In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with Na’el Abu Alteen, a former engineer from Jordan who now works as a travel host and a full-time travel and lifestyle influencer in Dubai. We speak with him about how his passion for travel began, his favorite things to do in one of his top travel destinations, his advice to anyone who wants to travel, and much more! Check out his recommendations for travelers when they visit Jordan and Dubai and find out where he’s headed next!
How did your passion for travel get started?
My passion for travel started when I was in university so I started with a short trip to Jordan and took pics of my beautiful country and published them on social media.
What does travel mean to you? Why do you feel it’s so important?
Travel is a new life, it’s very important for me because I love to see new things and get to know new people and their traditions from all over the world.
How many days/weeks do you travel in any given year? What are the types of places you like to visit?
I do travel 2 times every month for 1 week each time, I love city life and island life.
You began your professional life as an engineer, but you’re now a full-time digital creator. What inspired the shift in your career and how did it come about?
I decide to quit my job and go with my passion and my dream regardless of the money or income. I just want to travel the world without thinking about what matter can happen to me.
The photos on your Instagram account showcase beautiful places around the world as well as delicious food and your incredible personal style. What are some of your favorite men’s style tips?
I usually do study the destination before I go, then I decide what style should be a good match for the place! If I’m going to Greece, I should have some nice summer colorful outfit or even maybe white linen basic shirt. I always take care about the compliantly color of my pics.
You were born and raised in Jordan but now call Dubai home. What makes Jordan and Dubai such great travel destinations? What do you suggest people do in both places when they visit?
Jordan is the country of old history twisted with modern life. You must visit Petra, which is one of the most wonderful places around the world and the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on Earth and Aqaba for beach life and getting a nice tan.
Dubai, where I feel I’m in the best city in the world and I always say it, it’s the easy life. You should go to Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, and see the fountain and Burj Khalifa from there. Also, sunset walking in Kite Beach and have some nice shots with Burj al Arab and coffee in JBR to see the Dubai Eye.
What do you want audiences to gain and learn from your work?
You don’t need millions of dollars to travel. All you need are your phone and your backpack.
What are the top three destinations you’ve visited?
Seychelles, Greece, and Switzerland.
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of your top 3 destinations. Like a mini-guide or a to-do list of sorts. It can be anything from your favorite hotel, the best place to have lunch, the best sightseeing, etc.
Visit the Four Seasons Seychelles and have bubble bath during sunset set time, have a drink in Mykonos at sunset at 180 Degree bar, go to Villa Honegg in Switzerland and try their wonderful heated pool up to 39 degrees, sunset dinner in Santorini, visit Kulm Hotel during the Christmas season.
How many countries have you visited so far?
What are your top 3 favorite cuisines?
Italian, Arabic, Chinese.
What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What dish do you recommend there?
Atmosphere at the top of Burj Khalifa. I love the breakfast there.
What is your favorite travel movie?
I don’t watch many movies.
What is your favorite international airport?
Dubai International Airport.
Which city had the friendliest people?
Who is your favorite travel companion?
My brother, Wael Abu Alteen.
What is the best way to kill time while traveling?
Watching a movie or editing some pictures and videos.
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
I usually go to a luxury destination and never anything happens to me.
What is your best bit of travel advice for someone who wants to, or is about to, embark on a life of travel?
Don’t think too much! Get ready and take your next flight! Life is too short to think too much.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
My mobile, my passport, my wallet, and my charger.
What is your ultimate dream destination?
What is your favorite travel quote?
Who said that the world is too big! Now I can see the world from my phone.
Where are you headed next?
Hey, my name is Na’el Abu Alteen. I’m a full-time lifestyle/travel influencer (digital creator), I live in Dubai, and I travel around the world! I started my social media journey in 2013 during my last year in the faculty of engineering. In the past 5 years, I arranged my daily life between being an engineer and a social media influencer. This year, I decided to quit engineering and focus on my passion, which is being a full-time digital creator.
I have worked with many international and local brands, more than 500 luxury hotels around the world, more than 15 tourism boards, and 8 airlines.
I was the presenter of a live television show on Alaan TV in 2019, I am a brand ambassador for many brands, and I opened my own boutique at Boutiqaat in 2019.
To learn more about Na’el Abu Alteen and his travels, follow him on his travel Instagram, Dubai Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat (Ammanstylez)!