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Some Interesting Facts About Indonesia

Indonesia is a country that sees steady tourism increase in the past decade and more. Despite being the largest island country in the world, many people have never heard of the country at all. And some others had only ever heard about some parts of Indonesia. Let’s scratch a bit of the surface when it comes to some of the most interesting things this country is apparently known for.

Indonesia is the producer of the most expensive coffee in the world 

The famed Luwak Coffee is a type of coffee that comes from poop. Civet’s poop, to be exact. This coffee comes from the fermented process it had gone through the civet’s digestive system. This type of coffee is thought to have “special” qualities to it and have been “improved” by these civets thanks to the selection process of the civets and the chemical and biological alterations of the coffee bean because of the civets’ digestion. 

However, there has been some environmental concerns when it comes to the farming of these coffee beans. Some coffee plantations are found to be treating the civets badly. They don’t have optimum welfare. For instance, the diets of civets are highly varied. They are omnivores that eat insects and small mammals, mangoes, berries, and rambutan, among other things. However, in the coffee plantation, they are only fed coffee fruits. This is highly detrimental to their health as coffee fruits alone will not be able to meet their nutritional needs. 

The average Indonesians are bilingual and multi-lingual

Indonesia consists of hundreds of different ethnicities that have their very own distinct culture and languages that come with it. Let’s take Bali as an example. Most of the Balinese are bilingual, with Balinese and Bahasa Indonesia being the two languages taught simultaneously at home. Those from Java would speak Javanese, the people of Flores would speak their own ethnic language, and so on.

Indonesia has the most impressive marine biodiversity in the world 

While the Amazon forest topped the terrestrial biodiversity in the world, the marine biodiversity in Indonesia is unrivaled. Indonesia is a part of the legendary Coral Triangle. Coral Triangle is the term of only roughly 30% of the ocean area that has over 75% of the entire world’s underwater population. The seas of West Papua, Papua New Guinea, and Raja Ampat regency are included in the impressive marine biodiversity of the coral triangle. 

Bali is an exception in so many ways 

If you’ve only ever visited Bali, then you haven’t experienced Indonesia just yet. But then again, the same can be said with other islands. Java is an experience on its own, which is vastly different compared to the many highly populated island in Indonesia. Bali is going to be very different than, say, Lombok, even though the two are basically neighbors and they share the same ancestry and ethnicities. 

Bali’s religious majority is Hindu, which is a huge exception from the rest of the country, which has a predominantly Muslim population. Your experience in Bali is going to be vastly different when it comes to virtually everything, especially concerning cultural aspects and ways of life. 

Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world 

Indonesia inhibits such a large space, with thousands of islands that no one actually knows the exact count of. And we really don’t several studies done on how many islands in Indonesia led to several different results as well. Numbers that showed a large difference of results to each other. 

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After Natural Disaster, What the Travellers Need to Do?

Some people might have been prepared their travel plans perfectly and have ever been visited some of the destinations at where they needed to be. But the next morning or hours from now in the middle of the night where people are still sleeping, anything could happen especially the natural disaster that has not been warned us before. Be it the earthquake on Haiti or tsunami in some countries at Asia that have been happened before, etc. If you are in such situation, as a traveller, what do you think you need to do?

Things the travellers can do after the natural disaster

You may won’t make your family in a worry so you are going to call them telling that you’re just fine. You are there for holidays and no more than that. But, the other people are losing their home and even their family members can’t be found, I have never hope you will be in that situation, but seriously, what are you going to do when you are still there after the natural disaster?

Double check that you are fine and ensure that your luggage with all of your important documents are in the right place

If you think that you are fine and all your luggage is always with you all the times because you are only bringing a single backpack, then you are truly fine for now. But when you have left them all at the hotel room where you are staying, you’d better getting back there and check if everything is on their place.

It is just to ensure that all you need to get back to your hometown or country is there so you won’t be questioned by the immigration officers. But we won’t go that far for now, you may are thinking that you don’t need to get back now and decided to help the others.

How can you help?

Keep inside your hotel room may not the choice especially when the natural disaster that just happened was an earthquake but you aren’t also know what to do. If so, get yourself out and do a quick observation about the surrounding, you may will meet the others that need a help or meet the local community are offering their hands to the others.

You can also do the same or find the other ways to help each other. For simple thing you can do, check your wallet and see how much money you still got. They may useful to buy the foods and drinks and you can start sharing them with the others.

You can also ask yourself about volunteering. And if you are really can do that, I think that’s what makes us a better person even though your main purpose is not helping each other but traveling.

If you really don’t know how to help and you have not been met the local community, you can ask around where the school or the hospital is as well as the other public service buildings. Those places are important but also the disaster-prone ones that need more helps.

Have you been in a place where the natural disaster was occurring when you were traveling before? What else you could do in such situation?

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Summertime Surf Camp At The Pleasant Beaches

Summertime is warming both for our body and heart. This is usually a good time for many of us to spend much time and holidays at outside than before even though kids today are preferring to stay inside while playing games on their phone. I think, some kids are just don’t exactly know what to do and what they have been told by their parents aren’t interested to them. And if you are also experiencing the same, I am here to tell you that spending your holidays in a surf camp at summer will be more interesting than your own favourite mobile games.

What a summertime surf camp means to me?

Summertime and beaches are related one another and I do believe that they are the answers for when and where most of the people are spending their holidays. The interesting thing is that, you will not only go there just to swim and sunbathing after, but a summer surf camp is where you are going to learn how to enjoy the waves at the pleasant beaches as a gift from God.

What a summertime surf camp means to me?

Getting wet in the cold water in the cold season is never been my favourite. But when it comes to a summertime, you know that it is a great time to swim around in the warm seawater. Even though the water is quite cold, the sun will keep you warming.

A summertime surf camp is how you are spending your holidays in a surfing course with the other new people you will meet or those who you are invited in the best moment (season). I know that surfing skills may not the things you are interested in for your future career, but it can always be the travel package that can be experienced by whoever you are.

You don’t have to be an adult person first just to learn surfing and you don’t have to feel that you are too young for that. Teenagers and even their parents can be in a surfing course where there will be the professional surf instructor that can teach them how to start.

As this travel idea is perfect for many of us especially for the family in vacation, your family may also need to know this and start deciding when you are going to have more fun while surfing at the pleasant beaches.

Anyway, the summer surf camp will usually be started at one main beach that mostly at where the accommodation is located. But since there are many surf companies are offering that the beginner surfers as you are requiring more than that, then you will not only heading to more pleasant beaches but also there have been an itinerary waiting for you to explore more of your surfing trip.

As the time is passing by, summer surf camp is also changing in positive ways. People can even use surfing as their own self remedy for healing the anxiety and other health issues, a fun thing to do while exercising, a new way to make and build a better friendship with new people, as an alternative lifestyle since surfers have their own ways to enjoy the life and many more benefits you can get.

And it all started with only one decision which is this time or the next summertime holidays, you will see yourself in a surf camp. Not the other travel ideas. That’s how amazing it is means to me and I am sure that many other surfers will also experience the same or even more.

Later, when you have been mastering some of the surfing skills and techniques, the next time you are heading to beaches for a weekend or holidays, you have been knowing what to do to enjoy your time. So, would you like to gives a summertime surf camp a go?

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Why Do Many Travellers Love KITESURFING?

Many people or specially the travellers are saying that surfing is good to have fun and one of the way to challenge yourself. But, the sport itself divided into some activities or other surf sports like windsurf, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), kitesurfing, etc.

Even though that the kitesurfing is a wind powered surf sport, it doesn’t the same with the windsurf because it is used the kite to move the surfboard across the sea and waves. Just imagine about the parachute made kite that will be flew away and will make the surfers following and controlling the kite as well as dealing with the waves.

Top reasons why many travellers are in love with kitesurfing

It can even more challenging than the regular surfing sport itself where I believe that can also be the reasons why the more people are in love with it. There are also the other reasons why travellers are favourite this kind of surf. Some of them will be explained below.

The reasons why many travellers are in love with kitesurfing:

  1. All kind of water sports are always interesting and attracting people. This may the general reason why it is also happening to the kitesurfing. But, pulled forward by the floating kite in the sky is always interesting and so unique even though many of us has an option to be pulled by the boat as well.
  2. Controlling the kite is not easy. You are realising that you are footing on the surfboard above the water surface, that’s why when the kite is moving, the next challenge will begun. Seems like all you need to do is just controlling the kite, but you don’t know where the wind is blowing. Doing that while controlling the surfboard is not an easy thing so there will be more challenges to conquer.
  3. Kitesurfing may help you in making decision faster. Read again the second point to relates it with this one. Controlling the kite as well as the surfboard in the same time can be hard especially for the beginners. But you need to make your own decision about what to do so you are not jump into the water. Time is running faster at that time and it may also helps you in making decision in life as well.
  4. Kitesurfing is a good exercise both for your upper and lower body parts. This benefits are know for surfing benefits in general as well. But, kitesurfing is really maximising your exercise because both of your upper and lower body parts will works together in the same time while controlling the kite and the surfboard. This will also beneficial in exercising for your mid body part since you will also move right and left. This sport will really make you fitter and healthier.
  5. Kitesurfing will encourage you to get your own trip. Travelling is always a good thing for everyone. But, most of us needs the strong reasons in getting it. When you are in love and start to know how to kitesurfing, the spots you keep on visiting can be bored and make you think that you should and need to experience the other spots as well with different sea waves and challenges. There you will decided which beaches or even countries should be visited for kitesurfing.
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4 Popular Bali Diving Spots For Your Next Holiday

Holidays to Bali can be an extraordinary experience. The island is small in size but offers great attraction without stopping. The enchanting nature of Bali is also home to many temples, views of rice fields to the wild and exotic beaches. Bali’s tropical climate warms anyone who runs away from cold weather. Bali is perfect for beach activities, whether it’s sunbathing, surfing or diving. When many surfing annual matches are held for world surfers, diving is no less popular to be included in the best ranks of Bali diving spots with underwater scenery that is able to make the world amazed.

Bali Diving Spots

Bali diving spots, Bali’s underwater charms are increasingly popular in the eyes of the world. A list of local dive operators shows themselves offering the best experience throughout your holiday in Bali. Worth it if Bali is included in your next vacation schedule. Or even, your holidays soon. Diving in Bali offers pure, sparkling waters as a spectacular experience. There are many spectacular Bali diving spots for all levels of diving, no matter whether you are a beginner or a professional diver.

Bali Indonesia diving has become a meeting place for divers from all over the world. The best thing is to preserve Bali diving spots that are carried out by all local and international divers continuously. Professional instructors are ready to bring world divers to explore Bali’s best dive spots.

Tracing Shipwrecks In Bali Diving Spots

2 Bali diving spots that offer the charm of World War II shipwrecks, Tulamben and Amed. In Tulamben, you will be invited to explore the wreck of the U.S.A.T Liberty ship that came to Indonesia which was shot by the Japanese. In 1963, U.S.A.T Liberty dragged lava into the water with a depth of 10-28 meters due to the eruption of Mount Agung. As a result of natural factors, U.S.A.T Liberty was split into two.

Amed is considered one of Bali’s special diving spots with the charm of Japanese shipwrecks which sank during World War II. Entering the ranks of the world’s best maritime tourism, the Japanese shipwreck has become a home for beautiful marine life and coral reefs. Clearwater with gentle waves will be safe enough for beginner divers. For professional divers, can dive deeper and enjoy the sight of Japanese shipwrecks on the amazing Bali diving spots.

Side by side with Mola-Mola and Manta Pari

Mola-mola is the largest bony fish in the world weighing up to 2000 kg, with a length of 3.5 meters. There are not many maritime tours around the world that can see sunfish up close. Bali diving spots in Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan offer the charm of giant species between July – October. At the Crystal Bay dive site, Mola-mola often appeared and entrusted the perfect dive.

Towards Nusa Penida, precisely at the Manta Point spot, you will see a giant Manta Pari. It is recommended to follow the instructions of the dive operator instructor for safe diving. These two points of Bali diving spots have attracted the attention of the world and become the destination of professional divers.

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Recommended Areas to Venture When Visiting Singapore

Singapore might be a small country but it offers many things you could ask for memorable vacation. Spending your holiday in Singapore can be a great experience because there are many neighborhoods you can explore to. Every place holds priceless values in the form of authentic foods, unthinkable attraction, affordable shopping center, amazing history, magnificent nature, and welcoming locals. Singapore is also a place for every kind of traveler. Visiting this country won’t disappoint you whether you spend it only for few days or weeks.

Venturing the best neighborhoods in Singapore

Surely, exploring interesting and friendly neighborhood can be included into one of your activities during your visit to Singapore. It will even be better when you can do it with your friends or families. Here are most recommended neighborhoods in Singapore you should venture to:

  • Chinatown is a must-visit neighborhood in Singapore. This is a paradise for food travelers and shopping enthusiast. Aside from those points, history value is the highlight of this neighborhood. One of the most popular places to visit is Chinatown Heritage Center. This is where you can learn more about Chinese culture and immigrants. Another landmark to visit is Chinatown Food Street where you will find various Chinese foods ranging from humble food stalls to fancy eateries.
  • Next neighborhood to venture in Singapore is Tiong Bahru. It is said that this neighborhood is for hippies. This is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in Singapore you can explore. There is perfect blend of historic and modern points. The street might be a little quieter but that’s part of the charm. You can peacefully visit chic cafes, fine art gallery, or pretty boutique. Not to mention there is also Tiong Bahru Market where you can indulge your strong appetite for delicious dishes.
  • Marina Bay is already popular in Singapore. It is one of the most iconic areas in this country. This is a trendy area bustling with vibrant vibes. You can visit noteworthy building in this area called Marina Bay Sands. This building is a hotel with rooftop infinity pool overlooking the best view of Singapore. This is also where you can visit Art Science Museum. Another iconic spot is Gardens by the Bay where you can find three-shaped vertical gardens. Of course, you can also indulge your appetite in Lau Pau Sat, popular food market around this neighborhood. Next point is Merlion Park with the iconic Merlion fountain to take Instagram-worthy pictures.
  • Orchard Road is for shopping enthusiasts. This is heaven for any type of shopping you are into. It is considered one of the most popular buying and browsing destination in Singapore after all. In this neighborhood, you will find high-end boutiques and fancy malls. This neighborhood is home to 20 shopping malls and six shopping centers. Aside from indulging your shopping desire, you should also visit ION Sky Observatory where you can enjoy a 360-degree views of the districts within this neighborhood. Don’t be fooled by futuristic looking buildings because there’s still so many places offering affordable food selections.
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Best Hotels To Stay In Seminyak Offer A Beautiful Memory For Everyone

If you ask where is the strategic location in Bali? Most of the answers you get 80% are Seminyak. Seminyak has indeed been labeled some of the world’s leading magazines as a destination for the best and most special parties in Bali. Even though it is in a crowded traffic area, there is a lot of transportation available. But it is recommended to determine the location of accommodation with easy access, both to the beach, restaurants, nightlife or boutiques on foot.

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Best Hotels To Stay In Seminyak Something Precious For A Beautiful Memory

Given that Seminyak and the surrounding area are tourist magnets with white sand so it is best to enjoy the sunset. No wonder the more choices of the best hotels to stay in Seminyak to enjoy the holidays. A number of popular bars and restaurants increasingly add to the attractiveness of Seminyak. Luxury spa facilities either stand-alone or offered from the best hotels in Seminyak can spoil travelers. Although certainly more expensive than other places, the spa services of the best hotels in Seminyak are much cheaper compared to other places in the world.

Even the best restaurants are always full at night and earlier to place an order. With all the luxury and comfort, people are increasingly interested and looking for the best hotels to stay in Seminyak. In the Canggu area, it is still very beautiful and is home to scattered rice fields which are deliberately cared for well. Many villas do use the surrounding rice fields as a view and offer an amazing atmosphere.

Some say that old is gold because there is something valuable about old things that become a memory. Like the best hotels to stay in Seminyak, where you will feel Balinese hospitality through staff or the atmosphere. Everything you need, whether private dining, private spa or 24-hour service, you will always find it when book the best hotels to stay in Seminyak.

There are many opportunities for travelers to enjoy the comfort and luxury of the best hotels to stay in Seminyak. Prices issued will certainly be more expensive but comparable to all that you will enjoy from the best hotels to stay in Seminyak. Seminyak is an extraordinary part of the trendy island. The best hotel to stay in Seminyak facilities and services are designed to make guests forget the pressure or stress. When vacationing in Bali is an agenda, planning to find the best hotels to stay in Seminyak will be a spectacular holiday.

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Things You Should Know About Millennial Traveler Myths

You are millennial if you were born between 1981 and 2001. This generation always have special attention in various sectors. The attention can either good or bad. Most importantly, millennial have power in our way of living now. For example, people like to analyze the behavior of millennial when travelling. They like to know what makes millennial interested in various aspect of life. Lots of people also misunderstood millennial for being irresponsible travelers, ruining vacation time, and many other things. Well, not all of them are true. In fact, most of them are just myths going on about millennial travel.

Myths of millennial travelers

Millennial do travelling quite a lot. However, it is not only about vacation or leisure trip. Millennial travels include studying abroad, volunteering program, and many more. Those who like traveling a lot are usually millennial who haven’t married yet. Here are myths about millennial travelers you are not supposed to believe blindly:

  • Millennial are cheap travelers that put their budget on top priority. Of course, millennial consider price as the main factor for their travelling agenda. They book flights or hotel based on the best price they could get. However, it doesn’t mean they only care for cheap. What they care more about is the value. They are willing to spend money for fun and worthy activities. However, they won’t refuse if there is chance to save money if it doesn’t compromise their core values. Millennial are smart travelers so they value experience over material things. Instead of being low-spending backpackers, they are more like savvy travelers.
  • Millennial always like travelling along instead of with random people. Well, that is not entirely true. It is true that there is significant amount of increasing numbers of solo travelers. Most of them are millennial generation. However, it just shows that they like to broaden their horizon. Instead of travelling with people in the same age, they choose to travel solo and meet other people within various age range. Besides, lots of group tours adapt to millennial travel habits now.
  • Another myth is that millennial are irresponsible travelers. Many people see millennial as person with big pride and ego. They may see it from millennial activities on social media. However, not all millennial generation are irresponsible or egocentric. There are also millennial travelers who value more cultural aspect from travelling. In fact, lots of millennial travelers are willing to travel for volunteering program so they get not only fun but also the ability to help others. They also like to find out about sustainable travel options. They look more into real stuff and quality. Instead of eating at five stars restaurant, they choose local diner with authentic dish that has history behind.

Judging people easily is never a good thing to do. Even though millennial are always blamed for ruining things, it is not entirely true. You also don’t need to avoid millennial travelers if you meet them on your trip. You can try to get to know them instead of believing some myths.

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Popular Outlets for Shopping when Travelling in Bali

Travelling in Bali is not complete without venturing to popular outlets offering special discounts and high-quality products. You see, Bali is a gifted island rich with cultural diversity. It just makes sense that the locals can produce high-quality goods.

popular and recommended best outlets in Bali for shopping souvenirs

Bali is where talented artisans make crafted items. Thus, you can bring high-quality crafted items in reasonable prices and bring them home as souvenirs for your loved ones.

When visiting exotic and distinctive island like Bali, buying hand-made products is more tempting than purchasing global brand ones. Besides, you also support the economics of the locals by doing so.

The best outlets in Bali for shopping

Every outlet in Bali offers various products started from organic body soap, natural scented-perfume, and particular merchandise. Some of them also offer international shopping if you need it. Thus, you don’t have to worry even if you buy many things from the stores.

Now, prepare your cash or credit card and explore these popular shopping outlets while you are in Bali:

  1. Jenggala Ceramics is for ceramic enthusiasts. Here you will find various ceramics in graceful designs and beautiful style. Their products have reached New York and Sydney. Many of their products decorating five stars hotel or restaurant in those countries. You can visit the showroom at Jimbaran to know the process of the making. You can see how the artisans perform their skills. There are also classes you or your kids can sign up to if you are interested in making ceramics yourself.
  2. Khrisna Oleh-Oleh Bali is where you can find clothing products. However, you will also find some souvenirs which are mostly hand-crafted. Not to mention the prices here are reasonable and relatively low. If you need to rest your feet from exploring so many outlets, you can visit the food court in this store.
  3. Geneva Handicraft Supermarket is an outlet where you can buy various handicrafts. This supermarket is a four-floor warehouse. There’s many things you can buy from one place so you don’t even need to go anywhere else. You can buy items for home uses such as toys, tablecloths, carvings, and many more. Since the prices are relatively low, it is easy to get drowned into shopping euphoria. So, prepare your credit card.
  4. Pabrik Kata-Kata Joger is a famous outlet situated in Kuta. This is interesting outlet where you can find clever or hilarious wordplay on the merchandise that you can buy such as T-shirts. You may not understand the wordplay if you don’t speak Indonesia. However, you can also find other fun items such as cups or clocks with unique shapes. You will also find some handicrafts here.
  5. Erlangga is a popular store and there are several chains located in different areas in Bali from Denpasar to Tuban. This outlets offers batik, sarongs, bags, artwork, bangles, wallets, and many more. You can buy the products at relatively low price so you don’t to worry for your wallet when shopping. This outlet also accept credit card for the payment.
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An Uber-Chic Of The Top Hotel Villas In Bali

The first question to start this travel related topic is that, how can’t be this an uber-chic accommodation when you have a chance to stay in a tropical villa while you can also experience the the beauty of the boutique hotel in Bali? And the next one coming with it is that, it that really the possible one?

Travelling is giving you many experiences that you are even have not been got before, and when its comes to talk about the fame of Bali, everything seems to be possible. So does when you want to experience the temporarily living in the top hotel villas in Bali.

Now, it has been cleared that top hotel villas in Bali is your accommodation option you can choose. The only thing you may have in mind is that, does the stay will be a hotel or a villa? Or what?

An uber-chic of the top hotel villas in Bali

The accommodations are actually vary. Top hotel villas is referring to the hotels as well as to the villas. But today, the only thing I need to inform you is that this uber-chic of the top hotel villas in Bali are the tropical villas that lie the oasis amidst in the hustle and bustle of Seminyak village.

Called as the hu’u Seminyak villas, it is one of the considered one of the top hotel villas in Bali for high-end and perfect getaway for personal, couples in honeymoon, group and even company that can be fit for dozens of people.

If you are thinking to makes Bali as your personal or group travelling, you can always choose your very best Seminyak villas type you can rent base on how many bedrooms you’d like to get.

As one of the top hotel villas in Bali, the accommodations are also situated at the best favourable place or location where the guests will take advantage of how close the living is to the beach. If you have been dreaming about getting a topical trip in Bali where staying around the beach surely the best one you will have in mind, then this top hotel villas can be your first stop for that.

An uber-chic of the top hotel villas in Bali

You will even get a chance to choose whether you want to swim around at the beach or as simple as experiencing the available private pool while having your own fresh drink. So do when you are requiring a private place for sunbathing, after a short swimming, you can enjoy the warm of the sun aside of the pool.

Now, those should be sound as an uber-chic travel story, right?

And that’s why you will not only need to find the hotel rooms or the villas as before since you are actually have been got a choice as the combination of both where it is possible for you to get in almost the same price as one of them. Is it possible to be more affordable? Yes, and you can even check the site right away for that since you have been welcomed with a 10% discount. A free airport’s pick up is also available for certain circumstances, honeymoon bedroom’s setup with romantic atmosphere, personalised services, and many other things.

So that, if you are planning to visit Bali for later or if you have not been reserved your accommodation now, what if you gives this one of the top hotel villas in Bali a shot? Who knows that can be the best thing you have ever did in your travelling. Hope to talk to you later about this.

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