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The coronavirus outbreak that is happening worldwide has put us on hold from doing any activities that will require moving from place to place. Travel restrictions are not only happening in one country or two but is hundreds of it especially in those affected by the covid-19. Some countries have ease travel bans and restrictions. However, many people still find it scary to start travelling especially for leisure purpose. If you are still unsure of going abroad, you can also find some safer alternatives. As for now, you can also start planning your first post-pandemic vacation with a luxury train trip.
Recommended luxury train trips to take after pandemic
Taking a train to travel from place to place may not be a new thing for you. However, it is still different from a luxury train trip. It provides you high quality service, stunning scenery, peaceful rhythm of the rails rocking, and luxurious amenities to enjoy. Thus, you can choose a luxury train trip for your first post-pandemic travel and start planning it now. Here are some of recommended luxury train trips you may consider for your next travel plan.
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express usually operates eight times a year to provide a luxury train trip experience. It takes you to between Moscow Vladivostok over 12 nights. Places you will be passing through include Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, as well as Ulaanbaatar. The train will stop at some spots to allow train riders to sightseeing. This train also has modern equipment with three cabin classes to ensure the comfort and safety of every passenger.
Eastern & Oriental Express
Eastern & Oriental Express also offer luxury train trip. This train usually takes vacationers to travel between Bangkok and Singapore twice in a month. They provide two and three-nights itineraries. The train will run you through some of top scenic areas in Thailand and take a detour to the popular River Kwai bridge. This train is built with modern cars to provide luxury standards. There are three levels of cabin to book.
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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers modern, luxurious train trip. It is even considered as one of the top lists. The train will take you to travel through the most stunning views between Paris and Istanbul. It usually offers luxury train trip once a year. Thus, many people book in advance to avoid being in placed in long-waiting list. It offers five-night itinerary in which three nights on trains two in hotels because this train doesn’t have on-board showers. This train consists of modern cabins to accommodate travelers.
Pride of Africa by Rovos Rail
Pride of Africa provided by Rovos Rail offer five luxury train trips every year. It consists of 15-day itinerary to travel from Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town or the reverse. The train will pass through Bostwana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, as well as Tanzania. This train still uses older equipment for the majority of it. However, they are already updated to current standard. There are on-board toilet and shower to accommodate travelers. This trip also include safari stops that can make it more interesting to experience.
With one of the longest coasts in the world, Indonesia has so many dive sites to choose from. Each dive sites in Bali has something unique to offer, and this island is home to many of them, from the most popular to the most opaque. There is something for everyone in Bali, as both beginners and advanced divers can find dive sites that suit their specific abilities, but there are also dives where conditions can vary widely. Some are easy for beginners to dive and are located around the island, while others are easier for beginners and divers.
Dive Sites in Bali; How You Know It
Although they are quite remote, Pemuteran and Menjangan Island, where the largest and most popular dive site in Bali is located, are worth a visit. The island is known as one of the best dive sites in the world for both beginners and advanced divers, but it could be more difficult to get there. Occasional divers may prefer to make the trip to the Nusa Islands and stay in the south of Bali, near Kuta, Sanur or Ubud.
Popular Bali dive sites include the shallow Coral Garden, where Buddhist statues were made artificial reefs, the Nusa Penida Reef, the USAT Liberty Wreck, and the shallow Japanese Wreck around Tulamben and Amed. There is much more to choose from and there are many more dive sites for your next dive trip to Indonesia.
Diving with Currents
If you want to try dive sites in Bali with stronger currents, try the other two sites reserved for more experienced divers, such as Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Islands. We do not recommend it unless you are from abroad specifically to dive, as many of the other dive sites in Indonesia are more impressive.
Why Bali Dive Sites are So Good
The variety of corals is impressive and the variety proves that Bali is one of the best diving destinations in the world. This dive site in Nusa Penida is the only one where you can see manta rays in Bili. The jetty is also a paradise for micro life enthusiasts and a great place to look for nudibranchs. Some of the best nude dives in Bali can be found in front of the Secret Bay.
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Big Animal Attraction
Manta Rays and Mola Mola are some of the highlights that attracts divers from all over the world to visit Bali. They loves tropical water and strong currents, which what Nusa Penida is known for. These species are somethings that you will never see in America or Europe. So if you want to see them in their natural habitat, you should really see them here in Bali.
For more information about diving in Bali, visit PADI Travel or the PADI Dive Shop in Bali to plan your dive today. Come here to learn diving from some of the most experienced dive masters and explore the various dive sites in Bali.
Rich in natural resources, Brazil has been identified as a new oil power. The country occupies a large area along the east coast of South America and includes much of the interior of the continent. The country is by far the largest in Latin America, covering almost half of the surface of the South American continent. It shares land borders with Uruguay to the south, Argentina and Paraguay to the southwest, Bolivia and Peru to the west, Colombia to the northwest and Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and Guyana to the north. Due to its size, Brazil shares a common border with all the countries of South America except Ecuador and Chile. Since becoming a country which is rich in nature, Brazil tourism is invaded by heavenly places. Below you find some natural destinations in Brazil!
The Amazon rainforest is the largest forest in the world, and over 60% of the Amazon rainforest is found in the Brazilian region. The Amazon rainforest, which covers much of northwestern Brazil and stretches as far as Colombia, Peru and other South American countries, is the largest tropical forest in the world, known for its biodiversity. It is crossed by thousands of rivers, including the impetuous Amazon River.
River towns, such as Manaus and Belém, in Brazil, as well as Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos, in Peru. The Amazon rainforest has a very varied collection of animal and plant species. Here you will have the feeling of going down a part of this forest and admiring interesting animals and birds.
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is a Brazilian archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean off Natal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. The main island of the archipelago is Fernando de Noronha. Famous for its beautiful beaches, landscape and diversity of animals. There are in this archipelago around 230 different species of fish, five species of sharks and two species of turtles living in the clear waters of the island, as well as many species of flora that can be found here.
Ilha Grande is an island located south of Rio de Janeiro. For those of you who want a vacation in a quiet place, here is your alternative tour. This seaside town surrounded by palm trees is very cool.
Parks of Aves
Park of Aves is an ornithological park on 5 ha, in the middle of the tropical forest, and populated by colorful birds. Currently the largest ornithological park in all of Latin America. Home to more than 800 animals out of 200 species, it is also a refuge for species captured by the Brazilian Federal Police and the Environmental Police, as it will be smuggled. There are not just birds from all over the world, there are also mammals and reptiles.
There’s something about going on a sailing trip on a remote islands like the Komodo national park in Flores, Indonesia.To be away from everything and escape to the heart of nature. However, the excitement of meeting dragons and enjoying pristine beaches in Komodo Island could distract your from packing properly for the tropical trip. Here are 10 essentials you should never forget!
Komodo Island Sailing Pack Essentials
Whether you are travelling by yourself or packing for four people in the family, this list will help you to pack the basic needs to help you enjoy the gateway to it most.
Not just any sunscreen. You want a reef-friendly sunscreen that does not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. These are two common UV-blocking chemicals that unfortunately cause reef bleaching. Remember that Komodo has one of the highest marine biodiversity in the world. You don’t want to be an absent-minded, irresponsible traveler who spoil the precious and pristine Komodo. Choose a minimum 30+ SPF, all natural and reef-safe sunscreen to protect yourself and the nature.
Two piece of swimsuit for everyone
You are going to stay in a liveaboard to reach the Komodo Island and other islets. That means you won’t get access to laundry machine anytime soon and sun-drying is the only option to dry your swimsuits. Pack two pieces of swimsuits for everyone in the family, cause no swimsuit dries quickly.
Shades doesn’t exist solely for fashion. You need sunglasses not only to look good but also to protect your eyes from harsh tropical sun. It’s extremely important especially if you have sensitive eyes. Since you’ll be going with liveaboard, a polarised sunglasses will also protect you from the glare reflecting off the ocean water.
Smart clothes packing
When you are travelling to somewhere remote like the Komodo Island, you won’t need much, really! Make a capsule clothing for everyone in the family. You will only need some t-shirts, some summer dress for women and maybe polo shirts and shorts for men.
Flipflop for the liveaboard cruising
You don’t want to wear shoes in the liveaboard boat. Wear flip flop, preferably the one with an ankle strap so you won’t lose it when walking in the shallow water.
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Durable shoes for trekking in Komodo Island
While sandals and flip-flops are the appropriate attire in the liveaboard, you won’t want to wear that when trekking the Komodo Island. First you don’t want the carnivorous dragons to see your chunky feet as a munchable snack. Second, the sun in Flores is awfully unforgiving while the trek is dry and rocky. Trekking with just sandals would only give you a burning and bruised feet. Bring a trekking shoes. Besides, you won’t go trekking to Komodo Island only. You will surely trek to other unmissable islands—like Padar, Gili Lawa, or Sebayur—during the trip.
Bug spray for the naughty mosquitos
Nobody want to get malaria during the trip. Also, bug bites are just purely unpleasant. Bug sray is unquestionably essentials for your remote gateway trip.
Your own snorkel sets
After this Covid situation, we no longer want to share something especially things that involve our mouth and breathing system. Bring your own snorkel sets to Komodo Island. Komodo’s blue and translucent water is too inviting for anyone to skip. You will want to peek those vibrant marine life underneath the glimmering water. And if you have kids, they will want, too. So, make sure to bring the kids’ snorkel set, too.
A Dry Bag as A Travel Bag for excursion in Komodo Island
Where would you put all the camera, phone, other electronics, towels, and extra clothes for kayaking and other excursions? Even when you just go to one of the island in Komodo, you will get need to get into the water first after stepping down from the liveaboard. And you will definitely get wet. Having a dry bag as your light travel bag would be very beneficial!
To reach your travel destination, you can use various modes of transportation. One of the safest is most efficient is plane. You can book a flight for your travel plan and you just sit comfortably throughout the flight. However, it is also common for passengers on a plane to do or experience many different things.
Things you should not do when on a plane
During a flight, you have right as passenger to enjoy all amenities and services given by the airline. However, you also have to respect other passengers and the flight attendances as well. It is highly suggested that you don’t do these things when on a plane.
Pick A Fight
Picking a fight is something you should never do during a flight, be it with another passenger, flight attendances, or the pilot. Getting into a fight will only get you kicked out from the plane. Well, it is not literally but if it’s necessary, the pilot will land the plane in the nearest airport to ask you to leave. Remember that during a flight, it is easy to feel stress such as being uncomfortable when someone in front of you reclining their seat. Instead of getting into a fight, talk with them politely. If it cannot be resolved, talk to the flight attendance.
Getting drunk during a flight is something you should never do. Intoxicated passengers often cause trouble and that’s why most airlines contracts of carriage contain clauses specifically stating this. You will be removed from the plane if you found to be drunk. There was even a case when a sober woman was being rejected to take a flight because she looked intoxicated. Thus, make sure to avoid alcoholic beverages during a flight.
Keep Your Phone Turned On
Keep turning on your phone even when the flight crew ask you is a horrible thing that can put you in jeopardy during a flight. You have to follow the rule of the airline even if you have right as passenger. It is for everyone’s safety that passengers are asked to turn off their phones. If you forget to turn off your device you will be reminded by the crew to turn it off. If you are being persistent to keep turning on your phone, it is highly possible for you to get booted.
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Another thing you should not do during a flight is to neglect your hygiene. Keep in mind that you are with other passengers in the cabin. Forgetting to wash your hand or using soap after doing your business can cause terrible problem for everyone. The other passengers will get uncomfortable during the flight and you will be uncomfortable too with all the whispering and stares you get from others. Thus, make sure to keep your hygiene even during a short flight.
It is important to respect each other during a flight. Try to be more understanding with the situation. However, don’t violate the rules because it is for everyone’s well being and safety.
The holiday season is just around the corner and you just cannot get enough of planning on your next sweet escapade. But why, out of all things, it has to be resorts, you think. For some people, the idea of staying in resort might not be as familiar as booking rooms in a hotel. You might think a resort is a bit crowded with large families with shouting children or something over the top, but that’s because you haven’t really experienced the true comfort of a resort. Especially a resort in an island as nice as Bali where it is synonymous with beaches, blue skies, relaxation, and tropical fun! Here is five reasons why staying at Bali resort, such as the Nusa Dua resorts, is perfect for your next trip to the Island of God.
Being A VIP for A Weekend in Nusa Dua Resorts
On regular days you might be an office worker juggling with daily tasks, endless meetings and phone calls. On Nusa Dua resorts, however, you gonna feel like VIP all day long. You will get a taste of receiving special treatment and having all your needs met by the resort. Your fridge is stocked with all-time favourite snacks and drinks (no more late night trip to minimarkets!), you will have your own personal concierge, and having 24-hours room service ready. Having even your smallest wish granted is one of the best feeling you can have in a holiday.
Enjoying the Best of Gastronomy
Resorts know how to spoil your palate so much. From fuse of Italian foods, seafood, Japanese cuisine, to amazing interpretation of Balinese local food, everything taste just amazing. You will find your stomach growls in a minute.
Luxury Sunbathing at Best of Swimming Pools
Resort screams for multiple, large pools and that’s their pride. You can spend all your holiday time coated with sunscreen from head to toe and have the best, uninterrupted sunbathing session in one of the pools. The Holiday Inn Bali Benoa, one of the largest Nusa Dua resorts in the island for example, has four pools including an infinity pools facing right to the beach and a pool with bars where you’d love to hang out.
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Get the Best for Social Media
For social media afficionado, here’s the real deal of staying at a resort. You got the best instagrammable backdrop, you can take a shot in every corners and result in stunning photos, and every assistants there are more than ready to help you take the picture. Nusa Dua resorts is ideal for taking the best holiday shots, really. Lines of palm trees, white sands, impressive pools, and endless blue waters, down to the beautifully designed decorations.
Everything You Need Right on Your Doorstep
You want to go surfing? They’ll book the best surf school for you. Want to experience a Balinese cultural excursion? Just look at the schedule. Need a rejuvenating spa for your tired body and soul? It’s just one call away and you don’t have to move anywhere. This, dear travellers, is the beauty of Nusa Dua resorts.
Japan is all about modernity, thick culture, wonderful nature, signature Anime (Japanese animation / cartoon), and its politeness in addition to its magnificent landscapes. In Japan everything is impressive, I advise you in this article the extraordinary of Japan that you can put them on your list of most visited.
How would you describe the mysterious landscapes in a country? Haunted places like there are a few things that normal people can’t logically describe? No, here we are far from that discussion. OK, let’s go then! Here are the mysterious landscapes in Japan:
Unkai means the sea of clouds. A sea of clouds is a layer of cloudy clouds which is the effect of the trade winds. This natural phenomenon is very rare to see, only during the beautiful day or for the precise one it is between the middle of May to October. Unkai Terrasse is located in the mountains of Hidaka and Tokachi which is at an altitude of 1,088 meters from sea level in Hokkaido.
In addition, there is new construction of a cloud walk which gives you a real feeling of walking on the cloud. From here you can take a gondola to take you to the dock at Tomamu resort. The gondola starts from 4.30 am until 7 am (last ride). But, if you don’t want to wake up in the morning, you can take a night in a hotel on the mountain so you can enjoy the sea of cloud Unkai while having breakfast.
Kawachi Fuji-en (Fukuoka)
It’s one of the best wonderful places in the world. It is located in the Kitakyushu mountain of the south with its arbor decorated with a wisteria and a wisteria full of flower. This private garden is made up of 150 vines and some of them were already there a century ago. There are also large trellises and a pair of igloo-shaped domes in which you can walk and enjoy the 22 kinds of white, pink, purple and purple wisteria flowers hanging from above.
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Mifuneyama Rakuen (Saga)
An authentic Japanese garden was created in 1854 by Lord Takeo Nabeshima Shigeyoshi. This promenade garden built on the huge plot of 150,000 square meters (10 times from Tokyo Domes). He is appointed by the professional painter from Kano to Kyoto and has been certified in the monuments registered in the country at the first prefecture. Flowers are like cherry trees and azaleas, wisteria flowers in spring, crimson dyed with maple and evergreen. They are created a perfect breathtaking landscape of Mifune Yama. In addition, you can enjoy this garden in all seasons in Japan! Magnificent !
This very famous place for a Japanese Momiji event (enjoy the autumn leaves). It’s an impressive landscape with a lake that reflects another world, the native forest for a century on which moss springs like a carpet. We’re going to waste time there.
The magnificence of Bali’s underwater is world-famous and divers from all around the world flock to this little island to get a glimpse of the marine life. Burst of corals with teeming fishes and warm, clear water are the characteristic of this island. Bali’s underwater offer colourful and rich life with amazing diversity of fishes and corals species. The water welcomes almost every kind of divers. From beginners to professional muck divers, Bali has something for everyone. And that, my friends, includes the best of Bali dive sites for exciting big fishes hunt.
Phenomenal Bali Dive Sites: The Manta Point
It’s hard to miss the Manta Point if you’ve come to Bali ready to dive. Among any other Bali dive sites, the Manta Point is one of the most phenomenal. Who want to miss a chance to swim with theawesome, gentle giant of the ocean? The Manta Point is basically a lime stone formation in the southwest coast of Nusa Penida. The Mantas love to get out early in the morning and you can actually see patches of black, huge-kite like swimming in the clear water. The currents are generally stronger than other dive sites in Bali and the water colder. The Manta Rays are often seen around the cleaning station, but they can wander pretty much anywehere around the site. When you’re done playing with the Manta, you might able to spot on some pelagic like tuna and mackarel. Sometimes turtles are passing by and they are definitely a delight to see.
The Stunning Crystal Bay for Mola Mola Sighting
The name Crystal Bay might invite you to think of some clearest water and that’s exactly what you will see in this Bali dive sites. The Crystal Bay offers tranquility, blooming corals, exotic fishes, and overall incredible underwater experience. The Mola Mola doesn’t start appearing until August to October, when the water temperature gets colder. This is the time when they come from the twilight zone of the deepwater to the surface and get their yearly treatment done by the reef fishes.
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Lovina for Dolphins
Not everyday you can see dolphins! Even when you have the ability to breathe and move underwater, meeting dolphins is something you probably can have once in a blue moon. Among many dive sites in Bali, however, there’s this particular dive spot in the northern coast, the Lovina, which famous for its dolphins. Early morning is the time where the dolphins get ups and about. While they are the local star, their presence cannot be guaranteed and you might need to just content with corals and fishes. If you are really lucky, you might find a school of dolphins following your dive boat as you’re about to get back to the island.
Anything can happen during travel. It is not always rainbow an sunshine. Sometime, you experience minor to major hassles that can leave you feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Smooth travel can be achieved when you prepare it well in advance as well as being more flexible on the road. While something can be prevented, some just can’t. therefore, you need to be flexible and think quickly if you experience unexpected thing during a trip so you can travel safely and smoothly. what about emergency situation during a flight?
How to behave during emergency on a plane
You may have heard how a plane is the safest mode of transportation. However, there have been cases of emergency during a flight causing minor to fatal injury and even death. So what should you do when you are encountering emergency situation during a flight on your trip?
Try to Stay Calm
The first important thing to do during emergency is try to stay calm. It is almost impossible to do because even minor turbulence can make your heart beats faster. However, staying calm and level-headed will help you to not go into panic mode. It will make you easier to think what’s best to do. When there is an emergency situation being announced during a flight, take a deep breath and avoid screaming or yelling at the flight attendants or pilots because it will spread like fire and everyone will start to panic as well.
Put your life and safety as priority
The next thing you should do is put your life and safety as your priority, not anything else, not your bag, not your toiletries. There have been cases of burning plane where some passenger were busy dragging their bags instead of hurrying to the door or helping other. It was one of the most causes of more casualties during burning plane situation. You can buy them all if you survive so leave your bag or belongings and don’t let it hold you and other passengers back when exiting the emergency door.
Locate the nearest emergency exit
When there is an emergency during a flight, try to locate the nearest emergency exit so you can evacuate yourself more efficiently because you know where to go faster. During the event, there will be announcements from the flight attendants. They will give some instructions. Instead of panicking, try to listen attentively so you know what to do. Follow the instruction well because they are already trained for this situation.
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Forget your bag
Keep in mind that your bag doesn’t worth your life. The process of evacuation during emergency situation on a flight needs to be done quickly to avoid casualties. Thus, everything should be done efficiently. You don’t have to take everything with you. Do not try to open the overhead compartment either and leave your personal items behind.
Care to other passengers
Instead of worrying over your personal items, it is much better to worry of the other passengers. Try to help each other during emergency. Even a small act of kindness during emergency will truly make significant change. It may save many lives.
You have already imagine it. The sun, the sands, and the long barrel of waves ready to ride on. In a few months from now, you will be leaving whatever boring thing you are doing right now and start on an exciting surf holidays. Your life would consist nothing but surfing, sunbathing, eating, and enjoying every second of the hard-earned vacation. It seems almost perfect, isn’t it? However, all the things under the sun has it problems and surfing holiday is no exception. Let’s get real. Surfers has their own challenges when it comes to surf holidays no matter how dreamy it is. Here’s realistic problems you might encounter and need to think of.
Moving Boards on Surf Holidays
If you have your own surfboards and plan to bring it, that will be the very first challenges on the holiday. You see, taking surfboards to airplanes are risky, expensive, and it will always be. Some airlines doesn’t charge for boards, that’s great. Others charge boards and some even open your bag and count charges for each boards you take. Also remember that the charges applies for the return trip as well. Count the charges meticulously. You probably need to pay more than the value of your boards on a return trip just for the charges only!
Travelling to Remote, Untouched Waves Can be Expensive
We surfers are thrilled when we can have all the beach and the waves just for ourself. On surf holidays, we are determined to find the most remote and pristine places. To surf where no other has been. However, reaching remote destination also means spending more money for travel. You might need to hop to another plane, ride a taxi, rent a car from the locas, or probably sail with a boat. If you are not ready with the added expenses, stay on most popular, reachable surf destinations.
No Guaranteed Waves
No matter how expensive your surf holidays is, nothing could guarantee how nature behaves. Some places are certainly at its best at certain times. But we have heard enough of dissappointing surfer stories. About coming to a place, dropping expenses worth of months of wages, and couldn’t even get into the water because the waves are too big ot too small to surf in.
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The Risk of Drowning on Surf Holidays
Do you know that drowning is one of the biggest risk of surfing? Even the most experienced surfers could drown on their surf holidays if they are not careful enough. Getting trapped on reef, miscalculating the waves, hit to unconciousness on a collusion, and many wrong thing are possible during surfing. The danger is real and should never be underestimated. The solution? Always surf with a friend (or better, local surf guide) who can help you out if you get into problems.