A Guide to Plan a Vacation to Indonesia

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A vacation in Indonesia can be extremely fulfilling; however, you will have to make proper planning to ensure the success of your trip. Here’s a guide to plan your vacation to Indonesia.

As a tourist, it is important that you respect the local beliefs of the Indonesians. The country has a high population of Muslims, owing to which it is not advisable to dress scantily in public places or wear shorts in the mosque.

If you are planning an exotic Asian holiday this vacation, the sultry archipelago of Indonesia may be one of the best choices for you. The fourth most populous country in the world features a unique kaleidoscope of people, cultures, traditions, flora and fauna, climates, topography, cuisines, and so on. It’s like several different nations blending together to form a single, organic whole, and in turn, evolving to form a rich and fascinating cultural landscape. It is perhaps this radical difference(s), yet oneness of the country and its people, which has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Planning a Trip to Indonesia

Despite its uniqueness, it needs to be noted that Indonesia is a country of odds. If you are planning to visit the country, there are numerous things that you will have to consider before you actually embark on your journey. This Buzzle article is a small guide that will help plan your vacation properly and with more ease. All you need to do is to consider the following pointers.

Best Time to Go

✦ Indonesia seems welcoming all round the year as there are no seasonal extremes; however, it needs to be decided whether you want to go during the wet or dry season; both have their own pros and cons.

✦ The peak season to visit Indonesia is the dry season that falls between the months of May and September. While one can escape heavy rains and muddy roads during this time, it is also slightly hotter, with certain regions experiencing droughts.

Gloomy tropical sunset

✦ The wet season that falls between the months of October and April is the off-season, but it is ideal if you wish to enjoy the tropical rains. However, it may also rain continuously for days together, thus, causing extreme conditions such as floods. Also, muddy roads, especially in the rural areas, may be a deterrent.

Tropical rain in indonesia

✦ If you want to experience and enjoy the festive spirit in the country, visit the place during the holidays―end of Ramadan and Christmas. This is the time when all the hotels and resorts are crowded with tourists, and prices are also high. Make it a point to book well in advance to secure a desired accommodation and a good deal in that.

✦ However, if you want to save money, visit during the off-season―the hotels and resorts decrease their prices, and the airfares are also cheaper.

Plan an Itinerary

✦ This is very important while you plan your Indonesian vacation, owing to the fact that the country is huge. It is practically impossible to see it entirely in a single trip, unless you have a lot of time at your disposal.

✦ Consider the total duration of your vacation, and accordingly, list out places you would like to visit. Also, keep in mind the amount of time you wish to allot to each place.

✦ Refer to travel magazines, read travel books, browse the net, purchase maps, and speak to your travel agent, and/or the people you know. All this will help learn more about the country and narrow down the places you may want to see.

Couple looking at map

✦ Indonesia has a plethora of experiences to offer to tourists. So, determine precisely where your interest lies―nature, wildlife, history, and so on. You can then plan your itinerary in accordance to your interest(s).

Note: If you are going to Indonesia for the first time, it is advisable that you hire a tour operator who will take care of all the things for you, right from booking tickets and accommodations, to organizing your trip there. You can then give your rough itinerary to the tour operator, and he/she will refine it to make it more workable for you. However, if you are going independently, see to it that you carry out an in-depth research.

The Overall Budget

✦ Indonesia is cheap and can be considered as one of the budget vacation destinations in Asia. However, the overall budget of your trip will depend on your itinerary.

✦ Accommodation usually grabs the lion’s share of your overall expenses, but you can always go for the budget and mid-range ones, and save some money.

✦ Transport is still cheap in terms of US dollars, although a hike in the fuel prices has led to a considerable increase in the cost of public transport.

Us dollars

✦ If you visit places, which are tourist hubs, such as Bali, Sumatra, Borobudur, and Sulawesi, you will be able to find a lot of competitive offers, especially on accommodation and food. So, book only after you have compared a number of offers.

Bali water temple

Bali

Lake toba samosir in sumatra

Sumatra

Borobudur in indonesia

Borobudur

Togean island in sulawesi

Sulawesi

✦ If you are visiting off-beat locations such as Papua or Maluku, which are still developing into tourist destinations, you may have to pay higher prices of accommodation, food, and transport.

Coastal village in papua

Papua

Harbour in ternate island

Maluku

✦ Domestic flights are the most expensive modes of transport in Indonesia. So, if you are traveling on a budget, do not opt for them unless absolutely necessary.

Immunizations

✦ For every traveler who visits Southeast Asia, the WHO has recommended a set of certain vaccines. These include:

✔ Measles, mumps, and rubella

✔ Polio

✔ Typhoid

✔ Hepatitis A and B

✔ Adult diphtheria and tetanus

✔ Varicella (if you haven’t taken a chickenpox vaccine in the past)

✦ If the duration of your stay is one month or more, you will also need to take vaccinations for tuberculosis, rabies, meningitis, and Japanese B encephalitis.

✦ Moreover, yellow fever vaccination is required if you have recently visited a country in the yellow fever zone. If you are traveling to Indonesia from South America or Africa, you may also have to present a documented proof of your yellow fever vaccination.

✦ Consult your local physician or one of the specialized travel medicine clinics, which will be able to advise you regarding the immunization shots you will need to take and the time to take them.

✦ It is a good idea to ask your physician to give you an International Certificate of Vaccination, which will list all the vaccinations you have taken.

Travel Insurance

✦ Make sure that you do not travel without buying an appropriate travel insurance. It should ideally cover all contingencies, which you might face during your trip.

✦ Apart from covering for thefts and/or lost baggage, it should also cover for emergencies relating to your health.

✦ Consider the worst possible scenario, and buy a travel insurance that best suits your needs. You can also buy a separate health insurance, if necessary. Also, make sure you carry your medicines along, if you have been prescribed any special ones.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets, pack your bags, and head to one of the most enchanting and intriguing places on earth.

A Guide to Plan the Berlin-Prague-Vienna-Budapest Trip

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One of the most popular European traveler circuits is a trip
through four of Eastern Europe’s biggest cities: Berlin, Vienna, Prague,
and Budapest.
 Just One Visa to Go 

Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic come under the Schengen Area, and thus don’t require separate visas.

Europe
has been the pioneer of the cultural, technological, and societal
development of the world for a few centuries. The geopolitical and
cultural history of the second smallest continent on earth invites
travelers of all kinds. Eastern Europe, long hidden under the Iron
Curtain, holds many spectacular examples of European heritage.Berlin,
the city that has had probably the most influence over the geopolitical
evolution of Europe through the ages, is one of the largest cities in
the continent, and the second most populous. It is the ideal city to
start one of the most culturally enriching and deservedly popular travel
routes in Europe: the Berlin-Prague-Vienna-Budapest journey.

The Eastern European Journey

This route is one of the most
popular among travelers from Europe and elsewhere, and not without good
reason! These cities are among the most advanced in Europe, and offer a
standard of living seen in few places elsewhere. Behind their modern,
sophisticated face, however, lies a treasure trove of wonders from times
gone by. All three were crucial at various times in European history,
and offer an irreplaceable glimpse into medieval times. Here are some
handy tips that will enable you to enjoy this vacation as it should be.

When Should I Visit Eastern Europe?
                                                            City Square of Prague
➙ The peak time for traveling in Europe is during the summer: Late
June to October. Traveling during this duration will allow you to enjoy
the full benefits of all travel-oriented facilities.

Traveling
off-season is usually a useful tip to lower the costs of any trip, but
braving the freezing winters or annoying rainfall just to save some
bucks can be pointless in this case. Unlike most tourist hotspots,
Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest are all bustling capital cities,
and don’t rely extensively on tourism for generating income for the
locals. Hence, the prices in such urban travel hotspots tend to not vary
too much seasonally. But going off-season will ensure that you at least
beat the rush, and still can sneak in a good deal or two. If you notice
most of the rooms’ keys still on the racks, you can often bring the
quoted price down to surprising amounts. Pretend to be a cash-strapped
student or beleaguered artist, if you must!

➙ Going in the winter by
design, to experience the Christmas and New Year celebrations, is
another excellent option. This way, you can be prepared for the bracing
cold, but still beat the peak-time rush of tourists. Off-season is also a
better time to pursue artistic endeavors. Given the vibrant cultural
and artistic background flaunted by cities like Prague and Vienna,
dodging the rush of tourists is the way to go.

➙ All in all, going just before or just after the peak time, i.e., April-May or October-November, should work out well.

How Do I Move About?
                                                      Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest

 

➙ All four cities are connected to most major airports all over the
world. Berlin, especially, will almost definitely be within your reach.
If this trail is just one of many sections of your European vacation,
the Eurail is the most convenient option. However, last minute
reservations on the train can be expensive, and buses or low-cost
airlines emerge as better options.

➙ As for traveling between the
four cities, many tour operators offer an 8-night, two-nights-per-city
package. If you are not the sort of traveler who likes having things
done his own way, this is an excellent choice. Some operators also offer
11-day packages.➙ If you plan to travel on your own, getting a
Eurail pass is your best choice; most commercial operators also use the
train. If you want to fly, try low-cost airlines such as Wizz Air.


For visiting tourist sights in a city, use the local bus or tram
network. This is more often than not the cheapest option, and will also
allow you to experience day-to-day life in that city. In some cities,
especially Berlin, you can also hire bicycles and explore the city’s
myriad streets on your own.

Where Should I Stay?

➙ If you are a
premium traveler, these cities will leave you spoiled for choice with
their collection of high-end hotels and resorts. Being national
capitals, all four contain countless high- and mid-range options for
your stay.

➙ If you are traveling on a budget, couchsurfing can be a
huge help, since it will cut down on the cost of accommodation
altogether. If not couchsurfing, look for other options of homestays,
which is quite popular in Europe. This will also reduce your cost of
food quite drastically. Though some homeowners may charge a fee (which
is not the norm, but is understandably common), it is much less than any
hotel or even hostel.

➙ European hostels are an important part of
the experience of traveling through this continent, and are a lot
cheaper than hotels. Budget travel guru Nomadic Matt personally
recommends hostels such as ‘Aboriginal’ in Budapest, and ‘Wombats’ in
Berlin and Vienna.

How Much Will It Cost?

➙ Most commercial tour
packages charge well below USD 2,000 per person for this sojourn. If you
are traveling on your own, a standard 8-day itinerary will cost,
according to your starting point in the U.S., up to USD 2,200.

➙ Cut
down on needless, frivolous spending. Go to bars during happy hours, or
buy your liquor in stores. Or else, just jump onto the wagon for the
duration of your trip; your liver will thank you for that! Cut down on
impulse buying. Put aside a certain amount of shopping money before
leaving, and if you see something you really like, compensate elsewhere
to make up the extra expense.

What Should I Beware Of?

➙ Get your
mobile coverage and credit cards sorted out well in advance of your
departure date. You don’t want to come home to see a huge mobile bill
that you weren’t aware you were accruing, and you really don’t want to
have any problems with your credit cards in a foreign country!

➙ In
general, Europe is a very peaceful continent, and violent crimes are
rare. But tourists are scammed quite often, and in ingenious ways. So,
take some necessary precautions. Always order your cab from your hotel,
or if you are staying with someone, ask them the rates. If a cabbie
demands more than adequate, let him know that you know the correct
rates; most cabbies gamble on travelers not knowing the correct charge.
Another notorious scam is fake police demanding to check your money, and
taking some without you being any wiser. If a suspiciously dressed or
mannered cop does stop you and makes such a demand, politely ask for his
ID. Explain that you aren’t making any accusations, but you are a
tourist and really don’t know if he is a cop. Be pessimistic, and always
assume that any spontaneous scuffle on the streets is meant as a ruse
for pickpockets to get to work, and stay well away from such crowds.
Even if you are not a ‘mark’, you don’t want to get caught up in matter
you don’t understand, in a foreign country.

Why This Route?

Western
Europe, particularly France and Italy, have become so popular among
global tourists that the previously Soviet-aligned Eastern Europe
remains criminally underrated. Berlin is, of course, one of the most
influential cities in human history, having been a crucial junction in
Charlemagne’s kingdom, Barbarossa’s Holy Roman Empire, and the Third
Reich. It also houses the most notorious symbol of the Cold War: the
Berlin Wall. In modern times, the city’s progress has gathered
tremendous pace, and it now has one of the best standards of living in
the world.

                                                         Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Prague, like Berlin, having played a vital role in the Holy Roman
Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, has been an important cultural
and commercial center for centuries. It is one of the most attractive
and appealing cities in Europe, and its city center is a UNESCO Heritage
Site. Before the German annexation of Czechoslovakia, Prague was home
to a flourishing Jewish community, and artifacts from the period have
now become very popular tourist sites. It is also famous for its busy
art scene.
Vienna is an important nexus of Germanic and Western European
cultures, and flaunts its Baroque past with pride. It has a long
tradition of music, having been home to legendary musicians such as
Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Strauss. Other performing arts, such as
drama, are also held sacred in Vienna, with the city housing the oldest
English-language theater outside the UK. Vienna’s cafes are also very
popular.

Budapest, like Prague, is considered one of the most
beautiful cities in Europe, and lies on the picturesque location beside
the Danube. The banks of the iconic river are a World Heritage Site
complex. Like Vienna, Budapest is famous for its cafe culture. It is
also the best place to sample various Hungarian delicacies, such as a
plum cake. Various sightseeing programs can be arranged to properly
enjoy the numerous sights of Budapest. Hungary has a rich political and
cultural history, and Budapest’s museums pay a fitting tribute to that
very aspect of Hungarian life.

                                                 Natural History Museum, Vienna
If you are really intent on discovering more of Europe’s historic
architecture and exploring another of its disparate cultures, you can
take the Danube Express from Budapest to Istanbul―another bedazzling
jewel in the wonder that is Europe.So, when you plan your
once-in-a-lifetime European vacation, don’t forget to include this
stunning journey through the sands of time!

10 Day Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore

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  Never miss the chance of taking the advantage of visiting these
three exotic cities. Beginning of May 2016, the prices in these
destinations are considerably perfect for a marvelous vacation in
Southern Asia.

The guests will begin their trip by spending three
nights in Hong Kong, featured with its skyscrapers; the city is among
the sections that are still under the governance of China.

The
word Hong Kong means the perfumed port. Distinguished with a significant
location overlooking the pearl Estuary and the South China Sea, Hong
Kong is one of the largest growing economies in the world and a
wonderful destination for a holiday as well.

The accommodation in
Hong Kong will be in the Park Hotel, located near many interesting
attractions like shopping centers and the Disney Land of Hong Kong. This
hotel is among the best the city has to offer.

In Hong Kong, the
half day tour to the Peak of the city, the highest point of the island
where the guests would surly have a magnificent time viewing all the
tall buildings and skyscrapers of Hong Kong from above. Afterwards, the
guests will enjoy exploring the Stanley Market, the largest touristic
market in the city. At the end of the day we will be also visiting the
floating fish village and one of the amazing local jeweler factories
where the guests will learn about this matchless traditional handicraft.

Another
wonderful evening tour in Hong Kong would be the Symphony of Lights
Cruise, this magnificent cruise of the Victoria Harbor, the most
astonishing and the largest sound and light show in the whole world. The
guests would enjoy their ride in a boat all over the harbor with
amazing lights coming from everywhere lighting up the sky, with the most
remarkable music.

The guests enjoying their vacations in Southern Asia
will spend the following three nights in Bangkok, the city that is
favorite among tourists all over the world. The capital of Thailand has
several secrets to reveal to its guests! Guests enjoy their vacation in
Thailand would stay in the Aetas Lumpini Hotel, one of the highest rated
among tourists in Thailand.

Explore the wonders of the Island of
Macau to visit some of the historical landmarks of the island including
the renowned Guia Circuit, the Temple of A-Ma, Porta do Cerco, the Saint
Paul Cathedral, and the Penha Hill Church in one memorable day.

Another
remarkable optional tour in Bangkok would be the Chao Phraya River
Cruise with dinner that includes the finest dinner cruising all over the
wonders of the city. For travelers who are fond of the astonishing
historical sites, we recommended the optional tour of that consist of a
half a day to explore the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha, among the
most popular landmarks of the city.

During the last part of the
vacation, the guests will experience spending two nights in Singapore in
the Dorsett Singapore Hotel, one of the finest and most comfortable
places to stay in Singapore.

Optional tours in Singapore include
the morning tour of the city of Singapore that include visiting the
notable Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the most ancient
Buddha temples in the region,. Finishing the day with the awesome nature
in the National Orchid Garden with more than 60,00 orchid trees that
surrounds the guests in the most fascinating ambience.

 

Helpful Tips to Follow While Buying Luggage

You might have asked yourself the question of how to buy good luggage many times. There are certain important points to take into consideration while going through this particular process. Here you will also be able to gain some useful insights into the luggage and/or baggage world. These tips should be utilized to a very large extent because these are very important.

1. The weight and size of the luggage

You obviously don’t want to under pack for any trip that you are going to make. For this purpose it is important to choose the size as well as weight of your baggage without any type of complications. There are also bags that are labelled as light weight but it is recommended to never take the label for what it is. There is always something behind it.

2. The durability and construction

Waterproofing, fabric and frame are the basics for durability and construction of luggage. Thus it is recommended to look for these characteristics while you are selecting your luggage. In case your bag has an inner frame, you must look for the fiberglass that can provide immense strength but is also extremely lightweight.

3. A stand out style

You must just say no to any type of black luggage. There are other colors that can make your luggage look as sophisticated as it can get. Colors like blue, yellow and red look very beautiful when they are applied on your baggage. Thus it is good if you think outside the box and go for something that is extraordinary yet beautiful. People always notice the color of your bag while you are travelling. Hence make the most of this opportunity and purchase a bag that you feel is the best for you.

4. Warranties and brands are very important

Who said don’t fall for the brand. The brand is an essential and important characteristic that must be taken into consideration. This is because without a good brand you will not be able to assure yourself of good quality and this can affect your long term needs and requirements. Also the warranty that you can avail on the luggage you purchase says a lot about your usage. You should thus go for the best and make good use of your luggage. There is always a lot in store than you might actually know about. It is one of the important things to remember.

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