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I want to share a little tip I’ve learned whilst out travelling the world. This one is no-brainer and an absolute never-fail. Write this down. When your local friend/local guide (those two terms are interchangeable in the Urban Adventures world) purchases two full shopping bags of sandwiches to take home...Read more
As people who keep up to date with travel, we’re sure that you’ve heard all kinds of things about Egypt over the last few years. Sometimes when things seem a bit turbulent in a certain destination, it’s very difficult to figure out if it’s all true, or all hype.Read more
I’ve spent five years living in the Middle East (based predominantly out ofRead more
Cairo but also doing lengthy stints in Turkey and Morocco), and so non-Muslim travellers often ask me if Ramadan is a good time to visit the Islamic world. From my own experience, I can say with some...
Travelling to a Muslim destination during Ramadan and not sure what to expect? We’ve got you covered with all the basics you’ll need to know about the holy month. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the holy month of the Islamic calendar, when all Muslims dedicate themselves to religious thoughts. It’s...Read more
Come in, come in! A young lady called us from her doorstep. I didn’t understand her language, but I could see her hands, pointing towards the gate, furling and unfurling with the international gesture for ‘Come in, join us, you’re welcome here.’ We had been warned not to linger outdoors...Read more
I was so hungry, but I was determined to persevere. It was the first days of Ramadan and I was working in Iran for a few weeks. The timing didn’t seem ideal, but when a trip to Iran comes up, one does not refuse. At the time, I was a...Read more
In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Farah, our guide on the ground in Kuala Lumpur, told us about Ramadan in her city. The month of Ramadan (or Ramadhan) is a very testing period. You...Read more
Having spent over 10 years in Dubai, I can say I’m a veteran at navigating Ramadan. It’s unlike anything else. For one, there’s a festive vibe in the air — most offices offer shorter working hours (even for those who are non-Muslim and not fasting), many people are away over...Read more
In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Candha, our guide on the ground in Jakarta, told us about Ramadan in his city. Istiqlal Mosque is the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia — appropriate since Indonesia...Read more
In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Katya, our guide on the ground in Moscow, told us about Ramadan in her city. Russia doesn’t typically come to mind when you think of Islam, or honouring...Read more