Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10 warm destinations to visit in 2017

Wondering where to explore next this year by traveling light and without carrying a jacket on you? 10 of my favorite places are on this list.

1) Porto - Portugal

Porto

When to go: June till October
What not to miss: Pastel de Nata, Fado Music and AlFama
Tips & Recos: blog post

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lago di Garda "a beautiful escape"

Destination: Lago di Garda
Travel Companion: Wife
Duration: 4 days
Budget: 850$ pp (excl. Airfare)

By Bechara Daccache (Instagram): When you think of Italy, Rome, Florence or Venice come to mind. Today, I want to take you instead on one beautiful relaxing escape, Lake Garda. Lago di Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and is about half-way between Milan and Venice.

Morning view for a quiet breakfast at Hotel Classique.

It is a popular holiday destination but not exactly from Lebanon, since it is not easy to reach. The lake is located at the bottom of the Dolomite mountains and is surrounded by small villages, natural parks, wineries and camping sites.

You can spend your day walking around towns like Garda, Sirmione, Lazise and Bardolino. Easier way to get there is by landing in Milano's airport. You can spend the night in Milan, and take the train to Garda. Oh and I don't recommend more than that in Milan. I didn't like it.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Maldives for all

Destination: The Maldives
Travel Companion: Mom
Duration: 4 days
Budget: 2,500$ pp
 
I've been wanting to visit the Maldives for several years now, but because of the stigma around it, being a romantic destination, I kept postponing, even though there has been at least 3 times when I started the process of looking at airfare prices and even getting to the point of entering my credit card info. I've always stopped myself until recently. I decided, I want to see the Maldives because I've only heard and seen great things about it, and I want to take my mom. So I booked accordingly.

Best Hammock in the world

Sunday, April 09, 2017

How to make the best of Iceland in 7 days

Destination: Iceland
Travel Companion: Rita
Duration: 8 days
Budget: 3,200$ pp

Originally, Iceland was never top of list for me to visit, specially not in regards to seeing the Northern lights, I always felt that North of Norway and Sweden have higher chances. Still, I knew Iceland was something else and decided to just go for it. I wanted to see all of Iceland and knew it was exactly the kind of country where you can rent a car and go about all of it. Here's a video summary of my trip in 1 minute.

Many friends asked me for the itinerary and recommendations of what to do in Iceland. One week there taught me about the Do's and Don'ts, so I hope you find it useful. I will be covering the following sections:
  • Duration & Budget
  • Location & Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Transport (Rent a car or Tours)
  • Money (Cash or card)
  • Places to visit
  • Activities to do
  • What to wear
  • How to chase & shoot the Auroras 
  • Food & Drinks
A night I will never forget! Kirkjufellfoss - Iceland

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Christmas in Belgium

Destination: Belgium
Travel Companion: Solo
Duration: 3 days
Budget: 220$ (excl. Airfare)

For each holiday a destination. There are many places in Europe that are captivating during Christmas, Lapland in Finland is one. Last year I spent some December days in Belgium, mainly Antwerp and Bruges and I really recommend it. Here are two videos I captured while there.



Sunday, March 05, 2017

The beautiful and raw Sri Lanka, an unforgettable trip

Destination: Sri Lanka
Travel Companions: MAG Adventures Group
Duration: 4 days

Exactly two years ago, I joined a group of people and we visited Sri Lanka together for 4 days. It was a trip of a lifetime. Sri Lanka has the nicest and kindest people you will ever meet, and it has an untouched beautiful nature. Here's a video of our time there. If you're interested in visiting the Island and want to know more, let me know!



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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Your complete starter guide to visiting Ireland

Time for some craic & top things to do in the Emerald Isle. I recently realized that even though I lived in Ireland for a while and made sure I explore the most of it, I never actually shared travel experience tips in a written form! So now is the time!

Killarney - County Kerry - Ireland

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Road Trip: Barcelona to Cadaqués

Destination: Spain
Travel Companions: Maria, Nancy, Elie, Sandy
Duration: 5 days

Many times we visit Barcelona and stay in the city. Why not explore a little the outskirts of Barcelona by visiting one of the most beautiful cities in Catalonia, close to the home of Salvador Dalí where he spent many holidays. A place so beautiful that it pretty much inspired the muli talented and surrealist artist in so many different ways.

"The beautiful fishing village of Cadaqués is sometimes referred to as an island on the coast. That is because it is relatively protected from mass tourism by a long, winding road through the mountains of Cap de Creus."

Cadaqués

Monday, November 28, 2016

My best Lebanese wines

By Céline Chami (Twitter) - My love story with wine started when my parents used to tour small grocery shops in Lebanon during the civil war and collect old, unsold wine bottles. I was always fascinated by the nobleness of wine and couldn’t wait to taste it and understand the mysteries behind it. Back in the day, there were only a few wineries in Lebanon that people knew of, but as the years went by, the number of wineries grew and we finally had a good variety of Lebanese wines to choose from.

Picture taken at Châeau Kefraya in 2011 by Liliane

Sunday, November 13, 2016

From Lisbon to Pastel de Nata

Destination: Lisbon
Travel Companion: Solo
Duration: 4 days
Budget: 450$ (excl. Airfare)

I visited Portugal last July and wrote the first part to this series about Porto here. Most people land in Lisbon or stay in Lisbon for work reasons, but if you have extra 2 days, I highly recommend you dedicate them to Porto. It was my preferred city between the two. Having said that, there are still a ton of things that I found to be quite enjoyable about Lisbon, from the amazing Pastel de Nata dessert to it being central and well connected to almost anywhere in Portugal. Here's the run though!

The beautiful Alfama - Lisbon

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Must-do in Tbilisi

Destination: Georgia
Travel Companion: Solo
Duration: 2.5 days
Budget: 579$

We are always looking for weekend getaways that offer us a change of scenery, lifestyle and even weather. A trip to Tbilisi offers that. I went there by myself, so this city is completely solo travel friendly. It's also a very good winter destination if you're looking to ski.

Tbilisi - view from the top

Trip's total cost: this includes Flight + 3 nights accommodation + Activities + Food + Souvenirs = 2126 AED, which is equivalent to 579$. To be honest, people spend this over a weekend in Dubai between shopping, eating and clubbing.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My favorite massages in Dubai

When I first moved to Dubai, I kept asking where can I have the best massages in Dubai. It took me almost 3 years to find my favorite. So if you had just moved to Dubai, or visiting for a while and want to treat yourself to a good massage, hopefully you will find this post useful.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

From Kenya with Funk

By Stéphane Bazan (Facebook) - My story with Kenya started almost 20 years ago when my Mom decided to go on a plane from Lyon to Nairobi and never came back. She settled near the port city of Mombasa, on the Indian Ocean, in a small Digo tribe village called Magutu. She built a house and started to invite friends and family to spend a few days in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The country, as big as France, has a great variety of landscapes, from the tropical coast to the rugged lands of Mount Kenya, from the eastern lakes to the rift valley. Kenya is also known for the most beautiful game reserves of the World, made popular by many Hollywood movies including “Out of Africa” or “The Constant Gardener”.

Welcome to Kenya