4 Things To Look Forward To Ahead Of A Family Holiday In Summer 2021

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After being locked indoors for the best part of a year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the prospect of some sunshine and a beach holiday this summer has never been more appealing. If you’re looking to take your family away on vacation in 2021 when restrictions ease, then here are four exciting things to look forward to so that you can start feeling ready for your holiday! 

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  1. Meeting New People

When you finally get to go away, one of the best things about a foreign holiday is meeting new people from different countries and cultures. So, why not preserve those travel memories by keeping up with those that you’ve met while abroad on a family vacation? This could result in making life-time friendships or even result in a new pen pal. Sending cards, gifts or photos in the post is a great way to remain in touch. For example, sending flowers to Germany or any other European country couldn’t be easier online with so many websites offering the service at very attractive prices.

  1. Guaranteed Sunshine

We’ve had a bit of a bleak winter this year, with long cold spells and plenty of rain only dampening our moods further, so the prospect of a summer break bursting with guaranteed sunshine is exactly what’s in order! If you’ve been longing for a tan, then this is your chance to get on the sun beds and give yourself that gorgeous golden glow that you’ve been longing for. Just don’t forget your suncream – and make sure you apply plenty on the kids too! Giving them a cap and reminding them to drink plenty of water will help them to avoid heatstroke too. The last thing you want is a sick child on holiday!

  1. Discovering Somewhere New

Months of being locked away in our homes have made many of us sick of the sight of our own four walls. Therefore, a family vacation gives you all the chance to discover somewhere new and enjoy the feeling of being away from home for the first time in a long time. Travel is one of life’s most fulfilling experiences so don’t spend the fortnight sat by the pool – get out there and explore an entirely new country, city or culture to that of your own! Why not pick up a pocket travel guide before your trip so that you can get to grips with your vacation destination and really make the most of the holiday?

  1. Quality Time Together

While you and your family have probably spent a lot more time together than you would have previously over the past twelve months, a holiday abroad allows you to enjoy some quality family time that you’ve probably been lacking recently. There’s only so much enjoyment that can come from constantly working from home whilst also trying to look after your kids. A vacation rids of all of that and gives you some time away from the office, allowing you to enjoy quality family time together with your partner and children.

 

Dining in Dubai

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I have visited Dubai a few times and I am looking forward to visiting again at some point in the future when the restrictions have all been lifted. Dubai is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I love everything about the Dubai. It is a great travel destination for the family. There are many things to do with the kids as a family and as a couple as well. We always have a good time whenever we visit The UAE. When it comes to dining in Dubai, there are loads of options. We usually like trying out different types of restaurants, so we do Chinese, Italian, Japanese and the likes. It is always a great idea to try out international buffer restaurants so you have the opportunity to try out different cuisines in one go.

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Dining in Dubai

If you are planning to visit Dubai at some point like I am and want some information on great restaurants to dine in, you are in luck! Here are some great dining options in Dubai –

Marina Social

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If you love British Mediterranean cuisines in a lively and cosy restaurant, you would love to dine in Marina Social. You can enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner here. There are also vegan and vegetarian options which is so important for people like myself. The delicious menu is by the Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atheron. Some of the menu favourites are scallop ceviche, cucumber, apple, jalapeño, smoked almonds and sourdough pizzas.

Urban Lounge

The Urban Lounge at The intercontinental is another great restaurant to dine in Dubai. The international cuisines are mouth watering and there is pretty a dish for everyone. It is a late night dining restaurant so probably better for couples only. You can read more about this restaurant and other restaurants in Dubai on the Squaremeal website.

Pierchic

I love the sound of this multi-award-wining restaurant. The ambience is cool, calm and glamorous, which sounds very relaxing. Just the right sort of environment I need in a restaurant. It is a great for a luxurious brunch, lunch or dinner. The view from the restaurant is amazing with perfect blue sunny skies and the Jumeirah’s private pier.

La Serre

The glamorous La Serre restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Dubai. It is great for those after French delicacies. I love the fact that is open for all day dining, so breakfast, lunch and dinner is sorted with the La Serre. Also, this restaurant is very child friendly, which is a massive plus for families travelling with young children. Going out to eat with children can be tricky so it is always nice to know there are child friendly restaurants available to help parents feel welcomed. If you like the sound of a French inspired menu, you will love La Serre restaurant.

What do you think of these restaurants in Dubai? Have you dined in any of them before? Have you visited Dubai or do you plan on visiting in the future? Do sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a great week ahead.

7 Fun Ways to Preserve Your Travel Memories

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Whether you’ve spent a year globetrotting or enjoyed two weeks in the sun with your mates, you’ll want to do everything you can to preserve your memories and relive your holiday highlights. Instead of scrolling back through your pictures at random times, you can find far more innovative and exciting ways to remember your travels. For inspiration, take a look at these seven fun ways to preserve your travel memories:

  1. Create a Photo Wall

If you want to enhance your décor, photos from your travels are the perfect way to do it. With professional prints from a reputable company, like Pixa Prints, you can have your favourite pictures enhanced and optimised to make them look better than ever. Then, simply design a photo wall in a key area of your home. 

For an understated look, choose black and white prints for your photo wall. This will ensure your new feature catches the eye, without being too bold or conflicting with your colour scheme. Tie the look together with matching frames or create an arty feel by leaning your pictures against the wall instead of hanging them. 

  1. Make Videos

When you’re away from home, don’t rely solely on pictures to immortalise your experience. A video allows you to immerse yourself in the moment, even when you’re reliving it from home. You can even create your own video montage and add some music to create the perfect keepsake. 

If you’re going to record videos while you’re away, you might want to think about publishing your vlogs on popular sites, like YouTube. Travel vlogs are extremely popular and can be monetised relatively easily, so you could even fund your travels by recording your experience. What’s more – you’ll have a repository of all your favourite videos that you can re-watch at any time. 

  1. Use a Travel Map

If you love to travel, a world map is a great way to preserve your memories and choose your next destination. You can create your own by simply using drawing pins or push pins to mark off the countries you’ve visited, but there are other options available too. 

Many travel memories maps are created with a ‘scratch off’ design, so you can scratch off the countries you’ve been too and add memory stickers to remind you of your favourite moments. Over time, you’ll uncover more of the map and be enticed to travel to new and exciting locations. 

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  1. Start a Blog

Capturing your memories as you’re making them ensures you won’t forget a moment of your travels, which is why blogging throughout your trips is a fantastic way to make the most of your experiences. Whether you create a roundup of everything you’ve seen and done, or you get a little more personal and hone in on what travelling means to you, you won’t regret creating a written record of your adventures.

If you choose to, you can even make your blog public and share your travels with the world. This can be a great way for family and friends to stay up to date with your travels if you’re going on an extended vacation or an around-the-world trip. Additionally, you could build up your followers and monetise your blog if you want to create a side hustle while you’re travelling. 

  1. Recreate the Flavours and Aromas of Your Favourite Destination

If you’ve got the post-holiday blues and you’re wishing you were back in the sun, you can relive your travels by recreating the dishes and scents you experienced while you were away. Trying new foods and immersing yourself in a different culture is one of the best things about travelling, so be sure to keep experimenting once you get home. 

If you enjoyed Kadınbudu Köfte at a market in Istanbul, ossobuco at a quaint pizzeria in Rome or Tom Kha Gai on a beach in Thailand, scour the local shelves for authentic ingredients and make your own version at home. You may not have the same view, but the flavours and aromas will transport you right back to your favourite holiday moments and let you relive them all over again. 

  1. Collect Sand from Every Destination

If you want to take a souvenir home with you, collect a few grains of sand from your destination and store in a glass vial, bottle or even some jewellery. As you travel to new places, you can create new storage containers to collect sand or add them to the same vial to layer your travel memories atop one another. It’s far more meaningful than keyrings or pencils and it will save you some space too.

Just be sure that you’re permitted to collect sand from wherever you are and that you aren’t breaking any regulations by bringing it back with you. Taking some natural souvenirs, such as plants, from one country to another isn’t allowed, but a few grains of sand don’t usually cause any problems. 

  1. Send Yourself a Postcard

People don’t send as many postcards now that digital communication makes it easy to stay in touch with family and friends at home in real-time, but there’s nothing quite like receiving a postcard from a loved one. Now, you can capture your favourite travel memories as they happen and preserve them for your future self. 

Choose cards that capture the local scenery or major sights and jot down what you love about the place or the things you’ve done. Pop them in the post and you’ll have your very own mini travel journal waiting for you on your return. 

Make Travel Last a Lifetime

When you preserve your memories in the right way, a single trip can last a lifetime. From your first adventure with friends to romantic getaways with your partner or family holidays with your kids, travelling can enhance your life and allow you to see the world in a whole new way. By preserving your memories in fun and unique ways, you can be sure that you’ll always remember the best bits of your travels. 

 

 

 

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