Traveling is always fun especially when you get to do it with your best friend. My husband and I went our first International flight last summer. We flew from Dallas Ft. Worth to India with a layover in Dubai. We have always talked about traveling the world together. Ironically our first travel across the globe was to tie the knot.
We were very exited about going on an adventure together and exploring new places together. During our 12-hour lay over in Dubai, we were able to drive around the city and visit the famous Burj Khalifa. Standing at 2,716.5 feet, this building is a beauty on its own. It is located by the Dubai Mall and has lots of restaurants and cafe’s around the area that allows for patio seating as well. Aside from being the world’s tallest building, it also holds various other records:
- Tallest building in the world
- Tallest free-standing structure in the world
- Highest number of stories in the world
- Highest occupied floor in the world
- Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
- Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
- Tallest service elevator in the world
The building is located by the Dubai mall and in front is manmade lake with the world’s second largest choreographed fountain show. The fountain show reminded me of the Bellagio fountains in Vegas.
We took off from Dubai to Kerala, India and within India, Kerala is known as “God’s own country”. It is located in the souther subcontinent of India and has beautiful green lush with tropical crops like banana, coconut, jackfruits, mangoes and so on. The state is surrounded by beautiful lakes and water bodies. During our 10 day stay in India, we were able to go on an elephant ride and enjoy a hike up a hill overlooking the city and its surrounding areas. We also booked a couple of days stay at The Coconut Lagoon (highly recommended!) resort that had all the modern conveniences but in a very tranquil and serene space filled with traditional architecture and organic food. We enjoyed a 45 minute couple spa that used various herbal treatments and essential oils needed for our body.
A 2-week vacation was perfect for us to unplug from the daily hustle and bustle of the city life. I hadn’t started working on my MBA just yet but I did have a 50+ hour job and my husband was wrapping second year of his medical school and had just taken 2 board exams in the span of 36 hours! Being born and raised in the states, we don’t always stay connected with our culture or extended family and this was a good time to connect with all of them.