Author: Kach Umandap

After doing a full day Santiago Island Tour plus a workshop, I had a second day well spent! I’m still in Santiago in Cape Verde, and this time, I explored the highlights of Cidade Velha, the country’s former capital. This memorable day was fun and exciting, all thanks to Bu Country Tours and Maria – my guide and my photographer that day! Haha. Guys, she takes good pictures! Alright, without further ado, here’s how I spent my second day in Cidade Velha with Bu Country Tours. Other articles you can read: About Cidade Velha Cidade Velha is a city in Santiago.…

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My 1st full-day Santiago Island tour was a great way to start my West African journey in the beautiful country of Cape Verde! Continuing my journey around the world, I started traveling again after months of taking a break. This time, I’m in West Africa! Just a heads up, applying for an African visa is quite difficult and complicated for Filipinos, but you know me, this won’t stop me! My country 174th – Cape Verde! Starting my African trip in Cape Verde, I was blown away by the way people treated me! Everything is memorable and I’m gonna share with you…

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Better yet quit altogether), your flights are booked, your bags are packed and a whole world of mountains, beaches, Castillano (a kind of Spanish to you and me) amazing food, fine wines and incredible people awaits you. But what about the music? Any backpacker knows that you can’t go backpacking without music! Well, luckily for you don’t have to miss out on the world around you with your headphones stuck in your ears, because we’ve found all of the best music festival action that South and Central America has to offer in 2015, so you can find awesome live music…

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Pamukkale was a place we had heard the name of, but didn’t really know much about. We’re pretty light on the planning at the best of times and being a short trip, most of our attention had been focused on the seeing the ‘big three’ – Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus – then visiting our family friends in Alacati for the final few days. All we knew of Pamukkale was that there were some hot springs (good, we like those), some ruins (history and culture – also good) and a hillside covered in white stuff called the Cotton Castle (confusing – better…

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Barcelona is best known for its love of football, tapas and sangria and with fair weather all year, there’s never a bad time to visit. So pack your bags and get ready for your Barcelona holidays with a pinch of inspiration and follow the crowds to the most popular spots in Barcelona. 1. Las Ramblas La Rambla by Twyxx / CC BY 2.0 The most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas is a big draw for tourists because of the fantastic shops and street artists. Take a relaxed walk all the way down to the harbour, stopping at any shops…

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Research can be somewhat time-consuming and nerve-wracking. Before reading the information below, please ensure that your passport is at least six months valid for the time of your travel, regardless of what the visa requirements are for the country or countries you choose to travel to, and enough space to receive entry/exit stamps and visas (if required). Walked five km from the bus stop to the Thailand-Laos Immigration Border The countries are listed in alphabetical order for convenience. Some countries list the important information only; others also list some personal commentary from Kach on how she found the experience: Brunei Darussalam – up to 14 days…

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Morocco is a country which literally has it all, it offers towering mountain ranges covered in snow, rivers flowing through deep canyons, paradise white sand beaches, the vastness of the Sahara Desert, and most importantly of all, it’s all connected together by some of the most amazing roads in the world. The perfect combination for an adventure motorbike trip in Morocco! 4 Day Adventure Motorbike Trip in Morocco This is so important because Morocco is where we chose to rekindle our love of motorcycle travel. When we first met in Laos back in May 2013, over three years ago, I…

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Cheers to my 171st country – Saudi Arabia! And for this special event, it was Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Qurtuba that hosted me! Finally! After my second attempt, I entered Saudi Arabia. My first attempt was last March 2020 but unfortunately, I got stuck at the Riyadh Airport due to the last-minute Covid rules at that time so I just decided to cancel my Saudi Arabia trip. But hey! Here I am now, much bolder and happier! I am so grateful that not only did I finally enter my 171st country (which is Saudi Arabia), but I also got the…

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Felt like a VIP in Belad Bont Resort in Salalah! This is why you should stay here when you’re in the city. Can I just say that I definitely had one of my best middle east trips in Oman? After going on a trip to Muscat, the desert, and exploring Sur, we went straight to Salalah. There’s so much to see in Oman that my stay in Salalah was obviously not enough. My tour was made complete with the hospitality of the Omani people and amazing customer service of Belad Bont Resort, my home for 3 days and 2 nights…

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It’s my first time in Oman! My 172nd country! On my first few days in Muscat, I stayed in Al Falaj Hotel. I was so excited to finally step foot in Oman! It’s my 172nd country (152nd UN), so I was all prepared and ready to see more of the Middle East! I started in Muscat, the capital city, where Al Falaj Hotel became my home for a few days. It was such a great start since we did a lot of tours in this country so it is important to stay at a hotel that is comfortable and relaxing…

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Time to tick off my 172nd country – Oman! After exploring the beautiful city of Muscat, we headed to Sur where we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights. And in this city, our home was Sur Plaza Hotel.  Located just 220 kilometers from the capital city, Muscat, Sur is known for its shipyards which were vital when it comes to the city’s maritime past. Due to its location, Sur also became a very important city for sailors and traders, especially those from East Africa and India. This is also why seeing large wooden boats in this city is not surprising at…

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Here’s my first-time experience at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown during my second visit to Dubai. Aaaaand I’m back in Dubai! I’ve been to Dubai before, but it’s so pretty that you would always want to return. Plus, my visit this time is more memorable and meaningful since I held my meet-up here with my readers (thank you so much to all of you! I’m really grateful for meeting you all!) This meetup wouldn’t happen if not for Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown who hosted me for 2 days and 1 night and let me have my meetup here. Other articles you…

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Are you brave enough to challenge the deepest pool in the world? Well then, Deep Dive Dubai is here for you to experience. *Trigger warning: This is not for people with Thalassophobia. This article contains photos that others may find uncomfortable. Thank you! How deep can you go when swimming in a pool? 5ft? 6ft? Or even a 7ft? How about a 60m (196 ft) pool? Yep, that pool exists, and it’s in Dubai! Deep Dive Dubai is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for thrill-seekers. We’ve heard skydiving – flying like a bird thousands of meters above, why not try diving a…

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Here’s my Tinggly Middle East Experience that made my adventure more exciting, thrilling, and fun! I’ve been to the Middle East a lot of times since I’ve visited lots of countries there. However, I’ve never been to Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Yemen, but finally! I got the chance to visit them just recently!  Most of the fun and exciting things I did here won’t happen if not for Tinggly. So, without further ado, I want to share with you my amazing Tinggly Experience in the Middle East! [box]Other articles you can read: [/box] What is Tinggly? Tinggly is a gift…

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If you are looking to book a trip abroad, there can sometimes be so many choices it’s hard to know where to start. If you’ve never considered New Zealand, there has never been such a good time to visit as now. There are so many reasons this country needs to be on your bucket list and you’ll find that once you’ve been, you’ll already start planning your next trip. With many daily flights to New Zealand, there’s no excuse not to get out there sooner rather than later. Here we’ve put together some top reasons for you to visit New Zealand. Photo…

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Restaurant 604 is one of the most visited restaurants in Honolulu, Hawaii… and you should find out the reason why! If there is one thing to explore in Hawaii more than just beaches and islands, that’s their food! Whether it be modern or traditional cuisine, Hawaii’s dishes are flavorful and hard to resist. For this reason, restaurants, specifically in Honolulu, are very competitive when it comes to serving the best cuisine to their visitors. For us travelers, it may be good news as we are left with a lot of options to choose from. It’s not difficult to look for…

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The newly opened Liliha Bakery in Waikiki is a must-visit not only for their yummy pastries but their other food selection as well! We crave some sweets once in a while and like you, I also love eating them (though I have to consider my diet, how to say “no” to desserts? haha!) Well, desserts are also known to lessen our stress, because it makes us happy (I don’t know if it’s just me! lol) As long as we eat the right amount depending on our health condition, then there won’t be any problem. For this reason, whenever I travel,…

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The last two years made every one of us rethink if we ever need to come to work. Remote work is the new normal, and more and more companies don’t even want their employees back at the workplace ever again. With the change in the way we work, in 2022, more people are embracing the Digital Nomad lifestyle – traveling around the world and working from wherever they want. Some are working a full-time job, and the others breaking the 9 to 5 cycle, working at their will.  What makes a great Digital Nomadic destination?  While you get ready, renew…

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“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” by Bruno Barbey. Wherever we go, we always want to share our precious moments with a lot of people. We always want to tell our stories during our wonderful journey. How to do that without saying a word? Through photography!  The modernity of photographs had gradually improved in the past decades. We don’t need to buy films and wait for weeks just to see the photos we took. We don’t have to be anxious anymore about what we look like in the photographs as we are used…

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Iran is probably one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the world, thanks to the impact of mainstream media. As they report conflict and hatred, viewers establish fear and indifference to the country. Not a lot of people care about the true status of Iranians let alone set foot on their soil.  This is one of the compelling reasons why I wanted to see this country for myself. I want to get to know their people, their culture, and see how beautiful their country is. I want to experience more than what I see and hear on the news…

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We know how much you love a good music festival. And where better to enjoy some live music entertainment than in the Golden State, California.  So, we put together this list of the top 7 epic music festivals in California. Hanny NaibahoThey differ in size and music genre but they are all big on the beat. Be sure to include at least one of them in your Californian vacation itinerary.   1. Jahloopalooza Music And Arts Festival In Long Beach When: April 16th, 2022 Where: Long Beach, California Looking for a smaller music fest with a more relaxed vibe? The Jahloopalaooza…

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When it comes to travel destinations, nothing beats the amount of wonder, exquisiteness, and variety the United States of America has to offer. It is, as quoted by Woodie Guthrie, a land for everyone. Traveling across its humungous landscape cannot only make you appreciate your country’s wanderlust but also offer you a break from the humdrum of daily life. And while that seems awesome, where should you even go? Sure, some places are beautiful all year (hello, Hawaii), but getting the timing right can make a decent vacation great. We understand how annoying it is to arrive at a destination…

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With temperatures easily going into double digits, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Summer is just around the corner. It’s time for ice cream, pool parties, barbecues, and memorable vacations! Most of us look forward to the Summers because it brings so many options for vacation destinations to our minds, whether that be somewhere sunny like the Caribbean or somewhere cold like Greenland. Each choice is completely dependent on our preferences and budget.  Vacations are the best time to unwind and recharge. They help you get away from all drama of your life, and you can relax.…

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