Tag: vacation

9 things you experience when you travel as a person of colour

9 things you experience when you travel as a person of colour

As everyone knows, your race, culture and nationality are all crucial factors that shape how you see the world and experience things. One of these things that people of colour experience differently is travelling. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the ability to travel…

Visiting Maldives: Panda’s Tips & Tricks

Visiting Maldives: Panda’s Tips & Tricks

I never had the Maldives on my list.   I honestly thought it was one of dreamy destinations beyond my reach. Like Tahiti. Or Bora Bora. (How does one even reach those places?) But seriously though, I just didn’t think I was ever going to…

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

  There is no right or wrong way to plan for a trip and each person has their own preferences on how they like to do things. But a lot of people have messaged me saying things like:   “Where do you start looking for…

Tunisia: A country of unbelievable contrasts

Tunisia: A country of unbelievable contrasts

A lost child wailed for his mother, a man frantically searched for his missing cat, shopkeepers screamed out offers on the top of their voices to attract customers and customers desperately tried to bargain for the best possible prices. The footpaths of the Sousse souk…

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…

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.  …

Dubai Versus Abu Dhabi part 2: Which UAE metropolis is the bestropolis?

Dubai Versus Abu Dhabi part 2: Which UAE metropolis is the bestropolis?

For those of you who don’t know- I have been competing in a local competition. Let me explain.   As a relatively new UAE resident, I have been participating in an ongoing (semi-serious) competition which would determine which was the best city- Abu Dhabi or Dubai?…

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…