Indonesia

10 True Hidden Gems in Bali

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Bali is easy to love and once you set foot on the Island of Gods you will understand why so many travelers flock here. Whether weekend visitors from Australia, digital nomads or honeymooners - Bali is one of Asia's number one tourist destinations. While the island needs tourism, the boom in recent years has had its side-effects and many mourn the loss of Ba[...]

What I wish I’d known before volunteering as a teacher in Bali

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Chaos. That’s the one word that instantly sprung to mind as I looked out over my 40 Balinese kindergarten students in horror. One little boy was dancing on the table, another throwing puzzle pieces on the floor, and several were brawling in the middle of the tiny overcrowded classroom. One thing was for certain: the angelic, perfectly behaved little children[...]

A Beginner's Guide to Ubud, Bali

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Ever since Eat Pray Love, Bali has been a firm favorite on the solo female traveler's radar. After all, it was here where Liz found enlightenment amongst the rice paddies, new friends, a new fortune and finally a new love. While the movie doesn't really tell us where Liz is finding this Balinese paradise, ever since single women have been flooding Ubud, yog[...]

Is this Indonesia's best kept secret?

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I don't have a travel bucket list. The reason for that is quite simple - I can never tick places off for good as I fall in love with countries and want to return over and over again. But if I had one, Raja Ampat would have been in the top ten ever since I started diving. Image by Jackson Groves from Journey Era The archipelago lies off the west coast of P[...]

Top 10 Things to do in Bali

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Welcome to Bali - island of Gods, mecca for surfers, yogis and lovers of Eat, Pray, Love! Despite a rapid tourism development which as everywhere is not always a good thing, it is hard not to be at least charmed by Bali. Green picturesque rice paddies meet some of the best waves around, friendly locals, the smell of incense and frangipani in the air, an[...]

5 Highlights of Komodo National Park

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When I was a child, I loved the movie "The Land Before Time" and later when I was a bit more grown up "Jurassic Park" and yes, I will admit "How to Train Your Dragon." While I know that a dragon is not the same as a dinosaur (thank you for the lesson, little nephew!) both have always had an undeniable appeal to me. Adventure, a time long lost, a secluded isl[...]

10 Perfect Places to Chill Out and Relax in Asia

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For those of us who have been backpacking in Asia, you'll know that eventually things can get a little exhausting, and so finding the perfect chill out zone is exactly what you need. I'm talking about a place where days get lost in each other, you forget what time it is, waking up with the sun and going to sleep on hammocks by the river every night. I'm talk[...]

When Voluntourism becomes Meaningful

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“Where are you from?” a keen teenager I bumped into during my walk in Melo, on the island of Flores (Indonesia), asked. “I am from Italy,” I said. Then quickly added: “You speak excellent English.” Because he really did. “I want to work in tourism,” he explained eagerly, as he pointed me towards his home, showing me the nuts drying in the sun, from whi[...]

Top 10 Places to Surf in Winter

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It’s time to trade in that heavy winter coat and those miserable days spent hibernating inside for a neoprene onesie and a trip to the beach. Who says surfing needs to be reserved exclusively for summer? Why not make the most of the ocean 365 days a year? Some of the best swells occur during the colder seasons, and these great conditions aren’t the only perk[...]

3 INCREDIBLE Places to Surf with Rapturecamps

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Dreaming of waking up every day to the sound of the ocean? Fantasizing about that feeling of the wind through your hair, salt on your lips and the sun kissing your skin? Longing to spend your days out on the water, carving up waves and becoming one with the ocean? First step: Watch this video- Second step: Stop dreaming and make this a reality! It doesn[...]

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