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A long-term trip can be exciting and exhausting. However, it is such a great moment to experience at least once in your lifetime. Being able to have a long trip will bring happiness especially after dealing with stress caused of works and other responsibilities at home. A week long trip is what you deserve to relax and release all stress. Packing, however, is inevitable no matter how reluctant you are to proceed this step. Packing your essentials is important so you will have everything you need for the long trip you are going to have.
Packing the right essentials for a long trip
A long-term trip can take weeks to months depending on individual’s preference. If you plan this kind of long trip, might as well start planning the packing. Choosing the right items to pack is essential for a long travel because you have to pack light or else you are going to have to deal with heavy luggage to carry around. Packing light is also important if your trip is packed with different destinations.
Travel shoes are essentials for a long-term trip because they are useful in the long run. They can be used for any occasion during your trip. They can be your savior in most unexpected situation which might happen during your trip. Your feet will suffer from fatigue constantly throughout the trip especially when you have to deal with delay flight, long lines, etc. Thus, you have to make sure they are comfortable all the time. You may pack a pair of sandal for strolling down the town.
Always bring water bottle to make sure that you won’t suffer from dehydration throughout the trip. Personal water bottle is highly recommended to pack because it is practical to use. You can refill the water anytime when necessary. However, it is also recommended to bring water bottle with additional feature such as filtration system to save you from hidden germs or parasite.
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Power adapter is also essential you need for a long-term travel especially when you bring various electronic devices that need to be recharged every once in a while. There are various adapter you can buy. There is a one-for-all adapter as well which can be used for various devices.
Personal bag is also one of your essential to bring because you will need it to put your most important essentials such as phone, passport, wallet, etc. You won’t carry around your luggage during your time exploring the town. You will carry personal bag. Therefore, bring personal bag with safety features to avoid theft.
For a long-term travel, you will need a packing cube which can help you pack everything in one go. There are wide varieties of packing cube in the market. Choose the one that provides extra space and smart features. The role of packing cube is to compress your essentials such as clothes, pants, and dress, so everything fits in your luggage without a fuss. This is the right tool you should have to save space in your luggage.
The name Indonesia might be far away from Westerners’ ears. The country itself, indeed, is located in the Far East. Although Indonesia does not have the best quality for living, but the country really has the best natural landscape to explore. There are more than 17.000 islands laying in the world’s biggest archipelago country that probably can’t be wholly explored in just a single lifetime. Having a wide range of biodiversity, Indonesia is a very rich country in terms of its nature. From the smallest creatures to the biggest one. From the most beautiful to the ugliest one. Indonesia has them all. As one of the biggest and the ugliest one, Indonesia has its Mola Mola in Nusa Penida, Bali.
Being the most visited island in Indonesia, Bali is not only offering its visitor the best cultural experience to explore but also offering one of the world’s most amazing underwater life to see. Visiting the Mola Mola Bali is among all the must-see underwater wildlife in the Island of God. The name Mola comes from a Latin word for “millstone” because of its gray, round body and rough texture. The fish has some other name as well. In English, it is called ocean sunfish while in other languages it will be named in such a way that has a meaning of moonfish in English.
Mola Mola Bali is the Heaviest Bony Fish in the Sea
Mola Mola Bali can reach a weight of nearly 5.000 pounds. It is heavier than the heaviest a giraffe can be. Meanwhile, the width can reach up to 14 feet vertically and 10 feet horizontally. It’s safe to say that our beloved Mola Mola Bali is one of the underworld’s heaviest and probably biggest bony fishes and creatures. But, that does not mean it is easy to find. Even though there is no specifically Mola Mola season in Bali, there are several conditions that make it possible to see this big fish.
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It is also the Ugliest and Confused-looking Fish in the Sea
The Mola Mola spends most of its time in the deep sea, not because the fish is shy for its appearance. Well to be fair, it honestly look like a giant half-finished fish with constantly confused-looking eyes and a gaping mouth that can’t ever close. It is because it prefers colder water. Nevertheless, our sunfish also loves to swim close to the surface sometimes. So, if you are brave enough to dive deep and face the ugly fish, then go ahead. To add some other facts, this ugly fish is covered with 40 different species of parasites on its skin. Whenever you encounter this ugly fish intentionally or not, you should be prepared to see a creature that looks more likely a monster or alien.
Lots of people choose summer to do outdoor activities during their vacation. However, it is not an absolute rule. You can also do outdoor activities when the weather starts to get cold. Camping for example is a great activity you can do anytime regardless of the weather. There are many activities you can do to have fun such as building a campfire, roasting marshmallow, making hot chocolate, and many more. Winter camping is not bad idea. What you have to do is to keep yourself warm and it is not that difficult to do.
What to do to stay warm during outdoor trip
Doing adventurous activities during cold weather is not bad thing, although there is high risk to get cold if you are not careful enough. Therefore, you should know the tricks to stay warm while enjoying your outdoor trip. Here are several tips you can use to have a warm outdoor trip:
Layering is key
Layer your clothing properly. Always remember to wear base layers to keep your body’s temperature at warm level. However, make sure to choose breathable fabrics because if you wear too many layers or too warm clothes then you it may get too hot for you. Therefore, versatile clothing is necessary. It is the type of cloth that will adapt to the changing temperature. Wool is a great fabric you can choose for your clothing because it tends to be warm as well as breathable.
Drink hot beverages regularly during the trip to keep your body warm. However, it is highly advised to avoid drinks with caffeine. During cold weather, sometimes you forget to drink because you think you are not thirsty. That’s why you still need to refill your fluids by drinking regularly. For outdoor trip during cold weather, hot beverages are highly recommended. However, avoid caffeine drinks such as tea or coffee because they are diuretic which in result will dehydrate you. You can choose herbal teas to keep your body temperature warm. Or, you can make your own hot drink with made from natural ingredients such as lemon, apple cider, honey, cinnamon, etc.
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Eat good food
Eat high fat with high protein foods because they are the type of foods that can help you stay warm. Carbohydrates are also great sources but they easily burn especially when you do physical exercises during the trip. Thus, fat and protein are better option because they stay longer and your body burn them slower. This way, your body will sustain warmth longer for you to survive the cold weather.
It is also important to stay warm when you sleep at night during your outdoor trip in cold weather. Therefore, it is important to choose the right sleeping gear. If you are camping during outdoor travel then might as well bring air mattress with foam pad underneath. It provide warm through proper insulation from the cold ground. Sleeping bag is also the key for you to survive the cold night. The one with temperature rated for colder weather is highly recommended for sleeping during outdoor trip.
Lombok is surely one of the most recommended places to visit especially when you are looking for a great place to relax and chill. Located in Indonesia, this island has such pristine beaches along with other charms you can explore. Many places in Lombok are still untouched. Thus, it’s a great place to visit if you want to avoid over crowd. This place is less touristy compared to its neighbor Bali. Thus, it is such a perfect place for your getaway. Not only will you find hidden gems during your visit in Lombok, you will also meet friendly locals as taste their authentic dishes.
Where to go in Lombok?
Lombok has fantastic nature especially because most of them are still untouched. This island is a great destination if you want to get rid of stress. However, you can choose to explore less touristy areas as well. Here are most recommended places to explore during your visit in Lombok.
The Gili Islands
Well, Gili in the local language means a small island. There are three main gilis in Lombok you should visit. They are Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan, and Gili Air. They are only 20 minutes away from the main land. You can rent a boat from the local to reach those islands. There are many things you can do during your visit to the gilis such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or just simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
Pusuk Monkey Forest
There are wild monkeys roaming around the street freely. They are occupying the nearest forest and often show themselves to tourists. They are not dangerous but it’s best to not provoke them since they are still wild animals, not the tamed ones. You can feed them carefully. However, they are also a bit sneaky and mischievous. It’s highly advised to not carry any plastic bags because they most likely to snatch them away from you.
You may have heard about the rarity of pink beaches in the world. You can find one of them in Lombok. However, the journey is quite challenging since it is not that accessible. The place is a bit isolated so the access is still insufficient. However, the place is totally worth your struggle. A desolate beach with peaceful atmosphere is there to welcome you. Just as its name, the sand of this beach is pink due to the coral. You may need to visit at particular hour to get to see the moment where the sand is the most pink.
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In Lombok, there are plentiful of waterfalls you can explore. Thus, beaches are not only your options to visit. Most of the waterfalls can be found in the northern part of the island. Several popular waterfalls in this island include Tiu Teja, Sendang Gile, Benang Stokel, Benang kelambu, and Jeruk Manis. The water is just fresh from the mountain that you can directly drink it or soak in it. The waterfalls are surrounded by lush greens. It presents you a great scenery of nature in the best way.
When it’s your first time on diving, getting to know about the equipments could be quite overwhelming. You just learn how to sink to the bottom of the pool and regulating your breathe and now you have to deal with complex equipments that you don’t even know the names yet. See the BCD? You might have heard it several times by know, but do you really know the complete name of the acronym? Have you really comprehend the use of weight? Do you know the right wetsuit to wear on each dive condition? Worry not. Here we will learn all the basics of scuba diving equipments for beginners.
Learn Every Type of Wetsuit
Now, wetsuit is the first thing you would wear before diving. It’s the thing that will keep you warm under the deep water, no matter how much you hate putting it up and peeling it off. Before going in depth to the world of diving, you would think that all wetsuits are the same. In fact, there are five types of wetsuits to wear in five different conditions. First, the “skin”, is not made from neoprene and made mainly to protect you from exposure rather than retaining warmth. It’s something you want to wear if you are diving in very hot area and warm waters and don’t want to get sunburned. The second, the shorty, is a short wetsuit with 2mm thick neoprene. It’s one of divers’’ favourite as it’s super easy to wear and put off, though you need to be extra careful with the sun and jellyfishes.
Third wetsuit is the famous 3mm, which also goes by “warm water” suit. This wetsuit is ideal for diving in warm tropical waters such as Bali, Maldives, or Caribbean. It’s also the most popular dive suit for beginner scuba divers as they mainly spend their time in pools and shallow open water. The forth is the 5mm to dive in 15-20ºC water. Not many divers have it, because they either own the 3mm for summer and the 7mm for winter dive. The thickest of all, a 7mm wetsuit is the best to dive in below 15ºC water to prevent drop of body temperature and hypothermia.
BCD, Your Best Buddy
The BCD is acronym for Buoyancy Control Device, which function exactly like is name. Divers use BCD to control their natural buoyancy under water by either inflating or deflating the air into the BCD. This is an essential things to learn by scuba diving beginners. BCD is essentially your extension of life under the water, where you would also attach your compass, dive light, cutting tools, and sometimes, the integrated weight system.
Hardest Tool (maybe) for Beginners on Scuba Diving: The Regulator
The hardest tool to learn for beginners on scuba diving is, perhaps, the regulator. It’s a pressure tool that links your tank to the BCD which enables you to breathe under the water. The regulator regulates the pressure of air from the tank to you breather. Just as you know, air pressure on tanks is extremely high that it would injure you if you try to breathe directly from the tank. Learning to use regulator is essential on any scuba diving for beginners lessons. You need to know how to assemble regulators, minimising failure, and the right way to control the pressure.
Weights and How to Use It
Have you ever jump to the water only to find out that you can’t sink in? That’s why divers incorporate weighting system into their diving equipments. Think of how many weights you need to use during open water diving and where would you put it. Do you much prefer weight belt or an integrated weight system with BCD? Know what’s work for your body!
Different personality tend to have different tendencies or styles including for travelling. For example, introverts and extroverts tend to have different style in travel. They may enjoy their travel differently in some ways which show their different personality. However, keep in mind that people are not always 100% introvert or extrovert. There are some people who are somewhere in between. There are also people who have introvert characteristics dominating their personalities and vice versa. If you are an introvert, you may need to create your own version in making your travel more enjoyable? Why?
Are you introvert who likes travelling?
Just because you are introvert doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy travelling. There are many experienced travelers out there with introvert personality but that doesn’t stop them from going from place to another happily. They have their own way to enjoy their travel. So why you have to create your own style for enjoyable travel if you are an introvert?
It is said that travel is designed for extroverts. It is also because travel favors the extroverts more. It is created based on human connection as well as finding communality in the unknown. During travel, you are forced to interact with people, especially strangers. You order your foods, hailing cab, and booking hotel room. All of them requires you to interact with strangers which sound to be not a problem for extroverts with their tendency to talk freely even with the person they just meet few minutes ago. Travel is more favorable for extroverts as well because the situation and experience looks easier for them to enjoy. Being outside of comfort zone, talking to strangers, facing the unexpected, socializing, always be ready to try new challenges, are what the extroverts find no problem with.
So, if you are an introvert and want to enjoy your travel to the max, you may need these tips.
You can try alternate staying in private rooms and shared rooms. There is high possibility that you will get irritated or overwhelmed if you stay too long in shared accommodation. You also need to allocate time to recharge yourself by having your own space for a while. You may need time for relaxation and reflection. Thus, Going with others and by yourself in the same day can be draining for you. You can plan a day to enjoy the trip with other fellow travelers. Then, you can spend the next day for yourself.
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When you are an introvert, it might not be comfortable to eat in restaurants with too many people. However, it is quite hard to be picky during travel and you won’t always get peaceful restaurant to eat out at. To reduce stress feelings, try things that can distract you from your surroundings. For example, you can bring your books to read so you don’t always have to talk to the strangers when you don’t feel like it. You also don’t have to overthink about being introvert too much and rather focus more on what your goals of the trip.
Since the surge of surfing in Bali back in the ‘60s, tattoo begin to grow in popularity. It’s now a booming business in the Island of God with tattoo studios popping up at every beach towns. While this means plenty of choices, you should be more cautious when it comes to selecting the best place to get a tattoo in Bali. Tattoo is a risky business. You are exposed to the risk of blood borne infection, HIV, MRI complication, skin infections, and other problems. No one wants to get such complication after walking out from a parlour. You’ll want it done only in the best place—a hygiene parlour with reputable, high quality works. This could save you from expensive medical bills or expensive cover up jobs. Here’s what you need to put attention to.
This is How the Best Place to Get A Tattoo Should Be
You don’t see dirts or smell something weird
When you walk into a tattoo parlour, you want to see clean floor, smell something quite like disinfectant, and have plenty of space to move. You want the studio to be well lighted, prim, neat, and overall feel comfortable. You have plenty of choice in Bali, so be sure to use the most of your time selecting only the best place to get the tattoo. Don’t be afraid to walk out when you sense something bad in the tattoo (e.g: oily floor or nasty corner). In our personal opinion, tattoo shops should smell like a clinic or apothecary. It’s supposed to be very hygienic, considering the risk.
You see new needles opened from sealed packs
Peeps. This is very important. Never, ever get a tattoo where you can’t see the artists open a sealed package of needles before your own eyes. You don’t want to get cross contamination while crafting a piece of art in your body. New, single use needles is something you cannot bargain.
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You see the studio/ artists featured on best place to get tattoo somewhere
You know a tattoo parlour is the most recommended place to get tattoo in Bali when people are talking about it. Social media and forums could be yet another help for this. Look if reviewers are giving good comments or recommendation in huge forum like TripAdvisor or Google Place. Take a notice when they are featured in reputable tattoo magazine or community, both in offline or online media.
You see a beastly collection of designs
One thing that could help you in quick judgement is noticeable collection of the tattoo artists’ designs. You might see it printed on the walls—which sometimes get cluttered with tattoo posters—or in books. Good tattoo artist will encourage you to see their portfolio. Not only their past works, but also tattoo sketches and other artworks. Sometimes, tattoo artists draw sketches based on their original creativity for future clients. Also, the best place to get a tattoo in Bali usually house a handful of artist from various genre to accommodate different customer’s taste of tattoo styles.
Vacation is what you need if you feel like combusting due to piled of work. It can be your escape to get recharged and motivated. Constant working without a break is not healthy for your mind and body. You need something that can help your stress be released. Only then, you can get back to work with new spirit and motivation. You don’t have to plan for a grand vacation. Choose something that fits your preference. If you like something simple, take a simple vacation where your destination is not so far and with the expense that’s not so high. The point is to leave your home and work for a while and indulge yourself with something fun, relaxing, and recharging.
Get the best out of your dream vacation
Keep in mind that planning a trip can be as daunting as handling big projects at work. Thus, make sure you don’t over stress yourself with your travel plan. Keep it simple and enjoy every moments. Here are several tips to get the best out of your vacation:
Boost your mood before the vacation starts. Most happiness from vacation is gained before it happens. The anticipation and excitement will lift up your mood. You can try daydreaming of fun things you want to do during vacation later so you feel more motivated to finish your work and plan your trip. You can also talk to others who have visited the place you are going to. Their experience can make your excitement increased especially when they give such positive reviews.
Try out new things during the vacation. You don’t have to follow what others do just because you visit the same place. You can try different things. This can help reducing your stress because trying out different things or learn new things can improve the way your brain works. If you have never tried Kayaking, try it during your vacation. It will fun and memorable experience rather than simply visiting touristy places like other tourists.
Choose only activities that are enjoyable to yourself. When you are enjoying things, you will feel more comfortable, relaxed, and happy. If you enjoy simple activities then do it. Especially if you don’t really have chance to do so at home due to your responsibilities and all. For example, you can just stroll down the street to enjoy street foods, visit a theme park, or get yourself a portrait from street artists.
Minimize not-so-fun duties during vacation. If you travel with group or partner, you can split the duties to wash dishes or clean up the room. Arrange the duties so you don’t have to keep doing it yourself. If you travel with group, you can also pool money to hire cook or housekeeper. Thus, you and your group can truly enjoy the vacation without worrying over dirty dishes, laundry, and other not-so-fun matters. Also, try to control your work during vacation. You can choose to tally shut off work-related stuffs or plan arrangement that suits you the best.
It has been scientifically proved that travel can bring benefits for your physical health. During travel, your body does physical exercises even when you are not aware doing it. You explore new places by foot, enjoying fresh air, and interacting with new people. This can help improving your body health. Not only does travel can bring you benefits of improved physical health, it can also give your soul benefits. Soul travelling is what it’s called nowadays. It is kind of travel when your focus is to feed your soul happiness, calmness, and contentedness.
What makes travel good for your soul?
Lots of people travel to visit a place that is trending on social media. They visit the place, capture some Instagram-worthy spots, and that’s it. It is not a bad thing but somehow, it doesn’t give your soul anything. Meanwhile, you can take soul travelling where you can truly enjoy every moment while earning advantages for your own soul. Here is how travel and soul can be associated.
Your soul is something you need to take care of
You need to make it stay healthy. The way you know if your souls is healthy is the mental strength. You need to maintain and improve your mental strength if you want to have a healthy soul. The way to do it is by taking part in constructive and creative activities such as travelling. During travel, you will be engaged to various activities which can help your soul to stay healthy. As the result, it will improve your mental health as well.
Various things you can truly enjoy during travel
You can also try to get connection with the nature. That’s good for healing. Your soul is needs to be healed once in a while. It is like maintaining your physical health by exercising or working out. Soul exercise can be done by travelling and doing healing activities such as staying at more secluded place.
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Travel is one of the best ways to get motivation in life
When you are bored of your life, you can go travel. You will find something new during the journey which can help build your motivation. You may also earn new motivation that can make you enable to do the unthinkable even. When your soul is not healthy, your motivation will low to none because what you have is full of negativity such as depression, anxiety, etc. By travelling, you get to see things in different perspective which can help rebuild your mood as well as passion.
Resetting your soul
Another amazing thing associated between travel and soul is that, travel can help resetting your soul. When you are feeling stuck or in a rut, travel can help you making up your mind. Why? Because when you are travelling, you experience new things, new challenges, and new obstacles. You will be required to think and try different methods to solve every problems during travel. You don’t need to take luxury travel to boost your soul health. The important point is to leave your home and go into the unknown.
Summer is coming and the kids can’t wait any longer to go to their long awaited surf camp. More than what you realise, the kiddos aren’t the only ones who’s excited for the summer camp. Yes, it’s you! Remember times you’ve spent to count the days before the kids departure. The shopping spree to buy stuffs you think the kids will need in the camp. The books they might want to read at night. Healthy snacks to share with other kids at the camp. And when the actual packing time come, you gonna need this guide to make sure the kids bring both the essentials and entertainment to the summer surf camp.
Kids Surf Camp Ultimate Packing Guide
High Durability Beach Bag
The first and foremost, you want a high quality, durable beach bag that can fit all the kids’ items. Choose one that made from quick-to dry materials cause your kids will be spending most of their time in the beach and the sea. Get a bag that’s spacious enough to fit the towels, swimsuits, extra dry clothes, water bottle, and lunch box. You can always pack the lunch in a lunch bag, but there’s always a chance that your kids will forget to bring back the other bag.
Swimwear preference could vary between kids, but we strongly recommend long sleeve wetsuits for surf camp. During the surfing lessons, they will get prolonged exposure under the sun, and it could result in serious sunburn. Also, wetsuits is very sturdy against the blow of the waves while bikinis and shorts could fall off. The kids could pack a bikini/ one piece/ short for other leisure water activities, if they want to.
Sunscreen Lotions/ Creams
Protection against the ultraviolet is a must when it comes to surf camps. Make sure you pack a waterproof, eco friendly sunscreen that won’t harm the corals. Lotion, cream, and stick sunscreen are the best option for kids. Spray sunscreen could cause a disaster on application without adult supervision. When kids try to reapply spray sunscreen themselves, it could get into their eyes, nose, or mouth and that’s dangerous.
A Big Bottle of Water
Surfing under blazing hot sun and salty waves requires more water intake than usual. Keep the kids from sunstroke and dehydration by supplying enough water from them. Bring a reusable water bottle to keep the beach clean from plastic waste. Rolling kids to surfing camp is a great opportunity to teach them about respecting and loving the earth from early age.
Healthy Lunch and Snacks
A day spent riding the waves and running on the sands is enough to increase kids’ appetite. They will get hungrier that they’d at home! Lunch and snacks are the ones that would save the kids in surf camp. Make sure you pack a balanced, healthy lunch with high carb and protein to replenish the energy. It’s a good idea to pack fulfilling snacks like nut/ protein bar and fruits for a quick bite.
Sandals, Towels, and Hat
What we recommend is a light, quick to dry towel, but basically any towel will do. Put a label or mark on the kids’ towel to prevent loss and confusion. Rubber flipflop is great to wear on the beach as they are very practical, water resistant, and easy to dry. However, flip flop could easily gotten off the feet once they’re hit by the water. If your kids is prone to losing flip flop, we recommend strap sandals that would stay put.
Spare of Clothes
We never know what will happen when the kids get so close with water. Maybe they get splashed by a friend or just getting unexpected waves hitting them on a casual beach play. Always pack a a spare of clothes, just in case.
Plastic Zipper Bag/ Reusable Bag
A reusable plastic zipper bag is very handful to keep gadgets and valuables dry. You might want to pack kids’ wallet, light book, phones, and electronics inside the zipper bag.