>>> When first time in Mallorca good to know

I deliberately wrote the tile for this post as “when first time in Mallorca” (or Majorca as often also called), as I believe once you visit this island you will would want to return to it one day, just as I wish now. Especially that I am revoking the memories of it, by writing this post.

MALLORCA SIMPLY HAS IT ALL!

It is a beautiful Balearic island, part of Spain, opposite of its east coast and just across Africa. Ibiza and Menorca are also very close by, but Mallorca is the the largest island of all. The whole island has population  of around 900,000 inhabitants., and the predominant languages beside the Spanish are German and English.

Capital of Mallorca is Palma, as well as the capital of all Balearic Islands.  Island has also the so called Serra de Tramuntana (Unesco’s World heritage) – a mountain range with a length of 90 km and a width of 15 km at some point, that runs along the northwest coast of Mallorca. 

I heard so much about Mallorca from others but somehow I was delaying travelling there, until this summer when I decided to check it out. So buckle up, for a Majorcan ride to see how Classy Explorer experienced it 🙂

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>>> Like drinking coffee? Check out my global coffee experience…

I must admit that I am kind of a “heavy” coffee drinker, since I really love the taste and the smell of a good coffee blend. Drinking coffee is part of my daily rituals. I like drinking wines as well, but coffee is probably what I drink most in a day, apart from water. I am not really a “tea person”, as I drink it only when I am sick or cold.

Back to coffee now. I drink one or two cups of coffee in the mornings, strong and dark, and one in the afternoon. I don’t take coffee with milk that often, because I heard coffee + milk is not really a good combination and it fats that way more… And because I  can not get to taste the real coffee if it is mixed with milk.  

Coffee is good for waking up in the mornings – it increases blood sugar a bit – they say it burns fat or just substitutes eating something when hungry (and you are on a diet) – lowers the risk of diabetes – is full of antioxidants  etc.

When I was younger I was drinking different types of coffees like Cappuccino, Mocha, Latte etc. But since recent years I prefer it black, like the Turkish or Greek one,  or long espresso, Americano (espresso with added hot water), filter coffee… and always NO SUGAR added.

I must say here that I am not advertising any of the brands mentioned below in the text, just giving you examples of what tastes I like.

Turkish or Greek coffee are cooked in a specific way, in a tin jar like on the photo:

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>>> Get free Airbnb travel credit from your first booking

 

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For those of you who are following my blog since last year, you might remember the post about how to plan a trip on your own, where I mentioned that I am using Airbnb on occasions. when booking accommodation. For those that are new to my blog, you can revisit the post by clicking link above.

Since Airbnb lately gets a lot of attention globally, and really is an effective way to travel –  I would like to show you benefits of using Airbnb when planning next trip by yourself and booking your accommodation…

Furthermore, I wanted to offer you a chance to get FREE AIRBNB TRAVEL CREDIT  for your next planned trip. This time it is 22 euros, but from my experience it can vary from 18-36 euros. Condition is that you need to book a stay of minimum value of 70 euros, excluding guest fees and any taxes.

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HOW TO GET TRAVEL CREDIT?

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>>> 5 reasons to explore Malta

Malta is an amazing island, and would definitely suggest to everyone to go and enjoy its beauties. It is not as popular among tourists like Spain or Italy, and it is similar  in popularity to for example Madera,…but this post might open your horizon of choices when deciding to see some unique places.  I will give you 5 reasons to explore Malta before planning your next trip.

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>>> Interesting facts about having a falcon on board

While I was flying as an Emirates  cabin crew, one of the most interesting things I discovered was that we could get a bird falcon as a passenger. Yes, no kidding – you could be having a falcon on board sitting next to you. I was supposed to have it on  one of my flights, but as or plane was delayed, they finally didn’t board the falcon.

I was quite interested how it would look like, what would be reactions by other passengers, crew… but unfortunately didn’t see it in person. I wanted to show you in this post why falcons are so important in Middle East and why they are rare animals that can fly in airplane’s cabin.

See example how it may look like (taken from Internet sources):

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Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ 

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>>> Recommended aviation themed movies

A few months back I provided a list of my favorite travel themed movies, which inspired me or still inspire to travel. Since aviation is my second biggest passion in life beside travel, I prepared now a list of my favorite aviation themed movies which I recommend if you have not seen them already.

These are aviation based as either the story of the movies is around a fighter jet or commercial pilot, battle in the air, spending time at the airport, helicopters or great part of the movie takes place inside the airplane, with some cabin crew involved as supporting acting leads.

So airplanes, airports, pilot, cabin crew….:-) I would like to add that I didn’t include Bond movies, although they all have some kind of action with airplanes or helicopter, and this list would be just too long.

Here is the list of 12 movies that I recommend:

 1. Top Gun (1986)

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One of the favorite movies for most of the people, as it gave iconic picture of an handsome young fighter jet pilot with some cool pair of Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses and aviator leather jacket. There is a love story also involved between a young hot-shot pilot (Tom Cruise) and older instructor woman (Kelly McGillis).  Read more

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>>> Practical tips for visiting Petra

Petra is really breathtaking and you swill see why!

As I have written already about my adventure in Jordan, and all the great things I saw and experienced, I left Petra as a separate post since it deserves all the credit possible. Therefore I prepared some  practical tips for visiting Petra for you, which can be helpful once you decide to go and visit Jordan.

WHY VISIT PETRA?

Petra is one of the Seven Ancient World wonders and UNESCO’s World Heritage Site since 1985. Word Petra means “stone or rock” in Greek, but often Petra is referred to as “Lost City” and/or “Rose City” because of the rose-colored sandstone hills. Read more

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>>> Why Jordan should be your next adventure destination

JORDAN is beautiful! Its nature, history, people… For me visiting it was an experience I will remember forever. I will show you now why Jordan should be your next adventure destination.

There are so many things to see there, though I had as much time to go and see Mount Nebo, river Jordan , Dead sea, and of course lovely Petra. At the end of the post I added two more interesting sites, which can be added to your Jordan travel list.

Where, when, how?

I landed to its capital’s airport,Amman, and getting suitcases took a bit long since airport was quite old-fashioned. My friends and I got the visa at the airport (check if your nationality need visa), and as soon as we passed the customs we got a rent-a-car, which we booked prior the trip.  

And so we took off for new adventures…

I must stress here, that we were three girls traveling alone, and we had no problems because of that.  Though, naturally you need to take care and be careful not to believe everyone naively.

I was there in the beginning of June and it was already very very hot, so the best timing to go there is in the spring and autumn. Avoid summer months :-)!

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>>> Interesting Mauritius tourist activities

If you have read my previous post about why Mauritius is adventurous and romantic getaway, then now I will show you more interesting Mauritius tourist activities. I personally visited this places so that I why I recommend them.

For the starters, when you travel to Mauritius you will maybe learn for the first time in your life about the Dodo.  Dodos were huge birds of unknown species that existed only on the island of Mauritius. Dodos were one meter tall and weighed in at approximately 20 kg and inhabited Mauritius for millions of years. Due to its short wings and bulky body the dodo could not fly or run away from dangers, so its extinction was recognized in the 19th century. Now it is the symbol of Mauritius and you ca buy souvenirs like this one: 

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If you want to move a bit away from the hotel, and explore the island, one thing you could do is to rent a scooter or a car. Important: driving is on the right side! Read more

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>>> Mauritius – romantic and adventurous getaway

When I was 12 years old, I watched some travel  TV show and it was about an island in Indian Ocean >>>  Mauritius. I immediately fell in love with the island and promised myself I would visit it one day. It happened that I was there four times in three years, for a 24 hours layover.  This was one of the perks of my flying cabin crew career for Emirates Airlines. It was one of the most frequent places I visited during my flying years. And I loved it more then Seychelles, however it can  probably not beat Maldives :-). All in all, Mauritius turned out to be a real romantic and adventurous getaway.

I wrote this post (and there will be another one soon) in order to tingle your curiosity about this island and maybe you put it on your list for trips in the future :-).

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>>> Versatile Blogger Award nomination for my Classy Explorer blog

I am very happy and honored that my The Classy Explorer travel and aviation blog just got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. The blog is not even a year old, but already has a very satisfying number of readers. Also good numbers on social media like Facebook and Instagram for the time the blog exists and the actual time I have to devote to it. I plan to grow it further and expand, and this Award nomination is just giving me more wings to pursue it.

What is this Award?

The Versatile Blogger Award is a peer community award,  given by bloggers to other up-and-coming bloggers, in order  to encourage those new bloggers to keep up the good work, appreciate their excellent writing skills, inspiration and help people to discover new blogs.  It is a very nice way to encourage each other, and support – as blogging is not easy as it looks like. Some of the criteria’s to get the nomination are:

  • the quality of the writing
  • the uniqueness of the subjects covered
  • the quality of the photographs

Here are the Versatile Blogger Award rules:

  • Publicly thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog so everyone else can see how great they are.
  • Pay it forward and select 5-10 nominees you think are deserving this award and notify them via social media so they can feel good about themselves too.
  • Tell all of these people 7 random things about yourself, and ask your nominees to do the same. Learning about others is fun!

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>>> Is skydiving on your bucket list ? <<<

I started this year’s writing with a post about making a bucket list, which can serve you as it serves me, like a guide to what I would like to do, see or achieve during my lifetime. Always better to  keep it written, and if in nice format even better. If you missed the post about the bucket list in general, click HERE

SKYDIVING was on my bucket list for a long time, and I am glad I already ticked it off just few years ago. And here I will be talking about doing it as a tandem jump, since free fall is for a bit more enthusiastic people and it requires a bit more of training. Tandem jump is an awesome experience, you will see n this post.

Is maybe skydiving also on your bucket list?

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>>> My favorite Budapest Xmas markets

Upcoming Xmas is one of the nicest holidays in a year, and especially if you get the chance to be during December somewhere in central or northern Europe. I was lucky to visit several Xmas markets so far, and I can tell you from my experience that the most beautiful ones are in Austrian, Swiss and German cities… as well as in Budapest – which is for me the most favorite one. Why? Maybe because I am emotionally attached to the city (feeling originating from my studying years there) and because I really love the fact that there are so many city areas where you can see some Xmas markets.

Most common Xmas market’s gastronomic offerings are mulled wine ( this year I even tried white one with oranges, honey and ginger), apple punch, grilled sausages, stuffed cabbage, roasted pork, potato cake (tócsni), langos (Hungarian fried bread) with cheese and sour cream,  Chimney cake (Kürtőskalács), strudels etc. I usually take mulled wine and sometimes fried sausages though my eyes get hungry for everything there when I see it. But prices are a bit higher than usual, for example mulled wine 3 dl is around 3 euros. Food in general from 3-5 euros. 

Here are a few Budapest Xmas markets around the city:

NEAR BASILICA

One of my favorite buildings in Budapest and magnificent architectural piece of work is definitely the St Stephens Basilica (Szent István Basilika). I simply love going inside, lighting up a candle… Once even attended friend’s wedding there. And more to my happiness, there is a nice Xmas market in front with an ice ring for the kids. Here are few photos to depict it. Read more

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>>> My top movies that inspire to travel

One thing about me is that I am a big movie geek, watching movies since early childhood. And I especially love watching movies showing some lovely cities, countrysides…

So I decided to devote this post to this topic and gathered a list of travel movies which I liked so far or which just have some beautiful scenery worth visiting >>> movies that inspire to travel.

To be honest with you, I already visited some from the list, and the others are on my Bucket list :-).

Of course, there are so many other movies with amazing filming locations, like for example every Bond filmBut I hope you will enjoy my modest travel movies list, which I split by continents to be more interesting to follow. Read more

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>>> Seville – city for music and food lovers

Hello my lovely readers! I hope you already read my blog about Seville,, if not CLICK HERE, as now I will try to present you what I enjoyed most eating and experiencing while in the streets of Seville. I already mentioned that Madrid charmed me with food delicacies, but when I came down to Seville I discovered  more traditional Andalusian food prepared with some cool ingredients.

Also I could hear music everywhere on the streets so this post is for food and music lovers who will hopefully enjoy it. For example I liked the scene where some kids were dancing and singing flamenco on the street, in typical flamenco dressing.

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>>> Wanna visit sunny and lively Seville?

As part of my recent visit to Spain, I decided to give chance to visit to at least one city in Andalusia. And I chose Seville, even though initially the plan was to see Granada, Cordoba… (so next time then…). But I thought to myself – if I fall in love with Seville, I will love the rest of the Andalusia’s cities as well. And so I did, so looking forward to visiting the rest of it sometime in the near future. Plus Seville is one of the largest cities in Spain, with around 700,000 residents (data from 2011), so it was a good point to start with.

I took a fast train from Madrid to Spain, which takes about 2 hours and is pretty comfortable. Though my TIPP is to pre-book the train tickets way before, which you can do online on Renfe  (Spanish railways), as they tend to rise just like airline tickets, and the prices can go really high or simply with no seats left. So if you book much earlier, you can get good deals.

Regarding accommodation again I was using Airbnb platform and I had a really nice flat in the center of Seville, just 5 min walking from the main attractions. The host was very kind and actually showed us many interesting things in Seville, acting as kind of a tour guide.

As soon as I stepped out of a train in Seville I felt a bit different >> it was hot, sunny, with 27 degrees in the beginning of November and day lasts long till 20-21h. I could not believe it, as in Madrid I was still wearing coat in the mornings and evenings.  

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