UAE residents are ready and set to fly off to exotic places

 

UAE residents are ready and set to fly off to exotic places
Chirayu Bakhati

Five residents share fun travel experiences and recommend some of their favourite holiday destinations for an exciting and unique experience

By Micah Aguilar

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Published: Sun 30 Jun 2019, 10:58 AM

Chirayu Bakhati 
This year I travelled a lot and stayed in Australia and Hong Kong for a day, Nepal for a few weeks, and then back to Dubai. I think every place has their own charm obviously. Since every place I've been to has special memories for me, it's tough to choose a favourite, but if I had to, I would choose Nepal, my home country. Just being there is special in its own way; words can't explain.
I guess that's a mutual feeling with everyone and their home country. My travel list is stacked for sure. Firstly, I really want to travel to countries in Asia, namely China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Myanmar and Vietnam.
I've made a lot of friends in Australia during the time I'd spent studying there, and I can't wait to visit them and see more of the  country. I am also looking forward to travelling to the UK to finish university and then explore the rest of Europe.  
Stephanie Rodejo 
The last time I travelled was in 2016 with my family. We went around Europe; it is such a beautiful continent with countries that boast of distinct people, cultures and attractions! Out of all the countries I've visited, my favourite would have to be France.
As a kid, I've always dreamt of visiting some of its famous landmarks, and getting to actually see some of them such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre museum was really a euphoric moment for me.
The food was great and the people were genuinely nice too! On my next adventure, I would love to travel to Japan with friends. Japan just has so much things to offer - its interesting culture, beautiful destinations, and of course, their amazing food.
Based on my past travel experience, I think the perfect destination to travel during the summer and to escape the heat would be the Netherlands. It is home to many art museums, historical places and flower gardens! 
Kate Dhavid Roska
The last time I travelled, I went to Georgia with a couple of friends. Since then, I could never get the images of the breathtaking sites off from my mind, like the beautiful waters of Jinvali Lake and the majestic Gudauri mountains.
During the trip, I especially enjoyed exploring with my friends and paragliding, which was the highlight of my trip! I definitely recommend visiting Georgia, the people are wonderful and the food is mouthwatering, which makes the trip worth it!
I would love to visit again someday. This summer, we are planning to travel as a family to Amsterdam and France, and I'm really looking forward to visiting the museums and exploring again. 
Joshua De villeres 
I went to South Korea around December 2017 to experience new year celebrations there. The people were really nice and welcoming; the only problem is the lack of English speakers, making it hard for us to communicate. Nevertheless, they were great people.
I think out of all the places we had visited, I like Nami island the most, as it had really great sights and the experience was refreshing. I only wish we got there before the leaves started to fall. They say it's majestic to see the ginkgo trees. I also like the fact that I ate hotdog on a stick in very cold weather. It's nice because of its simplicity.
Overall, it's a great place to visit. Staying in Seoul is a lot of fun, but going to other places is even better, especially visiting the palaces and islands. For my next vacation, I'd like to visit Japan for the food, culture, beautiful sights, and of course, the cherry blossom trees. Sounds a bit common, but I really want to experience it.
If I go there, I'd want to travel with friends, as I often fly with my family. I would recommend people to visit Philippines and other tropical countries if they want to experience a summer vibe.
Andrea Jane Jamero 
The last time I travelled was in August 2018. I went home to the Philippines, where I was able to explore more of Bohol and visit a brand-new place, Dumaguete, which is enriched with the beauty of nature. Despite enjoying family time and discovering unique aspects of the Philippines, my visit to South Korea is the one I treasure the most.
I've been to other places such as Thailand, Armenia and Georgia, however, I can't deny that South Korea has definitely left a huge impact on me. What I really enjoyed about the trip is that their culture is showcased through the Gyeongbukgung Palace, which is open to the public. The country shows off its development through modern attractions, music and endless shopping places.
The people were surprisingly nice. Despite not being confident in English, they made sure to show hospitality through their smiles. The food was quite interesting too. South Korea's traditional food is universal but unique enough to attract people to try it. As someone who is well-versed with the country's food, nothing seemed unusual to me, however, the act of eating raw octopus and beef never fails to amaze me.
Cafes are a huge trend there and this is probably one of my favourite things about the country as they have unique concepts - from being surrounded by an entire collection of books to having dogs sprawled all throughout the venue. With that being said, my most cherished part of the visit is snow.
I've experienced snow in Georgia, but in South Korea I was able to experience the real snowfall and witness the beautiful patterns of the snowflakes. For my next travels, I want to visit either Portugal or Hungary with my family as the distinctive architecture and the rich history of the European countries have really caught my eye.
I think those places would be great to explore with my loved ones. Plus, European countries are ideal for vacations during the summer as they have a much colder weather, and unlike Asia, they're not drenched in rain and humidity. 

Kate Dhavid Roska
Kate Dhavid Roska
Stephanie Rhodejo
Stephanie Rhodejo
Joshua De Villeres
Joshua De Villeres
Andrea Jane Jamero
Andrea Jane Jamero

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