Budget 3 Bedroom Pool Villa at Central Seminyak

If you are on a budget vacation in Bali with family or friends but still need to stay in the 3 bedroom pool villa, then you can choose to be at Seminyak village where you are even possible to stay in its central area.

This is not a shame at all if you are traveling in a budget with your family. Even, that can be the smartest thing you have ever gave for those you love. The more affordable the vacation is, the better for many of us. And if you can get the quality and luxury accommodation with that, then why not? Why paying more for the traveling if you can get the same experience and all the same services and facilities in a cheaper way?

Budget 3 bedroom pool villa at Seminyak

If that sounds like an utopian dream for you, then you may have less knowledge about Bali and all the travel packages even though that will be understandable. But to ensure you that what you may have thought is not right, I will remind you that surely there is the more affordable 3 bedroom pool villa at Seminyak.

There’s no advantages for me to telling you the lie, so you may want to check it out if I will be wrong or not.

3 bedroom pool villa at the central of Seminyak for traveling in a budget

Let me ask you a question; how many 3 bedroom villa with its own pool at Seminyak that you have been heard before will giving you discount everyday? I can barely name 3 or 4 of the villas.

I don’t know why, but I think it is because of there are too many choices ever since Seminyak is seems to be the “capital” of villas in Bali. But to be honest, you can’t find many of affordable offers. Even if the villas are offering you the discount, the special one, that will only be valid for certain amount of time.

Thank’s God for having you here! There is actually one of my best recommended 3 bedroom villa Seminyak where you can stay in the center of the village or the other people are knowing it as Petitenget, facilitated with its own pool and you will be at the beach in short minutes walking. Maybe just takes 2 minutes.

To make you sure about that, feel free to search about the Hu’u Villas Bali. That will be the the villa management you have been looking for to get the affordable price for your luxury accommodation in Bali with your family.

And I will remind you again about the 3 bedroom pool villa that is gorgeous and really a perfect match for the tropical accommodation in Seminyak. A tasteful restaurant is even available in the area of your living and you can makes it as where to pamper yourself as well with a view.

The 3 bedroom pool villa itself is around US$500 per night/day and you can even bring around 5 people in. If you are traveling with friends, then each of you will just pay for US$100 per day. Be hurry so the villa won’t be taken by the others.

Learn More about Accessible Travel

You must have known that travelling is important. You need it once in a while. It is like taking a break from hectic life to get a breather. However, travelling can also cause some stress especially in the matter of preparation. Of course, you can also travel spontaneously. However, the risk of facing more problems is even more stressful to know. So, imagine how stressful can it be for those who have disability to prepare for travelling. Thus, there is accessible travel, a kind of travel by people with disability. This type of travel has appeared due to lack of inadequate facilities, causing people with disability unable to really enjoy the travel. Even if they can travel, other problems may occur such as higher prices or general troubles that other travelers don’t face.

Tips for accessible travel

Each traveler has different needs and preferences. This also happens to people with disability. You should know that people with disability don’t need charity or pity. What they need is the equal opportunity to be able to travel the world and experience many things they have dreamt of. So here are some tips for accessible travel:

  • The first thing when it comes to travelling is choosing destination. This is important for every traveler. As for people with disability, it is also important to choose destination that accommodate disabled citizen as well as travelers properly. It includes proper infrastructure to basic needs such as wheelchairs and scooter access, wide selection of accommodation, as well as restaurants. It is important because not all country support or provide those. One of the best solution aside from doing your own research is to find travel agent specializing in disabled travel.
  • Prepare, prepare, and prepare. It sounds like a mantra. However, preparation for travelling is not only important for disabled travelers but also other travelers. Your health should be on top of your priority. Before booking a trip, make sure to consult your physician to know if the trip you planned is safe for you. You may also need to get immunization. Your physician will provide you advice, tips, as well as medicines to survive the trip. Your physician will also give you prescription drugs for emergency.
  • Before departing to your destination, make sure to pack everything you need including medication, health letter describing your condition, and of course other necessities including clothes, wheelchairs or scooters. If you are planning to take your guide dog, make sure to confirm this to your travel agent. Thus, they can provide everything you and your dog need for safe travel.
  • It is recommended to travel with someone for disable travelers. However, you can also trust this assistant issue to your travel agent. There are some travel agents who specialize in accessible travel. They can provide everything you need for comfortable and safe travel started from accommodation, food, and transportation. Therefore, there is no reason for disable people to experience fun and memorable travel. With the right travel agent and preparation, yiur travel plan will go smoothly.

The Important of “Things to Do” in Your Traveling

For most of the travel operators, “things to do” is so much important to inform their customers about the services that are possible to be experienced. So do for the travelers themselves that will needs it to know whether they are interesting about the things they will do or not.

But as what I have thought, I am not actually interesting about what the “things to do” is that I have seen becoming services for most of the travel operators. For example, when the tour operators are offering to visit an island at Maldives, are you sure you will be enough seeing the island while taking some selfies? I mean, what actually the “things to do” over there. I know that seeing an island can be the attraction for some travelers, but I think that it should never included into “things to do” in the tour operator’s itinerary.

Different between the attraction and things to do when traveling

If you are making traveling as your business and offering services or packages, you’d better make it crystal clear about the things that your customers can do. Not just as simple as seeing the things.

Seriously, what is actually the things to do mean to you

Let me get this simple! For me, it is about being active at the destination. Siting while seeing the beautiful panorama is great, but it surely will not be experiencing at most of the destinations you have taken your customers. Bring them more than that! Tell them what they actually can do there.

Even if the things that are possible to do have to rent items or gears, tell them where they can get them all and try to also informing them about the estimate prices.

You have to realize and differentiate what the tourist attraction is and what the “things to do.” For that purpose, let me give you simple examples for the various cases below.

Tourism attractions:

  • Viewing the scenery
  • Watching the dolphin
  • New statue in town

Things to do based on above attractions:

  • Lunch at the restaurant on the hill
  • Swimming around with the dolphin or taking images
  • Learning about what and why there is a statue, what for, etc.

See? It is really different to know what the attraction your travel operator is offering and how you are telling your guests about what the things they can do over the destinations that will be visited.

I am telling you this ever since many of the destinations have becoming the selfie spots for many of us. There are not actually things we can do rather than photographing the objects or locations. We get less things to do than before since selfie is taking over your things.

Why don’t we just planting seed of tree when visiting the beautiful hill than just talking about many things with your guide? Or what if there will be volunteering thing when you are visiting a village in your trip? That’s what I mean about “things to do” that you have to actually do, literally. Am I telling you this the right way?

Good Reasons to Organize Group Travel in Bali

Organizing a travel is not something easy for many of us. Even, we need times for that that can take days or even weeks. Now, what if there will be a time you are thinking about visiting Bali in a group, don’t you think that organizing such thing can be more challenged than your solo trip?

How to organizing the group of travel business in Bali

I don’t even know how many troubles you’ll face by organizing it, how many times will it takes and others, but I do believe that the harder the thing we can get, the better result we can experience. That’s why you will never want to ask those people who are traveling in a group. Because they are safe, comfort, and enjoy all the togetherness all the time. Not to mention the other benefits it may has.

Knowing that many of people are also need to travel in a group, means that it can also be one of the market segments for the tour operators. How about creating the travel packages that will only can be experienced by those in a certain group for limited person as minimal? Ah, that will be a trip inspiration for a new business.

Opportunity for a new segmented group travelers in Bali still be a good reason for business

What I have been thought and observed before about the tourism in Bali is that, there is some important things you can do to make your travel business comes true. It is you need to make the itineraries especially for a group of travelers.

You need to make a plan about what they have to do in Bali that can be the unique and beautiful experiences as well as supporting the activities for the group members. It will be good if you know some things to do for the group traveler to enjoy things together, not personally.

Thinking about where they are going to sleep (accommodation) won’t also be a troublesome since the options will even getting smaller to choose. There are some seriously good and luxury accommodations in Bali that can be stayed by those who are traveling in a group. You won’t even thinking about reserving hotel room in this but the others such as villas and condos. For the best location and accommodation, I am suggesting you to find and collaborate with the villa’s managements that can even enough for those who are requiring to have the 8 bedroom villa Seminyak or even more bedrooms than that.

Let’s assume that the itineraries and accommodation have been prepared, the next thing you have to include for this new business model that is targeting a group of traveler is that to know which transportation to use.

Now, find yourself the transportation providers and managements that can help you with that and will like to collaborating with your business. For this, I am suggesting you to list the car rentals and buses since you may have to organizing more of the group travelers.

Other than those, knowing the route to the destinations should also never been forgot about places or restaurants to eat while on the road. It is important that you will have a distribution map about the restaurants that can be helpful to pampering your guests.

And more other things that you need to prepare, but not actually so many since this kind of business itself can actually be done by 2 or 3 person. You can try this to only targeting the group of travelers and offering the travel packages for only a group, not personal.

This can also be a good move for developing the business since the travel package for group traveler itself will mostly affordable than the others. So, have you been prepared yourself to make such business in Bali? Anyway, organizing group of traveler can be easier than being a guide for one person that sometimes thinking that he or she can ask you for anything.

Solar Eclipse Destinations to Visit This Year

Everyone must have known that solar eclipse is a rare event and that not all the time you can see it. You can’t just expect it to happen every year as well. It is truly rare event that if you can watch it even accidently, it will be such a wonderful experience you must find it hard to forget. In United States, it has been reported that there won’t be any solar eclipse until 2024. However, you don’t have to expect solar eclipse to happen in U.S. It is reported that on July 2nd, there will be total eclipse in the Pacific Ocean. It will make a landfall on the coast of Chile, and keep moving to Argentina then finish over the Atlantic Ocean. It is said to be started from 04:39 until 05:40 pm.

Solar Eclipse Destinations to Visit This Year

Places where you can witness solar eclipse this year

If you are interested into solar eclipse event, might as well going all out and visit places where you can witness it firsthand. If you are planning to have a solar eclipse hunting, here are destinations you can go to:

  • La Serena is located in Chile. It’s been reported that this place is one of the most popular spots for eclipse hunters. Aside from watching solar eclipse, there’s so many fun things to do while you are in Chile. You can bask in a beautiful beach while sipping your cocktail. Chile is a great place to experience party atmosphere at its finest. You can enjoy watching the eclipse at the beach in La Serena. Not to mention there is also Humboldt Penguin Reserve nearby you can visit as well. During your solar eclipse hunting, you can stay at one of the boutique villas to get comfortable accommodation.
  • San Jose De Jachal is located in Argentina, specifically situated just the north of the infamous Mendoza. You won’t get bored while waiting for the solar eclipse event. There are so many things you can do to have some fun. There are popular attractions which can you visit to fill in the time when you are waiting the solar eclipse.
  • Elqui Valley is located in Chile which also where you can watch solar eclipse event. You will see the total solar eclipse in this international dark. This place is preserved for mountaintop observatories as well as quaint villages. Thus, you don’t have to watch the event in the middle of the crowd at the beach. You can instead go to this place and choose one of the observatories to watch the eclipse closely and clearly. If you are visiting with group, you can build a camp or rent a lodge.
  • Buenos Aires in Argentina is also a place where you can hunt solar eclipse this year. Try going south to the Laguna de Monte Lake which only takes an hour and a half drive away from Buenos Aires. This is where you can watch the solar eclipse from the horizon. Make sure to find perfect spot so you can watch it at its finest.

Senior Travel Tips for Sailing with Liveaboard Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo’s breathtaking views on undulating lush hills and outlandish wildlife seems to have charmed everyone who’s keen to explore the world, and senior citizens are no exception. It’s been previously common to see the elders taking their leisure time on Labuan Bajo’s infamous sister , Bali. Now, Bali and Labuan Bajo is just one hour flight away, and we see many senior travelers begin to expand on their little tropical expedition. But here’s the thing; unlike Bali, Labuan Bajo and the Komodo National Park is naturally a rough adventure. It’s remote, it gets minimum (and legit limited, given their conservation status) infrastructure, and it’s only accessible with water transportation. Means that you will embark on a sailing trip with a Liveaboard Labuan Bajo. On the good side, sailing on Komodo is exciting and truly eye-opening! But everything has downside, and when you might have concerns on liveaboard choice, safety, trip schedules, and level of comfort that you are willing to compromise. Here are some special considerations to keep in mind if you have Labuan Bajo on your destination list. 

Senior Travel Tips for Sailing with Liveaboard Labuan Bajo

Choose Senior-Friendly Liveaboard Labuan Bajo

In ideal world, you would want to book a tour specialising on senior travel. But Labuan Bajo is young on tourism—it only got worldwide famous in less than a decade ago. Finding a senior exclusive tour is near impossible—unless you gather a group of other senior-travelers and charter a liveaboard Labuan Bajo. So while we can hope that they would open senior-special tour packages in Komodo in the near future, you can choose a senior-friendly boats that ticks this lists:

  • Equipped with cabins to sleep in. This means  you won’t sleep in deck’s floor) 
  • Non-bunkbed cabins. Always choose double/ single bed over bunkbed. 
  • Have slippery mat in decks and stairs. We’ve seen some good liveaboard Labuan Bajo that have slippery mats to prevent accidents, and they can safe many lives. 
  • Flexible on the menu. A lot of seniors develop food intolerance/ having dietary restriction as they got older. Since the liveaboard will provide all your meals during the sailing trip, you better choose the one that can accommodate your certain diet. 
  • Smaller group. Having smaller group tours help to cater your travel needs better. Also, the crews would be more attentive on small-sized groups than bigger ones. 

Go for All-Inclusive Tour

When you are 60 years or older, you have to plan your travel well. Having an all-inclusive tour in Komodo would eliminate travel complexities. Everything would get easier as the tour company would handle all the arrangements and take care the details. All you have to do is just enjoying the experience. 

Know Your Stamina

The trip in Komodo involves a lot of walking, hiking, trekking, and diving. You will walk all the way in Rinca and Komodo island for the search of the dragons. A hike in Padar island and Gili Lawa to see the the phenomenal viewpoint. In between the island excursion, the majority of Liveaboard Labuan Bajo trips also features a number of diving and snorkelling. Sometimes they also prepare kayaks and paddle board for additional water sports. While all of these can be fun, it can drain your stamina very quickly. Also, be realistic of what you can actually do. Don’t think that because you want to hike, you can hike. Let the tour guide and the group knows your limitation, so they won;t rush/ force you when you can’t.

Awareness of the Impact of Tourism and Your Role as a Traveler

Impacts of tourism are complex and overarching as they transcend multiple layers of issues with environment, socio-cultural, and socio-economic aspects. The act of traveling itself already brings about a major carbon footprint. The source is none other than your plane rides to and fro. Airplane travel is one of the biggest culprits that increases the level of carbon footprint in the air. With the rise of tourism as airplane prices got more affordable, so does the increase in the pollution levels. And that is merely one aspect of tourism in the environmental aspect. There are tinier, but cumulative impacts brought about by the rise of tourism. Especially unchecked tourism. The rise of plastic waste on the beaches and even in the oceans are horrific. And these are not industrial waste, but rather, individuals.

What can you do as an environmentally responsible traveler? Avoid places that are overly crowded already. You won’t be able to enjoy the best the destination has to offer anyway. Look for ways you can contribute to the preservation of nature and the general environment in your destination. It usually isn’t difficult to find organizations that dedicate themselves to preserving the environment in places where mass tourism has an impact. If you do business travel to the place regularly, consider donating on a long-term basis.

The socio-economic impact of mass tourism

A rather complex impact of mass tourism is one that affect both the social and economic impact of an area and even a country. While the environmental impact is something very tangible and measurable, the social impacts usually take more time to assess. There is something referred to as the commodification of culture. It means that the cultural traditions; ceremonies, dances, and such, as well as the cultural artifacts, are used or ‘sold’ to gain financial profit. While on one hand, this benefits the people “selling” the tradition or the culture, thus, creating jobs, on the other hand,  this may create a negative impact. A lot of these communities are, often times, relying solely on tourism. Tourism is the main, if not the only, source of reliable revenue. This is not a sustainable economy.

The imbalance between the local economy and living standards to that of the tourists

This creates numerous problems. Begging is merely one of them, although it is not specifically tied only to tourism. Do NOT give a beggar your money! No matter how pitiful they look to your eyes, just don’t. What you’re doing is merely perpetuating the cycle of begging. You may argue that “they are just children, they’re not supposed to be working yet, they had no choice.”

Exactly because they are children. That means you’re telling them that begging is a valid way to` make money. And that’s really the last thing you’d want to imprint on these children.

There’s also a huge potential of perpetuating the notion that white people are all rich. While that is certainly the furthest thing from the truth, the fact that you can travel to their destination itself already spoke volume. Even if they work for 10 years they may not be able to afford a single trip to your country. Some privileged westerners seemed to have never noticed this.

A Ghost Town in Bali: An Abandoned Amusement Park

If you’re a ghost or mystery junkie type of traveler, abandoned places would be among your top must-go places. In the tropical island often dubbed as paradise, apparently, Bali is not short on places that fit this particular niche. If you search abandoned places in Bali, there’s always one place that turns up; Taman Festival Bali. Located in Padang Galak Denpasar, this place is one of the largest abandoned places in Bali. It is a place that would feed your inner paranormal junkie for a taste of adventure.

A perfect venue straight out of a horror movie

The Taman Festival is a place that was planned to be an amusement park. Except it never got a chance to see the light of the day. The whole operation was canceled even before it started. The amusement park boasts a whopping of eight-hectare land. It is located just next to the beach. But with the thick greens and

The crocodile legend

The victim of the shutting down of Taman Festival isn’t just the humans who lost their investment. Animals too. There was a crocodile pond that was planned to be one of the attractions. And when the amusement park shut down, these crocs got neglected as well. Legend says that they resorted to cannibalism. Until now, a lot of locals around are still thinking that the crocodiles may have still been around. The areas of the crocodile pond until now was some sort of a forbidden area to roam around in, thanks to the urban legend.

Bring your camera with you

Taman Festival Bali is simply brimming with amazing photo spots. Every corner you turn, there’s that instagrammable scene waiting for you to snap them. The Travelfish website described this place as “photographers’ dreams”. And they were more than correct. Spot crews filming or photo-shooting every now and then if you get lucky.

Don’t go all by yourself

And we don’t just mean because it’s creepy out there. There are people, which we will address later in the next point, who would probably make you very uncomfortable. This area is also largely uninhibited and virtually anyone could enter from all sides. Going alone is probably going to be okay, but you may not be able to enjoy it safely.

Lookout for unauthorized payment collection

You will be asked for payment to go inside by a group of locals who seemed to do nothing but play cards as they lounge in a gazebo. Just pay them what they asked. The amount of the payment was according to their heart’s content. For locals, it’s 5,000 or 10,000 each person. Foreign-looking people are most likely to get charged more. Paying would get them off your back, but do know that it was merely a “pungutan liar” (unauthorized payment, obviously) by the local bandits.

Bring mosquito repellent and wear protective clothes

This is a must! Everywhere in Taman Festival Bali you’re going to encounter the one creature that populates the place: mosquitos. Don’t ever forget your repellent! And by wearing protective clothing, we actually just meant the usual jackets or sweats that covers the entire arms and legs. And nothing tight either. You won’t want to end up like me. I used pretty thick tights during my visit there and the mosquitos still got through. Although materials like denim should be fine. Once you’re all geared up, you should be fine adventuring.

How Possible Is That To Be The Travel Guide?

Everyone is actually possible to be the travel guide as long as we know how to describe the destinations, attractions, and the most important is that we should actually know how to serve the visitors.

But we aren’t going to talk about the possibility for everyone to become the travel guide. I think, we should talk more further than that where becoming the guide can also supporting your financial and later on can support your life as well.

Yes, there should be at least a way for that since there may people who have such a dream. Moreover, what if you can be the travel guide at your own hometown or city you were born? Then it won’t lead you to start learning more since you are actually have been knowing much things around.

How you can be a successful travel guide

Do you know how you can earn money while becoming the travel guide at your own city?

Ways to be a travel guide

One of the best thing you can get when you are being the travel guide is that you are traveling around while getting paid. Surely you will have to responsible directly to your own guests but no matter what the risks are, become the guide somehow is the job with minimal risks.

You will only prepare the stories to tell, your energy and all the related things that may required by the guests who are hiring you to accompany them while exploring the surround environment.

But, as it can be a good business as it sounds, you will still need the preparations so you can really make yourself ready while finding the ways to marketing your services. That’s why I am presenting this for you.

1. Offer the hidden gem spots along with the popular destinations

One obvious thing we keep on getting from the travel managements or operators is we are recommended to visit the popular destinations all the time. It is not a fault at all if you are interesting about them, too. But, think differently when you are the businessman.

When you have something that the other travel operators didn’t do, you can really then make a differentiation about your services. And you can always starting it by offering something unique or never been offered before just like the special of virgin spot to be visited by your customers.

By doing this, customers may are thinking that you are really knowing more about the area than the others and that may the cause why your services as the travel guide will be hired.

2. Build a website to market your travel services as the guide

No matter how best your services are, most of the businessmen in the world are keep on trying to find the best formula that works to market their businesses. So do you with your travel services as the guide.

The main question is that, how you can reach the potential travellers as your customers?

Today, it is almost impossible for running businesses without making use of the website since it can be really effective in reaching more customers on internet.

You can also do the same thing even if you are only the local guide.

By building a site for those who need the travel guide services, you can also build your own brand (business and personal brand) through website that can help you reaching more travellers and surely the brands are possible to increase your travel guide fee.

3. Collaborate with the other related businesses

Can you really get customers anytime through a website? Yes, you can. But the thing is that, it is also takes time so you need more strategies so there will be more people are knowing that you are offering the travel guide services.

One of strategy you can use is that to collaborate with the other related businesses such as hotels and the other accommodations, travel managements, ticketing operators, rented transportation business and many more.

For example, let say that there will be an old lady in a hotel that will need a travel guide in a sudden for some reasons but surely that the hotel employee won’t do much things about her. Then, the manager may are thinking about you since you have been propose your services before and he was agreed to collaborate with you. Don’t you think this can be good for your business as well?

Or what if the travellers are asking you to providing them a car that can be rented, you can get an extra earning from the rented transportation services, can’t you?

That’s what the collaboration I am talking about. You will only need to think about how your proposal as the travel guide will also add the advantages for the other related businesses.

Keep on trying to find the other ways how you can be a travel guide at where you are living, while earning money where I think it will be the great inspirations for the others that also want to be the travel guide.

Hammock Camping VS Tent: the Never-ending Debate

Hammock camping compared to the more conventional tent camping has been gaining popularity—and even a fanatic cult following—among outdoors enthusiasts.

And with good reasons.

Never ending debate between hammock and tent camping

Whether you’re a hardcore hammock camper or an occasional hammock user, these are some of the points that often resonate with people in the hammock community when it comes to the hammock vs tent comparison. 

The comfort of a hammock is nothing short of life-changing 

Hammock camping has long been referred to as the revolutionary means of camping.

In the recent decade, it has gained massive popularity and even gained its very own fanbase. For those who had committed themselves to hammocks, they would tell you that hammocks have changed their lives.

And it was through a myriad of ways.

Thanks to the avid community, hammock camping has also allowed people who share the same interests to meet each other and share their passion for nature and outdoor.

This sense of belonging is what made hammocking special for those who are members of the community, that is, aside from a number of technical advantages hammocks have over tents, such as:

You will be able to set up your hammock regardless of ground surface 

Whether it’s rocky hills or wet terrains, as long as there are trees that are decently spaced you will be able to setup your hammock everywhere.

Ground surfaces with a lot of sharp rocks is one of those places that make tent camping next to impossible. However, hammocks made all of this irrelevant. 

Extremely lightweight compared to tents 

Hammocks even with all of the accessories you can possibly imagine with a full-coverage, 4-season tarps, are likely to be so much lighter compared to a full setup tent.

Even the lightest setup tent is going to set you back quite a lot on weight compared to a fully equipped hammock setup.

This is also very beneficial for saving money on luggage when you’re backpacking and camping to other countries. In the long run, having the super lightweight setup is going to save you a lot of money. 

Changing to hammocks from tent is a learning experience 

The change to hammock from the conventional tent is always menacing.

It’s exciting to many, but there’s always that trickle of uncertainty; am I going to fail my hammock camping? Will I survive it? To succeed in hammocking, you need to be willing to go through trial and error 

Just like any other learning experience, including the experience of camping itself! Camping in a hammock is giving up the familiarity of a tent-camping.

And more often than not, giving up that familiarity is the issue to so many people.

And that’s okay. If you’re willing to give hammock camping a go, then be sure to.

If you’re thinking that everyone says hammock camping is so comfortable and therefore your first time hammocking is going to be stellar, then you’re gravely mistaken.

You need to take the time to get along with your hammock. Your first night sleeping in a hammock is probably going to suck.