S1.2, TS3: Arab Adventures Pt. 2 “Sunset Desert Safari” (UAE)

Welcome to the 3rd travelsode of Travel Unplugged. In this episode, we trek thru the desert of the United Arab Emirates on a desert safari. So. Freakin’. Fun!

This 5 hour 4×4 Desert Safari tour takes you from the cities of either Dubai or Abu Dhabi into the desert where you go sand-duning, sand boarding, 4×4 quad biking, or get a henna tattoo, try falconry and smoke some shisha after a bbq dinner and belly dancing display. This tour has it all!

S1.2, TS2: Arab Adventures Pt. 1 “Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride” (UAE)

Hello my lovely travelistas!  Please join me for Part 1 of my 2 part “Arab Adventures” series! In this travelsode of Travel Unplugged, we are going to watch the sunrise as we soar over the desert outside Dubai in a hot air balloon!!!

I’ve had a bucket list for 6 years now and was finally able to check “riding in a hot air balloon” off!  I booked the tour thru Balloon Adventures and IT. WAS. AWESOME!  Seriously, this ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite activities!!!  It would have been perfect if I had a glass of champagne…but I’ll do that next time (smile).

Looking for a fabulous way to start your day during a trip to Dubai?  Consider doing a hot air balloon ride.  You start the day SUPER EARLY.  I mean, seriously…they pick you up between 3 and 4am.  And you know the only folks out at the time are those making bad decisions 🙂  It’s about a 1.5 hour drive to the desert lift off location so you can take a quick nap enroute.

Once you arrive, you go thru a safety training then watch as they prep the balloon for the ride.  It goes by really fast so be sure to bring your camera and GoPro to capture the memories (they also will sell you a video of your ride).

Cost is approximately $270 per person for adults.  They do have discounted pricing available for kids (ages 5-12).  Price includes transportation to/from your hotel (or a central meeting point), flight certificate and cold refreshments.

Grab your e-goggles and let’s go!

S1.2, TS1 Parisian Catacombs

Hi my travelistas!  On today’s travelsode of Travel Unplugged, we are going 60 feet under street level to explore Les Catacombes (the ossuary where the bones of 6 million Parisians are housed).  Located at 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy in the 14th Arrondissement.  They only allow 200 visitors at a time.  Due to the length of the tour (up to 1 hour) and the fact that you walk down 130 steps (and up 80 steps), it’s not recommended for those with limited mobility.

The Catacombs are so freaking awesome!  The bones are stacked up 5 feet high in very cool arrangement of femurs, tibias and skulls.  I kept waiting for Sammy Terry to pop out and say, “Bonjour Madamoiselle, I’ve been waiting for you!”  Then I’d have screamed, died on site and had my bones mixed in with the others.

As I say in the video, what I can’t get with is that the bones are mixed up all willy nilly.  You know they didn’t try to figure out who is Celine and who is Francois.  And it would be my luck that if I was one of the dead, my bones would be mixed up with my arch nemesis (we’ll name her Becky since it starts with a “b”) and my ex (who we will call Leroix so it sounds French).  You know who ain’t trying to have their femur mixed with Becky’s tibia and Leroix’s skull?  Me.  I have gone to Glory and need time to rest.  And I know they ain’t walking the golden streets of heaven…because if they are, then I’d need to go speak with Peter about their quality control process and review their paperwork to ensure that error is corrected and they are given tickets to go down South 🙂  Ha!

If you visit Paris, be sure to check out The Catacombs in all of its macabre splendor!

Hours:
Daily from 10am to 8pm (last admission at 7pm), except Mondays and some holidays.

More information & to Purchase Tickets:

http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/

Season 1, Travelsode 2 (The Blue Lagoon — Iceland)

The second travelsode of Travel Unplugged takes you to the beautiful Blue Lagoon! Located just outside Reykjavík, this geothermal spa (which is one of National Geographic’s “25 Wonders of the World”) is a “must see” on your travel bucket list!

Links:

More info about the Blue Lagoon (including pricing/directions) – http://www.bluelagoon.com

Products — http://www.bluelagoon.com/shop/us/

Icelandair (stop over for up to 7 nights on your way to Europe) —  http://www.icelandair.us/flights/stopover/

Gate 1 Travel — http://www.gate1travel.com/scandinavia-travel/

What is Travel Unplugged? Um…it’s AWESOME!

Previously, I announced my new online travel show called “Travel Unplugged” that premiered on April 29, 2015 with its first episode on the XtraCold Ice Bar in Amsterdam.  In this post, I wanted to take time to explain what Travel Unplugged is all about!  In this trailer, I will answer the following questions:

  1. What is Travel Unplugged?
  2. What is a “travelsode”?
  3. How many travelsodes will there be each season?
  4. Where will we be traveling to?
  5. What can you expect?

Thank you so much for checking me out and I hope you subscribe to my YouTube channel and watch the first season of Travel Unplugged!