Travel & Tours

Destination guides

  • The Solo Traveler’s Istanbul Travel Guide

    This Solo Traveler's Istanbul Travel Guide is the culmination of all my trips to Istanbul over nearly two decades, mostly as a solo traveler or occasionally with friends and family. This comprehensive ...

  • Why Cape Town is the best city in the world

    Cape Town is the best city in the world. There, I said it. We have it all! Amazing generous people, mountains, beaches, gardens, wildlife, fabulous food. After learning more about this city you will ...

  • The Non-drinker’s guide to Franschhoek Cape Town

    This non-drinker’s guide to Franschhoek Cape Town makes it possible for people who don't consume alcohol to experience and enjoy the beauty, culture and history of the Cape Winelands. Franschhoek is ...

  • Venice travel guide – why to visit before it sinks

    I would have loved to write this Venice travel guide with my late mother, because she is the only reason I added a visit to La Serenissima to my itinerary. She loved and collected Venetian glass since ...

  • Food tours

  • Istanbul food tour – Hidden Beyoğlu

    The Istanbul Hidden Beyoğlu food tour explores the cosmopolitan European Quarter neighbourhoods in the district formerly known as Pera. From the steep narrow streets of Cihangir to the covered lanes ...

  • Istanbul food tour – Culinary Secrets of the Old City

    On this Istanbul Old City food tour we discovered hidden gems, small restaurants and food carts, a stones throw away from the main tourist areas. If you are planning a trip to Istanbul this Spring or ...

  • The Sweet Taste of Venice food tour

    The Small Group Sweet Taste of Venice food tour with dessert samples and coffee was the best thing I ever settled for. I was excited to take a food tour in Venice, having read about Cichetti, the ...

  • Florence – The Other Side of Florence Food Tour

    This Eating Italy Florence food tour takes place in Oltrarno, on the other side of the Arno river away from the main historical area. My initial impression of Florence on the day of arrival was that it ...

  • Sightseeing tours

  • Private Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

    The private Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town includes scenic rides with spectacular views along coastal roads, pristine beaches and quaint fishing villages of the Atlantic and False Bay coasts. I had ...

  • Travel tips

  • Top destinations for Solo Female Travelers

    Muslim solo female travelers have traditionally been far and few between, and for religious and cultural reasons we are often considered to be the least likely demographic to engage in solo travel. Over ...

  • Pros and Cons of Expat life in Dubai

    When I received an email from an acquaintance who needed a change of scenery and considered Dubai as a possibility, I realized that it would help her weigh her options if she knew the Pros and Cons of ...

  • The Truth about Travelling Solo as a Muslim Woman

    The truth about travelling solo as a Muslim woman is that very often, despite our conservative lifestyles and religious observance, we have no other option. Although solo women travellers are no longer ...

  • Top Travel Tips for any traveller

    I have been travelling to local and international destinations since my childhood, first with my family and more recently, as a solo traveller. It was on my trip to Italy when the lift didn't work and ...

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