Author: Greg Sam

In the Hunt of Best Komodo Liveaboard for Budget Wanderers

Komodo is famous to travelers for its Komodo dragons, the-lost-world vibes, and exceptional underwater conditions and remarkable marine life. Breathtaking views of towering dormant volcanoes, jagged mountains, undulating hills, and pristine valleys with swaying savannah are everything. Once you set the sail to Komodo, you will immediately feel the outlandish vibe and feel like you are finding a long lost world where the ancient and prehistoric Komodo dragons roam the land. As sailing is a mandatory method to explore the magnificent Komodo, of course you would want to complete the experience by sailing in the best Komodo liveaboard you could find—without breaking the bank. In this article, we want to share the best liveaboard on a budget for your upcoming Komodo holiday references. 

Best Komodo Liveaboard — the Budget

When you are travelling to somewhere as remote as Komodo, you know that going for budget option would largely means leaving convenience behind. But here we have three budget liveaboard recommendation where basic facilities are arranged with great hospitality and travelling comfort in mind.

In the Hunt of Best Komodo Liveaboard for Budget Wanderers

Tanaka Liveaboard

Tanaka is one of the best Komodo liveaboard to explore Komodo National Park for those on a budget. Often running the popular three to seven nights trip departing on almost every week, the 35m Tanaka can host up to 14  guests in 5 cabins. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled AC and ensuite bathrooms including bathrobes, towels, and storage space. Diver enthusiast would be thrilled for having diving packages and snorkelling guide included on the price. What’s more, Tanaka have extra water sport entertainment like Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard to use in Komodo’s pristine water. For a standard 4D3N sailing trip, Tanaka charges around US$ 1,294—and with such complete facilities, this boat is definitely a deal. 

Regina Liveaboard

Joining the 25m KLM Regina is a great way to explore the best of Komodo in intimate small-sized group. The boat itself come with 2 cabins three large double beds and three bunkbeds, catering to maximum 8 passengers on one trip. When you are not diving, snorkelling, or busy doing island excursion, relax on the open roof top terraces featuring comfortable bean bags where you could sit back and stare out into the open sea. With only US$ 633 for a regular 4D3N trip, Regina is truly the best answer for budget travelers. The downside would be the unavailability of complete diving equipments for avid divers alike. You might need to bring/ rent the diving equipments on your own. But if islands exploration is your sole purpose with some snorkelling here and there, this boat is your best bet. 

Helena Liveaboard

The KLM Helena is a 30m traditional sailing boat, fitted with modern amenities and furnishing. With  5 air-conditioned and ensuite cabins, this phinisi is ready to take up to 12 passengers to sail all around Komodo. For those who are interested, the boat provides two kayaks to chill whenever the boat pull over on calm and brilliant water. The food is delicious and always freshly prepared, but you are always advised to notify any food allergies prior to departure. If you don’t really have much budget to spare but still want a proper and comfortable sailing trip, then Helena could be your best Komodo liveaboard option.

Choosing the Right Hostel for Your Trip

There are many options for accommodation when it comes to traveling. Today, it is not hard to find decent play to stay in during your trip. However, some travelers limit themselves to choose accommodation.

You see, hotel is not the only option you have. You can find decent hostels to stay at. Of course, there is already stigma of hostel being dirty or messy. However, hostels today are different.

There are many hostels providing the best amenities, and more importantly still within budget. Thus, why spend extra money to book at expensive place if you can book a room in hostel which provide similar service?

The right hostel you should choose for your trip

How to choose the right hostel for trip

There are various factors that make good hostels. The staffs, facilities, amenities, and services are important factors to take into consideration when it comes to choose perfect hostel.

Some people say it is easier to find creepy hostel than the high quality one. However, you will find the right hostel if you search enough. Here are some tips to make your search for the right hostel easier:

  • Don’t always rely on the price. You see, one of the most common reasons why people choose to stay at hostel during their trip is because of the low price. However, the cheaper is definitely not always the better. Even if you are budget traveler, it is highly recommended not to always look at the cheapest when it comes to hostel. It is better to pay few dollar more for nicer room in decent hostel. Your body deserves it.
  • Good hostel provide decent breakfast both regarding to the time and foods. Some hostels begins breakfast as early as 6 or 7am. It is highly possible to miss the breakfast time if the schedule is that early. Thus, find hostel that provide breakfast at decent time with decent foods. Breakfast is the right time for you to gear up and be ready to face the day. If the food is not decent enough, find another hostel to book.
  • Try to find hostel that has a late check-out. Most hostels require their guests to check-out at 10am. However it is better to book a hostel than offer late check-out so you still have time to rest and prepare for the next activities. It is even better if you can find hostel that has flexible check-ins.
  • Find hostel that provide you lockers because they are not luxury but necessity. Lockers should a standard even in the hostel. It is important element you should have especially if you are the type of traveler that carry electronic device quite many.
  • Book a room in hostel that provides free-internet. You see, being budget traveler means you need to be wise with your expense. If you can gain benefit from hostel providing free internet then why not? Of course, internet is not always a must for travelers. However, it is a plus you can make the most of since many hostel still charge the guest for using internet today.

A Better Website Design for Travel Business in Bali

Every parts of business can be optimized. So does the existing travel businesses in Bali where the combination of digital marketing and traveling business is really needed. To prove that, you can easily find many of the travel related business websites on internet that are offering travel packages, accommodations, and many more in Bali.

Ever since the website has been helping many businessmen in Bali to reach more customers broadly–globally as well as locally, its web design is getting more important to build the professional and good looking one.

In general, business itself is to providing the best products or services as much as possible to help the customers. And you have been realized that you will doing it aesthetically to impress your customers, won’t you? So does the better website design is considerably important when its come to talk about the travel business so your travel packages or else can be displayed attractively.

Does a better website design will contribute on how customers are making decisions on what my travel business in Bali is offering them?

If you are thinking about the conversion on how changing the website design will be affecting on your business profits, then many businesses have been proven that it will be a possible thing to achieve. But, it doesn’t mean you will get money automatically right after your site design is changed.

That’s why on earlier this post I have written that you need to optimize all parts your business has. Website design itself is only one part you should take care of among many other things you have to pay attention to.

An example of earlier web design of TripAdvisor that has been totally changed
The first captured image of TripAdvisor.com on August 21st 2000 ago by Wayback Machine and see how far the site has been changed for its design.

Travel businesses in Bali are vary and many of the business owners are not only from the same country. Bali is one of the top world destination for travelers and can also be the first destination for the business owners to generate money since there are a big market around. People who are visiting everyday from around the world sounds like a great business to do.

So that, since the foreigners may have the better business strategies than you, you will really need to catch them up.

A better website design for travel businesses is actually to serve your customers a better way online. You will have to think about what will make them spend more time reading about your travel offers, how to make them interested with what you have been published and everything that are appeared on your website.

Surely that you barely can do it by yourself, but I think that even though you will need and find the Bali web design services, you have known that you’ve got more options to help your business with that. So, just make sure that you are hiring the professional, experienced and negotiable web designers in Bali to build more better travel business site that will make your competitors jealous about it.

An interesting thing that I loves about the web designers in Bali is that, you can also choose whether the local web designers or those who are working in a web agency that are originally from another country. It is interesting for me since you will get more insights about how you will deal with your website design that will really looks the best.

So, the better of your web design, the better you are serving your customers. Later, the best travel products or services are the two important things how your customers paying for your business or leaving it forever.

How to Build Social Interaction during Travel Smoothly

You see, traveling doesn’t always bring excitement, sometimes, it can trigger the traveler’s fears of something including fear of building social interaction.

How to build social interaction during travel smoothly?

Lots of people are worried if they cannot make friends during their trip because they think they are too boring. If you have this type of fear or insecurity, you are not alone. However, you shouldn’t succumb into this fear because you can indeed build social interaction confidently and smoothly even if you are not an extrovert person.

Those who travel a lot are not always the social butterflies. Besides, there are many solo travelers out there who may also have the same fears like you do.

How to make friends during your trip

Interacting with others during travel is inevitable. One way or another, you will have to interact with others for various reasons.

Instead of closing yourself even more, you should choose this opportunity to build your skills in social interaction. You will experience the benefit of it sooner or later when you are back at home but it surely will happen. So here are some tips to socially interact with others during your trip.

First, you need to find a way to give people reasons to talk to you.

It doesn’t have to be a serious topic. You can think of light topics such as clothing, props, etc. for example, you can comment about how interesting a word on the other hats. Or, you can comment about the book the others carry around.

With a small talk like that, conversation will keep going to more interesting topics. Once you start talking, it will become easier to keep going.

Next tips to be interesting for social interaction during your trip is do not look closed-off.

It means your mannerism should be fixed. If you keep crossing your arms while sitting, it gives the impression that you are not interested to talk with others. Try to relax your posture and be approachable.

You don’t have to keep looking down on your book or phone during your lunch. Try to maintain relax posture so it seems you are welcoming others to approach you.

Another thing to try is to not hesitate to ask questions even if it is not ‘high quality’ question.

You don’t have to look like a genius while asking question. It is not about showing off your smart brain. It is about engaging yourself with others in fun interaction through conversation.

Try to ask some advice if you happen to meet more experienced travelers. Ask about they experience so far during their trip and you can share yours too.

Sharing meals is also a good way to interact with others during trip.

You see there are solo travelers out there who eat alone miserably. You can start talking about the foods or small things like how nice the environment of the restaurant is, etc. Through meals, your conversation will not be too awkward especially at the beginning when it is the hardest part.

Sharing interests in foods is not a bad idea to start making friends during your trip.

Traveling in A Big Group to Bali? Let’s Hunting For the Best Stay

Staycation is somehow a rare thing the travelers can experience where they can stay in comfort and maybe a luxury accommodation, while the stay itself can add more values for their trip experiences.

Now, what if there will be a big group consists of travelers around 15 up to 20 people and planning to come to Bali, don’t you think that if all of them are decided to stay close together, then the accommodation for all of them will be challenged to find.

Hosting such a big group travelers need more money for the accommodation business while the hotel rooms will be excluded from the options since there is way to get another staycation that can be fit for the group members and providing the comfort staycation inside.

Where to stay in Bali if you are traveling with such a big group of people?

If you are in Bali, it is easy for you to see and find that there are many people who are traveling in a big group. Most of them are found even using a bus for their main transportation that can be enough for at least 35 to 45 or 50 passengers.

Most of them are Asians. They can be Japanese but I do believe that most of them are dominated by the Chinese especially they are usually traveling in a group. It is rare to find Chinese that are traveling by themselves even if you will be in Bali and I don’t know why is that happening and why they are different?! Are they afraid that they will be lied especially when its come to talk about the money? I have no idea at all.

Wait! Surely we are not going to talk about them even though they can also make use of this post where they can find the staycation around Bali and will be enough to be stayed for all the group members in comfort and luxury.

Best stay for a big group of people or travelers when traveling around in Bali

The first thing needs to be thought about when hunting for big group accommodation in Bali is that to know first the location to stay.

There are various places you can choose to stay in with everyone, but you have to make sure that you are getting the top location where you can’t only stay in comfort but the surround won’t also break the bank account because most of your needs will be so affordable.

Another thing to considering is that the location is accessible for its destinations as well.

And I have none recommendation that can be accommodate all of those needs and the others but at Seminyak area. You can find various type of accommodation, the live costs are cheap, it has some popular and interesting destinations or tourist spots that can be reached by foot and many more.

Next, then the accommodation hunting can actually be started. For all the big groups of travelers that are planning to Bali whether they are coming with their school friends, company vacation, etc, I will suggesting them to choose one between the condos or villas.

If the numbers of bedrooms and all the facilities along with the services are provided as you need, then you can only see the other advantages you can get while choosing each of them.

But, if you are asking for my self recommendation, I would say that renting an accommodation such an 8 bedroom villa Seminyak is truly the thing I hope your group of traveling can experience.

But keep on remember that both type of the stays are recommended just because the location itself is closer to the shore and i think that there won’t be any perfect staycation that will be matched to the condos and also the villas at Seminyak.

If you are asking another location to stay in Bali, I think the choices can be different as well. But if you think that Seminyak area will be worth your visit, then welcome to the paradise of tropical breeze.

Is there anything you want to talk about related to the staycation for a big group of people that are heading to Bali right now?

What Do You Think About Bungee Jumping For Your Next Travel Idea?

What if you are experiencing the bungee jumping for your next travel schedule either with your friend or someone you love or simply just on your own?

Bungee jumping is one of the challenging outdoor’s activity that will usually allowing you to go up to the higher structure such as the dam, the bridge above the stream river or sea, or on top of the cliff and then, you will jump down as the instructor will tell you to do so.

Why people are experiencing bungee jumping?

When you want to experience this, it means that there will be elastic cord tied down on your legs so you can be bounced up and down while the suspension is reaching its limit.

Bungee jumping seems dangerous, not challenging! Why people are experiencing it?

People are unique, we have our own different thoughts than the others. So does when its come to traveling. When you are wishing for the luxury trip, some others are requiring to challenge theirseif to the next level.

I haven’t been experienced bungee jumping before. It is because I don’t see it as the challenging experiences in a trip, but the dangerous one. Seems to be I am a coward? Whatever!

But, no matter how dangerous I and many others are seeing it, yet, there still some of the braves who are suggesting theirself to experience this dangerous kind of jumping.

The first thing I have thought of must be; they need more challenges in life for whatever reasons they might got. They must be the adrenaline enthusiast and bungee jumping can be the part of what they are looking for.

It is not about right or wrong things to do in traveling but as simple as to know why people are thirst to something especially relating to the travel idea.

But to be honest, travellers who are experiencing the bungee jumping somehow make me jealous since they are seem to be jumping in the face of the fear. Something that I have not been got the enough spirit to be done.

No matter how dangerous it is as I have considered, there must be something in it while jumping off hundreds of meters from top of the bridge that somehow can make the others experiencing the fearless thing as well as the feeling as the invincible ones.

I do really jealous about their mindset and faith that everything will be working out especially when they have been dealing with the great preparation while using the professional gears.

Bungee jumping can also be the solution for those with fear of the heights. I think there’s a psychological fear about that called as the Acrophobia. But, even if you have no Acrophobia at all, you and many of us should be admitted that jumping off to the hundreds meters below can be a fear itself.

I think that the gears should be plugged on me someday and see if I could have the new me and feels like a bird for a couple moments.

Even though bungee jumping can only be experienced for couple of minutes while you can always trying it over and over again in the same day if you want, this activity should be admitted as the one that is also contributing to the different and mind blowing view of the nature and surround.

Although you will only experiencing that for not so long, but I think that it will still a worthy one.

Another interesting thing about it is that, I can also bungee jumping with friends where this thing is encouraging me to do it someday and even more.

Why People Are Telling Us to Bring the Travel Hammocks?

Do you know what travel hammocks are and why you have to think about using them with your friends or may for the families?

A travel is bringing experiences. People are recommending it to theirselves for not only as simple as coming the new destinations that haven’t been visited before, but also to gain valuable things in life through cultures and all the ways of life of the others.

People are also traveling to get away from their routines and forget all the burdens at home and work to refresh their body, mind and soul.

And, as traveling is also needs you to bring some tools and items that can help you all the way on a trip, you need to ensure that you are prepared enough so you can really experience it the better way. For that purpose, one of what people are usually recommending until today and at least for the past recent years is to bring the travel hammocks especially when you are traveling in a group.

Travel hammocks are used at the beach

For those who haven’t been known about what it is, it is the suspension sleeping system that can be used as where you are going to sleep especially at the destinations where the accommodations are out of numbers or there are no where to sleep at all.

For short, a hammock is an item for traveller that is hung between the two stands or poles just like a swing but will be setup horizontally rather than vertically.

There are various types of it, but one of the popular one that is recommending by the others so you can keep on bringing on a trip is called as the parachute hammock. Its main material is the parachute nylon so that’s what people are calling it. And that type of hammock that we are going to talk about in this article.

There must be reasons why people are recommending us to bring the hammocks when traveling!?

As I have said on earlier that when traveling, we are also bringing some of important items that aren’t being part of our personal needs such clothes and shoes, hat, etc.

And of all that stuffs, one of them can be the hammocks for building our own shelters in a trip, especially when you are adventuring to a place where you have to make your own place to rest or when you are camping somewhere.

If you are traveling or camping in a group, you are really need to think about buying the travel hammocks for all the members or friends you are bringing with.

You don’t have to pay for all of them but for yourself alone and telling the rest of your friends to get theirs as the item they have to be prepared before the journey begun.

I am telling you this since there are some of important advantages that the travel hammocks are bringing and those can also be the reasons why there are many people or the other travellers are recommending you to bring them along.

1. Travel hammocks as the shelters you can bring anywhere

The first reason must be mentioned on above. As one of the kinds of sleeping system, shelters are what your group will be need when camping or undergoing the exploration that can take some times.

Either all of the travel members are going to sleep alone on each of their travel hammocks or getting the bigger size of hammock to fit in more people, it all will be your decision to make.

2. No need to burden your shoulders by heavy loads

Secondly, the shelters you are going to make shouldn’t be added some more weights to your shoulder since the parachute hammocks are lighter where if everyone will get one in their bags, at least that many of it has only the weights as lighter as not more than a half of 1 kilogram.

Knowing that, you barely can get the travel hammocks anywhere you go even if you are the only one who are traveling.

3. Do the travel hammocks are really contributing to our health?

Do travel hammocks beneficial for health?

Next thing should be considered why you will need to bring the travel hammocks when traveling is sleeping on this suspension system believed as the thing that can benefits your health.

As the hammock is experienced to give the user to fall asleep faster, it is also experienced in helping many campers and travellers for healing their back pain.

There are some of the other benefits where the hammocks are beneficial as the health-care but I won’t getting any further to that since the science and its researches are still undergoing and there aren’t many scientific proofs that I can find easily.

There are even some people who have been recommending to use the travel hammocks since they can also contributing to help minimising the insomnia. If you are believe it or not, you can try to buy one and see how the result is.

Those are some of the insights you can get when using the travel hammocks for some outdoor’s activities in your journey with your group and are also have became the reasons why people are keep on suggesting them to the others.