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United Arab EmiGREAT: 5 Reasons To Visit Dubai

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If you are thinking of jetting off for some winter sun in the next couple of months, you might want to consider heading to the United Arab Emirates. More specifically, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Dubai. It’s known as being a destination where all the rich and famous go to shop till they drop and relax on deluxe yachts. You don’t need a huge pot of savings to be able to afford Dubai, though. In fact, over the past few years more and more budget travel options have opened up in the city. If you need any more reasons to book a trip there, here are some excellent ones to consider.

Fab For Foodies

You may not realize it, but Dubai is a fantastic destination for food lovers. The city is home to around 200 different nationalities, and each of these nationalities has brought its home cuisine with it. So, no matter what you fancy eating, you will certainly be able to find it in one of Dubai’s many restaurants. And the chances are that it will be up to a very high standard.

Beautiful Beaches

Thanks to Dubai’s wonderful weather, it is also a hotspot for people who want to spend time relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun’s rays. Even if sunning yourself isn’t your thing, it’s still worth hitting the beaches as they are full of action. People gather to do water-sports, enjoy picnics together, and play beach games.

 

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Hey! My dear readers and subscribers I hope you’ve noticed my Instagram account too. As you know, I opened it this February. I didn’t do it earlier because I have a crappy phone camera and I almost never take any photos with it on my trips. Instead I rely on my trusty old digital camera (actually I do need a new one too!). 🙂 So, what can you see on my Instagram account? Unfortunately just a few photos from my past travels but ….You can see a lot of photos from Croatia 🙂 And a few photos of my cat, cakes, baby stuff (I’m due very soon). So if that sounds interesting to you, do follow me! Thanks!

Also, don’t forget about my other social media accounts like Facebook, TwitterGoogle+ . You can read my posts on Bloglovin’ too!

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Tanja

Monthly Blog Overview: September 2017

a castle in Ogulin, Croatia that we visited on our babymoon weekend trip

September. It was hard not to notice the weather lately. Natural disasters happening all over the world and heatwaves and wild fires during summer in Croatia and then as soon as September began lots of rain and floods. And then there are still some people who don’t believe in climate changes due to pollution! On a brighter note, I’ve been attending prenatal classes and getting ready for the big day! I’m due very soon!:) Thanks for all your good wishes after I published my pregnancy post!

How did you spend September? What are your news? Let me know in the comments section below 🙂

Published posts in September

 10 photos to inspire you to visit Croatia

Guest Post: Bay Area, California

Monthly blog overview: August 2017

Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit New Zealand

Ultimate Mini Guide: 24 Hours In Bangkok

Pregnancy update: Overview & Final countdown

What To See And Do While In France 

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What To See And Do While In France

Paris as seen from the Eiffel tower

If you’re planning a trip around France, there are a lot of things that will tickle your taste buds and manipulate your mind. The country is known for its incredible amount of history, art, and architecture, as well as its Michelin star restaurants and of course – the wine. But if you don’t know where the best-hidden gems are, here’s a list of what you need to look out for while you’re away.

Paris

Probably one of the most famous capitals in the world, Paris is an iconic place to visit if you know you’re going to be in France. It’s known for being the city of love, romance and of course, fashion. You can go and stand right in front of the oh so famous Eiffel Tower, or if you’re brave enough, take a ride all the way to the top so you can capture that perfect selfie. Then cycle along the Seine – or better yet, cruise down it on a bateau to get the whole experience. You can finish off your afternoon by having an espresso at the many different cafes on the strip and people watch until you get hungry.

Paris, France

 Lyon

This is a city in France, about five hours away from Paris, and is, in fact, the biggest in Rhone-Alpes. Lyon is famous for its historical landmarks that were created hundreds of years ago and still stand strong to this day. It was known on the lips of the workers as being one of the most productive cities for weaving silk, which was a rather big deal back in the day, and now the attention has been put onto their reputation for gastronomy in France.

 

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Pregnancy update: Overview & Final countdown

9 months…wow…such a long time, right?

The first few months seemed to have lasted an eternity but then suddenly time didn’t stand still anymore and here I am expecting my baby boy any time now 🙂  Well, in a few weeks. I’ve been blessed with an easy pregnancy so far or maybe I just have a no-nonsense attitude towards it. I’m hoping for an equally easy and fast delivery though.

So what to expect when you’re expecting? I’ll share with you my story 🙂

The worst part was the waiting bit. The wait for that first ultrasound which proved that I’m pregnant and that the baby is doing okay. I had morning sickness all day long during the first trimester. But I didn’t vomit. I just felt sick. However, I could eat and when I ate I felt better so I ate. A lot. And gained a few kilograms in a period when you’re not ˝supposed˝ to gain weight. Other changes included dry skin and bleeding when brushing the teeth. All normal occurrences during the first trimester (bleeding when brushing your teeth comes back in the last trimester). There were occasional bouts of exhaustion and sleepiness and emotional insecurities. At one point I felt very trapped and worried about my future career prospects especially since I had to cancel some freelance work and decided not to look for a new job whilst I’m pregnant. On top of that we decided to cancel our travel plans too so at one point I literally cried my eyes out when my husband went on a short trip and I stayed at home. I also did a course in that period and successfully passed all the exams. I got my tourist guide licence! But then again, it was just another thing I couldn’t pursue at the moment. However, this pregnancy didn’t come easy to us so we decided that I need to focus on the baby.

The second trimester started with heartburn. I liked those less than the morning sickness because I didn’t feel better when I ate. I felt worse. But I just had to endure it and in the retrospect it didn’t last that long. I was happy to see that I started to show. I no longer looked like I ate too much chocolate. I looked pregnant. There was my baby bump getting more visible by each day. I got first leg cramps in that period too. And first swelling of my feet. That’s not a nice sight to behold. There was also mysterious throbbing pelvic pain which sometimes felt unbearable (perhaps the stretching of ligaments, I didn’t have any urinal infection). But that passed too. My boobs got bigger pretty early on actually and they even started to leak. Already, I know. And my belly button? It changed too. The good change was that my hair looked fuller. During pregnancy your hair falls out less so you have fuller hair but then after the delivery your hair falls out a lot. But you won’t get bald!

I spent a day in Trieste with my best friend and that was actually the only trip abroad I took this year! Yeah, very exciting for a travel blogger! Especially when I see so many other pregnant travel bloggers still travelling a lot during their pregnancy. Then we found out that I’m expecting a baby boy! So happy! We decorated the baby’s room and I started to do some baby shopping back in June. And I felt first baby’s kicks! Very gentle at the beginning and then more forceful.

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Ultimate Mini Guide: 24 Hours In Bangkok

The crowded, bustling city of Bangkok is rarely described as beautiful or scenic, but what it lacks in aesthetics it certainly makes up for in atmosphere, buzz, and thrills. The city is forever moving, with crowds of people adorning every street corner, every bar, and every shop. The hot and stifling nature of the city can be overwhelming at times, which is probably why people spend little more than a couple of days in the city at any one time. Maneuvering around the city, seeing the sights and experiencing the humidity is an experience in itself and will be one that stays with you for many years to come. Take a look at some of the things you might want to do if you find yourself with 24 hours to kill in this eclectic city.

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Grab a Patongo

Nearly every jaunt into the world of Thailand travel begins in Bangkok before you move onto the serene beaches of Koh Samui or the cultural wonders of Wat Rong Khun. Fuel the start of your day in Bangkok with a patongo, a Thai sweet treat to give your body a sugar kick ready for the day ahead. Ensure you’re stocked up on plenty of fluids and head out onto the streets with your trusty itinerary. There’s no excuse not to be prepared.

Head To The Flower Market

To fully immerse yourself in the culture of any city you have to make an effort to travel to a market. The Pak Klong Chalat market sees stallholders opening up before the crack of dawn to await the fresh shipments of exotic flowers of all colors, shapes, and sizes arriving from all over Thailand. You could embark on a mini two-hour tour of the market, learning about its history as you allow the intoxicating aromas of sweet smelling jasmine and roses to invade your senses.

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Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit New Zealand

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am from New Zealand. My travel philosophy is to go somewhere new every year – whether it’s a new country, city or even suburb in the city I live in. You can check out my blog at https://kiwiontheloose.com/ or find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kiwiontheloose/) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kiwiontheloose_/)

 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit New Zealand

1. The scenery

Let’s face it New Zealand is gorgeous. Seaside towns neighbouring a colourful patchwork of plains leading up to snow-capped mountains, and that’s just on the South Island! New Zealand is known throughout the world has having an abundance of natural beauty and even some of its cities can hold their own – Wellington anyone? Whenever I see New Zealand featured in films or TV shows (think Lord of the Rings), I get a real buzz knowing that is my country being showcased and feel excited that other people are seeing what my country has to offer.

Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura
  1. There’s loads of stuff to do

Want to surf in the morning and climb a mountain in the afternoon, no problem.

New Zealand has so many activities that I couldn’t possibly list them all here. No matter what you want to do, New Zealand has it. Want adrenaline based adventure? Then Queenstown is your place. Want to experience some of the best wine in the world? There are not many regions in the country that don’t produce wine – such as Wairarapa in the North Island, Marlborough at the top of the South Island or Canterbury. Want some cosmopolitan city life? Give Auckland’s Viaduct area a try. Or maybe you just want to relax and leave the stress of life behind, then Hamner Springs is the place for you.

There is so much to do in New Zealand that you need to take your time to fit everything in. People often ask me how long they should spend in New Zealand and I usually respond that at least two weeks on each island will give you just a taste of what the country has to offer.

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