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What Type Of Traveller Are You?

August 18, 2016

At the beginning we travel to lose ourselves, then after, to discover ourselves.

We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world and the beautiful people living upon. We travel for peace of mind, we travel to indulge and we travel for adventure.

What type of traveller are you?

Epic Adventurer

The epic adventurer loves exceptional activities and grand adventures. This type of traveller likes to live with polar bears for a month or climb Mount Everest. These experiences are usually one in a lifetime experiences which very few undergo

eric advent

Soft Adventurer

You don’t have to take big risks to enjoy an adventure. Soft adventurers prefer snorkeling, wind surfing and safaris. These all create memorable moments and are super fun.

SOFT ADVENT

Soul Seeking Traveller

Once in a while we all do a little soul seeking. Soul Seeking Travellers often head to the mountains of countries such as India, Peru or Portugal to realign their thoughts spiritually and through yoga, meditation and healthy food.

SOUL SEEKER TRAVELLER

Meaningful Traveller

We all could do more. Volunteering abroad is a great way to travel to a new place but also to get involved with helping the community with projects. Projects include building schools, aiding the sick and sustainable farming.

meaningful traveller

Foodie Traveller

Foodies let their taste buds lead the way and are willing to travel far and wide to taste new local delicacies such as Kuch Dadar from Indonesia or Virudhunagar Ennai Parotta in India.

FOODIE

Active Traveller

The active traveller doesn’t want to miss a beat. They will ensure that their day is full with hikes, bike trails and excursions. This traveller usually covers everything there is to do in their destination before moving on.

ACTIVE TRAVELLER

Beach Bum

Beach bums just want to chill back, relax and do nothing. They make sure that the majority of their day is spent at the beach relaxing

Adrenaline Junkie

Adrenaline junkies have a compulsive desire for excitement and adventure. They need to experience The Worlds Highest Freefall Jump in South Africa, or bike Bolivias death path.

Adrenaline Junkie

Cultural Traveller

Cultural travel is a type of travel that makes a point of experiencing life within a foreign culture, rather than from the outside as a temporary visitor. To better understand their surroundings this traveller goes on tours, visits amazing museums, gardens, arts, historic homes and dines authentically

cultural

Luxury Traveller

The luxury traveller seeks the world’s finest luxury hotels and travel experiences – exclusive destinations, resorts, spas and villas. Travelling in style, they opt for tailor-made holidays so they are sure to receive nothing but the best.

luxury

Off the beaten track Traveller

The off the beaten track travellers like to venture into isolated places such as Southern Kazakhstan or Maldonado, Uruguay.

off the beaten track

Lazy Traveller

The lazy traveller does not want to exert too much energy while abroad so they often avoid tourist traps and never stray too far.

LAZY TRAVELLER

Party Traveller

Party travellers just want to have a good time. Places like Cabo San Luca (Mexico), Ibiza(Spain) and Goa(India) receive thousands of party travellers throughout the year on their dancefloors

Wanderlust

Wanderlusts travel far away and to many different places. If they are not travelling they have a very strong irresistible impulse to travel and whenever they return home after a long trip, they immediately start planning the next one.

World Rounded Traveller

A WRT adopts an anything goes attitude. They are up for anything and combine all of the traveller types into one. They might wake up and indulge in cultural activities in the morning and go on an epic adventure in the afternoon then party all night long.

What type of traveller are you?
I am a WRT leaning more towards a cultural traveller

Blog Europe Travel

25 Best Lakes To Visit In Europe

August 17, 2016

Lakes hold a magical, tranquil and mystical aura. Here is a list of the top 25 best lakes to visit in Europe

Glendalough, Ireland

glendalough-lake-wicklow-ireland

Lake Bled, Slovenia

lake bled slovenia

Hallstattersee, Austria

Lake Annecy, France

Lake Geneva, France and Switzerland

Lake Garda, Italy

lakegarda-italy

Lake Como, Italy

lake como

Lake Wastwater, Lake District, England

lake wastwater

Sognefjord, Norway

Loch Duich, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland 00

Lakes of Killarney, Ireland

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Saimaa, Finland

lake saimaa

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Konigsee Lake, Germany

Kerid Crater Lake, Iceland

kreid crater

Lake Orta, Italy

Loch Awe, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Lake of Sainte-Croix, France

lake st croix

Lake Hévíz, Hungary

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia & Albania

Lake Constance, Switzerland, Austria & Germany

Lake-Constance-Germany

Lake Breinz, Switzerland

Jasna Lakes, Slovenia

lake jasna

Lake Massaciuccoli and Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy,

Blog Travel

Ultimate List of Best Travel Quotes. Page 1

August 16, 2016

There are over 150 travel quotes to keep you inspired, motivated and encouraged.

“A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse… and thinks of home.” – Carl Burns.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.” – Bumper sticker

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place….” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

“A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.” – Emile Ganest

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Pamela Goldoni

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

“Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.” –  Joe Abercrombie

“Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.” – Patrick Rothfuss

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Augustine of Hippo

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ― Anna Quindlen

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin,

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26 Travel Hacks

August 16, 2016
  1. 1. Roll your clothes instead of folding, this saves x3 more space
  2. 2. When you’re travelling by airplane always remember to put liquid in a separate plastic wrapper and make sure it is accessible as you may need to show it to security (saves time digging into your bag and holding up the que… I’ve been there)
  3. 3. If you have a lot of stuff and your unsure if your hand luggage meets the maximum weight, wear as much as possible in layers.
  4. 4. Photocopy and take photos of your important documents (passport) and email it to yourself just incase your documents get lost
  5. 5. Turn on airplane mode on your phone when you want to save battery
  6. 6. Put rolled socks inside your shoes to save space and to preserve your shoes’ shape
  7. 7. Call you bank before travelling so they don’t lock your account due to suspicious activity (happened to me, it is a total nightmare).
  8. 8. Take bank cards that don’t charge a foreign fee.
  9. 9. When exploring a new city, preload your destination(s) on google maps as it works offline when you are not connected to wifi
  10. 10. Use an empty Chapstick to save emergency cash discreetly
  11. 11. Keep your valuables and medical supplies in your carry on luggage in case your luggage gets lost
  12. 12. Use ATM’s to get local currency. They have often lesser exchange rates than airport currency exchanges
  13. 13. Bypass Wifi at airports by adding “?.jpg” to any URLS
  14. 14. Get a USB charging station with at least 4 charges, you’ll need it
  15. 15. When travelling internationally, different countries have different plug points. Use a universal adapter to fit your electric devices
  16. 16. Smartly dressed travellers get stopped more than, casually dressed travellers – use this tip to pass through security faster
  17. 17. Sitting next to the window will help you enjoy a turbulence free flight + you can enjoy the view
  18. 18. Request to mark you baggage as FRAGILE so they always end up on top of other bags while in transit
  19. 19. Musical instruments such as guitars, flute, violins are allowed on the plane
  20. 20. Carry your shoes in plastic bags. This helps keep the other items in your suitcase from getting dirty
  21. 21. When buying plane tickets here is an infographic that shows when is the right time to book airline tickets
  22. 22. Copy your all your bank details and email them to yourself in case you lose your bank card so you can still make online payments
  23. 23. Carry on a medicine bag and fit other things into it, the airline will allow you to carry it on additionally to your other bags as they don’t count it as a bag
  24. 24. Do not carry a wallet or purse with you. Instead use a credit card and money holder. It is less likely to get lost or be a target for theft. You can easily put these in your pocket or bag
  25. 25. Transfer beloved perfume, creams or oils into smaller containers to avoid getting them taken at airport security.
  26. 26. If you’re luggage gets ‘lost’ you can protest to the airport and they will give you a small allowance to buy clothes (it happened to me in Greece) until they find your luggage

 

Roll your clothes instead of folding, this saves x3 more space

This video shows you how to smartly roll your clothes instead of folding them to save space

When you’re travelling by airplane always remember to put liquid in a separate plastic wrapper and make sure it is accessible as you may need to show it to security (saves time digging into your bag and holding up the que… I’ve been  there)

Keep your liquids such as oils, creams, makeup etc.. in a separate plastic wrapper and make sure that it is accessible as you may need to show security. Don’t risk missing your flight or spending time holding up the line by digging out your bag.

liquids airport

If you have a lot of stuff and you’re unsure if your hand luggage meets the maximum weight, wear as much as possible in layers (and put them back once you’ve passed check in security)

Layers upon layers, upon layers. Once when I was travelling to China I wore nearly everything in my suitcase as I was certain that I’d gone over the maximum hand luggage weight. It is an uncomfortable trick but it is only temporary as you can restuff your bag once you have passed the airport security

wear layers at airport

Photocopy and take photos of your important documents (passport) and email it to yourself just incase your documents get lost

This is important. You must understand that things happen while you are travelling. Your important documents could get lost or stolen so it is important to have a copy as it will make it easier when you contact the embassy.

from reidsitaly.com

from reidsitaly.com

 

Turn on airplane mode on your phone when you want to save battery

airplane-mode

Put rolled socks inside your shoes to save space and to preserve your shoes’ shape

Don’t let the space on the inside of your shoes go to waste. 

rolled socks in shoes

Call you bank before travelling so they don’t lock your account due to suspicious activity (happened to me, it is a total nightmare).

locked-out

Take bank cards that don’t charge a foreign fee.

foreign exchange fee travelling

When exploring a new city, preload your destination(s) on google maps as it works offline when you are not connected to wifi

Google-Maps-offline-main

Use an empty Chapstick to save emergency cash discreetly

Keep your valuables and medical supplies in your carry on luggage in case your check in luggage gets lost

lost luggage travel

Use ATM’s to get local currency. They have often lesser exchange rates than airport currency exchanges

foreign bank notes

Bypass Wifi at airports by adding “?.jpg” to any URLS

Get a USB charging station with at least 4 charges, you’ll need it

I recommend RAV Power. I have one and it is top quality.

rav ppower travel adapter

 

When travelling internationally, different countries have different plug points. Use a universal adapter to fit your electric devices

universal travel adapter

Smartly dressed travellers get stopped more than, casually dressed travellers – use this tip to pass through security faster

bow tie

Sitting next to the window will help you enjoy a turbulence free flight + you can enjoy the view

window seat

Request to mark you baggage as FRAGILE so they always end up on top of other bags while in transit

fragile bag traveller

Musical instruments such as guitars, flute, violins are allowed on the plane

I am currently travelling with my guitar for company. It fits in the overhead storage perfectly.

airport guitar

Carry your shoes in plastic bags or shower caps. This helps keep the other items in your suitcase from getting dirty

Pack-a-Bag-or-Suitcase-Efficiently-Step-9

When buying plane tickets here is an infographic that shows when is the right time to book airline tickets

plane tickets best time to buy

Copy your all your bank details and email them to yourself in case you lose your bank card so you can still make online payments

from reidsitaly.com

from reidsitaly.com

Carry on a medicine bag and fit other things into it, the airline will allow you to carry it on additionally to your other bags as they don’t count it as a bag

medicine bag travel

Do not carry a wallet or purse with you. Instead use a card and money holder. It is easily stored and less likely to get lost or be a target for theft.

TRU VIRTU have a great one

money holder

Transfer beloved perfume, creams or oils into smaller containers to avoid getting them taken at airport security.

travel bottles

If you’re luggage gets ‘lost’ you can protest to the airport and they will give you a small allowance to buy clothes (it happened to me in Greece) until they find your luggage

lost luggage travel

Blog Travel

My Moving Trip To Luxor

August 10, 2016

In Luxor, the best hotel you can stay at is the Bob Marley Hotel which is situated 5 minutes from the train and bus station. I’d taken the train from Aswan which cost 90EG£ first class, to Luxor that afternoon and Amr (Bob Marley staff) picked me up at the station on his motorbike.
That day I was so lazy did the following three things:

  1. Eat falafel, beans and drank 2 beers
  2. Let a Chinese woman touch my hair, talk about how much she disliked Jordan and shared Cairo scam stories…
  3. Tossed and turned all night because it was too hot to sleep

    luxoreats

    Best Egyptian Street Food in Luxor. Falafel and Aubergine..!! YUM

The next morning I woke up with zero intention of doing anything but eating falafel and drinking water. On the corner by Bob Marley hotel is a man with a stall, hot oil and a large skillet who makes the best fresh falafel and aubergine in Luxor. 5EG£ later I was fed and happy. If you’re ever in Luxor, go eat there.

Back at the hotel, I decided that I didn’t feel immediately going to Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Ramesseum, Medinet Habu, Luxor Temple etc. So the invitation to go swimming in a private pool in West Bank from my fellow guests couldn’t have come at a better time. My group looked like this; a 21-year-old German women called Linn who met the latter just that morning too, a 40-year-old German women called Sarah, her 40-year-old Egyptian husband called Ali and their 12-year-old son Zane. Little did I know that this was to become my new family, to the people of Luxor, I was; Ali’s daughter from Dahab

The boat ride to West Bank across the River Nile was short and sweet. The hype about the Nile still is a wonder to me, I understand it is a special place.. but it is still a wonder to me.

The grass is greener on the other side

West Bank seems far away from the desperate street merchants, kids trying to sell you things and continuous offers for horse rides. Our private outdoor pool was occupied by a few foreigners including us who were lounging around, drinking, smoking, eating, chatting and swimming. I learned that Linn was volunteering in Egypt from Germany for 6 months and she had just arrived. She loved to travel and expose herself in new culture.

Additionally learned the heart-rending story of Sarah, Ali and Zane

Love, a threat to society

Sarah, Ali and Zane

Hiding from Ali in the chicken coup in a Bedouin village of Luxor, Sarah decided that she’d had enough. He wasn’t going to change and he didn’t deserve another chance, not now. Over and over again she would sacrifice herself for a person that never cared about her and she could barely see it at the time. But this time was different. The next day she fled Egypt for her home town in Germany, pregnant.

Sarah and Ali had made new lives for themselves, becoming productive young artists. As the boy grew up Sarah and Ali stayed in contact via Facebook, email and Skype. Together – through the years, they grew-up, settled their differences and tried over and over again to obtain a German visa for Ali but he was repeatedly refused. For Sarah it was important Zane knew his father beyond the computer screen. So finally when Zane was 12 Sarah decided he was old enough to meet Ali face to face.

Nervous and excited, Sarah and Zane had landed at Hurghada airport where Ali was waiting outside. This was to be the first time that Ali was to see his son in real life, the first time Zane was to see his father and the first time Sarah was to see the three of them united.

As they made their way out of the gates of border control and into the exit terminal of the Hurghada airport Ali was nowhere to be seen. Thinking fast, Sarah told Zane to wait with the luggage while she quickly scanned the airport in search of Ali. He was supposed to be there. They’d texted each other just minutes before. Where was he?

Sarah returned to Zane with no good news and decided they should leave. Walking outside, the doors of the airport slid open and there stood Ali, and his face lit up with joy but Sarah’s heart sank as she took in the situation. Ali was surrounded by four police men, a police van and he was in handcuffs.

Sarah knew it this would not be a typical happy family reunion. During her sweep of the airport she had a feeling that something was wrong so she sent a message to her contact in the German authorities to let them know that something was up.

The fight against Sarah and Ali involves a disobeyed directive from a higher authority and a brutal punishment as a result. Even before he was arrested, they known they had already been targeted.

When Sarah and Ali fell in love, they committed the ultimate offense against the government. Note that the Ali was caught at his happiest moment, the moment where they let down their guard and felt like an ordinary family. Both Sarah and Ali had been watched for years and could have been captured at any time. But not until their love was strong and son was present did the government intervene. Separating the couple diminishes their effectiveness: As individuals they can only fight half the battle, nor are they capable of success.

Tears found their way down Ali’s cheeks, and as the emotions brimmed over abruptly he started to cry. The heartless policemen allowed Ali only 10 minutes to see his son for the first time before they took him to jail. 12 years of longing, fighting, rejection and sadness were expressed in a ten minute embrace – he held onto Zane like it was his lifeline. At the same time Sarah was on the phone to lawyers, friends and important contacts.

It took 3 days for Ali to be let out of prison. During which, of course… he paid for every moment (literally speaking).

Immediately after Ali was released (thanks to the bullish whip-smart German/Egyptian lawyer) there was little time to relax. Sarah and Ali had to obtain, sign and send off their Egyptian marriage papers which would allow Ali a German visa. Together with more documents and papers this was a strenuous task, whatsmore is that it was expensive costing €6000 in total over the years.

Back in downtown Luxor

In the evening we returned to downtown Luxor from the pool and took a long walk around, everywhere. We stopped for anyone Ali knew, which was virtually everyone. Ali introduced his wife, his son and just to fuck with them he’d also introduce me as his daughter. It was our private joke and a greater joke for Ali. When Sarah fled Egypt pregnant he had been expelled from his family and his community looked down at him, so in a way, this was his way of avenging them. Egyptians love gossip so within the next few hours in Luxor we were famous. I, was the talk of the town! They’d already known about the foreign son, but a daughter too? Visiting all at once? And of course it made perfect sense! 24 years ago in while Ali was working in Dahab, he had dreadlocks. I have fauxlocks. I can pass for half Nubian… Zane looks like my little brother, we even got along like siblings. I am 24. It makes perfect sense. The evening was hilarious. As a consequence my new role as Ali’s daughter reaped huge unexpected benefits; I could walk the streets of Luxor alone and nobody would harass me or try to sell anything to me. The only downfall was that I was a target for arranged marriage proposals…

This story is told from my eyes. But it is far deeper, darker and more serious than this. I understood this story within a few days where I played my part so I only speak of what I know and understand.

Can you imagine what 12-year-old Zane was thinking all the while? A young boy with a brilliant independent mind whose parents are both artists and freedom fighters. He talks in conversations like an adult and has perfect mannerisms. Seeing and understanding why his father got arrested, negotiating with the chief of police and participating in political non-conformist conversation. He, my little brother, will be someone special one day. I can’t wait.

Now let’s imagine how Sarah felt. She’d been fighting for years to bring Ali over to Germany to co-parent. 12 years on, having spent €6000 on the battle she returns to Egypt in hope of reuniting a family only to receive another blow at what would be the first of the last hurdles. She’d already felt like giving up long before, but she remembers that she has a lot to fight for. It is a pure and valid fight. An unholy war, or perhaps its a holy war – we still do not understand why the government persist on attempting to separate this family. And she keeps persisting, fighting against a society that will do anything in their power to keep her and Ali from being together and their son.

Ali’s world is intricately complex. His world is very difficult to understand, and you never will, I never will. Every once in a while Ali was imprisoned for fighting the system as a political protester. Over and above he holds secrets which the government don’t want to be exposed to society. He has been tortured in prison for information as a political prisoner and tortured outside of prison as a free man. Every step he takes is being watched and scrutinised, every conversation he has is monitored. Why else would the police know the precise time to arrest him at the airport in front of his son?

Love takes risk and is worth fighting for, Sarah and Ali’s story indicates this clearly. It serves as an honour to play a role in this story. I loved being part of this family. We had a marvellous full day together, I didn’t mention the night-time River Nile tour we took on the way back to downtown Luxor, the four of us so happy, drinking tea, laughing and star-gazing for an hour along the River Nile. Watching Sarah and Ali in their lover’s conversation I realised that indeed, 12 years ago they broke up for a reason – but now, that reason no longer exists. This is a beautiful thing, love reunited. Together with Zane, they were one, three pieces of a perfect triangle. The last time I belonged to a family was when I was 8-years-old and even then it was always incomplete, my triangle was always broken with one or two pieces sometimes missing and astray.

Learning this story made me realise the extent of my privilege. I express and enjoy free love and can marry or have a civil partnership with anyone, anytime, anyhow. Privilege is a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage or favor. There is racial privilege, identity privilege, religious privilege, geographical privilege and the list goes on. I now acknowledged the extent of my privilege and I am aware that people move through the world in ways that I find impossible to comprehend. Nearly everyone, specifically in the developed world, has something someone else doesn’t, something someone else yearns for. In this case, freedom to love, freedom to build your family

I love love. I would like to use Sarah and Ali’s story to bring attention to social justice because, they, without certain privileges are disenfranchised and what the hoarding of privilege have done. The results are immoral.

Thank you, and good luck

Links:

My Crazy Trip To Cairo

My Trip To Aswan

Linns Blog