Keeping Tourism Alive By Travelling More Responsibly

It is already known by general public that 2020 is the year where people around the world travel the least due to the global pandemic that hot almost every place all around the world. It is like a sudden break for everyone because it feels like the world stops. There have been many issues caused by the pandemic and travel industry is also affected by them. Lots of people are getting worried about tourism that wouldn’t be able to bounce back. However, it is believed that tourism will be able to bounce back but there’s a need for positive changes to support more sustainable future for all of us. 

How to travel more responsibly for more sustainable future

It is not a secret that even though tourism contribute a lot in the growth of economy, it is also one of the major causes of damaged sites especially the places that have cultural or religious values. Overtourism has been an issue because how damage it has caused to our planet. 

There have been positive outcomes from the pandemic such as lower air pollution, cleaner water, etc. It shows that we can actually do so much better with out travel habits. A year where people travel less has made our planet so much better.it doesn’t mean we should stop travelling for good because it has been part of our lives. What we all can do is to travel more responsibly, making sure to support more sustainable future. And here are some of the approaches you can do as travelers:

Consider more local trips in your travel plan

It is such a great idea to travel locally so you can support locally owned-businesses such as restaurants, tour guides, hotels, guesthouses, etc. Find out more information about the attractions or interesting places you’d like to visit around your neighborhood and region. Then see what kind of plan you can pull off to support local tourism. 

Go where you are needed

This is probably not something many travelers think about when it comes to travelling. Many travelers might think about what places they want to visit, what kind of joy they want to look for, what culture they want to learn more. However, it can be a great idea to start travelling to places that need a visit. Some destinations really rely on tourism to survive and you may consider this to be in your bucket list. It will make such a huge difference in the people’s lives. 

Embrace slow travel

Slow travel allows you to fully enjoy the adventure you are taking. It encourages you to take slower pace with your trip so you can fully appreciate the places you visit closely. It enables you to find values from the things you see. It also makes your trip more meaningful because instead of rushing from one place to another, you go slow and learn something new. Slow travel is also one of the best ways for you to support sustainable tourism and future.

Triton Bay: A Hidden Treasure in the Far Eastern of Indonesia

Located in the Kaimana Regency, West Papua New Guinea, Triton Bay is a secluded area that presents a diving experience with exquisite underwater scenery and multi-colored marine biodiversity. Approximately a two-hour boat trip from Kaimana is what it takes to witness the white sand beach and shady coconut palm trees of this bay. Though its remote position makes it somewhat underrated by the wider public, Triton Bay is well-liked by the adventurous intermediate divers and famous among marine biologists. Few worthwhile things that can be found here are as follow:

Gigantic whale sharks

The legendary inhabitants of Triton bay that only gorge themselves on anchovies and krill or plankton are some of the largest fish in the world. This is specifically peculiar to whale sharks that have a physical length of more than six to 18 meters. Despite their gigantic physique, whale sharks are very docile and demonstrating no aggressiveness to humans. This is also regarded as a type of fish that is vulnerable to extinction. Therefore, it is advised for divers to maintain a safe distance (roughly 2 to 3 meters), do not take pictures with flash, and do not make any loud noises that can irritate them. Whale sharks can be seen from November onwards to late March or early April and the best time to spot them is during the monsoon. For beginner divers or non-divers, whale sharks sightseeing can be done from the boat.   

Vivid coral reefs

Triton bay lies in the center of the Coral Triangle, the most diverse marine on earth. More than half a thousand species of coral reefs can be found here, and some of them are uniquely colored soft corals that glow at night. Gardens of untouched coral reefs with eye-catching colors are heaven for picture taking. This underwater breath-taking scenery will be a remarkable and authentic experience for divers that can only be found elsewhere but here.

Important things to remember

There are several things that need to be remembered upon to be the Triton Bay divers. The best time to visit is between September to June or October to July when the visibility is around 10-30 meters and 27-30  of water temperatures. There are some medium and strong currents, so be °C mindful at all times. But do not worry too much, because there are experts who will guide and assist the divers throughout the diving or snorkeling time. And most importantly, the diving or snorkeling spots are meticulously chosen so that they will be comfortable and beneficial for all divers and guides involved. Lastly, complying with the safety guidelines and health protocols is important at times of COVID-19. The journey to and in Triton Bay only will be enjoyable and meaningful if all individuals are safe and healthy.

Planning A Safe Road Trip With Seniors

Senior tourist couple looking at the map in the car

Having senior family members should not stopping you from taking them to a fun road trip. As long as you plan it well, you can have a seamless, safe road trip together. It is true that having seniors as your company for a road trip can be a bit more complicated especially if they have certain condition. Their safety and comfort should be your priorities. A road trip can be exhausting for them too so you need to know what plan to make to keep them comfortable throughout the journey. And here are tips for a seamless, safe road trip when you have seniors as your company:

Be realistic when creating your itinerary

It is essential to make itinerary because it can be your guide to have everything smoothly done. However, make sure to make it as realistic as possible considering you have senior company. You need to create time management based on particular condition related to your senior companion. Check everything such as the weather, traffic, etc. You also need to consider their condition such as how long does it take for them to get ready. Make thorough evaluation in advance to make sure everything is in control. 

Plan for rest breaks

It is a must to have breaks even if you yourself is in no need to rest because your senior companion might need it. Give them time to sit down, get their bearings, or simply stretch their limbs comfortably. Allow them to drink from time to time so they stay hydrated. Bathroom breaks are also important not only for senior travelers but also for you. You may also need to stop for food or simply appreciate the view. Do not be too tight with your schedule and always allow rooms for breaks. 

Keep a safety route in mind

Having a road trip with seniors should consider their comfort and safety. Hence, you always have to keep safety route in mind just in case there is emergency happening. It may need additional time and consideration to plan but it will be such a life saver during a road trip. 

Have everything your need on hand

It is better to be over-prepared because then you have everything you need especially when you travel with senior companions. Bring necessary clothes, medication, and toiletries. You can also plan activities between the trip to keep your companions happy and comfortable. It is also recommended to bring extra medication just in case you cannot find it in your destination or you get delayed, extending the length of your trip with your senior companions. 

Make the journey as comfortable as possible

You need to plan the trip according to your senior companion’s tendencies. For example, do not force conversation if they don’t like it. Just let them be if they feel content just by watching the scenery and sit quietly. Take extra precautions just in case your senior parents wandering around by getting them ID bracelets. It can be fatal especially if they have dementia. So always be alert and be prepared.

Benefits Of Family Travel You May Not Know

Many people see family trip as daunting experience. However, it is not bad as it sounds if you know how to enjoy it. Family travel needs a little more preparation especially if your family is a big one. Family travel is not always messy if you know hot to plan it well. You also may have heard about how kids who travel do better at school, socializing with friends, and overall grow up to be more open-minded and compassionate. But there are also other benefits from family travel you may not know of. 

Benefits Of Family Travel You May Not Know

Positive sides of family travel

Many travelers are hesitant to bring their whole family on the trip due to many reasons such as the cost is expensive, too many things to handles especially when babies and toddles are included, embarrassment because of the noise your families make in public, etc. But if you look closely to the positive sides, there are many benefits to gain, such as:

More time to enjoy the surrounding

When you travel with family with all the hectic and messy situation, you are forced to travel slower. Hence, it allows you a chance to fully enjoy your surroundings. You see the beautiful scenery and more little things there to see. Also, your kids often innocently find more interesting things so it’s a guarantee there will be more moments created.

Meet more new people because of your kids

Your kids often attract more attention than you do. Hence, it opens bigger opportunity for you to meet new people. Most of the times, strangers come to you just to say hi to your kids because they find them hella cute. You may find your lost-best friends in locals. You get to share your life experience taking care of kids or some other tips. Also, you may get tips or recommendations of best places or hidden gems not many tourists know. 

Awakening your inner child is fun

With how hectic your life has been, you often forget how to have fun even in simple ways. Travelling with your kids or little siblings can bring out that inner child of you. It makes you feel young and adventurous. It also makes you forget of what has caused you so stressed about lately. Do not hesitate to do all crazy silly things with the kids you travel with and see ho much fun and joy it can bring you. 

Kids privileges

If you thinks your little siblings are annoying then you have to consider it again. Many people find little kids as cute and pure creature hence come the privileges. At the airport, family with kids usually take less time to wait in line. Kids are often considered as top priority so travelling with them is not that bas at all. Also, kids always get small gifts somehow when travel. Free or extra souvenirs, foods, etc are often given to travelers who bring along their kids. Another privilege is when it comes to accommodation because family travelers usually get bigger hotel rooms especially when kids are with you.

Recommended Restaurants To Visit When You Are In Busan

Busan one of the most iconic places in South Korea not only famous because of the beaches but also the cuisine. The port city is very well-known for its diverse selections of foods as well as restaurants.  There are many unique street food vendors, family-friendly restaurants, as well as upscale fine-dining. If you are planning to visit Busan, here are some of the most recommended restaurants to visit:

Anga

Anga Busan restaurant
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Anga is best Korean barbecue in Haeundae Busan worth visiting for. In this restaurant, you can order variety of menu such as chicken and beef. However, one of the most famous menu here is the delicious marinated pork you can grill on individual grills built into each table. You can enjoy your barbecue alone or with friends. You will be served a vegetable bar and condiments for dipping your grilled meats. It is best to have a full barbecue experience in this restaurant in the evening.

Jeonglim

Jeonglim is a restaurant with traditional concept in Busan. It is set in a hanok which is a traditional house from the Joseon era. The restaurant is located near Dongnae Station but you have to look more carefully to find its exact location since it is a bit hidden. There are wide selections of meals you can order such as Korean barbecue or classic dish such as juk (rice porridge) and dolsotbap which is a rice dish served in a hot stone pot. You can also order some kimchi, Korean style pancakes called jeon, and pickles. 

Dining Room of Park Hyatt

Dining room park hyatt
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Dining Room is an upscale restaurant serving steaks and seafood. It is located on the 32rd floor of the Park Hyatt hotel. It has nice concept to the interior design with open kitchen. Hence, guests can watch the chef’s workspace and how they prepare their meals. Selection of dish is served but the best and most recommended is the Korean hanwoo beef steak. You can also order one of the great selection of wine pairings to go with your meal. 

Boksoondoga

Boksoondoga is an upscale restaurant in Busan that serve variety of Korean rice wines including makgeolli and soju. Variety of dishes are also served for the guests such as seafood dishes, meat selections, and many more. There are also many dishes that are a fusion of classic Korean favorites with Western influences. Some of international wines are also served such as Italian and Argentinian wines. You can even take Makgeolli Experience Class to learn the fermentation process of the rice wine.

Jang Su Sam

Jang Su Sam is a small restaurant. This restaurant makes the best samgye-tang in Busan. It is Busan’s beloved dish. It comes with a whole chicken stuffed with rice as well as variety of healthy ingredients including ginseng and garlic. They are all simmering in a milky broth. This is known as healthy meal to help cure alignments and sickness. It is best to enjoy during chilly weather. An array of Korean pickles comes with each serving. It is perfect to drink special ginseng drink at the end of your meal.  

Adventure to Indonesian Seas With Papua Liveaboard

Adventure to Indonesian Seas With Papua Liveaboard

From two hundred species that inhabit one island, twelve of which are threatened with extinction. And three hundred more species of ocean dwellers and many more that are not yet known, but we will explore with the Papua Liveaboard.

Panorama in these waters has a worldwide speciality, even though it is a tropical area, but it is always attached to an exotic atmosphere. This one of Heaven in Eastern Indonesia is very astonishing in appearance, so pure and sincere its inhabitants. But the Papua Liveaboard means you will travel to the richest dive sites in the world.

We will sail from morning to night, and sleep in the middle of the calm sea. The opportunity that you’ll get will be very valuable and it is difficult to turn around to avoid the beautiful scenery, from the land that is so handsome to the very graceful sea.

Papua Liveaboard on Coral Triangle Adventure

The water is so clear without any contamination that it makes for an amazing sight. Diving lovers will always fall in love with the seas that are scattered in Papua, from the small fish that are never shy to visit the shoreline or the pier, making divers very enthusiastic to see these fish swimming here and there.

The coral triangle is a marine area that has 76% of coral species in the world, the reason why there is coral triangle is that the many islands and gaps for water provide suitable currents for marine larvae to migrate, as well as providing habitat for various species. And for perfect diving, the perfect time is October to may, because after may the wave season starts.

Liveaboard Papua

Don’t Miss the other Island to Explore

However, protecting all of those coral reefs is also the responsibility of those who dive. Because after all, survival on the coast also depends on the ecosystem under the sea.

Raja Ampat, Misool, Wayag, Yenbuba, Sauwandarek, Selpele, White Sand Island, Friwen Beach, Teluk Kabui, are the names of exciting to be able to anchor in places with Papua Liveaboard. 

Nature of Papua always gives and shows its beauty to us, those of you who have come all the way have the right to enjoy it with the Papua Liveaboard. You need to pack your things for diving, relaxing on the boat under the beautiful sun, and surrounded by cliffs and majestic islands.

But you also need to explore more like Japan Cave, Cenderawasih Bay Marine National Park, Base G Beach, Fak Fak island, Manokwari, Biak island, Lorentz National Park, Aikima, Museum Local Culture, The Bird and Orchid Garden, Jiwika, Asmat Region, Jayapura City, and Kaimana island.

Enjoying the masterpiece of the universe in Eastern Indonesia in a Premium way is an unmatched world pleasure with Papua Liveaboard.

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Making Sure Your Hotel Room Is Clean

How to make your hotel room clean

Stating at hotel room during the duration is considered safe and convenient. It is like your home away from home. What makes many travelers cautious is the cleanliness of the room. It is normal to feel so because the room has been used by God knows how many people before. You don’t know whether the room is clean or just looking neat and tidy. 

How to make your hotel room clean

Many people use black light to inspect the cleanliness of hotel room. They investigate the room to find unexpected and shocking truth about the room. However, it is not necessary to carry this kind of device for travelling. You can make sure your room clean without being too obsessive about it, such as:

Spare time to read the reviews before booking a hotel room. Of course, reviews are not always 100 accurate because opinion is subjective and every individual may have different standard. However, reviews can help you avoid poor, dirty hotel room. If many people say the room is decent and clean then at least you won’t have to worry too much.

Making Sure Your Hotel Room Is Clean

Wash your hand regularly when travelling included when entering your hotel room. At least, apply your hand-sanitizer so you don’t necessarily bring in more germs to the hotel room. During your stay in the hotel, always remember to wash your hands frequently especially after going out, before eating, and before touching your face area. 

You can remove the bedspread if you are unsure about whether it has been washed after being used by the previous guest. Or, you can ask new bedspread to the hotel staff. If they don’t give you the new fresh bedspread then you can use your own travel-friendly blanket. 

There is regular housekeeping in every hotel but it is mostly to keep the room in order. It might be different with such prestigious hotel. They usually take extra miles to make sure every hotel room is clean and comfy. However, you might need to be more cautious with budget hotels. Hence, make sure the hotel room yourself by wiping down surfaces hat are frequently touched with antibacterial wipes. 

Do not just carelessly use the glassware without washing it first yourself. Even if it is washed before and the previous guests didn’t even touch it, you don’t know how long the glassware sit there. Maybe it is already full of dust and germs. So before using it, run your glass, cup, or mug under hot water for one or two minutes to kill most of the bacteria. 

If you are afraid of bedbugs. You can do the inspection yourself. Look for some signs of bedbugs. Look under the mattress and see if there are any reddish-brown spots on the underside of the mattress. Bedbugs are tiny and sneaky but they often leave footprint (well not literally footprint) in a form of infestation. Not only the mattress should you check, investigate the couch and carpet as well. 

Highly Recommended Foods To Try When Visit Japan

Highly Recommended Foods To Try When Visit Japan

Japan is one of the country that is rich with culture. One of the best things to experience a new culture is by using your taste buds. It is because foods tell stories and more than just something delicious to eat. Many travelers visit different places just for the sake of the foods and it is worthy experience. Japan will give you less when it comes to culinary. They have so much to offer so indulging yourself with their specialties during a visit is such a wonderful idea. 

Foods you must try when visit Japan

It is true that sushi and ramen are two ultimate Japanese foods you should try. Your visit won’t feel completed without trying those dishes. However, there are also other worth-tasting foods in Japan to consider, such as:

Rainbow Grilled Cheese

Rainbow Grilled Cheese

Rainbow Grilled Cheese. It is probably not the type of food you think of when visiting Japan but it is worth a try. The classic grilled cheese in Japan is unique because of the rainbow color. The pulling part is the most exciting. The bets place to get this cheesy food is Takeshita Street in Tokyo. Be ready with the long line since this is such a magnet food that pull people in so easily. 

Gold Ice Cream

Gold Ice Cream in Japan is also popular and a must-try food for tourists and visitors alike. You can find this unique ice cream at the Nijo-jo Castle Cafe located in Kyoto. The gold is not in the ice cream or topping or sprinkles. You will get the gold from the leaf that wrap the ice cream. You can have your own favorite flavor such as matcha (of course it is Japan). many of you might be worried about the price. This gold ice cream costs 1200 Japanese Yen or about $14. 

Unicorn Poop Ice Cream

Unicorn Poop Ice Cream

Unicorn Poop Ice Cream is such a unique food to try. You won’t get just usual ice cream when you visit Japan. Try this one instead. This is multi-colored ice cream cone you can find in Tokyo at the same stand that sell Rainbow Grilled Cheese. The best part of this ice cream is the whipped cream that tastes heavenly. 

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is must-try Japanese food you can find in Osaka. You can find it in local restaurant and order Okonomiyaki Sanpei. It resembles pancake made with egg, water, flour, shredded cabbage, and additional ingredients such as green onions, meat, shrimp, octopus, vegetables, konjac, mochie, or cheese. Different region usually slightly different Okonomiyaki so you might find different Oknomiyaki when visit other places in Japan such as Hiroshima. 

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Colorful foods can be found in Japan precisely at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. Yes, this cafe serves very colorful foods and drinks. It is like entering a new world when you sit in the cafe. The color is not something light or subtle. The foods on the menu include burger, pasta, fries, etc. However, they come in such powerful color. The drinks are just as colorful. The environment is fun and cozy for a hangout with friends. 

Interesting Air Travel Tips To Consider For Smooth Flight

Many air travelers have shared their tips to have smooth flight. It is already known that during a flight, things can go south. Even minor mishaps can dampen your mood for the trip. Having a smooth, enjoyable air travel is what every travelers wish before they get on-board. Sometimes, little tips can make big difference for your travel experience. Therefore, do not dismiss these little air travel right away before considering the benefits you can get. 

Interesting Air Travel Tips To Consider For Smooth Flight

Tips to have smooth and enjoyable air travel experience

If you travel with companion such as husband, wife, or friend, why not considering to book window seats for you two. It means you can recline your seat without causing trouble to another passenger because the passenger behind you is your travel buddy. They won’t mind if yo recline your seat into his space even without talking too much for permission beforehand. But if you happen to sit at the back seat and the front passengers recline their seat far back, ask them politely to adjust a little bit so you still have air space. 

Avoid arguing with flight attendants

Follow their instructions because what they do is to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the flight. They don’t want to pick a fight with you. Always treat them with respect and do not ask them for anything outside their job description. In fact, they will appreciate you more if you can ask something politely, greet them with smile, or just speak with nice words. You don’t have to tip them to be treated well. Just be polite and respectful and treat them like human. 

Pack in-flight snacks

Pack in-flight snacks

It is highly recommended for you to pack your own in-flight snacks. You can get any foods that suit your preference without arguing with your flight attendant if they don’t have something you want. You can also pack healthier foods you know the ingredients of and how they are prepared. You can pack some veggies, raisins, sliced baked chicken, nuts, and many more. 

Prioritise life over valuables

When unexpected situation happens and leads to the instruction that all passengers should get off the plane then follow the instruction. Do not waste your time rummaging through your bins to find your valuable. It is not worth your or the other passengers’ lives. Move quickly and leave everything behind so that evacuation can run smoothly and everyone stay safe. You can get a replacement for your valuable but you only have one live and so do the other passengers. 

A Canceled flight

If you experience a canceled flight, try calling the airline while waiting in line. Maybe you can snag the last open seat on the next flight faster than other travelers. No matter how thorough your preparation is for the travel, sometimes the unexpected happens. You cannot control everything in life including delayed or canceled flight. It is not about the problems but more like how you respond to them. Instead of being a control freak, why not just going with the flow. 

How to Get the Best of Snorkeling in Manta Point Komodo!

How to Get the Best of Snorkeling in Manta Point Komodo!

One of the most attractions in Komodo is snorkeling in the Manta Point, exploring the bright and clear water with the most graceful giants in underwater world. The waters of Komodo National Park receives huge streams of planktons from both the Pacific Ocean in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south. This results in plankton-rich water where the Manta feast upon. The Manta Point near  Taka Makassar is the popular hangout station of Manta Ray in Komodo. Divers and travelers alike flocks to Komodo for a gleaming hope of swimming with this elusive, majestic creatures. Before you go, here are few things you need to know to snorkel with Manta Ray

No High Hope on Your Snorkeling Trip to Manta Point Komodo

One thing to remember before you go on snorkeling trip to Manta Point Komodo; they are wild animal. And just like any other wild animal who are free to roam around, no one can guarantee their sightings. Never put on high hopes to see a bunch of Manta during your first dive or snorkel in the Manta Point. If you’re lucky, you will. Sometimes you will just bump into one Manta Ray that quickly disappear in the darkness in a good day. Things like that happens, and you shouldn’t be too disappointed. That’s why you should never arrange a quick, short trip to Komodo if you really wish to meet the Manta Ray. 

Give Yourself Plenty of Times to Travel in Komodo

Give Yourself Plenty of Times to Travel in Komodo

Take a four days or a week of sailing trip to Komodo. This way, if snorkeling in Manta Point Komodo doesn’t give you a chance to swim with the Manta, you can always try it on another day. Or on another place. The Manta Point Komodo is not the only hangout place of the Manta Rays! You can always try the water around Makassar Reef, Mawan Reef, or even some random spot in the middle of Komodo Island’s water. Many divers and snorkelers reported close Manta sightings outside the Manta Point so definitely check them out. A lot of short-time travelers who come for the elusive creatures also reported their regret for having to leave Komodo or having a flight the next day so they cannot go for another diving in the next day. So, definitely give yourself enough time to find the Manta if it’s on your wish list. 

Be Mindful of Your Waste

Being a conscious, eco-friendly traveler should be the standard. Especially when you are visiting a place as pristine as Komodo; a place where you are in the nature and everything you do will directly impact the natural surrounding. The ocean and its dwellers has suffer a lot from plastic waste from human. You don’t want to hurt our beloved Manta Ray and its marine friends. Start becoming aware with your waste during the sailing trip. Avoid using reef-harming sunscreen, bring organic soap and shampoo bar to use in the liveaboard, use less plastic packaging, and be careful at where you dispose your trash. 

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Remember the Etiquette when Snorkeling in Manta Point Komodo

Never forget the etiquette of snorkeling with Manta when you meet them at Manta Point Komodo. This is part of being a responsible tourist and taking your part to keep Manta around for future generations. The rules are simple; don’t scare the Manta. Don’t swim in their way or directly below the Manta. Keep your group small. Don’t corner one Manta Ray with dozens of other snorkelers. Keep your distance. Never touch a Manta Ray—you might not only scare the Manta away, but also remove the film layer in their skin that protect them from infection. However, Manta Ray are naturally intelligent and curious creature so they might be the one who will approach you first!