Waiting for a flight? Here are 35 things to do while waiting at the airport

Waiting for a flight? Here are 35 things to do while waiting at the airport

We all know we need to be at the airport hours before our flight! So what are the best things to do before boarding?

Instead of just sitting there, getting bored, listed below are 35 things to do while waiting at the airport.

The recommendations come from years of traveling – and even sitting in an airport for 6 or more hours before a connection flight arrives.

So use this list of the best things to do while waiting for your plane so that you make the most of your time!

As you will see, some of these are fun things to do at the airport, while others are incredibly productive things to do while waiting for a flight!

Changi Airport, Singapore

1 Learn a new language

You can start studying a language while waiting at the airport. It can be a language you know nothing about, or it can be the language spoken in the country you are about to visit.

Or you can simply consolidate a language you learned a while ago.

Either way, you have options and many apps – for instance, I use Duolingo and Mondly.

2. Talk to someone sitting next to you

Yes, don’t spend your time only on your phone. Talk to strangers – yes, I know, the no safety rule says never doing that.

But you can look at the people next to you, and you can see if they’d be interested in a conversation.

You may learn many interesting things about them, their country, travels, etc.

Talking to someone new is one of the best things to do at the airport. Discover 35 things to do whilst waiting for your flight from this article

3 Check your emails and reply to some of them

I mentioned including productive things to do while waiting for a plane, and this is one of them.

If your goal is 0 unread emails, then you can use the time you have at the airport to read and reply to emails.

Taking into consideration that many airports offer free Wi-Fi, it’s a free thing to do at the airport.

4 Do some shopping or window shopping

One of the things to do while waiting for a flight is to do some shopping.

You can buy souvenirs for yourself and your family or even products that you need and don’t find in your country or that are cheaper at the airport (for instance, we discovered it is cheaper to buy our perfumes from one of the airports in a big European capital).

If you don’t have money to do some shopping, then you can do some window shopping and discover what’s new there.

5. Talk to flight attendants or people from the business lounge

Again, talking to new people will get you out of your comfort zone and will allow you to pass the time faster.

Discussing with flight attendants or with the staff from the business lounge it’s one of the cool things to do while waiting to board your plane.

6 Buy postcards (and make sure you send them)

Not too many people are sending postcards anymore, but it is wonderful to receive a postcard from friends and family members.

So check the (souvenirs) shops to see if there is a cool/funny/gorgeous postcard you can buy for your mom/dad/aunt/best friend/loved one/kid.

As there are post offices in many airports, you can even send that postcard from there and make a nice surprise to your loved ones!

7 Read a book

Why not use the time you have while waiting for your plane to read that book you wanted to read for so long?

8 Clean your phone and gallery

Do you have any apps you’re not using? Then you can delete them.

Do you have many photos on your gallery that are not extraordinary? You can use the time you have waiting to board your plane to delete those photos that you don’t like from your gallery and to make space on your phone.

9 Send some emails or messages to your family and friends

One of the things to do while waiting for your flight is to get in touch with your family and friends.

You can reach out through your email or messages.

I’m recommending you not to use a video call, all because not everyone around you is interested in what it is that you have to discuss.

10 Eat something / Drink some coffee

Yes, it’s expensive, but if you need to, eat something.

Plus, the food is usually good. I tried restaurants in a few airports, and I’ve never been disappointed.

And you can try some of the local dishes – not a bad benefit either!

You can also relax at one of the airport cafes – maybe try some new coffee mixes!

What to do while waiting for your flight. Here are 35 activities at the airport

11. Charge your devices

There are usually sockets where you can charge your devices at the airport.

So one of the best things to do while waiting for your flight is to make sure your gadgets are fully charged.

12 Listen to a podcast

You may learn many interesting things from podcasts, so why not do that while waiting for your plane? It’s definitely one of the best activities before boarding.

Listening to a podcast is one of the things to do while waiting for your flight. Discover 35 activities before boarding

13 Plan some things

One of the best ways to be more productive is to use dead time, and waiting for your flight is dead time.

So get your notebook or your calendar on your phone or an app and write down the things you plan on doing tomorrow, the next week…

You can use this time to plan carefully your activities for the next few days or for when you come back from your vacation.

14 Take a walk and stretch your legs

If you have multiple flights, then use the time in-between connections to walk a little.

It will do you a lot of good!

15 Listen to an audiobook

If you’ve downloaded an audiobook a while ago but never got to listen to it or if you already have a book you started to listen to, then this is a great time to listen to that book!

16. Do some work

Yes, you can work while waiting to board your plane.

You can outline a new course or a new product or service you want to sell.

You can write a new blog post.

You can schedule some social media posts.

You can do many things, regardless of the domain youțre working in, so transform waiting for your plane into productive time.

17. Get pampered

You can enjoy a mani-pedi, a massage, a spa treatment, or even get a haircut while waiting for your plane.

18 Explore the airport and its attractions

There are some airports with special installations and attractions – like the famous fountain in Changi airport in Singapore.DE VERIFICAT NUME SI DE PUS LINK!

Make sure you don’t miss the chance of enjoying that special to see at the airport.

19 Take advantage of the airport’s (free) amenities

Many airports offer amenities that you may not even know about.

From drinks to a pool (Changi airport, Singapore), from sports equipment rentals to museums with free entry (Schiphol, Amsterdam) or even to a beer garden (Munich International Airport) or to a cultural center (Incheon International Airport, Seoul), and to many-many more, there are extraordinary amenities you can take advantage of while waiting for your plane!

Discover the airport's attractions and take advantage of the airport's amenities. Read this article and learn 35 things to do before boardingChangi Airport, Singapore

20 Take some cool photos

Maybe you’ll see a wonderfully painted plane for a special aircraft.

Take some pictures as you may never know when you’ll need them!

21 Update your social media accounts

Maybe you want to show the world where you are right now or you simply need to post something on your social media.

Use this time productively and do that!

Or, you can look for new, interesting accounts to follow! Or you can interact with your followers/friends.

22 Catch up on your business meeting notes/presentations

If you’re traveling for business purposes, and you’ll have business meetings or you’ll deliver presentations, then you can use the time waiting for your plane to update or review them.

23 Watch a movie on your smartphone/tablet/laptop

If you don’t feel like working, shopping, or listen to an audiobook or to a podcast, then you can relax by watching a movie.

24 Write something/ your impressions

If you’re a blogger, one of the things you can do while waiting for your plane is to outline an article or to write and publish one if you have time.

You can also just write down your impressions about the airport, people you see, various details you could add to your next blog post for your book.

25 Learn some simple phrases in the language spoken in the country you are about to visit

If you’re visiting a new country, one of the best things to do while waiting to board your plane is to learn a few simple words and phrases in the language spoken in that country.

Find out how to say thank you, welcome, excuse me, etc.

26 Research any particular cultural things you should know about the country you’re about to visit

If you’re travelling to a country with a different culture, for instance from Europe to Asia, you should discover if there are any important cultural taboos or things you should know before visiting that country, especially if you didn’t do this before getting to the airport.

27 Relax by playing the game on your phone

Sometimes all we need is to relax, and one of the ways to do that is to play a game on your phone. Download an app you like or play one online to pass the time before boarding your plane.

28 Take a nap if you need one

Be careful with your stuff, but if you really need a nap, take it.

29 Explore the city

If you’re a layover is quite long, and if you don’t need a visa to enter that city, then take into consideration exploring it for a bit, especially if you don’t know when you’ll be able to visit it for a longer period of time.

You may not be able to visit all the famous places, but you could still get the game so that city and maybe one or two landmarks, and that will still be a win!

30 Play something with your family or friends

If you’re not travelling alone, then one of the best things to do while waiting for your flight is to play something fun with your family or friends.

You can play cards or pen and paper games, or something on your tablet/smartphone/laptop.

31 Time for yourself: meditate, gratitude, etc.

One of the things to do at the airport is to relax and one of the ways to do that is by meditation.

Use an app or just close your eye and meditate for a few minutes and the other rechargeable batteries.

You can also use the time to write down a few things that you’re grateful for.

This is a habit that, if adopted on a constant basis, will help you get into a state of harmony at abundance and it will help you in every aspect of your life.

32 Buy a newspaper or magazine in the local language and try to read it

Many of the magazines I saw in the airports are bilingual, and that comes in handy when buying it and trying to read it.

But you can also buy a newspaper or magazine in the local language and try to understand what it says. It’s a great way to practice that language, if you’ve studied it in the past, or a new way to learn new words in a different language (you can use Google Translate to discover the meaning of a few words from the articles).

Plus, you can give that newspaper or magazine to your significant one at home and let them read it too, if they are not travelling with you right now.

33 Listen to the anthem of the country or about to visit

It won’t take long, and it will be fun.

Read its story – and discover even more about the country’s culture and history.

34 Make an appointment you’ve been postponing for a while or need soon

Maybe you need to do your annual eye check-up or to go to the dentist. Why not use the time you have before boarding to schedule those appointments?

35 Learn more about your destination / plan or finalize your itinerary

If you’re still wondering what to do at the airport, then one of the things to consider is a little bit of research.

You can learn more about the city or about the visit and maybe even plan an itinerary, if you don’t have one, or you can see if there is anything you’d like to add to your existing itinerary.

You can also learn more about some of the places you want to visit on your trip.

These are the best things to do while waiting for your flight, in my opinion.

What’s your favourite activity while waiting at the airport?

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My Favorite December Getaways When There’s Not a Pandemic

My Favorite December Getaways When There’s Not a Pandemic

I’m not going to say it, I’m not. I’m bored with saying that this year has been: challenging, terrible, rough – name your adjective. But, I think we all know 2020 has been a jerk in almost every way. December is usually my favorite time of year to travel because I normally visit spots where I can celebrate the Christmas season and really get into the spirit of things. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also usually low season in many parts of the world, adding modest crowds and lower prices to the reasons why I always early look forward to my Yuletide travels. Of course, like everything else, 2020 has taken this yearly tradition away from me as well. Rather than sit here and sulk, which I am in fact doing, I instead want to share some of my favorite places around the world to travel in December. Some may make sense, others may not but I promise they’re all a lot of fun. While it’s also true one cannot enjoy these trips in 2020, hopefully by 2021 they will once again be coveted travel destinations.

Rothenburg Germany

Germany

Germany is fun to visit any time of the year, but during the Christmas season it takes on a whole new level of enjoyment thanks to their traditional Christmas markets. Nearly every city, town and village has at least one where gifts and amazing food and drink items are on sale to passersby. I love Christmas markets and have visited them in most European countries, but none are quite as good as the ones found in Germany. One of my favorite markets is located in the popular tourist town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Known as the best-preserved medieval town in Germany, the half-timbered buildings and the small, centuries old streets in Rothenburg seem perfectly made for the holiday season. There are several, small markets around town, with the main market held in the center square immediately in front of city hall. Even though it was freezing outside, I climbed to the top of town hall tower for what I already knew were incredible views. It was amazing to see how different the city looks in spring versus winter, no less beautiful, just different. Rothenburg is also home to one of the largest, and most famous, Christmas stores in Germany, so if shopping is your thing then you’re in luck. For my money though, spending some time walking around, eating at a few of the stalls and stopping to people watch is the best way to visit this always gorgeous town.

Strasbourg France

France

When hard-pressed, I usually say that France is my favorite country in the world to visit. I have a strong emotional connection to it, I speak French and I love the culture. I’ve never had a bad time visiting France and that’s particularly true in December. While the weather is nothing to write home about, France has some amazing Christmas Markets and arguably the best one is found in Strasbourg. This large city in the heart of Alsace was a great introduction not only to this fascinating region, but also to French Christmas market traditions. The Alsace region has a troubled history, ping-ponging between French and German possession over the years, you’ll find a strong influence from both cultures all around town. This unique background necessarily affects the food and in the markets I discovered everything from foie gras sandwiches to traditional beignets. There’s not just one Christmas market in Strasbourg though, there are many strewn all around, which makes an exploration of the downtown area fun and filled with yuletide surprises almost anywhere you go. Every region has their own culinary specialties and while Strasbourg has many, it’s well known for its collective love of pretzels. You’ll find them in every size and shape and even lunch versions, topped with far-too-generous amounts of cheese.

Todos Santos Mexico

Mexico

I don’t go to Europe every December though, I like to alternate with different styles of experiences. One recent favorite was a luxury cruise along the Mexican Riviera onboard an amazing Crystal Cruises ship. While every port of call offered something new and fun to experience, one of my favorites was a side trip to the small town of Todos Santos. Walking around the old historic core, the vibrant colors of the buildings and the incredible wintertime weather all left me completely entranced. Turns out I’m not alone, Todos Santos has been quietly gaining a lot of attention by tourists in the know and even the Mexican government named it a Pueblo Magico, one of just 100 or so communities around Mexico recognized for its natural beauty, cultural richness and history. I’d never heard of this small town along the coast before, but I know it’s a spot that I won’t soon forget.

Disneyland California

Disneyland

I’m a Disney Parks fan, so naturally I had to include my favorite park – Disneyland. Sadly this Anaheim institution remains closed, but hopefully it will be open in 2021 so I can once again enjoy the holiday transformation that takes place every year. When I planned a trip in December, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t get the holiday feeling that I love so much, but I need not have worried. Disney does Christmas extremely well and being in the park just a few days before Christmas dramatically improved my overall holiday experience. Disneyland is a special place, especially for adults. In a world that is increasingly mean and chaotic, it remains a destination seemingly devoid of problems. That’s remarkable and to feel an honest sort of happiness for two days was the ideal way to finish the year. One of the many reasons why I love Disney is for the resort’s ability to transport guests to an easier and simpler time. For a brief few days, everything seems right in the world, and during Christmas this feeling is only enhanced. Everyone seemed happy, the decorations were festive and Christmas carols played in the background. It was a wonderful way to embrace the holiday spirit and I know it won’t be the last time that I experience Disney during the holiday season.

Porto Portugal

Portugal

Last year, just a couple of months before the world closed, I had the great opportunity to once again sail with Viking Cruises on a river cruise in Portugal. It was my first time visiting the country and while I sincerely loved every moment, my time spent in Porto was what I enjoyed the most. Cruises start and end in Porto, making this popular tourist destination an important part of anyone’s cruise experience. I didn’t know a lot about the city before arriving, but I had read dozens of accounts by fellow writers all lauding the ancient city, many even naming it the best in Europe. A natural skeptic, I went into my time there with some initial detachment, but I too fell for the allure of Porto. Porto is one of Europe’s oldest cities, founded in the 300s by the Romans and it’s Porto that eventually lent its name to the country of Portugal itself. Walking around the hilly city on a guided Viking hike, I found it impossible not to be charmed by the colors and sights of the historic center, while also trying to catch a view of the important Douro River whenever possible. I had plenty of time on my own in the city as well, and I used that time to delve even deeper into Porto’s neighborhoods and history, while also eating a fair amount of local delicacies along the way. Yes, Porto was another highlight of many for me on my Douro River Cruise, but I know I’m not unique in that feeling.

Prague Czech Republic

Czech Republic (Czechia)

In the few weeks before Christmas, Prague somehow elevates itself into a holiday experience the likes of which I had never before witnessed. I’ve visited many Christmas markets around Europe and without a doubt, not only does Prague embrace the season more so than most others, but it’s a lot more fun to visit as well. The focal point of Christmas festivities in Prague is at the Old Town Square, where most of the most popular sites in the city are found. The massive market takes place every year in front of the massive church Our Lady before Týn and Old Town Hall. It’s large, it gets busy but it’s also a lot of fun. Having spent (and enjoyed) a week beforehand touring Germany, it was nice to see some different foods and drinks offered, along with entertainment and gifts. It reminded me of why I love visiting a variety of European countries around Christmas and the overall effect was nothing short of transformative. The best way to get an idea of the enormity of the central Christmas market is to visit the top of the Old Town Hall Tower, an easy to visit site with views you have to see to believe.

What are some of your favorite December travel destinations?

The Empire State Building Travel Guide NYC

The Empire State Building Travel Guide NYC

Post Last Modified – November 29, 2020

A Travel Guide To The Empire State Building In New York City

On our recent visit to New York City, one of the many attractions we enjoyed was definitely the Empire State Building. Full of history and with a view that will leave you breathless, this is a Must See designated National Historic Landmark when visiting the city.

The view atop the 86th floor is Amazing!

A Little Bit About The Empire State Building

Empire State Building Entrance

This beautiful refurbished building rises above 102-stories or 1,453 feet tall to its peak and is situated in Midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It received its name from New York’s famous handle … The Empire State.

The skyscraper was constructed in just 410 days, a phenomenal feat to become the tallest building in the world in 1931. It was successful in this venture and remained the tallest building for almost 40 years.

Empire State Building Completion Sign

An amazing accomplishment in the 1930’s with most of the construction and steel workers immigrants having arrived and starting a new life in New York City!

Empire State Building Iron Workers

Be sure to check out the complete history of this lovely historic building at Wikipedia. Below, I have added their website for your convenience to learn more about the Empire State Building.

🏨;   State Building History

The 86th Floor of the Empire State Building

Empire State Building Lobby

Entering the main lobby entrance of the Empire State Building is like taking a step back in time. A beautifully restored building in Manhattan making this a true gem of the city!

Visit the Empire State Building

Experience an incredible view of New York City from their largest indoor and outdoor observation deck.  You can stroll 360 degrees either indoors or outdoors from this floor and experience a view like no other!

For an additional fee, head on up another 16 floors to the top floor 102 stories up, to a smaller indoor viewing deck if you desire.

My wife and I found 86 floors up was plenty high enough and enjoyed the option of enjoying this spectacular view from indoors and outdoors.

We decided to take in this attraction just before sunset and were able to see the city come alive at night with lights beginning illuminate everywhere!

Expect Extremely Busy Queue Lines

Empire State Building Welcome Poster

We enjoyed our visit to New York City in late September. The weather was perfect and the crowds not as intense during the summer months.

Although busy, the line for entry moved quickly and was well organized with staff directing you all the way until you reached the top.

A Spectacular View On The 86th Floor

New York City Skyline

As you can see, the view from the 86th floor is stunning and certainly worth the wait!  Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the city and the height from which you are seeing the city from at your leisure.

You can take in the view inside or outside and walk completely around the building, taking in an awesome 360 degree view of New York City!

New York City View

Visit The 102nd Floor If You Dare

Empire State Building Peak

As mentioned and for an additional fee, you can venture up to the 102nd floor to another viewing deck inside. I took the photo above from the main 86th floor viewing outdoor deck.

For much more detailed information on visiting this beautiful structure, I have listed their official website below for your convenience.

🌷   New York City

Old Empire State Building Poster

There you have it, just one of the many reasons to visit the Big Apple at least once in a lifetime. I had always wanted to visit NYC for many years from the west coast of Canada, and were we glad we finally made it. What a City!

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

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Did You Know …

“The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or more than seven million man-hours.”

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Travel Photo Den – Retired Fish Boat

Travel Photo Den – Retired Fish Boat

Post Last Modified – November 27, 2020

My Gr8 Travel Tips Photo Den – A Retired Fishing Boat

A presentation of our families personal photographs taken during our travel adventures around the world.

This time we head to the fishing village of Ucluelet, which is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia – Canada.

Retired Fish Boat Evelyn May

Retired Fish Boat

This old retired fish boat is a fixture in downtown Ucluelet. The Evelyn May certainly must have some fish stories to tell, from its time spent in the rugged frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Canada!

Today, it rests comfortably on private property for everyone to see as they pass by the main street of Ucluelet. Tourists, like myself, love taking the opportunity to capture a photo of this piece of history and what was and still is, a major industry and livelihood for many living in this part of Canada.

Ucluelet means “people of the safe harbour” in the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth language of the First Nations people of the island. Once a small fishing community, today Ucluelet has grown into a very popular tourist destination situated alongside world renowned Long Beach located in British Columbia’s Pacific Rim National Park.

People travel to Tofino and Ucluelet year round from all over the world for world class surfing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, diving, camping, whale and bear watching, beach combing and storm watching. It’s outdoor enthusiasts paradise!

Below, I’ve included the official tourism website link for your convenience. Learn much more about the town and the surrounding area, to help plan your next vacation to this beautiful destination on Vancouver Island!

Ucluelet Logo

🐳   Uclulet Life on the Edge

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Hajj Tour Travel Tips Before You Go

Hajj Tour Travel Tips Before You Go

Post Last Modified – November 25, 2020

How To Make Your Hajj Tour A Successful Pilgrimage

There is so much planning to do, especially when the Hajj Tour is concerned.  Remember, this is a holy obligation and not a pilgrimage. Packing for this tour should be much different then the usual. But at the same time, not leaving the necessities behind. Below, are some helpful Hajj Tour Travel Tips that are good to know before you go.

Definition:

hajj or hadj;

the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim is required to make at least once in his life, provided he has enough money and the health to do so

Hajj Tour Travel Tips For Planning Your Pilgrimige

Health and Safety Tips For Hajj

Below, are a few overall health and safety tips to make note of if you or a loved one may be traveling to the Hajj Pilgrimage this season. The crowds and heat can be overwhelming at times, so taking a few precautions for your health and safety can make a world of difference when in attendance.

Pack Enough Ihram Clothing For Your Hajj Tour

Hajj Tour Travel Tips #1

Ihram clothing for women

What you should carry with you are at least two to three sets of extra clothes for ihram. If you feel carrying so much is going to be difficult, then you can opt for the cheaper options when you get in Saudi, and buy them from there.

Changing your clothes is a must, since you will most definitely get very sweaty and dirty.  Laundromats may or may not be around while conducting manasik, so carrying extra sets is recommendable.

The nights get really cold and the extra sets can help keep you warm at the same time.

Pack The Zamzam Well

Hajj Tour Travel Tips #2

zamzam for hajj festival

There have been many cases of these being stolen or misplaced, especially at the conveyor belts at the airport.  If you do not want this happening to you, ensure that yours is kept safe in a duffel bag or a book bag.

Something that is very inconspicuous and does not look as if it contains the zamzam.

Carry An Unlocked Phone

Hajj Tour Travel Tips #3

hajj cellphone use

We cannot stress enough on this, for around 100 riyals you can get a phone line in Saudi, which would work on your unlocked phone as well. Constant connections are a must for your safety and security.

Just in case you lose your way or get lost in the crowd which happens every year with many.

Outgoing calls are charged, while incoming is free.

Pack Your Medication From Home

Hajj Tour Travel Tips #4

Prescription Medication Bottle

Pharmacies in Saudi are a plenty and they have all the medicines you need, but do not leave anything to chance. This is especially if your health needs are tailor made by your family doctor.

Always try to prevent having to run around and in a panic in having to find your life saving drugs at the eleventh hour!

Always Carry Your Identification Card

Hajj Tour Travel Tips #5

Hajj Tour Travel Tips

If you do not have one, make one of your own and have all your details on it (not too personal though). Your passport is always with your group guide and you too should have an identification card of some sort on you as well.

In the past, people have fallen ill and unconscious while in public places. The ID card on you can help trace your group and/or close ones. You could also get totally lost in the crowd, as well as possibly you get confused about your hotel’s location.

If you are purchasing a Hajj Travel Package from a reputable travel agent, I’m sure they can have an identification card made for you with your personal emergency contact information.

Do not leave anything to chance, have your full name, passport number and contact information on the ID card you make.

Be Careful Of Fraudsters And Pickpockets

Hajj Tour Travel Tips #6

hajj festival safety

There are plenty of them around, especially near the tawaf zones, say may reliable sources. Your money should be kept safe where no one would know and could easily access it.

Even at hotels or the tents you rent, make sure you trust no one with your precious belongings. There are excellent carry on money belts and other safety clothing options available to purchase, to keep your valuables safe with you at all times.

Head For The Fahad Gate

Hajj Tour Travel Tips #7

Hajj Tour 2014 Travel Tips

The Fahad Gate is where you should head, just in case your body cannot bear the heat anymore. It is a well known fact that the King Fahad Gate is an air conditioned one, and even while the sun lashes down during the day, this area is always the coolest place for relief from the sun and heat!

We hope this information on what to pack and what to do for Hajj tour comes in handy!!

Hajj Tour

It is estimated that almost one and half million people of made the Hajj in 2014!  Read more below …

Haijj Tour 2014

Guest Author at Gr8 Travel Tips

Guest Author Bio:

Rahim from M.Zahid Travel has spoken with many who have done Hajj and Umrah in the past. The author does bring tips on how to make your Hajj tour a successful one, with knowledge and good research. To learn more on how to make this holy pilgrimage a blessed and a very peaceful one, check online.

I am happy to present this collaborative guest post in the hopes of offering some interesting travel inspiration and helpful information to you as well.

Update 2019:

Hajj Dates 2019

Hajj 2019 will begin in the night of Friday, August 9, 2019, and will end at night of Wednesday, August 14, 2019. While Hajj 2018 was at night of Sunday, August 19, 2018, and was finished at night of Friday, August 24, 2018.

Update May 2020:

Saudi Arabia Must Suspend the Hajj for 2020.

“The presence of millions of pilgrims in Mecca and Medina will have lethal consequences.”

As a result of the worldwide Corona Virus Pandemic, officials have suspended this year’s Hajj Tour until further notice. You can read more of the New York Times article in the link below.

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📖   The New York Times – Hajj Tour Suspension

Update November 2020:

Hajj 2021 will begin in the evening of Saturday, July 17 and ends in the evening of Thursday, July 22.

“At present, it is tentatively expected that the Ministry of Haj & Umrah, KSA may impose restriction of age limits 18 – 65 years for the Haj pilgrims for Haj 2021.”

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

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“The hajj coincides with Eid al-Adha, a major holiday for Muslims “

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Start Exploring Again: Hit the Road with Flexibility

Start Exploring Again: Hit the Road with Flexibility

The following post is sponsored by National Car Rental. All thoughts and oddly constructed sentences though are entirely my own.

In a normal year I would use the waning weeks of 2020 to reflect on my travels and start planning new ones for 2021. This of course is not a normal year, but the good news is that some limited and responsible travel has been possible. We have had to rethink what travel means, whether it be for business or leisure. For me, I prefer to still fly to a new destination, pick up my rental car and start exploring.

Even if I start my business or leisure travels from home, I always rent a car when embarking on an epic road trip which is why I’m thrilled to be partnering with National Car Rental to share how they’ve added flexibility and convenience to the experience.

Emerald Club Extended Benefits

The first in its industry to extend loyalty benefits a full year, National Car Rental now provides customers with a robust extension to its popular Emerald Club loyalty program. Emerald Club Program Free Days, previously expiring Dec. 31, 2020, now do not expire until Dec. 31, 2021. That’s not the only change though, they’ve also added a lot of flexibility to the overall program.

Within Emerald Club, there are 3 separate status levels you can earn that offer benefits including free rental days and guaranteed upgrades. Check out all the benefits and learn more about the Emerald Club here.

Especially convenient, Emerald Club members can redeem earned free days at any participating U.S. and Canada Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood location in addition to National locations. There’s an Enterprise location just a few miles from my house, so it’s the perfect way for me to easily use those perks. Both National and Enterprise have also extended their elite tiers for another year, now expiring in 2022. Overall, these changes don’t just enhance the rewards program, they make getting out and exploring again (finally!) easy and fun. So where to go?

Hit the Road Safely

Like many people who have traveled since the end of strict quarantine in May, renting a car has been at the heart of the experience. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, there is a certain level of comfort inherent with using the same vehicle throughout a trip and it’s also my favorite way to explore a new destination. National and Enterprise have gone to great lengths to ensure that their vehicles are a safe part of that experience by instituting a number of initiatives including:

  • Each vehicle is thoroughly cleaned and back with the Complete Clean Pledge
  • Social distancing protocols are implemented on shuttles and in offices
  • Easy and mostly contactless car pickups and drop-offs

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Great American Cities

One thing that has helped me preserve a sense of normalcy and excitement in recent months is planning out some trips I want to take once the time is right. Whether you travel solely for work or combine business and leisure, there is almost always an opportunity on a trip to get out and explore at least a little. The U.S. is thankfully home to some amazing cities, including these personal favorites.

Boston

Not long ago I found myself back in Boston after an absence of more than a decade. Since it had been so long, I tackled the city as a first time tourist and I’m so glad that I did. What I discovered was a fun city but I especially loved experiencing it by walking the entirety of the Freedom Trail. Sixteen different locations dot the Freedom Trail, all of which are integral to the history of the United States. Organized in the 1950s, the Trail is a very easy to follow and manage pedestrian trail that not only shares the history of the country, but offers a look into modern Boston as well. My hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, couldn’t have been better situated to take advantage of the Freedom Trail. Located next to Boston Common, as soon as I walked out the front door I had already and unwittingly began my exploration of the Trail. If you take advantage of the many museums and other spots of interest along the way, tackling the entirety of the Freedom Trail should ideally take the full day, giving visitors the opportunity to not be hurried and to appreciate the stories at each stop.

Denver

If you’ve never been to Denver before, absolutely spend some time visiting the well-known spots in and around the city. It’s a gorgeous place that’s popular for a reason. But then, try to delver a little deeper and get to know its neighborhoods as well. Denver has seen incredible population growth in recent years, thanks to the famously sunny weather, great natural escapes and a whole host of other factors. This means that the city I visited just a few years ago looks nothing like the Denver of today. Entirely new neighborhoods have popped up out of nowhere, reclaiming areas of town long neglected and forgotten. One of these in particular was a highlight of my visit, the River North Art District or RiNo. Driving around, the shops and cafes were quirky and eclectic; artisanal everything, record stores and taco trucks. It was hipster heaven, and the center of this reclamation is the market known simply as The Source. Housed in an iconic 1880s ironworks building, the goal of The Source was to create for residents of Denver what folks in Seattle or San Francisco enjoy; namely a world class food hall. One stop shopping for the best meats, cheeses, breads, coffees, beers and more was the idea, but the industrial RiNo location at first drew a lot of skepticism. No one knew if the concept would work, but visiting on a busy weekend afternoon I could tell immediately that not only was The Source succeeding, it was flourishing.

Seattle Washington

Seattle

Sandwiched between lakes and mountains, Seattle’s climate is famously temperate. With a moderate temperature and a vibrant atmosphere, Seattle is one of the best places in the country to escape the summer heat. The city is full of fun things to do like visiting the iconic Space Needle, towering over the city, and exploring the massive Pike Place Market where visitors and locals alike indulge their taste buds with delicious foods and shop for odd gifts. For those who would rather take advantage of the cooler temperatures of Seattle to venture into the great outdoors, the city is a good home base. Washington State has some of the most gorgeous and untouched forests in the country and are perfect for some light day hikes.

San Antonio

I’d long heard about San Antonio’s River Walk, but nothing quite prepared me for the actual experience of strolling alongside it. Created over time in what can only be called a brilliant act of urban planning, today it’s a 15-mile stretch of parks and walkways following the San Antonio River. Set a story below the rest of the city, as soon you as you climb the steps down to the River Walk, the change is immediate. Surrounded by blooming flowers, cooler temperatures and almost irrationally happy people, I soon found myself one of those oddly ebullient visitors, all mesmerized by the city almost instantly. The city though is so much more than the river, and throughout my time in San Antonio I was constantly surprised by how laid back and easy everything was. It’s a large city, but downtown isn’t chaotic and thanks to a culture of preservation, the city has a lot more character than most. Art deco facades blend in seamlessly with newer buildings, creating a rich architectural tapestry that frankly is hard to find.

Detroit Michigan

Detroit

In recent years, Detroit has become famous around the world as the city that went bankrupt. The city where entire neighborhoods were left in ruin, neglected and teeming with blight. That’s honestly all I knew about the Motor City before my first visit, and that’s part of the problem. Almost everything we see on the news, in magazines or even on travel blogs is obsessed with Detroit’s so-called ruin porn. Sharing the photos of these houses and city blocks that have been left to rot has been all the rage. Because of that, not many people know the real story of Detroit. That no, the city is not a burning pile of rubble. That Detroit is actually a great place to visit and I imagine to live, and that fact more than anything else surprised me the most. Great museums, delicious food and other fun diversions all come together to make Detroit a fun and, I think, an important city to visit.

Thankfully these and seemingly countless others are now made even easier with the latest program updates by National Car Rental – be sure to click here if you’re interested in becoming an Emerald Club member.

What does your next trip look like?

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