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Travel Itinerary and tips part 2

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Hey there!

As you might have noticed, we’ve been busy with the blog lately. Both on the front-end and behind the scenes. The blog should be loading faster now, on both desktop and on your mobile devices.

Anyway,  in case you missed Our 5 Pre-Travel Tips, be sure to check it out. In this post, we will talk more about how to prepare your travel itinerary and how to decide on where to travel and what to do when you travel.

To start off, ask yourself this question, why do you want to travel? The answer to this question may not be as simple or as straight forward as you might think. Not to over-complicate things, but this question will decide on where you will go, how much you would want to spend on your vacation, and what kind of activities you will do. So spend as much time deciding on the answer.

It could be one, or a combination of the following

  • I want to spend some time away from the routine life
  • I want to relax, switch off and go somewhere far
  • I want to experience new things that I always wanted to do
  • I want to spend my hard-earned cash on things that aren’t available locally
  • I want to escape the hot weather and ‘ghbar’!

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Answering the question will decide on the style of your vacation. For me, I have a busy life style here in Kuwait. Things vary between my day job, my  small business and initiatives, my studies, the gym and social life responsibilities. I tend to want to travel every 3 months or so. It doesn’t have to be a long vacation, a short weekend getaway will do. But every now and then I want to have what we all call a Real Vacation. Usually it’s a combination of the following:

  • I want to experience new things
  • I want to relax, switch off and go somewhere far

I don’t mind allocating a big budget to do the above. The places that I usually go to are pretty far and I always do multi-destination trips, going through multiple countries. I’m very active when I travel and end up covering tons of activities in a single day, spending no more than 4 nights in a single city or country. So, I end up burning a huge chunk of my travel budget on hotels and air plane tickets.

So how do I choose my destinations?

  1. By checking  this blog , following us on Instagram and Snapchat (@Hello965) and sending us your questions. because ‘Hello 965’ team are awesome travel consultants!
  2. Word of mouth – by having a big international circle of friends that tells you about destinations worth checking. This is my personal favorite, but it can only be effective when you have a huge circle of friends from various nationalities.
  3. online sites – such as tripadvisor, travelocity. They can be useful and give you an idea of a place, but do NOT depend on them.
  4. Apps – Instagram/twitter/Google plus pages on traveling, Yelp and Foursquare.

How do I look for travel tickets and prices?

  1. Expedia
  2. Google travel
  3. Direct deals announced from airlines or any 3rd party agency
  4. Skiplagged.com

You may not find the best prices at Expedia, so be sure to check the airline websites for a better prices. Tried Skiplagged couple of times and get got me the best prices that i couldn’t match anywhere else, however it does not always work.

How do I book my hotels?

  1. Booking.com
  2. Hotels.com
  3. Airbnb.com

Always think strategically when you book a hotel. Look at the hotel location on Google Maps and make sure it’s not too far from the places that you will spend most of your time at. AirBnB is a new concept of booking a place (House, apartment etc..). I highly recommend that you check them out, as my experience using it has always been great.

Hope this helps with your travel plans and as always, feel free to ask us for consultations!

Happy traveling!

Koh Samui Island – جزيرة كوه ساموي

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A funny story how I ended up going to Koh Samui, my friend and I were sitting planning Eid trip. Eid, as we know it, is a nice public holiday where everyone plan to travel and enjoy their time off. Anyway, long story short I was going through my instagram account where I saw a BEAUTIFUL picture via one of the great vacation destinations instagram accounts.. and I read the caption:”Koh Samui”. Neither my friend nor I knew where or what Koh Samui is. We googled the images, got really excited and decided thats our trip right now. The funny part is that we had NEVER heard of the place before, and the minute we booked we realized that EVERYONE knew of Koh Samui and some were actually going! *_*

For many of you who know Koh Samui, its known to be a honeymooners destination. YES IT IS. Magical, Romantic & Beautiful. However, who says it can’t be fun? so we aimed for RELAX, and HAVE FUN. We did.

Tickets and Accomodation?

  • Travel:

The ideal route to Samui from my research results was to Bangkok International Airport (BANGKOK SUVARNABH), and internal flight needs to be booked from Bangkok to Samui Airport (USM KOH SAMUI). the cutest airport on earth.

Airlines that could take you there from Kuwait that is: Qatar Airways, Kuwait Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways. Those were the options I looked at.

  • Sleep:

There are MANY beautiful beeeaauuutiful hotels and resorts in Samui. For options, check www.booking.com!

The two hotels that I was in between and recommend are; Banyan Tree resort & The W Retreat. We ended up choosing the Banyan Tree and never regretted our choice. We were S.P.O.I.L.E.D. in the best possible way. It was a true VACATION <3

 

 

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The Banyan Tree gave us a magical villa, on an amazing sea-view.

 

Risk of getting Bored?

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Ofcourse, we were concerned we’d get bored. Thats was NOT an issue at all. During your stay there, plan your activities ahead of time. Ask your concierge or villa host to provide you with a list of things you could do. For us, we love adventure. We did;

– Kayaking

– Island Hopping

– Rope Sliding

– ATV ride

– Elephant Trecking

– Muay Thai (Thai Boxing!)

– Waterfalls

And many more activities available! Otherwise, you always have the option of getting a lovely tan, breathe the nice air, swim and GET A MASSAGE. So one of the things we did every single day is to get foot massage. HEAVEN!

 

Happine-ss?

 Coconut Icecream. Oh yes.

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A Burger on the pool.

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Newly weds photoshoot.

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