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Reducing Waste While Travelling

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Reducing Waste While Travelling

Joining an eco-friendly travel project is not the only way you can do to help protect the environment. You can also do many things to contribute to environment protection. Travelling is supposed to be a fun activity you do. However, it does not mean you can just do it your own way regardless of the impact to the environment. It is important to practice responsible travel so you can have fun while protecting the environment from more damage. One of the ways is to reduce your waste while travelling.

How to help reducing waste while travelling

You may have practiced how to reduce waste at home so you have better and healthier living space. It does not mean you should stop once you take a step outside of your home. Travelling is the opportunity for you to practice what you have learned to reduce waste. Here are some of them:

One of the many things that is damaging for the environment is single-use items especially those made from plastics such as straws, bottle, utensils, and many more. It takes centuries to break down plastic materials. Not to mention that int he process, it releases toxic chemicals that can endanger animals and other living species on earth. Hence, you can start by bringing reusable items such as reusable water bottle or container instead of buying bottled water from the store.

Get into bars when it comes to packing toiletries for your trip. You see, skincare products and such can put environment in danger through their micro particles or beads. Thus, it is recommended to bring products that are less dangerous for the environment. You can also bring products with natural ingredients so they won’t harm the environment.

Instead of renting a car to explore the place you travel to, you can opt for more eco-friendly alternatives such as walking, cycling, or taking public transportation. Carbon emission is not something to be taken lightly. It is getting worse day by day and you do not have to be the one to make it worse. You can contribute to reduce it instead by taking eco-friendly alternatives for your transport during your trip. Walking, cycling, or taking buses and subways won’t make your trip any less exciting. In fact, you may find more interesting things throughout your journey.

Find zero waste dining alternatives during your trip. You need to think local to do so. You can visit farmer’s market where you can get fresh produce. You can also to the local home-brewed beans to enjoy heart-warming, authentic coffee. If it is possible, you can also visit a farm-to-table restaurant to enjoy home-grown foods.

Use less paper for your trip. Some documents may not be replaced with digital data. However, you do not have to print everything. For example, you can just save your itinerary in your smartphone. You can also look up for maps from your phone instead of printing it into paper. Today, e-tickets are also quite common for many travel destinations.


Asmat Papua, Exotic Art and Culture Destination

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Asmat Papua

The Asmat Papua Tribe is the most well known tribe in West Papua. They have inhabited the swampy mangrove forests along the south coast of Papua for thousands of years. There are two groups of Asmat, those groups living in coastal areas and those living in the hinterland. The two groups are different in dialect, way of living, ritual ceremonies and social structure. The asmat tribe were once well known as fierce warriors in the past. Local people believe that the death of a tribe fellow, even from illness was cause by an enemy. One way of avenged to it by taking the enemy’s head, that is now diminished in the modern world.

The Otherworldly Art

However, through their gruesome aspect of their culture, they have also created some of the finest wood sculptures around the world. Among the world’s famous primitive arts, Asmat’s wood-carved masterpieces are most coveted by art collectors around the world. For the Asmat Tribe, their woodcarving is intimately link together with the spirit world. Many of this tribe’s original wood art is symbolic of warfare, headhunting, and of the veneration of warriors or ancestors. For many generations the Asmat have engrossed with the need to appease their ancestral spirits and so they created their shields, canoes, sculpted figures, and drums with exotic and intricate art. Many of these arts are masterpieces that are still being display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

In this era, wood carving continues to flourish as a tradition among the fellows of the tribe. They also recognize wood as a source of life. The statues made by them are typically commemorative of certain individuals who have passed on, although they are not direct representations of them. You can get an amazing experience by joining the art festival in Asmat Papua. This tribe celebrates its art tradition every year together with a cultural festival. They gather all the villages for the art exhibition. They enthusiastically show off their skills on weaving, traditional dances, boating, and musical performances.

Visiting the Asmat Papua?

The Regency of Asmat is a habitat of crocodiles, freshwater dolphins, gray nurse sharks, among others. To see the magical trove of culture here, you need to have to charter a yacht. These days there are a number of liveaboards offering visits to this place, like “Hello Papua”.  Visiting this regency during your Papua cruise is also a great opportunity to engage yourself with the famous Asmat Tribe.

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What To Expect Of Travel After 2020

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What To Expect Of Travel After 2020

The year of 2020 has brought the most unexpected situation. The global pandemic due to the covid-19 has brought many changes in life. People are affected directly and indirectly from this pandemic. Travel industry is not an exception either. Many people who planned on a vacation must canceled due to the unfortunate situation all over the world. The pandemic is still going on and travel is still in limit. What to expect of travel industry after 2020 ends?

Travel behaviors after 2020

There has been a buzz about phenomena in travel called ‘revenge travel’. it is said to be a blast after 2020 ends. Many people who have suffered from travel restrictions are predicted to splurge their money and time planning trips to various places. They have been deprived of travel for almost the entire year of 2020. Hence, the years after are predicted to be very busy for travel industry. 

Outdoor travels: nature trips would be in the rise

Making up for lost holidays is an excuse that is predicted to be used by many people to travel a lot next year. It will happen right after the green light for travel is given. Even though the situation has brought much fears, many people are still keen to travel. Many of them still anticipate of the upcoming years to go for a well-deserved travel once the situation is deemed right to do so. 

Favour in domestic travels

There are many experts also share their insight of travel after 2020. Many of them predict that travelers will be likely enjoying domestic travel instead of travelling abroad. The feeling of safe is still in the big spot for people to consider travel. Domestic trip can quench the thirst of deprived travelers while still providing a sense of security. 

Outdoor travels/ nature trips would be in the rise

Making up for the lost holidays

Many people are deprived of going outside and enjoying fresh air. Once the green light for travel is given, people will choose outdoor activities to make up for the loss during lockdown and social distancing periods. Nature trips are predicted to be on trend after 2020. camping, hiking, trekking, and visiting national parks are predicted to be a bliss. 

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Shorter trips than it used to be

It is also predicted that after pandemic ends and travel green light is given, travelers will choose short trips usually last for one to 5 night stays. However, the survey also shows that some people are still keen on having such a long getaway that last seven night stays. One of the reasons is to make up for the lost holidays during lockdown. 

Preference in flexible travel

Another prediction of travel behavior after 2020 is that travelers are going to be more commitment phobic. It means travelers are becoming more cautious in booking accommodations or transportation. Travelers in the future are predicted to preferred flexible booking terms due to their experience of dealing with cancellations during pandemic. 

It is highly recommended to not go for a trip in a rush after the green light is given. It is important to read and monitor the situation until you can truly make sure that the travel you are going to do is safe for you and others. 

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How to Ace Your Course: Best Diving Tips for Beginners

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When you are getting serious about scuba diving, you will take a scuba diving course to obtain the  certification so that you can dive in many beautiful destinations in the world. However, scuba diving is not an easy matter—and so is the test. It can be quite intimidating and with all complicated techniques and theories to remember, one is prone to making mistakes. Don’t worry. Here we want to help you to ace your first diving certification for beginners and do the best on it. 

How to Ace Your Course- Best Diving Tips for Beginners

Best Way to Pass Diving Test for Beginners

The PADI course is divided into four parts; homework, classroom work, pool work, and some open water dives. You will get some book reading to do at home so you could get a good grasps on what is in the theory. Then you will put that theories into real practice in confined water or pool. You will learn with your instructor, learn your mistakes, and perfecting your skills. When you are ready, you will practice everything you have learned in an open water session. 

One of the best diving tips for beginners is by actually starting weeks before the classroom starts. Upon registration, you will be given some reading materials which comes with DVD alongside the book. The DVD is set out in the same order with the books to support comprehension of the texts. Video explains a concept better especially on complicated things than a text or still pictures. Starting on the individual learning material early means you can take your learning time at your own pace, re-watching things until you grasp a full comprehension. Get on early so you have enough time to come back on things you don’t quite understand. You can also take notes and ask it later to your instructor during the classroom session. 

Listen to what your instructor is saying

Listen to what your instructor is saying

Scuba diving is a recreation that involves a lot of complicated techniques and theories related to the law of nature. Everything in scuba diving is done slowly and methodically. That’s why if your instructor is telling you something, then there’s probably a reason behind it. Listen carefully what your instructor said and believe in what they say. There might be reasons behind it that you don’t know just yet. One of the best diving tips we could give to beginners is to try doing things the way your instructor does; sometimes it’s actually easier.

Also, don’t rush on your skills. Many beginners are too eager to finish something and move quickly to the next subject. If you are rushing and doing it wrong, the instructor would actually make you doing it again and again until you are fully competent in this subject. That is to say, it’s better to take it slow and do it right in the first time. Practice your skills in the surface first and ask your instructor to watch and then they will tell you if you are doing it right or wrong.

Pay full attention to your instructor

Pay full attention to your instructor

Scuba diving could be quite full of distractions. Especially when you are out in the ocean, everywhere you look there will be something to distract your attention. This is really important especially for diving beginners. Meanwhile, your instructor can be desperately try to catch your attention because probably you are drifting to the deep or something. So always pay full attention to your instructor all the time. Also, master your knowledge about hand signal as you will be using it all the time underwater. Your instructor will communicate all the important things with hand signal in open water diving.

Best diving technique to master first for beginners: buoyancy

Part of successfully passing your test is mastering buoyancy and this particular diving technique is very important for beginners. You need to take your time to practice your buoyancy skills in the pool. Get used to the delays and the cycle of breathing. Regulated breathing and buoyancy are essentially the essence of scuba diving technique. Remember the basic: you float up when you inhale and you sink down when you exhale. It’s a natural cycle that might make some time to get used to, but with a lot of practice it would be just as easy as breathing in the surface. Most beginners make mistakes for relying on the inflate and deflate button on BCD to descend and ascend while it should only be used sparingly. Not only that it’s a waste of oxygen, it’s also dangerous and can be harmful. Pro tip: Use your inflator only at the surface and for minor adjustment underwater.

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Be Proactive, Ask Questions

Scuba Diving instructors are basically the experts on this field. They focus their life on scuba diving and building a career on that, knowing almost every tiny bits about equipments, techniques, and other dive-related things. However, with limitation of time, there just so much they can cover in class. Be a proactive students and ask about anything. They would be more than happy to explain things they don’t get to tell during the course.

In the classroom and the swimming pool, you can pop up anytime and chat or ask questions with your instructor. But once you hit the open water and reach certain depth, you actually have to stay there and not be able to ask anything. 

So that’s it! You will pass your course with flying colours!


The Safety of Hiking During This Global Pandemic

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Global pandemic has caused many limits of access including to travel. For now, we cannot just go for a spontaneous travel and such. However, many are curious about going on a hike right now. Because hiking has destination that is usually free from crowds. So how safe is it to go on a hike right now?

Safe hiking with following important ground rules

Medical doctors said that hiking now is not off-limit. In fact, it can help mental and physical well-being. Engaging in some outdoor-activities that are considered safe now can be done such as hiking to the local trails near your home. However, it is important to follow ground rules to hike safely for you and others:

It is more recommended to hike alone rather than in groups. Or, you can also hike with someone whom you have been quarantined with. It is to ensure that you not make any contact with the people who have not been exposed to you and vice versa. If you hike solo but encounter another hikers, then make sure to stay six feet apart at all times. Social distancing even in quiet place like hiking trails still have to be practised. Also, always let the people at home know about your hiking plan to ensure your safety. Give them estimation of when you return.

Do not touch any surface you find throughout the trails. Even if you think it is impossible for rocks and trees to be exposed to the coronavirus, it best to refrain yourself from touching them. They might have been touched by others. You can also bring hand-sanitizer to avoid any disease transmission during your hike. If you tend to touch surfaces unconsciously, wear gloves so you can wash them immediately once you are back at home.

Bring your own bottled-water so you can avoid purchasing ones during hiking. Also, bringing water for hiking is necessary regardless of the situation with the pandemic because you need to stay hydrated. It helps maintain your immunity and the overall health. You can also bring some snacks if you think it will take longer for you to finish the trails and return.

Choose the trails wisely. Avoid choosing trails that requires you to touch or grasps something to maneuver. If it is unavoidable for you touch various things when hiking, make sure to use your hand-sanitizer regularly especially before you eat or drink. Be more careful not to touch your face after touching or grasping any surfaces.

Avoid hiking if you are feeling under the weather regardless if the symptoms are ones of covid-19 or not or just regular ills like catching cold. It is best to stay at home when you feel you are experiencing symptoms of getting ill. Instead, get proper rest and eat nutritious foods to help speed up your recovery. If you are experiencing symptoms that looks like covid-19, it is best to contact medical practitioner as soon as possible to get you checked on. So you can protect yourself and others.


Why Diving Cruise Indonesia Should be Part of Your Trip?

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Diving Cruise Indonesia

There are several reasons why Raja Ampat is considered “the Ultimate Underwater Heaven”. Within its 9.8 million acres territory, this island is the home of 3000 species of coral fish, various types of coral and estimated 75% of world’s species live on Raja Ampat’s underwater. The incredibly pristine and diverse marine life have put this region on the map of the world’s best diving destinations. For this reason, Raja Ampat is the discerning diving cruise Indonesia destination of choice who want nothing but the best. Cruise is a hired boat service that allows you to meet up with other people who share your passion for diving.  There are so many reasons to love cruise diving. Here’s just a few to consider before you book your next scuba trip!

Unique Dive Sites

For most divers, the number one reason to trip by Diving Cruise Indonesia is access to remote and unique dive sites. Some dive sites are impossible to reach without a cruise, because of the distance from the mainland. With a cruise, you’ll usually explore a different area, and it allows you to dive the finest sites throughout a one period.

Lots of diving on Diving Cruise Indonesia!

Diving Cruise Indonesia

This one is pretty obvious – you have the chance to dive a lot! There are usually up to 4 dives a day in the best dive sites the whole area has to offer, and you also can try night dives. If you love diving, you will undoubtedly get to your fill on this diving trip. Life is super easy on a diving cruise. Everything is done for your trip, so there’s almost nothing to worry about!

A no-stress vacation

Let’s face it; having a holiday can be stressful. From finding your accommodation, transport, to deciding where to eat, there’s a lot to worry about. Of course, add diving every day to your holiday plan, and you might go crazy thinking about diving equipment.

Diving Cruise Indonesia help to build confidence

Suppose you have a bit of dive experience. It is the best way for newer divers to build up experiences, skills and dive hours. Doing upwards of ten dives in a week will be fun and embed your skills. It will leave you feeling like a much more confident diver.

Unpack just once

The most benefit of this trip, you save your time! Rather than packing and unpacking every time of day as you move between onshore dive locations, on a cruise, you only have to do it once. Unpack just once is particularly good for divers travelling with their dive gear, as transporting wet equipment from one base to the next is tiring.

Feel alive

Living on the ocean dishes up some pretty incredible natural shows of its own and will never forget. Watch the spectacular sunset majestically over the horizon each evening, illuminating the sky a myriad of hues, enjoy the starry skies that shine when you are in the middle of the ocean, and far from land-based light pollution. Feeling the wind in your face and being rocked to sleep by gentle waves beneath starry skies will leave you feeling alive than ever.

With so many benefits, why not take a cruise excursion part of your next vacation?

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Chicago, the more modern and aesthetic city to discover!

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Chicago is located in the Midwest, along the Great Lakes shoreline. It is the third largest city and metropolitan area in the United States with a population of nearly 3 million and a metro population of around 10 million. Chicago is a huge, vibrant city and metropolitan area that spans over 10,874 km². It is well known for house and electronic dance music, blues, jazz, comedy, shopping, dining, sports, architecture, highly regarded colleges and universities, and major cultural attractions. With a wealth of iconic sites and neighborhoods to explore, there’s plenty to fill a month-long visit without ever seeing the end. Prepare to cover a lot of ground; Chicago’s meaning can only be found in motion, through its subway, historic elevated rail, and sky-high eyes. Here we are going to go to the city!

The Millenium Park

The Millenium Park

A public park in the city of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, in the United States. It is located in the western community area of ​​the Loop, the city’s business district. In this park there are often many free concerts, interesting art exhibition facilities, as well as many cafes and restaurants to visit. When you see this park, your eyes will go straight to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a curved building like a dome or a silver balloon reflecting the reflection of the sky. Here, concerts and festivals usually take place here. It’s not just about becoming a hangout or cafe and lots of interesting restaurants and art exhibits, at this fun park you will also find Lurie Garden, the Park Grill, an upper middle class dining destination, and a pedestrian bridge that can take you to the Art Institute of Chicago and Maggie Daley Park.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is an American zoological park located in the Lincoln Park area of ​​Chicago, in the northeast of the state of Illinois. The zoo is located within Lincoln Park, the city’s largest public urban park. Some animals here include flamingos, zebras, and some types of monkeys. Of course, there are also savannah animals such as lions, giraffes and tigers. Besides that they often organize interesting events, there are also special programs that allow visitors to get interesting rewards.

The 606

The 606

The Bloomingdale Line was a 2.7 mile elevated railroad crossing east to west on the northwest side of Chicago. In 2015, the city of Chicago converted it to an elevated greenway called The Bloomingdale Trail, which is the backbone of a network of linear parks and trails called The 606. You can do many activities such as jogging, skateboarding, as well as cycling on this route which also connects several places such as parks and art exhibitions.

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The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

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Some firmly believe that the Komodo Island is the base of the Lost World and the Jurassic Park. Looking at its barren savannah lands dotted with dry bushes and high palm ‘lontar’ trees which is inhabited with giant scaly lizard that seems like just appears from the prehistoric era, this dragon-populated island do looks like a land from the primeval age. Aside from its mythical appearance however, how does visiting this remote island actually like? Is is just as fabled as it’s hyped? What should you expect from the resident dragons during your visit there? 

The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

The Komodo Island was Isolated from the World

Form millennia, Komodo dragons enjoy living in total isolation on their tiny islands. The outer world was completely unaware of their existence—not even Indonesian locals outside the Flores Island. They were first recorded by a Dutch scientist in 1910 during Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. These giant monitor lizard was the apex predator on their ecosystem; they have no natural predators which ensured their survival for so long. In their quarantined habitat and unbeatable position, they were largely overlooked by evolutions.

The Deceptive Behaviours of Komodo Dragons

The Deceptive Behaviours of Komodo Dragons

The dragons at Komodo Island are generally well-fed. Park rangers routinely feed them water buffalos, deers, and sometimes chicken and fishes for snack which keep their tummy happy. With full belly, these dragons usually appears docile and a bit lazy. They love to relax and sunbathe in the warmth of Flores’ sun or lounge around in the shade of rangers’ kitchen, looking almost docile and not dangerous at all. But don’t be fooled. They are packed with strong limbs, big claws and sharp teeth that can beat you at any second. These dragons are also fast runners—they can run up to 18 kilometres per hours!

Yes, They Do Attack Human 

The one million question. Yes, Komodo dragons do attack human occasionally. They do see us as potential yummy foods, but the attacks rarely based on hunger. Normally, Komodo dragons become aggressive and strike people when they feel threatened. Either you come too close to them or making them feel disturbed. That’s why you have to always walk with a ranger and keep your distance from the dragons. 

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You Cannot Stay at Komodo Island

You Cannot Stay at Komodo Island

There are few bungalows in Komodo Island run by the national park. However, these villas are usually designated for special guests or reserved for film crews. As for now, you cannot spend a night in Komodo Island. Most tourists usually stay in Labuan Bajo, nearby resorts, or embark on liveaboard trip. Sailing trip with liveaboard is the most popular thing right now—travelers love to experience living and sleeping on Indonesian-style phinisi boat for an exciting island-hopping trip in Flores. 

It’s A Conservatory Wild Park, Not A Zoo

There are about 4,000 dragons living in Komodo Island, but you might just stumble upon a few of them during the trip. That’s perfectly normal. In fact, you should expect nothing as the island has no pre-designated viewing areas. It’s the wilderness and the wild animals will behave as they do in the wild. They come and go through the forest, sometimes guarding their nest deep inside the island where no one pass by.

Are you ready to visit the mighty dragons in this isolated island?