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Morning to Night: Drinking Culture in Italy

Morning to Night: Drinking Culture in Italy

Before visiting Italy for the first time I’d heard plenty of whispering/rumours about how important drinking culture is to the overall Italian way of life. The moment I landed in Milan, I started to notice evidence everywhere that this is true! Whether seeing people head […]

Hikes Near London: The Mole Gap Trail

Hikes Near London: The Mole Gap Trail

Summer is back in London and that means it’s time to start getting outdoors again. One of my favorite summer activities in the UK is doing small weekend hikes. The weather usually doesn’t get too hot and it’s a fun way to explore a little […]

A Beginner’s Guide To Visiting Oman

A Beginner’s Guide To Visiting Oman

I can’t remember exactly when I first decided to add Oman to my travel bucket list. I do remember watching this amazing Marko Roth video about Oman (seriously though, all his travel videos are incredible) and feeling inspired to travel to this small nation in the Middle-East. After 2 years of pining, I finally got the chance to travel to Oman last month, and boy was it an incredibly moving experience. I’ll leave all the whimsical waxing for my vlog (keep an eye peeled for one about Oman coming soon), but wanted to write up a quick Beginner’s Guide for anyone else who is interested in visiting Oman. Read on for some tips for your first trip!

 

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How to dress

Oman is a Muslim country, which means that conservative clothing is a must. While they do seem to take a ‘live and let live’ approach to foreigners wearing tank tops, shorts, and bikinis in some places, Oman is still pretty conservative. If you want to be a good traveller and avoid coming across as an ignorant tourist, try to dress more like a local. This means pants and loose tops that cover your shoulders and arms. I know that the hot weather makes this seem unappealing, but you can buy lots of great light-weight clothing that keeps you covered and cool at the same time. You’ll also have more protection from the sun if you cover up, which is an added bonus! I opted for wearing what I usually wear in India, which is pants with a kurta.

 

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Getting around

Getting around Oman can be incredibly difficult without a car, which is why you should consider renting one if you’re going to be exploring beyond Muscat. I would also recommend dropping a little extra for a 4-wheel drive if you can. This will allow you to be able to drive up into the mountains and some of the more rural routes without having to worry about your car spazzing out. Some mountains, like Jebel Shams, even have a checkpoint at the base where park authorities check your car to make sure it’s has 4-wheel drive and is suitable for the drive up. I’m not sure if they would actually turn you away if you didn’t, but the 4-wheel drive came in handy many times throughout our roadtrip, so you’ll be glad to have it.

 

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Finding your way

Oman is a country that is rapidly changing, and it feels like there is construction going on all over the place. New, big highways are being created, and everything in general is undergoing a renovation in order to boost the tourism industry. Because everything is changing so much and so quickly, directions can be a bit tricky. We’ve gotten spoiled over the years because Google Maps seems to function really well everywhere we go. This definitely wasn’t the case in Oman. We ended up detouring and getting lost many, many times, and met other travellers who had the same experience. Long story short, sometimes Google Maps will give you directions that take you some place completely different. Stop to ask locals for directions and remember to relax. Getting lost is all part of the adventure, and when you go off the beaten track you may discover things you normally wouldn’t!

 

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What to eat

I always like to include food suggestions for other vegetarian/vegan travellers because I know how hard it can be to maintain that sort of diet while journeying the globe! Omani culture embraces meat-heavy cuisines, and goat meat is a common staple on a lot of menus, however, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find great vegetarian food. Indians actually make up around 20% of Oman’s population and you can definitely see their influence in the food industry. There are Indian restaurants EVERYWHERE in Oman and all of them have Indian vegetarian fare. Also, don’t miss out on the chai and coffee shops where you pull up, honk your horn, and someone comes out to take your order. These were one of my favorite parts of the trip—I was constantly wired, I drank so much tea!

 

Are there any other tips you’d like to know about visiting Oman? Leave a comment or question below in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer!  

7-Day Spain Itinerary

7-Day Spain Itinerary

It’s impossible to see all of Spain in a single week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorable vacation! Spain is incredibly well-connected and you can easily rely on Renfe to get you where you need to go. Read on for a great […]

Drink Like Dickens: Your Guide To A London Charles Dickens Pub Crawl

Drink Like Dickens: Your Guide To A London Charles Dickens Pub Crawl

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get drunk with Charles Dickens, I’m here to answer, well, at least part of your quandary. Dickens may be long dead, but it is still possible to drink like the famed author would have. Ready […]


5 Romantic Cities to Visit in 2017

5 Romantic Cities to Visit in 2017

Valentine’s Day has just passed (I hope you all had a fantastic one), but I’m a true believer in keeping the romance going all year long. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look at some of the most romantic cities in the world that you should be visiting in 2017:

2. Lisbon, Portugal

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If the old-fashioned charm and friendly people don’t capture your heart, the colorful buildings and quaint trams certainly will! Visiting Lisbon is the perfect way to show yourself a little love—and that’s the best kind, isn’t it?

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2. Kyoto, Japan

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There are few places in the world as magical as Kyoto, and it is one city I would definitely return to in a heartbeat. The peaceful serenity and gorgeous nature will give you plenty of time to reflect on how much you love that special someone.

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3. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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It’s not hard to pinpoint what makes Amsterdam such a romantic city. Those dreamy canals, whimsical markets, and fanciful lanes and byways pretty much say it all!

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4. Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia seems to be all about romance and whimsy. You can take hikes among the fairy chimneys, go on a hot air balloon ride, or get lost in your thoughts while smoking a hookah and drinking Turkish tea. You’ll most definitely fall in love with this cute little town.

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5. Ubud, Bali

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Nothing quite says romance like a little taste of island life. Bali is an incredible place to visit, both solo or with someone you love. The tropical panoramas and friendly people will surely kindle a spark of passion in you for this beautiful island! Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love.

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What do you think are some of the most romantic cities in the world? Share your travel experiences!