5 Travel Tips for Homebodies from a Lifelong Expat

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I’m a 3rd generation expat, born in Saudi Arabia to expat parents. They also grew up as globetrotters and spent most of their childhoods in Arabia. Wanderlust can be hereditary, it seems. Before my 2nd birthday my parents took me around the world more than once; in those two years we visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China, Rome, Hawaii, Texas, Egypt, France, and, of course, Disney World. I’m exhausted just typing that sentence, I can’t even comprehend how my parents did it with a baby in tow. Dubious parental sanity aside, it’s clear that traveling was part of my DNA from the start.

For someone who is a dedicated homebody I’ve racked up a lot of miles over the years; by 18 I had traveled to more than 40 countries and lived on 4 continents. At this point I can’t imagine a life that doesn’t involve over-stamped passports, battered luggage, and frequent flier miles on half a dozen airlines. The funny thing is, (or perhaps it’s predictable, given my rootless upbringing) as much as I love to travel, I’m simultaneously loathe to leave home, so over the years I’ve perfected the art of making myself at home on the road. Here are my top 5 tips for my fellow globetrotting homebodies:

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The Magic of Malja

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For weeks we had been in a state of eager anticipation. There was something totally unique about to launch onto the Bahrain art and music scene and to say we were excited would be an understatement. The social media updates were tantalizing – a picture of art installations coming to life, thought-provoking interviews with the hard-at-work designers, and a countdown marking off the days until the big event – the grand opening of Malja.

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Farmer’s Market Fun

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Every Saturday morning during the mild winter months, people come from all over the island (and all the way from Saudi!) to the lush oasis of Bahrain’s botanical garden on Budaiya highway. Cars line the streets all around, double and even triple-parked in true Bahrain fashion, and crowds follow the bright flags and cheery signs through the entrance and into the garden.

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Cafe Amsterdam Blogger Breakfast

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This past weekend in Bahrain was a whirlwind. In 24 hours I made it to three different events, met dozens of new people, and ran all over the island. I think probably for most people that’s just an average weekend, but for a dedicated homebody like me it was quite an accomplishment. I’ll need at least a week on the couch to recover!

Kicking off the weekend was a food blogger breakfast, courtesy of Cafe Amsterdam. I’ve been to their sister restaurant, La Vinoteca Barcelona, several times (clearly, I’m enamored) but this was my first time dining at Cafe Amsterdam.

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