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Oktoberfest around the world

We all know that Oktoberfest originated from the great city of Munich where it is celebrated every year in style. However, if you are someone who travels and loves German beer and bratwursts don’t worry because below are the top cities apart from Munich you can also enjoy the authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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The second largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich takes place in Canada’s twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Kitchener was actually named Berlin from 1833 until 1916 because of the large number of German immigrants migrating to the city. Attracting about 700,000 people per year and enough steins to serve an army you really get the full Oktoberfest experience.

Blumenau, Brazil


Blumenau also known as Brazils little Germany is hosts to South America’s best and well-known Oktoberfest celebrations. In 1850, German philosopher Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau, along founded the town as an agricultural colony. Today about 30 percent of the towns 320,000 residents are thought to be of German decent. It is estimated that about 650,000 liters of beer are consumed every year which is a more then valiant effort from everyone who attends.

Hong Kong


Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel celebrates its own version of Oktoberfest every year, Packed with authentic German beer, German cuisine and German music. Unlike some of the other drink till you can’t anymore the hotel only serves 200 steins per night so if you really want to take in this unique experience make sure you arrive early. The celebration, which stretches for 23 days, attracts more than 53,000 guests, who consume over 71,000 liters of beer.

Brisbane, Australia


If you’re down under but don’t want to miss the Oktoberfest experience you need to head to Brisbane, which hosts Australia’s largest Oktoberfest. The celebration attracts crowds of more than 30,000, however big festival manages do their best to maintain an intimate feel, thanks to the two Australian-German families who started, and still run, the festival. The festival takes place over the course of two weekends in October, Oktoberfest Brisbane features traditional German food and traditional German beer brewed specially for the event.

South Africa


From September to November, Bierfest, South Africa’s own version of Oktoberfest travels through three South African cities. Each stop features a 4,000-seat beer tent, inspired by the original Munich event as well as three specialty beers brewed by brew masters from the South African Breweries. In addition to beer and traditional German food and of course that authentic German Oktoberfest music. A great experience for anyone who gets the opportunity.

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Westin Mina Seyahi | Dubai Marina Resort

There are so many great places to go for leisure in Dubai, and one of them is Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. Summers in Dubai can be a bit of a challenge, as the temperature outside can reach up to 46 degree celsius. So a beach resort can help you cool down, while still being able to get some colour on your skin and chill out with your friends or family.

In this blog we will talk about the pros and cons about Westin Mina Resort.

Pros

  1. Clean & quiet resort (we would’ve preferred some music in the background though!)
  2. You can choose whichever seat you want and they offer free towels.
  3. Beach access – this would be most preferred during off summer season.
  4. Pool bar access – good selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and the only place you can hear playing some music.
  5. Family friendly – there are 5 different pools of which one is for kids alone.

Cons

  1. For outside visitors to enter the hotel resort you actually have to go through Barasti entrance, not through the hotel’s entrance. My friends and I found this a bit frustrating as this wasn’t mentioned on the website and there was a bit of a walk involved in the sun.
  2. The free wifi didn’t work at all, but thankfully we had TravelWiFi and it worked amazingly!

  1. The entrance fees are quiet pricy, but if you are a visitor in Dubai (only in the summer season 1 Jun – 31st Aug) you can show your Emirates boarding pass and pay only AED 150 AED from 225 AED during weekdays or 350 AED during weekends. Or if you go Sunday or Wednesdays, ladies pay only 100 AED.
  2. A bottle of 500 ml of water is 48 AED, so you may as well buy some water from a local store before you go in because you will drink lots of water!!

 

Nonetheless the overall experience at the resort was very enjoyable, especially when you have good company.

If you’ve been to this resort or you are planning to go we would like to hear about your experience!

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Summer Holidays in Dubai with Travel WiFi

There is nothing better than being able to stay connected to your own wifi when you are in holidays.

The Travel WiFi Worldwide Plans provide an extensive coverage in up to 100 countries and Dubai, UAE, was one of them.

Although I had wifi connection at my accommodation, the Travel Wifi was amazing once I left the house. I was able to use google maps, post on social media, check my emails and look for local information such us restaurants, places to visit and of course best beach resorts.

The wifi plan offers 500 MB/ day,  so I was conscious to make the most of it by using it only when i really needed it. The speed was amazing and so the coverage. The daily plan actually lasted me throughout the day, so for one person this is enough to do your own things.

If you think you need to use more data and you must share it with someone else, you can top - up more data, however this is not officially promoted on Travel WiFi website, so you will need to enquire about it. Travel WiFi is going to have this feature launched by the end of the year so keep an eye on their website.

Below are some of the places where I used Travel WiFi and worked amazingly:

 

Westin Mina Seyahi | Dubai Marina Resort

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 Apres | Dubai Emirates Mall

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This travel gadget is worth your money because you will have the peace of mind of not worrying about data roaming charges and you can take it with you everywhere you go! To find out more about Travel WiFi, check their website: www.travelwifi.ie

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A perfect combo: travel & fashion

When we think about leisure travelling, first thoughts would be exploring, experiencing new cultures, trying out local cuisines, partying or shopping. What not many of us are considering when travelling is fashion. But there are a few of us (more likely ladies) who see traveling as an opportunity to try out nice outfits. Fashion can be a way where we get to express our personality and feel as a completely new person, and traveling does just that.

The diva of Travel and Fashion

If you want some inspiration from someone who is amazingly great at it, then Ji Kim is your role model. Ji is a flight attendant for 18 years, she loves travelling and she is passionate about fashion. She would be someone who you would follow on Instagram every day. Every picture, a different outfit.  Her outfits are a combination of classy and stylish but yet easy to wear, wherever you decide to travel.

From looking at her Instagram pictures you will notice that she is dressing accordingly to each destination. Her inspiration is influenced by the local fashion. She loves shopping from hidden local shops or local designers. This is one of her secrets why she always looks so distinctively great.

 

Instagram: @theclassycloud

Nonetheless you will also notice that she is a lady with high taste. Some of her outfit pieces are high end brands, especially for most of her shoes and handbags.

But what it’s really great is that Ji is always sharing her fashion sources. So if you follow her on Instagram or even her blog, The Classy Cloud, you will be able to find out from where she buys those stunning outfits. Her wardrobe is what every girl and lady is dreaming of.

Ji Kim is not only an extravagant flight attendant but she is also an entrepreneur. She has launched her own Classy Cloud Shoes Collection which looks devine. Her ballerina shoes are the perfect travel ‘must haves’. Your feet will be so grateful to you.

Note* The credit for this blog goes to Ji Kim

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Flyingfoxy: “Be open to new destinations”

In this interview series, we have Katrin, also known as Flyingfoxy by her growing number of social media followers, who gladly is going to share a glimpse of her personal travel experience from around the world and also provide us some of her best recommendations.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and how long are you working as a flight attendant? Why did you pick this job?

My name is Katrin, I am 30 years old and working as a flight attendant for Lufthansa since almost 3 years now. I was working as a product manager in the fashion industry before, but came to a point when I realized that this is not
the life I want to live. I needed a change to something that would give back to me more than just some money at the end of the month. I wanted to so something that has to to do with traveling even more and being more flexible and free, also when it comes to responsibilities and pressure. So I decided to apply at Lufthansa and became a flight attendant!
Working in the job now I can combine many things that are important to me as traveling all the time, meeting many new people, discovering food trend, my hobby photography and writing my travel blogs. I have much more time than before and can plan my life more flexible and spontaneous even though I don’t earn much money.

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What are your favorite destinations and what you love the most about them?

That’s a tough question. ☺ There are so many amazing and beautiful places and countries around the world! But my favorite country is South Africa. This is a place where I can imagine moving some day and spending my life!
It’s the combination of everything: the weather, the countryside, the Architecture, the wine business, the quality of the food and the price level of everything you need! Every time I travel there I am always in a good mood and enjoy every day to the fullest! My dream is to run a guesthouse with a little café attached there, building a family and own some animals.
In my opinion everyone should travel to this breathtaking place at least once in their life! I have many travel reports about South Africa on my blog www.flyingfoxy.com and I think only the pictures speak for themselves!

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What type of activities you like doing when travelling and why?

When I am travelling I am an explorer. I love to see and discover as many new things and places as possible. Mostly I do lots of research in advance, as anticipation for me is almost just as nice as the travelling itself! I use
social media as Pinterest, Instagram and the blogs of other travel bloggers to get inspirations about new destinations and what I can do there. I love original coffeeshops that serve good coffee and strolling through local markets. That’s what I definetly do every time I am travelling. I love to get a car and combine city trips with excursions in the surroundings. I always want to see as much as possible at every place I am going to. Also to write good and helpful content for the readers of my travel blog www.flyingfoxy.com

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What is your favorite cuisine and what place serves your best dish?

Well, as I am definitely what you would call a “foodie” I love ALL kind of food! Food is for me one of the most important parts, when travelling! Trying new local dishes and products and exploring foreign cuisines. Countries that always serve the best food for me are Italy and Vietnam. Whatever you pick from the menu, it can’t get wrong! Foodpoprn at its
best!

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What would be your best recommendation for those who love traveling?

Oh, there are so many…
Be open for new destinations! Even if you don’t know anyone who has been there already! Make your own experiences!

Follow some good travel bloggers and use all the options for inspirations and research we have nowadays! We live in a time where we can jump on an airplane and fly to any country within a only a few hours! We should use these possibilities the best we can and explore as many beautiful places on earth we can! Working as a flight attendant is very helpful, doing this! ☺

I love finding accommodations on Airbnb. You get in touch with locals much easier and only they know the real insider tips you need to get an unforgettable time! Try to find original accommodations beside the huge hotel chains and live inbetween the local people, wherever you go! Always had the best times using Airbnb!

Try to travel on your own at least once! For me it was such a new and inspiring experience of having a good time, even if I was afraid of being all on my own at a foreign place! But it turned out to be the best thing ever! It is such a different way of travelling and enjoying special moments with your own. Just let yourself flow without discussing with others! For me travelling on my own is the best way to breathe and let my thoughts become clear again!

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If you need any inspirations for new beautiful travel destinations check out my blog www.flyingfoxy.com

 

Surviving a long-haul flight

What is a long haul flight

They say that a long haul flight is a flight longer than 6 hours. Apparently the longest one is the Dallas – Sydney flight operated by Qantas, which takes approx. 16 hours and 55 minutes.

Imagine being in a plane for almost 17 hours, with a bunch of other people. If you fly a A380 plane, chances are that there would be almost 400 -500 passengers with whom you will fly this long-distance journey.

 

How to make the most of your long haul flight

So you wonder how to survive a long-haul flight?

We came up with a list of recommendations from Denise, who is currently a flight attendant for Lufthansa. She has her own blog, Nala Behati, where she writes about her travels and passion for fashion. You can also find her on Instagram. So here they are:

Instagram: @nala_behati

Drinking plenty of water

The most frequent causing effect of jet lags is the lack of water in our body. Most of us will get dehydrated due to not drinking enough water. So make sure you will drink plenty of water before your flight, during your flight and after.

Thermal Spring Water

For ladies, a facial mist would be also highly beneficial when flying long distances. You can spray it on your face
and neck during your flight to keep your skin hydrated. Thermal Spring Water by Avene is one of the best facial mists for you to try. You can apply it before and after the makeup, so will keep your face looking fresh.

Eye Mask & Cream

While trying to get a good sleep during the flight, a good idea to help your eyes rest is to pack an eye mask with you. This way you will avoid the cabin light to disturb your sleep. Also by applying an eye cream around your eyes, you will be able to avoid dark circles and puffiness.

Earplugs

Well as we may all know flying can be quiet noisy and not so comfortable (if you fly economy). So a good trick to
reduce the noise and make the most of your sleeping is to use earplugs. You can buy your own ones, or you can ask the flight attendants to provide you a pair.

If you have any additional tips, we would love to read your comment and make sure we will include them in the next blog.

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Only 90mins boat ride from Bali

Summertime is quickly approaching and so the excitement is building up. Probably this is the time of the year when most of us are day dreaming and already looking forward to a nice and exotic vacay.

We found a piece of paradise that may steal your heart straight away and make you not to leave it once you get there. It takes only 90 mins boat ride north east from Bali. @pilotmaria is taking us to this heavenly island, called Gili Trawangan. This is one of the three Gili islands, Trawangan being the biggest of all three and officially known as ‘the party’ island.

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Instagram: @pilotmaria

Maria has been to Gili island twice so far and she fell in love with it since she first visited 7 years ago. A lot has changed since then. The island got busier and is predominantly visited by a younger crowed. Probably because is called ‘the party’ island?!  Also you won’t have to worry about the lights that used to be cut off around 10 pm every evening back then. Now you can explore the island day and night!

 

A typical day in Gili

A great way to start off your day is with a session of yoga with @katemiddeltonyoga by the beach.

Enjoy delicious breakfast at  @thebanyantreegili with a variety of options to choose from.

Explore the magnificent sights of the ocean by doing scuba diving with Kate. She is not only a yoga teacher but also a professional scuba diver so you will be in safe hands. If you are planning to do a scuba diving course, this is the place to do it.

If you want to watch the sunset with an amazing view then you should be on Malibu beach and try some delicious cocktails at Malibu Club.

Riding a bicycle or walking around the island is the only way to do it as there are no other forms of transport. It takes about 1 hour cycling to see all the island.

You can watch this great youtube video done by Maria while in Gili. Enjoy!

 


Note* The source of this content is credited to @pilotmaria.

 

 

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle: A fairy Tale

The best way to experience the taste of a fairy tale is to actually visit the Neuschwanstein castle. Surrounded by the Alps and situated on the top of a cliff, you will feel like living back in time, immersed in a magical land. This is how actually Jessica Mai felt when she visited the Neuschwanstein Castle with her friends as part of her layover in Munich.

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Instagram: @jesscairney_ek

How to get the Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle is almost 90 mins driving from Munich. You can book a tour online to pick you up from your hotel or any other location. The journey to the castle is captivating, the Bavarian scenery is truly vivid.

The tickets can be purchased when you arrive at the premises. 

What you need to know

If you are planning to visit this fairy tale castle any time soon, you should definitely do it but to make the most of it take into account the following:

  • It is best advised to be there early. So you can avoid huge crowds of tourists and the endless queues to the entrance;
  • You are not allowed to go in whenever you want. There are tours every half hour in different languages.
  • Once you are in, you are not allowed to take pictures. However the interior of the castle is breathtaking and is worthed.
  • The tour guides are quiet quick. So you can’t wonder around at your own pace but you will learn a lot about the fascinating story of castle.

A bit of history…

The castle was built under the reign of King Ludwig II and it was meant to be used as a personal refuge.

The king got to spend only 11 nights in the castle as he suddenly he passed away.

The construction started in 1869 and stopped in 1886, immediately after the king’s death. A large part of the castle is still not finished until today.

The king had a particular love for swans. Thus most of the interior designs of the castle are highly influenced by the shape and beauty of swans.

 

If you visited the castle already, what did you like the most about it?

 

Note* The credit for this blog goes to @jesscairney_ek

 

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La Sultana Marrakech: Moroccan Delight

Did you ever wish of escaping somewhere out of this world? Reading all about Ji Kim's experience in La Sultana, made us jealous and wish we could go there tomorrow.

By simply looking at the photos you will understand why.

 

A luxurious and relaxing escape in La Sultana

La Sultana is a luxurious spa resort situated in the heart of Marrakech city. Marrakech means 'Land of God' and is one of the oldest cities in Morocco. 

Once you step in La Sultana, you will forget about anything happening outside those walls. Everything is mesmerising, from the interior decor, local cuisine and spa treatments to their customer service and attention to detail. 

This Arabian delight can be the ideal relaxing escape, either if you decide to try it out with your group of friends or make it a special romantic escape with your loved one. It is something different and unique. The best time to visit Marrakech is between mid March to May and then September to November. This is when the weather is at its best.

According to Ji, you must try out the early bird breakfast and then breakfast by the pool. The food not only looks amazing but it tastes heavenly. And by looking at these pictures I couldn't agree any less.

La Sultana should definitely be on your travelling list.

 

 

Note* The source of this post is @theclassycloud.

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