Notes on Cyprus – Roman ruins and a future global business hub

When I announced I was going to Cyprus it elicited differing reactions from friends online. For some English friends, Cyprus is associated with cheap package holidays, and the holiday makers that go with it. At some of the places I visited I did see that element, which reminded me of the Australian bogan culture in […]

Flight Review: Emirates – Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Emirates EK 392 From: Dubai (DXB) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Emirates from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City. This was a booking with points from Qantas, who are their partner outside of the Oneworld Alliance. I’ve flown with Emirates a few times before I like their service, so this […]

Hotel Review: Royal Falcon Hotel, Dubai – UAE

Hotel Name: Royal Falcon Hotel Address: Salah Al Din Street, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I stayed at the Royal Falcon Hotel in Dubai, UAE. I booked it online at the rate of 146.48 AED ($39.88 USD) per night, and selected it for its price and location. The hotel is a 3-star hotel in Deira, […]

Hotel Review: Crystal Plaza Hotel – a great value 3-star hotel in Sharjah

Hotel Name: Crystal Plaza Hotel Address: Al Estiqlal Street (Immigration Road), Near Al Bustan Hotel – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The Crystal Plaza Hotel is a 3-Star hotel in central Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. I booked online for the rate of 125.88 AED ($34.27 USD), which includes 5 % VAT, 10 % service charge, and […]

Flight Review: Air Arabia – Beirut to Sharjah

Flight: Air Arabia G9 386 From: Beirut (BEY) To: Sharjah (SHJ) I flew with Air Arabia from Beirut to Sharjah. Originally I was searching for flights to Dubai, and on Skyscanner they also show nearby airports. For this search I had the options of flights to Dubai with Emirates or MEA, flights to the new […]

Apartment Review: Alaamira Furnished Apartments, Beirut – Lebanon

Hotel Name: Alaamira Furnished Apartments Address: Tayouneh, Beirut, Lebanon. I stayed at the Alaamira Furnished Apartments in Beirut, Lebanon. This was my first trip to Beirut, and I had no idea about the city layout, or what streets and neighbourhoods to stay at. In the end I picked this for its price and its availability […]

Flight Review: Cyprus Airways – Larnaca to Beirut

Flight: Cyprus Airways CY 122 From: Larnaca (LCA) To: Beirut (BEY) I flew with Cyprus Airways from Larnaca to Beirut. I compared flights with Skyscanner and there were three direct options presented to me: Cobalt, Cyprus Airways, and MEA (Middle East Airways). I hadn’t flown with any of those, so in the end I went […]

Hotel Review: Onisillos Hotel, Larnaca – Cyprus

Hotel Name: Onisillos Hotel Address: 17 Onisillos Street, Larnaka, Cyprus I stayed at the Onisillos Hotel in Larnaka, Cyprus. Even though it’s a hotel they also offer dorm room options, and that’s what I booked. I was in a 2-bed dorm for €28 a night. The hotel is named after Onisillos Street, which is in […]

Guest House Review: Xanthis Xenierou Inn, Nicosia – Cyprus

Hotel Name: Xanthis Xenierou Inn Address: 15, Xanthis Xenierou, Nicosia, Cyprus I stayed at the Xanthis Xenierou Inn in Nicosia, Cyprus. I booked it online for its location at the rate of €22 per night. The location turned out to be ideally located, being a 10 minute walk from the main bus station that serves […]

Airbnb apartment in Larnaca – Cyprus

Apartment: Larnaca Apartment Address: Larnaca Old Town, Larnaca, Cyprus. For my trip to Larnaca I opted for an Airbnb rental instead of a hotel. When I was booking I didn’t know which area to stay, so I just picked out something that looked near the most historic sites. It turned out to be a good […]