It’s been nearly three years since I’ve written a blog post. I know it’s shocking right? I was surprised myself when I had a look at the date of my last post. What’s the reason for my absence? As my close friend would say “life be lifing” and I’ve been living life offline. The truth is, it takes intentional effort and commitment to consistently keep writing and creating content for your readership, alongside a full-time job, and personal commitments to family, friends and participating in recreational activities. I’m learning not to be too hard on myself where I fall short on creating content. There will be times where my consistency may drop, and in my view that’s okay. Sometimes you need to take a break and tap out of the online sphere, because there are things that need to be done and need to be achieved offline too! Also, in the time that I’ve been offline, there are things that I’ve worked towards and achieved that I’m extremely proud of. So now that I’ve explained why I’ve been missing in action, I guess it’s only right for me to move onto today’s topic of discussion – my solo trip to Dubai last month.
I love travelling and wish to travel more (time and finances permitted). I love travelling with family and friends, but since turning 30, and taking a few trips alone, I’ve found that I very much enjoy travelling alone. Let’s be honest, it’s easier. There’s no need to set up a WhatsApp group and figure out who within your circle of family and friends is available and up for a trip. You can literally just pick a destination, book your flight, hotel and transfer, and that’s it. You’re done, and off you go!
I had planned to do a lot of travelling from 2019 onwards, but the global Covid19 pandemic wasn’t shorted lived and is still very present, but we are learning to live and navigate life in its presence. With the ever-changing government rules regarding your vaccination status and the cost of Covid19 testing (pre and post travel), I was put off from travelling. However, with the realisation that Covid19 and its variants will be with us for the foreseeable future, I’ve decided (dependent on the advice from the government and health specialist) to travel where I can. Life is far too short and I’m keen to see more of the world that exists outside of the United Kingdom.
Dubai was amazing. The weather was good (about 25 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for me), and the atmosphere was peaceful. I needed the break, especially after an extremely busy season at work. I stayed at Jannah Place Dubai Marina Hotel. The location is great. It’s really close to Dubai Marina Mall; this is important for those with a passion for fashion and food like me. I even managed to bag myself a new pair of stonewash jeans from H&M, but that’s a blog post for another day. In case I forget, the pictures were taken at Five Palm Hotel, Jumeirah Dubai. I spent a few days there and treated myself to a spa day, as it was highly recommended by a friend. This hotel is amazing, and I will be returning there at some point in the future. Check them out if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Dubai. You will not be disappointed.
Clothing and accessories:
Black swimsuit - from a store in Cyprus
Yellow ruffle skirt - H&M
Earrings - Oasis
Watch - Armani Exchange
Black sandals - New Look
Orange swimsuit - Shein