Natural Sanctuary: Bled in Slovenia

Shereen Shabnam One of my most memorable travel destinations recently was to Slovenia with Turkish Airlines. The first stop was at a lake town called Bled, a popular tourist destination in Slovenia known for its emerald green lake, a wonderful restaurant on top of a mountain with picturesque views and a medieval castle. On arrival,... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Budapest

Shereen Shabnam Budapest is a must stop when exploring Europe. Venturing into Budapest proved to be an adventure, going into areas not discovered in the first trip but like many return visitors, we were drawn once again into doing everything done before and more. The Danube cruise is magical and the view of the city... Continue Reading →

Living by Design – Magical Milan

Shereen Shabnam All roads lead to Milan - no matter which industry I write for, somehow, I end up in Milan each year.  As Italy’s city of the future, it is a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business and looking good is an art form with fashion, food, art and architecture being pillars of... Continue Reading →

Incredible Iguazu

By Shereen Shabnam Before the pandemic, we ventured to Argentina to get up, close and personal with the famed Iguazu Falls and while there were some great hotels closer to the natural attractions, I spent my nights in Mercure Iguazu surrounded by nature. The hotel is located in the middle of a natural reserve and... Continue Reading →

Delightful Dalaman

By Shereen Shabnam Some time ago I ventured to Dalaman, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, in the Mugla Province with fellow motoring enthusiasts. We were test driving one of the latest Volvo SUV's and set off from the airport taking in the picturesque sights of beautiful Turkey. Highlight of my trip was stopping... Continue Reading →

Great Escapes

GTM interviews Raj Rishi Singh, Chief Business Officer - GCC at MakeMyTrip Make My Trip brings you some of their favourite spots for holidays this year. If you are seeking a well-needed escape, then look no further as Make My Trip experts search near and far to source the best places across a range of... Continue Reading →

Historic Toledo

By Shereen Shabnam Driving from Madrid to our home in Torrevieja has given us the opportunity to visit a number of quaint towns, cities and villages along the way but none as intriguing as Toledo. Set on hills rising majestically to overlook the landscapes close by, Toledo is truly one of Spain's most interesting cities.... Continue Reading →

An Exceptional Experience: San Diego

By Shereen Shabnam San Diego is full of life during the day and gets even more vibrant at night. As ‘America’s Finest City’, the warm friendly disposition filters down to almost everyone you encounter on the streets and the vibe comes across more laid-back than most cities in the USA. San Diego is full of... Continue Reading →

Arabian Dreams: Abu Dhabi

By Shereen Shabnam As an international cultural destination with a rich history and heritage, together with the diversity of its dramatic landscapes, Abu Dhabi offers visitors some of the best attractions the United Arab Emirates has to offer. My monthly trips to the Capital include a mix of business and pleasure and post meeting visits... Continue Reading →

Warm and Welcoming Bahrain

By Shereen Shabnam While working for an Architecture firm that also specialised in providing 360 solutions for science centres and museums in the past, we won the contract to look after the Bahrain Science Centre which also meant doing the Marketing and PR of the centre and travelling to Bahrain every two weeks. The thought... Continue Reading →

The Great Outdoors: Zermatt

By Shereen Shabnam Everyone has a place that gives them peace and tranquility and for me, my favourite place is in Switzerland and the in particular in the beautiful Zermatt. Situated far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level, Zermatt and its people give a sense... Continue Reading →

Land of Growth: Sri Lanka

By Shereen Shabnam My first visit to Sri Lanka was when I was working as the Head of PR for Air Arabia, and we decided to take a family trip to get to know the latest destination for the airline that became part of my life when I lived in Sharjah. Thanks to the extensive... Continue Reading →

Enticing Thailand

The land of beautiful beaches, great viewpoints, temples, nightlife and countless excursions By Shereen Shabnam While Thailand is popular as a holiday destination to many, it was more of a wedding destination for me during my first visit when I tied the knot in Hat Yai and felt grateful for the many memorable experiences as... Continue Reading →

The City of Music: Nashville

By Shereen Shabnam The first thing I fell in love with in Nashville, the music city was Nashville's premier hotel, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & convention center and the beautiful guitar exhibits. I went there to attend an IT conference with Epicor and expected a simple resort but the ambience, excitement and energy of the... Continue Reading →

Journey of Discovery: Barcelona

 By Shereen Shabnam Every time we go to our Spanish home, we try and explore a different city and Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain has been delight for all senses from visiting cultural sites, city attractions, art venues, trying out Catalan dishes and evening tapas experiences as well as taking a cruise ship that... Continue Reading →

Picturesque Prague

Shereen Shabnam Every time I go back to Prague, there are a host of new surprises the city that keep us busy an entire week and my favourite place to stay each time is the Buddha bar Hotel in Prague which is a place that is hard to leave and my favourite past time is... Continue Reading →

Orlando Attractions

Shereen Shabnam Orlando is home to a thriving holiday scene, with exciting options for those looking to extend their fun beyond the theme parks. With world-class restaurants, theme parks and high-energy dance clubs providing entertainment all day, Orlando’s playful energy kicks it up a notch more once the sun goes down. Orlando has so much... Continue Reading →

Discover the magical Canton of Vaud by road

Mountainous region’s lakes offer breathtaking scenery to nature lovers The Canton of Vaud, in the Lake Geneva region, is the perfect place to enjoy a road trip on your next holiday. With its breathtaking scenery of winding roads through the mountain valleys, it offers a natural escape from city life, for a romantic break or... Continue Reading →

Historic Grandeur: Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Shereen Shabnam Dubrovnik in Croatia is a city for all seasons and one of the world’s most prominent tourist destinations. Surrounded by unique medieval ramparts, Dubrovnik attracts visitors for its rich history, mild climate, traditional hospitality and its many festivals, open-air events and architectural treasures. I spent a few days exploring Dubrovnik, a UNESCO registered... Continue Reading →

On The Road in Andalusia

Seville, Granada and Cordoba By Shereen Shabnam Ever since I bought a home in Spain, visiting Andalusia, a Moorish empire named for Al-Andalus (Arabic for “land of the west”) has always been top of my agenda to immerse myself in the history and character of the Iberian Peninsula. My last Andalusian road adventure lasted three... Continue Reading →

Top five places to visit in the UAE

Shereen Shabnam As a Lifestyle, Travel and Motoring journalist, I spend a substantial amount of time on the road and recently, I decided to do my test drives with a purpose and with the aim of getting to a new or attraction around the different Emirates. Below are some of my favourite places in the... Continue Reading →

Return to Budapest

Shereen Shabnam After a few delightful days in Prague, we took a train to Budapest to experience the city’s rich history, natural sites and their thermal springs.  I expected my second visit to Budapest to be an adventure going into areas not discovered in my first trip but I was drawn once again into doing... Continue Reading →

An Aura of Elegance: Hotel Du Palais

Shereen Shabnam I fell in love with Biarritz the minute I got off the train. Facing the Ocean Atlantic and on the beach “La Grande Plage de Biarritz” near the city center of Biarritz, the prestigious sea side deluxe Hotel du Palais of Biarritz was breathtaking at first sight. Walking into the reception area, I... Continue Reading →

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