Sunday, April 24, 2016

Going to Bali? Here are some answers and tips (Part II)

Thanks for coming back for Part II, if you haven't seen Part I, it mostly covers places to stay, if you should stay in more than 1 resort, and easiest way to pack in such case.

In this entry, I will cover places to eat, things to do, places to visit, transportation and how to handle your money!

Question 6: What and where should we eat?
Answer: You have to try the different exotic fruits they had, I tried Durian (oh my god, never again, but our guide was in love with it). Mangosteen (my favorite, I hope you go there during its season). Snake skin (good as well, don't let the name scare you).

Breakfast in RIMBA hotel - AYANA Resort

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Going to Bali? Here are some answers and tips (Part I)

I ran into my friend Natalia on March 9 who told me she's going to Bali with Weronica and asked me whether I would like to join... I booked my ticket on March 10 and on March 30, I landed in Bali where I spent 7 days. It was one of the best spontaneous travel decisions I've ever made.

Traditional Balinese Dance Performance "The Beauty of Legong Tantri"

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Travel in one second with those 15 Instagram accounts

Instagram feed is pretty much what you make of it, since I love travel, adventure and photography, I thought I would share my personal* favorite accounts (adventure seekers, world travelers and amazing photographers of mostly nature / city / street / wildlife) and the windows they open for us to see the world through their lens in one session. These are in no particular order.

@highsteph - Steph Davis is a climber, base jumper, wingsuit flyer. What I love about her, is how active and courageous she is. I would love to be a wingsuit flyer one day, for now, I settle for her beautiful photos.

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@cristinamittermeier - Cristina Mittermeier is a photo journalist. What I love about her is her range in photography, which resonates with me a lot. From people, to landscape, to wild life to underwater photography. This woman shows you the world.



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

10 Apps to travel by

I recently stumbled upon an article in NatGeo Travel magazine that covered 3 travel apps they recommended, this inspired me to share my own favorite ones. Obviously if you're an avid traveler, you will know most of them, but here are a few new good ones that are relevant per city.



Monday, February 08, 2016

My 2015 compiled in a 128 seconds video!

You can't really fathom how much you travel until you try to compile videos that you took throughout a whole year and squeeze them into a 2 minutes video. It's definitely a trip down a memory lane, a great way to remember a whole year and the amazing and interesting times you've had with great people (or even alone sometimes). These trips are both for business and personal, but I try to make the best of it even when I am traveling for work.

Hope you enjoy the video! And please let me know if there is a destination that I've visited that you're keen to learn more about. I have shared many tips on several locations I've been in, so feel free to browse through the blog.



My 2015 compiled in a 128 seconds video!
The best way to remember a whole year of travel! Really excited to share this with you. Reach out if there is a destination that I've visited that you're interested in knowing more about. Cheers :)
Posted by From Beirut with Funk on Monday, February 8, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Discover the cultural, traditional and artsy side of Bastakiya in Bur Dubai

I haven't been traveling much the past month, so I thought I would spend my weekends discovering Dubai and its surroundings. And I have to say, it has been super pleasant. Expect few posts on that, and this is the first in that series.

My friend was visiting Dubai so I decided to take the day off on Sunday and show her around. To my surprise, I ended up discovering Dubai along with her. We decided to go to Bastakiya (located in Bur Dubai). Now I know everyone has heard of it, but weirdly enough there's still quite a few people who haven't been there. Here are some some photos from the day, with a caption to describe it and why I recommend you visit it. And I highly recommend you do!

The Artsy part:

 
Saw this while walking around on the way to find art galleries, exhibitions and show rooms


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Top breakfast places in 6 amazing cities

Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Also if you're a bread lover like me, and coffee, and chocolate, and cheese and ham... You will want to read this!

The way I like to discover a city is by walking as much as I can, and I don't like having breakfast in a random place, I heavily rely on foursquare to find the right place. And since I like to explore streets and walk in non-busy areas, this usually leads me to discover small cozy places that outperform fancy restaurants.

Highly recommended because of these 3 main ingredients:

  1. You get the real feel of the city. 
  2. You get to eat delicious bread and fuel properly for the day.
  3. You get to hang out in a cute / artsy / nice looking bakery / breakfast place.

Here are my favorite breakfast places around the world in alphabetical order: 

 

Amsterdam

 

Melly's Cookie Bar (website) - I had the Basil + Tomato + Cheese croissant! Love it!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Is Kathmandu worth visiting for 4 days? Yep and here are 8 tips!

"Don't go to Kathmandu", they said. "Kathmandu is noisy, polluted and overwhelming".
Thamel street - Kathmandu
People will never know what your current mood is, what you're aiming for and what kind of experience you're looking for out of your travels. If you want tourism, 5 star luxury, relaxation, then don't go to Kathmandu. But if you want to feel alive again... then do read my tips to make your time in Kathmandu well spent and efficient. It was definitely one of the best trips I have ever done.

Patan Square - Kathmandu

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Istanbul too busy and loud? Escape in two hours to heaven!

Istanbul is one of the culture-richest cities in the world, and for us Lebanese people, it's the perfect quick destination that requires no visa, direct flight, currently very affordable and a place that resonates with our own tradition and culture.

But!

Either you've already been there, or have more than a week and think it's too much for one city (which I agree with); so here's a solution I highly recommend because I did that last week and really enjoyed it:

"Rent a car and drive out of Istanbul for few hours."

Our ride!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

9 tips to save money & have the best time in Santorini

Warning: Prepare for your eyes to hurt so badly from all the beauty that Santorini will shine upon you. Moreover, a distinguishing thing about Greek people is their hospitality and friendliness, best I have seen so far.

From Santorini with Lava - Fira Caldera View

Friday, July 10, 2015

Guidelines for traveling alone, Part 2: "How to make the best of your time"

Following the first part where I covered safety and comfort, today's post is going to be about how to plan your trip in a way that allows you to make the best of your time. This is also applicable for couples or a group of friends ;)

Taken in Budapest - June 2015

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Guidelines for traveling alone, Part 1: "Safety and Comfort"

I've been traveling a lot for work in the past few years which allowed me to add in a weekend here and there around business trips, and evidently I'd be alone!

 Often there has always been someone I know in the city I'm visiting but I happened to have to rely completely on myself twice in Cape Town and my recent visit to Budapest. So here are some tips that could help you should you decide to travel on your own:

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Top things to do in Budapest if you only have 3 days

I was in Budapest (pronounced Budapesht) for 3 days, when I first got there, after about an hour of walking I thought to myself, why am I here for 3 days, there isn't much to do. On my 3rd hour of walking (and researching while walking), I realized that 3 days aren't enough at all, nonetheless still a good start and you will be able to cover quite a bit. I couldn't do everything I am recommending below, but I would've if I had the chance. Here are some recommendations (and some are not just specific to Budapest):

Feet photo with Budapest - Paez

Friday, January 02, 2015

Berlin, the city that I cannot describe but will always try to

It's quite difficult for me to recover after Berlin. This city has something magical to it, it's not the pretty city of Paris, the musical city of London, the party capital of Ibiza or the old city of Vienna. In fact, it's none of those and all of those. Almost every person who has been to Berlin answers the "what do you think of Berlin" question the same way:

It has character.

Feet photos with Berlin - Converse