4 Tips to Moving Your Stuff While Traveling

When planning to travel for adventure or due to duty calls, it is always a hard task to decide on the stuff you need to carry or leave behind. It is also difficult to determine how to move the items across the world or even the states. Some stuff is delicate and requires special handling. Others are too expensive or precious and can be risky and costly if lost or stolen. To ease this hassle while traveling, apply the following tips:

1) Use a Moving Company

If you are in Australia, you may be wondering, “Where do I get credible removalist Melbourne services?” Brilliance Removalists Melbourne helps you move the stuff you need to a location of your choice.

The company has invested in different sized trucks, and this reduces cramping and damage on your stuff, scenarios that may be experienced if you stuffed them in the boot of your car or a smaller truck. They can also help you pack and label your stuff, thus saving time reducing confusion.

They also offer special packaging to fragile items. This helps you receive your stuff in one piece. They have employed qualified and experienced personnel. This ensures that your items are handled safely and carefully. The company has replacement and insurance policies that protect your stuff while on transit in case of any eventualities.

2) Only Carry What You Need

The temptation to carry every little thing in your house can be hard to resist. It can be hard to move the whole house especially if you do not know the size of the house you might be staying in next. You might also have a hard time every time you have to pick up and go to your next travel destination. To ease this, carry only the essentials. This can be done by preparing a packing list that helps your packing process. The items you do not need can be left behind for future use once you come back or give them out. You can also sell and make a few dollars out of the stuff you do not need while traveling.

3) Storage Facilities

While traveling for a long period, it might be costly to move with all your stuff from one place to the other. It is also expensive to pay for an apartment to hold the stuff that you do not need for the period you will be away. To reduce such costs, consider keeping your stuff in a storage unit. The units are locally available and are cheaper. They come in different sizes, but in case all units are of equal sizes and one is not enough, you can get two or several units. The units are safe and secure reducing the risk of losses from burglars. You can also send your items to storage units before you get to your location. Once you get there, you can get your stuff from the storage units and use them.

4) Insure Your Stuff

Items risk being stolen, breaking, or getting their parts damaged while in transit. Some can be salvaged and repaired while others are rendered useless. You can insure your stuff while on transit to cater for any eventuality. This helps reduce losses. It also enables you to get back to your previous position without straining. A local or international insurance company can offer transit insurance. Check and compare prices and terms that each provider sets out to ensure you are fully protected.

5 Unique Activities to Experience Jordan

5 Unique Activities to Experience Jordan

Jordan I have to admit is one of my favorite countries. I love the history (it’s ancient), the culture, the sites, the people, and the food; especially the food!

Jordan is a modern country that sits on ancient land.  Civilization in Jordan pre-dates biblical times.  It  has been home to ancient people since the  Neolithic Period over 12,000 years ago.

In fact some of the first artwork made by humans were discovered in Ayn Ghazal archaeological site in what is now Amman the modern city that is the  country’s capital.  In total 15 pottery statues were unearthed at the site and they are now displayed at the new Jordan Museum in Amman.

The museum is also home to some of the Dead Sea Scrolls including one of the famous copper scrolls.  The Jordan Museum should be on your list of places to visit in Jordan regardless if you’re a history buff or not.  The statues are amazing and the scrolls are definitely intriguing.

But to really experience Jordan step away from the museums and the hustle and bustle of the busy capital and visit some famous and not so famous sites around the country.  Here are 5 unique activities that will make your Jordan vacation truly memorable.

Petra

The ancient Rose City of Petra located in southwest Jordan is arguably one of the most important archaeological sites on earth.  In my opinion it ranks up there with the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Pyramids of Chichen Itza in Mexico, and the UK’s henges.

The city is located in Wadi Musa, the Valley of Moses where according to the holy books Moses struck one of the stones in the desert valley and found water. Nestled between desert canyons and mountains Petra was the thriving trading center and capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 BC and AD 106.  The ancient buildings with elaborate facades were carved out of the sandstone cliffs in the second century AD.

I believe that a trip to Jordan is incomplete if one doesn’t visit the city of Petra.  A trek through Petra is a humbling and awe inspiring experience.  There are many ways to see Petra, the site is huge even though just 15% of the city has been excavated.

I prefer to walk in from the main gates.  To reach the city one must meander thru the twisting canyon called the Siq.  Walking is the best way to see all the features of the Siq including the system of ledges that brought water into the city in ancient times.  You’ll also see some carved mini “temples” and staircases scattered through out the Siq; you never really know what lies beyond the curve until you get there!

It’s also the best way to get your first glimpse of the city, believe me it’s breathtaking!  The narrow Siq opens  up to allow you to set foot in the ancient city and the first sight you will see is the iconic building made famous by the movie Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  Stepping into the sunshine from the shadows of the Siq is a magical moment!

You can wander the city on foot then catch a donkey  up to the monastery located up a steep path towards the end of the site.

Or if you prefer you can hire a camel to walk you around the city.  On your way out if you’re too tired to walk back to the main gate you and hire a carriage to take you back.

How ever you decide to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site it is definitely worth the time.  For more information on things to see in Petra click  here!

Wadi Rum Glamping

Wadi Rum is a desert valley in south Jordan known for its spectacular sunsets and topographical formations.

A ride through Wadi Rum is like a voyage through Earth’s topographic evolution.  Many of the formations are older than the Dead Sea Rift which forms the western part of Jordan.

Wadi Rum is a desolate inhospitable place that the local Bedouins have camped in and traveled through  for centuries.  Today Wadi Rum is a protected area where visitors can participate in a variety of activities.

One of the most popular things to do is to stay overnight in a luxurious tent.  A far cry from the tents used by ancient bedouins these modern tents are air conditioned, have running water, and are very comfortable.  Many of the tent resorts or hotels are located deep enough within the preserve that you get a feeling of the isolation.  If you’ve never experienced the saying “as black as night” this is one of the places to do so.  The darkness that surrounds you makes it the perfect place to stargaze for those are the only points of light you’ll mostly see.

You can go trekking on camels, by horseback, or by 4×4 vehicles.  You can even hike, but bring a guide and lots of water if you do.  Or for a very special activity go on a balloon ride at sunrise or sunset.  Spectacular!

Take a Dip in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea has the lowest elevation and the lowest body of water on the surface of the Earth. Its surface level is over 1400 feet below sea level.

The Dead Sea is actually a landlocked lake located between Israel and Jordan.  Its main source of water other than rain is the Jordan River although there are small tributaries and underground springs which trickle into the lake. But the Dead Sea is the terminus for the flow, in short there is now way out.  So the water accumulated in the lake evaporates and creates salt.

It is famous for it’s healing waters which are said to cure everything from skin disorders to diabetes.  The benefits of the waters are attributed to the high concentration of salts that have accumulated in the lake over centuries.

Because of the extremely high salinity pretty much everything is buoyant in the Dead Sea. So even if you don’t know how to swim you will float, but be aware that even though you float it doesn’t mean you can’t drown.  In fact floating on your stomach is not a great idea, because the water is so buoyant turning and swimming is difficult; so you could get stuck on your stomach and drown!

But with some common sense and caution a dip in the Dead Sea is a must do when in Jordan!

Visit Umm Quais

Umm Quais is both a modern town and ancient city in Northern Jordan.  Known as Gadara in ancient times it was a member of the Decapolis, a group of 10 city/states, that marked the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire.

It was also occupied by the Byzantines and later the Umayyad Dynasty so you’ll find ruins of those ancient civilizations as well.

What makes this town and site unique is it’s location.  Snuggled amid the Golan Heights of Syria, the Jordan Valley of Jordan and the West Bank, and Lake Tiberia (The Sea of Galilee) in Israel Umm Quais quite literally has a view of 3 countries, or 4 on a clear day when one can spot the mountains of Lebanon.

The archaeological site is pretty much off the beaten path so you won’t find it busy at all.  You can sit in the black basalt theater, walk the still paved Decumanus Maximus (main road going east to west) of the city in Roman times, stroll down the Cardo Maximus (Colonnaded main road going north to south), wander the ancient ruins that include a basilica, underground mausoleum, and a 16th. century church; and enjoy a meal at the cafe that’s built into the ruins of an ancient building.  You can even visit the small on site museum that houses finds from the area’s excavation; you may have to round up the person in charge to unlock the building.

Umm Quais is one of my favorite sites, the views from the cafe are amazing.  A trip to Umm Quais can be combined with a trip to Jerash, Irbid, and Ajloun.  All are worth visiting!

Eat!

A trip to Jordan would never be complete without trying all the wonderful food the area has to offer.

Don’t be afraid to try the shawarma and falafel sandwiches being sold on the road; they are amazing not to mention unbelievably cheap!

And then there are the outdoor cafes along the roads, I love the ones in the Shmesani district where the cafes, restaurants, and coffee houses are busy til the wee hours of the night!

For amazing falafel, hummus, and fresh baked bread try out Hashem’s downtown (even the Royals eat there!) or head to one of Abu Jbara’s locations.

For sweet treats nothing beats Habibah.  You can grab some fresh kunafa at the little downtown kiosk where you stand in the alley to eat your delicious cheese pastry or sit down at their new location a block away from Abu Jbara on Medina Street. The new 2 story location is a wonderland of middle eastern and western treats.  You’ll find baklava, kunafa, and maamoul along side ice cream, cakes, french pastries, and chocolates.

If you’re looking for something fancier head over to Reem Alo Bawadi.  The food is excellent and the service outstanding.

What ever you decide to eat you’ll find something for every taste and budget in Amman!  Want more great eats in Amman?  Click here!

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5 Unique Activities to Experience Thailand

5 Unique Activities to Experience Thailand

Thailand,officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly called Siam is a country in the center of the Southeast Asia Indochinese peninsula.  Located completely within the tropicas it encompasses diverse ecosystems including hilly rain forests, rice paddies in the central plains, and rugged coastal areas along the narrow southern peninsula.

Thailand is a diverse country and has lots to offer.  It is a country steeped in history and culture that seamlessly mixes with the hustle and bustle of its big modern cities.  Golden temples and venerated Buddha statues co-exist with modern buildings, shopping malls, and train stations.  It is not unusual to smell the pungent aroma of incense and the cloying scent of flowers on the crowded streets of Bangkok where Shrines and Spirit Houses dot even the busiest streets.  Many of the shrines have offerings of incense and flowers left on the counters hence the smells wafting down the street.

Yes Thailand is filled with temples, you’ll surely get your fill of them, but Thailand is also filled with natural wonders, amazing wild life, ancient and historic sites, sun kissed beaches, crystal clear waters, delicious cuisine, and shopping, lots of shopping.  So whether you’re a sun worshipper, diver, animal lover, history buff, foodie, or shopahoic you’ll find something you’ll love in Thailand.

So here are 5 unique activities to help you truly experience the wonders of Thailand!

thailandMarkets

Thailand is known for its markets; from floating markets around Bangkok, to night markets, weekend markets, and open air markets throughout the country, you’ll find everything you need or don’t need.

Even if you’re not a big shopper it’s almost impossible to visit one of these markets without finding something to buy.

 

Some of my favorite markets are Damoen Saduak Floating Market outside of Bangkok, the night market at Patpong Night Market in the heart of Bangkok, and the Chatuchuk Weekend Market in the Bangkok suburb of Chatuchuk.

A word of advice to those venturing into the Patpong Night Market.  The market is located in Bangkok’s red light district.  The market stalls are surrounded by bars and restaurants that offer nightly “sex shows”.  You’ll find touts hanging outside these establishments holding menus and barking out nightly specials.  I’ve never been to one but I’ve heard that these establishments are basically scams where you’ll find questionable ladies dancing or stripping on a stage and the “manager” or host will hold you hostage unless you pay her crazy fees for the water downed drinks they placed on your table.  So unless you want to get ripped off it’s probably a good idea to keep out of such places.  My cousin tells me that if you must see one of these shows you should book an escorted tour with your concierge, like I said I’ve never been to one and sincerely doubt I’d ever want to.

Bang Pa-In Palace and Ayutthaya Historical  Park

Located outside of Bangkok Bang Pa-In is in the Ayutthaya province.  It’s basically a royal complex where the Summer Palace is nestled among the beautiful orchards and gardens.  Originally built in 1632 this palace was the summer palace used by Thai royalty until 1767.  It was rebuilt in 1872 and is now tourist attraction and is sometimes used for very special events.

 

Ayutthaya Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is comprised of ruins of temples and palaces of the of the capital city of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom.

Most of the items excavated from the sites can be seen at the nearby Chao Sam Phraya Museum.

There’s also an Elephant Camp in the area where when you can ride on an elephant’s back and walk around the ancient site.

 

You can visit Ayutthaya by bus, taxi, or car; but one of the best ways to go is a lazy ride down the Chao Phraya River from Bangkok.

It’s a great way to see the country side.  Most river cruises come with a nice luncheon buffet.

 

 

Elephant Rides

There are many elephant camps around the country where for a small fee you can ride the back of an elephant.

The elephants seemed well cared for and the guides are very friendly.  Definitely a great experience.

 

Erawan National Park

Located in western Thailand in the Kanchanaburi Province is this delightful National Park.

It’s main attraction are the hiking trails and the waterfalls.  At the entrance you’ll encounter some mischievious little monkeys.

If you’ve still got energy left you might want to take a side trip to the Kwai River and the bridge that spans it.

 

Phuket

Sun lovers can head to Phuket’s beaches.  Phuket’s has some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches.

There are many luxury hotels in the area where you will be pampered from head to toe.  If you prefer to sightsee there are many places to visit; you can even go island hopping!  Shoppers will find great deals at one of the area’s markets.  And if it’s nightlife you’re wanting Phuket is definitely a party place!

 

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5 Unique Ways to Experience the Philippines

5 Unique Ways to Experience the Philippines

The Philippines in an archipelago of 7,600+ (and counting) islands that sprawls across Southeast Asia.  It is defined by it’s crystal clear oceans, emerald green rice paddies, simmering volcanoes, diverse cultures, loud jeepneys, modern cities, depressing slums, throngs of people, and never ending traffic.  This is why there are many unique ways to experience the Philippines.

experience the philippinesDepending on what you’re looking for there are many ways to experience the Philippines.  If it’s history and culture you’re after the Philippines is rich in both.  Remember the Philippines was a Spanish colony for over 500 years; a US territory from 1898 to 1946; and occupied by Imperial Japan during WWII; all of which left their marks on Philippine history and culture.

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If you’re looking for nature and adventure the Philippines has plenty of that too!  Ecotourism has gained popularity in the Philippines and tourists are welcome to explore and observe pristine oceans, mountains, and unique flora and fauna.

 

 

If you’re a sun worshipper and just want to kick back on the beach or at a luxury resort the Philippines has plenty of that as well.  The country is chock full of lovely beaches and luxury hotels staffed with folks who will cater to just about every whim or desire.

There are many ways to experience the Philippines.   From its diverse cuisine, historical sites, natural wonders, sun kissed beaches, and bustling city life, the Philippines has it all.  Most folks hang out in the large cities particularly Manila the capital and its surrounding towns and villages.  But if you want to really experience the Philippines and all that this pearl of the Pacific has to offer here are 5 unique activities that will let you do just that!

Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Calesa Ride, and Manila Hotel

This is a must for all history buffs.  Intramuros, literally meaning between the walls, is the historic center of the capital city of Manila.  It is also the oldest city in the country dating back to 1571 when the city’s foundations were laid by the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi.  The city remained under Spanish rule until 1898 when America gained control of the country after defeating the Spanish Armada at the end of the Spanish American War.

The city and the nearly three mile long stone wall that surrounds it have stood its ground through wars and natural disasters.  The city is bordered by the Pasig River on one side and Rizal Park on the opposite side. During colonial times Intramuros was center of religious, political, and educational life in the country; by all respects Intramuros was Manila.  It was almost completely razed when the occupying Japanese forces staged their last stand there against Allied and Geurilla Forces.

Today it is  a mish mash of reconstructed historic buildings, museums, restaurants and modern buildings.  Within its walls you’ll find San Augustin Church completed in 1607 is the country’s oldest church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  You’ll also find the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion aka Manila Cathedral.  Destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945 during WWII the Cathedral was reconstructed in 1958.  It serves as the seat of the Archbishop of Manila.

You’ll also find Fort Santiago within its walls.  This served as the military headquarters of the Spanish colonial government.  Although heavily damaged during the Battle of Manila some of the forts key features have been restored including the gate with the wooden relief featuring Santiago Matamoros (slayer of Moors) the patron saint of Spain.  The fort’s barracks is home to the Rizal Shrine a small museum dedicated to the life and works of José Rizal, the national hero who was imprisoned there before his execution in nearby Rizal park on December 30, 1896.

There are other museums and wall gates in Intramuros and to get around you might want to hire a calesa instead of walking the confusing roads.

These horse drawn carriages were first used on Manila streets in the 18th. century. They’re a nice way to get around the historic city.  You can find them waiting outside Fort Santiago, each calesa comes with a guide (who hangs off the side of the carriage) and driver.  It’s a good idea to discuss price, route, and ride length before hopping in.  Oh and stay within the city walls no matter how much the guide tries to persuade you to take a tour around Rizal Park and over the bridge to Quiapo the bustling open market.  Trust me, we agreed and found ourselves dodging jeepneys, cars, and buses in heavy traffic.

After you’ve had your fill of Intramuros stop by the iconic Manila Hotel.  It’s located about half a mile away in Ermita.  This historic 5 star luxury hotel opened its doors in 1912.  General Douglas McArthur and his family made their home in the Manila Hotel during his tenure as military advisor to the Commonwealth between 1935-1941.  Today his penthouse apartment has been refurbished as the lavish McArthur suite.  Stop by for a drink at the Lobby Bar or an afternoon snack at the Cafe Ilang Ilang; the mango crepes are to die for!

By the way if all you want to do is laze out on a lounger by the pool the Manila Hotel is a fine  place to do so!

Banaue Rice Terraces

Collectively known as the Banaue Rice Terraces these rice paddies were hand carved into the mountains of central Luzon the main island of the Philippine archipelago.

The terraces are spread between several villages in the Cordillera region.  They are a system of irrigated fields made of mud and stone hand carved in the mountains over 2000 years ago by the indigenous people called the Ifugao.  Contrary to popular belief not all the rice terraces are UNESCO Heritage sites.  In fact just 5 of these rice terraces hold the honor and most of them aren’t easily accessible.

Regardless which cluster of terraces you decide to visit you will be in for a truly awesome experience.  Getting there can be an adventure in itself, it’s at least an 8 hour drive from Manila, more if you hit lots of traffic, run into mudslides, or just flat out get lost.  But believe me it’s worth the trouble!

Once there you can hike into the rice fields and explore, visit some area museums, and my favorite part talk to the delightful native inhabitants in the Tam-An village or any other village within the terraces.  They are so friendly and for a fee, they will show you their ancestors bones and tell you about their age old burial customs; guide you thru the fields; dress you in traditional gear; and let you crawl around their huts (actually they don’t charge for that activity).

 

The fees are 100 PHP per activity that’s just a bit over $2.  It’s so worth it if only for the pictures!

If hiking up and down the slippery paths isn’t your cup of tea you can still enjoy the magnificent views at the viewpoint and chat with the elders.  They’re happy to tell you stories and answer any questions you might have.

 

For more about our trip to Banaue click here!

 

Palawan

The island province of Palawan consists of 1780 islands that stretch between the South China and Sulu Seas.  Its provincial capital is Puerto Princessa and his home to the best beaches and reef diving in the Philippines.  Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located there.

Puerto Princessa is arguably the cleanest city in the country where the citizens are invested in keeping their province not only clean but ecofriendly.

The local government and the citizens are deeply invested in preserving their region’s natural beauty and resources; they consistently act as good stewards of the land making sure that tourists don’t litter nor pillage the reefs and take home souvenirs of coral, shells, or fish.  A delight in a country where it seems anything can be had for a price, even if it leads to extinction.

There are many things to do in Palawan, but diving is a big part of the lure.  Since I’m not a diver my favorite activities are sightseeing and eating.  For this I head to the Subterranean Cave in Sabang and hire a local banca (boat) to take me island hopping.

The island hopping takes care of some of the eating too!

On Pandan Island which would be called an organized beach in Europe one finds shady huts and picnic tables and people who will sell you their daily catch of crab and rock lobsters!   They will cook it and deliver it to your table at lunch time along with steamed rice, dipping sauces, and bottles of San Miguel beer.  What more can you want?

For more on our trip to Palawan click here!

Taal Volcano Horseback Ride

Taal Volcano located about 2 1/2 hours by car from Manila is the worlds smallest active volcano yet is one of the deadliest.  It has had 33 major eruptions since 1572.

It also has the extraordinary distinction of being the world’s only volcano within a lake that’s with in a volcano that’s with in a lake that is within a volcano.  That’s a mouth full!

Most folks just drive out to the view points and have a look at the volcano.  It’s pretty amazing!

But for the adventurous or insane, I’m not entirely sure which group I belong to, a hike or horseback ride into the active volcano is a must. ( In my opinion it’s sort of like the road to Hana trip on Maui, you do it once and never again.)

Seriously going into the volcano itself is amazing.  You get to see the little island in the lake filled with sulphurous water.  I would stop at admiring the view and not look for ways to swim in that water, the way down looks quite daunting and the water not that inviting.  You’ll pass smoking fumaroles along the way a definite reminder that you’re wandering around an active volcano.

The tour doesn’t take that long but coupled with the boat ride to the volcano plan on about a 4 hour trip from when you board the boat to go there until you get back to the mainland dock.

I have to say this trip is not for the faint of heart, but for those who dare, with a bit of caution, like check the threat level before you head out, the trip is definitely unforgettable.

For more on our trip to Taal Volcano click here!

 

Pagsanjan Falls

Also known as Cavinti Falls or by it’s native name Magdapio Falls Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most famous water falls in the country.

Located at the boundary of Cavinti and Pagsanjan towns in the province of Laguna the falls and the surrounding area was proclaimed a national park in 1939.  It was here that director Francis Ford Coppola filmed the last scene of his Vietnam War epic movie Apocalypse Now.

There are actually 2 falls within this gorge.  Bankeros or boatmen paddle, push, pull, and sometimes carry tourists in boats thru the 14 rapids that lead up to the falls on the Magdapio River.  Once you reach the main falls you can board a raft for a behind the scenes look at the waterfall and explore the Devil’s Cave located behind the falls.  The raft ride is of course charged a separate fee.

Shooting the rapids is fun!

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Why Multigenerational Living is Good For Everyone

Why Multigenerational Living is Good For Everyone

Hawaii has the highest number of multigenerational households in America, with just shy of 40,000 homes accommodating three or more generations. Living with parents and grandparents may seem like a daunting prospect to many and perhaps not a very appealing one. However, just as exercising together across generations has huge benefits for our physical and emotional well being, there are several positive aspects to multigenerational living that are worth taking into consideration.

It can save you money

Studies show that multi-generational living reduces the cost of living, thanks to the different generations sharing daily household resources. The cost-effective nature of multigenerational living also means that families have the potential to live in an area that may not have been financially viable otherwise. Alternatively, you may find you can afford to live in a larger house. Just be sure to factor in the key financial aspects involved before committing to a new family home.

Living with other generations can strengthen family bonds

Arguably one of the most important benefits of multigenerational living is the close relationships that can be forged across generations. Research by the Oxford University has shown that grandparents play a pivotal role in children’s welfare, particularly when they are involved in their lives from early on. By living together, grandparents and grandchildren can have a mutually positive impact on each other’s lives: the former acting as role models and providing love and support, with the latter often providing grandparents with some purpose, stimulation and joy.

Improves the security of your home

Another important benefit of multigenerational living is the increased safety at home. Statistically, burglars are most likely to break into unoccupied homes. With multiple people living under the same roof, it is likely that someone will be in the majority of the time. As a result, your home is less likely to be burglarized. Incidentally, it can also be helpful to have a reasonably large resident dog, as these act as good deterrents to intruders.

Multigenerational living is multi-beneficial

While living with your parents and/or grandparents may not seem ideal at first, there are in fact many reasons to see it as a positive, even preferable, setup. The practical upshots are certainly worthwhile, from financial savings, home security and even babysitting. The potential for long-lasting, meaningful bonds to be made between different generations, however, is particularly powerful, and make multi-generational living something that people should not necessarily shy away from.

Experience Dubai with 5 Unique Activities

Experience Dubai with 5 Unique Activities

dubaiDubai is the 2nd. most populated emirate of the 7 emirates that make up the UAE.  It is probably the most “secular” and “westernized” emirate.  Although it’s still basically an “Islamic” city/state it doesn’t have very strict “sharia” practices like its neighboring emirates that require women to have their heads covered in public.

Dubai prides itself as having some of the most over the top buildings in the world, it is home to the Burj Khalifa currently the world’s tallest building.  It has built a world filled with luxury hotels, malls, theme parks, and entertainment venues.

dubaiA visit to Dubai is like a pilgrimage to luxury, fun, and entertainment.  Of course you must go see the Burj Khalifa and the Mall of Dubai, the world’s tallest building and one of the world’s largest malls filled with high end department stores and designer shops.  Indulge in cocktails at the iconic Burj al Arab hotel which bills itself as the world’s only 7 star luxury hotel.  And have some fun at Atlantis’s Aquapark.  But if you’re looking for something a bit more unique read on!

Here are 5 unique activities you can do for a memorable Dubai experience!

dubaiDune Bashing

Get out of town and into the desert for some daring dune bashing in the comfort of an air conditioned SUV.

You’ll be picked up at your hotel by a friendly driver who will drive you to the desert in the early morning or late afternoon where you’ll join a caravan of daredevils for a bit of fun on the desert dunes.

Desert Balloon Ride

Get a bird’s eye view of the desert during sunrise or sunset for an unforgettable experience.  You’ll see the shadows cast over the gently dunes and the changing colors of the skies.  Truly magnificent!

 

Ride a Camel

I know you can probably ride a camel at a Renaissance fair or zoo (maybe), but there’s something about riding one in the desert.  After all they are called ships of the desert!

 

 

Sand Surfing

Sand surfing in the desert is lots of fun, the only down side is you have to drag your board back up the sandy dune.

Best time to do this is late afternoon, just before sunset.  When the sand is not burning hot!

 

 

dubaiSki Dubai

Dubai is one of the few places in the world where you can ski indoors.  I’m pretty sure it’s the only indoor ski park in the middle of the desert.

You can’t leave Dubai without spending a day at Ski Dubai located in the Mall of the Emirates.  Even if you’re not a skier, which I’m not, you can enjoy some wintery rides in the park.  My favorite is the bobsled ride!

Ready to book your Dubai adventure?  Call Savvy Nana to help you plan!