Month: September 2019

World’s creepiest destinations

Not far ago, travel was a luxury limited to a fortunate few who could afford it. Fortunately, travelling – even to the most remote places – is not a luxury anymore. New technologies, cheaper flight tickets, better work conditions, and a significant rise of the global middle class have made travelling accessible to a great deal of the population. As a result, the type of traveller is increasingly more varied ranging from those looking for relaxation in holiday resorts, fine cuisine lovers, art and history enthusiasts, backpackers traveling on a budget, to those looking for the most inhospitable and freakiest places on earth that hardly anybody dares to visit. If you are one of those who wants to stand out of the crowd, any of these destinations may suit you.

Karni Mata Temple or the Temple of Rats, India

This temple was built in honour of the Hindu goddess Karni Mata in the small town of Deshnoke, in the Bikaner region of Rajasthan, India. Although there is nothing remarkable about its architecture, what attracts most people to this temple are the 25,000 rats that live there. Yep, you read that right. Thousands of pilgrims and curious alike visit this temple every year to either pay respects to these frequently despised rodents or see with their own eyes how these holy animals drink from the bowls of milk they are provided with every day. Worshipers of Karni Mata believe that these rats are the reincarnation of their ancestors, and for this same reason, visitors to this temple must be warned about the importance of respecting the animals as any kind of mistreat might be considered a major offence by the devotees.

The Darvaza gas crater or the Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

If rats are not your thing, the Door to Hell – as it is most commonly known – might be more appealing to you. This gas crater, located in the Turkmen desert of Karakum, has been in flames since 1971, when it was paradoxically set on fire to prevent a major catastrophe. However, what they did not expect was that almost 50 years after it would still be burning. The view of this enigmatic spot is specially fascinating at sunset when most visitors gather around the hole. Tours usually include overnight camping by the crater, a barbecue dinner and a trip to some nearby villages.

The Island of Dolls, Mexico

Although Julián Santana never meant it to be a tourist attraction, the truth is that the Island of Dolls in the south part of Mexico City is becoming increasingly popular among many curious travellers. Broken and severely damaged dolls can be found hanging all over the place creating a truly terrifying scenario. These were originally placed by Santana, the former owner of the island, claiming that this would guide the wandering spirit of a little girl who had drowned in its waters. Despite the fact that there are no clear reports about the veracity of the story, it became even creepier when Julián himself drowned in the same place in 2001. If you have not abandoned the idea yet, you must know that visiting the island is not an easy task and you will need to arrange the journey by yourself.

Mexico, the new capital for hair transplants

Hair is without a doubt one of the traits that greatly influences or even makes a difference in people’s physical appearance. Thus, it is not surprising that hair loss is a major worry for a great deal of the population and the main reason why remedies promising a healthy and bushy hair within a few months have proliferated so easily around the globe. Yet, despite the interest and research investment to find the secret formula to get people’s hair back, the truth is that making people’s hair grow is not a reality yet. 

Alopecia or baldness is a widespread condition which is most commonly found among men, although it is also affects many women. Researchers have not yet completely understood the process, but they agree about the fact that the causes for hair loss are many. These include, among others, hereditary factors, age, stress episodes, diet as well as a variety of environmental or behavioural factors. Fortunately, not everything is lost.

Hair transplantation, consisting of removing hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another, appears to be the only solution to date which has proven natural, effective and permanent results. Consequently, both patients and medical centres specializing in this surgical technique have grown up to a 60% in the past two years according to different medical reports. 

A good example of this is Turkey, one of the countries that has most invested in health tourism closely followed by Mexico, a new emerging and fast-growing market in the sector. This has been to a great degree motivated by the support of the Mexican government as well as both international and national investors who have put great effort to establish the country as a global reference for hair transplantation. 

More specifically, the Aztec country is already the most popular destination among Canadian and US citizens, who undergo this cosmetic procedure for half the price as in their home countries. While in Canada or the USA patients are expected to pay an average of 9,000USD for the treatment, their Mexican counterpart offers packages for half the price. But, unlike some people might think, lower prices do not mean low quality treatments. And how is that possible without compromising quality?

Mexican clinics are able to provide affordable hair transplants while guaranteeing equally high quality standards for one basic reason: operating expenses in Mexico are lower due to the lower cost of living. That is, paying for staff salaries, facility maintenance, or simply the electricity bill are not as expensive as in the aforementioned western countries. So, if you are looking a baldness treatment at the best quality-price ratio, Mexico appears to be the best choice. 

Benefits of getting a hair transplant in Mexico

  • Pretigious clinics with state-of-the-art facilities 
  • High-qualified and experienced surgeons and specialists 
  • Cutting-edge technologies and hair-replacement techniques 
  • Competitive prices with the best quality standards 
  • Affordable packages including transfers, accommodation in the city, surgery aftercare as well as a Spanish interpreter
  • And most importantly, the treatments from these specialized clinics have demonstrated permanent results

Working in Qatar: The reasons why many professionals opt for this destination

Established as the richest country in the world and a major gas and oil producer, Qatar has also become one of the biggest and most promising markets for those seeking for job opportunities. For this same reason, it is not surprising that more of the 80% of its population is made up of expatriate communities who have already chosen this emirate to boost their professional careers. And the reasons are many.

Being an economy of constant growth which aims for an ambitious yet sound development of its infrastructures and industry, there is a high number of well-qualified vacancies in Qatar. Not only business-related jobs such as engineers, sales representatives, marketing agents and accountants are wanted; but also doctors, nurses, chefs and teachers are among the most demanded ones. Most often, these positions are accompanied by relaxed working days, high salaries (at QR16,500 on average), health insurance and, last but not least, no personal taxation.

Although safety tends to be most people’s concern when deciding about the move, the truth is that this Middle-Eastern country is among the safest and most stable of the region, with very low criminal rates. By contrast, it offers excellent living standards with world-class educational and healthcare institutions fueled by major government investments. For the most part, accommodation is spacious and rather new with the most popular options being the so-called villas or compounds where 24-security, swimming pool, gym, cleaner and even cafés, supermarkets or squash courts in the most upmarket ones are found.

Despite its Islamic culture, the welcoming and forward-thinking attitude of this emirate has attracted expatriates from all over the world, including Indian, Lebanese, American, British, French, Spanish and Canadian citizens, among others. This has greatly contributed to create a multicultural environment with an interesting choice of leisure activities, bars and restaurants of all kinds. For those who are wondering, the consumption and purchase of alcohol is permitted but limited to the licensed hotels, bars and stores. Night clubs and music venues have particularly proliferated in Doha in recent years, boosting the nightlife options in the capital. Nonetheless, Qatar economy extends far beyond its oil and gas reserves as well as its world-famous capital.

Qatar, much more than just Doha

Contrary to common belief, Qatar is much more than just Doha. In recent years, and to a great extent fostered by the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a number of different urban centres are rapidly developing. These, perfectly connected to the capital, have in turn become the headquarters of many of the big companies settled in the country.

If not already the case, within a few years Qatar is expected to become a global centre for international trade and tourism alike. To do so, as it is constantly claimed by the Qatari Government, they will employ all the available means and resources that are necessary.

Newcomers will soon find themselves shopping in their innumerable ultramodern malls and colourful souqs, exploring its magnificent desert, smoking sheesha and enjoying, among other delicious dishes, the famous sish taouq.