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CURRENT TRAVEL STATUS: Just back from a fantastic 6 week long vacation in Miami, where we stayed for a few days before embarking on a week long Caribbean cruise to Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Georgetown (Cayman Islands) and Cozumel (Mexico). After another day in Miami, we flew to Cancun for a week at the marvelous Le Blanc Resort and Spa, before staying in an apartment in Mexico City for a month. This was great, as I met up with many old friends of mine and visited lots of great museums, as well as seeing the Ballet Folklorico, Lucha Libre and taking trips to Teotihuacan and Puebla.

March 2013 - Tromso and Alta, Norway. Had a great trip and met up with some friends from our Antarctica cruise. Saw the Aurora Borealis quite a few times too. Snowmobiling and dog-sledding was great.

Nov/Dec 2012 - Just returned from a fantastic trip to the Falkland Is., S. Georgia and Antarctica on the M/V Ushuaia. The amount of penguins and seals on S. Georgia was just incredible and the Antarctic icebergs and scenery were beautiful. Would love to return one day!!!!....

August 2012 - Just returned from a trip back to the UK, where I was born, for a few days. Unfortunately, wasn't able to do much traveling in the UK, as we had to clear out our storage unit, ready for the our shippers to send some stuff back to Doha, where we live now. We did, however, have an 11 day holiday to Switzerland planned, which was great!. Flew with Easyjet into Zurich and then traveled around by their great train service to: Lucerne, Murren, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Montreux, Zermatt, Gornergrat and finally back to Zurich. Managed also half a day in Bern, which was very nice! The scenery is incredible over there and there is so much to see and do, but it is very expensive (even with a half fare card for the transport)!. So glad we went anyway, as it was one of our best trips and we got some great pics!!! Now back in Doha and missing all that fresh mountain air!...sigh.....

PERSONAL DETAILS:
Age 43, married to Richard with no kids. Love travel (and collecting fridge magnets wherever I go), photography, eating out, chocolate and cinema.
Was born and went to school in the UK and got a university degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Have done many jobs in my time from student jobs in Burger King and in pubs to Cabin Crew, Admin Worker, English Teacher and Holiday Rep after completing my studies.
Lived in Mexico City and Cancun for 7 years, Sydney, Australia for a year due to my husband's job, Kuwait for a year (again due to my husband's job), Dubai for 4 years and am now in Doha, Qatar. Have traveled quite a bit around the world, but have only gone digital in the last few years, hence I don't have the majority of my photos in digital format. Went back to the UK in August, 2008 and hunted out some of the old travel photos, so have just started to scan a few of them into the computer!!! It's hard to remember all the tip info though from years ago, so will just have to be a brief outline of my trips....
Aim to keep traveling around the world until both me and my husband get fed up and then we'll probably go back to live in the UK - (hopefully when we are close to retirement age!).

Trips done in 2006

1. Baltic Cruise: Brugges, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Warnemunde, Copehagen & Oslo
2. Kuwait
3. Muscat & surrounds, Oman
4. Dubai
5. Abu Dhabi
6. Bahrain
7. Al Ain
8. Sharm el Sheikh
9. Jordan

Trips done in 2007

1. Syria
2. Salalah, Oman
3. UK

Trips done in 2008

1. Vietnam
2. Cambodia
3. Kuala Lumpur
4. Delhi, Agra & Jaipur
5. UK - home, Cotswolds, Worcester and the Lake District.
6. Egypt - Cairo, sights on Nile Cruise, Abu Simbel, etc

Trips done in 2009 - 2014

1. Sri Lanka
2. New York/Las Vegas/UK
3. Lebanon

2010 Trips:

1. Singapore and Indonesia - June 2010
2. Nepal - Nov 2010

2011 Trips:

1. UK/Slovenia - Ljubljana and surrounds - Feb 2011
2. Madrid, Valencia (for Las Fallas), Barcelona and La Manga - March 2011
3. Istanbul - June 2011
4. Maldives - Lily Beach Resort and Spa - Dec 2011

2012 Trips:

1. Myanmar (Burma) - March 2012
2. UK/Switzerland - Aug 2012
3. Antarctica (Falklands, S.Georgia and Antarctica) - Nov/Dec 2012

2013 Trips:

1. Norway - Tromso and Alta - March 2013
2. Miami, Caribbean cruise (Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico), Cancun, Mexico City - Nov/Dec 2013, Jan 2014 .

2014 Trips:

1. Mexico City - Jan 2014
2. Orlando - Feb 2014 - as part of husband's work trip
3. Canada Trip - Calgary, Banff, Jasper and surrounds, Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls - Booked

The Wish List

1. Sri Lanka (done)
2. Iran
3. Peru
4. Lebanon (done)
5. Valencia, Spain (done)
6. Turkey (done Istanbul so far)
7. Morocco
8. Slovenia (done)
9. Nepal (done)
10. Antarctica (done)
11. New York (done)
12. Maldives (done!)
Plus a hundred or so more places!!!


Best trips so far:

1. Falkland Is, S.Georgia and Antarctica
2. Maldives
3. Vietnam
4. Cambodia
5. Mexico
6. Australia
7. Switzerland

Airlines used so far and their ratings (1-5 stars)

1. Emirates (Dubai, U.A.E.) - *** and a half. Mix of good/not so good planes. Nice food. Ok leg room - not good on older planes. Good entertainment on newer planes.
2. Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.) - *** and a half. New planes. Good leg room. Good food.
3. Qatar Airways (Qatar) - *** and a half. Good leg room. Nice food. Good entertainment.
4. Jazeera Airways (Kuwait) - ****. My favourite budget airline. Leather seats. Good leg room. Good routes. Good prices.
5. Oman Air (Oman) - ***. A bit shabby with older planes. Route timings not good.
6. Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia) - ***. Not much leg room. Shabby planes. Good prices though!
7. Korean Air (Korea) - ***. Worst food I've had! Ok. Cheaper fares.
8. British Airways (UK) - ***. Snobby staff on occasion. Clean planes, Good food. Not much entertainment. Only airline EVER to charge me excess baggage (as a poor student!!).
9. Easyjet (UK) - ***. Nice budget airline. Good leg room. Variety of routes. Sometimes late!
10. Ryanair (Ireland) - ** and a half. Ok budget airline. Cheap. Ok Leg room.
11. Thai Airways (Thailand) - ****. My favourite so far. Lovely staff. Nice food. Good leg room. Good entertainment. Orchid on departure.
12. Air 2000 (UK) - ** and a half. Ok holiday airline. Bad food - made me ill.
13. Monarch Airlines (UK) - ***. Worked for them! Nice food. Lots of service. Leg room is ok.
14. Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) - ** and a half. Leg room minimal. OK.
15. Wardair Canada (Canada) - ***. Now defunct airline. Remember it was good flight.
16. Gulf Air (Bahrain) - ***. Not bad.
17. VASP (Brazil) - ***. Good leg room. Nice food.
18. Aeromexico/Aerolitoral (Mexico) - *** and a half. Good leg room. Nice food.
19. Continental Airlines (USA) - ***. Rude staff and old staff. OK
20. All Nippon Airways (ANA) (Japan) - ****. Good staff and service. Good entertainment and good leg room. Clean planes.
21. Air China (China) - ** and a half. Old. shabby planes. Ok service and food. Leg room ok.
22. Allegro (Mexico) - ***. Cheap and cheerful, snack on board, leg room good.
23. Taesa (Mexico) - ***. Cheap and cheerful, snack on board, leg room good.
24. Virgin Blue (Australia) - *** and a half. Cheap, nice staff.
25. Air New Zealand (NZ) - ** and a half. Rude staff and shabby planes.
26. Dan Air (UK) - Taken over by BA in 1993 - ** and a half. Holiday flight. OK
27. EgyptAir (Egypt) - ** and a half. Just OK, nothing special. Food not too good and planes a bit shabby. Entertainment choices are bad.
28. Air Arabia (Sharjah, U.A.E.) - ***and a half. Quite good for a budget airline. Late taking off, hanging around in bus on tarmac. Snacks to buy onboard which were ok. No good entertainment.
29. United Airlines(USA) - ***. Nice flight, but not good choice of entertainment.
30. American Airlines (USA) - **and a half. Old plane, food ok, not good entertainment.
31. Lufthansa (Germany) - ***and a half. Lots of service, nice staff, food ok, not much entertainment.
32. Fly Dubai (Dubai, U.A.E.) - ***. Newest budget airline here in Dubai. Quite cramped with limited luggage space. No entertainment. Paid food. Paid hold baggage. Few destinations at present. Great price! Would use them again.
33. Buddha Air (Nepal) - ***Small plane for Everest Flight. Bigger plane for return from Chitwan (Bharatpur) to Kathmandu - only 20 min flight time, so no meals or entertainment. Plane clean and staff professional.
34. Virgin Atlantic (UK) - ***and a half. Nice, clean plane, great selection of movies on demand. Food not bad, Staff pleasant enough. Leg room not great, amenity kits not great and breakfast was a brownie (expected a bit more to eat!).

Airlines (continued)

35. Turkish Airlines (Turkey) - ***. Clean planes, food ok. Entertainment not very good depending on the plane you get - some have 1 movie showing on a drop down screen, others have on demand movies. Staff quite abrupt, pax allowed too much hand luggage, so no room in overhead bins.
36. Spanair (Spain) - *** and a half. Budget airline - got a very good price from Alicante to Barcelona. Oldish plane. No entertainment as I recall. Overhead bin space very limited. Food sold on board. Great that you don't have to pay for hold luggage like most of the budget airlines today. Would recommend for a short flight.
37. Thai Air Asia (Thailand) - ***and a half. Flew from Bangkok to Yangon. Budget airline with great prices - all "extras'' paid for such as food onboard, hold luggage. Clean and new planes and friendly staff. Flights were on time.
38. LAN (Argentina) - ***. Flight on time and staff friendly. Clean plane, snack given quite disappointing. Not much in-flight entertainment, just a TV show on drop down screen - no headphones either.
35. Wideroe (Norway) - ***and a half. Cool little twin prop plane for 38 min flight from Tromso to Alta. Comfortable and good price. No entertainment or food, of course though. Would use again.
36. SAS (Norway, Sweden, Denmark) - ***and a half. Great prices. No complaints. Tea/coffee is free and all other snacks are paid for. No entertainment. Clean plane and nice staff.
37. Interjet (Mexico) - ***and a half. Great budget airline! Free snacks onboard (crisps, soda, tea, coffee). Generous luggage allowance (50kgs) when traveling from Mexico City to Miami, 23kgs for domestic luggage allowance. Friendly staff, clean planes, on time departures. Will definitely use them again.

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  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth. Hope you have great travels in store for the coming year.

  • connectingrod's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.
    hAPpY bIrThDaY tO yOu

  • sof76's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Happy birthday from Argentina!!!
    Sof

  • DaHongHua's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Happy Birthday greet from Malaysia.

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Happy Birthday. PJ

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Really enjoyed looking at your Al Ayn page, It's a place on my to do list. Were there any public buses there or did everything have to be done on foot or by car?

    All the best,

    Irene

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      Nov 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Hi Irene - I believe that there are public buses, but we were only in Al Ain for 6 weeks with my husband's job, so had a car. I think it's always best to rent a car in the M. East (with the exception of Dubai, as the public transport is very good there). You can take taxis too, as they are quite cheap in Al Ain. Have taken them a few times.
      Regards
      Elizabeth

  • kandoi's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Happy Birthday

  • chizz's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! x

  • TrendsetterME's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Hey Elizabeth, "Happy Birthday", with all my best wishes .. :)

  • DaHongHua's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    A warm happy birthday greet from Malaysia. Glad you have been here. Sorry about the taxi experience.

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