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6 Things You Must Not Wear When Travelling Abroad

Travel Blog - Ross French - December 30, 2016

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Travelling abroad is all about experiencing a new culture and engaging in a new style of living. Here are six items you shouldn’t wear if you’re trying to fit in with the locals and integrate in local life. Continue Reading

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Planning Your Time in Lloret de Mar

Travel Tips - Ross French - October 22, 2015

If you only have a limited time to spend in Lloret de Mar and want to see the best of this part of Catalonia, you may be looking for helpful planning tips to get the most out of your visit. There is a lot to see and do in the area, and although Lloret de Mar is best known for its glorious beaches, there is a lot more to this destination than sea and sand.

Lloret de Mar is in the Costa Brava, a beautiful and rugged region of Spain that boasts stunning landscapes and areas that are, as yet, relatively undeveloped. Although you could just relax on a sun lounger throughout your break, it would be a shame not to get out and see some of the other amazing sights. Here we look at some of the best activities to plan into your holiday schedule will you wait for one of our holiday transfers!

Firstly, to get the best value out of your stay, you should invest in the Lloret Card which includes entry to various attractions in the price.Museu del Mar

Although Lloret de Mar saw its first emergence into the tourist market during the 1960s foreign holiday boom, it has a much more exciting early history than hotel blocks and sunburned holidaymakers. The Museu del Mar in its beautiful old seafront building is a wonderful place to begin exploring the past of this resort. Learn about the shipbuilding trade that existed here, and the wealth generated in the town by Los Americanos who made their money in the Americas before returning home. The museum offers free entry with the Lloret Card.

After your discoveries in the museum, head to the historic town centre where you will find impressive architecture, such as the 16th century church of Sant Roma and the neo-classical town hall. Take a detour via the Cemetery of Lloret de Mar and see the unusual Catalan Modernist memorial styles.d’en Plaja castle

You should also make sure to wander along the promenade where you can admire the sculpture “The Dona Marinera” and panoramic views of the 1930s folly, the d’en Plaja castle, which makes a wonderful photographic opportunity.Santa Clotilde Gardens

Another attraction included in the price of your card that you should plan into your stay is a trip to the Santa Clotilde Gardens, just a 20 minute walk from from the end of the cliff path. An oasis of tranquility far away from the tourist crowd, these beautiful gardens boast statues, terraces and stunning sea views.

Should you wish to explore other gardens in the area, there is a combination ticket available, which includes entry fees and tourist train, boat and bus transport.

Bar Hula HulaIn the evening, why not enjoy some authentic Spanish food and drink? The tourist information office offers a trail of local tapas places and daiquiri bars so you can taste the real Spain and sample daiquiris in the cocktail’s place of origin. Bar Hula Hula is the top place to try one of these famous drinks as they are prepared by one of Lloret de Mar’s most renowned cocktail-makers.

Article contributed by Garima Mehta

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Read Before Landing: A Guide to Cultural Differences in Dubai

Destinations, Travel Tips - Ross French - October 22, 2015

The most visually stunning of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Dubai is a beautiful desert locale that has become a popular tourist destination due to its grand splendor and array of local attractions from sunbathing to sporting events.

Dubai prides itself on its ostentatious nature, gaining a global reputation for its tall buildings, massive festivals and other outlandish offerings. This high visibility has afforded Dubai one of the most robust tourist industries and immigrant populations worldwide. However, there are a number of cultural differences that visitors should be aware of when staying in the city.

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Dubai Until just a few years ago, hotel rooms in Dubai were in extraordinarily short supply, as it is the most expensive building site in the world and so demand for rooms severely outpaced their supply in the early phases of its development into a premier tourist destination. However, competition and expansion have driven prices somewhat lower, and there are frequently world class hotel rooms available for around €100. These rooms command a premium price both for their location and their amenities, commonly including in-suite hot tubs and stunning views of the gilded city.

The nearly universal day of rest in Dubai is Friday, and large corporate offices, government outposts and other major organizations are usually closed then as well as Saturday. Some local businesses may even give their employees reduced hours on Thursday as well, and so travelers should be prepared to conduct any significant business on other days of the week. A hotel’s concierge can be an invaluable resource in an unfamiliar culture, so be sure to ask about any relevant issues you may need to know more about.

Lifestyle

While Dubai is relatively progressive compared to surrounding areas, as an Islamic emirate Dubai is governed by strict interpretations of Sharia law. This means that Islam is the official religion, and its traditions and customs must be known and respected by all travelers. For example, public criticism of Islam or distribution of material that can be interpreted as anti-Islamic propaganda is punishable by law.Dubai mosque

Public displays of affection are strongly discouraged, particularly between homosexuals, as they may also be prohibited. Conduct considered decent and proper according to the established religious standards is also extremely important, as even a rude gesture may result in legal consequences. This concept of mandatory Islamic observance extends to its holidays, as observation of Ramadan is mandatory and so travelers are prohibited from consuming meals in public during daylight hours.

Crime

Dubai media maintains an unofficial policy of minimizing the instances of petty crime, travelers should be aware of its relative prominence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists such as Nasser Square and the Diera area as a whole. This means that travelers must exercise caution when handling valuables or large amounts of cash in public. Dubai also has a very stringent anti-drug policy, and even prescription drugs of unclear origin may expose travelers to risk of fines and jail time.

Dubai is one of the hottest tourist destinations on Earth, but it is extremely important that travelers to the area be cognizant of the significant cultural differences. This city is a unique mixture of ancient traditions and modern ambition, and enjoying your stay is a matter of knowing what to expect.


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