What you didn’t know about Pakistan

Did you know that Islamabad is the second most beautiful country in the world?! I did not know until my host told me after I kept telling him in awe of how GREEN and BEAUTIFUL the city is! I thought I was going to walk into a deserted landscape but it is the complete opposite! […]

Afghanistan from a Different View

When one thinks of Afghanistan, one can’t help but picture a war-torn country with many suicide bombs, attacks, civilians killed, injured and brutalized. While that happens, but Afghanistan and the people are not a part of that representation. Those are extremists who are trying to take control of the country and forcing their radical views. […]

An Impulsive Visit to Afghanistan

IMPORTANT: Before you read the long post, please close the page if you intend to promote this article as a warning to others. I am only sharing my personal experience and it is not intended to scare anyone. In fact, I encourage others to visit Afghanistan with safety measures. __________________________________________________________________________ Let me take you on […]

Border Crossing from Pakistan to Afghanistan

Crossing from Pakistan to Afghanistan is through Torkham border which is open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. This can be done by carpooling or public transport. I traveled during Eid so public transport was closed and no one was traveling. I had to book my own ride which costed 50USD from Islamabad to Torkham border. […]

Afghanistan Visa

First of all, there isn’t any tourist visa from Saudi. Only visit visa which requires an invitation letter from a person in Afghanistan and a clearance from the Ministry of Interior which may take time. Required Documents when applying from Saudi Arabia. 1. Approval from Ministry of Interior in Afghanistan 2. Passport Copy 3. Iqama […]

Experience True and Ancient Arabian Civilization in Yemen

Yemen is a place like no other. I strongly believe the entire country or at least most should be protected by UNESCO. Historical buildings, ancient heritage, villages from hundreds of years are all around you. It’s not a specific place. You are within it. Everywhere I turn, there’s always something I want to capture; the […]

Pakistan Visa

Officially it takes 2 months to never for a Pakistani visa. Your nationality certainly plays an important role; it could make it easy or a lot harder than usual. So here’s what I had to do! 1. Get an official stamped letter from any offices in Pakistan. You can ask any of your Pakistani friend […]

Denied Entry in Tunisia

I’ve dealt with many visa refusals but this is probably the worst one of all. Tunisia says that GCC residents can get visa on arrival. What they fail to mention is that “yes, fly in to Tunisia  and we will check with Ministry of Interior for clearance, if you’re clear then go ahead, if not, […]

My Spontaneous Trip to Yemen

What’s in Yemen? How’s Yemen like? What’s going on with the war? Is it like what the media portrays it? What can one expect to see there? Poverty? Starvation? What should I wear? So many unanswered questions in mind. As a Yemeni who was born and raised only in Saudi, I was never exposed to […]

Countries that Refuse Admission to Yemeni Passport Holders

Holding a Yemeni passport and want to visit the following countries? Let me know if you ever manage to get through since they refuse admission to all Yemeni passport holders. Iran – We were eligible for visa on arrival until it suddenly changed to Admission Refused recently in 2018. Kuwait – Regardless of your GCC […]

5 Days in Nepal

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions Nepal? TREKS AND MOUNTAINS! Since I am not a big fan of trekking so I visited these instead during my 5 days trip and eventually ended up doing a short trek because WHY NOT! 😀   Kathmandu – Durbar Square – It is […]

Georgia in Winter with @ibnfatota

With a population of only 3.5 million for a country that is almost triple the size of Jeddah, it can get very quiet and sparse. However, this was not evident on my previous visit during Summer where the country was spurred with tourists. Georgia is a peaceful country with many old architectures from the Soviet […]

3 Cities within 3 Days in Cambodia

I moved around 3 cities in Cambodia within 3 days simply because I wanted to have a taste of different cities with very little budget. You might think I wasted time in traveling between cities but it was quite the opposite, I saved time and money! Means of Commuting: 2 in 1 – My favorite […]

Madain Saleh on a Budget

Eager to visit Saudi’s first UNESCO World Heritage site but don’t know where to begin? I’ve got it all covered with minimal cost! Al Ula is located on the north-western side part of Saudi, about 380km north of Madinah. It is known for its ruins and historical places of over 2,000 years old. Things You […]

Golden Monkey Trekking in Rwanda

Golden monkeys are native to Rwanda and they are endangered due to deforestation. I did the Golden Monkey Trek in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park which costs 75 USD. It is an easy trek that lasts between 3 to 5 hours depending on the movement of the Golden Monkeys. I was very lucky that both groups […]

The Forgotten Pyramids in Sudan

Before visiting Sudan, I thought I would run out of things to do. Instead, I ran out of time to see the many remote and hidden treasures. Did you know that Sudan has pyramids? They have nearly 200 pyramids, giving them the country with the biggest number of pyramids in the world! I had a […]

Tanzania; Wildlife at its Best

What does one do when they visit Tanzania apart from climbing one of the 7 summits? Game drives all day errday! So here was my 5 days itinerary and I will be writing my very honest feedback on each as usual. Day 1: Tarangire National Park Right after breakfast, the guide picked me up from […]

Bahrain on a Budget

After 25 years living in the GCC and more than 2 years of traveling, I finally made a trip to a neighboring country; Bahrain. Many GCC residents have not been to Bahrain simply because it is presumed to be on the expensive side or not worth visiting. I’m going to bust those assumptions based on […]

7 Things about Rwanda

How much do you know about Rwanda other than the violent genocide that happened in 1994. I was stunned by pleasant surprises when I arrived in Rwanda. 1. Eco Friendly – Did you know that Rwanda is one the first African countries to enforce plastic ban? It’s not just a title, this is enforced diligently. When […]

How I Travel without Breaking My Wallet

How can you afford to travel all the time?! Are you rich? Do you have extra savings? Who pays for your travels? Do you get sponsored? These are questions I get most of the time and I’m going to break it down on how I travel the world without breaking my wallet while earning an […]

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Did you know that mountain gorillas are endangered? Did you know that they are habituated only in the Virunga mountains? Virunga mountains are shared between DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Mountain gorillas have been declared as endangered. There are only about 700 of them left in the world. These peaceful and intelligent creatures are victims […]

Adventure Seekers; Oman is calling for you!

Let’s not underestimate the beauty that Oman is blessed with in the Gulf countries. I was struck by surprise of the greenery, landscape, hospitality,  and nature which has not been exposed enough. I am beat that I don’t have any photos or videos to show what I had experienced within just 2 days as I […]

Things to do in Armenia

Armenia; I don’t know where to begin. Should I start with the genocide, the people, the culture, their grief, their struggle, their generosity, or the food? There’s so much to cover about Armenia and I was there for only 3 days! The experience I had in Armenia is one of the closest to my heart. […]

Climbing Mount Bisoke in Rwanda

I have always wanted to climb a mountain and at the same time, I am hesitant about it. I couldn’t be sure enough if climbing was my thing. So I decided to give it a try. I mean, you never know until you try right?! After reading BeMyTravelMuse’s post on Rwanda, she recommends to climb […]

Nairobi #donatealongtheway

Before starting my East Africa trip, I had a 3 hours transit in Nairobi which I wanted to make full use of. I received many suggestions and offers through Couchsurf to visit the UN headquarters, game drives in Nairobi National Park, visit the Elephant Orphanage etc. The offer that caught my heart was from Pastor […]

Rwanda #donatealongtheway

I got to know Emmanuel through Couchsurf. Emmanuel has been looking after 200 orphans between the age of 3 to 13 years old that were removed from the place they used to call home when Rwanda decided to close all orphanages in 2012. These children have been fostered by families who were already barely making […]

5 Pillars of Jordan

My visit to Jordan was only for 26 hours due to wrong ticket booking and I managed to cover Petra, Dead Sea, Amman (all the great food), and Mount Nebo which you can read about on this post. Here, Anissa will cover the places which I did not get to visit due to time constraint. […]

The Andalusian Capital; Sevilla

Which better place is there to experience an authentic Flamenco other than the birthplace itself and for FREE?! Visit Casa Anselma to experience an underground and authentic flamenco. The performance will leave you with shivers. Casa Anselma does not have any signage but the building is on the corner of the street with beautiful ceramic. […]

Winter Camping Experience in Lebanon

Beginning of this year, I stumbled upon a post on Winter Camping by the amazing travel blogger; Anna 🙂 Her first winter camping trip in Iceland inspired me to give it a shot. To be honest, before reading her post,  I did not know that camping in winter is a thing. 😛 Anna’s post was […]

A Memorable Trip to The Roof of the World; Ladakh

Ladakh is located 11,000 feet above sea level in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in India. It is also known as The Roof of the World as it is geographically located on the Western Himalayas range; home to the highest mountain in the world. The word Ladakh itself translates to the land of high […]

Travel Mishaps

Here is a list of ridiculous mistakes I have made along my travels and I am pretty sure there will be more in the future.   I hope you won’t make the same mistakes after reading them. 1. Single Entry Visa – I am well aware of the difference between Single Entry vs Multiple Entry. However, […]

Dubai Off the Beaten Path

As most of my readers are from Saudi Arabia and I know how much you guys love Dubai. Here are some recommendations from the gorgeous Abbie! You can check out more on her life in Dubai through her blog www.kidgnarly.me ———————————————————————————– When you think of Dubai, you think “Skyscrapers”, “City Life”, and my personal favorite, […]

Georgia; The Rising Country in Tourism

10 years ago, no one would think of visiting Georgia or even heard of the country. Today, Georgia is booming with tourism. I went to Georgia via Soviet Union train from Armenia. I arrived past midnight and took a taxi to the hostel. A taxi within the city should not cost more than 2USD. I […]

Lisbon’s Secret Neighborhood; Mouraria

Lisbon is located on a hill and off the western coast of Europe. The ancient history and culture from medieval period remains pristine in the secret quarter; Mouraria. I kept falling in love with Lisbon as I walk through the colorful neighborhoods, narrow cobbled streets  and pretty black and white marbled pavements. I love how […]

Earn While You Travel with AirWayBill

Many people have asked me on how I can afford traveling so often to many different countries. There are many answers to that question, especially in this digital age we are living with numerous applications, social websites and other tools that has made traveling with little budget possible. One of the genius tool I have […]

Mallorca

Mallorca (Majorca) is one of the Balearic islands in Spain with Palma as the capital city. Mallorca is surrounded by mountains and if you drive out of the highway, you could see many fields of watermelon and other plantations. How to get there: If you book in advance, flying is the cheapest and fastest way. […]

10 Essential Pieces for Female Backpackers

Hello guys! It’s Inas from the blog www.inasnoseitall.com , lifestyle/fashion blog, writing a new post here for an awesome friend of mine Nada Al Nahdi! So in this post I’ll be covering type of clothing to take as a backpacker, something light, practical and of course fashionable cuz you wanna be cool in that Instagram […]

Mystical Rock Formation; the Giant’s Causeway

Upon my visit to Southern Ireland, I crossed the border to Northern Ireland which is part of the UK as there isn’t any borders between them. The journey only took 3 hours by bus from Dublin with regular schedules. I have to say that the Giant’s Causeway is one of my favorite spot in Northern/Southern […]

Holi Festival in Jaipur

Holi also known as the festival of colors is held on a yearly basis and it is most popular in the northern part of India. I chose to celebrate Holi in the pretty pink city; Jaipur. Here is Hawa Mahal; probably the most iconic structure in Jaipur with it’s intricate facade in terracotta pink. In […]

Perks of Visiting Turkey During Off Season

We all know that visiting a country during off season gives many perks! Cheaper airfare, accommodation cost, less crowd, easier to bargain, short queues and a lot more! Here were my experiences in Turkey during winter which is considered a low season for tourism. 1. Hierapolis Theater all to yourself! – Feel free to sing […]

Top 15 Things To Do in Japan

There are just so many things to see and do in Japan. Here are my top 15 things to do that costs very little to nothing! 1. Watch Sumo Wrestling/Train – I found it to be very interesting to watch the deeply rooted sports in the Japanese culture. Read more about how and where on this […]

Singapore – A World Class Country

Singapore is one of the smallest country in the world and it’s a melting pot of cultures. The highly cosmopolitan city has a lot to marvel within the neatly organized country. Everything seems to be perfectly arranged. I would recommend walking around the little streets such as Arab Street, Bugis Street, Little India, Orchard,  Chinatown […]

6 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Ladakh

Ladakh is located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in India.  My first stop during my trip to India was to Ladakh. I had not made any research on the city other than places I’d like to see. As usual, I wing it! Here are few things you should know before visiting Ladakh: 1. […]

Winter Wonderland in Srinagar

Srinagar is the largest capital city in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in India. Srinagar is a city that will leave you mesmerized. It is surrounded by the Himalayan range and blessed with many lakes, swamps, the different type of trees, and flowers. Here are some of the things you could do when visiting […]

Mada’in Saleh; Saudi’s First UNESCO World Heritage

Having lived in Saudi my whole life, I am proud to say that we have an amazing array of archaeological site that are worth visiting. I hope Saudi opens up for tourism soon so others can explore and discover that Saudi has a lot more than just sand dunes, camels and oil. Here is Mada’in […]

Al Wa’abah Crater

Al Wa’abahCrater is a massive volcanic crater with a depth of 250 meters and 2 km width. It’s located 350 km  from Jeddah, it takes about 4 hours drive. It is a great place for camping and hiking. The hike was not easy due to the heat from the sun right on top of your […]

Kenya – A Treasured Memory

Kenya blew me away from the moment I stepped in the Nairobi airport. Kenyans love to yell out Karibu which means welcome with the broadest smile like there isn’t any trouble in the world. Untouched nature, raw wilderness and genuine happy people I wish I have the photos to show all of Kenya, unfortunately, the memory will […]

10 Reasons to Visit Ireland

When I talk about Ireland or mention of visiting Ireland, I get reactions such as “Who goes to Ireland?” “Why would anyone go to Ireland?” I visited Ireland in June 2016 and it’s a country that I would love to visit every year. Here are 10 out of the many reasons to visit Ireland. 1. The […]

My First Solo Trip

I know a lot of females who are curious to try traveling solo yet they are afraid to take the first step. I think it would help a lot by starting with going to a foreign country that is not so foreign. My first solo trip was to Egypt.  Coming from Saudi, it felt like I […]

The Guide to Watching Sumo in Japan

Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport which is deeply rooted in their culture since the 3rd century and still practiced professionally to date. It is not like any regular sports, it is highly respected and it is also a religious ritual practice by Shintos. If there aren’t any Sumo tournaments during your visit to Japan, […]

A Visa Mishap in My Own Home Country

I visited Indonesia with a plan of Jeddah-Jakarta-Malaysia-Singapore-Jakarta-West Papua-Jakarta-Jeddah. I’m part Indonesian but I have a Yemeni passport. I needed a visa so I applied and got the visa within a day. I had all my tickets and visas ready for each country I planned on visiting. I arrived on 29th April and left on […]

Explore Japan; The Cheap Way

Whenever you mention Japan, the first thought that comes to mind is that it is EXPENSIVE. I am guilty of one of those stereotypes. But hey! I’ve put it to test and Japan is NOT expensive! So how much do you really need to visit the land of the rising sun? Read on and see […]

Highlights of My Trip in Ethiopia

My trip to Ethiopia had loads of ups and downs. There were times where I had horrible experiences but now that I look back, it is what makes the trip memorable! Ethiopia surprised me in many ways. It is a lot greener than I thought! Here are the highlights of my trip! 1. Without a […]

Raja Ampat Archipelago – Heaven on Earth

I was supposed to go to Indonesia and re-live my island life days in April but sadly plans changed. Here’s a throwback to my first island adventure in Raja Ampat, West Papua that got me awe-inspired. Since then, I fell in love and went on another island trip in Indonesia which I will share on […]

26 Hours in Jordan!

Believe it or not, you can see the main spots in Jordan in just 26 hours! This is not for those who are not in for some sleepless adventure! How did it happen? I had mistakenly booked my ticket for only 1 night instead of 2 nights. I didn’t want to change the flight and […]

Top 10 Tips to Survive India!

Before going to India, I heard and read so many horror stories about travelling to India as a solo female. Instantly, I had the worst thoughts and expectations. I expected a lot of inappropriate behavior and interaction, chances of getting kidnapped for ransom in Jammu & Kashmir, and what not. But guess what? I went, […]

Algeria Visa

Required Documents: 1. Filled Application Form 2. Hotel Reservation 3. Ticket Reservation 4. Employment Letter authenticated by Chamber of Commerce (If your iqama is issued from a different city than your actual residence, make sure to include that you are working from the city that you are in – My iqama is issued in Riyadh, […]