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5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dublin

While there are so many fun things to see and do in Dublin there are some experiences that are out of the ordinary. Here are 5 unique experiences you might want to try on your trip in Dublin. 

5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dublin

  • Take a dip in the Forty Foot Irish sea
  • Play board games with strangers
  • Go city kayaking
  • Learn how to save the planet
  • Try brown-bread ice-cream

Take A Dip In The Forty Foot Irish Sea

Enjoy a swim in the cold waters of the Irish sea at Forty Foot. This historic bathing spot is a promontory located on the southern tip of Dublin Bay and was once exclusively a bathing area for men only. Now it is a pool enjoyed by men, women and children.

Play Board Games With Strangers

Have a chilled day at The Clockwork Door. Play board games, enjoy unlimited tea, coffee and snacks and meet new people. This board game cafe lets you pay only for the time you spend there while you enjoy everything else for free. They also offer VR and escape room games, a study room, video games room, and host regular events.

Go City Kayaking

Navigate the city by city kayaking along the river Liffey which flows through the heart of Dublin city. Admire Dublin’s famous landmarks at a unique angle, learn about the city from an experienced guide and paddle under the famous O’Connell and Ha’penny bridges.

Learn How To Save The Planet

Experience an interactive journey with the Cool Planet Experience to discover what climate change is all about through games, immersion and competition. You’ll learn about the issues of climate change as well as innovations and solutions that you can do to help solve the problem.

Try Brown-Bread Ice Cream

Murphy’s ice cream is famous for its naturally hand-made ice cream presenting unique flavours such as Irish brown bread (aran donn) and sea salt (salann).

If you happen to need a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service while in Dublin, Laundryheap can take care of all of your laundry needs.


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5 Unique Experiences To Try In Amsterdam

While there are so many fun things to see and do in Amsterdam there are some experiences that are out of the ordinary. Here are 5 unique experiences you might want to try on your next visit to Amsterdam. 

5 Unique Experiences To Try In Amsterdam

  • Have high tea in the smallest house in Amsterdam
  • Chill at the xtra cold icebar
  • Dine in the dark
  • Fish for plastic on a canal tour
  • Check out the fluorescent museum

Have High Tea In The Smallest House In Amsterdam

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the smallest house in Amsterdam, at just 2 metres wide and 5 metres deep. On the second floor of this house, is a tea room that can fit up to five people and offers breakfast, lunch or an afternoon tea. Since space is limited, booking in advance is recommended.

Chill At The Xtra Cold Ice Bar

Chill out at Amsterdam’s xtra cold ice bar, where everything in it is made from ice and the temperature reaches -10°C. For this bar, you’ll need to be prepared and bring warm clothing, but if not, they’ll be able to provide you with some. The entrance fee includes three drinks which are served in ice glasses.

Dine In The Dark

Experience an unusual dining setting with ctaste in complete darkness. This restaurant looks normal from the outside, but inside is the total opposite. Here, you will feel a completely different tasting, hearing, smelling and communication experience. 

Fish For Plastic On A Canal Tour

Take a tour of Amsterdam’s canal with Plastic Whale and help mother nature by fishing out plastic! This environmentally-friendly boat tour lasts 2 hours and allows you to learn about Amsterdam’s history and architecture, while you fish out plastic from the water with a fishing net.

Check Out The Fluorescent Museum

Enjoy Amsterdam’s first museum devoted to fluorescence, the Electric Ladyland. The ‘museum’ is located in a small basement, presenting art, minerals and manufactured items that fluoresce under ultraviolet light. 

 

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5 Useful Travel Apps

Do you have a trip coming up or are you currently planning one? If you need help looking for the cheapest deals or you want to feel at ease getting around, here are some useful travel apps to help you on your adventures.

5 Useful Travel Apps

  • Hopper

Save up to 40% on flights and hotels with Hopper. This app uses advance data science to provide you with the best deals. Hopper predicts the best time to fly, so you can buy at the cheapest fare and you can receive price alerts when there are instant price drops. 

  • XE currency

Unsure of how much £10 is in USD? XE Currency puts all your currency needs into one app, from exchange rates to money transfers. This app gives you access to live rates for every currency and keeps you up-to-date with your transactions.

  • AroundMe

Want to know what things there are to do in the area? or perhaps you just need to find the nearest ATM? AroundMe quickly identifies your location on the map and shows you a complete list of and directions to the nearest facilities and venues.

  • PackPoint

Bring everything you need for your holiday without forgetting anything with PackPoint. This clever app will create a bespoke packing list according to where you’re going, what you’re going to do there and what the weather will be like. You can even add things on that aren’t on the list.

  • Laundryheap

For when you’re in desperate need of an easy-to-use laundry service, Laundryheap will collect your clothes from your hotel or airbnb and deliver them back to you within 24 hours. Laundryheap services are available in cities within the UK, UAE, Netherlands and, in Dublin, Ireland


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Why You Should Visit Dubai

With amazing skylines and thrilling desert adventures, Dubai is a beautiful city that has so much to offer. If you’re planning to visit Dubai but are unsure, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Dubai

  • Architecture And Skylines
  • Desert Adventures
  • Luxuries
  • Culture Diversity
  • Food

Architecture And Skylines

Be amazed by Dubai’s spectacular skyline offering a variety of skyscrapers of all shapes and sizes. Among these eye-catching buildings is the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, the Burj Al Arab Hotel, shaped like a sail and the Marina, the tallest residential building in the world.

Desert Adventures

Once upon a time, the grounds of Dubai were only sand. Although Dubai has developed rapidly into what appears to look like a futuristic city, you can still enjoy adventures in the desert. Experience a desert safari where you can try activities such as dune bashing, camping and much more, and try some traditional Arabic barbecue.

Luxuries

Dubai is a wealthy city where designer brands and high-end luxury products are appreciated. From 5-star hotels and resorts to Lamborghini police cars and Bugatti taxis, there is so much luxury Dubai has to offer that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can even purchase gold at an affordable price in the Gold Souk, which is a traditional jewellery market.

Culture Diversity

Believe it or not, 85% of Dubai’s population is made up of expatriates while the rest are local Emiratis. While this means the city has a beautiful mix of culture and religion, Dubai keeps some of it’s traditions. You can learn all about the fascinating history of Dubai in the Dubai Museum, Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House and Bastakiya.

Food

Since Dubai has such a diverse culture, you can expect to find a wide range of cuisines too. Featuring Middle Eastern, Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Singaporean, Filipino and American cuisines. While there are many food options, don’t skip a chance to try traditional Arabic cuisine.

If or when you do decide to visit Dubai, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Dubai before and fell in love with the city, let us know in the comments section what you love about the city.


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Why You Should Visit Dublin

Dublin is a picturesque city surrounded by sea and nature with various historical sites and monuments. If you’re debating whether you should visit Dublin or not, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Dublin

  • The History
  • Literature
  • Scenery and Landscapes
  • Guinness
  • Irish food

The History

Dublin is a medieval city filled with a fascinating history. There you will come across many ancient buildings, historical landmarks and memorials. You can find artefacts and exhibits in the National Museum and National Library or take a tour in the little museum of Dublin. From centuries-old cathedrals and churches to old monuments and ancient areas, there’s so much to see and do.

Literature

Whether it’s singing a song or writing a poem/ novel, the Irish are literary people. Dublin has a rich heritage when it comes to literature. Irish greats like Joyce, Wilde, Beckett and Binchy have built an immense literary reputation. There are many literary attractions to visit in Dublin, such as the Dublin writers museum and the literary walking tour.

Scenery and Landscapes

Dublin is known for its beautiful landscape and views of the sea. From several parks located in the city like Stephens Green and Phoenix Park to the stunning cliff views of the sea. You can enjoy both the city and nature, only a few minutes away from each other.

Guinness

Guinness tastes so much better in its home city. If you didn’t know already, Guinness is brewed at the Guinness Storehouse where you can take an interactive tour and try brewer’s experiment beers that you can’t get anywhere else in the world because it won’t ever leave the premises. You can also enjoy a fresh flowing tap of Guinness in any one of the many pubs in Dublin as well as the pubs ambience.

Irish Food

From well-fed Irish cows and freshly caught Salmon to green fields of vegetables, food served in Dublin are always of high quality because all of its ingredients are fresh. You’ll find that Irish dairy like butter and cream is so rich and flavourful, it’s incomparable to any others you’ve ever tasted.

If or when you do decide to visit Dublin, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Dublin before and fell in love with the city, let us know in the comments section what you love about the city.


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10 Useful Travel Gadgets

Prepare for your next trip with these useful travel gadgets. Whether it’s a city trip or island retreat, these gadgets will help you feel more accommodated.

10 Useful Travel Gadgets

  • Portable charger
  • Travel iron
  • Portable WiFi
  • Water purifier bottle
  • Universal adaptor
  • Swiss Card LTE
  • Portable Espresso Machine
  • A5 Slim Water bottle
  • Sandless beach mat
  • Off-Grid SMS & GPS

Portable Charger

Keep your phone, tablet and other gadgets full of power while you’re on the go with a portable power bank. The RLERON is an ultrahigh 25000mAh portable charger with a powerful 2.4A output. It has three USB ports so you can charge three devices simultaneously and lets you know how much power the device has left. This charger can fully charge your phone up to 5 times a day and iPads up to 3 times.

Travel Iron

Say goodbye to wrinkled and creased clothes with this handy steamfast mini steam iron. At 13.2cm long and with a 420 Watt motor, this small travel steam iron weighs only 430g and can fit perfectly in your bag or luggage. It’s perfect for clothes that crease easily and extremely useful for business travellers.

Portable WiFi

You no longer have to worry about foreign sim cards and roaming charges when travelling with Macaroon mobile WiFi hotpot. This handy portable mobile router will give up to 10 of your devices access to 4G network in over 200 countries and regions including Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Water Purifier Bottle

Wherever you go in the world, you can stay safe from drinking contaminated water with this GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier. Perfect for venturing outdoors in water contaminated locations within the Middle East, Asia, South America or Africa. This water bottle purifies any water source into clean drinking water.

Universal Adaptor

Forget about buying multiple adaptors for different continents with this EPICKA universal adaptor. This all-in-one multi function travel adaptor covers over 150 countries with a US, EU, AU and UK plug. It contains 4 USB ports, 1 USB TYPE C and 1 AC Socket so you can charge 6 devices simultaneously.

Swiss Card LTE

For outdoor adventures or simply as an emergency, the Victorinox Swiss Card Lite is a portable credit card-sized multi-function tool that has everything you need from an LED light, blade, scissors, pin, ruler, tweezers, and even a magnifying glass. 

Portable Espresso Machine

Are you the type that needs a coffee fix every morning? With Wacaco Miniespresso, you can have coffee whenever you want and wherever you go. This compact, lightweight, hand-held coffee maker is manually operated meaning you don’t need a battery or electricity to use it.

A5 Slim Water bottle

If you’e looking for a water bottle that will pack well and won’t take up much space in your bag, the A5 memobottle is the bottle you need.  Inspired by the A5 international paper size, this flat bottle holds a capacity of 750ml. Its unique design is crafted from high-quality BPA/BPS free plastic.

Sandless Beach Mat

For beach holidays or camping trips, the C-Gear Original Sand-Free Mat is perfect for a fun and stress-free day. It is designed to make sand impossible to get stuck to it and requires little maintenance. You can brush off the sand or hose away with water, and it has D-ring points to secure it to the ground.

Off-Grid SMS & GPS 

If you enjoy going on adventures abroad where there is no cellular service, the goTenna Mesh lets you communicate while off the gird. This pocket-sized device uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with your phone and privately relays SMS and GPS locations to other goTenna devices up to 4 miles in range. It has a 24 hours battery life and allows private 1:1 communication as well as group chats.

If you need a solution for getting your clothes cleaned while abroad, Laundryheap laundry and dry cleaning is available within the UK, UAENetherlands and Dublin. Download the Laundryheap app on iOS or Android for an easy laundry collection process.


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Why You Should Visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a picturesque city filled with many things to see and do. If you’re debating whether you should visit Amsterdam or not, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Amsterdam

  • The canals
  • Architecture
  • Cycling Lifestyle
  • Food
  • Art And History

The Canals

Amsterdam is known for it’s beautiful canals. We see photos of these everywhere on the internet and it’s even better to experience it in person. If you didn’t know already, Amsterdam is actually made up of almost 200 different canals going through the city and the canal belt was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2011. The entire city is actually below sea level and is built on a swap which is why there are so many canals. 

Architecture

Since the city was built on a swap and surrounded by canals, the houses are uniquely structured- tall, narrow and crooked. The history behind the reason why they were built this way is because residents were taxed on the width of the houses, hence why they’re all tall and narrow. These classic Amsterdam houses are historical and picturesque, and can be found in almost every street in Amsterdam.

Cycling

Experience the cycling lifestyle in this beautiful city. A bike is the main transportation used in Amsterdam, whether that’s going to work, on dates or going to the market. In fact, it is said that there are more bikes than people! If you want to explore the city, hiring a bike is the best way get around. 

Food 

Amsterdam has an internationally diverse selection of food. It is particular good for Indonesian cuisines and Surinamese food. If you’ve never heard of or know little about Suriname,  it is a former Dutch colony in South America that is now an independent country. That’s something new for you to try out! There’s also the traditional dutch food such as Bitterballen, a deep fried meatball, Poffertjes, baby fluffy pancakes, Stroopwafel, a thin waffle, and cheese! 

Art and History

Amsterdam is filled with much art and history. Van Gogh and Rembrandt were two famous artists who have museums that house many of their previous works. There are also other museums showcasing years of history such as the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. 

The city is filled with so much culture and history, and you’ll probably love the lifestyle there on your visit.

If or when you do decide to visit Amsterdam, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Amsterdam before and absolutely fell in love with city, let us know in the comments what you love about the city.


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Things To Do In Dubai With The Kids

If you are planning a family trip to Dubai with your kids, there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy. From resorts to beaches to desert activities, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy.

Things To Do In Dubai With The Kids

  • Aquaventure Waterpark

Visit Dubai’s largest waterpark in Atlantis, The Palm, also home to iconic rides and attractions. With water slides, river rides and a splashers kids area, it’s a trip for the whole family to enjoy. You can also do other marine activities in this park such scuba dive with dolphins or feed the cownose ray.

  • Desert Safari

Experience the thrills of the desert by going on a desert safari tour, where you can do numerous activities such as riding a camel, dune bashing and sand boarding. You can choose to go in the morning or evening and even stay overnight. If you don’t want to experience the dune bashing but don’t want to miss out on everything else, you can go for dinner in the desert.

  • Ski Dubai

Go skiing/ snowboarding at Ski Dubai, an indoor snowpark located inside the Mall of Emirates. With temperatures of about -4°C, this snow park features numerous activities such as a chair lift, bob sledging, zorbing, zipline and a penguin encounter.

  • Kidzania

A popular place for kids to have an educational fun time is Kidzania, located in the Mall of Dubai. It is an interactive learning centre that combines education and entertainment where kids can discover different jobs through role-play, and develop decision-making, creativity, teamwork and social skills

  • Burj Khalifa

Witness a breathtaking panoramic view of Dubai from the observation deck of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Travel up 125 floors, 2,723 ft, and enjoy an amazing 360 view of the Arabian Gulf. You can choose to go during the day or at night.

  • IMG World of Adventures

Take a fun trip to Dubai’s newest indoor theme park, the IMG world of adventures to experience a full day of thrill and excitement of rides. This parks gives you childhood themed zones such as Marvel and Cartoon Network to life-size dinosaurs in The Lost Valley.

  • Dubai Parks and Resorts

Enjoy a fun day in Dubai parks and resorts, Dubai’s first integrated resort destination where it is home to Legoland, Legoland waterpark, Motiongate, Bollywood Park and Riverland.

There are also other various free activities in Dubai that you can do with your kids, such enjoying the dancing Dubai fountains or spending a day at kite beach.

Whatever activities you decide to do on your trip with your kids, one thing for sure is that you don’t have to worry about doing the laundry if your kids’ clothes get dirty. With Laundryheap, you can book a collection and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel within 24 hours.


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Things To Do In Amsterdam With The Kids

If you are planning a family trip to Amsterdam with your kids, there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Things To Do In Amsterdam With The Kids

  • Canal Boat Tour

Take your kids to experience the beautiful Amsterdam canals by booking a canal cruise tour. You can choose to book a ‘hop on and hop off’ tour that allows you to visit several of the city’s’ main attractions or rent a pedal boat and take a self-guided leisurely tour as a family.

  • A’dam lookout

Enjoy a panoramic view of Amsterdam at A’dam lookout observation deck. You’ll see everything in the city, from the historical centre to the port to the canals and get to experience an interactive exhibition of the culture and history of Amsterdam. If you or anyone in your family is a real thrill seeker, you can get the chance to go on Europe’s highest swing located on the sky deck.

  • Kinderkookcafe

Get your kids to become a chef for the day at the Kinderkookkafé (Kids Cook Café) where they will be able to make pancakes, pizza, cookies and more. It’s a fun cooking cafe for kids ages 2-12 years old. For kids ages 8-12, they will be able to cook and serve you a 3-course meal.

  • Hortus Botanicus

Take your kids to see the city’s botanical garden, Hortus Botanicus, that features rare plants, trees, exotic flowers and more!

  • The Artis Royal Zoo

Less than a 5 min walk away from the botanical gardens is the Artis Royal Zoo, where you can take your kids to get close to the animals. This zoo features a small planetarium, nocturnal animal house, zoological museum, insectarium, butterfly pavilion, aquarium, petting zoo and a playground.

  • Museums 

Visit some of Amsterdam’s famous attractions like the Van Gogh museum, the Anne Frank house or Rijksmuseum. There are also several free museums such as the Amsterdam museum or NEMO Science museum. 

  • Parks

Amsterdam has beautiful parks situated around the city, some of the most popular ones include Vondelpark, Amstelpark and Oosterpark. Within these parks are playgrounds, splash pools, ponds and other activities that your kids can enjoy. It is, overall, a great location to spend time with the family.

There are also other various free activities in Amsterdam that you can do with your kids, such as visiting a goat farm where you’ll get a chance to feed the goats or taking a free ferry ride.

Whatever activities you decide to do on your trip with your kids, one thing for sure is that you don’t have to worry about doing the laundry if your kids’ clothes get dirty. With Laundryheap, you can book a collection and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.


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10 Free Things To Do In Dubai

If you’re planning a trip to Dubai and want to make the most out of your trip without spending too much, here are 10 free things you can do in Dubai.

10 Free Things To Do In Dubai

  • Dubai Walking Tour

Book a tour of Dubai with airotour and see the main sights of the city, from the museums to the markets to the largest skyscraper. It’s a great chance to get to know some of the locals and the culture. Alternatively, you can take a self-guided tour.

  • The Dubai Mall

Do some window shopping in the world’s second largest mall. With over 1, 300 retail outlets, an aquarium with a walk-through tunnel and underwater zoo, a VR Park and many more features, you’re sure to be entertained.

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  • The Dubai Fountain

Enjoy the beautiful display of the worlds largest performing fountain choreographed with classical Arabic and world music. The fountain consist of jets that can shoot up to 150 metres high and is illuminated with over 6,000 lights. You can watch these performances daily from 6-11pm, or between 1-2pm.

  • AlSerkal Avenue Art Galleries

Check out the eclectic, culturally diverse area of AlSerkal Avenue in the Al Quoz district. Wander in and out of over 60 art galleries, pop-up design shops and creative concept spaces.

  • Kite Beach

Wind down and relax at Kite beach by Meraas. It is a well-maintained beach with clear waters and many entertainment facilities nearby. You can spend your time walking along the shore, swimming in the soft waves or relaxing while watching the kite surfers. 

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  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit one of Dubai’s urban protected area, the Ras Al Khor sanctuary. This wetland reserve is home to 450 animal species, many of which are birds. Flamingos are the main attraction in this sanctuary, especially during winter months.

  • Al Barsha Pond Park

Chill in the calming environment of Al Barsha Pond Park. As well as spacious areas to relax, this park includes sporting grounds such as basketball and tennis courts, a running track and exercise equipment. It’s a great place to hang out with family and friends.

  • Gold Souk

Walk through the Gold Souk aka the Gold market, one of the oldest and most fascinating markets. You’ll see a wide variety of gold, jewellery and gemstones which are all 100% authentic and regulated by the Dubai government.

  • Al Fahidi (Bastakiya) Historical District

Explore the historical district of Dubai where you can get a glimpse of the remaining preserved buildings of what the area used to look like before all the current developments. 

  • Riverland Dubai

Take a walk in the culturally diverse gateway to Dubai Parks and resorts that is Riverland. With a variety of themed destinations, music and entertainment that will take you to different eras from various countries, you’ll have a fun surprise at every turn.

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If on your visit you require a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will be able to do the job for you. We offer laundry, dry cleaning and ironing and will collect and deliver your items within 24 hours.