Travel & Lifestyle
Writer and Editor focusing on travel & lifestyle, La Liga football and others.
Published in The Guardian, ABTA Magazine, ASTAnetwork, CountrybyCountry.com, Telegraph.co.uk, The Weekly Telegraph, Iberosphere.com, FourFourTwo Magazine, ESPNsoccernet, Prospects.ac.uk, Emel Magazine, Expatica.com, Sportingo.com, InMadrid Magazine, European Vibe Magazine.
Travel & Lifestyle
About 36,000 feet in the air. To the constant bemusement of immigration officials, her passport reads: "Holder born on an aeroplane." Owen is one of a small community of people who made their entrance into the world in this most dramatic of ways.
His early death meant he never fulfilled his wish. As his eldest child, Irfan decided to take up the challenge -- and along the way smash stereotypes in Pakistan as a female biker.
I'm running behind a slow-moving bike in one of Amsterdam's many cycle lanes in a failed attempt to hop on to the yellow luggage rack at the back and hitch a ride. The young man offering me a lift thinks it's easy to jump on.
It was this fact, coupled with the boredom that comes from regularly flying for up to 13 hours to and from the United States for work, that led Eva Liparova to take action. Tired of inflight movies and determined to get people away from their screens and interacting with each other, she came up with a plan in May 2014.
Halima Ali clings on tight on a whistle-stop tour of the Italian capital "This is how you can spot the tourists," says Valerio, my Vespa tour guide, as he swiftly navigates around a family walking in the middle of a narrow cobbled street.
The old man wobbles as he stands up out of his wheelchair before the reach of his son steadies him. Carefully, he helps his father adjust the ihram - the two pieces of white sheet men are obliged to wear when performing either the hajj itself or the smaller pilgrimage called umrah - which covers his torso.
Leaving Medina to travel to Mecca to complete the first step of my hajj - performing umrah - requires preparation. Having bathed and put on my cream-coloured abaya I tuck my hair away under my headscarf and try to get into the right frame of mind.
Our journey to perform hajj begins like every one of our journeys here in Saudi Arabia, with a long wait for our government-scheduled coach to turn up. Just after the dawn prayer on Saturday morning, we are told the coach will arrive in 15 minutes.
Halima Ali gets closer than she expected with the marine life of Bora Bora on a diving trip to the Pacific island of Tahiti
On an eye-opening first trip to South Korea, Halima Ali attempts to conquer Sunrise Peak on Jeju island
Halima Ali heads to the Big Apple for a whirlwind tour of musical theatre and opera
Halima Ali marvels at the marble of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque In this small women's changing room in the grounds of the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, there are a lot of arms flapping about.
Editor of the Holland Family Travel Special
Halima Ali Halima is a freelance journalist specialising in sport who has written for The Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPNsoccernet and telegraph.co.uk. The two teams meet on Friday in the final of the Copa del Rey. For Atlético, it's a chance to break a 14-year jinx, for Mourinho's team it's a chance to salvage something from a poor season.
The gunshots that rang out around the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on March 3rd did not just leave their mark on their immediate vicinity. The impact was felt across the entire spectrum of Pakistani sport. Aside from the crisis the country's cricket team finds itself in, it has left gaping holes in the Pakistan national football team.
It started with a click of a button which all seemed rather too easy. After dreaming of simply going to watch a game, any game at the Santiago Bernabéu, booking a ticket for arguably one of the biggest games in the world "El Gran Clásico" should have been a little more dramatic I felt.