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Sunrise over the ricefields at Sidemen in Bali
Indonesia

Sidemen in Bali – Tips For An Authentic Visit

After spending some days in gorgeous Munduk, we decided to travel to the east of Bali. In the cozy village of Sidemen, you literally stay between the rice fields, and in the distance, you can see the impressive Mount Agung. This fantastic landscape and the relaxed, village atmosphere makes it easy to linger around in

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Clear turqoise sea and white beach at Gili Meno
Indonesia

Gili Meno – A Quiet Paradise in the Gili Islands

Near Lombok and just east of Bali lie the tropical islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno, also known as the Gili Islands. Gili Meno is the ultimate place to experience real island life, without the many (night) bars that you find on Gili Trawangan, for example. we went snorkeling with sea turtles, walked

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Indonesia

Karimunjawa Islands – The Hidden Gem of Java

Of all those 17,508 Indonesian islands, the 28 islands of Karimunjawa are definitely worth putting on your bucket list. Karimunjawa is about a 2-hour speedboat ride from the mainland of Central/North Java. Chances are that you have never heard of the archipelago before because tourism is still in its infancy here. That means simple accommodations,

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View of Lawang Sewu from a beautiful garden in Semarang
Indonesia

Semarang – 10 Best Activities & Places to Stay

Semarang, located in the north of Central Java, with 1.5 million inhabitants, is one of the larger and busier cities in Indonesia. On the other hand, it is not a well-known attraction of Java, as Jakarta, Bandung, and Yogyakarta are. You hardly see Westerners there.   Therefore, if you are in the city, chances are that

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Surfboards in the sand at Kuta Beach in Bali
Indonesia

Kuta (Bali) – 11 Fun Things to Do & Practical Tips

Kuta is one of the most famous beach resorts in Bali. Here you can do everything you can think of. Sunbathing, shopping, diving, surfing, going out, you name it. Over the years, it has become one of the most important seaside resorts in Indonesia.   It is not loved by everyone because of the many

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Indonesia

Kuta (Lombok) – 8 Things to Do & Places to Stay

Kuta is located in the south of Lombok and is a super cozy town with many nice restaurants and a very nice atmosphere. Chances are you’ll never want to leave here after the first day. We have been in Kuta for 3 days to explore the south of Lombok and afterward regretted not staying much

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Indonesia

Uluwatu – Discover the Rugged Side of Bali

Uluwatu is an absolute must-visit if you are looking for beautiful (surf) beaches, limestone cliffs, and mouth-watering views. In our opinion, this region is the most rugged you will find in Bali.   And the great thing is that you can drive there from the airport in about 45 minutes. This is exactly what we

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Cancar Spider Rice Field (or Lingko Spider Web Rice Fields) at Ruteng, Flores
Indonesia

Ruteng – 7 Tips on Visiting This Beautiful Region

After Labuan Bajo, Ruteng is a logical destination to add to your journey across Flores. The village itself, surrounded by hills, is not that exciting, but the area around it is more than worth it. Rent a scooter and discover how beautiful the region is. You will find beautiful rice terraces, waterfalls, and primitive villages

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Amed Beach with boats and clear water in Amed, Bali
Indonesia

Amed – Explore the Friendly Side of Bali

Amed is a kilometer-long coastal strip in Bali that consists of several small seaside resorts. Amed Village, the busiest place, is one of them. Other popular villages for tourists are Jemeluk and Lipah.   The beaches are full of authentic wooden fishing boats that stand out beautifully against the green hills and the occasional turquoise

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Beach of Pulau Hatta with green palm trees
Indonesia

Pulau Hatta – Back to Basics on an Idyllic Island

Pulau Hatta is an island you’ve probably never heard of before. If you are on Ambon or Banda Neira, you will soon hear people talking about it.   It is one of the Banda Islands, a downright scenic place where you can snorkel/dive in an underwater paradise, go on an adventure in the jungle, or

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Travel Tips

What is Airbnb? How Does Airbnb work? Learn More!

What is Airbnb? If you’ve never slept in an Airbnb before, we can imagine you’re wondering what you’re getting yourself into! Originally, the Airbnb website is a place where you can rent (or rent out) a house, apartment, or room from a private individual. The idea was that this was mainly done by “ordinary” people,

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