Epic Journey from Dilmun to Dublin:
A 2004 Road Trip Adventure

Embark on an unforgettable road trip from the historic lands of Dilmun (Bahrain) to the vibrant streets of Dublin, Ireland. In 2004, we traversed continents, cultures, and captivating landscapes, crossing 20 countries including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, France, and many more, each offering its unique blend of history, beauty, and adventure.

From the ancient ruins of Petra to the Swiss Alps, and from the romantic Italian cities to the greenery of the British Isles, this journey was a mosaic of experiences that spanned some of the world’s most remarkable destinations.

Dive into the heart of our adventure, exploring the rich tapestry of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes that define Europe and its neighbors. Click here for the full story of our epic journey and the wonders that await at every turn.

Journey of Discovery: Manama to Muscat Road Trip 2012

Dive into an exhilarating road trip tale from the vibrant streets of Manama to the enchanting city of Muscat. In 2012, we embarked on a captivating journey across the Arabian Peninsula, uncovering the mystique and splendor of the Gulf. From the architectural wonders of Bahrain to the serene landscapes of Oman, every mile brought a new discovery.

This was no ordinary journey—it was a voyage through time, cultures, and breathtaking natural beauty, offering a glimpse into the soul of the Middle East. Let us take you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder, and memories that linger long after the roads have ended.

“Explore the World One Adventure at a Time:
101 Things to Discover”

Discover the world with 101 Explore books, your ultimate travel companion offering guides to experience 101 must-see sights in various countries. From hidden gems to iconic landmarks, these books are crafted to help tourists uncover the essence of each destination. Dive into a treasure trove of cultural, natural, and culinary adventures, ensuring you make the most of your travels.

Great Gallery

Immerse yourself in a visual journey through breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unforgettable moments captured from around the globe. Let each image inspire your next adventure.

Meet our team

A diverse group of passionate travel experts and local insiders dedicated to bringing you the most authentic and enriching experiences. Together, we’re your guides to the world’s wonders, one adventure at a time.

Ali Hussain Mushaima

Ali Hussain Mushaima, founder of Connect Travel Media, has published numerous travel guides, including the Visitor’s Complete Guide series and the 101 Things to See & Do series of books. Both book series have been tremendously successful, with a total of more than 150,000 copies sold to date.

Archie D’Cruz

Archie D’Cruz is a seasoned editor, writer and designer with more than 25 years of experience in both journalism and advertising. His Canadian publishing and design firm A Type Of Magic has been behind the success of several books and magazines, including all 14 books in the Visitor’s Complete Guide and the 101 Things to See & Do series. 

Carlo Olinarez

Filipino graphic artist Carlo Olinarez, who put together the maps in the guidebooks, has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than 15 years. He worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for two years as senior colour separator, before moving to Bahrain where he currently resides. When he isn’t at his computer, Carlo enjoys reading, watching movies, photography and biking. He has been a member of the brotherhood Tau Gamma Phi since 1983.

Haider Akbar Rafiey

Haider Rafiey fell in love with photography when he was still a child. When his father refused to buy him a camera, he began going to the market every evening after school, wheeling people’s groceries home in a barrow so he could earn enough to buy one for himself. He still has the Agfa box camera he bought with that money in 1954, but his tools have evolved since then and now include Nikon and Minolta digital SLRs. 

Maeve Kelynack Skinner is a former magazine editor, freelance journalist and travel correspondent who has lived in Bahrain for 30 years. Her articles have been published internationally and pan-Gulf in newspapers, business, leisure and travel magazines, including The Irish Times, Weekly Telegraph, Gulf Daily News, and official inflight and airport publications. Born in Penang, Malaysia, Maeve has travelled extensively all her life and loves writing about her adventures.

Mahdi T. Al Jallawi

Multi-talented Bahraini Mahdi Al Jallawi is an international award-winning photographer, a practicing architect, a certified designer, an art teacher and a youth festival organizer who takes special pride in
his community and volunteer work. Born in Tehran, Mahdi speaks Arabic, Persian and English. As part of his architecture graduation project, he designed and developed a housing village that included more than 1,200 units.

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke is a globe-trotter and a prolific writer who currently calls Bahrain home. She has previously worked and studied in the USA, Japan, Singapore and Canada where she completed her Ph.D.
Sarah has spent the last 10 years in the Middle East, where she has acted as researcher, writer and advisor to various non-profit organisations, including the Qatar Green Building Council and the Regional Institute for Active Learning, Bahrain. She has also written for other books in the 101 Things to See & Do series.

Bahrain Photographic Society Chairman Shafeeq Khalaf Al-Sharqi was interested in the creative arts from as long as he can remember, taking up photography and painting from an early age. He later studied interior design at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo, Egypt. He won his first award for photography in Bahrain in 1980, and has won several more international honours since. One of his images was chosen in a list of Best 1,000 Pictures in the World for 2010 at Trierenberg Super Circuit photography awards, and he scooped up as many as nine awards for his work in 2012.

Omar Ahmed Al-Khulaqi (O.A.K)

Omar Ahmed Al-Khulaqi (O.A.K) is a young architect, writer and photographer from Yemen, raised in Bahrain. His poems made their way to local magazines and even an anthology called “My Beautiful Bahrain” and its follow up “More of My Beautiful Bahrain”. He is passionate in building stories at the intersection of art, culture and philosophy. In his spare time he can be found debating a film, playing his guitar or shooting a ball into a hoop. Instagram: b.t.oaktree (Poetry) , oak.clicks (Photography)