Chris & Danika | Luxury Travel (@nodestinations) — ✈︎ Family of 3 on a trip around the world
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Endless flowers in every direction in Amsterdam (swipe for more) ... Has Spring arrived where you live? Being in Amsterdam, we feel really lucky that we’re able to visit these world famous flower fields as they are only a 30 minute drive from the city center ... A big thank you to our friends @finduslost for grabbing this photo of our little family.
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled”. ... One of the things we love most about travel is how it gives us opportunities to experience other cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives. Without a doubt, travel is more valuable than any education found in books or school — And it’s one of the reasons why we love taking @littleaxelgrey along with us on our adventures around the world — we want him to learn first hand to have respect and empathy for all people. ... So we were excited that one of the first places we took him was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Not only is it incredibly beautiful, but we love the fact that the Mosque is open to anyone who’d like to visit. Even if you’re not a Muslim you are welcome to enter, look around, take pictures, and simply enjoy this splendid building. And everyone that we encountered there was very friendly and welcoming to us. In fact, on one visit to we had questions about some scripts we saw on a wall inside the main prayer hall and asked an attendant, and he happily spent 10 minutes with us explaining the scripts and talking about the building. It was a very rewarding experience. ... If you are visiting Abu Dhabi, you absolutely must visit. However, be sure to follow a few common sense rules; both men and women should dress conservatively, eg, long pants and shirts, and additionally women must have their heads covered. Should you arrive without the proper attire, you can still enter, though you will be asked to wear an abaya, which is provided free of charge. It’s also considered impolite to kiss or hug inside the mosque — so don’t do that. Finally, while the mosque is open to all, it is closed to non-muslims during prayer hours — so be sure to check before visiting!
Ever wondered what it’d be like to go on Safari in Sri Lanka? Swipe to see! ... A little while ago we had a chance to visit the @wildcoastlodge in Sri Lanka’s famous Yala National Park and spend a few days getting up close with cougars, elephants, and crocodiles — all in the wild. And when we say wild we really mean it! The animals were everywhere — in fact, we were told not to leave our tent between sunset and sunrise without a guide, as there was a very real chance of encountering leopards in the evening. Needless to say, we felt like parents of the year having brought @littleaxelgrey along with us when he was just 3 months old! ... Risk of being eaten alive aside, each day we’d leave the camp at dawn and drive around the jungle in specially made open air Jeeps searching for animals. Between us we saw cougars, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, flamingos, boars, snakes, and so much more. If you’re a nature lover — Sri Lanka is truly a dream come true. ... After the days Safari, we’d return back to our “tent” — although, truth be told, these are probably not like any other tent you’ve every stayed in — a full size bed, air conditioning, WIFI, and a Sonos sound system? Yeah, at Wild Coast Tented Lodge you’re not exactly “roughing it! And after being out all day riding around Yala searching for wild animals — it made the perfect place to come home to, open up a bottle of wine, and take in all of the unspoiled beauty of Sri Lanka’s southern coast. ... If you’d like to read more about our stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, visit our blog; nodestinations.com or click the link in our bio!
Where have you traveled that's taken your breath away? For us it was Kyoto, Japan .. We’ll never forget the the sense of wonder we felt as we walked through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest near Kyoto, Japan. As we stood there completely alone, we were able to just be present; taking in the way the light filtered down through the trees, and the sound of the leaves rustling as the wind swept through them. To be surrounded by such beauty is truly a unique opportunity — and to have it all to ourselves was an experience we’ll never forget .. What was one of your most awe-inspiring travel moments? Tell us about it in the comments below; we’re going to feature our favorites in our IG Stories tomorrow!
Wouldn’t it be great if every morning started with breakfast in a pool?! @ritzcarlton ... As many of you know, we love visiting Dubai. It’s a city that’s equal parts glamour, over-the-top luxury, and daring architecture — but it’s also a place that can gives us a healthy does of sensory overload, so during our last trip to the Emirates, we wanted to get out of the cities and explore a lesser known part of the country. Our destination was the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah — which is only an hour’s drive from Dubai, but it feels like it’s a world away. This part of the UAE is refreshingly relaxed and has retained much of its sleepy desert atmosphere — and it was the perfect place to stop and catch our breath after a whirlwind 2 weeks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. ... Our home in Ras Al Khaimah was the @ritzcarltonalhamrabeach. With only 32 villas, the Ritz-Carlton, Al Hamra Beach is the definition of an intimate luxury hotel. And as each villa has a private pool, direct beach access, and complimentary in-room dining — It’s the kind of property where you’d be forgiven if you spent your entire trip in your room. In fact over the 3 days we were there, we only saw a handful of people — even though the hotel was fully booked! Those rare occasions where we did encounter other guests was in the hotels’ restaurant. There we‘d pass the time on the patio watching the sunset while sipping on tasty cocktails, before sitting down for leisurely dinners featuring traditional local fare as well as dishes from Peru, Japan, and Italy. ... Most of the time when we travel, we are going non-stop — so this trip to Ras Al Khaimah was a refreshing change of pace. The entire stay was nothing but indulgent relaxation — so much so that by the end of our stay even @littleaxelgrey was sleeping in late! #rcmemories ... If you’d like to read more about our stay at the Ritz-Carlton at Al Hamra Beach, visit our blog; nodestinations.com or follow the link in our bio!
Dreaming of summers in Greece… Which Greek islands would you like to visit? ... Last summer we traveled to Santorini, Paros, and Rhodes — but this year we’d love to see some new islands — so tell us, what are some your favorite Greek islands. And if you have any hotel recommendations, please share!!
Purple sunsets in Bali ... We took this picture from our room at @thelegianbali during our most recent trip to Bali. Needless to say, it’s a beautiful hotel, and is situated in on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Seminyak — which is one of our absolute favorite parts of the island. If you’d like to read more about how stay here visit our blog; nodestinations.com or click the link in our bio!
Several years ago we had the chance to hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier in Iceland... It was at once exhilarating — but also very sad. As we stood on top of this massive glacier (that was almost twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty), we knew that it was literally melting out from under our feet . ... Global warming is causing glaciers all over the world to disappear at an increasingly rapid rate. Sólheimajökull Glacier was even featured in the documentary “Chasing Ice”, which uses many years worth of time lapse photography to show in detail just how these glaciers are disappearing. In fact, between 2000-2015 Sólheimajökull Glacier retreated nearly 1 kilometer. If you’ve never seen this movie, do yourself a favor and go watch it on Netflix. ... If you’d like to read more about our experience hiking Sólheimajökull Glacier, visit our website: nodestinations.com or click the link in our bio.
Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️ Use today as an opportunity to give the one you love a little extra attention — or if you’re like us — let it be an excuse to open up a bottle of wine, order in some Indian food, and spend the evening binge-watching Prison Break on Netflix... #marriedlife
I think we may have found some of the best views in London! (Swipe to see) ... A few weeks ago we had a chance to stay at the @shangrilalondon which occupies the 36-51 floors of London’s iconic “Shard” skyscraper… Not only was the hotel wonderful — but the panoramic views that you can see over the city were just incredible! From our room we could see many of London’s main monuments; St. Paul’s cathedral, the London Eye, and Big Ben (although he was covered in scaffolding!). Even though we had been to London several times before, seeing it from this height completely changed our perception of the city! ... Even if you aren’t staying at the hotel, you can still enjoy the view by visiting the observation deck — although a ticket will set you back £32! However, a better idea would be to make a reservation at GONG Bar, which is located on the 52 floor of The Shard. Not only can you enjoy the views, but you can have a really amazing cocktail in Europe’s highest bar! If you do go, be sure to try the Fields of Gold — which is a delicious Mezcal cocktail garnished with ants… yes, actual ants. Trust us — you gotta try it! ... Want to read more about our stay at The Shangri-La London? Read our review at nodestinations.com or click the link in our bio!
Can we just skip the rest of the winter and escape to the Maldives already!? ... We’re going to let you in on a little secret — @kandolhu is one of our all time favorite resorts! In fact, we loved it so much that we’ve been there twice in the past 4 years. ... Kandolhu has everything we love; It’s small (there are only 30 villas on the entire island), it’s got great design, and the service is really, really good. But even more than that, when we’re there we always have amazing experiences; Once we went out on the islands yacht with a private guide who was showing us his favorite reefs for snorkelling — and on our way there we ran into a pod of dolphins, and actually jumped in and started swimming with them — right in the middle of the ocean! Another time we grabbed a cooler full of wine and headed out to an uninhabited island, and spent the afternoon on our own private beach. But honestly, one of our favorite things about the island is their house reef; You can literally jump off your deck into the ocean and be surrounded by huge schools of fish, turtles, and even sharks. Oh, and as if you needed any more incentive to want to visit, the minibar in your villa is complimentary and restocked everyday. Yes, alcohol too — how amazing is that?! ... Want to read more about our stay at Kandolhu? Visit nodestinations.com or click the link in our bio
Some places can really take your breath away. Swipe to see photos from our Alaskan cruise .. Normally we shy away from cold weather, but when @crystalcruises invited us to tag along on one of their 10 day cruises through Alaska, we couldn’t imagine saying no. And it turned out to be one of the best trips we’ve ever taken. .. Our journey started in Vancouver and took us along Alaska’s Inside Passage over 1,000 miles up to Anchorage. The highlight of this trip though was easily the day we spent sailing through Glacier Bay National Park, where we got right up alongside glaciers that are as tall as skyscrapers. While we were there we even witnessed some of them calving — and the sound that is made as these giant icebergs break off the glacier is something we’ll never forget. .. The rest of the cruise was no less exciting, as each day we had a chance to get out and have a different adventure; For instance; We flew over a glacier in a helicopter (and even landed on it.) Went out hiking in the woods to search for bears (yes, we found some!) we chartered a seaplane to visit a lake only accessible by air. Each afternoon we witnessed some of the most awe-inspiring sunsets we’ve ever seen. And we even spent an entire evening watching the stars in sub-zero temperatures, while drinking champagne in a hot tub. Not too bad right? .. If you’ve never been on a cruise — or if you think a cruise may not be for you — we urge you to give it a try. And in fact, from everyone we talked to, a cruise is supposed to be one of the best ways to see Alaska — and we totally agree! If you want to read more about our Alaskan cruise, click the link in our bio, or visit our website: nodestinations.com