Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week and you have something fun and/or relaxing planned for the weekend. I’ve decided in an effort to make myself more accountable to reading more news around the world and keeping an open mind, I am going to start doing Five on Friday every other week. 

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REVIEW – Cuba Group Trip

I recently had the opportunity to go to Cuba on a group travel trip. This was my first group trip ever, and I was pleasantly surprised that I genuinely enjoyed myself! I was able to experience things I normally wouldn’t on my own, as well as learn from so many different people. Continue reading for a basic itinerary of the trip, a pros/cons list, and my overall impressions.

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A Day Trip to Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is the second most populated city in the country. Situated approximately an hour and half away by car, Abu Dhabi is a perfect destination for a day trip while visiting Dubai. The capital city is located in the largest of the seven emirates, and is home to many government offices, as well as the President of the nation. Not only that, but the city claims various attractions that pull people from all around the world. Fortunately, I was able to visit two of the most popular attractions by taking a day trip from Dubai.

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Top Things To Do In Dubai

It’s still hard to believe that I had the opportunity to travel to Dubai. We spent about 5 days exploring the magnificent city and everything it had to offered – or at least I tried to cover everything. To help us to do that, we invested in the Dubai City Sightseeing Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour. We decided to go with the 7-day ticket, and it not only helped us see many different things, but also helped with transportation when we wanted to get from point A to point B. Most of my recommendations are covered by the bus tour, so I highly suggest looking into it, especially if you will not be renting a car.

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10 Things To Do In Singapore

Known as the ‘city in a garden’, Singapore has so much to offer! Delicious food that will have you coming back for more; rooftop bars with fabulous views; areas that celebrate the mixture of cultures; beautiful experiences that educate; and so much more! Listed alphabetically are my top 10 picks for Singapore.

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Top Things to Do in Ko Samui

Ko Samui is a tropical island paradise! The second largest island of Thailand, Ko Samui is a large tourist destination. People are attracted to the gorgeous beaches, the scrumptious food, and the fun adventures! We had a blast exploring the island, and surprising had enough time to make it around the entire island. Although we were able to partake in many fun things, keep reading and you’ll find out about some of my top picks for Ko Samui!

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Top 3 Temples to Visit in Bangkok

Named as the top tourist destination city in the world, Bangkok welcomes more than 20 million visitors each year. People are attracted to the diversity the city has to offers. Although we did not have a lot of time to explore everything we would have liked, we were able to see some of the more popular temples.

With the official religion of Thailand being Buddhism, and approximately 97% of the population identifying as Buddhists, it’s not too surprising to learn that there are over 30,000 temples in the country. Bangkok specifically is home to a little over 400 of these temples. Each one is unique and has its own characteristics and personality.

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Exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

If you would have asked me if I would be visiting Vietnam in my lifetime, I’m sure my answer would be along the lines of “I don’t know…maybe one day.” But life has a funny way of throwing surprises our way – whether good or bad. Thankfully, it was a good surprise to see that Vietnam was on our cruise itinerary. I didn’t know much about Vietnam or the Cu Chi Tunnels before going, but I was excited to see and experience the country with the limited time we had.

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Top Things to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. Although Hong Kong is technically a part of China, it falls under the ‘one country; two systems’ philosophy. The laws, the regulations, and even the currency are different from the mainland.

Hong Kong, meaning Fragrant Harbour, got its name due to the incense being burned at temples and letting off a pleasant aroma. The city is one of the world’s most densely populated areas, which means when you find out that it’s also the world’s most vertical city it shouldn’t be a surprise. Approximately 8,000 skyscrapers dominate the city, helping to house the 7.4 million residents.

Although I did not have the chance to spend a lot of time in Hong Kong, I was able to see and experience some pretty neat things. Below you’ll find my recommendations listed alphabetically!

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Top Things to Do in Busan

Busan, the second largest city in South Korea and the tourist capital of the country, is also known for their medical tourism. So much so that there is a Medical Street, where it is popular to schedule procedures. Approximately 60% of young female Koreans have had cosmetic surgery, which why you’ll see a lot of women wearing face masks. Busan is also the only place with the world with a United Nations cemetery.

Although I didn’t have as much time as I wanted in this interesting city, you will find my top recommendations below, listed in alphabetical order.

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