Month: June 2022

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A conversation with Lauren Richardson – TripIt blog

Going Places is a new series from TripIt that frequently highlights travelers to showcase their unique travel style and interior tips.

For Lauren Richardson, Lauren's suitcase travel blogger, Travel is all about being creative. That is, being creative with how he travels, where he travels, and how he manages his travel budget.

“As a graduate student, I have to evade my limited budget with my passion for travel,” Lauren told me. "I'm looking for ways to save on travel — from just carrying my carry-on bag and not taking a seat before check-in (no extra fees!) Relying on airfare deals and being as flexible as possible for the wrong fare."

Write: COVID-19, and Lauren had to be creative with travel plans again.

“I plan a lot of road trips,” he said. "About six months into the epidemic, my fianc and I transformed a Subaru into a car-camper and traveled for two weeks in several of the (US) Rocky Mountain states."

Without these countless obstacles, Lauren would not have been able to reach her favorite under-the-radar destination to this day: New Mexico.

"New Mexico has something for everyone! Food, culture, camping, national parks, a hot air balloon festival কাছে to me, it's one of the most neglected destinations in the United States. I'm so glad I got the chance to visit."

Travel plans? Sing to her ears

Whether on the road or in the sky, Lauren likes to keep her travel plans organized with Tripit.

“I wasn’t organized at all until I discovered Tripit,” he shared. “It is very helpful to have everything in one place. When I backpacked through Europe a few years ago, I booked many modes of transport: bus, train, plane — you name it. Having TripIt helped me keep track of it all. "

“I use TripIt even when I don’t travel,” he said. "I'm a huge live music fan, so I forward all my tickets to the upcoming concert on the app - so I know what shows I've booked, where they're playing and much more."

About staying safe when traveling alone — and learning from the locals

Another TripIt feature is that Lauren relies on her ability to share her travel plans — a habit she has gotten, especially when traveling alone.

"I am just happy to be alone. I would stop traveling until I found a traveling friend, but then I had this aha-ha moment, like, why am I waiting to go with someone? "He shared." But of course, I stay safe when I travel alone. I want to, so the ability to share my trip trip gives me and my family - peace of mind when I'm going alone. "

Lauren also keeps track of her destination's safety rating along with TripIt's Neighborhood Safety scores, so she can plan ahead if she goes to a high-risk area.

So, what is his advice for making the most of a single trip? "Make friends with the locals! I like to go somewhere and pretend I'm there. So, I always ask the locals to get to know them and what they like to do."

“I also choose to stay in hostels for travelers alone because their family dinners and walking tours are arranged which makes it easier to meet people,” he added.

Did you know A recent TripIt survey showed that one-third (33%) of Americans planning to travel alone said their trip would also be a bucket-list trip.

Any other tips for co-budget travelers — single or otherwise? “Always book your flight first,” he said. "And be flexible. Prices can change in just a day or two, so picking a good flight deal on a slightly different departure day can open up space in your budget for a trip you've seen."

Want to know more about Lauren's tips for budget travel? Check out her Instagram and blog for more ideas, and find out where she (and her suitcase she carries) next.

About the author

Amanda Walk

Amanda Walk is a freelance writer, founder of Amanda Walk Creative - a content writing service company - and an avid traveler. Her experience supports customers in the travel industry, travel technology, luxury travel and consumer brands. When she doesn’t help clients tell their stories, Amanda writes about her own experiences so as to inspire others to travel as far, wide and frequently as possible.

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Why choose Tingley for your next trip to the Middle East?

Here is mine Tingley Middle East An experience that made my adventure even more exciting, thrilling and fun!

I have been to the Middle East many times since I visited many countries there. However, I did not go to Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Yemen, but in the end! I recently had the opportunity to see them!

The Tingley experience is the perfect gift to give to someone coming to Texas for the first time

Most of the fun and exciting things I’ve done here won’t happen if not for Tingley. So, without further ado, I would like to share with you my amazing Tingley experience in the Middle East!

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What is Tinggly?

Tinggly is a gift company that focuses on giving people an adventure they will never forget. Only a Tingley gift can give the recipient plenty of experience to choose from! Recipients can choose an experience in more than 100 countries available in Tinggly. And the best thing about this? It has no expiration date! The Tingley gift does not expire so the recipient can book at any time.

In addition, by buying a Tinggly box, you are helping planet Earth because a portion of Tinggly’s profits is dedicated to sustainable projects that help remove contaminated plastics from the environment. So it’s literally like making someone happy as well as saving our own planet. Yes!

My Tingley experience in the Middle East

This is one of my bucket lists and it finally happened! And you should go here too! However, if you have no idea what the Age of the World is, it is one of the top tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. Ignoring the surrounding plains, you will literally feel like you are on the edge of the world. The uninterrupted view of the horizon gives you an amazing experience when you are at the top of a 300-meter high cliff that you should not miss! Thanks to Tinggly for finally making it happen!

If you travel to Dubai and you get tired of going to crowded places, you can do another thing to end your trip or try something new but luxurious. Dubai is known for its luxury yachts, and you can’t miss them!

From gourmet meals to comfortable seating, a trip over the turquoise waters of Dubai will undoubtedly be a once in a lifetime experience. This time that I admire the beauty of Dubai, it is more than just a skyscraper, Dubai is an experience!

After all, these billionaires who are obsessed with luxury ships are not really crazy. You can take a great view of this great city through this yacht trip. Because of Tingley, I have been able to feel like a billionaire on this tour. We all deserve to feel it sometimes!

I bet we've all heard of Burj Khalifa. This is always a major reason why people want to go to Dubai to see this glorious architecture. The skyscraper is 183 meters long and consists of 163 floors! Usually, tourists get a chance to see it from the outside, but during our trip (and of course because of Tingley), we were able to go inside and see the insane views of Dubai! It was a whole lot of experience that I recommend you to try!

How about giving someone a Tingley experience?

If you are thinking of giving someone a Tingley gift now, this is a good choice because it is so easy!

1. Just choose a gift box to give to your friends or family.

2. After selecting one, they will send an eVoucher (PDF file) to your email, just print the file and give it to the recipient. Another way is to have a special Tingley gift box that includes a voucher, your personalized greetings to the person and a beautiful experience journal. This box can be delivered to you or the recipient within 2-5 business days.

If you want your gift to be more 'personal', we recommend that you choose a special Tinggly gift box rather than an eVoucher. But they both help clean up planet earth so it still depends on how you want to deliver your gift.

3. Once you choose which method you prefer, the recipient can now select any experience from the gift box.

4. Recipients can now enjoy this special gift from you!

Of course, you can also buy a tingle experience for yourself. Think of it as a gift to yourself for hard work. Hahaha!

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Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown – Dubai’s first 5-star boutique hotel

Here is my first experience at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown during my second visit to Dubai.

Aaaaand I'm back in Dubai! I’ve been to Dubai before, but it’s so beautiful that you always want to go back. Also, this visit of mine is more memorable and meaningful because I have had my meetings with my readers here (thank you all very much! I am really grateful to meet you all!)

Hotel Indigo Dubai is one of the top 5 start up boutique hotels in downtown Dubai

This meeting would not have happened if it was not for Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown who hosted me for 2 days and 1 night and let me do my meetup here.

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About Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown

Guess what? Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown is the 1st 5-star boutique hotel in Dubai with an art gallery! How cool, right? It's like staying in a hotel without getting bored due to art galleries and other hotel highlights!

We only stayed at Hotel Indigo for 2 days and 1 night (since we only had a stopover in Dubai), so it certainly wasn’t enough. But, I am so grateful to be able to share with you my amazing experience with them - everything from the friendly staff to the delicious food and the gorgeous rooms, Hotel Indigo is awesome!

Room at Hotel Indigo

We were in the junior suite 1 night and it was amazing! The rooms at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown have a culturally inspired design and a gorgeous bathroom that is very spacious. Our room was really luxurious and spacious, the glass wall made it even better because the view from the outside is absolutely stunning!

Even though we only stayed for one night, we still got a chance to swim, hahaha! Guys make sure to make time to relax all the time! Swimming in the pool is also difficult to resist because it was hot when we went to Dubai (it was almost summer in the Middle East during our visit.)

Hotel Indigo Dubai is one of the top 5 start up boutique hotels in downtown Dubai

Art tour and exhibition at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown

As I mentioned above, the hotel has an art gallery, art tours and exhibitions. There are over 200 works of art for you to see! It was created to introduce guests to the hotel's art, design, story and history. Even if you’re not really into art and exhibitions, it’s worth a whirl of time here.

Unfortunately, we could not go here because we had very limited time. But at least we still have a good reason to go back!

Restaurant at the hotel

There are two dining options to choose from; Open the sesame and off the wall. Open Sesame is a restaurant, while Off the Wall is a bar

Open sesame

In the open season, you can choose from a variety of foods inspired by Mediterranean food. Cafe Rider also has their coffee at Custom Roastry, which serves some of the best locally roasted specialties in Dubai.

Of the wall

If you’re in bars and lounges, make your way off the wall. It’s a cocktail bar inspired by the clash of nearby Al Satwa culture. The richness of the drink with a touch of traditional taste can be enjoyed here by seeing the beautiful works of art made by the local artists.

Some other bars and lounges you can see:

  • Orange Phils Bar and Shisha Lounge
  • Bakala Juice Juice Bar and Concept Store

"It's better to come back." That was my thought when I came to Dubai. This is my new version, so it feels like a new adventure in the same place but at a different time ৷ Meeting new amazing people, and staying at a gorgeous and first 5-star boutique hotel in Dubai, what more could I ask for? Hmmm, maybe more time? Hahaha! I was only in Dubai for a few days so will be back anytime soon! Hopefully, you can also go to Dubai and when that time comes, don’t forget to book Hotel Indigo Dubai for your stay in downtown. Xiao!

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Sur Plaza Hotel – The ancient city of Sur, where to stay in Oman

My 172nd country - time to close Oman! After touring the beautiful city of Muscat we headed to Sur where we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights. And this city was our home South Plaza Hotel.

Located just 220 kilometers from the capital city, Muscat, Sur is known for its shipyards that were important to the city’s maritime past. Due to its location, Sur also became a very important city for sailors and traders, especially for Assad from East Africa and India. That is why it is not surprising to see big wooden boats in this city!

Sur Plaza Hotel Where to stay in Sur, the ancient city of Oman

Just after our wonderful day trip to Muscat and the desert, we headed straight to Tune to spend our 3 days and 2 nights and explore the attractions nearby. The moment we arrived at the Sur Plaza Hotel, Mr. Mahesh and his team have already given us a warm welcome! We felt so at home that they even gave us gifts and surprises! Below the tune and more about the Tune Plaza Hotel!

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Sur, what to do in Oman

1. Wadi Shab

This is a must have, for any Affiliate, promoting any program. Wadi Shaab is a very impressive landscape! You’ll climb a bit through the woods over rocks and boulders until you stand in front of a clear, cool lake. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes as the stones can be very sharp. If you’ve seen the dry landscape of Oman before, it’s almost like a fairy tale.

2. Ras Al Jinj Turtle Reserve

An amazing place but with lots of tourists. In the evening, you can see the laying of eggs, and in the morning, the baby turtles can dig and hatch. Unfortunately, there is not much to see in the surrounding area.

3. About the Maritime Museum

Worth a visit to this small open-air museum. It offers rewarding photo opportunities, especially big wash. After that, you can take a tour of the nearby shipyard which we highly recommend so that you can see the construction or restoration of the craftsmen.

4. Visit the castle

One of the best things about Sur is its famous ancient monuments - visiting the forts! It is here that you will learn more about this ancient Omani city and how history has given it its present form.

  • Bilad Sur Durg- This completely renovated fort is located on the outskirts of Sur, where several interior rooms have been prepared and can be visited. It is only 200 years old and was built as a defense against invading tribes from mountainous areas / deserts.
  • Ras Al Had Fort- Just outside of the noisy tunes, the well-renovated complex in general Ottoman castle style is worth seeing. While there’s not much to see in a few accessible interior spaces, the guides there make it with their warm demeanor and local stories.
  • Al Sinaisilah Fortress- Al Sinaisilah fort in central Sur is a well restored and maintained fort. A few of the rooms available are signposted and partially lovingly decorated. The site also has ample parking spaces, a toilet and a picnic area.

Where to stay in Sur, Oman

We toured many places in Muscat before going to Sur. The Sur Plaza Hotel, hosted by Mr. Mahesh and his team, welcomed us with many gifts and surprises. We're ruined! Hahaha!

At the Sur Plaza Hotel, our room was upgraded to the Executive King Room which is really great! It is equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Modern decor also feels very comfortable to the eye. The bed? Oh wow, I thought I didn’t want to get out of bed anymore, but I wouldn’t miss the chance to visit Oman, so it was a tough decision! Hahaha! For those on a tight budget, the Sur Plaza Hotel also has an ideal room.

Restaurant at Sur Plaza Hotel

Sur Plaza Hotel, this is one of the main reasons why it is difficult to leave the restaurants! The hotel has 2 main restaurants - Oyster Restaurant and Al Nazum by the pool.

Oyster Restaurant

This restaurant overlooks the pool with an amazing view of the hills and is located in the lobby area of ​​the hotel. With the food they offer, it almost feels like we are on a food tour around the world! Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. They have traditional Omani / Arabic, Continental, Chinese / Oriental and Asian dishes in buffet and la carte style. This delicious recipe is already enough to make me happy!

Restaurant Schedule:
Breakfast - 6:00 to 10:00 in the morning
Lunch - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner - 7.00pm to 11.00pm

Al Nazum next to the pool

Al Nazum next to the pool means "star next to the pool". The name itself, it is located by the pool. The great thing about this place is that you can enjoy a kind of Omani hospitality and wonderful view of the melody as it has seating in the open sky.

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Another reason to spend your day at the Sur Plaza Hotel is the trip they offer. Guests can enjoy the Dho Cruise in the natural coastal landscape of Ras Al Had. You can enjoy an hour long cruise by exploring the fascinating sights of Sur, Oman.

Oops! This is not enough, during cruising, you can also have lunch or dinner on board. If you are fancy fishing, then you can try it too! The wash is fully equipped so I'm sure you'll have a memorable experience here (you can also celebrate your birthday on a cruise, yes!)

We only had a limited time in Oman so it wasn’t really enough, but I was amazed at how much fun it was to explore this fascinating country! I am so glad that the Sur Plaza Hotel was a part of my trip to visit all the countries of the world.

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Al Falaj Hotel – Muscat, Oman is where you should stay

This is my first time in Oman! My 172nd country! My first few days in Muscat I was at the Al Falaj Hotel.

I was so excited to finally set foot in Oman! This is my 172nd country (152nd UN), so I was ready and willing to see more of the Middle East! I started in the capital city Muscat, where the Al Falaj Hotel became my home for a few days. It was a great start as we have done a lot of tours in this country so it is important to stay in a hotel that is comfortable and comfortable enough. This is Al Falaj Hotel for me! More about this hotel below.

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Muscat, Oman to do

1. Appreciate the generosity of the mosque

There are several mosques in Muscat to visit and admire. All of these stand with such elegance and you will see them!

  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque- Visiting the mosque is definitely worth it. The memorial building can be visited without entrance fee. Even the large gardens around the mosque are impressive. Note: Shoes must be taken off before entering and women must wear specially covered clothing. The women’s prayer room is relatively small whereas the larger hall for men is clearly distinct and very subtly designed.
  • Mohammad Al Amin Mosque - The Mohammed Al Amin Mosque is also just a few years old and is located on top of an open hill. Since the mosque has not yet been commercialized, expect very few visitors during your visit. The mosque is beautiful and the interior is worth seeing, so be sure to visit!

2. See the museum after the museum!

In Muscat, there are many museums you can explore! That way, you'll be able to learn more about this historic city. Even if you are not a fan of museums, there are literally plenty to choose from that might capture your interest.

  • National Museum- A modern and spacious museum. In various sections, the development of Oman from prehistoric times to the present day is presented. Exhibitions are well illuminated and labeled (in both English and Arabic). Some exhibits even invite you to touch (or perceive) them directly. If a film, the history of Oman is summarized in a 15-20 minute film (alternately in English and Arabic) - absolutely worth watching.
  • Sultan's Armed Forces Museum- A very interesting exhibition that tells the history of Oman's military achievements from ancient times to the present day. The museum’s exhibits are very nicely arranged with their historical section.
  • Galia's Museum of Modern Art A small museum that gives insights into Omani life in the 50/60/70s. The living room and other living rooms in summer or winter are shown. The art gallery also features works by Omani artists.
  • Museum of Natural History - This small museum gives an overview of the wildlife and geological history of Oman. The Botanical Garden is also interesting, with some specimens of Boswellia Sacramento, frankincense and many more!
  • Oman Children's Museum - A very good museum for bringing this kind of scientific entertainment for the development of children. Even over the age of 11, the game here would be like an extra knowledge for a child.
  • Bait al-Zubayr- A cultural foundation that opened its doors to the public in 1998. The complex has five separate buildings as well as a garden with traditional features, a cafe and a gift shop. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited in museums.

3. Explore natural wonders - beaches and valleys

If you like swimming under the sun, Muscat is also a perfect place to freshen up! The valleys are also another natural wonder of the city that you must see! Here are some beaches and valleys that we recommend for you to visit.

  • Kurum Beach - Just across the street is a very beautiful and long beach. It is clean and the water is very clean. There are also a few cafes and restaurants near the beach.
  • Wadi Bani Khalid - Undoubtedly the most visited Wari in the country, it takes a bit of luck to breathe in the full beauty of the terrain. Just enjoy nature like a dream and if you have the right swimsuit with you, you can go in the water or splash the fish on your feet.
  • Bimmah sinkhole- These holes between the sea and the mountains are really impressive. About 120 meters in diameter and 30 meters deep. Below you can swim in the clear water and refresh yourself. There are also picnic opportunities at the top.
  • Wadi Al Arbein- A beautiful valley with deep blue pool and amazing environment. This is one of the highlights. It should take you two to three hours to explore extensively. If the off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, you will be rewarded with a special landscape. The contrast of steep mountain walls and the versatile green creates a special atmosphere.
  • Kantab Beach - Must be visited. Like everything in Oman, this beach can be reached by renting your own car. Because it’s a little far away which makes it so peaceful and interesting. A gorgeous beach with crystal clear and warm water.
  • Al Sifah Beach - Sifah Beach is about 45 minutes from the city of Muscat and can be reached via a beautiful paved road that runs through the mountains and partly along the coast.

4. Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is impressive both from the outside and from the inside. The opera house is especially atmospheric in the evenings when the indirect lighting is turned on. World stars from opera, ballet, folklore, dance troupes and musicians visit here.

5. Oman Avenue Mall

Oman Avenue Mall is one of the largest malls in Oman which opened in May 2015 in Muscat. Located on Sultan Qaboos Street, it is a shopping mall of the famous Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International and has quickly established itself as one of the largest malls. Impressive and modern shopping center of this region.

Where to stay in Muscat, Oman

As a travel blogger, the strategic location of Al Falah Hotel is very convenient for me. It is located in the city center and close to the most popular tourist attractions. I am so happy that we were able to stay in one of the best business hotels in Oman before embarking on our travel adventure in the country!

Al Falaj Hotel where you should stay in Muscat, Oman

Accommodation at Al Falaj Hotel

Many thanks to Mr. Praveen for welcoming us to the hotel! We felt at home the moment we arrived at the hotel!

The Al Falaj Hotel has a variety of rooms to choose from; Deluxe room, classic room, suite and standard room. All rooms are spacious and offer a great atmosphere! Our first few nights in Oman were already memorable because of the Al Falah Hotel!

Restaurant at Al Falaj Hotel

Middle Eastern food and other Asian food is the main offer of Al Falaj restaurant!

Al Falaj Restaurant

Al Falaj Restaurant is the only restaurant in Oman that pays homage to the popular and traditional Oman soup (you must try them!) Of course, in addition to soups, steaks, lobster, kebabs, many more dishes can be eaten around the world. Here. My mind was very happy!

Tokyo Taro Restaurant

From the name, the food you should expect here is Japanese! We all know that Japanese cuisine is extremely popular with everyone in the world (including me! Hahaha!) From sushi and sashimi to tepaniyaki and tempura, you will find it here!

Stasen Tea Lounge

Al Falaj Hotel where you should stay in Muscat, Oman

A lounge that provides serenity and peace of mind. Take a sip of your delicious tea while relaxing in the hotel lounge away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tea lovers will love their time here!

Overall experience at Al Falaj Hotel

After our stay at the hotel, we left happy and satisfied with what we felt. We were very excited about all the tours we were going to do in Oman and Al Falaj helped us to relax and enjoy the hospitality of Omani. I will never forget that people treated us with warm welcome and smiles. After touring all the countries in the world, Oman is the country I want to go back to and Al Falaj is the hotel that I want to be my home again!

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Belad Bont Resort – Salalah, the first of its kind in Oman

Looks like a VIP at Salalar Belad Bont Resort! This is why you should be here when you are in town.

Can I say that I definitely had one of my best Middle East trips to Oman? After visiting the desert mascot and exploring the tunes, we headed straight to Salalah.

Belad Bont Resort is the first of its kind in Salalah, Oman

There is so much to see in Oman that my stay in Salalah was clearly not enough. My visit was completed by the hospitality of the Omani people and the amazing customer service at my home Belad Bont Resort in Salalah. Below is some more of my stay at Belad Bont Resort!

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Salalah, what to do in Oman

1. Sultan Qaboos Mosque

The second largest mosque in Oman and must see. Sultan Qaboos Mosque is beautiful and breathtaking to look at! The prayer hall is decorated with marble and covered with a huge Persian carpet. Non-Muslims can visit the mosque every morning (except Fridays). Remember that appropriate clothing must be worn. Hair for women must be covered, not short dresses and shoulders should also be covered. Definitely worth a visit!

2. Beach hopping!

Salala has a few beaches that you must visit! If you have plenty of time, you can spend a day on the beach after exploring some popular attractions. Here are the beaches you should visit.

  • Al Mugsail Beach- You just have to see this dream-like beach, an infinitely long white beach about 6km, with water like the Caribbean. A very good reason to come back to Salala.
  • Al Fizayah Beach - Another Caribbean feeling in the Orient. Great nature and clear water that changes to blue and turquoise! To get there, you have to descend a hill and find yourself in a primitive and secluded paradise. Highly recommended!
  • Marnif Cave- One of the most scenic tourist destinations in the vicinity of Salalah. The entrance to this attraction is already impressive. Cliff and Groto are on the west end of Al Mugsail Beach.

3. Sumhuram Old City

Suhhuram Old City is manageable but definitely worth a visit. The strategic importance of ancient times can only be imagined with a little imagination. All in all a spectacular excavation with a great view of the eastern port. The museum next door is also a must see.

4. Frankincense Land Museum

Between the old and new Salala is the Frankenstein Museum and archeological site. The museum is small but informative and interesting. Excavations are very extensive and not on hot days or mornings. Here you will not only learn something about incense but also a lot about the history of Oman which has been brought closer through the variable exhibition.

5. See other popular spots in Salala

A day in Salalah is not really enough because there are plenty of beautiful places to explore here. Here are the other popular spots of Salala that you should not miss!

  • Takah fort- A very nicely preserved castle, the bedroom still has an old four-poster bed and from above you get a beautiful view of the beach. A palm tree provides shade in the yard and a small incense tree is found. The fort was inhabited until 1984.
  • Earth's gravity controversial - You have this experience! As if pulled by the hand of a ghost, the heavy off-road vehicle goes over a steep hill without engine power. The point is located between Takah and Wadi Darbat, at the beginning of the road to Dhofar Plateau.
  • Al Balid Archaeological Site- The excavations cover a historic period of about 800 years before the Portuguese domination in 1500 who changed the trade route and was the end of the city. You can see the remnants of houses, mosques and warehouses near the beach and the fresh water reserves from the fence located in the back hills.

Where to stay in Salalah, Oman

A luxury hotel and resort, Belad Bont Resort is located just west of the city of Salalah. It has 99 rooms that guests can choose from; Room (standard, higher, super deluxe), chalet and VIP suite. We kept running one of them!

During our 3 day and 2 night stay discovering what Salalah has to offer, we got the chance to stay at Belad Bont Resort which is also the first of its kind in Salalah!

Accommodation, dining, spa and gym and customer service are all top notch! My pictures are proof of how satisfied (and happy) I am with what I have felt at Belad Bounty!

Belad Bont Resort Restaurant

Belad Bont Resort is the first of its kind in Salalah, Oman

You know how much I love food, and when I recommend a particular dish or even a restaurant, trust me because that means you shouldn’t miss that food! If a food is not aligned with my taste buds I vocalize. Simply put, I actually want to tell you that I like Bellad Bont food. They even gave us a welcome cake, yes! (Diet? Never heard of it .. I know you too, haha!)

At Belad Bonte, they have 4 restaurants, a poolside juice bar, and exclusive facilities for women only which I think is really great;

  • Mosaic (dining all day)
  • Ottoman Restaurant
  • Rivera Lounge
  • Lagoon pool deck
  • Yasmin (The Lady Only Lounge)

Belad Bont Resort is the first of its kind in Salalah, Oman

I enjoyed everything from drinks to appetizers and staples. And since there are a few options for dining at Belad Bonnet, it’s pretty hard to choose where to eat, but of course, you can always try everything you want in your mouth!

Pampering in the spa and gym of Belad Bont

Having a belad distribution also means you need some pampering! The resort’s spa and gym are something you shouldn’t miss. They have Yasmin Spa which is exclusive for women where you will find a nail bar, a private indoor heated swimming pool and a gym designed for women! Yes!

You can spend some time in gold to release some bad "energy" from all the pressure this world has put on us. Hahaha!

Next, immerse yourself in the jacuzzi, ahh can you imagine how comfortable it is? Really dream!

My time in Oman is very limited but what I have heard before about this country is true, it was so much fun! That’s why even though I haven’t left the country yet, I’m already planning to go back! I hope one day I will bring you all here.

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba

My 171st country - Cheers to Saudi Arabia! And for this special occasion I was hosted by Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Kurtuba!

Finally! After my second attempt, I entered Saudi Arabia. My first attempt was last March 2020 but unfortunately, I was stuck at Riyadh airport due to last minute cowardly rules at that time so I decided to cancel my trip to Saudi Arabia. But hey! Here I am now, much braver and happier!

I am extremely grateful that I did not finally enter my 171st country (which is Saudi Arabia), but I also had the opportunity to stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Riyadh! I was so lucky because I was in one of their fancy suits and they just opened less than a year ago, haha!

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Things to do in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1. Visit the edge of the world Riyadh

This is one of my bucket lists and it finally ticked off! I'm betting you should too! However, if you have no idea what the Age of the World is, it is one of the top tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. Ignoring the surrounding plains, you will literally feel like you are on the edge of the world. The uninterrupted view of the horizon gives you an amazing experience when you are at the top of a 300-meter high cliff that you should not miss! Thanks to Tinggly for finally making it happen!

2. Do some stool hopping

It is not surprising to find lots of stools around the city of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. For this reason, one thing you should not miss while in Riyadh is mall hopping! Here are some of the malls we recommend you visit:

  • Al Nakhil Mall- It is a huge stool which is very nice and clean. There are also stores of all tastes and budgets, above you can find countless restaurants and bars scattered across the mall.
  • Riyadh Gallery Mall- There are many ready-to-wear shops and boutiques, including major brands. There is also a play area for children where there are different ways of entertainment.
  • Panorama Mall - The mall is distinguished by its beautiful exterior and interior design because its design is eco-friendly and has many brands, a high area for children and a large area for restaurants.

3. Explore the Kingdom Center Tower

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Skybridge is a place to visit in Riyadh. From here you can see the roof of Riyadh. You can also eat very well and cheaply at the food court. Everything from Iranian food to Indian sushi can be found there. Or you can walk a little through the mall and see people. Really a must visit!

4. Al Razi Grand Mosque

The Al Razi Grand Mosque was built in the 2000s with a grant from the Al Razi family. It is also the largest mosque in Riyadh with a capacity of 18,000 for men and 2,500 in women's prayer halls. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque but must be seen and appreciated from outside!

5. Go to Riyadh for more attractions!

Riyadh is such a beautiful city to explore! Since this was my first time here, I was excited to visit many places. Here are some things to look for:

  • Al Masmak Fortress - Masmak Fort is an Adobe Fortress built in 1865 by Amir Muhammad bin Abdul. The main court was located here from 1902 to 1938. Now the castle serves as a museum. It lets you learn about life in the Middle East before the advent of modern civilization.
  • King Abdullah Park- King Abdullah is the youngest garden of culture and entertainment in the capital of Saudi Arabia. Opened in 2013, it includes several gardens, a children’s and family area, a play area, a pedestrian alley, a restaurant and a large lake with a dance fountain.
  • Al Faisalia Center - In addition to the Kingdom Center Tower, it is one of the tallest buildings in Riyadh. Inside there is a mall with some designer stores where you can shop until you go.

Where to stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba I am visiting my 171st country!

This newly-opened luxury hotel in Riyadh was our home when we were in town. It has 104 rooms and suites and 16 villas located near the city center of Riyadh and just 20 kilometers from Riyadh International Airport.

From the location, it was very convenient because I can easily walk around and see the popular attractions of Riyadh easily and smoothly, you know, as a traveler like me, I really can’t stay in one place, especially since this is my first time. In Saudi Arabia, ha ha!

Suite at the Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba I am visiting my 171st country!

As I mentioned above, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh has 104 rooms and suites. This hotel has a variety of rooms:

  • Standard
  • Standard room with terrace
  • Junior Suite
  • One-bedroom suite
  • Royal suite with two bedrooms
  • Three-bedroom villa

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba I am visiting my 171st country!

I was in their one-bedroom suite for 4 days and 3 nights! The house itself is very spacious and has this bright atmosphere that will make you feel at home.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba I am visiting my 171st country!

Honestly, I can stay in the room all day without going out because almost everything I need is already there. Also, they have separate living space from the bedroom which is one of my favorite things about high quality hotels.

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Hotel restaurant

Would you believe me if I said I didn't get a chance to try the Radisson Blu restaurants? I know you won't! Hahaha! Restaurant is a must for me!

And guess what? The hotel has 3 amazing restaurants that I recommend you to try; Bridges, lords and lounges and Plumeria terraces.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba I am visiting my 171st country!

Another great thing about the Radisson Blu Hotel is that they offer stylish outdoor, indoor and terrace dining. So in addition to delicious food (thanks to the great chefs who prepared the food; Chef Sunil, Chef Nin, Chef Sachin, Chef Bikash, Chef Ali, Chef Talal, Chef Jangir, Chef Dipendra, Chef Ansari, Chef Kiran, and Chef Noor), you have a great environment. With the assurance of a mouth food.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba I am visiting my 171st country!

My overall experience at Riyadh and the Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Curtuba I am visiting my 171st country!

Not only have I been able to stay comfortable and fancy at the hotel, but I have also had the opportunity to see beautiful places (especially Age of the World which is one of my bucket list!) Because of its convenient location, I have also been able to meet some of the most amazing people! Ah! This trip to Saudi Arabia has been a wonderful trip thanks to the Radisson Blu Hotel for being my home and for hosting me for a few days. If you plan to visit Riyadh, you must book at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

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Deep Dive Dubai – Challenge the deepest pool in the world

Are you brave enough to challenge the deepest pool in the world? So, Deep Dive Dubai is here for your experience.

* Trigger Warning: This is not for people with thalassophobia. This article contains photos that others may find uncomfortable. Thanks!

Deep Dive Dubai Challenge yourself to the deepest pool in the world

How deep can you go swimming in a pool? 5 feet? 6 feet? Or even a 7 foot? What would a 60m (196 ft) pool look like? Yes, that pool exists, and it’s in Dubai!

Deep dive Dubai A one-time experience for adventure-seekers. We've heard of skydiving - flying like a bird thousands of meters above, why not try diving a hundred meters below? If you are into this activity, then this article is for you because I will share with you our recent experience in Deep Dive Dubai!

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Start a thrilling and exciting adventure

Here are some pictures of my friend Hobograph and Nemanja’s great adventures in Deep Dive Dubai.

Deep Dive Dubai’s 196-foot-deep ‘Waterwater City’ has ‘abandoned’ homes and an archway to explore! Cool, isn't it? Unfortunately, I couldn’t try it due to surgery a few weeks ago, but I hope I can try it when I get back.

The good thing about Deep Dive Dubai is that they also have An introductory dive for beginners. So, if you have never dived before, you will have the opportunity to try the deepest pool in the world for the first time! Speaking of pride, hahaha!

Dive!

I will not lie, when we arrived at Deep Dive Dubai and saw the pool, we were overwhelmed to see it - "This pool is not running! So deep! ", I thought to myself. But hey, I'm an adventurer and I love adventure so I'm 100% willing to try! Then I remembered I couldn't do it this time because of my recent surgery.

Deep Dive Dubai Challenge yourself to the deepest pool in the world

Fortunately, my friends, Hobograph and Nemanja were able to try it and I can still share their experience with you.

Deep Dive Dubai Challenge yourself to the deepest pool in the world

The Deep Dive Dubai pool is no ordinary pool where there is nothing to see below. I mean, yes, it’s deep, but other than that, there’s a lot more to explore once you dive.

Deep Dive Dubai Challenge yourself to the deepest pool in the world

Diving here feels like entering a new world! It’s like going for an ocean swim (without any fish and walls). There's even a grocery cart! Hahaha! Mind going shopping?

Deep Dive Dubai Challenge yourself to the deepest pool in the world

They provide all the equipment so all you have to do is listen to the instructions, have the courage to dive and enjoy the experience! If you want to try it with your kids, they won't have a problem until they are 10 years old or older.

Deep Dive Dubai Challenge yourself to the deepest pool in the world

I was really jealous to see them have fun swimming! I really wanted to go and join them but I couldn’t. At the moment I know I must go back to Dubai for this. I really can't wait to do this activity! So, I guess I have to finish my goal of visiting all the countries in the world right now so that I can go straight to Dubai and dive deep in Dubai. Hahaha!

What more do you need to know about Deep Dive Dubai?

As I mentioned, even newcomers are welcome to dive. Even if you have no experience with diving before, no problem! There are trainers who can teach you. However, those who have pre-existing medical conditions that prohibit anyone from diving are prohibited from trying the activity (as happened in my case.) You can check out the full medical situation in Deep Dive Dubai Here.

Deep Dive Dubai Challenge yourself to the deepest pool in the world

For those certified divers, the diving depth will depend on your certification. According to Deep Dive Dubai, these are the conditions for diving depth:

  • As approved by the certification and experience innovation
  • Starting divers up to 20m with recent experience
  • Advanced divers up to 30m with recent experience
  • Trimix has trained technical divers up to 60m with recent experience

If you are serious about diving and you want to develop it as a new "hobby", you can enroll in a deep dive scuba course in Dubai. They will provide you with all the tools you need, friendly trainers, certification and more things you need during the course.

You can check all their rates and book an experience directly Here.

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American travelers budget to bear the rising cost of thousands more trips –

Will rising air fares and inflation keep American travelers grounded this summer? Or will travelers keep an eye on the rewards জন্য for many, whatever their bucket-list travel costs?

We asked more than 1,800 US-based TripIt users about their upcoming travel plans, and with rising costs and COVID-19 worrying them, more than 95% of survey respondents are still planning to travel next year. And some are willing to spend (tens of thousands) more to do it.

About half of all American travelers plan a trip once in a lifetime

According to our survey data, approx Two-thirds (64%) respondents plan to travel as much or more- Before next year vs. Covid-19. Only one-third (36%) plan to travel less.

What does their travel plan include? Our data shows that two-thirds (66%) are planning summer vacation trips; 64% plan to visit family or friends; 47% are planning an autumn vacation; 45% are traveling for business; 31% are planning a winter vacation; 22% are planning an enjoyable trip; 19% are planning to travel alone; And 14% are planning a camping trip.

For about half (41%) of American travelers, one of their trips next year will check a bucket-list travel box. One-third (33%) of respondents said they plan to travel alone and their trip will also be a bucket-list trip. In addition, 29% said their fall vacation (we see you, shoulder-season travelers!) Would be a bucket-list trip; 27% said their summer vacation would be one.

Rising travel costs

So, what about the cost of that trip? Most (62%) of those who are planning a bucket-list trip say so Bucket-list trips will be more expensive than a normal tripজন্য For most (47%) $ 1,000 to $ 5,000 more.

Travelers need to reduce dining to clear the budget for travel

Do All Upcoming trip (bucket-list or otherwise) means spending more money? About one-third (32%) of respondents answered yes. Our data shows that more than a quarter (26%) of those who spend more will spend an additional $ 3,000 to $ 5,000 on travel this year. Ten percent said they would spend an additional 10,000 10,000.

Americans Cost More money More than usual on the trip it is responsible:

  • Air fares increase (51%)
  • Overall inflation (49%)
  • Gas price increase (34%)
  • More Outstanding Travel Planning (34%)

For many, planning a trip means prioritizing their income. About one-third (29%) of respondents plan or adjust their overall expenses to cover travel expenses. Our data further show that 81% of respondents cutting (or planning to spend) their budgets will reduce the cost of meals, reduce the cost of events or concerts by 64% and reduce the cost of clothing for travel affordability by 58%.

Rising travel costs

Planned by those who say The budget will be less More than usual (only 15% of respondents), 79% said they plan to travel less, 19% plan less extraordinary travel and 18% plan to travel to more budget-friendly destinations.

And when some plan Same costIf costs continue to rise, 38% will plan fewer trips without increasing their budget.

Did you know When you add your flights to TripIt, TripIt Pro's fare tracker feature will let you know if you are eligible for a refund or credit if your airfare is reduced after booking.

Increasingly COVID-19 cases can affect summer travel planning

In addition to the cost, some Americans are concerned about other travel complications at the moment.

Top concerns include:

  • A trip may be canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions, requirements or illness (41%)
  • Flight Cancellation or Delay (41%)
  • Cost (33%)
  • Stay up to date on travel restrictions and guidelines (26%)
  • COVID-19 test for travel (21%)

These concerns are valid for many Americans who plan to travel soon. For starters, the ongoing staff shortages at Global Airports (and airlines, in that regard) are making the already busy travel season even more busy and unpredictable.

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On the COVID-19 front, only 8% of those who have traveled in the last six months have tested positive for COVID-19 during a trip (or traveled with someone who has tested), which is 300% more (from just 2%) of the survey. Information we released in March.

In fact, travelers are all too familiar with this reality: respondents say they will Change or cancel their travel plans If they tested positive for COVID-19 (75%), they were in contact with someone who tested positive (33%), or increased COVID-19 cases at their destination (30%). To put it bluntly, 31% will plan to cancel their current trip if costs continue to rise.

If this trend continues, cost concerns may outweigh COVID-19 concerns. But for now, realizing the bucket-list travel dream and / or 2022 vacation plans means adjusting to increased costs and COVID-19 requirements (and risks) alike.

Method: TripIt surveyed more than 1,800 US-based users to understand their upcoming travel plans, as well as their attitudes and behaviors regarding rising costs. The survey was conducted from May 24 - June 1, 2022.

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6 places to visit in France with your family [A Perfect French Retreat]

When was the last time you planned a family vacation? How about a beautiful French retreat with your family and children?

France is known for a colorful life, a beautiful destination and a fulfilling life. You will see beautiful architecture, fashion trends, art museums and various cuisines.

6 places to visit in France with your family [A Perfect French Retreat]
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And you can enjoy a luxurious villa life with your family. When booking accommodation, check out these amazing Paris, Corsica, Lower Valley and more Provence Villas for rent At a reasonable price.

Now, here are the locations in France where you should visit and it is suitable for a French retreat.

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Great destination to visit in France with your family

1. Paris

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Paris is not just a lover's destination. The city of light has a lot to make everyone happy. Families can visit museums with art and history museums and breathtaking landscapes

The food is amazing and the cafes are beautiful. While in Paris, you must enjoy the Scene on Cruise, especially on the last evening.

And of course, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre.

2. Provence

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Provence is a perfect combination of city life and nature life. Located on the Italian border, the city has breathtaking landscapes such as rolling vineyards, olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields.

Winter is the perfect time to stay in a villa or cottage to enjoy family time with the vibrancy of nature. Provence also has amazing museums, adventure destinations, and castles to give a visit.

3. Dordogne

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Dordogne is another French gem, located in central France. A perfect location for families, the place is famous for its adventure parks, castles and caves.

If you visit the caves in Dordogne, you will witness the earliest European paintings in these caves. The forts have a jaw-dropping architecture with a river view.

When booking accommodation, try to have a peaceful retreat in Dordogne and the countryside of southwestern France.

4. Normandy

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Normandy is well known for its World War II history. The Cannes Memorial Museum in Normandy gives a glimpse into the history and era that we only read about in books.

While in Normandy, be sure to stop at the American, Canadian and British beaches known for the war.

Old and young, everyone will love the beauty of the city of Normandy.

5. Lower Valley

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The castles and countryside of the Lower Valley will make you feel royal. The castles are as gorgeous as the Disney movies, the rainbow-colored gardens

Your family will love the Lower Valley for its natural beauty year after year.

Be sure to visit the Chateau de Chambord Castle, the Chateau de Chevrony Castle, the French Gothic Church Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartes and other monuments.

Lower Valley gives the feeling of being in a fairy tale, your kids will love it.

6. Corsica

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Corsica is a whitewashed island with a perfect mix of forests, coastal towns, parks and beaches.

The place has a lot to offer for everyone. Beach lovers can grab a picnic basket and spend quality time with the waves. Hikers can enjoy a rugged landscape, scuba divers can say hello to marine life and seniors can spend a relaxing evening in the parks.

You must consider the city of Bonifacio, Calvary, Cap Cors and the beaches of Porto Vecchio.

When to do in France

France is romantic, peaceful, comfortable, lively and all things you will enjoy. Traveling around France is a dream come true for many.

So while you are visiting the amazing places above, there are other things you can do.

1. Shopping

You can't just come back from France without a bag full of shopping. France has an amazing taste in fashion, accessories, jewelry and fine arts. To buy French fashion you must visit local shops, markets and malls.

2. Food

Try authentic French cuisine at local cafes and restaurants. French pastries and desserts are mouth watering.

Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq Au Vin, Potato Dauphinoise and Cassoulet are some of the best dishes. Eat something new every day for a healthier French cuisine experience.

3. Stay in the villa

Instead of booking a hotel room, try the Family Villa. You will experience a unique experience of living in a French villa that is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

Book a suitable accommodation with ChicVillas and make your French retreat even more special.