As a child my parents always took us on adventurous holidays, from hiking in Austria and Norway, to a self-guided canoeing trip through the rural, remote and wilderness areas of Sweden. During my childhood years I got to see a fair bit of Europe.

My mum is a Kiwi, so I grew up with stories about her homeland New Zealand. Ever since I was young, I have always been intrigued about the Land of the Long White Cloud. So when I was given the opportunity to do my graduation assignment in Christchurch, New Zealand, I grabbed that chance with both hands and made it my first overseas travel experience in 2010. I lived and worked in New Zealand for 6 months and got to see quite a bit of that beautiful country.

During these 6 months I caught the ‘travel bug’. I felt the urge to travel the world and explore new places, but not alone this time, but with my boyfriend Remy. We got to see some beautiful places in the years that followed, and made more and more travels each year.

It was the Summer of 2012 when we were planning our five week New Zealand and Australia trip for early 2013, when we got the crazy idea to get married in New Zealand during that trip. That crazy idea turned into plans, and while travelling through New Zealand, in between sightseeing the North Island, we got married at one of the most beautiful beaches of the Coromandel.

From seeing the Northern Lights in Tromsø to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Dubai and Berlin, from snorkeling both the Great Barrier Reef and the Ningaloo Reef to doing the Cage of Death in Darwin, from the Big Buddha in Hong Kong to the Table Mountain in Cape Town, and from the most beautiful nature and spotting orca’s in Western Canada to the city that never sleeps New York, we have been very lucky these past few years, but still have a never ending bucketlist to go through.

I joined team Traveltomtom in July 2018. The international focus of Traveltomtom is what got me excited. By joining Traveltomtom my articles with our experiences and tips would reach a large and international audience. I get really enthusiastic about travelling and with over 8 years of travel experience I think I can help other travelers by answering questions they may have and create their dream trip.

Curious to what destinations and travels we have lined up for the year ahead? Keep following our travels through this website or via my own Instagram Travelashie.

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Find below Ashley's latest articles for Traveltomtom

HeliDubai | Ultimate Dubai Helicopter Tour

Who doesn’t dream about this? A helicopter tour is on many travelers and tourists bucket and wish list. In recent years we have been lucky enough to be able to experience a helicopter flight at a number of beautiful places, like the Grand Canyon, the Niagara Falls and New York City. Another destination we had on our wish list for a helicopter tour was Dubai.

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25hours Hotel Dubai One Central | Feels Like Home

It’s always a sport, to find decent and affordable accommodation with a prime location. Dubai has over 600 hotels, and has the world’s highest hotel occupancy rate. Finding a hotel in Dubai is not difficult, but finding something decent and affordable, that feels like a home away from home, can be a challenge.

Leave those challenges for Traveltomtom, as we managed to find the newest affordable hotspot in Dubai, and we are ready to tell you all about it! We’re sure you’re going to love this one just as much as we did! Free rental car included in the room rate! Can you believe it? Keep reading...

About 25hours

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25hours Hotels is something different, they are a small group of dynamic hotels that offer a contemporary hotel experience in some major cities in Western Europe.

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They started back in 2005, and currently have 12 hotels, mainly located in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They recently added the first 25hours hotel outside of Europe, in Dubai and became the largest 25hours hotel in the world so far!

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25hours Hotels are adventurous, sexy, cheeky, innovative, unique, a little crazy and locally connected, the perfect blend! Each of their hotels has its own character, fused with the local vibe and culture.

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You don’t just stay at a 25hours hotel, you deliberately choose uniqueness, surprise and a touch of adventure. 25hours hotels are a social hub, a place where international travelers and local guests blend. These hotels stand out, creativity and trendiness, walking through their doors makes you instantly feel comfortable and at home.

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The 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central brings the ancient Bedouin theme and traditions back to modern life. This theme is implemented throughout the hotel, from the elevators and hallways to the rooms.

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The lobby is probably one of the most impressive ones I have ever seen. Hundreds of books welcome you. Walking into the hotel was jaw dropping, we were speechless.

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Location 25hours Dubai

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The 25hours hotel Dubai opened its doors in March 2022. In fact, Traveltomtom visited the hotel before its official opening, how cool is that! It is located in an upcoming new neighbourhood, One Central.

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One Central is one of the newest districts in Dubai, bringing business and leisure together in the heart of Dubai. One Central is part of the Dubai Future District.

This new district is still partly under construction, although some of the finest restaurants, hotels and museums are already open and welcoming visitors.

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In fact, Dubai’s newest museum, must visit attraction and hotspot, the Museum of the Future, opened its doors earlier this year, and is located right across the street from the 25hours hotel. That provides very cool views from the hotel!

25hours Hotel Dubai One Central is located along the city’s superhighway, Sheikh Zayed Road. It is also located right in between two metro stations, World Trade Center Metro Station and Emirates Towers Metro Station. This makes the hotel very easily accessible, and it also makes the rest of Dubai easily accessible.

Looking for some cool things to do in Dubai while staying at 25hours Hotel One Central? What about a Dinner in the Sky or visiting the Dubai Aquarium? A Dubai desert safari tour or a helicopter tour? So many cool things to do in Dubai! Find them all on Traveltomtom.

And don't forget to stay connected in Dubai! Buy a local prepaid sim card for Dubai on arrival or simply get yourself an e-sim card for Dubai.

Museum of the Future

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Just opened early 2022, and already one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks. It can’t be missed as it is located right next to Sheikh Zayed Road and is a true eye-catcher and one of Dubai's most famous places to visit.

The museum explores and shows how society could evolve in the coming decades using science and technology. It is the only museum in the world that shows the future, all other regular museums always show history.

Only open for a few months, the Museum of the Future has already been recognized by National Geographic as one of the 14 most beautiful museums in the world.

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It’s also claimed to be the most beautiful building in the world. And I have to admit, I honestly think it is the most beautiful building I have ever seen!

Unfortunately, due to high demand weeks ahead, Traveltomtom wasn’t able to visit the Museum of the Future this time around. You always have to save something for when you are visiting Dubai next!

Bedouin Room

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The 25hours Hotel One Central has 434 rooms and suites. We were given one of their medium Bedouin rooms. Just like everything else in this hotel, their rooms are different, unique and welcoming straight away.

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The Bedouin room draws on influences of when Bedouins once resided in Dubai.

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The room features a king-sized bed and truly a unique bathroom, well there isn’t really a bathroom as the rainfall shower is literally in the middle of the room. There is a super relaxed hanging chair in the corner of the room.

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There is a canvasco bag, free for you to use throughout your stay. Every room has a minibar, which is free and includes some softdrinks, water and chocolates. It gets refilled every 3 days.

Tandoor Tina

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Tandoor Tina is a fun and frivolous ‘younger daughter’ restaurant to London’s famous Tandoor Chop House, and it’s the 25hours Hotel on-site restaurant.

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For diner they serve you the signature northern Indian food with a focus on the flame-oriented cooking, with a surprising playful British twist.

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Tandoor Tina is also your place to go for breakfast, buffet style with plenty of choices and also the choice to have your eggs (any style) or pancakes made fresh for you.

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There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, and with summer temperatures all year round, the outdoor seating is pretty tempting.

Nomad Bar

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The Nomad Bar is located at the ground level, right across from the reception. It has indoor and outdoor seating as well, and is a great place to meet strangers and friends. It’s an all-day cafe operated by award-winning local baristas Nightjar Coffee, so your perfect place to get a quick caffeine boost.

Monkey Bar

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It’s the place to be in One Central, on the sixth floor of the hotel, with truly impressive views of the Museum of the Future. Their terrace is the perfect sundowner, and once the sun has set the nightly roster of DJ’s build the vibe.

Have your cocktail mixed here, dance the night away and enjoy their Latin American inspired food menu as well.

Ernst Biergarten

Unfortunately this place opened after our visit to 25hours Hotel, so we couldn’t visit this place ourselves, but it sounds like such a cool place, so we want to share it with you.

Ernst is a Bavarian Biergarten and Wirtshaus, serving a variety of German beers on draught, Dubai’s best Weisswein and house-baked pretzels. It’s a home for sport as Ernst shows live matches from around the world across multiple screens. Ernst also features regular live entertainment, quiz nights and seasonal specials.


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We simply love rooftop pools, so if a hotel has a rooftop pool, that’s an immediate plus for us. The pool has relaxed vibes and equally relaxed loungers and beds alongside the pool.There is bar right next to the pool where you can order drinks and food. They have a pretty good food menu which is served right to your bed or lounger.

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And this pool arguably has the best pool views in Dubai as it overlooks the new Museum of the Future.


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I’m not sure if I like gyms that have pool views, too tempting. But the gym at the 25hours Hotel is also located on the sixth floor and has indeed pool views.

It’s equipped with the newest and latest fitness equipment. It also has a covered outdoor area where you can exercise and where group lessons are organized.


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Looking for some relaxation, then make your way to the sixth floor of the hotel where you can find the Extra Hour Spa wellness area. There are four treatment rooms, including one for couples. There’s also an indoor and outdoor sauna.


Something you don’t often see in hotels is an actual old-school barber. Lucky for you, the 25hours Hotel in Dubai has an in-house barber.

FREE Cars for rent - MINI

I couldn’t really believe it when I first heard about it, but here at the 25hours Hotel you can actually borrow a MINI car from reception. Can you believe that?

They have a partnership with MINI, and have four MINI cars available on a first come first serve basis. It’s complimentary for you as a guest, you simply request a MINI car, fill out some paperwork and the car will be issued to you. Ready to explore Dubai for a few hours?

Are you more of a cycling enthusiast? No worries, they have you covered as well, as the 25hours Hotel has a full fleet of e-bikes.

25Hours Dubai Review

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Even though this wasn’t our first visit to Dubai, it continues to surprise and amaze us, and we manage to discover new places every time. That also applies to the new One Central district and the 25hours Hotel. It’s funny how a city has so many different sides, and how you can experience each neighborhood differently.


Staying in a 25hours Hotel is an experience itself, and for the 25hours Hotel One Central, you come as a stranger and leave as a Habibi (friend).

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We didn't even talk about the many creative spaces, meeting rooms, etc. that you can also find in the hotel. As said in the title of this hotel review: 25hours hotel Dubai does feel like home!

It is clear that we had an absolutely amazing time staying here and we can recommend it to anyone. I hope our enthusiasm sparked you to book the 25hours Hotel in Dubai. Check out their rates below.

This blog was written by travel writer and Traveltomtom team member Ashley. She stayed at the brand new 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central, on behalf of Traveltomtom, and wrote this blog about her stay and experiences. If you have any questions please leave us a comment below and we will try to help you out or check out Traveltomtom's Instagram account or Ashley's Instagram account.

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Enjoy your trip to Dubai!

Old Dubai Walking Tour | A Different Side of Dubai

When you think of Dubai, most people think of the modern high-rise buildings, and the place where ‘impossible’ doesn’t exist. To be honest, so do I! But obviously it wasn’t always like this. There are a few districts in Dubai, like Bur Dubai and Deira Dubai, that are still quite authentic with souks, abras and Arabian Tea Houses. And we think these spots should be on your itinerary when visiting Dubai.

Scrolling through this Dubai blog I am sure you can't believe this is also Dubai. Therefore, according to Traveltomtom, doing a walking tour of Old Dubai should be listed as one of the best things to do in Dubai. You can feel the vibe in the photos below.

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Platinum Heritage | Dubai’s Best Desert Safaris

rYou can’t visit Dubai without doing a desert safari. It’s simply a must do when travelling to Dubai. There are many tour operators offering these safaris, so it can be hard to pick the best one. Luckily we have already done that work for you. Traveltomtom went on a desert safari in Dubai with Platinum Heritage, and we will explain why we think they are your best pick and what their Dubai desert safaris are like.

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Romantic City Break at Crowne Plaza Utrecht

For some reason we had actually never visited the city of Utrecht properly. So, when we discovered the brand-new Crowne Plaza Utrecht, we knew, this is meant to be!

Location is always key when searching for accommodations for city trips, and so it was during our recent trip to Utrecht. Well, let the Crowne Plaza happens to have just the perfect location for a city trip to Utrecht.

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Top 10 Things To Do for a Weekend in Hamburg

Would I most likely recommend Berlin or Munich if anyone would ask me a cool city trip in Germany? Yes, I probably would! I wouldn’t immediately think the harbor city in the north of Germany. But that changed when we recently got to visit and explore Hamburg for a weekend. Did Hamburg surprise and deliver? Oh yes! Would I now recommend this city a Germany travel destination to other travelers? Absolutely! Not as famous as Berlin or Munich, but that’s what makes it even more surprising.

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Dinner in the Sky Dubai | Dine Like Never Before

Dinner in the Sky is a culinary and spectacular international concept that allows you to have dinner 50 meter (165 ft) above the ground. It is one of those crazy unique things to do in Dubai and we got to experience it for you and write about it. This is our blog with a complete review about Dinner in the Sky Dubai.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Canal View

After our lovely stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Dubai Waterfront, we thought it would be fun to check in to another Radisson Blu Hotel nearby. That is how we ended up at the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Canal View. They’re barely four kilometers apart from each other, but that’s a world away in Dubai, making you explore a complete new part of this magical city.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront | Right next to Downtown


Lately we visited Dubai again, one of our favorite holiday destinations in the world, and had the opportunity to stay in the up and coming Dubai Waterfront. We had set our eyes on the Radisson Blu Hotel, which seemed to have a great location. In this blog you can read everything about our experiences during our stay.

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Is Visiting the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Worth It?

When looking up things to do in Dubai I am sure you already found out about the Dubai Aquarium, but did you know it is located in a massive shopping mall? There is a huge glass wall in the Dubai Mall that gives you a glimpse into the Dubai Aquarium and it is actually free to view for the public. So why buying a ticket for the Dubai Aquarium? In this blog we will tell you our experiences and why we recommend visiting the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

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