• Hotels,  luxury travel,  Qatar,  Travel

    Finding (and Packing) the Perfect Carry On For Your Next Getaway

    For many, choosing your next vacation destination is the easy part. Finding your perfect carry on suitcase or luggage? And what to pack? Well, that’s as difficult as avoiding any social media/real life conversation about Game of Thrones. Your travel bags are a special kind of accessory – they stay with us through thick and thin, though flight delays and lost in transit moments, through big city streets and far flung destinations; vacations and staycations. With a couple of decades of traveling under my belt and many, many hits and misses, I now have my packing and carry-on routine down pat. My essentials are: Headphones – sometimes you just want…

  • Doha,  luxury travel,  Qatar,  Restaurant Reviews,  Restaurants,  Travel

    Doha Stopover Essentials – An Insider’s Guide

    Doha is now well and truly on the map for travelers around the world thanks to Qatar Airways’Ā expanding global route map and an innovative new stopover program. I am often asked by readers for tips and advice for visitors to Qatar, so by popular demand, I have compiled the “ultimate” Insider’s Guide to Doha. From visas through to hotels, what to buy and of course where to eat, its all here in one place. My only advice? Just come – you will love it. Visa Details: Travelers can now enjoy the new Transit Visa free of cost when you add a short transit or stopover between five and 96 hours…

  • Five Reasons Why...,  Ireland,  luxury travel,  Travel

    Five Reasons Why Galway Stole My Heart and Will Steal Yours Too

    It’s a very rare experience as a traveler and a travel blogger that you find a place that truly resonates with you. Digging deep into that blogger bag of superlatives is not really my thing, but Galway, well, it’s different. A university town, it’s also the European Capital of Culture in 2020, but its beautiful coastal location and charming and friendly people means it has a lot to offer visitors. A bit Bohemian, witty and with a lot of soul, Galway stole my heart and these are the reasons why it will also steal yours: The Streets This city is probably the most Instagrammable city in Ireland, let alone Europe.…

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    luxury travel,  Qatar,  Travel

    12 Travel Apps to Help Make Your Next Vacation a Little Easier

    Until recently I used to be a little old school when it came to traveling. I would tote around a plastic folder stuffed with print-outs of plane and hotel bookings, even reams of restaurant and tourist attractions. But you can teach old dogs new technology tricks. The biggest change for me was buying an iPhone and discovering the Apple Wallet – it was like a bolt from heaven! A place where I can store boarding passes, hotel loyalty cards and more? Sign me up! But the more I travel, the less I want to take with me. So along with my iPad, headphones, lip balm and travel insurance, several pairs…

  • Doha,  events,  luxury travel,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  Restaurants

    Four New Doha Dining Experiences to Try This Summer

    This Summer. It is LOOOONG. No seriously. Even with theĀ lush Turkish yoghurtĀ , the fully laden shelves atĀ Lulu QatarĀ Ā  and the ongoing sideshow that is the #QatarBlockadeĀ seems this summer has been more of a slog than most. But luckily for foodies there are some new and interesting dining concepts and experiences to keep us full and happy. It’s a competitive market for restaurants and hotels at the moment (THANKYOU our Saudi friends), and savvy diners are reaping the rewards. Ā Here is a look at four early contenders you should be giving a try this summer: Noodles and Ribs at Four Seasons Doha Many hotels and restaurants change up their offerings for…

  • Five Reasons Why...,  India,  luxury travel,  Travel

    Five Reasons Why You Need to Put Kerala on Your Travel Bucket List ASAP

    It’s no secret that I have a real affection forĀ India. But it took 16 trips to this amazing country for me to finally visit the state of Kerala. To the delight of many friends, I decided to change up my planned Eid travel schedule and spend it in Kerala. I based myself in Kochi for practical and personal reasons. The city (known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea) is central, boasts great hotels and is also the hometown of several good friends of mine. With more than 300 languages spoken and a religiously diverse population (Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Jain…), a rich food culture and history everywhere you…

  • Hotels,  luxury travel,  Travel

    Seven Hacks to Ensure You Have the Best Hotel Stay Possible

    I have to be honest, I am a five star gal. I love a good hotel and all the trimmings that come with it. And who doesn’t? But we all know the five star life comes with a five star price. And while I don’t mind paying for the experience, I also want to ensure I get value for money. With hotels facing competition from the likes ofĀ AirbnbĀ and similar, they are working harder than ever to get your business. I’ve compiled my seven best “hotel hacks” for getting the best price, a nice room and even some extra benefits for your next stay: Pay for Club Floor Access As an…

  • Bali,  Food,  luxury travel,  seafood,  Travel

    Five Reasons to Make Bali Your Next Holiday Destination

    Bali has long been on my travel radar, primarily because of its proximity to Australia. Mate, Bali is cheaper than many domestic holiday options for Aussies. But since moving to Doha, with Europe and South Asia on my door step, my travel-related attention has been elsewhere. This trip had been long-planned. When I say “planned”, I mean, AZ and I had blocked the time in our busy calendars and had a vague agreement about the destination. But then, as always seems to happen with us, eventsĀ intervened. After much consternation (I’m going, not going, going, not going), we decided (literally the day before I flew) this would be another solo trip…

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    Doha,  luxury travel,  Middle East,  Qatar,  Travel

    Up, Up and Away – The Best Places to Eat at Hamad International Airport

    There are two things certain. One of that a Kardashian will post a nude shot on Instagram. The other is that at some point in our lives, we will be forced to eat an overpriced, stale sandwich in a dingy airport somewhere in the world. I’m pleased to say, thatĀ Hamad International Airport, this trend is being bucked. (The Kardashians however, that’s a lost cause). Honestly, took me some time to warm to this behemoth of an airport. The old airport was just 1km from my home and I could even see the tail fins of the planes from my balcony. After a trip I could be off the plane, in…