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Our Visit To The IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai

 

Last Dec. 19 was my first visit to the IMG Worlds Dubai Theme Park. My husband has been there a couple of times with his friends except for me and our daughter.

I initially thought it was very far from our place of residence and surprisingly, it wasn’t. Location wise, it is okay because it is not in a remote location. It is situated in the City of Arabia just off the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.

IMG Worlds of Adventure is an indoor theme park which is open year-long. It is divided into zones just like any other theme parks out there.

 

Cartoon Network

This zone consists of several rides and attractions such as:

  • The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo Robot Rampage ride

This looks like a very cute ride for kids but it is perfect for taller kids and adults as it turns you 360 degrees as your carriage flies you through the air.

  • Adventure Time – The Ride of OOO with Finn and Jake

My favorite of all the rides we have tried maybe because I am biased because I love the Adventure Time cartoon show. 🙂 Kidding aside, this is a fun ride for all ages. it is a monorail ride that takes you to the different areas in the Adventure Time show if you are watching it. You will encounter the many characters of the shows as you pass tunnels around the Cartoon Network zone. It is not a very fast ride so even younger kids can ride this one but always check the height restriction before you proceed to fall in queue.

  • Ben 10 5D Hero Time

I watched Ben 10 with my daughter when she was younger but the Ben 10 in this simulator ride is now a younger adult version of Ben 10. Compared to the other sim rides I have taken in other theme parks, I find this attraction a bit “too much” for my senses; hence the 5D. The other rides where just 3D and 4D. This one tops the chart in terms of giving you a thrilling simulated ride. I think it’s an OK ride but maybe the sound can be reduced a little. I just found it to be too loud.

  • The Amazing Ride of Gumball

I am not familiar with this cartoon but the ride is like the Buzz Lightyear in Disney where you zap some characters and earn points while riding a moving car.

  • Lazy Town

There are several rides and attractions in this area. I didn’t venture here as much as I have in the other parts.

  • CN Live Shows

 

There are plenty of pressed coin souvenir crank machines all over the park. be sure to get one (or more)!

Marvel

My husband liked this zone a lot. I definitely understand why after visiting it. It has rides and attractions most Marvel fanatics will truly like and enjoy.

  • Avengers Battle of Ultron
  • The Hulk 3D

This is a 3D motion-seat attraction with a cinematic feel while you watch Hulk and The Avengers battle their foe.

  • Spiderman Doc Ock’s Revenge
  • Thor Thunder Spin

I didn’t ride this because I don’t think I’ll manage due to the spinning movements. I suggest, when you visit, ride this before having lunch or dinner. 🙂

  • Avengers Flight of the Quinjets

You have to eat here! I love how clean the food tastes, not too salty but savory enough to tickle your fancy palate.

Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure

  • Predator

The super loopy rollercoaster ride in this zone is epic! I didn’t ride it because I don’t think I have the guts to but I am pretty sure it is perfect for the thrill-seekers and adrenalin junkies out there who loves a ride that not only has several loops and twists and turns but has a 90 degrees drop. Yes, 90 degrees! No thanks!

  • The Velociraptor

What starts inside the park goes roaring and twirling outside! If this is your type of adrenalin rush, then this ride is for you.

  • Forbidden Territory

This is like a cart on tracks where you go through the Forbidden Territory to see the dinosaurs. It has height restrictions so be sure to check before you fall in queue with your smaller kids.

  • Dino Carousel

This is a good ride for the young, and young at heart. The carousel are made of cute dinosaurs instead of the common horses that you see in ordinary carousels.

  • Adventure Fortress

This is like your jungle-gym but not the typical one because it has towers, ladders to climb, tunnels to go through, and slides. Kids will enjoy this place with an adult supervision. So, if you have kids who have limitless energy, this is their place.

 

IMG Boulevard

Just like most theme parks I have visited in the past, the IMG Boulevard stands at the fore of the entire premise of IMG Worlds of Adventure. From there, you will find shops, coffee shops, and other food kiosks to satisfy your hunger.

  • The Haunted Hotel is also located here.

My husband said it is just okay for those who liked to be scared a bit but not scared-stiff. It is not a ride though. You walk through the hotel and encounter some scary characters in certain areas. Not my kind of attraction since I am a scaredy cat.

Maybe you can handle this type of attraction then experience it for yourself when you visit the park.

  • And the IMG Worlds of Adventure also has a 12-screen multiplex cinema within the premise for the movie fanatics and the entire family.

 

All zones have restaurants, food outlets, and shops where you can buy souvenirs and merchandize of your favorite characters, and heroes!

I like the place because it’s not really huge and there are plenty of places to sit and relax. Aside from that, if you’re not into some extreme rides and flashy/bright lights attractions like me, you can definitely go around the shops or just walk around, have some snacks or just do some nice photo-op against the colorful background.

This is a good place to visit all year long because it is air conditioned. There are plenty of restrooms to freshen up. There are also disability access all over to provide ease and comfort to our family and friends with disability or movement limitations.

Super clean and spacious restrooms are all over the park.

If you need strollers and wheelchairs, you can rent it from the park. They also have lockers if you need to store your hauls or what-nots.

No need to worry about parking space.

Parking area near the entrance of the park

ATMS are available too.

 

*Ticket price:

Park admission: AED245
Junior admission (under 1.2m in height): AED225
Children (under 1.05m in height): Free
Senior Citizens (over age of 60): AED150
Guests with Disabilities:
Above 1.2m in height: AED150
Under 1.2m in height: AED100

Annual Pass:

Park Annual Membership: AED365
Senior Annual Membership: AED270 (for guests 60 years and above)

Season Pass:
Park Season Membership: AED295
Senior Season Membership: AED200 (for guests 60 years and above)

Please check the website for more information before you purchase your ticket. They have a promo right now for the festive season but I am not sure until when it is valid. The price is 195 dirhams for UAE residents only.

 

*Park timings:

Opening hours during the festive season (Dec 21st 2017 to Jan 6th 2018):
Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Monday: 11am to 10pm
Tuesday: 11am to 10pm
Wednesday: 11am to 10pm
Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday: 11am to 11pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm

Opening hours on the other days:
Sunday: 11am to 9pm
Monday: 11am to 9pm
Tuesday: 11am to 9pm
Wednesday: 11am to 9pm
Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday: 11am to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 10pm

Opening hours are subject to change. Closing times indicate the times queues close.

*from the website http://www.imgworlds.com/en/planyourvisit/ticket-bookings/

 

Location:

It is located on E311 (Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road – near Arabian Ranches, next to Global Village), in the heart of Dubai. You can get there by private car, and public transportation. Please check their website for more information on how to get there.

 

So, if you have no plans for the New Year’s holiday or anytime soon, why not visit this park with the whole family for a fun, happy, and thrilling bonding experience.

 

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All opinions and photos are 100% mine. Please do not copy or use without my written permission.

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Things To Check Before Going On A Road Trip

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The Fall season is a good time to travel because of the beautiful foliage, the colorful sceneries, and the cool weather. It is a nice way to take a vacation, even if it just a weekender in a nearby county or a drive across a state to unwind. And in doing so, we need to also consider many things before we take the road trip.

Whether you are traveling nearby or taking a long road trip for your vacation or have been taking road trips regularly, it is still wise to check these things for your safety, security, and ensure your car’s road-worthiness to enjoy a fun time with your family or friends.

 

Schedule for a car check-up

Even if you are a pro in taking regular road trips near and far, it is imperative and smart to have your vehicle checked before the drive. Go to a reliable motor vehicle inspector and service unit to ensure everything in your car is in good condition, like the battery, tires, lights, and the brake is working properly.

 

Make it comfortable

Bringing small stuff toys and pillows for your kids can make a big difference in giving them comfort especially on a long drive. And as for the driver, a good back seat accessory to provide lumbar support is a perfect addition to keep you comfortable. And if you have toddlers traveling along, you may want to ensure they have proper car seats that is not only high-quality made but has met the highest standard in quality and safety.

 

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Bring your supplies

There is nothing wrong with being prepared. It is wise to carry first aid kit and some medications in case someone else falls ill and no immediate medical attention is at hand.  While it is understandable that a road trip will make people hungry, bring snacks like cut fruits, biscuits, and lots of water.

Also stock your vehicle with another kit that will be very useful in case emergency arises like a bag filled with spare batteries, flashlight, gloves, socks, blankets, and spare basic clothes.

 

Update your GPS

Make sure that your GPS system has been updated properly so you are on the right track. Set your GPS to pick up information on traffic congestions, road blocks/work/constructions, and even pit stops for those necessary potty breaks.

 

Insurance

It may just be a weekend getaway or maybe a longer one, no matter what the trip is and how long it will be, if you have the extra budget to cover yourself and family, do purchase an insurance coverage that will give you a piece of mind while on the road, and on your vacation.

 

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How to Handle a Travel Crisis Confidently

Life doesn’t take a break even if you go away on vacation. Many of us have experienced – or have yet to experience – the dread of being in a foreign country when something goes terribly wrong. It could be as simple as having all of your stuff stolen, as unsettling as falling ill in a strange country, or as traumatic as losing a loved one at home while you’re away.

 

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No matter what kind of crisis you’re going through, it’s important to have a backup plan and be prepared. Here is a list of the most common things that can go wrong on vacation, making it easier to stay calm and confident when you need it the most.

 

Lost luggage

Let’s start with the most innocent one – as well as the most common one. If you have experienced the long minutes of watching the luggage carousel slowly emptying out, anticipating your own bag any moment now – and then seeing that other red suitcase return for a fifth time, you start to realize that it’s not going to happen. It’s not coming.

While you might feel a bit lost and thoroughly disappointed with your airliner, the first thing you should do is get in touch with those waiting for you. It’s tempting to immediately join the queue of other tourists who have also lost their luggage but, depending on the country you’re in, the wait can be quite long.

Give them a quick call, fill in the form, and collect your bag in a few days. In the meantime, buy yourself some clean underwear and laugh it off.

 

Losing a loved one

It’s strange how we just get a feeling that something is wrong; that text from someone who would never contact you while you’re abroad, a quick phone call telling you to call your siblings immediately – it makes your heart stop for a second. This rather long but rewarding read tells the story of a traveler who lost his mom while vacationing, and how the simple act of keeping your chin up and staying positive can determine the rest of your stay.

In some cases, however, it’s not an alternative to keep your chin up – especially if the loss was completely unexpected. This is when a backup of savings can make it a lot easier to get back home quickly, a friendly loan from a family member or simply looking at payday installment loans to cover your sudden travel expenses.

It’s in times like these that you need something to fall back on – as well as support from your family at home.

 

Medical claims

While we all think we’re destined to stay healthy on holiday, the chances are actually quite high for needing medical attention when you’re abroad. Dehydration, strange bacterias, and the sheer exhaustion of being in a foreign country can be enough for your organism to need some attention from a doctor.

Make sure that you have a comprehensive travel insurance handy before you leave and include your travel companion on it as well – it will be reassuring for both of you.

 

Being mugged

That many tourists before you have been mugged should come as no surprise. It’s a reason for all the warnings and bids to keep your personal belongings close to you – and remember that thieves are sneaky. Luckily, the experience doesn’t have to be as dramatic as being held at gunpoint; they’ll steal your phone without you even realizing that it’s gone, so befriend your fanny pack and leave your most valuable possessions in a safe.

You’re more likely to be mugged in a crowded place and near tourists attractions, so be extra vigilant when you’re out and about. They like to target people who are distracted – by a street entertainer, for example, and you’d be wise to stay alert and keep your eyes open. Your friend will undoubtedly be grateful for your shout when you see someone with their hands down their purse.

You can usually claim your things back through your travel insurance, though, so there’s no reason for despair. Prepare yourself for a few hours at the police station, fill out whatever form they want you to fill out, and be more careful next time.

 

Life can be inconsiderate and ruthless, no matter how prepared you are for fun and relaxation. Treat yourself to a positive attitude, assess your options, and consider whether getting yourself on a plane back home is the best thing to do. In either case, you’ll be able to make an experience out of it.

 

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What To See Around The Pest Side of Budapest

 

It’s been several months since I visited Budapest in Hungary but the beauty of that place still lingers in my mind like it was just yesterday.  I have expected most of Europe to be similar in terms of architecture and design but somehow, I have been taken by Budapest’s beauty.

I have seen various old towns and cities of other European countries. Their beauty varies from one another. Budapest in Hungary is like a gem tucked in the Central part of Europe. Budapest has been cited as one of the beautiful cities in the world and a top travel destination by a famous travel magazine.

Budapest is the combination of 2 cities, the Buda and Pest side. These 2 are separated by several bridges and one of that is the famous Chain Bridge.

If you are visiting Budapest anytime soon, take note of these places when you are in the Pest side.

 

Andrassy Avenue

The Andrassy Avenue is touted as the Champs Elysees of Budapest. Museums, theaters and opera house line up along this grand Avenue. You can also visit the House of Terror which shows the horrors of what Hungary had experienced during the 20th century.

 

Danube Promenade / Danube Bank

The Danube river bank serves as the promenade of many locals and tourists alike. Here, you can find the Memorial of the Shoes. These shoes are bronze replicas of the Jews who were executed by the Arrow Crosses. They were made to remove their shoes by the bank before they were shot, and their bodies fell and drifted along the River Danube. It is a very poignant memorial to honor those who have perished during the ugly face of World War II.

 

Vaci Utca

This is a famous shopping area in Budapest. It is lined with shops and eateries with beautiful, ornate facade. You can stroll here and enjoy the atmosphere or just sit back in one of the coffee shops and people watch.

 

Hungarian National Parliament

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Nestled in front of the Danube River, the Hungarian National Parliament is a prominent Neo-Gothic architectural structure in the Pest side of Budapest. It is easy to see this place from various trams plying through the area. Tourists can easily walk to the building from the Chain Bridge and traverse the lovely cobble stone street of Pest.

 

St. Stephen’s Basilica

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I was very lucky to have stayed near the Istvan Basilica (St. Stephen’s Basilica) during my vacation in Budapest, Hungary last year. The view from my room was the dome of this beautiful Basilica. Regular mass is still being held in the Basilica. You can also tour the inside of the Basilica for free but take note of the timing as it is not open throughout the day. You can also climb up in the bell tower for a fee for a breath-taking view of Budapest.

The basilica is the largest in the city and can hold around 8,000 plus people. It also houses the relic of St. Stephen’s right hand which is also open for the public to view.

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Széchenyi Baths

This is a huge bath complex in the whole of Europe.  It is relatively cheap to enjoy a good bath in this huge complex that is open until night time.

 

Great Market Hall

This place is located at the end of Szabadsag Bridge. It is also known as the Central Market Hall. It has 3 levels. The market sells a wide variety of goods from the famous paprika spice of Hungary, to the many tasty sausages and salamis, local produce, and other dry goods such as Hungarian embroidery and fabrics, and other arts and crafts. You can also grab some ready to eat food here or sample their local cuisine in the food stalls inside the market.

 

The Chain Bridge

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The famous beautiful bridge that spans between the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest across the Danube River is called The Chain Bridge. I managed to cross the bridge on foot to reach the Buda side and the view is spectacular! I highly recommend this to visitors in Budapest. There is a pathway on each side of the bridge for pedestrians and bicycle access as well. And once you reach the middle part, take a good look of the beautiful scene in front of you. You get to see Buda and Pest!

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The Great Synagogue

This Synagogue is the largest built in the entire of Europe around 1854-1859 in a Moorish style architecture. Next to it is the Jewish Museum which features their tradition, culture, costumes, and history.

 

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle is located inside the city park near the Széchenyi Baths. It was built during 1896 for the Millennial Exhibition in Hungary, and it also houses the Museum of Agriculture.

 

Let me share this brief video I have taken from the Buda Hill and it shows the marvelous vista of Pest.

Panoramic view of Pest from the Buda Hill

 

There are more to see in the Pest side of Budapest that I haven’t included here. If you have been to Budapest, you can share more places of interest by leaving a comment in this post.

I hope you will consider these places of interest when you plan your vacation to Budapest.

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Southern Texas Hidden Beauty Spots

Texas conjures up many stereotypical images such as cowboys and cattle ranches.  Texas has some truly hidden beauty spots across the state. When thinking of Texas you don’t think of sandy beaches, however, the south of Texas have warm temperatures allowing plenty of outdoor activity opportunities. The best way to travel along the southern coast is region to region spotting the natural beauty of Texas. South Texas lies roughly south of San Antonio and to the east of the Gulf Of Mexico.

With it’s gorgeous in climate weather and beautiful beaches.South Padre Island is a major beauty spot of Southern Texas, the unspoiled beaches at Isla Blanca Park are a mile long and a rarity on the island. The sands are crisp white and the waters are pure blue something that looks featured in a holiday brochure.  If you’re a big camper the preserve is best to pitch a tent for the night.

 

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Rio Grande Valley region is idealistic for outdoor enthusiasts. Falcon Lake is classed as one of the best lakes in the country. Fishing is a hot spot around the lake, the guarantee of a catch is imminent with catfish and bass inhabiting the lake.

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Big Bend National Park is a must see, just over 800 thousand acres one of the biggest parks in the US. For a quieter serene trail explore the winding valley. This wonderful trail separates the US and Mexico. Surrounded by rivers and 1,000ft cliffs. The water can be 2ft deep in shallow waters able to paddle.

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Get the most out of your trip,is important, highlighting why it’s best to prioritize the must sees of any trip and to make the most. Planning on where to go and figuring out if you wish to go region to region or stay in one particular place. Research what  type of trip you wish to take be it natural or full on with outdoor activities,

Finding the perfect place to rest on your travels is easy, Fiesta Inn Hotel in McAllen,Texas offer up plenty of things to see and do in the local area for you to explore and discover. Located nearby is plenty of culture and history. This part of your trip visits the International Museum Of Art and Science a large collection of Mexican arts and crafts in the country.

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San Antonio is a natural hot spot, perfect for nature lovers. Full of unspoiled natural beauty the attraction is popular for the Spanish colonial building which is full of history too. The area is gorgeous and built up of four areas; Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada. At the end of this gorgeous wonder is the San Antonio National Historical Park.

One of the most popular outdoor activities for visiting tourists is Birding. The warm weather has brought in a vast amount of species other the recent years. Birding facilities have now opened up plenty of centers to educate visitors on the species.Rio Grande Valley has the world birding center which homes wildlife refuges as well as nature trails.

When visiting Southern Texas enjoy the warm weather when exploring and making new memories. A host of exciting adventures awaits whether it’s exploring new activities to try or relaxing on a beach break. Southern Texas is a must see for travelers.

 

 

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A Gaijin Friendly Guide to Tokyo

Tokyo is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. It’s the city of bullet trains, skyscrapers, fashion, street food and fun, where the traditional meets the contemporary and the bizarre meets the brilliant.

 

It’s also notoriously difficult to navigate for tourists.

While in many ways it’s a city at the bleeding edge of business, technology and couture there’s an almost impenetrable sense of etiquette and complex tradition that can bamboozle most gaijin (foreigners). In this kind of culture it’s important to know the right way to behave and the most tourist-friendly places to visit to help you get the most out of your visit without falling afoul of the difficulties some tourists tend to encounter.

 

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Cheap flights to Tokyo are getting easier to come by, so a Japanese holiday may well be more affordable and accessible than you’d previously thought. Before you start packing, though, here are some useful tips for a gaijin in Tokyo.

  • A little Japanese goes a long way. Most Japanese people haven’t spoken English since their schooldays. Showing some willingness to attempt their language will be very ingratiating.
  • Remember that ‘gaijin’ is not an insult, it’s a far more nuanced version of the English ‘foreigner’. If someone refers to you this way, smile and be polite. Chances are they’re not trying to offend you.
  • Learn the local etiquette. There’s WAY too much to learn here but always removing your shoes before going indoors, purifying yourself on the way to a shrine, never blowing your nose in public, never pointing with chopsticks and never ever tipping your waiter (it’s considered an insult) are a good place to start.

 

A note for vegetarians and vegans

It’s surprisingly hard to subsist on a plant-based diet in Tokyo. While you’ll find plenty of items on your menu that seem perfectly safe but beware of dashi, a fish stock that finds its way into most soups and sauces. Vegetarianism and veganism are unusual concepts to many asian cultures so be sure to explicitly mention that you don’t eat meat of fish including dashi.

 

Essential locations

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There’s so much to see and do in Tokyo it’s difficult to know where to begin. Shinjuku is no doubt at the top of your list and the thriving skyscraper lined district really is spectacular to behold with its ultra-chic department stores and legendary nightlife but this district really is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

You should also make these essential stops on your itinerary. All of them encounter tourists on a regular basis so will likely be friendly and welcoming (so long as you observe the customs and etiquette).

  • The Imperial Palace– A must for anyone with an interest in Japanese history. The walled palace is surrounded by walls and moats and is lined with beautiful 17th century parks.
  • Senso-ji Temple– The city’s most famous temple is thronged by shops selling traditional handmade carvings, masks and kimonos. Built in 645 AD its appearance has remained unchanged despite it having been rebuilt numerous times. While the pagoda itself is currently closed for renovations it reopens to tourists in September 2017.
  • Ueno Park– The quintessential Japanese park, Ueno is a gorgeous oasis in the bustling centre of Tokyo. The cherry blossom lined gravel paths lead to a huge range of attractions including the reed fringed Shinobazu pond with its Bentendo temple, 17th century Toshogu Shrine and the Tokyo National Museum.

 

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How to Make the Most Out of Travelling

Travelling the world is a wonderful experience. Getting to see and be a part of new ways of living, different tastes, different smells and different rules is life changing. Whether you’re going on holiday to somewhere new every year or you’re constantly travelling from one place to the next, you’re sure to return home inspired. It’s important to make the most out of your travels, so here are some tips on how to travel like a pro!

 

Don’t Panic

No matter how perfectly you plan your travels, there will be times when things go wrong. You may miss your transport to your hotel or get sick and have to visit the local hospital. Being in a strange country and feeling like you’re out of your depth can be daunting, but panicking won’t change anything. You can almost guarantee that wherever you are in the world, there will be people willing to help you when you’ve lost your way.

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Wake-up Early

The early bird catches the worm, as they say. Don’t spend your time ‘travelling’ catching up on your sleep. Get out of bed (even if you have to do it yawning), grab a cup of coffee and go. You can see the world for what it really is at sunrise, and it’s a great time to get to main attractions without having to fight your way through a crowd of tourists. You can see things through new eyes as the sun rises.


Get Saving

Travelling can be expensive and money is king whichever country you visit. You’ll usually always find that you need more money than you first assume. You’ll need to feed yourself, clothe yourself when necessary, buy tickets for main attractions and of course, you’ll need a place to stay, like the Z Loft extended stay hotel. It’s wise to put a little extra money in a hotel safe or somewhere in your room out of sight. That way, if you lose your wallet while you’re out and about, you have a back-up in place.


Meet the Locals

Luckily, English is a global language, so there aren’t many places you can go where people won’t be able to understand you. There’s only so much you can learn from popular tourist routes and attractions. To get a real vibe for the country you’re in, you need to get chatting to the locals. They’ll be able to recommend authentic restaurants, sights that are off the beaten track and you may have a few laughs at attempting to speak their language.

 

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A Scarf is Your Best Friend

A simple scarf is one of the most versatile accessories you can carry with you. It can keep you warm in the cold, keep you cool in the heat and protect you from smog or emissions. You can also use a scarf to protect your eyes from the sun when you’re taking a nap outside and it comes in handy as a carrier when you need to carry multiple items. In fact, the list of uses for a scarf is endless.

 

 

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