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Traveling is certainly a way to appreciate the breathtaking wonders of nature and astonishing man-made landscapes. Our country may boast of picturesque heritage sites and pristine beaches but it is always a new experience to cross oceans and visit other countries. Tourist destinations in Dubai, Mongolia, London, Spain, and Africa can give you unforgettable days of exploring beautiful landscapes and wildlife in their natural habitat. From the fiery red soil of Lanzarote, Spain and the vast blue sky of Gobi desert, Mongolia, witness and capture these picturesque destinations on your next travel.

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A herd of camels in Gobi Desert. (Photo from Joy Chua-Schwartz)

The Eternal Blue Sky

Known as the Land of Eternal Blue Sky, Mongolia is home to the beautiful landscape of the Gobi desert. Its steppe seamlessly blends into the sky with kilometers of unobstructed visibility. You can be in complete solitude here, watching camels graze the grassland. To get the best view of the breathtaking landscape, climb the hill above Three Camel Lodge, named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. The luxurious lodge boasts of ger camps with a wood stove, king-sized bed, and a full bathroom. Stones make up the main building that houses the movie theater, lounge, kitchen, and restaurant. This is among the top camps you must stay in during your travel to Mongolia.

Read the full story travel story of Joy Chua-Schwartz in the September 2019 issue.

Deira Old Souk. (Photo from Edu Jarque)

The Soul of Dubai

The best way to explore a city unfamiliar to you is to learn about its culture and heritage. Visiting museums is one way to do it but you would get a more authentic experience in taking a casual stroll around the neighborhood. Al Fahidi is among Dubai’s historical town where heritage establishments littered the area. One of which is the three fabled Old Watchtowers used until 1896 to spot the town’s invaders. Past the watchtowers is the Old Souk with a series of shops for apparel. Among these are coats, shirts, jackets, shawls, and slippers in vibrant patterns and designs. You will see a lot of kandura or loose, ankle-length robes for men in the shops. After shopping for garments, you can opt to take an abra or a motorized wooden boat that can take you to other wonderful places in Dubai.

Read the full travel story of Edu Jarque in the September 2019 issue.

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Elephants and hippos. (Photo from Abby Laurel)

Beyond the wildest dreams

Okavango Delta lives up to its title as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage site. With lush grass plains stretching across all directions and hundreds of grazing wildlife, it is impossible not to be struck with awe at the view. You can get a thrilling experience at witnessing the animals up-close through game drives and excursions. Chitabe is among the camps of the Wilderness Safari group hosting wetland and grassland habitats. Staying in this camp can give you the chance to spot cheetahs, lions, and herd of elephants near your tent. A thin screen and canvas of the rooms can give you the uncanny feeling of being exposed. Yet as you stay for longer days and nights, you will eventually get familiar with the sights and sounds.

Read the full story travel story of Abby Laurel in the September issue.

Mount Teide. (Photo from Isabella Orteza)

Rediscovering Europe

Geology enthusiasts will find their heaven in Tenerife, Spain a small island dubbed by a local Tinerfeño as “visiting 7 continents in one go.” Tenerife is home to Mount Teide, the highest point of Spain. On your drive there, you can see the vast dark chocolate-hued volcanic rocks, steep cliffs, and unique sand dunes. You may cross a heavy fog when you drive in the morning but once you pass it, the view changes. Pine trees and cacti make way to thick forests to arid plains. If you are up to see fiery red soil, visit Lanzarote, another beautiful landscape of the Canary Islands. Lanzarote’s multiple volcanoes are truly a sight to behold.

If you find yourself wandering around the cosmopolitan area of London, make sure to go on a food trip. England does not only boast of fish and chips, sausage rolls, and shepherd’s pie. You can visit Maroush that serves authentic Lebanese cuisine. From Maroush, you can dine at Nando’s for South African food, Xing Fu Tang for a taste of Taiwan, Zaika for Indian, and Byron for classic British cuisine.

Read the full story travel story of Isabella Orteza in the September issue.

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