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Traveler’s Guide to Dubai – Local Customs and Expectations

Traveler’s Guide to Dubai – Local Customs and Expectations

The United Arab Emirates values hospitality and welcomes visitors with luxurious beaches, awe-inspiring architecture, flavorsome dishes, and rewarding historical sites. Dubai, the most sophisticated and progressive state of the UAE, is a wonderful place to experience the magic of a mysterious culture, but travelers must be aware of local customs and traditions. While all may appear to be glitz and glitter, travelers must be aware of local conservative customs of the area.

With this guide of practical advise about the lifestyles in Dubai, you will have a wonderful journey without offending any local moralities.

April 18, 2016 | By More
Which Region of Africa Is Right For Your Journey?

Which Region of Africa Is Right For Your Journey?

Unique natural beauty and traditional cultures define the Regions of Africa

Africa is a massive continent, made up of over fifty countries. There is a huge variety of things to do, from the more obvious choices such as a wildlife safari to visiting Cape Town and experiencing the sights and sounds of the city from the plateau at the top of Table Mountain. However, many visitors return to Africa as they become enthralled by the culture, traditions and the beautiful landscape. Visiting Africa is truly an amazing experience and one that you will remember for the rest if your life. The following suggestions will help you to get the most out of any trip you plan:

April 11, 2016 | By More
Mugs and Coffee Traditions From Across The Globe

Mugs and Coffee Traditions From Across The Globe

Mugs and Coffee Traditions vary all cross the world and make a fascinating study of our coffee drinking customs.

Everything gets better with coffee. It doesn’t ask questions, it understands, especially during mornings when we’re not even sure how to face the world. Coffee is that one thing that we have in common with the rest of the world. For coffee lovers out there, cups and mugs are the best travel souvenirs. These tokens represent a culture more uniquely and deeply than refrigerator magnets and key chains can ever do.

March 30, 2016 | By More
Port Elizabeth, Unknown Jewel of the Sunshine Coast, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, Unknown Jewel of the Sunshine Coast, South Africa

Port Elizabeth: The Eastern Cape’s Unknown Jewel

Port Elizabeth on the Sunshine Coast of South Africa is often overshadowed by its far more popular sister, Cape Town. Called both the Friendly City and the Windy City, a lot of Port Elizabeth’s best attractions make it onto ‘Top 10’ lists, but the truly amazing gems are relatively well guarded secrets that most tourists stumble across by accident. And when a friend recently mentioned that they were planning a vacation there, I started browsing through old photos and made a list of my personal ‘Port Elizabeth Must Do’s’ which I’ll be sharing with you all.

December 7, 2015 | By More
Safety Tips For Women Traveling To Dubai

Safety Tips For Women Traveling To Dubai

Important Safety Tips for Women Traveling to Dubai .

Dubai is a beautiful destination which travel enthusiasts aspire to visit at least once in their lifetime. This wonderful city beats any place in the Mid-East in terms of its luxury offerings. Whether you wish to enjoy great sightseeing or love art and culture, want to indulge in varied entertainment and fun or relish finest gastronomy and shopping, Dubai never fails to impress. On top of all these, Dubai is an advanced and mostly crime-free city, making it one of the most incredible destinations to travel and explore as a female solo traveler. That said, there are certain things that you should necessarily know before and during your visit to Dubai.

November 6, 2015 | By More
Unforgettable Adventures in Exotic Morocco

Unforgettable Adventures in Exotic Morocco

How To Make The Most of Your Adventure to Exotic Morocco. Morocco proudly stands as one of the most sought-after exotic getaway destinations in the world, thanks to its year-round warm weather, surfer-friendly coastlines, colourful traditions and diverse panoramas.

Many of Morocco’s visitors stay within the limits of Marrakech, or the popular city of Casablanca, but there are many other cities and landscapes you can visit in Morocco that remind you of the country’s ancient allure. From the cinematically impressive Ouarzazte to the museums in Fez here’s how to make the most of an adventure in Morocco.

October 28, 2015 | By More
What To Do In South Africa After You’ve Admired The Wildlife

What To Do In South Africa After You’ve Admired The Wildlife

There is far more to see and do in South Africa than just viewing the wildlife and abundant flora. This beautiful territory is packed with some pretty amazing cities as well. The legendary beaches and ultimately, the nightlife, will transform your visit to South Africa into a one-of-a-kind holiday. Out of all countries spread across the African continent, South Africa is the most developed. Urbanism is thriving here, and so it tourism. People from all around the world choose to come to Cape Town to explore the coastlines, visit the renown vineyards and enjoy the luxurious resorts.

April 20, 2015 | By More
World’s Most Breathtaking Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals

World’s Most Breathtaking Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals

Where To See The World’s Most Dramatic Cherry Blossom and Spring Tulip Festivals

This year more than most, everyone is desperate for a glimpse of spring to help them forget what a disgusting winter 2015 has been. All across the world cherry trees are in bud and ready to burst with pink perfusion to create lacy canapes dancing on spring breezes. Likewise, fat garden bulbs are sending their shoots toward the sunshine and soon gardens will sprout with spring tulips painting the landscape in impossibly bright colors. Oh yes, we need a dose of beautiful spring flowers right now! Here’s our master list of the best Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals across the globe.

March 30, 2015 | By More
World’s Most Dramatic Kayak Destinations – 6 Unforgettable Kayak Adventures

World’s Most Dramatic Kayak Destinations – 6 Unforgettable Kayak Adventures

6 Unforgettable Kayak Adventure Tours at some of the world’s best kayak destinations.

Kayaking offers an immersive, up-close experience with some of nature’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. The sense of excitement and freedom, moving through the water and paddling towards the horizon, is counterbalanced by an equal sense of peacefulness and quiet. Whether you are a beginner or experienced paddler, here is a roundup of some of the most stunning destinations whose splendour is best revealed by kayak.

March 26, 2015 | By More
Why Turkey Is The New Spain

Why Turkey Is The New Spain

For years, a premiere destination for sunshine and a great value package holiday has been Spain. But with the Euro in trouble and wildcat strikes halting flights in Spain, a new contender has entered the holiday arena – vacations to Turkey. Flights from US to Britain are comfortingly affordable during the winter season and exotic […]

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Getting To Know The Culture and Traditions of Turkey

Getting To Know The Culture and Traditions of Turkey

Go Beyond The Tourist Sites and Find A Traditional Experience in Turkey

There’s plenty to see and do in Turkey. We all know about the famous Blue Mosque, the gorgeous cascading Pammaluke terraces, and incredible views of Cappadocia. These are on your list, but what about getting to know the traditional things of the country a bit more? Here are a few extra things to add to your travel list so you’re experiencing more than just the mainstream sites of Turkey.

December 3, 2014 | By More
Discover A Wonderful World of Birds in Cyprus

Discover A Wonderful World of Birds in Cyprus

Cyprus, an intriguing island in the eastern Mediterranean, has a rich and diverse bird population living many different habitats, making this island a mecca for birdwatchers from all over the world.

Cyprus is hosting The World of Birds exhibition which is runs until 15 November in The Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia. The exhibition displays photographs of the birds of Cyprus in their natural habitat, as well as showcasing objects from the Museum’s collections, which depict birds or have the shape and form of birds. Taking the world of birds to these further levels makes the exhibition something for everyone to enjoy – you don’t have to be a ‘twitcher’ to get a lot from this fascinating exhibition. The Leventis Municipal Museum is well known for its excellent exhibits which explain the history and prehistory of Cyprus and this temporary exhibition is typical of the high quality interactive approach of the curators.

November 13, 2013 | By More
Exploring The Many Fascinating Faces of Istanbul

Exploring The Many Fascinating Faces of Istanbul

Traveling across the world means you will experience many iconic places, but in our personal experience there is certainly no other place in the world like Istanbul. The hustle and bustle of the crowds, the ancient and modern architecture wrought together in a strange harmony is compelling. It is certainly a place of great variety, the strange and the beautiful intertwining together in a one-of-a-kind way. In many ways the Orient can look like another planet if you’re used to the western world, the crowded and loud markets, the call to prayer by the local muezzin that echoes through the streets, the colorful and unforgettable stores and traditional goods: all of these contribute to what makes Istanbul unique and beautiful for us and undoubtedly part of the experience you’ll see, hear and sense for yourself as well.

August 19, 2013 | By More
Art, History and Culture Shine in Safed Israel

Art, History and Culture Shine in Safed Israel

Safed was named as one of CNN’s ten most beautiful towns in May 2012. The charm of the mountaintop town is, however, only one of the many reasons it attracts enthusiastic visitors. Safed is known as one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities due to its history as a center of Jewish Mysticism.

Today visitors can wander around the narrow lanes and alleyways of the city to experience religious, cultural and historical sites of the area.

July 26, 2013 | By More
Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish. This is a place where hot calcium- laden waters spring from the ground, fall over a cliff and form magnificent shining white terraces and pools filled with warm water. In this place of natural beauty, Roman royalty once created at spa center in the second century BC. They built the spa city of Hierapolis around a holy hot-water spring. The Sacred Pool is still present today and travelers can bathe there for a fee.

Calcium carbonate, also known as travertine, is created with the reaction of calcium to hydrogen carbonate, which are present in the water. This makes the whole area brilliantly white and the sediment has created the pool formations.

July 19, 2013 | By More
Intriguing Derinkuyu, Ancient Underground City of Cappadocia Turkey

Intriguing Derinkuyu, Ancient Underground City of Cappadocia Turkey

There are many interesting and strange places around the globe that should be seen at least once and Derinkuya Cappadocia should on that list.

While most of us are familiar with Turkey with the allure of its vibrant cities and beautiful seaside locations, there is so much more to intrigue visitors. A group of underground cities present in Central Anatolia (Turkey) date all the way back to the times of the Hittites in the 18-14th centuries BC. Visiting these fascinating underground cities is a wonderful opportunity to explore an ancient culture. There are a total of 36 of these amazing constructions found throughout Cappadocia, but Derinkuyu is the deepest one.

June 7, 2013 | By More
Dubai in Summer – Cool Summer Sightseeing Activities

Dubai in Summer – Cool Summer Sightseeing Activities

You must have heard that winter is the best time to plan Dubai trip, as temperature is moderate during winter and allows visitors to enjoy several outdoor activities like sunbathing on white sandy beaches, desert safari and sand boarding. But I can assure you, Dubai offers ultimate opportunities of leisure and entertainment activities even during hot summers for people of all age groups, including kids. Hotels, resorts and airlines announce discount packages during summer season to attract families and friends to visit Dubai during summer. If you are planning to visit Dubai during summer, you need to prepare yourself to survive high temperatures.

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Discovering The Magic of Cape Town South Africa

Discovering The Magic of Cape Town South Africa

This city is sheer magic and be forewarned, it can weave a spell around you! No doubt the trip will involve a long haul flight from your country all the way to South Africa, but trust me the time spent on the airplane will be well worth the journey. Cape Town, located in Western Cape […]

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Most Popular Sites For Red Sea Holidays

Most Popular Sites For Red Sea Holidays

I first took a Red Sea holiday in the late 1990s, having studied Arabian history and culture, and spent the six weeks following my graduation travelling around the region with three friends. Much has changed in the 15 years since we took our tour, and some of the countries that we visited, such as Sudan […]

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Discover The Eternal Beauty of Cappadocia

Discover The Eternal Beauty of Cappadocia

Located in the central parts of Anatolia in Turkey, Cappadocia seems taken out of a dream. Before we arrived in Turkey we had only read about the local caves and seen them in documentaries.  The industrious spirit of the local population should be praised as some of these caves have been converted into dwellings and […]

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