Sent by Rami Al-Abdallah
Abu Dhabi 19/04/2013
Based in Mirdif
Kayaking in Halong Bay, quad biking in the Cambodian countryside, driving Tuscany for a dinner at a Michelin star village restaurant, climbing Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka, boating around Capri, getting stuck in Beijing traffic, biking Ho Chi Minh, Vienna and Amsterdam, segwaying in Lisbon, savouring Parisian macarons at Laduree, trying Asian food from street stalls in Bangkok to its fancy Sirocco restaurant (yes the one in The Hangover 2!), celebrating mom’s birthday at the Moulin Rouge, attending a film premiere at the Istanbul Film Festival, getting a palm reading at the Mekong Delta...... These are just a few of the experiences I have been fortunate enough to have had so far.
As you can see, I love to travel and venture. This is one of the reasons I decided to drop out of a career of over a decade in hotels and do the one thing I am passionate about – making travel plans. “You’ve got to find what you love” Steve Jobs once said. I finally did!
Today, I am an Independent Travel Counsellor, assisting customers with their travel arrangements, full or partial, from flights to accommodation, transfers, insurances, tours, etc.
This is a unique concept in travel planning, one I am extremely excited to be part of. It takes the stress, hassle and worry out of researching your options. Why shop around or spend hours trawling the internet for the best deals, when I can do all the hunting for you? Why struggle to find time out of your busy working day/week to catch up with travel agents during strict opening hours, when I can be available evenings and week-ends? Why run the risk of repeating and missing details dealing with different agents, when you can work with one person?
Being independent, I offer both flexibility and impartiality as I have access to an award winning technology with many airlines, hotels and tour operators to pick and match from, while at the same time, not being bound by any. For your total peace of mind, all bookings I make are covered by the Travel Counsellors financial trust. Travel Counsellors is licensed in the UAE under tourism license 675183.
So if you are looking to book your next travels for a long week-end break, ski adventure, golf escape, family holiday, business trip, etc. and if you like the idea of having your own Travel Counsellor, either call me or contact me via email. I look forward to creating the perfect itinerary for you.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
02 January 2017
An hour and a half away by bus from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh city, I had booked this day trip to My Tho the previous evening after having realized once again how little did I read about this country before boarding my flight to Asia. One of the pluses of traveling alone is that it is easy to be added to a tour even when you book late. They can always squeeze one more in. ‘It should be enough to get me a feel of the Mekong’, I thought, ‘until my next visit’. The mighty Mekong has its origin in the Tibetan Plateau and runs through China’s Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, which makes it one of the world’s largest rivers, so large that it has two tides a day. Lying on its left side is My Tho, the first city you reach when going down to the Mekong Delta. Though it was founded by Chinese refugees who fled Taiwan back in the 1680’s, the Chinese population is small today having been driven out by the Vietnamese government in the late 1970’s. The thing with arranged tours is that you have to follow a set program, which was not bad on this trip -diversified and fast enough to eliminate the boredom factor. It included a stroll in the market, a visit to the coconut candy workshop and a bee farm, listening to Vietnamese folk music, a sampan ride through mangrove swamps, another boat ride through side canals and a stop for a local lunch, all giving a glimpse of the typical Mekong Delta rural life. Now, I may not be the first to volunteer to carrying a python around my neck. As a matter of fact, not only was I the last, I went so far as to ask for extra time to make up my mind, unintentionally baffling the guide, snake handler and around 7 of the group who looked at me as if they never saw or experienced hesitation before! I may neither be someone who’d give her full attention to the explanation of rice making in the Mekong Delta –the area which made of Vietnam one of the largest rice exporters in the world, the nation of rice omelette, rice porridge, rice wine, rice noodle soup, you name it. But I am definitely the first one to drop it all –bag, money, ID, books, map- and jump in less than a second from the rear end of the bus when the tour guide asks if someone is interested in palm reading on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City. My only question was: ‘which hand do you need, the left or the right one?’ He said too many things which in retrospect, I have to admit, turned out to be true. Well, all except one. Hey, his main occupation is 'guide' not 'fortune teller'. One out of eight is still a good ratio. And just like that, it was someone else’s turn… The guide was good, so good a guy next to me (read this well ‘A GUY’) was mumbling ‘we need to tip him well’. And we did!
Abu Dhabi 19/04/2013