About Me

مرْحَبا

Marhaba

I’m Shaikha, an Emirati, hopelessly passionate about travel and exploration. You too? Well good thing we’ve found each other then! 

IN THE HOPE OF FINDING MY TRUE PLACE IN THE WORLD, I HAVE FOLLOWED MY CURIOSITY TO VARIOUS CORNERS OF THE GLOBE

Classic, right?

The thing is, I’ve been to few schools in my life, but travel has always been the one where I have learnt the most valuable lessons. Take for example the obvious fact that not many seem to appreciate these days (because they haven’t traveled enough) which is – we’re all created equal and have the basic rights to freedom of movement, dignified living, and creative expression. In that sense, I hope to remain an excelling student of the school of travel.

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SEEKING REMARKABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, AND WANT TO LIVE TO TELL THE STORY

I was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, a place where storytelling is at the core of our Middle Eastern culture and pretty much an integral part of how we (Arabs) communicate and connect. These days though, it unfortunately seems to be a bit of a fading art, taking a back seat to commercial messaging and unintentional living.

I also happen to believe that knowledge sharing is a moral obligation and a duty. You never know how valuable would that lesson you’ve learnt, tip you’ve picked up along the way, or past experiences you’ve had be for someone who hasn’t been where you’ve been. So here I am sharing travel tales, visual inspiration, and musing on life – it might be just the thing you needed to hear today.

THE CURRENT CHAPTER OF MY LIFE IS TITLED “FIRST TIME EXPAT IN THE LAND OF MILK AND MONEY”

My husband’s job moved us to live in Central Switzerland for a while. The opportunity excited us because it brought us closer to his family in Spain and should allow us to further explore Europe. When we’re not hiding from the harshness of winter, we’re trying to immerse ourselves in the country’s unique culture and taking in every bit of its natural beauty. Meanwhile I am sharing some impressions of our sudden stint and wanderings mainly on Instagram @ShaiKhayyal   

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WHAT I CONSTANTLY DREAM OF IS CREATING A LEGACY THAT INSPIRES PURPOSEFUL WANDERING

I am all for checking major travel bucket list items and curating the perfect itineraries, the more I travel however the more I crave seeing the world for what it really is – somewhere beneath the surface is where I always hope to go. This is your invitation to follow along as I travel to show and tell.

 

Love, 

Shaikha

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