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San Francisco is an amazing and diverse city. Spread across an undulating landscape, San Francisco attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. Whether it is fashion lovers, adventure lovers or people who just wish to relax under the sun, San Francisco offers everything. The most famed structure in the city is the Golden Gate Bridge, which is a must visit for any travellers.  Downtown San Francisco has a wide array of museums that offer an interesting insight into the local history and culture. For those looking forward to unwind at the beaches there are numerous options such as the Baker Beach, China Beach, Ocean Beach, etc. The rippling landscape of San Francisco has given rise to numerous parks and green spaces where visitors can spend time. Some of the best parks to visit in the city are Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Bernal Heights Park, etc. The Twin Peaks standing in the heart of the city offer amazing view of the entire city.  Shopping in San Francisco is an experience that one cannot let go. The city has several shopping malls, markets and areas where people can shop. The Chinatown has its own flavor of shopping and so does Union Square and Hayes Valley. The Westfield San Francisco Centre, Fillmore Street, and the Chestnut Street are also some great areas to shop. ...more

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San Francisco is an amazing and diverse city. Spread across an undulating landscape, San Francisco attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. Whether it is fashion lovers, adventure lovers or people who just wish to relax under the sun, San Francisco offers everything. The most famed structure in the city is the Golden Gate Bridge, which is a must visit for any travellers.

 Downtown San Francisco has a wide array of museums that offer an interesting insight into the local history and culture. For those looking forward to unwind at the beaches there are numerous options such as the Baker Beach, China Beach, Ocean Beach, etc. The rippling landscape of San Francisco has given rise to numerous parks and green spaces where visitors can spend time. Some of the best parks to visit in the city are Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Bernal Heights Park, etc. The Twin Peaks standing in the heart of the city offer amazing view of the entire city.

 Shopping in San Francisco is an experience that one cannot let go. The city has several shopping malls, markets and areas where people can shop. The Chinatown has its own flavor of shopping and so does Union Square and Hayes Valley. The Westfield San Francisco Centre, Fillmore Street, and the Chestnut Street are also some great areas to shop.

Nearby Airports

The main airport serving San Francisco is the San Francisco International Airport. The airport is located about 10 miles from the city and is connected by the Bay Area Rapid Transit. Public transport is the best and most convenient option available from the airport to the city. Taxis are also available from the airport but are a bit expensive.

Halal Restaurants

Whether it is Thai, Chinese, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Pakistani or Indian, there are a wide variety of halal restaurants in San Francisco. Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant, Aicha Moroccan Cuisine, Bang San Thai, Karachi Classics, De Afghanan Kabob House and Shah’s Halal Food are just a few of the halal restaurants in San Francisco.

Mosques

San Francisco has numerous mosques. Some of the best mosques in San Francisco include AlSabeel Masjid Noor Al-Islam, Muhammad's Mosque, Masjid al-Tawheed, Fiji Jamaat Ul Islam of America - Masjid Ul Jamie, etc.

Things to Do and See in San Francisco

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Chinatown
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Alamo Square Park
  • Coit Tower
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • City Hall
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Randall Museum
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Exploratorium on Pier 15
  • Fort Mason
  • Twin Peaks
  • Mission Dolores Park
  • Ocean Beach
  • Baker Beach
  • China Beach
  • Your Guide to the 8 Best Places to Explore in Mumbai

    When it comes to planning your trip to Mumbai, things can definitely get overwhelming. Being one of the largest metropolitan cities in India, there are plenty of tourist places in Mumbai.  The striking coastline mesmerizing you with the beauty of the Arabian sea, delicious cuisine, exuberant people, and classic old buildings make Mumbai, one of the best destinations.  I won’t deny that while the city may get crowded and unknown, the amicable environment will make you feel that somehow you belong in Mumbai. This particular sense of belonging is what includes Mumbai in the list of unique destinations.  So, here are some of the best things to do, in the Islamic way, in Mumbai.   Start Your Trip With The Soulfulness of Haji Ali Image Credit: Mustafa Haider on Unsplash Timing: 5:30 am to 10 pm Address: Dargah Rd, Haji Ali, Mumbai If you’re tired and exhausted from your journey to Mumbai, consider starting your trip at Haji Ali Dargah.  Built for the Sufi saint Haji Ali, this Dargah is located amidst the sparkling water of the Arabian sea. This place can certainly give some spectacular views of Mumbai from wherever you stand.  Haji Ali Dargah is definitely a getaway from our chaotic lives. With its soulful environment of people praying and singing Qawwali, it can transcend anyone to a state of tranquil. You may also treat yourself to the famous Haji Ali Juice Center to reenergize yourself.    Enjoy the Historical Places of Mumbai Image Credit: Parth Vyas on Unsplash Along with being one of the fastest-growing cities, Mumbai has a whole other historical side to offer. From antique shops, rustic buildings to classic 90s cafes, Mumbai was the hub of various social gatherings right from the start.  So, bring out your inner history lover for some of the best monumental places to visit like: Gateway of India Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus Town Hall August Kranti Maidan You can also tour around some of the famous museums depicting art, history, and culture of India such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum. This museum has around 70,000 exhibits, including paintings and other antique objects.  If you wish to know more about Mahatma Gandhi - the Father of India, do give a visit to the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum.    Enjoy the Beauty of the Arabian Sea Through Marine Drive Image Credit: Anubhav Arora on Unsplash How many times have you just wanted to gaze at the sea and sit peacefully maybe alone or maybe with your loved one? Well, Mumbai can offer you that too with its stunning location. Marine Drive is a 3.6 km long boulevard stretching across the magnificent Arabian sea. This area is filled with artistic buildings that make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  So, ditch the normal sightseeing, and sit near the Marine Drive to see the sun setting and the beautiful city lights lighting up the entire Mumbai.    Bring Out Your Inner Shopaholic Image Credit: Md Mahdi on Unsplash If you have a free hand when it comes to shopping, then Mumbai is definitely the best city for you.  There are several high-end malls like the Phoenix Mall, Infinity Mall, etc. full of luxury and affordable brands where you can spend your entire day.  Additionally, there are some of the best street shopping areas in Mumbai too like Colaba Street, Linking Road, Hill Road, and many more. Here, you can bring out your bargaining skills and come home with hands full of new accessories, clothes, and footwear! One of the most iconic markets to visit in Mumbai is the Crawford market. This market is famous for its history and architecture as well. You can find plenty of chocolates, spices, and other household stuff available here at reasonable prices.    Drive Across Sea Link Image Credit: Sid Saxena on Unsplash Address: Worli, Mumbai One of the most famous places in Mumbai is the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. You can consider it equivalent to the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  Build across the vast expanse of the Arabian sea, this bridge offers magnificent views of the Mumbai skyline.  You can also drive through the bridge, keep the windows open, and feel the adrenaline rush due to the strong winds of the sea!   Explore Various Delectable Cuisines Image Credit: Ankit Sinha on Unsplash Mumbai is the hub for the majority of the Indian foodies and a treat for those visiting this city.  Mumbai has plenty of eateries and cafes sprawled across the city. Some of them offer authentic Continental food while others are excellent for tasting authentic Iranian cuisine. There are many restaurants serving the best Halal Chicken Tikka you could find in the entire world! If you wish to taste the local Indian food, you can try out the street food. However, keep in mind it may be a little risky presently.  Mumbai has a lot of luxury, five-star restaurants available too. So, to pamper your taste buds, you can either have a meal at the grand Taj Hotel or Trident Hotel.    Tour Around the Islamic Side of Mumbai Image Credit: Naveed Ahmed on Unsplash If you believe Mumbai doesn’t exhibit an Islamic side, here are some of the best Mosques in Mumbai, you can give a visit.  Jama Masjid is the oldest mosque in the entire Mumbai. The architecture dates way back to 1802. Minara Mosque is one of the most magnificent mosques. If possible, give it a visit in the evening or night for experiencing beautiful lighting.  Mogul Masjid, unlike other Mosques, has a Persian twist to it in terms of architecture. It definitely defines beauty.  You can also visit the Mahim Dargah if you liked Haji Ali.    Visit the Filmy Side of India Image Credit: Atharva Tulsi on Unsplash Undoubtedly, Indian cinema is known for its classic old movies and versatility. So, if you’re a Bollywood lover, you can consider getting the behind-the-scenes tour at some of the famous film studios.  If you’re lucky, you may even encounter a popular Indian celebrity!   Things to Keep in Mind While Planning Your Mumbai Trip Image Credit: Vivek Doshi on Unsplash Some of the things you should definitely remember for your Mumbai trip are:  Only a few flights are currently operating to and from Mumbai currently.  Some of the best and frequent international flights operating are Air India, Fiji Airways, and Singapore Airlines.  The winter season is the best season to visit Mumbai. The temperature will be pleasant and you won’t have to worry about extreme heat or rainfall.  Lodging in Mumbai can get expensive, so you can try out for hostels, or 3-star hotels.  Transportation facilities mostly include taxis, Ubers, Ola cabs, and metro. Although, Metro may get very crowded and confusing.  Consider carrying light clothes during summer as the temperature may go very high.  July, August, and September are not the best months as extreme rainfall may cause floods in Mumbai.  So, to explore one of the liveliest cities of the world - Mumbai, plan your trip now to avail the best deals and discounts. For more such Muslim-friendly travel blogs, read on! It may get hard to find mosques and halal restaurants near your location while traveling, so why not install the Halaltrip Islamic App? Check out The Halal Travel Podcast hosted by Hazirah, Nurul and Raudha as they talk candidly about travel, food, life and everything else in between and sometimes with awesome guests! 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  • Travel News Wrap: 26 October Week

    Qantas Plans for ‘Flight to Somewhere’ Image Credit: Fezbot2000 on Unsplash Carrying on with the theme of ‘flights to nowhere’ or ‘cruise to nowhere’ that has been ever so popular these days, Qantas has announced that they will be running a series of Scenic Getaway Flights. The first of these flights will take off from Sydney to Uluru on 5 December with 110 passengers on board. These flights will feature low-level flybys with Qantas even offering overnight stays at some of Australia’s most iconic spots. To make this a reality, Qantas has partnered with tourism operators to offer these flights to destinations that are beyond the domestic borders, making use of the opening of said domestic borders in Australia. Currently, the prices for the first Qantas Scenic Flight Getaway starts at AUD2499 per person and can be booked on Qantas.com.   United Airlines Launches Free COVID-19 testing program Image Credit: Tim Gouw on Unsplash Starting from 16 November to 11 December, United Airlines will be offering free COVID-19 tests to its customers on select transatlantic flights. The flights in this program have been reported to be the flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow.  These tests will come in the form of Abbott Laboratories’ rapid molecular ID Now test which is said to take 15-20 minutes. The program is part of the effort of having COVID-19 testing as a replacement for the 14-day quarantines and restrictions that have badly affected the Airline Industry. Passengers from Newark, Liberty International Airport with a negative test result would still be subject to the United Kingdom’s quarantine requirements. This is not the first time United has run a program like this. Two weeks ago, United flights from San Francisco to Hawaii was also introduced with this program. Ever since its implementation, the number of people traveling has been reported to have doubled. For more information on the travel and safety requirements and regulations please refer to the respective authorities.   Singapore keen to setup Air Travel Bubble with Malaysia Image Credit: Muhammad Faiz Zulkeflee on Unsplash Having recently reached an agreement on the establishment of a bilateral Air Travel Bubble with Hong Kong, Singapore now set its sights to have a similar arrangement with its closest neighbor, Malaysia. Having implemented two travel arrangements with the Reciprocal Green Lane and the Periodic Communiting Arrangement, it looks like Singapore is waiting for the situation to improve in Malaysia before proceeding with the intended Air Travel Bubble. Although no timeline or dates have been set, it is nice to know that such an arrangement is currently being thought of. For more information on the travel and safety requirements and regulations please refer to the respective authorities.   Heathrow loses ‘Europe’s busiest Airport Image Credit: Nick Fewings on Unsplash Following recent numbers, Britain’s Heathrow Airport has been knocked off the title of being Europe’s Busiest Airport. With France’s Charles De Gaulle taking over the mantle. Heathrow saw 19 million passengers in the first nine months of 2020 as compared to 19.3 million passengers at Paris Charles De Gaulle. This has influenced a movement towards the intention to introduce COVID-19 testing for passengers from high-risk countries by 1 December 2020. Similar to the other testing regimes which are already operational in France’s Charles De Gaulle, Amsterdam’s Schipol and Frankfurt airports, all closely competing for the title of Europe’s busiest Airport. For more information on the travel and safety requirements and regulations please refer to the respective authorities.   Singapore to allow visitors from Victoria State, Australia Image Credit: Dylan Lu on Unsplash Singapore has lifted its border restrictions for visitors from Victoria state in Australia starting from midnight Friday, 6 November 2020. This will mean that all travelers who are not Singapore Citizens, PRs, and Long-term pass holders will benefit from this arrangement. From 12 PM today, 30 October, visitors can apply for the Air Travel Pass for entry into Singapore on or after 6 November. Applicants to this pass must have remained in Australia in the last 14 consecutive days prior to their entry to Singapore. Travelers will also be required to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, if found negative, they will not be required to serve a stay-home notice. For more information on the travel and safety requirements and regulations please refer to the respective authorities.   Japan Eases Travel Restrictions to Australia, South Korea, and 7 other countries Image Credit: Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash Earlier today, 30 October, it has been reported that Japan will be easing travel curbs for Australia, South Korea, and seven other countries in the region. This is in line with their efforts to revive its economy in the midst of the global pandemic. Japan has also lowered the infection risk advisory level for Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, New Zealand, Brunei, and Vietnam from level three to level two. This means that Japanese citizens are allowed but are told to avoid non-urgent and non-essential trips to the said countries. As opposed to a total ban on travel to a group of countries. For more information on the travel and safety requirements and regulations please refer to the respective authorities....

  • Top 7 Things to Do In San Francisco, California

    Small but mighty: San Francisco is a city with a never-ending amount of fun! It may be tiny, only stretching across seven miles, but every square inch of this city sits on a fault line that has some secret delight of its own. In short, there is plenty to see, taste, and explore here. If you are looking to travel to San Francisco in the most halal way possible, you have come to the right place. Although San Francisco hotels with halal food and mosques are hard to come by, we have included an all-rounded selection to ensure that you have nothing to worry about while you indulge in the top attractions of San Francisco. Read on to find out about some of the best things to do in San Francisco.   1. Cross the Epitome of Beauty, the Golden Gate Bridge Image Credit: Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the mighty Golden Gate Bridge! It is known to be one of the most popular spots in San Francisco for a reason. Once called “The Bridge That Couldn’t Be Built,” today, this iconic mile-long marvel of engineering is considered one of the modern wonders of the world. Dip your toes in the bay’s clear waters, take a sunset cruise, or explore the Golden Gate residential area — there’s more than one way to enjoy your trip to the San Francisco bridge. When you have worked up an appetite, there are tons of great halal food stores nearby; from mouthwatering Indian cuisine at Kinara’s to fresh burritos at Halal carts, you just can’t go wrong with San Francisco restaurants. Amidst all this fun, don’t forget to offer your daily prayers. Although there is no Mosque within walking distance of the bridge, the city center of San Francisco is full of beautiful Mosques. Visit Masjid Al-Tawheed, which is roughly 6 miles from the bridge and takes around 15 minutes of travel by car transport.   2. Press Your Face to the Glass at The Aquarium of the Bay Image Credit: Arushee Agrawal on Unsplash Situated on the Waterfront of the city, discover The Aquarium of the Bay, the city’s largest aquarium. Get up close and personal with some of the resident marine life ranging from vibrantly orange Garibaldi, mesmerizing moon jellies, and even adorable river otters, all under 700,000 gallons of clear water! Outside the premises, you will find hard-to-resist halal Middle Eastern eats at Arabian Nights and scrumptious burgers at Ziggys. Moreover, be sure to drop by the Islamic Society of San Francisco at Darussalam Mosque nearby.   3. Hit the City Center and Wander the Streets Full of Rich Architecture Image Credit: Joshua Sortino on Unsplash Start strolling the streets by making your way through the ever-green Victorian and Edwardian houses in San Francisco. If you are someone that appreciates Architecture, the Painted Ladies will be a spectacle to sightsee. Next, go to Lombard Street, which is one of the city’s marvelous wonders. Lined perfectly with unending greenery, vibrant hydrangeas, and red bricks, this street is an unforgettable picture-perfect moment to add to your list of things to do in San Francisco. Later, head down to the Waterfront at the Fisherman’s Wharf, the most upbeat part of the city center, full of fantastic halal food, music, and art. Choose between endless gourmet restaurants and outdoor stands, both of which sell freshly caught seafood.   4. Enjoy A Moment of Solitude and Serenity Amongst the Redwoods Image Credit: Adam Nemeroff on Unsplash Leave the press of central San Francisco to spend a moment of quiet and tranquility amongst the renowned redwoods at The Muir Woods National Monument. Being one of San Francisco’s hidden treasures, this ancient forest stretches across 240 acres of beautiful land, which is both sanctuary and laboratory, protected federally since 1908. The closest Mosque to the woods is the Islamic Center of Mill Valley. Moreover, the award-winning San Francisco restaurant Achilles has some great halal Mediterranean food for when you feel hungry from all the peace-finding activities for the day.   5. Explore the Diverse Cultural Heritage at the Museum of Modern Arts Image Credit: Georg Eiermann on Unsplash San Francisco’s cultural heritage is one of the richest and most diverse of any U.S city! If you are happy to explore one of the best contemporary art pieces in California, grab some tickets to discover the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts or MOMA’s vast collection of paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture, design, and media arts. You should visit this top spot as soon as you have gotten comfortable in your San Francisco hotel because tickets are notoriously hard to come by. In the near vicinity, you will find Biet Rima for Arabic comfort food and Masjid Al Sabeel to offer your Salath timely.   6. Stop and Smell the Roses at The San Francisco Botanical Garden Image Credit:Alejandro Cartagena on Unsplash The largest of its kind on the West Coast, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to more than 7500 exotic varieties of flora from all around the world! A riot of colors like something out of a children’s picture book — this is one of San Francisco’s most beautiful marvels.   7. Don’t Leave Without the Best Thing to Do In San Francisco – Riding the Cable Cars Image Credit: Amogh Manjunath on Unsplash Your trip to the city wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t hop on the cable cars to travel from one end of the city to the other. One-way tickets start as low as USD6, so don’t forget to include this fun ride to your list of things to do in San Francisco. Half silicon-valley of the West Coast and half a child’s picture book dream of a city, there is surely no place to travel to like San Francisco. Add this diverse city to your list of places to visit in 2020 and walk through unending rich architecture, lush-green exotic gardens, and lively markets. For more destination ideas, check out our travel blog to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • Let's Take a Look Back: 2019 Travel Trends

    The world in 2019 is not what it used to be and, this year has changed how travel is looked at, as well as how people travel. Travel is almost a must now, and young people are flocking to amazing destinations all over the globe every day! via GIPHY 2019 has made a definite impact on travel, what with many things influencing trends and shifting the industry into places it has not been before. People are more enthusiastic about travel and their views on it are more open. Let’s check out some of the impactful travel trends for the year 2019. 1. ‘Instant Noodle’ trips Image Credit: Francesca Tirico on Unsplash It’s not about the weeklong trips or even month-long Europe tours anymore, the smaller the holiday the better! Mini holidays are trending now, and it is fun, practical, and inexpensive! These weekend trips are going to help local economies and boost the local travel scene. Many young people are opting for this kind of travel - spontaneous weekend gateways with friends to seaside towns or lake districts. 2019 is the best year to get your travel plans in full swing, with better-organized transport options and what with everyone owning a smartphone all you need is a bunch of friends, some cash, luggage and, Google maps! 2. Halal assurance with AR Image Capture: Halal Travel Frontier 2019 Report The world is getting more tech-based by the day, so why not rely on AR (Augmented Reality) to support you in finding Halal certified restaurants and eateries in the area? Due to a lack of Halal certification in Muslim majority and minority countries, travellers may find it difficult to verify if a restaurant is Halal or not. However, AR and AI (Artificial Intelligence) can help integrate information on restaurants in real-time making it easy for the user to easily spot Halal restaurants, food, or even ingredients without much hassle. This will also help vendors and restaurant owners to better communicate the availability of Halal food without the need to display the Halal certificate. Bonus tip: Using social media to ask for recommendations from your social circle is a trend as well, even referring to the CrescentRating rating system which indicates the level of Muslim friendliness of restaurants. 3. An Education Image Credit: Pang Yuhao on Unsplash More and more young people are opting for travelling abroad for higher studies instead of continuing in their homeland. This is because it can teach a person valuable lessons and independence. Some people are even saying that they’ll opt for travelling overspending on an expensive university as they can learn many things hands-on, like dealing with people and managing finances in a real-world setting. Some people may even opt for volunteer work abroad or even international work placements that will take them to different parts of the world. Working or studying abroad doesn’t always have to be all work and no play, you will get to experience different cultures, different cuisine, as well as mingle with the locals. Tip: Foreign exposure looks good on a CV! 4. Sustainable travel Photo Credit: Hamza Javaid on Unsplash Eco-friendly travel is a major trend right now! A lot of travellers are actively making it a point to reduce their carbon footprint and respect the destinations they travel to. It is important to dispose of trash responsibly or even reduce the number of plastics and other non-biodegradable packaging while travelling. A large percentage of people choose destinations which host environmentally focused events, as well as has hotels and resorts which are more eco-friendly.   5. Experience-based travel Photo Credit: Rana Sawalha on Unsplash Travellers are now looking for more curated travel experiences than the same old destination based holidays. People who are looking into comfort and nostalgia rank high on the list, as many travellers love experiences that make them feel like a child again. May it be an adventure, music festivals or even wildlife excursions – experience-oriented travel is a fast-growing trend. 6. Co-living Image Credit: Helena Lopes on Unsplash If you like to travel solo but want a safe living space where you can meet new people, co-living could be the best option for you. Airbnb may be a great option but it can be isolating at times, whereas co-living spaces allow you to rent a room with common social areas where you get live amongst likeminded people. This is a trend amongst young professionals and is a great way to start travelling solo if you are a beginner. Lyf by Ascott, a millennial centred project, will soon open three properties at Cebu City and Shenzen – most probably by the year 2021. Roam has co-living spaces in Bali, Miami, Tokyo, and San Francisco – they will be opening in New York and London soon. 7. Tech-savvy travel Image Credit: Christiann Koepke on Unsplash With everyone going digital, travel is also moving into digital territory. With AR and AI apps specifically designed to help travellers find good places to eat as well as where to stay at payment methods as well as checking in to airports are going to be more AI-based. BitPay is allowing businesses to accept bitcoins as payment instead of traditional money; this will revolutionize travel as we know it. Airports are trying to introduce more versatile, computerised immigration and customs facilities as it will cut down travel time within an airport in half. VR is being used to train Muslims in Umrah and Hajj rituals before leaving for the pilgrimage. VR will allow people to have more thorough training experience as a certain step and rites that are to be observed will be taught as an immersive experience. This will ensure that they will have a fulfilling experience on the trip. 8. A rise in female Muslim travellers Image Capture: Muslim Women in Travel 2019 Report There is a growing trend in female Muslim travellers, women want to go out there and explore and learn about the world around them. Many are highly educated and financially independent, with families that support their decision to travel. The travel market is starting to be more women-centric and therefore things like safety and activities specific to women are beginning to grow. There aren’t as many risks with security and family disapproval for women travellers as there used to be. So venture out and have fun! 9. Dark tourism Image Credit: Yves Alarie on Unsplash A burgeoning market for ‘dark’ tourism is gaining fame, what with Netflix’s series “Dark Tourist” focusing on this aspect of travel. Dark tourism focuses on historically significant places like the Holocaust Museum and Chernobyl (nuclear disaster). People are flocking to these sites to learn about the history and how these errors have affected the world at large. 10. Solo travel Image Credit: Andrew Ly on Unsplash A new trend amongst Millenials and Gen-Z folks, solo travel is starting to be popular, as well as important. Trips aren’t all about fun anymore, it’s about the experience as a whole and what a person can learn and bring back with them. It’s not just memories to last a lifetime it’s also experience!   Travel trends are shifting fast and soon we will even be able to travel to space! The trends are catering to younger generations and now, and everything is not about business trips anymore. Travel is more focused on experience and fun – now that you know the travel trends for 2019 plan your next trip and begin your adventure! via GIPHY...

  • All You Need to Know Before Moving to a New Country

    People move overseas for various reasons - travel, work, studies or simply for a better lifestyle. Moving to a foreign land can be an amazing experience, yet a very daunting one as well. Prior to moving, there are many things that you should take into account such as the time spent on packing and cost of living.  To help ease your worries, here are a list of 5 tips that'll help you be fully prepared when you're moving abroad.   1. Housing Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels The number one priority for anyone planning to migrate overseas is housing. Yes, this may seem troublesome to settle but it is the most essential step in your moving process. Rather than stay in an Airbnb apartment or hostel, you should opt for something more permanent. It's also important that you do thorough research on whether you would have access to necessities like water, electricity and the Internet. You should also take note of the steps in purchasing your new home such as having to sign a lease for which the first month of pay or or having to pay a security deposit up front. Remember to use reputable sites to check for houses up for rent. It would be an additional bonus if you seek your information from a local or someone from your hometown that has moved to the country which you're intending to move to. In addition to assisting you, they will be especially helpful in overcoming any language barriers which you may encounter during your move. On the other hand, you may also find suitable accomodation the old fashioned way, which is by getting in touch with a real estate agent, reading the Classified section on the newspaper or even by talking to an expat – their recommendations would be the best as you can get an idea of what you want and where to find the right housing based on their experiences.   2. Cost of living Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels The cost of living in a country is one of the most important factors that you should consider before moving to a new country. Some cities have a very high cost of living while others have a more affordable cost of living. It is so important that you do your research on which country is most suitable for you because a low cost of living may mean that the city may is not very well-developed and safe. A good way to approximate which cost of living is suitable for you is by basing it on your income. Real estate and food prices go up if the city is a capital. One tip I would give you is that you should find housing in the suburbs where cost of living is usually more affordable than places located near the centre of the city.   3. Job market Photo by Lukas from Pexels When you're deciding which country you're moving to, you should always make it a point to check the job market of the particular city that you're moving to and also base your decision on the type of job you're looking for. Be sure to do your thorough research on whether the country has well-developed industries and has jobs available for you. More so, you could also look into niche jobs, as some city job markets may be saturated. Always check if you have the right requirements and then apply for a job before leaving a country, so that at least you can feel at ease knowing you have your means of income secured.   4. Co-work and co-living spaces Photo by Visual Tag Mx from Pexels If you are someone who is always on the move and loves experiencing new things constantly, opting for a co-working and co-living space is best. A lot of digital nomads are going for this trend these days, where you live and work in the same place and meet other digital nomads and entrepreneurs. Some of the best places to stay at are Sun and Co in Spain, Mokrin House in Northern Serbia, Unsettled located at Barcelona, Tuscany, Bali and Cape town, Roam located at Tokyo, Miami, Bali and San Francisco.   5. Learn the language Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay  If the country you're moving to has a national language that you're unfamiliar with, it is best that you sign up for language classes so you ease your worries of encountering language barriers in your new country. Indeed, communication is essential when moving abroad and this will ensure that you don't feel alienated upon your arrival. Some countries may even require you to have a language qualification. Thus, you should do some background research on whether the visa you're applying for requires any sort of qualification.   All in all, these points should cover most of the essentials that you should take into account before moving abroad. Hopefully, these points will make you feel prepared and reduce your worries when you're moving. Good luck and have fun!...



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