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Best of Indonesian Travel, 2017

If you’re looking for one last travelling experience to indulge upon in the year 2017, then let that be a travelling experience that takes you through Indonesia. You should do so because, whether it’s bustling cities or serene nature that you prefer to see when you travel, Indonesia has it all to offer. For advice on exactly where you should head to whilst travelling Indonesia, and what to do whilst you’re there, make sure to read.

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The Province of Bali

There are a host of beautiful islands to head to on our planet, but none are more beautiful than the Indonesian islands. And, none of these 17,508 Indonesian islands are better than Bali.

Bali is the most recognised Indonesian island and is probably one of the most recognised places in Indonesia in general, and it is so for good reason. It is so because it offers fun for the whole family, no matter how old they are. For children, for instance, there are a host of different activity parks that will keep them entertained for hours on end. There is the Waterbom Park, located on the world famous Kuta street, that is home to a plethora of water rides that allow children to have wild and wet fun like no other place in the world. And, there is the Treetop Adventure Park, a park that is dedicated to getting children (and adults) as close to nature as possible in as fun a way as possible. This park is home to a number of different courses and circuits that allow those that follow them the chance to move from tree to tree in as a safe a way as can be.

But, Bali isn’t just about waterparks and treetop assault courses that will keep the children entertained for days and day, it’s about things that provide fun for adults, too. Specifically, it can provide all you inquisitive adults out there who love finding out about different cultures a chance to, well, find out about Bali culture and Indonesian culture in general. For instance, there is the town of Udud that plays hosts to forests filled to the brim with many different monkey species that call this corner of the world their home; there are many Hindu temples to explore around and learn about (would you expect anything less from a place that is known as the Island of the Gods?); there are the foothills of Mount Batur, an active volcano, to explore; and there are locally farmed rice terraces to take a look at. Basically, there are a host of things to look at that, when looked at, will provide you with an insight as good as any into Indonesian culture.

Bandung, Bali

Bandung is a regency found in the wider reaching province of Bali, but deserves its own credit simply because of how much it has to offer for nomads of all travelling dispositions.

For instance, some of the most interesting Dutch Colonial architecture to be found in all of Indonesia is plotted in Badung, which means this is a great place for historians, especially those concerned with the history of European Colonialism in Southeast Asia, to visit. And, there are just as many cultural attractions to be found here, too, so that those who aren’t as keen on history can enjoy themselves just as much. There is, for example Jalan Legian which offers much in the way of shopping and nightlife, and Pandawa Beach that offers even more in the way of tranquility and relaxation. It is for these reasons, and the fact that it is much cooler in relation to other parts of Indonesia, that makes Badung a hotspot for travellers. In fact, these reasons make Badung not just an ideal place to travel to but they make it an ideal place to move to for those who truly wish to relocate to Southeast Asia, too. If anybody wished to do just, then they would have to access a trustworthy site such as in order to find themselves the perfect Badung residence. And, once they’d found this perfect residence, they’d have to book themselves a one way flight to Ngurah Rai International Airport!

Sumatra, Sunda Islands

Indonesia is known as The Emerald of the Equator, a name given to it by Dutch writer Eduard Douwes Dekker, because of its abundance of beautifully natural and lush rainforests. And, there is no place in Indonesia that is famed more for its rainforests than Sumatra.

The rainforests In Sumatra, that have been given UNESCO World Heritage credibility and now come under the prestige title of being national parks, really are a sight to behold. There is the forest known as Gunung Leuser, the forest known as Bukit Barisan Selatan and the forest known as Kerinci Seblat, and upon a visit to any of these forests you’ll be able to see a host of native things. You’ll be able to see flora and fauna that is only found in this specific part of the world and nowhere else in Southeast Asia, let alone in the world. And, you’ll be able to see specific types of animals that also cannot be found anywhere else in the world either. Yes, you’ll see tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, cuckoos and orangutans, but you’ll types of these animals that are native to this part of the world, and hence have the term Sumatran prefixing their name. So, you won’t just see a tiger (at a safe and controlled distance, by the way), you’ll see a very specific type of tiger called the Sumatran tiger!

Sumatra isn’t just a place to visit for those of you out there who have horticultural tendencies or just love seeing types of animals that you’ve never seen before. No, there are many other things to do in Sumatra that don’t include trekking through a rainforest. You could, for instance, visit the infamous Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman mosque and take in the sight of its minaret, white walls and black dome for yourself rather than just looking at pictures of it on postcards. Or, you could pay a visits to the extremely sad but extremely poignant Tsunami Museum. Here, you would be able to see just what devastation the not-so-long-ago Tsunami caused on this part of the world; the walk down the tunnel that mimics Tsunami waves is something that can’t be missed upon a journey here. Or, those of you who like to live on the wild side could not only journey up the volcano known as Gunung Sibayak, but could take the forest path that leads to it; this is a path that is deemed to be that dangerous that a professional guide will have to go with you if you do decide to take it!

Indonesia is a great place to travel to now and will undoubtedly continue to be a great place to travel to for years to come. It is a place where culture can be felt immeasurably. It is a place where history and the modern day is celebrated fervently and in equal measures. It is a place when young and old can have the experience of a lifetime. It is the only place where specific types of wildlife can be found. It is one of the only places where a true Southeast Asian travelling experience can be experienced safely and without much restriction. Truly, it is just a place that must be visited in your lifetime!

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Travel To See These Unmissable Waterfalls That Will Leave You Breathless

Posted in destinations, places of interest, travel tips, waterfalls
on October 12, 2016
There’s nothing better than discovering a beautiful waterfall while on your travels. After all, it’s picturesque and something you and your family will remember forever. In fact, some people book a holiday just so that they can specifically see a waterfall. After all, they are some of the most spectacular sights on earth. Therefore, here are some unmissable waterfalls around the world that you need to travel to see that will leave you breathless.

Gullfoss in Iceland

Iceland is known for its stunning beauty. In fact, millions visit the country every year to see unforgettable sights such as the Northern Lights! And there is also another reason why you will want to head to Iceland this year. The stunning Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland is simply magnificent. It draws so many tourists every year, and it’s often named one of the popular tourist attractions in the country. It is situated on the Hvítá river in the southwest Iceland. The iconic waterfall sees water plummeting down 32 meters into a rugged canyon. And don’t worry about not visiting in the summer; a lot of people say it’s even more beautiful in the winter season.

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Niagara Falls in Canada

The most iconic on our list, Niagara Falls in Canada is a top spot to visit. In fact, it draws millions every year who go to see the amazing sight. It’s located on the US and Canada border and falls into two separate sections. You can visit the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side which is the famous as it drops an incredible 173 ft.  And if you don’t want to cross the border, you can see the American Falls which is spectacular! Canada has so many other things to offer including a wide array of outdoor sports. Just make sure you check if you need an eTa on

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Angel Falls in Venezuela

Another beautiful waterfall which is not on people’s radar is the Angel Falls in Venezuela. The waterfall is not that well-known, despite being one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. It’s situated in the rugged jungle and drops an incredible 3,212 feet. You can see a picture of this beautiful waterfall on Venezuela has a lot of other things to offer including several beautiful national parks such as Mochima National Park.

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Havasu Falls at the Grand Canyon

Closer to home, you need to consider visiting the Grand Canyon. The famous landmark sees millions flock there every year to witness the visual beauty. And as we discussed before, you can even camp there to ensure you get amazing views of the sunsets. But there’s another reason why you should visit the landmark, and that is because of the amazing Havasu Falls. The beautiful waterfall which is situated at the Grand Canyon is beautiful as it plunges over the bright red rocks. In fact, it’s a sight that you will always remember in your lifetime.

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Hopefully, you will have fantastic pictures you can display in your home if you do venture to one of these waterfalls soon!

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The Best Places To Visit In The UK (which aren’t London!)

Think of England, and you’re most likely to think of London. As one of the most famous cities in the world, it’s only natural that it’s on so many people’s travel bucket lists. But even though the UK is fairly small, there’s still loads of other amazing places you can visit on the British Isles. Ditch the big city for a more rural escape and see what beautiful places you can find…

Devon, Cornwall and the South coast

If you’re hoping for decent weather during your trip, it doesn’t get much safer in England than the South coast. Devon and Cornwall are two counties right at the bottom of the country, bordered by the English channel and stone’s throw away from France. They offer some spectacular sandy beaches and Newquay is a popular place for surf fanatics. There’s also plenty of National Parks and Unesco World Heritage Sites too. Many UK natives also holiday on the South coast, so snap up a cottage or B&B before they all go!

The Peak District and Lake District

As their names suggest the Peaks and Lakes (as they’re known by locals) are both rural areas. Both giant National Parks, The Peak District is a hilly region in South Yorkshire whilst the Lake District is slightly further North. If you’re looking for an outdoorsy, adventure holiday, these stunning areas of natural beauty could be right up your street. Small villages and towns are nestled in the Peaks, along with the nearby city of Sheffield – famous for it’s steel industry. With so many places to see, you could even rent a motorhome and consider visiting various towns during your stay. Just make sure you’ve got a good playlist on the stereo! There’s still plenty to do even if rambling isn’t your thing. Take a trip to a local brewery in the Lakes or visit the famous Kendal Calling music festival.

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Northern Powerhouses

Of course, rural retreats aren’t for everyone. If all that country air sounds like a bit too much, take the motorway and head up to some of the North of England’s biggest cities. Leeds and Manchester host that ‘London vibe’ without the rushed atmosphere or the price tag. Leeds in particular has a great culinary scene and Manchester plays host to lots of exciting events, such as Manchester Pride and Parklife Festival. Or alternatively, head west to the fashionable city of Liverpool, the place that spawned the Beatles! There are plenty of stylish hotels to choose from in these cities so you’ll be able to relax after a busy day seeing the sights.

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Of course, part of the beauty of the United Kingdom is that you can simply drive across the border into another country – Scotland! If you want plenty of tourist culture, head to Edinburgh (especially worth a visit around the time of the annual Fringe Festival). Glasgow is a good bet if you’d rather go ‘slightly off the beaten track’. Check out some of the stunning nearby scenery – Loch Lomond is less than an hour’s drive away from Glasgow, perfect for a daytrip. Plus, no visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to a traditional Scotch whiskey distillery.


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Planning the Ultimate Laid-back Vacation in the Dominican Republic

Sometimes when you travel, you want to be on the move all the time. But other times, you just want to sit back and relax. You don’t want to have to worry about anything, set any deadlines or be pressured to do anything. Maybe you want to spend your time on the beach, do yoga in the forest or check into a spa. If you want to have a laid-back vacation, you need to plan it carefully. Getting everything organized before you go will allow you to relax once you arrive. The Dominican Republic is one of the best places for a relaxed vacation. If you want to create the ultimate escape, you can even set up a permanent base you can keep returning to.

Pick the Right Destination

There’s no shortage of places you can go to relax in the Dominican Republic. The important thing to do is consider what sort of location you would prefer. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet, you don’t want to be somewhere too touristy. So consider the kind of landscape and environment you want to enjoy. Beach resorts are obviously popular on the island, but they’re not the only option. You can move away from the beaches and even try out a tree house eco-lodge.

Consider How Quiet You Need It to Be

Once you’ve decided where you want to go, you should think about how much peace and quiet you want. For some people, relaxing on the beach is possible when they’re surrounded by others. But for other people, more space is necessary, and a private beach might be best. You should think about whether you can share your space with other people and still relax. If you can’t, resorts and hotels are likely to be off the table. There are plenty of private residences in the Dominican Republic instead.

Organize Everything in Advance

If you want your trip to be laid-back, you don’t want to be rushing around once you arrive. You don’t need the pressure of booking activities, and you certainly don’t want to spend time looking for accommodation or hiring a car. Getting everything done in advance is the best thing to do. In fact, if it’s a place you’ve fallen in love with, you might consider setting up a permanent base. You might like the look of luxury villas in the Dominican Republic, for example, which you can often find for sale. You could keep returning to your property whenever you want to get away.

Leave Home Behind

The Dominican Republic can be a wonderful place to relax, but only if you allow yourself to. When you arrive, don’t bring the stresses of home with you. Roaming charges on your phone could be expensive, so turn it off and pay attention to your surroundings. There are some beautiful places to visit, or you could stay put and enjoy the view from your accommodation.

Try the Dominican Republic for your laid-back vacation. You can find peace and quiet, but there’s a lively atmosphere to discover if you get bored.

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Must-See Stops For Your Oklahoma Road Trip

Posted in destinations, Oklahoma, places of interest, road trip, travel tip, USA
on August 11, 2016
Seen as you’re on this blog, you probably have a keen understanding of the magic of the American road trip. There’s something uniquely wonderful about having no schedule to stick to, and miles of open road stretched out in front of you. No matter where you are in the states, there’s always incredible things to see and do, but one particularly “road-trippy” state is Oklahoma. Here are a few great attractions you should try to hit on your Oklahoma road trip.

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You can’t have a road trip across Oklahoma without seeing the iconic Route 66. The entire stretch of road can take you from Chicago all the way to LA, passing through all kinds of beautiful rural areas. However, the longest stretch of miles goes right through Oklahoma. Starting at the north east corner, you can see the whole of Tulsa and Oklahoma City before hitting the border into Texas. There are several roadside attractions and camping spots where you can park up your travel trailer along the way. See the route 66 museum in Clinton, the Elk City transportation museum, and get a priceless selfie in front of the Catoosa Blue Whale.

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While you’re in Oklahoma City, the one stop you simply have to make is the Oklahoma City Zoo. We’ve all been to a zoo before, but this one is something very special. Furthermore, it will give your kids something to look forward to past another long stretch of highway! Here, long, sweeping pathways take you through several different biomes, ranging from the plains of Africa to the rainforests of South America. This fascinating place was first opened over 100 years ago, and have cared for over 500 species. While the zoo gets pretty packed on the weekends, this is when you’ll get the best displays, demonstrations and educational exhibits. Some of the highlights include a stingray touch tank, a train ride around the whole zoo, and taking a boat out on the zoo’s lake.

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Finally, be sure to stop at the Cherokee heritage centre in Tahlequah. This settlement has been the capital of the Cherokee nation since the 1800s, but this incredible heritage centre takes you back to far earlier history. Head down to Diligwa, and you’ll find a brilliant recreation of a 1710 Cherokee village. Here you’ll be able to learn all about the period when the country had just started to be settled, and the various challenges that were part of everyday life in the early 18th century. Then, head over to the Adams Corner Rural Village, which shows the ins and outs of Cherokee life over a hundred years later. Everywhere you look you’ll be able to find fascinating exhibits and beautiful craftwork to enjoy. Both of these attractions are well off the beaten track, so once you’ve had your fill you can wind down by having a nice, relaxed walk around some rural beauty spots.
While planning your road trip across Oklahoma, be sure to include these three attractions in your stops. Remember though; they’re only the tip of an incredible iceberg!  

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Not Your Usual Australian Vacation

Posted in Australia, destinations, places of interest, travel tips
on July 19, 2016
If you have wunderlust like me, you probably like to see the more unusual side of the places you visit. If you are thinking of going to Australia anytime soon, make sure you get to see the many weird and wonderful things that this amazing country has to offer with my guide below.

Don’t forget Tasmania

Poor old Tasmania, it often gets left off of tourist merchandise because it’s not part of the Australian mainland! But is is an Island state of Australia and just a short trip from the southern coast. Tasmania’s is worth visiting for a number of reasons. Firstly you should check out Sheffield. It’s used to be a town on the verge of extinction, but the locals got creative by creating their own tourist attraction to reinvigorate the place. What they did was to paint lots of murals on the size of the houses, making the town a living artwork.  Then there is Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city. It is the oldest city in Australia apart from Sydney itself, and its a great mix of history and beach. Check out Battery Point, where you can get a ‘back in time’ experience surrounded by all the Victorian architecture.

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Another unusual thing to do while you are in Australia is to visit the cattle stations on the Kimberley, in the North Western Territories. Some of them are so large that they use helicopters to drive the cattle! You can stay on a ranch and get an authentic taste of what life is like out there, as well as explore the amazing scenery and wilderness. Whether you fancy camping out under the stars or a luxury lodge is more your style, you can find some more information about station stays Australia on the internet.



Another place to check out while you are in North Western Australia is Broome. A town with a fascinating history of pearl farming, there are a few thing that you don’t want to miss here. Visit the traditional Japanese Cemetery, a leftover of the early pearl trade. Or check out the Staircase to the Moon, an interesting natural phenomenon. It’s where the tide goes out under a full moon, and there seem to be steps in the sea leading up to it. The residents of Broome have realized that this is a pull for tourists and now run and craft and food market on staircase nights.

Pink Stuff

If you want to see some unusual, crazy stuff, then you just can’t miss the Pink Lake.  Located in the South West, Lake Hillier is a pink lake. No one knows why the lake is pink for certain, but seen from the air, it’s a crazy bold pink color. When you get up to the lake, of course, the water is transparent, but it’s still pink! Not to be missed!

Then pop along to New South Wales to see the pink slugs! That right they have bright pink invertebrate there. Mount Kaputar is a 10×10 km square section of rainforest that is home to species found nowhere else in the world.
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