Girl looks over the most beautiful cemetery - the Colon cemetery aka the Christoper Colombous cemetery in Havana, Cuba.
To some, travelling is taking a break from their monotonous jobs & 9-5 lives. They are looking for rest, alcohol and a beach. To others, travelling is the most interesting pastime possible. It is the ultimate immersive experience. The unique combination of sights, smells, weather, tastes & people lead to a very unique and particular emotional state that cannot be recreated anywhere else.
— @NextAdventures on Twitter.
This article was written as a request by Patricia Vance (from @gotsaga) but it kind of pushed me to start a little Travel Tips section.
Anyhow, my first Travel Tips destination is Dubai, UAE.
I chose this destination because this is the one that I am beyond any reasonable doubt the most qualified to write about. Firstly, I have lived in Dubai for over 14 years and secondly I have been in the UAE Tourism industry for a good few years.
Dubai is unlike many tourist destinations you will come across and has many particulars. The first thing that you should know about Dubai is the ‘format’ of the infrastructure here; there are no all inclusive resorts or ‘budget’ vacations per se. This makes planning how much you will actually spend there difficult, but I will try to help.
I had many different expectations of Amsterdam, and even memories.
I remember passing through Amsterdam on one of my childhood Euro Trips with my family and at the time I had obviously seen the city in a completely different light. Objectively speaking though, the City did seem a lot dirtier back then. It catered to a more crazy type tourist & now it kind of got over that hype.
Borneo is an island that is owned by 3 countries - Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei.
Our entry to Borneo was through Tawau, which is about a 4 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, and is a very cheap internal flight. Our first destination was Mabul Island; an island in the Celebes sea which was close to Sipadan, the ultimate destination of our travel.
This was the closest encounter I’ve had with the largest animal that I have ever seen.
My first time seeing the Whale Shark was an experience I doubt I will forget for a number of reasons.
First of all, it was gigantic, by far the largest moving, alive thing I have ever seen.
Second of all, my dad & brother have been going on about Whale Sharks since before I started diving.
During my stay in Mexico in November 11 one of the most notable days there was the day trip to the Mayans.
The first thing that really set the mood for the whole day was the Tour Guide. The man was a walking contradiction, his almost “un-understandable”, overwhelmingly Mexican accent was a deception for the level of his understanding of the language. His poor presentation was a bad cover to the book that was some really deep ideas, extremely educated understanding of the entire time-line and generally the experience of a Historian. It was hard to listen to him without taking breaks however.
Little Kids in the island of Mabul begging for change. The village located on the other part of the Island is rather poor and the locals don’t have a glamorous life at all. Its quite surreal being in the 5 star Hotel on the other part of the Island. The jobs provided by the Hotel are a big part of the Island’s economy.
Our adventure in Tobago began in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Note: Very few flights from major cities to Tobago directly & hence most travellers to T&T arrive to POS.
From there, the easiest way is to take a $25, government subsidized flight to Tobago, or take the more scenic $10 Ferry Ride from Port of Spain.
Arriving in Scarborough, the capital of Tobago was a real colorful experience. The first thing that struck me as odd was the presence of a massive (by Tobago standards) KFC right in the centre of probably what you would call the ‘downtown’ area. It really stood out as a recent, or nearly recent addition to an extremely retro and groovy style that everything had.