As you all may know, we have full-time jobs, so this limits us to really only visiting a few places a year, though we try to see as much as we can by combining multiple destinations on one trip and traveling around holidays where we are already off from work. Because of this, we thought it might be helpful to outline our upcoming travel so that you will know when and where we are going in the future. We will hopefully be updating this blog on a more ongoing basis as we book our travel (’cause you know, it’s not really real until it’s BOOKED)
This Summer I had the unique opportunity to visit Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia may not be on top of most Americans travel bucket list, as the cultural differences and perception of a strict government can be a deterrence for some. What I can say from my time in Saudi Arabia is that even though the culture is different, I felt perfectly safe and comfortable while I was there. Even more-so the people of Saudi Arabia that I interacted with were very welcoming and polite. That said I would still advise any visitors to respect the local laws and customs, as this would avoid any chance for a problem to occur. I did not have a whole lot of time to sight see but I have included some of the things I did while there. If you find yourself in Saudi Arabia I hope this list will help be a guide to you.
Hello friends! We have just gotten back from an amazing trip to Iceland and we are so excited to tell you all about it. Originally we had talked about doing the trip in November for my 40th birthday but given the weather in Iceland during that time, we were not sure if we could have done the Northern part so we decided to do it in late September/Early October and we feel it was a good decision. This allowed us to drive the entire ring without having to worry about roads being impassable or any other problems due to weather.
Since we were not able to go on our Eastern European trip in July and were itching to get in some overseas travel, we booked a trip to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan for November, thinking surely coronavirus would be over by then. Albeit originally hopeful (and in hindsight, probably a bit naive also), we were wrong about that, as coronavirus was still very much prevalent in most of the world. Luckily, however Egypt opened up for tourism in September, so we did not have to scrap the trip completely, just adjust it a bit. We had hoped Israel and Jordan would follow, but sadly they did not, so the trip just ended up being Egypt only.
Tourism during coronavirus is doable but very limited, as not all countries are welcoming tourists, especially Americans, quite yet. In order to visit Egypt, we had to have a PCR test within 96 hours of travel. This varies depending on your country of origin – if it’s even needed and the duration of time before the trip you need to have it, so it is best to check with your airline to find out what is required. All that aside, we had a pretty hassle-free experience so please read on to learn how we spent our 10 days in Egypt.
Hello friends, Sam here. In October 2020, my colleague & I had the opportunity to travel to South Korea for business for 2 weeks. We were fortunate to get to spend our weekends in Seoul for a total of six days in this amazing city & I’m here to share my experience with you all. Continue reading “Kickin’ It In Korea: 6 Days in Seoul”
Hi Friends! We hope you are all staying safe & healthy during this pandemic. Since we have not been able to travel, we wanted to update you on what we have been doing to keep our minds off how much we miss it! We have been making the most of our time in the Long Island area by trying to keep busy and not staying in the house too much. What cool interesting things have you been doing back in your hometowns?Continue reading “Checking In: Update On What We’ve Been Up To”
Hello friends! It’s been a while since we’ve written. Thanks for hanging in! Rough times when our hearts yearn for travel, but we have been making the most of it here at home. New York is one of the states now with the lowest COVID infection rates so things are on the upswing here. Much of the US is seeing rises in cases and even domestic travel, while allowed, comes with some restrictions. Despite this, we did manage to get some travel in! Read on to learn about our trip to Newport, RI.
Hello friends! Since we’re stuck inside quarantining from the COVID-19 virus, what better way to spend the time than catching up on our blogging? We have now been back in the States for almost a week since we got back from our most recent trip and we’re so excited to share our experiences with you! As some of you may know, we were supposed to go to Beijing, China on the 72 hour visa-free transit program. Unfortunately we had to change our plans due to the virus, (as China was the epicenter at the time) and decided to re-purpose those first three days between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia instead, and kept Cambodia and India as originally planned. Even with this change of plans, we are happy with how the trip turned out and would definitely recommend a visit to these 4 places. Read on to find out how we spent our amazing 17 days in Asia!
Last month, December 2019, we had the opportunity to go to Morocco for a week. We arrived in Marrakesh after a long stopover in Madrid. Morocco has been a place we have been wanting to go to for quite some time and finally we had an opportunity to squeeze in the trip over Christmas break! We spent 6 amazing days in Morocco between Marrakesh and the Sahara, and would love to share our experience here with you.
Hello! Sam here.
Since my job affords me the opportunity to travel the world, (which, if you’re an avid “Saif Travels” reader, you already know), I recently got to go to the exciting Brisbane, Australia! While there, I had a few days of not working, where I was able to explore the city, and I would like to share some of what I did here with you!
Hello friends! Jackie here. I have just gotten back from a trip to Portugal, Denmark & The Netherlands and I had such a great time! I am so excited to share my experience with you all in this blog. Read on … 🙂