I spent Christmas in Dubai with my family, and it was the most unforgettable experience I've ever had. Being on the other side of the world, submerged in a completely different culture, surrounded by my loved ones was a week of dreams coming true. Dubai and Abu Dhabi were the most astonishing places I've ever seen. Everything was so extravagant, large, shiny and modern. I saw several cars and two buildings coated in gold, circular buildings, stayed in the tallest building in the world, and experienced luxury unparalleled in these cities. My mom's birthday is on Christmas Day, and we took her to dinner at Burj Al Arab, where they served us on gold plates and gave us Hermes perfumes as souvenirs. Everything was like that, completely over the top. I can't begin to explain how thankful I am for this experience. Traveling changes your life, and the more I see, the more I want to see.