Have you ever found yourself fumbling around in your wallet or purse, at the end of a fantastic tour in a new city, with absolutely no idea of how much you should tip your tour guide.
No one likes the gnawing sense of guilt (if you’re worried that you haven’t tipped enough) or feeling like an idiot (if you tip too much and exceed your daily budget). It’s best to follow in the footsteps of seasoned travelers, do your research, and to know in advance if it’s best to hand the tip to your guide w...
Volunteering abroad is a deeply immersive travel experience, no matter how long you spend on your volunteer placement.
There are some things you can do to make this a more meaningful experience though, and living like a local is one of them. Learning how to live like a local in a new place makes all the difference to how deep and insightful of an experience you’ll have. It also is often a more budget-friendly way to live abroad while volunteering.
There’s a golden opportunity for real cultura...
It’s easy to gaze at the city’s glittering skyline and miss the details of how its people move through this fast-paced metropolis. It was a desire to introduce visitors to a side of Dubai they didn’t necessarily expect that inspired Arva Ahmed several years ago to begin offering culinary tours through her company, Frying Pan Adventures.
Having tasted her way through hole-in-the-wall eateries in the United States and inspired by the multicultural culinary landscape of New York, Ahmed retur...
The ancient capital of Athens has a long and
illustrious history; it has been continuously
inhabited for no less than seven millennia, and
credited with birthing democracy as we know it. But
that isn’t the only contribution the Ancient Greeks
made to mankind; among other inventions, they gave
us theatre, philosophy, cartography, the alphabet,
and the Olympics. It’s no surprise then that noth
ing quite prepares you for the rush of unmitigated
awe and humility as you walk through the oldest
neighbourhoods of Athens, in the footsteps of the
world’s greatest civilisation, surrounded by crumbling
reminders of its glory.
Te many souks of Abu Dhabi offer travelers a cultural experience like no other. As you venture into these traditional marketplaces, prepare to lose yourself in narrow alleys lined with opulent Persian rugs, breathe in the woody scents of traditional oud perfume and frankincense, try on embroidered traditional attire, sample sticky-sweet medjool dates and engage in good-natured banter with local fishermen.
Home to the sublime landscape of Cap de Creus, delectable seafood and the ghost of Salvador Dalí, Cadaqués on Spain’s wind-blown easternmost tip is a world away from the Costa Brava most know.
Dubai-based lifestyle blogger and influencer Noreen Wasti is passionate about creating intimate and unforgettable experiences when she entertains. In a conversation with Marriott TRAVELER, she spills the beans on what it takes to host a girls night in your girlfriends won’t forget.
Cef Abdulilah Shadoud’s career spans more than a decade, including a spot on Abu Dhabi TV’s Matloob Chef, and today he heads the kitchen at Kuzbara, the international restaurant at the Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi. The Syrian-born chef says he loves Abu Dhabi because the city embodies a vibrant cultural smorgasbord, and at Kuzbara he combines his special brand of creativity, passion for cuisine and traditional cooking sensibilities to serve up authentic Middle Eastern fare in a contemporary setting.
As much as we travel to escape the familiar and dive into new adventures, even the most intrepid among us often prove to be creatures of habit. Nomad Natasha talks about why you should break away from the hostel crowd the next time you travel.
When it comes to socializing on the road, backpackers tend to stick to their comfort zones – with people who look like them, grew up in similar cultures or cities, or are traveling just like them. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it pays to break ...
How To Experience Breakfast Like A Local In ...
If you’ve never stayed away from home for more than two weeks, you might not know how to even begin packing for an entire semester of studying abroad. Should you pack half of your wardrobe? What about your favorite jumper? How many pairs of jeans will you need?
You don’t want to be paying airlines excess baggage fees on a student budget, so you’ve got to be smart about what you’ll bring, especially if shopping in your host city is expensive. You also don’t want to be the person on the street ...
While Dubai might be in the limelight for its glittering skyscrapers, high-end shopping malls and all things exclusive, the city’s year-round sunshine and miles of beautiful coastline hugging the waters of the Arabian Gulf mean that it’s also a great destination for beach lovers.
On weekends, residents head to various stretches of sand and beach clubs around the city that are always lively with watersports, games, parties and other events. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous afternoon o...
While your Dubai trip itinerary might include plenty of time to visit the city’s many theme parks, souks and restaurants, don’t forget that this modern metropolis is also home to some of the most indulgent, luxurious and exclusive spas in the world.
Considered to be temples of full-body wellness, traditional Arabian hammams play a starring role in the city’s best spa experiences, ridding you of the physical stress and anxiety of travel.
When in Dubai, be sure to check out these four luxurious...