He completely distracted my shopping experience and was rudely discussing how much he drank last night, what he did this morning and what his friend should do about his girlfriend. He went back outside to finish his conversation and I loudly pronounced how rude he was. Whether or not he heard me, when he came back in, he was off it and more mild mannered.
Always smile, keep it light hearted and match the enthusiasm of the stall owner then nobody should be offended.Hostels are grimy and dangerousRooftop views, spas and marble en suites are normally the preserve of luxury hotel. But a whole new breed of hostel has emerged recently, offering the perks of luxury travel to backpackers on a budget.Forget crowded dorms and dirty shared bathrooms, these are lavish hostels are transforming the world of backpacking.From The Wellness Hostel 4000, Saas Fee, Switzerland, which offers budget guests a Finnish sauna, herbal steam bath and relaxation room from 30 per night to Miss Sophie’s in Prague, which offers monsoon showers and housekeepers from 14 per night.Backpacking is only for young peopleSam Clark MD of Experience Travel Group, who specialise in bespoke holidays all over Asia says: ‘We find that a lot of our clients are the epitome of “silver backpackers” proving that having a few travel miles under your belt certainly doesn’t mean you are “past it””They are typically adventurous, intrepid and really love our experience based holidays.’Whilst their younger backpacker counterparts tend to flock together on the same well trodden path, they prefer to push boundaries and travel to places much less visited.’You can’t drink in DubaiDrinking is strictly prohibited for citizens of the United Arab Emirates, but consumption of alcohol is tolerated among non Muslims and served in licensed hotels and clubs which are the mainstay for ex pats and the Emirates’ burgeoning nightlife.But, as the FCO states, it is a punishable offence to drink or be under the influence of alcohol in a public place, and passengers in transit through the UAE under the influence of alcohol may also be arrested. While it is accepted that non Muslims can drink in licensed places, the UAE will be incredibly strict if anything goes wrong and alcohol is involved, particularly in public places.Buying duty free is cheaperThe selling of items without customs tax at airports and on planes happens because the items, such as perfume, tobacco and alcohol aren’t technically being imported into the country of sale.But it doesn’t necessarily mean these goods will be cheaper.