Queensland, Australia

Pirates of the Caribbean filmed one of their latest movies here, and I’m not surprised why. “This-is-paradise”

Whitsunday Islands

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Pirates of the Caribbean filmed one of their latest movies here, and I’m not surprised why. This. Is. Paradise.

The Whitsunday Islands are located in Queensland, Australia; They hold some of the purest sands on earth, in where you can witness stunning sunsets and beautiful fauna all around the seas.

Apart from being Australia’s largest cluster of offshore islands, it is also one of the top 5 beaches in the world.

While it has gained a lot of attention from many travellers around the world, let’s make sure you know that there is not much Reef remaining there, sadly, which – if you go there with high expectations- it can be a bit of a bummer. Don’t expect a Finding Nemo scene, not just quite.

If you’re really into exploring the beautiful fauna under water, you can get a hired-boat that departs from Cairns into the north islands.

It is extremely challenging to keep hydrated and find a shadow to protect you from the sun, which is stronger here due to the oz hole, If you don’t want to be dealing with strong headaches and really bad sunburns: Come prepared – Bring Suncream 50.


Airlie Beach

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Airlie Beach is the closest you’ll get to Whitsunday Islands. Normally people stay there before embarking in a 3 day trip to the Whitsundays. Airlie is a pretty small place where you’ll spend most of your time bathing and tanning in the esplanade.

After staying in Airlie Beach, you’ll get into a boat to sail around the Whitsunday Islands. Price wise, you could get any boat for the same range of prices, however I strongly recommend the Tongarra boat. Why? Because of their community vibe, their friendliness and happy mood, so refreshing.

Also, I had a couple friends sailing with other boats, and they complained about not being able to do stuff, about being restricted and having to go to sleep at 10pm “no alcohol allowed”.

At Tongarra, we felt like a family, did games together, had beers and ciders and even went for a couple dives at night.







Middle East, Dubai

You can see the vision and effort put in every building built in Dubai; Attention to detail in every path, every mall and with top “la crême de la crême” in variety of restaurants

Dubai

Rating: 3 out of 5.

You can see the vision and effort put in every building built in Dubai; Attention to detail in every path, every mall and with top “la crême de la crême” in variety of restaurants.

You can visit the Aquarium which is a great environment for families with kids. If you’re like me, avoid the underwater zoo, as the lack of space in which the animals are living will make you rage like the millennial you are. Don’t buy tickets, you’ll only make the owners richer.

We also got to ride camels as a ‘fun’ activity to do, only to realise how poorly the Camels were being treated. A woman in our group even refused to get on them claiming she could see the struggle they were going through.

If you are staying in Sharjah, just know alcohol is extremely prohibited. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a single drink, but you’ll need to grab a cab and leave the area to find one.

Even when you do find an alcoholic store, you’ll be asked to show an alcohol tourist licence valid only to visitors who are non-Muslim and 21 years and over. The Emirate of Dubai offers a free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists, to ensure visitors will not be penalised for breaking the law.

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