>>> A small wildlife adventure in Nairobi

>>> A small wildlife adventure in Nairobi

After starting this year by writing about cool stuff to do in Sri Lanka, I am continuing the trend with another exotic destination – the capital of Kenya, Nairobi.  Check out when is best to travel there and what you can do and see, if you are first time in Nairobi and eager to experience a small wildlife adventure.

WHEN TO VISIT ?

December to March are spring-warm months with average temperatures (25-28 C) during the day. Cooler-dry months are from July till September. However rainy seasons are from mid-March to June., and from late October through December. So for planning tour activities, the best is to choose dry months in October, or January-February, or even in July-August.

WHAT TO SEE/DO?

Nairobi, the capital is interesting as it is also a home to a wildlife as there is National Park (which I visited) – so in case you do not want to go for a big safari, you can enjoy being up close with prey animals like zebra, antelopes, giraffes, buffalo… but also predators such as cheetah, lion, hyena, leopard and many more.  Read more

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>>> What are some of the cool stuff to do in Sri Lanka?

>>> What are some of the cool stuff to do in Sri Lanka?

After showing you last year a bit of beauties of Mauritius and some activities you can do there, I decided to do something similar for Sri Lanka. And to show some cool stuff to do in Sri Lanka. It  is a small island, also in Indian Ocean, with capital called Colombo. Historically Portuguese, Dutch and British occupied it, but it finally got independence in 1948 as Ceylon, and then the name changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. If you ever wondered whether to go to Sri Lanka or not, maybe some of the info in this blog post will help you. I would recommend seeing this after you have seen some other islands in the Indian ocean first. I was not that amazed to go there again, but it is worth to see for sure.

CLIMATE

Sri Lanka is a tropical country, so rain is inevitable – just depending on the side of the island. The rainy season is from October to January, and it predominantly affects the east coast, while from May to July it predominantly affects the west & south coast of Sri Lanka.

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>>> Love and Travel in connection

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

You might wonder why I decided to write about this topic, but somehow I see love and travel interconnecting in so many way. Maybe it happened in your lives, or lives of people you know. To me for sure, almost all happened and here is what relations I came up with:

  • You could travel with someone you love –  And this is probably the best way to travel, especially if you know each other very well… or you are just getting to know each other. You can learn a lot from a person you travel with, about his/her habits, thinking, organizational skills etc. And the bond between you can get stronger if you really are a true match. Or you get to realize you may not be able to spend more time with him/her in the long run. You may also travel with friends you love, and then have the best times just being together where you are.

“In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With” –  Charles Schulz

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>>> First time experience in Stockholm

>>> First time experience in Stockholm

If you haven’t visited Stockholm yet, you must! Sweden’s capital is not only famous for the 2nd place with most Eurovision contest winners (as Stockholm was many times in focus for pop-music lovers), but for much more – and you will read in this post about my first time experience in Stockholm.

Stockholm is so far the only city in Scandinavia I’ve been. I had a chance to visit one of my best friends,  who used to live there for many years, and so had a pretty good guide around the city. In relation to that, I must admit  I didn’t really pay attention to the names of streets and places so much while I was there, so I sat now down to write and refresh my memory for those of you who would go to this cool city on their own there. And my final verdict is that Stockholm is awesome and you need to see it! 

My short-pointed explanation of Stockholm would be:
  • clean, structured and organized
  • with high security and control by the state – everything done by the book
  • expensive in general
  • hype, cool
  • cold-ish for my taste – in May when I was there it was either freezing due to cold wind or it was sunny but not so warm (although the locals were in flip-flops and shirts).

Stockholm is built on islands. When I visited Hamburg last year as well, I immediately said it reminded me of Stockholm, because of the similar style of buildings architecture and lots of bridges connecting different parts of the city. 

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>>> Why you must visit coast of Athens?

>>> Why you must visit coast of Athens?

I have been so many times, in Athens and Greece in general… I already wrote one post last year about my summer  holiday in Skiathos, and here I wanted to show you why I like coast of Athens and why you should not miss it.

Greece is one of my favorite countries in the World!

The reason why I had been at least 20 times in Greece is because when I was studying in Budapest, most of my friends were Greeks and thanks to them I got to love this beautiful country. And I will return to it many times in the future! What is more, I even learnt some basics of Greek language, so pame na doume ti egrapsa edw 🙂 (translation: let’s see what I wrote here) !

If you go to Athens for the first time (like I had done back in years when I was 18 with a school trip), it is ok to be  situated in the center and visit all the archaeological sites around. Even outside Athens like Corinth canal, Meteora monasteries, Delphi oracle

ATHENS CENTER – MUST SEE ?

Center of Athens, is nice, but I must say is a bit dirty, especially the two main squares Omonia and Syntagma, and I would not recommend walking alone there at night, as there are a lot of men on the streets  (mostly from Albania). But if you are careful, believe me nothing can happen. During the day it is very busy there, lots of traffic and people going around, and nothing really to worry about.

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>>> Where to say “YES” internationally?

Lot of girls dream of big weddings, with invites of around 150-200 people… Plus to wear white “princess” or “mermaid” wedding dress. To have traditional ceremonies and all the customs that are usual or expected by the family. And then go for a honeymoon trip to relax from all the stress of preparations and the actual wedding day.

Me personally, I was never a “wedding” freak in a sense to have wanted all of that… I just want my friends and I (plus my future hubby) to have a good time. I am also more and more desiring a simple ceremony with a few dear people, which would take place at some nice location, me being in a simple white dress with some cool shoes or sandals in strong color or bare foot if being at the beach.

If someone desires such weddings outside the city or home country (called destination wedding) , it can even be a good combination for wedding ceremony and the honeymoon. Plus a good continuing vacation for your invites. Read more

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>>> Do I recommend Limassol?

>>>  Do I recommend Limassol?

Summer is still shortly here and some people are probably wondering where they could still go for vacation till let’s say October  -November. The question of where to go always gives us that headache, like for example the question “Where to spend New year’s eve?”… So yes, sometimes it is hard to choose where, and then with who, how to go…

My personal preferences, from someone coming from Europe, are the summer getaways in Greece and Croatia. Why? Simply because of  their beautiful seaside, beaches, architecture, food and the great local people. There are so many varieties where to go and what to see, that you can keep on coming to these countries back and back. So this is what suits my taste… but Montenegro, Spain, Turkey and Cyprus are also usual destinations for people who like to have vacation during months from June till October/November. I will definitely write about my top selections in general but here I would like to introduce a bit of Cyprus

I decided to visit Cyprus, more specifically Limassol, by the recommendation of my very good college Cypriot friend who is from there. Other cities worth to see  in Cyprus are Paphos, Larnaca (main airport) , Nicosia (capital) and Agia Napa (party place) but I didn’t have time see those during this time of visit. 

 Limassol is the place combining everything.

From relaxation to partying. 

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>>> Explore Palma de Mallorca with me

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If you have read my previous post about things to know when first time in Mallorca, then you will realize this this is just a continuation by showing you a bit more of Mallorca’s capital Palma (also the capital of all Balearic islands).

Mallorca in general is an island which offers variety of things to see and activities to do, so it doesn’t keep you locked within hotel and its amenities only. So you might be situated in Palma, or if not, make sure you go and visit it. 

Palma is a cultural and commercial center of Mallorca.  Thanks to its seaport,  it experienced a great economic growth throughout the history.  I was having my holiday in Can Pastilla (10 km from Palma), so with a good transportation, I visited Palma a few times. 

The city was more than I expected, not a typical seaside city, I must say it was pretty modern, stylish, crowded during the season (especially to get on the buses – which won’t stop if they are full)…. but very enjoyable. Due to its charm, and climate it left me an impression that I could live there for a few months.  So explore Palma de Mallorca here with me.

*** ABOUT PALMA ***

Palma was founded by Romans, then conquered by Byzantians, Moors, and the influences of each can be felt and seen throughout the city. It became a tourist destination in the ’50s, and ever since became one of the most popular travel destinations

Population of Palma is around 400,000 people. and its airport is the 3rd busiest in Spain, with around 25 million passengers landing yearly. I was watching and literally every 2 min one airplane lands onto Palma’s airport.  It attracts both mass and elite tourists.  

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>>> 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 🙂

WHEN TO GO?

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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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