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How To Deal With Sickness You Get After Travelling

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How To Deal With Sickness You Get After Travelling

Many travelers return from their trip with unwanted souvenir such as flu, cough, fever, cold, stomach bug, etc. They feel fin during the trip itself but when they are at home, they start feeling uneasy with their body. If you are also experiencing this, you are not alone. Wiping down your tray during flight, washing your hands before eating, and eating safe foods in safe diners, etc are part of precaution you can take to keep your health in check during travel. However, it is still possible for you to get sick after the travel instead. 

Deal with sickness after travel

There are various reasons why you get sick after the trip not during. It may be because you are already in contact with bacteria or viruses during the trip but the symptoms take time to appear. You end up getting sick when you are at home instead. Or, it can be because your body is suffered from jet lag, travel fatigue, stress, and the need to readjusting to your normal life. 

Time to adjust

What you can do to deal with sickness after travelling is give yourself time to readjust. Always practice good hygiene such as washing your hands with soap and water before eating or touching your face. Try to reduce your stress level by doing relaxing things such as having a good night’s sleep, take a nap, eat something good and healthy, and take proper rest in general. Your sickness will likely disappear in few days and you will get better. 

Know when to seek medical help

Deal with sickness after travel

However, it is also important to read the warning signs so you know when to seek for medical help if you get sick after travel. If you have fever after visiting a country with malaria, you have to see a doctor immediately. Even if the fever comes a week or two after your visit, you still have to see your doctor. Even if you took antimalarial medicine prior your visit, you still have potential to develop malaria. It mostly develops within 30 days. In fact, it can lie dormant for a year or even longer. 

Any skin problem? 

If your fever is followed by skin problems, it may be an indication of more serious illness. Skin problem that appear after a travel is not seen as sign of serious problems. However, it becomes serious when it is paired with fever. Skin problems you may experience after travel include boils, rashes, bug bites, or fungal infections. Always tell your doctor about any travel you did. Doctor may follow through with other questions such as food you ate during the trip, bug bites, your stay, and the duration of your travel. 

Diarrhoea 

Diarrhoea is also common sickness experienced by travelers during or after travel. You may experience it because your body still readjust to your usual diet after eating foreign foods during the trip. However, you need to see a doctor if you experience persistent diarrhea that last for two weeks or more. It is usually caused by parasite and it can put you in danger if you don’t get immediate treatment. 

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Komodo Island Photography Tips for Spectacular Shoot

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Camera Photography Tips for Spectacular Shoot in Komodo Island
Image credit: William Burrard-Lucas/ Source from: blog.burrard-lucas.com

When you plan to go to one of the remotest tropical island to meet one of the prehistoric animals that’s been roaming around since 900,000 years ago, you don’t want to go empty-handed. You will want to go with the best camera for wildlife photography. Not only that, you will also want to come prepared with supporting equipments and technique to get the best photos of the beasts. The Komodo Island is just like real-life Jurassic Park and getting awesome photos of its residence could be a a bit challenging. Especially when these 3m long gigantic lizard is ready to maul you for its lunch. Here are some tips for getting impressive photograph of the Komodo Dragons without losing a limb that that we have gathered from professional photographers across the internet. 

Mounting Camera on A Low Two Wheelers in Komodo Island

Mounting Camera on A Low Two Wheelers in Komodo Island
Image credit: William Burrard-Lucas/ Source from: blog.burrard-lucas.com

William Burrard-Lucas, a UK photographer founded a genius design of what he dubbed as “KomodoCam”. It consist of a camera mounted on top of two wheelers and a long monopod to push it around. Not only that this give him more room to work with when approaching the dragons, it also give him better angle for close-up dragon shoot. Just to remind you, every tourists should maintain safe distance from the Komodo Dragons. This opportunistic predator can move very quick and snatch you with their strong limbs in a matter of second. Billiard-Lucas noted that it’s not very safe to use the KomodoCam in Komodo-crowded area and you should wait until you find a solitary dragon in a nice clearing. The low positioning of the camera give it an eye-level view with the dragons which breathe life into the photos!

Lens to Bring

Lens to Bring by Fergus Kennedy
Image source from: canon-europe.com

Wide lens is basically a staple for landscape photography and you’ll definitely need it to capture the mesmerising beauty of Padar, Pink Beach, and many more. Zoom lens will be your best friend for capturing the dragons. A commercial photographer Fergus Kennedy relied on Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM zoom lens during his trip to Komodo Island. The 100-400mm lens to create close shoot of the dragon from a safe distance. 

Image Stabilisation

It’s important to bring a camera with good image stabilisation for wildlife photography. Especially when you are hunting for shoots in shady forest like the one in Komodo Island. In areas with less sunlight, you gonna need low shutter speed settings—but image can be pretty shaky. This is where camera with built in image stabiliser come into help.

Arrange the Komodo Island Trip in the Morning

Like most reptiles, these dragons love to sunbathe in the morning to absorb all the warmth of the sun. Being cold-blooded monster (literally), they need sun light to warm up their body. However, they need to retreat back to the shade once the sun gets too hot later in the day to avoid overheat. That’s why it’s best to prioritise your Komodo Island trip early in the morning when the dragons are out in the open. Many tourists complain that they cannot find the dragons or that most of them lounge lazily in the shade of ranger’s kitchen (not aesthetic for taking pictures), but the truth is that’s just how reptile works.  

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Get Creative with Angles

Get Creative with Angles
Image source from: canon-europe.com

Just like photographing wild lions and big cats in the savannah, you have to be extra brave and awfully careful. You might need to lie flat in your belly on the ground to get the perfect low angle shot. This will give you a chance to captivate the true size of the dragon in your photograph, but it would also put you in an easy position to be the dragon’s snack. Be careful and always have a ranger by your side. Another tips: try to tell a story of the Komodo dragon to avoid boring photograph. Explore the forest of Komodo Island deeper to find the dragons hanging in the wild; climbing a bark of a tree, passing a water pool, or surrounded by leaves. 

If you are unlucky enough to meet Komodo dragons in the forests and have to settle with those pack of dragons that placidly lounge around the ranger station, get creative. Instead of trying to take impressive individual shoot, try to capture close interactions between the dragons. Put your focus in their head and bodies and try to not show much of the stale background.

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Bad Travel Habits to Quit Instead of Develop

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The more you travel, the more habits you develop. Some of them might benefits for you and some other might just cause you more problems. Hence, it is always nice to try understanding yourself and your tendency when it comes to travel habits. Even though they are not life-threatening, removing some of your bad travel habits might do you wonder for the next trips are going to experience int he future.

Bad Travel Habits to Quit Instead of Develop

Quite these bad travel habits

There are many travel habits travelers develop over the time such as they way they pack their things, how they eat during the trip, how they interact with the locals, what transport they tend to choose during the trip, and many more. Some bad travel habits might not affect your well-being significantly but some can. Here are few bad travel habits you can quit instead of developing them:

Insist on walking instead of taking cabs to save money. This doesn’t sound like bad habit because it is good to save some money during the trip, right? However, it is bad habit if you sacrifice your feet. If you refuse to splurge a little bit on cab when being out all day during the trip to the point your feet swollen and hurt then you need to stop this habit. You can wander around the places withing walking distance but choose alternative such as taking a bus or cab for destination out of walking distance.

Travelling abroad without learning basic vocabulary of the language of your destination. This might not be a fatal bad habit. However, learning new language, at least the basic words of the local language will cause difference. The locals will appreciate your effort and you will feel welcomed. Also, the words you have learned might be useful during emergency so you can communicate better. You can at least learns basic words for thank yous, hellos, helps, or sorry.

Waiting to pack until the night before you travel. This can cause huge problems because what if your flight is early in the morning and you sleep in? You might get to the airport late and being left behind. You will have to reschedule your trip, buy new tickets, and your moods for travel are ruined. Hence, it is always recommended to pack early so you have time to truly list what you have to bring. You won’t also feel rushed when it is time to go for the trip.

Not learning the exchange rate prior the trip. Travelling abroad needs more preparation included knowing the exchange rate of your destination. If you keep forgetting this matter, you will keep wondering whether or not you are paying a fair price. If you tend to forget this, download a currency exchange apps in your phone so you can check them anytime.

Make needed preparation beforehand so you have everything you need then enjoy every experience during the trip. Try not to develop a habit of overbooking or over-scheduling because sometimes you don’t have time to visit all places.

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The Most Instagrammable Places in The Misool Papua

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Misool Papua

Are you looking for a tropical paradise? This Raja Ampat Island is on the bucket list of almost every traveler in the world. If there’s only one Island you visit at Raja Ampat in West Papua, Misool Papua should be. Misool is a tropical hideaway beaming with the natural beauty emanating on each Island’s best sight. It is home to substantial marine biodiversity with colorful coral reefs. The Island is full of the most amazing places and insane views. No matter where and when you go, you’ll want to have your camera out and ready to snap a fantastic picture. Pretty much everything in the Misool is super Instagrammable, but these five places are where you’ll get the very best Misool Instagram feed.

Malol Waterfall

Malol waterfall is located in Gamta Village, West Misool District. The waterfall provides cool and refreshing water. The waterfall has five stages, and the water comes down beautifully. Around the waterfall, some green and big trees grow abundantly. Visit Malol Waterfall for a relaxing time, which would be perfect for unwinding during your trip!

Namlol Beach in Misool Papua

Endless views on Namlol Beach is what one needs whenever they visit Misool Papua! And this spot is so instagrammable. Doesn’t it? Admit it; this is what tropical paradise looks like! Located in Misool Island, Namlol beach is one of the best beaches in Misool, making sure you enjoy a well-earned trip without spending a lot. At the same time, the crystal-clear water and the white sands add beauty to the beach. Apart from clicking dreamy photos, get cozy with the beach blankets, read a book, and laze around the coast. Trust me; you won’t regret it during the trip!

Lenmakana Jelly Fishes Lake

In Misool Island, there is Lenmakana Jelly Fishes Lake.  The Jellyfish Lake is one of only three places in the world where you can swim with these creatures. This lake is a home of beautiful jellyfishes, and it becomes one of the best tourist attractions here. Those jellyfishes don’t sting, so that you can swim with them. Remember to carry an underwater camera, because the jellyfishes also become a suitable object for photography!

Misool Papua

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Visit Love Lagoon in Misool Papua

Magnificent is the right word to describe Love Lagoon. Lush trees and big karst surround the Love Lagoon.  Did you know that Love Pool becomes part of Misool’s best nature attractions? It is also one of the best tourist destinations in Raja Ampat. The lagoon has a unique shape, but it also offers the pure color of the water. The crystal clear water combines into an unspoiled beauty of nature. Big karst and lush trees also become an exciting background for photography!

Keramat Cave

Keramat Cave, which means the sacred cave of Misool Island. You will see the turquoise-colored ocean water included with the stalactites and stalagmites from the mouth of the cave.

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How to Stay Safe When Traveling in Pandemic

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How to Stay Safe When Traveling in Pandemic

Almost every sector of life has been heavily affected since the corona virus broke out and became a pandemic, including the tourism industry. How could it not be, the government’s call to stay home has brought tourism to a complete halt. After months of being at home, boredom and boredom are definitely felt by the community. The desire to take a vacation is certainly very passionate. Here are a few tips for those of you who want to go on vacation during a pandemic. There are several things to consider as the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet completely over, especially regarding health protocols.

Ensuring your health and comfort

When planning a vacation during the new normal, make sure your body is healthy. Don’t force yourself, when you are not healthy, the risk of getting corona infection will be even greater. Therefore, before you leave, you should first have a check-up. If necessary, perform a quick test or a swab independently.

Online booking

Some tourist attractions, especially in the world’s major cities, no longer use counter ticket sales to avoid crowds. Ticket purchases and reservations are only served online on the official website of the tourist destination concerned. However, some hotels also offer online check-in to avoid physical contact.

Use a mask

Outside the house, always wear a mask. Even if you are in good health, it does not mean that you are free of the corona virus. You may become a carrier with symptom-free status. Masks are helpful in reducing the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Use a cloth mask, as medical masks are for health care workers only.

Bring your own food

We recommend that you bring your own food when you travel outside the house. There is no guarantee that food from outside is hygienic and free of harmful microbial contamination. Based on scientific studies, the corona virus can survive in inanimate objects for hours. Always remember to wash your hands before eating.

Prepare the hygiene kit

Having entered the era of the new normal, hygiene kits are the main weapon that must be carried anywhere on a trip. Hygiene kits include hand sanitizers, disinfectant spray, wet wipes, dry wipes, liquid soap and spare masks. Don’t be lazy and always clean your hands and the materials used with the hygiene kits regularly.

Social distancing

Not all regions are ready to implement the New Standards Protocol. Therefore, choose a vacation destination that is ready for the new policy. Also, always keep your distance and avoid crowds when you are there.

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Komodo Island Sailing Tour: Exploring the Pink Beach

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Komodo Island Sailing Tour

Komodo Island is one of the most stunning trip destinations that is located in the Nusa Tenggara Islands.  The natural landscape of the island is stunningly beautiful and you shouldn’t take it for granted. The pleasant tropical climate makes Komodo Island the perfect place to sail. On a Komodo Island Sailing Tour, you can discover the various beautiful islands, have plenty of chances to enjoy snorkeling or diving and enjoy the most beautiful beaches on the planet! The sparkling blue waters, so clear beaches in the Komodo Islands are the best romantic spots, not only for honeymooners but also for every couple who’s looking for a calming and relaxing trip. One in particular that became favorite beaches among the tourists is Pink Beach. In this article, I would like to give you some information about Pink Beach.

Komodo Island Sailing Tour to the romantic Pink Beach

Pink Beach is located at the western end of the island of Flores, Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia. The beach is one of the most popular destinations on Komodo Island. As the name of the beach, the beach has pink sand. It is quite a unique, mesmerizing and true definition of paradise beach.

How to Get There?

This beach is one of the best places to see during your Komodo Island Sailing Tour! The best route to reach Komodo Island is definitely through Bali. From Bali, you need to fly to Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo Island with the local airplane by small jet or turboprop planes. The perfect way to explore this island by taking a Komodo cruise. The perfect way to explore this island by taking a Komodo cruise. The cruise will take you to the most romantic pink beach on the earth, spend a couple of hours snorkeling, diving, swimming, or relaxing in the sun before moving on again!

Komodo Island Sailing Tour

Why is the beach pink?

In fact, there are seven pink beaches on the world. Similar to other pink beach on the planet, the beach gets its unique pink color from microscopic organisms known as Foraminifera. Foraminifera produces a red pigment of the coral reefs. Then the sand gets a beautiful pink from a million pieces of the coral reefs and shells combined with the white sand.

More Travelling Stories:

Komodo Liveaboard: A Journey of Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them

The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

Komodo Island Sailing Tour, what are the best things to do?

If you like the blue ocean, swimming, nature, and snorkeling, you should definitely consider adding the pink beach to your trip. With its turquoise seas, pink sand, the incredibly natural coral reef, and pristine water, this place is perfect for a spot of photography lovers! Not only that, you can also spend time snorkeling and diving. the pristine color from sea water and the various coral reefs should not be missed. The pristine color from sea water and the various coral reefs should not be missed. Being on a stunning beach is a perfect place for relaxation. 

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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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Travel Destinations – Best Diving Sites in Indonesia

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!

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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?