Category: travel

Maldives Island Getaway for the whole Family

Maldives is often perceived as a romantic honeymoon paradise and might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of family friendly destinations.  I was surprised to find out that the Maldives actually has family friendly resorts where kids can enjoy just as much as the adults. We didRead more

Dear Donald Trump. Welcome to Saudi Arabia!

Warning! This is a satirical article. Readers who do not understand what satire is are advised to stop reading, now. Reader discretion is advised for individuals suffering from the following syndromes: HOFI (Highly offended about everything Individual) EGNOH (Entitled ignorant with no sense ofRead more

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: The Farasan Islands

This time on Blue Abaya’s Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia series featured are the Crown Jewels of Saudi Arabia’s travel treasures; the Farasan Islands in Jizan Province. One of the last places on earth where you can explore and discover such a unique natural habitat without another soul inRead more

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: Haql Shipwreck Beach

Time for another Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia post! Let’s discover some of the lesser known areas in Saudi Arabia. Who knew Saudi Arabia has such beautiful beaches? This beach and shipwreck is located 55km south from Haql city in Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Province. The place is in naturalRead more

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: Ancient Well of Haddaj, Tayma

I’m starting a new blog series called Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia! I will share a brief description and images of a beautiful place somewhere in Saudi Arabia in each Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia post. This way I can share with you some of my favorite travel destinations in the Kingdom of SaudiRead more

Ushaiger Heritage Village

The following is a guide to the restored Saudi Arabian heritage village of Ushaiger (the town also called “The Little Blonde”) located outside Riyadh. The beautiful town of Ushaiger is the perfect destination for taking a day trip out from Riyadh, just an hour and a half drive away.Read more

185 Things to Do in KSA- The Ultimate Saudi Arabia Travel Guide

185 things to do in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! All the awesome Saudi Arabia ‘Top Ten’ posts that have been published on Blue Abaya are now easily accessible at your fingertips all in one place. In this compilation of guides you will find… The best restaurants in Riyadh andRead more

Ten Amazing Facts about Northern Lights in Finland

Whether people have travelled to Finland in order to experience Aurora Borealis or have seen them in photos or videos, Northern lights – as they’re also referred to as – are spellbinding for almost everyone. Here are ten interesting things you might not know about the amazing auroras, writtenRead more

Ten Things to do in Al-Balad Historical District, Jeddah

Al-Balad, which literally translates to “The City”, is the historical area of Saudi-Arabia’s second largest city Jeddah. Founded in the 7th century, Balad historically served as the city center of Jeddah until the big oil boom when most families started moving out the area. AlRead more

Gone Fishing in Finland

Blue Abaya has been MIA while enjoying a nice relaxing break midst the Finnish summer. Every year we visit my home country Finland, where my family speeds most of the time at a so called ‘summerhouse’, typical for Finns to retreat to during the very short-lived Finnish summer. NormallyRead more

Images of Saudi is back!

Some of the Blue Abaya readers probably remember “Images of Saudi” which is a photo journal-type photography blog I kept for a few years from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Images of Saudi is actually still online, but for a year now it’s been set for private invite-only viewing.Read more

10 Amazingly Cool Things from Lapland

This winter we were lucky to be able to spend quality time with family vacationing in Northern Finland. We flew all the way up to the Arctic Circle! It’s holiday season so we went to Lapland to enjoy the christmas holiday break in a winter wonderland white scenery. Lapland is truly aRead more