half the clothes you packed. Lay things out first Take your time to lay everything out before any item goes into your suitcase. Grouping things together on your bed before your eyes help you see quickly the "why do I even have to bring this" items. Find those and take them back to the drawer. Additionally, laying your stuff like that may help your eyes fall onto these pants and then your mind goes like "OMG I was just about to forget to pack my belts!" So please do not underestimate this step. Use packing cubes Packing cubes not only help you stay organized but also save loads of space in your suitcase and enable you to pack more. It is really mind-relaxing to know exactly where everything you brought is as soon as you unzip your luggage. If you’re sharing a suitcase with a partner, you can each use these amazing color-coded packing cubes to help you immediately spot whose stuff is whose. Furthermore, you can easily move them into the drawers of your hotel dresser as soon as you arrive and be ready to go. Win the "Roll or Fold" game Travelers have different preferences when it comes to the way they pack clothes. Some travelers, especially backpackers and overpacking lovers, prefer rolling over folding as tightly rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones. Additionally, they're less prone to getting deep wrinkles from fold creases. Other people see the mixing between both rolling and folding is the best solution. Wrinkle-prone items tend to come out in better shape if you fold them, but tightly rolled clothes are easier to work into the little nooks and crannies around your bag. Fill dead space and make use of every inch by rolling tops, underwear, socks, and other small items and stuff them into corners and shoes. Pack in layers The items in your suitcase should be packed in neat layers for easy screening at the airport. Packing items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.) allows security agents to get a clear picture of what's inside while screening. The faster the security agent can screen your stuff, the faster you'll get through the security line. Additionally, start with the heaviest items first and put them toward the bottom of the suitcase when it’s standing so it won’t be too top-heavy. Also, distribute heavier items between both sides of the suitcase so it won’t be pulled off-balance when it’s standing. Use dryer sheets There's no disappointing than opening your bag as soon as arriving at your destination to find out that the clothes smell weird. To avoid any bad smell that can invade your clothes and ruin your entire mode throughout the trip, frequent travelers always advise taking one or two dryer sheets and keep them inside your suitcase. Dryer sheets keep your clothes and suitcase smells sweet and fresh no matter how long your trip takes. You'll definitely fall in love with them. Label your bag with contact info As long as you don't want to live that movie adventure when your suitcase gets mistakenly replaced with a similar one which belongs to the mafia, consider labeling your suitcase with luggage tags with your name, email address, and phone number on it. This will also allow the airline to contact you. You may also need to decorate it with ribbons, stickers or even colorful shoelaces so you can spot it in the crowd. Also read: Travel checklist: The best travel advice you will ever get
Are you a shopaholic person who is just in love with exploring street markets? Especially these which reflect the unique culture of a city? Whether you are this guy or not, you're just going to enjoy an amazing experience and pamper your senses with these colorful, vibrant areas of Dubai. Buying souvenirs, local products and taking incredible shots will feel like magic inside this very seamless part of the capital! In this article, we bring you the best local Dubai markets that you shouldn't miss while being in the city. The Gold Souk The gold souk is the most popular souk in Old Dubai and the largest gold market in the world! This market consists of hundreds of market stalls showcase gleaming colors of gold like pink, white, green hues and much more. With these 18 karat gold pieces, 22 karats Indian jewelry, precious stones, diamond ornaments and pearls, the gold souk contains over 10,000 kg of gold. Merchandise is carefully regulated by the Dubai government to ensure the authenticity of its quality. Don't hesitate to haggle with retailers as they have lots of tourists flocking every day and be sure you will have a good bargain. Spice Souk This market is for sure one of the top places you must head to before saying goodbye to the city. Located in the Deira part of the Dubai Creek, this souk features a galaxy of aromatic herbs and spices such as cinnamon, lemon, saffron, rose, chili, powders, cardamom, curry spices, herb, incense, pot pour right, nuts, dried fruit, and fragrant teas from all over the world! As soon as you get to the market, the wonderful smells shapes and colors of displays will just take your brain away. Chat with the vendors for countless ideas about using different spices and herbs and you won't leave without taking many bags and packets home. Flea Market The Flea Market is held three or four times each month in different places in the capital city of Dubai. It is well-known for being the best and biggest second-hand of Dubai markets, giving you the opportunity to buy and also to sell. You will find a myriad of stalls and stands displaying a variety of items such as antiques, arts, books, ceramics, fabrics, clothes, furniture, crafts, jewelry, instruments and whatever that comes to your mind. You can go to Dubai Flea Markets on the first Saturday of each month at Safa Park, on the first Friday of each month at Uptown Mirdif, and on the second Saturday of each month at Ibn Battuta. Textile Souk Also known as The Old Souk, the textile market is located at the Bur Dubai side of the Deira Creek Side, Behind the Spice Souk and Gold Souk. The market offers a huge range of beautiful, high-quality fabrics (pashmina, cashmere, silk, cotton, etc…) that you will definitely find a lot to satisfy you. There is also a world of buttons, sequins, stones, lace, and other accessories to help you put an Arabian touch to your clothes. In addition, clever tailors are there in this souk to make you awesome pieces of clothes of your own choice! Farmers’ Market The Farmers’ Market is one of the best Dubai markets and it is held every Friday morning by local deli Baker & Spice at Bay Avenue at Business Bay. Running for six months every winter since 2010, the market gathers organic farmers from all over the UAE who sell their best locally-grown produce. You will find farm-fresh eggs, vibrant fruits, and vegetables, herbs, honey, handmade jams, and bread. If you are in Dubai while this market being held, don't miss this opportunity to have some of the best organic food in the country. The Perfume Souk Located in Sikkat al Khali Road, Deira, near the Gold Souk, this aromatic place is a must- considered into your shopping tour. It will force you to spend a bit much cool time chatting with sellers, testing and buying a lot of wonderful stuff. The perfume souk features hundreds of stalls and shops, selling different types of Arabic and international perfumes, Oud, Bakhoor, ..etc, that are being sold as a stick, powder, crystal, rock or wood element. One of the best experiences that we recommend and will please you so much is getting a fully personalized aroma created based on your skin type and personality! Souk Al-Bahar Souk al-Bahar (which means in Arabic: the market of the sailor) is a large building designed in ancient Arabesque style with high archways featuring beautiful Islamic art. Walking through the alleyways, you will enjoy shopping from the stores lined with a mix of handicrafts, fashion, perfumes, carpets, souvenirs, and antiques. This building not only boasts over a hundred shops, but also a range of restaurants and cafes with views of the captivating Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa Tower. To learn more about traveling to Dubai see also: Travel packages to Dubai Best Desserts in Dubai: Taste the most incredible dessert in Dubai Food in Dubai: Dine in the Fancy Restaurants in Dubai
The benefits of travelling are not just a one-time thing: travel changes you physically and psychologically. Having little time or money is not a valid excuse. You can fly for cheap very easily. If you have a full-time job and a family, you can still travel on weekends or holidays, even with your child. Here are some key benefits of travel. It’s sure that once you start, you'll find yourself over! Travelling Improves Your Health From reducing stress to reduce the chances of heart disease, the health benefits of travelling are enormous. You may stay in a chair all day at the workplace: including walking for a while, you are sure to feel your body. For some people, wandering abroad is a remedy for depression and anxiety. Of course, it is not a guaranteed treatment, but it may help you feel better, physically and psychologically. Travel is likely to have a greater impact on your mental health, especially if you are not used to getting out of your comfort zone. Travelling Disconnects You From Your Daily Life We tend to fall into our daily lives so that sometimes just getting around may cause more harm than good. Your boss is taking over your life? Kids are driving you mad? Your parents are trying to make you live the way of life they want? How long do you think you can handle this pressure before it explodes and everything breaks down? It is sometimes better to retreat, take a deep breath. Travelling is not a bad choice - it is the most natural way to provoke the feeling that you are missing someone. The trick is to leave with a little bit of readiness to avoid making a mistake during your trip. Travelling Makes You Smarter You get used to picking up new words in a different language each time you travel, and you'll see improvements in your mind's abilities. Start learning the language of travel. Even more than just "languages", travel helps you learn about yourself. You may face challenging situations where you need to trick and think differently. It’s sure that you'll develop a new set of skills that you didn't suspect you were in. Travelling Improves Your Understanding Of Other Cultures Being more understanding and tolerant of a different culture than yours is part of being smarter. Sure, you may feel comfortable in your place, but that's just a fraction of the world! If you're a student, take advantage of programs like Erasmus to get to know more people and experience and understand their culture. Dare to travel to areas where you have a sceptical opinion about. You will change your mind and realize that everything is not so bad outside. Traveling Makes You More Interesting There is no doubt that you are a conversationalist. However, it is likely to give you more attention, including some stories from the outside. Saying something that most people don't know or presenting a new perspective is always a good way to shine in a social situation. In your opinion, which person people want to listen to: the person who spent his holidays at home doing some gardens and reading the newspaper or the person who spent a week in Cuba, driving an old American car, swimming with dolphins and tasting hot spicy food? I know the story I want to hear about. Traveling Allows You To Try Amazing Food Speaking of food, we bet that you are one of the best chefs and your meals are delicious. But there is nothing like trying a typical local dish from another country. Don't fool yourself by going to the sushi shop next door, you don't know the taste of sushi until you go to Japan. Eating local food in a new country is a whole new experience. All the flavours are different. Let's not waste ourselves: some change will be welcome in our daily diet. If only we are naturally curious. Some food bloggers travel for thousands of kilometres in a specific dish. The least you can do is travel to the next area and try something new. Traveling Makes You Feel Like An Adventurer Despite the fact that the world was not as well connected as today, there are still places unknown to ordinary tourists. Making a list of places you want to visit is very stimulating. You have something concrete to follow yet. One of the benefits of travelling to a new place is that it forces you to face the unknown and think differently. You don't need to go to spend a month in the forest! If you live in a big city, just walking on the weekends will make you feel different. Adventures need you to be more novelty, so get out of your comfort zone. It can be scary, but later, you'll see it's the best decision you've ever made! Traveling Expands Your (Real) Social Network Believe it or not, creating connections and building a network abroad is one of the benefits of travelling that you can gain, also, it is one of the smartest things you can do in today's world. Sometimes it's hard to build long-term relationships with people you meet abroad, but that doesn't mean it's not worth meeting new people! Traveling Creates Lifetime Memories No matter how unimportant any situation you make while travelling is, the fact that you have an experience abroad, something out of the ordinary, creates a memory you'll remember for a long time. Traveling Makes You Love Your Home Even More There are many benefits of travelling that you will gain through your travel, one of these is that you will really understand the meaning of the home, only when you return back home. On the one hand, it seems that you are back from where you started, the same place, the same people, the same problems. However, you are not the same - you are new, full of new knowledge and ideas! Also Read Travel checklist: The best travel advice you will ever get Traveling stories: the best travel books for avid readers Food adventure: a tour around the world kitchens
Is it now a better time to start planning your next road trip? From stunning natural panoramas to tropical beaches to down-home Texas barbecue, this list has it all. Explore the most unforgettable road trips in the world that you never knew you were missing. Make sure you add them to your travel list. Route 66, USA One of the most unforgettable road trips is the famous Route 66, which was completed in 1926, connecting Chicago and Los Angeles via the heart of America. Today, the road has become as famous as ever. Starting from Chicago and ending in Santa Monica on the outskirts of Los Angeles. It is not surprising that Route 66 has taken centre stage thanks to its spectacular views of 2,448 miles, travelling through the likes of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, Offering you ideal views to capture photos. Great Ocean Road, Australia The Great Ocean Road (B100) is one of the most popular travel routes in Australia and also one of the unforgettable road trips that you can travel through. Take the travellers on an incredible breakthrough pocket of rainforests, tranquil coastal towns and under tree-shade trees. Attractions include limestone cliffs and dairy farms, and travellers can get close and personal through the strong waves in the Southern Ocean. Ruta, Argentina Ruta 40 is one of Argentina's longest highways (3,100 miles long) and is one of the world's most unforgettable road trips. It runs through 20 national parks, climbs 28 mountains and crosses 18 major rivers. Blue Ridge Parkway, USA Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile long strip running across Virginia and North Carolina. It spans the southern and central Appalachian Mountains, offering exceptional views of regional flora and fauna and is renowned for its biodiversity and wildlife. Sites along Whitewater Falls and Mount Mitchell include the highest mountain peak in the eastern United States. Finger Lakes Highways, USA In western New York, the hills are cut by 11 long narrow bodies of water called Finger Lakes. The area is known as an outdoor paradise (in addition to the state's main wine-growing area). The area also has beautiful scenic drives and to the west, Keuka Lake is bordered by two small government parks that are particularly attractive. Valley of Fire Road, USA Served in the state-of-the-art Valley of Fire Park, a 40,000-acre area of bright red Aztec sandstone, this vast desert road runs its way miles from the expansive landscape. This is really one of the most spectacular and unforgettable road trips around the world. Ring Road, Iceland Also known as Route 1, the ring road was completed in 1974 and encircles the island to connect most of the country's populated areas. Leading to some of the country's best tourist attractions, such as the Seljalandsfoss Falls, Skógafoss and Jökulsárlón Glacier, and the route has seen increasing numbers of visitors over the last 10 years. Trollstigen, Norway Part of the Norwegian Scenic Road strolls Trollstigen (Route 63) through the 11 hairpin curve during its climb to Stigrøra (858 metres above sea level). The mountain crosses certain places and includes a natural stone bridge across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is the result of the 100-year-old engineering work that offers stunning views. A popular choice for visitors to Norway. Icefields Parkway, Canada Top Road In North America, the Park field Icefields in Alberta take travellers as close as possible to reach the Rocky Mountain peak in the car. The roadside stations provide an opportunity to enjoy the sparkling glacier lakes, waterfalls and observation points of Parkway. Cabot Trail, Canada Walking on the Cabot Trail is Nova Scotia's most famous leisure activity. And the road takes visitors along winding roads and tranquil lakes, making it one of the most unforgettable road trips around the world. West Coast & Milford Sound, New Zealand On the west coast, you will encounter glaciers, beaches and rainforests, in a country so picturesque that you can stand in the middle of the earth. The 75-mile trip from Te Anau to Milford Sound along Milford Road is undoubtedly a magnet. This winding road takes you to the National Park of Fordingland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also the largest national park in New Zealand. Passing highlights including Mirror Lakes and The Chasm, but in fact, it is the epic mountain landscape that makes driving very distinctive. Milford Sound is the final destination of the Milford Road, a beautiful strait of the Miter Peak, a stunning mountain rising straight out of the water. You can see this better by doing a boat tour at Milford Sound. Cyprus Cyprus is the candidate for one of the unforgettable road trips in the world. Many roads dot the stunning coastline, providing great views of the deep Mediterranean Sea. As you drive from the beaches of Ayia Napa in the east to Paphos in the west, the ancient ruins form wonderful stops along the way for any lover of history. History, not your thing? Head to the Troodos Mountains to do some hiking and explore part of Cyprus that most people never see. Do not forget many wineries in Cyprus, one of the most wine regions in Europe. Finally, do not forget to stop in the capital of Nicosia (also called Lefkosa in Turkish) to walk across the border from the southern (Greek) side to the north side (Turkish) for a completely different perspective. Also, you can read: 7 Things to do for the perfect road trip Travel checklist: The best travel advice you will ever get
If you love traveling and love reading then you must love traveling stories! Actually, traveling stories are probably one of the most important reasons why a lot of young readers grow up to become travel lovers, they make them yearn to travel themselves. Some travel books tell real stories and adventures that happened to travelers, and some tell fictional stories about magical countries, and some mix both worlds and tell fictional stories about traveling to real countries. What combines all these books however is that they weave a fantastic tale about discovering the world. So here are the best traveling stories and travel books, we bet you will find yourself dreaming about your next trip when reading one of them. Around the world in 200 Days, Anis Mansour This book tells a fascinating journey of traveling around the globe in 225 days, a journey which the author himself has undertaken for various reasons, one of them is writing this book. The traveling stories told in this book take us in a magical tour from east to west to north to south, we discover the world as Anis sees it. Some of the stunning countries he visited in this book are Japan, USA, Indonesia, and India. He also made many stops at smaller islands and less traveled destinations in his trip, one of the least traveled destinations he talks about in the book is his trip to Tibet to meet the Dalai Lama. The book also talks about the facts and traditions of those countries in that era, as Anis Mansour made that trip in the early 1960s. This book has certainly inspired many to travel and see more of the world around them. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift This fictional book may very well be the most popular traveling story of all time, everyone has heard of Gulliver's Travels, and many have read them. Many people say that Gulliver's Travels are meant to show us the true human nature, that it is, in fact, a journey to discover how people actually act. Whether that was the true intention of the writer or not it certainly adds a depth to the enjoyable stories. Gulliver takes us with him on a weird journey to the land of the tiny people, then to the land of the giants and the lands of various weird human species, and we enjoy every minute of that bizarre trip. Even though the book was written in 1726, you will find that the human nature which Swift takes a journey through has not changed much. The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner In a quest for happiness, Eric Weiner, a former correspondent from war-ridden countries, takes a journey to what he presumed to be happy destinations. His traveling stories are both funny and inspirational, you will find yourself equal amounts daydreaming about traveling and wondering about the true meaning of happiness. Eric travels to Iceland, Qatar, India, and Denmark in his quest for happy places, and to Moldova because people often assume that it is an inherently unhappy place, and we join him through this journey full of life laughter and philosophy enjoying his interactions with locals in search of the answers to this significant question: what makes a society really happy? South and East: Trips and Dreams, Mohamed El-Makhzangi This travel book is a collection of travel journals written by Mohamed El-Makhzangi, a renowned journalist and writer who traveled to less paved roads to write about them. These journals were published at the time in the paper in which he worked but were later collected and made into a book that provides a mesmerizing read. In his travel stories, El-Makhzangi takes us to different destinations, he went to sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and Indo-China. At a time when all travel journals talked about the West, this book was written in the early 90s, he chose to travel South and East to give readers new destinations. El-Makhzangi’s sense of humor makes this book a fascinating read indeed. Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck At the age of 58, renowned author John Steinbeck decided to take a long road trip with his faithful dog Charley to rediscover America. As usual, Steinbeck’s writing is beyond beautiful, and his eye for detail and ability to see people for what they truly are make this book fascinating to read. You will probably find yourself more interested in road trips after reading this book, and more familiar with the culture and traditions of Southern USA. So B. It, Sarah Weeks A traveling story like no other, this fictional story tells the tale of a young girl called Heidi who goes on a long distance journey to discover the truth about her life. This book may not be what most people have in mind when talking about travel books, however, it does tell a remarkable travel story from a unique perspective. When we see life through this small girl’s eyes, we get a fresh fascinating outlook for traveling, and gain a better perspective of life, we learn that the journey is just as important as the destination. To learn more about inspirational traveling stories see also: Arab chronicles: The most famous Arab travelers in history Extreme tourist destinations: The Edge of The World
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