We’re so excited! In May we’ll be boarding the Norwegian Epic and sailing through the Mediterranean. You might remember our first cruising adventure to the Caribbean. Since then I’ve gone on a cruise with my mom, and now MarocBaba and I will be taking the kids again. It’s safe to say everyone is very excited. I’ll be speaking in Catalunya, Spain this May during TBEX (a conference for travel bloggers) and afterwards the family is joining me in Barcelona, our embarkation point. As we considered cruises we put together this list of pointers for any family thinking of cruising.
When the Caribbean is calling, you should take heed and answer! Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos is a family-friendly destination with plenty to do for the young and young at heart. Last summer we stopped for the day as a part of a Caribbean cruise and it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! If your tropical vacation has you booking a flight to Providenciales for a day or a week, here are some things to do with children.
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Think you can’t come to Marrakech unless you’ve got the pocketbook of a sultan? Think again! Hostels aren’t as common in Morocco as they are in Europe and in years past they were dingy, dirty, and overall not somewhere you’d want to spend any length of time. With more and more travelers visiting thanks to plentiful flights on European low-cost carriers, there are more budget options available. Be forewarned because I live in Marrakech, I haven’t spent the night in any of these hostels but have heard about them from other travelers and through the word of mouth circuit.
Many people who visit Providenciales do so as a part of a cruise vacation or on a honeymoon. However, the Turks and Caicos are quickly becoming a favorite family destination for vacationers. While many resorts may appear to be higher priced than those found in the United States or Canada, the amenities and offerings are sure to please travelers of all ages.
Last week I shared some of my thoughts on where to eat in Dubai. It’s no secret this country is one of the top Islamic countries we’re itching to visit. Beyond the glamour and glitz there’s a zillion reasons why it makes a great destination for families.
Beautiful beaches, countless activities for children of all ages, luxurious Dubai hotels for all budget levels, not to mention an incredible variety of food for all tastes … what more could you ask for? Dubai is known for its opulence, but it’s also a great option for families who want a warm weather getaway.
You might think a conservatively religious country would be too restrictive for a proper vacation, but consider the benefits. You won’t find scantily clad women draped on billboards, or have to explain to your children what XXX means. Public intoxication is forbidden, and family-friendly environment is highly prized. For families who worry about this when traveling, Dubai helps ease concerns.
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Valentine’s Day is this weekend and it’s got me thinking about romantic ways to enjoy Marrakech. We meet lots of couples visiting for their honeymoon or a vacation away. Whether you’re living here, visiting for a weekend, or for a week there are countless ways to have a memorable experience in the red city. To help I’ve broken down my suggestions into three categories; romance on a budget, a romantic splurge, and luxury romance. Now no matter how much you’ve got in your pocket you have no excuse not to make Valentine’s Day, or any other visit truly special.
Romance on a Budget
After buying plane tickets, booking a riad, and other travel expenses you’re feeling pretty cramped. Maybe you’ve discovered Morocco isn’t quite as inexpensive as you thought. But, just because your pocket book is being pinched doesn’t mean you can’t treat your someone special to a romantic experience. Here’s how.
In October of last year we decided that we wanted to go somewhere for Christmas. I know what you’re thinking, it’s strange that a Muslim family would want to go somewhere to find Christmas. But, we really missed spending the holiday with my family. We missed the lights, the sights, the smells that make December so wonderful. We also really missed snowy nights and hot cocoa. With a little bit of thought we decided to make Germany our destination and thanks to direct flights on EasyJet we decided Berlin was the way to go. What we discovered was a great (and affordable!) European city with lots to do and see!
Want to visit Berlin with kids? Here are our 10 tips on what to do and see.
Right now a good friend of mine is in Dubai with her family. Being the good friend that I am and with her knowing how often I travel she asked for some suggestions where to eat. Unfortunately we haven’t been to Dubai yet, but I know many people who live there. I asked around a bit for some great suggestions. If you’re planning a Dubai vacation, here are some dining options to consider.
Some travelers prefer to experience a new city through food. One of the most popular Middle Eastern cities includes Dubai. This city in the United Arab Emirates is a must-see on anyone’s destination list. With some seriously amazing hotels in Dubai, a great climate, and plenty of global eats (thanks to a population that is largely expats) within a short distance, it is a foodie’s dream destination.
The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Cultural Understanding offers a breakfast every Wednesday morning. You will need to sign up in advance, but you’ll gain a great insight into traditional Emirati culture. Ask anything you would like to know, and enjoy an amazing spread of traditional breakfast foods.
For something a bit international, you can have your pick from Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Egyptian, or even a Mexican-style breakfast. Paratha, which is a pan-fried North Indian treat at Paratha King, sounds especially interesting. How can you go wrong when there are 101 different types of paratha from which to choose? Empanadas at Boteko Brasil and huevos rancheros at Bystro are two other destinations for South and Latin American flavors in Dubai.
Many of Dubai’s expats support the ultra-posh way of life, but they do not neccesarily have the funds to live that way themselves. One thing they have brought from their home countries is amazing food – at even more amazing prices. It might not be a huge surprise that many of these budget eats come from the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia. Heaping plates of curries and biryanis are plentiful for guests to enjoy. You can also easily find budget-priced pizzas, sushi, and other pan-Asian flavors. These restaurants range from chains to hole-in-the-wall eateries for local workers to enjoy. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and dig in.
One favorite way to experience local dining in Dubai is to go on at least one great food tour. Frying Pan Food Tours will take you on a three- to four-hour guided tour of the backstreets of Dubai to taste some seriously delicious eats. Themed tours provide something for everyone, with a small group size so that it doesn’t become overwhelming. This tour embodies the ethos of wanting to provide a truly authentic dining experience in a destination that can be completely overwhelming. You won’t be waltzing in the glitz and glamour, but you will be indulging in your foodie dreams.
Emirati Food Gems
When you just want to get down to business and taste real Emirati cuisine, the first place to go is to someone’s home. If you can’t score that invitation, then the next best thing is to visit one of the restaurants that serves Emirati cuisine. Foods like machbous and manshi along with plenty of other sheep-based dishes are all part of the national cuisine. Many hotels serve traditional Emirati dishes, two examples are the Mezlai at Emirates Palace and Al Hadheerah.
Have you been to Dubai? What are some of your favorite dining spots?
Along with helping out my friend I’m participating in the #HipmunkCityLove campaign. This post is part of the series.
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