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Dubai – My Favourite Travel Destination

Dubai is one of my favourite holiday destinations. We have visited Dubai 3 times now, and I am looking forward to planning our 4th trip. I think Dubai should be on every travel list. It is truly an amazing place to holiday. It is great for families with children as well as couples. We have visited the country as a couple and as family of 4, and we had lovely experiences on every trip.

 

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Here are some of the reasons why Dubai is my favourite travel destination-

 

Great for shopping

The fashion lovers would love Dubai because it is a great place to shop. There is a yearly stopping festival that would suit the shopping lovers. This year it is happening from 26th December to 28th December. It is a fantastic shopping festival with loads of activities. We were lucky enough to experience the shopping festival 2 years ago. It was a great experience; one I would never forget. The amazing fireworks were beautiful to watch. And the jaw dropping bargains were great for my travel money.

Destination2 specialise in long-haul travel, so do check the website out. You can click here for more information regarding how to book flights and hotels to Dubai if you plan on experience this amazing shopping festival.

 

A lot to see

There is so much to see in Dubai. From Jumeirah Beach, to the famous dessert, to Wild Wadi Water Parks, and the Gold Souk. There is somewhere to explore for everyone. You can’t be bored in Dubai regardless of how many times you have visited. There is always something new to see.

 

You get value for money

We get good value for money when we visit the Middle East. Some of the main tourist attraction can be a little pricey. But when it comes to things like taxis, food and drinks, and hotels, Dubai is reasonably cheap, unlike many other popular travel destinations.

 

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Amazing weather

The Dubai weather is so beautiful. The best time to visit Dubai is between December and March. The weather is nice and warm then, unlike other months in the year where it could be unbearably hot. We visited Dubai last July and it was fun but dead hot. Almost too hot to do anything. I won’t be doing that again.

Have you visited Dubai before? What do you think of the travel destination? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.

 

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14 Ways to Travel Luxury for Less

For some people having the words “travel” and “luxury” in one sentence can be a bit of a stretch. It’s not because it’s not possible. But most times, when you look at your budget it looks impossible to dream of having both travel and luxury at the same time.  I love travelling and I like to go for as much luxury as my bank balance would let me. You won’t catch me willingly going camping or glamping. I like the whole luxury hotel/travel destination. Waking up in a place like the french riviera mansions would be a dream come true.

 

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This dream may seem far fetched but it is possible. When there is a will, there is a way! There are specific tips that you can apply that will give you the opportunity to enjoy an awesome and luxurious vacation even on a shoe string budget. Here are 14 ways you can travel luxury for less.

 

  1. Opt for a vacation rental

For those who have never heard of  vacation rental service, it is the renting out of a furnished apartment, house, or professionally managed resort-condominium complex on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. This service is now very popular with tourists, especially in the US. It offers you the opportunity to enjoy luxury accommodation at a cheaper price, which is what every tourist needs.

 

  1. Try non-tourist locations

Areas flooded with tourists are expensive. We visited New York in April, and it was one of the most expensive trips ever. And we only stayed for 2 nights! If you can help it, avoiding popular holiday destinations is the best way to travel. Non-tourist spots give you the full experience of the place where you intend to spend your vacation. Since such locations are far away from the view of tourists, you get to save a lot from the trip too.

 

  1. Travel on the off-season

During the peak season, everything from flight, hotel and even food increase in price, while they go down during the off-season. Traveling during the off-peak season if you can is your best bet to enjoy your vacation for less. The kiddies are still in pre school so we still have the chance to go on holiday in the off-peak season without a care in the world.

 

  1. Take advantage of last-minute deals

Airlines, travel agents and some third-party websites usually have amazing deals that give you the opportunity to have a luxurious vacation. But take note: most of these deals require that you travel at short notice. If you are flexible enough to do this, I would say grab any opportunity you get. Travel is like food to the soul.

 

  1. Ask for an upgrade

This may sound cheeky, but if you want an upgrade, just ask. It’s surprising what you can get when you ask nicely. Did you know that if there’s a free seat in business class, you can have it if you ask? Just ask for a free upgrade – but make sure you look the part to double your chances of getting a YES!

 

  1. Have a vacation where your currency is worth more

This nifty trick can give you the opportunity to afford luxury options in your travel. When you travel to countries where your currency is worth more, their luxury options will cost you far less. Which is why I LOVE travelling to Dubai. I have been to the amazing country 3 times now and I am already counting down to my next trip!

 

  1. Use travel reward cards

Travel reward cards give you points for every purchase you make. These points can help you redeem towards the cost of some of your luxury expenses. This can help you save a lot on your trip, so make the most of the opportunity.

 

  1. Travel in a group

The costs of traveling by yourself can be more expensive compared to traveling with a group. When you travel with a group, the travel costs are spread and it is a lot more fun when you travel with family/friends.

 

 

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  1. Fly on Tuesdays

Tuesdays happen to be days with low demand. Consequently, airfares are cheaper. If you book your flights to and from your destination, you’ll save a lot of money. Travelling on Tuesday is the smart way to travel.

 

  1. Eat out at lunchtime

Now this is a tried and tested tip. Having lunch at an expensive restaurant is so much cheaper than eating dinner at the same restaurant. Lunch menus are usually a lot cheaper. So if you want to eat out and save some money, make sure it’s during lunchtime.

 

  1. Plan your flights

There’s a rule of thumb you have to keep in mind when you are planning your flights. Long haul flights must be for longer trips, while short haul flights must be for shorter trips. Short haul flights are cheaper and they come along with points too.

 

  1. Check out deals sites

Always browse through deals site before booking a trip. It makes sense to provide discounts on activities that will make your vacation even more special. You can enjoy discounts for meals at restaurants and even spa treatments.

 

  1. Enjoy a drink at the bar

If you want to have a drink and unwind, then skip the bar at the hotel. Bars at hotels are usually expensive, but you can enjoy a good drink at bars in the locality at a far cheaper price.

 

14. Plan your trip in advance 

My last and most important tip, is for you to plan your trip well in advance. That way you have the time to do your research and plan your whole itinerary.

 

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How to keep your home safe while on holiday

The holiday season would soon be here, so it makes sense to start thinking how to keep your hope while on holiday. A good number of break-ins happen when the property is empty. Which is why we have to take our home security very seriously.

 

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I am currently working on a campaign with www.dpp-law.com on tips on burglary and keeping our home safe while on vacation. Here are my 5 top home safety tips.

 

Check your home insurance

It is shocking to find that many people still do not have a home insurance. Before going on holiday, you need to make sure you have a valid home insurance to cover your needs. Also check to make sure the home insurance cover stays valid even when you are away on holiday.

 

Leave your house looking occupied

You should mow the lawn before you go away on holiday if you need to. Leave your curtains and blinds half-opened. Having a car in the driveway is a great idea if possible. Also, ensure you cancel any regular deliveries like the milk or newspapers.

 

Keep your valuables safe

If you have to keep anything of value in the house, like money or expensive jewellery, you need to keep them in a place no one would think of checking. Don’t leave valuables lying around and make sure anything you do leave cannot be seen from outside the house.

 

Don’t tell the world you are going on holiday

I tell only few selected people about my holidays before I go. Sharing actual dates of holidays and how long you will be away for is a no-no. This is the easiest way to invite burglars into your home while you are on holiday.

 

Try not to post pictures on social media from your holiday destination

Now I know this is a tough one for bloggers, especially travel bloggers. But it is important we don’t advertise the fact that our home is vacant and that is what posting holiday pictures while on holiday does. Social media platforms are like windows into our lives, so we have to be smart. If you must share holiday snaps on social media while on vacation, ensure your security game is tight and only a selected group of people can view your photos.

 

How do you keep your home safe while on holiday? Please share your tips in the comments section.

Have a great day.

 

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