Scratch Off World Map

One of my newly purchased items is the Scratch Off World Map.

Basically, it’s a classic world map where the continents are topped with a scratch-off foil surface so you can show off the places you’ve visited (or keep track of where the treasure’s hidden).

An awesome gift to your jetsetter friends and travel addicts!!

Lagos, Algarve, South of Portugal

Lagos is a municipality at the mouth of Bensafrim River and along the Atlantic Ocean, in the Barlavento region of the Algarve, in southern Portugal.

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Stay Duration: 4 days

Travel Method: By car from Lisbon (2 hours 30 minutes)

Accommodation: Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort (Recommended!)

When did Hello965 visit? June, 2014 (summer clothes in the morning, cardigan at night!)

Car Needed? Yes, must rent a car

Length of stay in Lagos: In Algarve, I don’t recommend you stay in one place more than 2 nights

 Sleep

– Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort (I stayed here!)

– Hotel Vila Gale Lagos

– Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

– Hotel Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa (25km to lagos)

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During our stay at Cascade Resort

 

Things to do:

  • Mountain Bike Adventure
  • Meia Praia (recommended!)
  • Windsurf Point
  • Kayak Adventures (recommended!)
  • Walk on cliffs Ponta da Piedade (Recommended!)
  • Enjoy some sun at Camilo Beach
  • Checkout Statue of Sao Goncalo
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Praia do Porto de Mos

 Don’t forget, you always have the option to contact us at info@hello965.com to plan your trip and do the bookings for you! 😀

 

Around Lagos:

 

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Cheers,

PS. A special thank you to Mafalda, she’s been beyond amazing xx

Hello965 Team

Porto, Portugal Travel Guide

How to get to Porto (Also called Oporto)?
Airport Name: Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport is located on the north outskirts of Porto
Roadtrip

via Plane

  • Via Lufthansa+ TAP with one stop in Germany – Frankfurt (Be careful while planning with TAP, I heard there are many cancelled flights so try to get an early flight in case its cancelled you could get on the next one) There are also many low cost flights such as: Luxair, Ryanair, Air Berlin, Air Transat and Aigle Azu
  • Other than Germany as a stop/connection:  Lisbon, Brussels, Toronto, Montreal, Milan, Paris, Madrid, Bordeaux and London
Roadtrip

Via car

  • Arrive in Lisbon & drive to Porto: the city enjoys excellent road connections with the entire Portugal. Thus, for instance, A 1 links Porto to Lisbon, A 4 provides the connection to Tras-os-Montes, whereas A 3 reaches all the way to Minho. Braga, Aveiro, Viana do Castelo are also connected by motorways to Porto, so, depending on the chosen destination, tourists must opt for either A 29 or A 28 in order to get to where they want to reach. Either by bus or by car (private vehicle or rented car), Porto can be reached from virtually all corners of the country.
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Sleep.
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Lunch in Porto
Food.
– Reitoria ( Steakhouse, Bistro, Wine Bar)
– LSD (Coffee & tea, Snacks, Restaurants)
– Rota do Cha (Cafe)
– Taberna das Galerias (Portuguese)
– Casa de Pasto da Palmeira (Portuguese)
– Bar Tolo (Portuguese)
– Portarossa (Pizzeria)
– Gull (Sushi)
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Things to do.
Fundação (foundation) Serralves – awesome palace with amazing gardens and and enormous collection of art
– Must see Ponte de Dom Luís I
– If the weather is good go Praia (means beach) da Maceda
– Checkout Praça da Ribeira (Square/Plaza)
– Surf lessons/Surfing
– Hop on Hop off Bus to see Porto
– There are also guided tours to see the city at night
– Nightlife: Rua (Street) das Galerias
– Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Museum)
Happy travels!!!
Always remember, you could contact us to plan your trip for you, or give you travel consultation either via contact us form on our website or info@hello965.com
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Istanbul, Turkey First Timers

Flight

  • Turkish Airways if my preferred travel airline to Istanbul
  •  Other direct flight option from Kuwait is: Jazeera Airways
  •  From Dubai: A direct flight is on Pegasus Airlines + FlyDubai

 

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Sleep

Le Méridien Istanbul Hotel Etiler

– Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus

– Hotel Les Ottomans

– Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas

– W Istanbul

– Istanbul Edition

– Raffles Istanbul

– Hotel Morione

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Food

-Turkish Cuisine-

MIKLA 

Meze by Lemon Tree 

360 Istanbul

BEYTI

Safi Meyhane

Yeni Lokanta

– Italian Cuisine –

CIPRIANI ISTANBUL

-Fusion-

MÜZEDECHANGA 

-International-

– X Restaurant & Bar  (located on the top floor of the historical Deniz Palace in Şişhane)

– SUNSET GRILL & BAR 

-Desserts-

– Develi Baklava 

– Divan Patisserie, Taksim

– Ab’bas Waffle, Bebek

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If it is your first time in Istanbul, you have to do this:

  • See Ayasofya
  • TOPKAPI Palace
  • See Blue Mosque
  •  See Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Bosphorus Boat Tour
  • SWIM AT SUADA (00 90 212 236 7300). Float between Europe and Asia at Suada, a swimming pool surrounded by bars and restaurants carved into a little island in the middle of the Bosphorus. The boat leaves from Kuruçesme Park.
  • Taksim Square
  • Grand Bazaar
  • If you have time, Egyptian Bazaar
  • Check out the Spice Market.
  • Hammam: BATHTIME (Open daily for men from 8am to 10pm and for women from 8am to 8.30pm)
  • Check out the Roman and Ottoman empire at the Basilica Cistern.

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Looking for concierge services to make all or some of your bookings and planning? Please contact us at least 2 weeks before your trip and we’re more than happy to help!! Email us: info@hello965.com

 

“Istanbul: A city where every photograph narrates a thousand stories”

Cheers,

Hello965 team

The Secret Waterfalls in Oman

Hello hello hello adventurers! This post is especially for YOU.

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One of the weekends I decided to join a hiking trip organized by a Kuwaiti adventurer called Ali, who’s been doing those hikes in Oman for a while.

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Mr Ali Husain

Ali organizes multiple trips on a monthly basis. Usually, those trips have guides and co-guides to lead everyone during the whole trip. Ali is an Explorer & adventure traveler. Inspiring others to get out & see the wonders of Earth. What motivated me to join one of Ali’s trips is his passion; when you know passion is involved, you know it’ll be good.

How do I sign up for one of the trips?

You contact Ali to inquire about the trips he offers: (Jebel Shams, The cave, Waterfalls, Kayak Expedition, The Abandon Village (Family trip),  etc..). Usually, the broadcast he sends contains the trip details:

  • Starting and Ending Dates
  • Guide names
  • Difficulty Level
  • Price & deposit details
  • Meeting Point
  • Gear required
  • What is provided and what is not

Upon confirmation, you transfer the deposit amount. A whatsapp group will be created to discuss trip details and to get to know the group you’re going with. Later, there will be a meeting where you all meet to discuss the trip details. Our guide Ms Lulu Al Awadhi was extremely helpful guiding us to what we need to buy and prepare for. So when the meeting happens, try to attend.

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PC: Arwa Abulhassan

You feel like going but no one wants to join you from your friends? GO ANWYAY! At first, I was worried because I registered solo – I had no friends going with me at that time. Then I realized, it’s one of the best decisions I took meeting all the great people and their amazing personalities.

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PC: Abdulwahab Buhaimed

The trip I did was called: The Secret Waterfalls

Verdict of the whole experience? AMAZING

Will I do it again? Yes

A tip for the Secret Waterfalls? Take gloves, Knee support, and an energy drink.

Do I need to be fit to do it? Personally, I say Yes. Train, train, train.

A memorable moment? Jumping off of a 20 meters cliff

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*** Through out the trip I had two concerns but I’ll share only one: Sleeping outdoors. Sleeping under the stars and waking up to the beach were the best two moments I’ve had in a long long time.

Ignore your fears, have fun!

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PC: Bader AlAjeel

Closing Thought.. ” Forge your own route and stand in no one’s footsteps but your own.”

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