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Expat Panda’s 3 hidden & inexpensive gems in Dubai

Expat Panda’s 3 hidden & inexpensive gems in Dubai

When it comes to visiting Dubai- the United Arab Emirate’s most famous emirate- people generally visit the same expensive places to take the same repetitive photos and have the same customary experiences. While I am not insulting anyone who chooses to do those things, because […]

The Seychelles: Why the experience in an African paradise justifies the price!

The Seychelles: Why the experience in an African paradise justifies the price!

The Seychelles is paradise on earth.   I know that is a bold statement to make but its seriously true. I cried a little as my Air Seychelles plane touched down on this stunning island. Not because I was sad but because I was grateful; […]

Nepal: A truthful trip in the world’s least developed nation

Nepal: A truthful trip in the world’s least developed nation

People always rave about Nepal. I’ve met many people who say it’s their favourite destination in the entire world. People who return time after time and never tire of Nepal. Having heard all of these avid fans, I decided I too wanted to see what […]

Myanmar: What to skip and when to go

Myanmar: What to skip and when to go

I didn’t fall in love with Myanmar. In fact, there are more things I disliked about Myanmar than things I liked. My reaction took me by surprise- I’m used to loving a place, leaving my heart there and making return trips to collect it (I’m […]

Laos: Why should you go to this tiny country?

Laos: Why should you go to this tiny country?

I had never planned to go to Laos. In fact I had only heard about its existence very briefly when I traveled through Thailand in 2013 from a few backpackers who had just arrived from there. To be honest I didn’t even know how to […]

The “Quirks” of traveling to Iran: Everything you need to know

The “Quirks” of traveling to Iran: Everything you need to know

As a person with a passport from a third world country, I understand the many barriers to traveling. From expensive visa costs to mounds of paperwork to language barriers to currencies you can’t afford to exchange your money into… believe me I GET IT.   […]

Iran: Why you SHOULD travel to the place everyone warns you against!

Iran: Why you SHOULD travel to the place everyone warns you against!

The city was a vast, intricate, labyrinth of noisy, streets and alleys. You could hear the incessant foreign chatter of busy people everywhere you went. Impatient businessmen who had just finished work, mothers who were buying their children ice-cream after a long day at school, […]

Don’t let these misconceptions about traveling to India hold you back!

Don’t let these misconceptions about traveling to India hold you back!

With India being less than a 4 hour flight away from the UAE, it really should be one of the more popular destinations for people who want a quick getaway and change of scenery from the Middle East. Yet somehow… it isn’t. I recently spent […]

Traveling through Kenya: All your questions answered!

Traveling through Kenya: All your questions answered!

So many people I speak to are apprehensive about traveling through Africa. When people heard that I had traveled to Kenya (and made it back alive), I was inundated with questions. I get it; Africa seems like a scary continent of tribes, predators and civil […]

You visited the Great Pyramids of Giza while in transit?!

You visited the Great Pyramids of Giza while in transit?!

A while back I wrote a post about exploring a city while on a layover. The city I wrote about was Paris and I spoke at length about the efficient public transportation system and the ease of navigating through the city. In short, Paris- like […]