When we tripped to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, what to wear in the Middle East was the aspect I probably researched the most. I’m no fashion plate, but as a female travelling into a conservative country that has quite strong views on what is acceptable to wear, I fretted about what was suitable to throw into my suitcase. ‘What do I wear to the Middle East’ is something I get asked a lot – and… View Post

Kindness and Making a Difference – Travel Linkup

Kindness and Making a Difference – Travel Linkup

Over the years, our travels have been pinpointed with acts of kindness that have often made our trip – turning a sad or frustrating situation into one that has restored our faith in the world – so for this month’s travel linkup, all about kindness and making a difference in the world – and these are a few instances that rest in my memories. I’ve worked professionally with a few charities, but not travelled as such to… View Post

‘We Love Saturday Brunch’ at the InterContinental Hotel, …

‘We Love Saturday Brunch’ at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened Polly’s instastories and looked on in envy as she and her friends settle down to beautiful Middle Eastern brunch feasts on the weekends. Seemingly endless selections of international cuisines, icy glasses of bubbly and the chatter of much loved friends. Friday brunch (the first day of the weekend there) has become an art form in the Middle East, and sadly we missed out on our trip… View Post

4 Days in Doha – A stopover in the Middle …

4 Days in Doha – A stopover in the Middle East

Having decided to change my career, I thought that I deserved a wee holiday to celebrate. Now, most people would book a long weekend in Spain or perhaps a week on a beach, but I decided that a 3 week trip to New Zealand was in order. With the blessing of my Mr Kiwi (who had to keep the UK hearth fires burning and the cat fed due to work commitments) and a brand new… View Post

Dubai and Abu Dhabi – 10 experiences you must have!

Dubai and Abu Dhabi – 10 experiences you must have!

Since we’ve been to Dubai, almost every person I’ve met who asked me about our trip tips their head slightly and says “huh, I’ve never thought of going there. Not for any particular reason it just didn’t appeal”. We were honestly the same, but after a few transits through the airport on the way to New Zealand, and spotting a full-size camel in amongst the duty free shelves of perfume my curiosity was piqued (a… View Post