As the Operations Manager at TELLAL Institute, Brittany is responsible for ensuring efficiency and smooth day-to-day operations across all platforms.
With the humid summer months behind us everyone is joining together to enjoy the balm winter temperatures that offer more outdoor fun from beach days to evening barbeques. When the weather is much more inviting, it definitely allows us to make the most of our down time, which is so important for hard-working teachers. After a long week in the classroom it is so refreshing to be able to swim, walk and play in the open air and really rejuvenate the mind and soul. As we hit November though, thoughts inevitably turn to the impending festive break and with a good few weeks off this year we have been thinking about fun, fabulous trips away that we could start planning now. With so many expats in Dubai, especially in the education sector, many people might opt to head to their homelands for celebrations with family and friends, but if you would prefer to be a bit more adventurous this year, we have the perfect round-up of options to suit every vacation dream. Looking for something Christmassy? Dying for beach-side winter sun? Want to try something new or explore a new horizon? Whatever you fancy, we have found the solution so that you can have an amazing break.
If you are one of those people who is already playing Christmas songs and might even be considering putting up your tree, you definitely might want to consider a trip to meet the man himself. Wrapping up for a festive holiday in Finland might be on the pricey side thanks to world-wide demand, but it is guaranteed to be an experience you will never forget. Imagine the faces of your kids (or yours) when they get to sit on Santa’s knee in Lapland. You probably won’t even need to buy them presents they will be so happy.
If you are craving some relaxing and luxurious hours for your winter break, why not try a trip to the breath-taking landscape of Zanzibar. Stick to the more sheltered southern and western coasts and you can find stunning coral reef snorkelling, swimming with sharks and kite-surfing; not to mention first-class service, delicious food, indulgent sunbathing and a holiday atmosphere.
Looking for a dramatic way to get into the festive spirit? You can’t go wrong with a trip to Hyde Park’s annual Winter Wonderland. Kicking off from 21st November and running until 5th January 2020, this festival of fun includes rides, markets, performances and plenty of delicious food and drinks to keep you warm in the chilly British winter. Perfect for families or friends, the event is open from 10am to 10pm every day and you would need at least three days to see everything!
Why not get a little more energetic with your break this winter? How about skiing or snowboarding down some epic mountains with breath-taking views before finishing the day with a well-earned hot chocolate and plate of warming stew? Sounds good to you? Then you should start packing up the thermals and salopettes. There are so many places to choose from, including some fantastic European resorts and must-visit destinations dotted along the mountain ranges of North America.
Looking for something a bit different? Keen to explore a new place and discover new cultures? Why not consider a trip to a bustling, modern city with the ideal weather to take a tour, dine out and experience some local flavour. Our top two picks right now are Cape Town in South Africa and Melbourne in Australia. Both vibrant metropolises, there is a unique sense of cosmopolitan potential and immersive integration in each city. You definitely won’t run out of things to do and see with all of the art exhibits, cultural experiences, dining adventures and leisure activities available!
If you are starting to feel more worried about the effects of climate change and searching for new ways to reduce your own carbon-footprint, staying at home in Dubai this year could be just the ticket. But with so much to do and see in the city during the Festive period, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on fun. There are plenty of scheduled Christmas Markets including the infamous Madinat Jumeirah extravaganza, Christmas and New Year Brunches to spend time with friends and loads of activities from tree-lighting to panto, comedy to shopping for the whole family to enjoy.
Have you booked your festive holiday yet? Have you found somewhere great to go? Let us know what you think of our picks and join the conversation via one of our social media channels, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.
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