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Protecting Yourself From Air Pollution When Travelling

Air pollution is a real threat to our health yet we breathe in it on our everyday lives. Lots of people die from it annually. Unhealthy air sometimes is hard to avoid especially when we live in such a big and crowd city. Not to mention that when we visit certain countries, we don’t really know the level of air pollution there but we still go to get that travel experience we have been dreaming of. Short term effects of breathing unhealthy include dizziness, breathing difficulties, and sore eyes. 

Tourist woman wearing protective face mask and  exploring new place

Taking proper precautions from unhealthy air when travelling

Regardless of your purpose of travel, here are some precautions you can take to protect yourself from air pollution:

Check the air quality of your destination in advance

Today, it is not hard to find almost any information you need including air quality of a city. There are many factors that make certain place has higher air pollution than others such as burning season, dust from desert, etc. Hence, it is best to find out more about your destination and its air quality prior the trip. At least, you can avoid visiting during annual peaks.

Always bring masks

It is not enough for you to bring only one mask for your entire trip. You need to pack at least two or more. Make sure to choose the right mask as well. You can buy it online with good quality. At least, choose masks N95 to make sure it is certified to do the job of protecting you. Today, it is even encouraged and recommended that you double-mask. It is a better protection especially when you are travelling. 

Wear your masks properly

Make sure that you wear your mask properly. Regardless of how expensive and good your mask is, it won’t do proper job if you don’t wear it properly. Make sure to not just hang it around your chin. If it is disposable mask, make sure not to wear it again on the next day. Do not attempt to wash disposable or single-use mask because you will only break the layer and it won’t do any good with protecting you. 

Pay attention to your skin

It is not only your breathing that is affected by bad air quality. Your skin can be affected too since it is the outer part of your body that protect you from any harm. When your skin is exposed to unhealthy air, it can suffer from various skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, premature aging, skin cancer, etc. Make sure to always wear moisturizer and reapply your SPF every two hours. 

Stay indoor or move somewhere else

When you are abroad and experiencing bad air quality in the place you are visiting, it is best to stay indoor and wait until heavily polluted days are over. If you have to move around, opt for metro or taxis. You can also consider a relocation to some places better, because constantly breathing in bad air will affect your mental well-being too.

Artsy Restaurants To Enjoy Dinner And Art Shows

Food itself is an art because it is made and crafted with particular methods and techniques using the right proportion of ingredients. No wonder that in many places, foods are elevated to be an artform. You can experience the best dinner at many restaurant around the world. However, the best ones will always go above and beyond to serve you the overall satisfying dining experience. Aside from the foods, they pay attention to details such as the ambience, the interior design, the decoration, the playlist, the cutlery, and more. 

Le Gavroche

Here are best restaurants where you can experience enjoyable dining experience while appreciating the art collections:

Piqniq 

This restaurant is located in Hong Kong situated at the rooftop of the H Queen, making it a more interesting place to enjoy your meals. This rooftop eatery is one of the hottest places to hangout at in Hong Kong. Inside, you will see the interior is packed with beanbags and fairy lights. And it is also adorned with beautiful works of arts from various talented, well-known artists such as Yayoi Kasuma and Lala Curio. 

Osteria Francescana

This artsy restaurant is located in Modena. The one factor of this restaurant to eb that artsy is because of its in-house chef, Massino Bottura, who is not only the best at making delicious foods, but he is also an art junkie. There are his artworks being placed in his three-Michelin-starred restaurant. However, there are also other artworks done by other famous artists you can spot in this restaurant. 

La Colombe d’Or 

From the name itself, we can sense a an artsy vibe already. This inn and eatery is located in France. This place has become a refuge for artists who were drawn to the area during both World Wars since 1931. there are many artworks you can spot on the walls of this restaurant such as from the well-known artists Matisse, Picasso, and Miro. The collection has grown a lot so this is the right place for you to see the real art collections while enjoying your dinner. 

Le Gavroche 

This is a place where you can get an old-school fine dining experience. There are wide selections of dishes you can order that taste heavenly. Aside from that, you can also enjoy the artworks being placed on the walls of this restaurant. Allow your eyes to wander around artworks from popular artists such as Dali, Miro, and Picasso. Located in London, this restaurant will give you beyond fine dining experience. The current chef-manager has such a good tastes not only at foods but also arts. 

Kronenhalle 

This artsy restaurant is located in Zurich, Switzerland. This is an institution that has been serving flavorful meals since 1924. Here, you will also be able to enjoy various artworks from well-known artists. Thanks to the owner who befriended artists like Picasso, Miro, and Matisse in 1940s. He had been collecting their work or receive it as gifts. Other artists whose artworks are being displayed in this restaurant include Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, and Robert Rauschenberg. 

Unique and Popular Greek Desserts With Interesting Flavors

When it comes to Greek culture, many people think more about the amazing history and stunning architecture. However, Greek is also about tradition which includes authentic foods. That is why today we are going to talk about Greek desserts that taste delicious with interesting flavor worth a try.most of Greek cuisine has been influenced by the neighboring countries such as Israel, Turkey, and Lebanon. Other factors that influence the way Greek serve their cuisine including their dessert is the season and region. Here are several of the most interesting Greek desserts you must try:

Baklava

Baklava

This is such as traditional, classic dessert in Greece. This is like Greek rendition of the Turkish dessert. This dessert is made with multiple layers of phyllo pastry spread with melted butter. Light layer of nuts are also added. Then, silky cinnamon syrup is poured over it once it is baked, adding the sweetness to this dessert. 

Rizogalo

This is Greek dessert that resembles rice pudding. It is prepared by combining glutinous sticky rice, heavy cream, water, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and sugar. More ground cinnamon is added on the top and then it is served cold in a glass bowl. Sometimes, rose water is poured over the dessert to make it taste more refreshing. 

Kadaifi 

This is also another dessert with adapted from Turkish dessert. This is made with shredded phyllo pastry, pistachios, butter, walnuts, cinnamon and spiced syrup. There is also another version when they use custard instead of nuts. Or, sometime they incorporate chocolate into the recipe to enrich the flavor. The texture of the phyllo is crunchy and soft. It is best served cold and perfect for summer. 

Bougatsa

This is custard pie in Greek version, made with phyllo pastry and then filled with custard. The custard itself contains semolina, sugar, and milk. It is then baked and cooled. Thin layer of icing sugar is added on the top of it along with cinnamon powder. There is also savory version of Bougatsa many Greek love. 

Spoon Sweets

This is such a unique dessert in Greece made with thickly cut fruit, water, and sugar. They are then flavored with lemon juice. All fruit is boiled until it has almost jam texture. It is then stored in jars and cooled. However, it can also be eaten directly from the spoon, hence the name. Another variation of this dessert is when they add more ingredients than solely fruits such as rose petals, walnuts, and tomatoes. 

Melomakarona

This is traditional Greek Christmas honey cookies made with flour, oil, semolina, orange zest, and various spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. It is then baked and soaked in spiced syrup. Honey and walnuts are added on the top. Some people also love to add chocolate or chestnuts. Many households in Greece have this sweets throughout December and January. However, these cookies can be enjoyed basically at anytime. The taste is a bit unique due to the combination of spices and orange zest, making it warming and refreshing at the same time.

Using Social Media Wisely And Mindfully

It is hard to get away from social media nowadays. It has been part of our lifestyle where we communicate and interact with others. Most of us may also develop love and hate relationships with social media because it is not always the best platform to turn to. Sometimes, it can be a good source of information and entertainment. But sometimes, it can be the most toxic place too. Hence, it is important that you know how to use social media wisely and mindfully so you get the benefits and avoid bad effects from it. 

A healthy way in using social media

Social media helps us to stay connected with the world. We can talk with other people regardless of their location. Also, social media has been used as a marketing tool for many businesses now. It is like a double-edged sword so you need to know the best way to use it. Here are some useful tips in using social media healthily, wisely, and mindfully:

Be intentional in using social media

Every individual may use social media for different purpose. Hence, make sure that you have set clear intention before going online. For example, you are going online to catch up with your friends, make plans for the weekend, find some inspiration, find out the latest information around your community, or to just zone out a bit during breaks. This can help you to avoid mindless scrolling that only waste your time and energy. 

Develop self-awareness

You will only realize that your way of using social media is unhealthy if you have self-awareness. to develop self-awareness, start to be honest with how social media makes you feel. See if certain outlets make you feel angry, happy, inadequate, guilty, inspired, positive, etc. By knowing how each outlet makes you feel, you know how to make wise choices with your social media use. 

Filter out your feeds

To make sure that your feeds are full of something in your interests, you can filter it out. You can customize your newsfeed so it only deliver posts that are in your preferences. Also, do not hesitate to unfollow people who add no value to your life. Then, make sure that you are not engaged with any contents you are not interested in or don’t want to see. It is because the social media algorithm can track your activities and behaviors in using social media to figure out what you like. 

Limit your consumption and find alternatives

It is best to limit your consumption of social media because it can consume you. Do not drown yourself reading comment section because some of them can be toxic for your mental health. Limit your social media consumption for only about 10 to 20 minutes. Then, find other alternatives if you use social media a way of escaping. Instead of venting out your anger in social media, it is better to share your feelings in journal, or talk to the people you trust. You can also practice self-care more so you are not reliant to social media. 

How To Be Responsible When Hiking

Responsible and sustainable travel has been an important issue in tourism due to many damages caused by irresponsible ways people do when travelling. Many people start to be aware of the importance of it. However, most of them do it only when they are on a long trip. Meanwhile, responsibility is not exclusive to long travel, trip, or holiday. Even if you plan a simple hiking, you can practice responsible approaches to ensure you won’t cause any damage to the environment. 

How To Be Responsible When Hiking

Be a more responsible hiker

Hiking itself is fun outdoor activity that is beneficial for your overall health. It is such a good workout you can do regularly. You can do it one a week or month, or whenever you have the time to do it. Also, there are many hiking destinations to explore. You don’t be running out of ideas of where to hike next. However, it is essential to stay responsible when hiking. And here are several tips on how you can do it:

Always follow the rules

Being responsible means you always follow the rules. To ensure you understand everything, read the handed information by the staffs before you explore the national parks or protected areas. If the staffs require you to watch informative video about the park, then do as asked. There are also many warnings the staffs put throughout hiking trails such as ‘do not litter’ or ‘do not feed the wildlife’. always follow the rules and guidelines not only to protect the place but also to keep yourself safe. 

Leave no trace

It is a must to clean after yourself when hiking. You can bring foods and drinks to make sure you are energized and hydrated. However, make sure to not litter around the areas. If there are any designated place to thrown your trash, keep it with you until you find one. Even if you think your trash is harmless, you should not leave them on the hiking trails. Keep the place clean and if you find trash, pick it up and dispose it properly. 

Stick to the marked hiking trails

There are so many hikers who feel entitled to be as free as they want to be so they decide to use hiking trails not recommended by the staffs. Instead, they choose other trails that have been warned to be dangerous. This kind of irresponsible can be dangerous for you as hiker. You might get lost somewhere or meet dangerous animals. Not only that, you might also damage the environment by straying off the path because you step on and trample over protected areas.

Observe but do not make a contact

Always keep a safe distance when you meet wildlife when hiking. You can observe them from afar but do not approach or worse, touch them. Even if you come across animals such as squirrels or rabbits, avoid touching them. Irresponsible behaviors can be harmful both to yourself and the animals. Also, avoid plucking plants or flowers you see while hiking. Remember to not leave and take anything.

About Giving Money To Beggars During Your Trip

It is pretty often that when you are travelling, beggars start coming to you to ask for some money. Looking at their condition and situation, it must make you feel bad for them. You feel like the cruelest person on earth if you don’t help them. Most often than not, you give them money to help them through the day. And it is not a bad thing, isn’t it? 

Giving money to beggars while travelling

Basically, helping others who are in need is not wrong. In fact, it is a good thing to do to help each other. However, you need to be more careful when there are people approaching you during your visit to another country. They look so poor with how they dress themselves. They look like the have not eaten for days. It is encourage to help them but you still have to take cautions when doing it. 

It can be a hard decision whether to give or not to give money to beggars you meet during a trip. They can be everywhere from big cities to stunning beaches. They often ask for money daringly. Some of them even like to grab travelers and tourists’ clothes. 

the reason why you should be careful when helping them is because sometimes it is not simply about people who are starving. There are many cases when beggars are organized by some types of gang. It is often that the beggars are minor or people who are too old to even walk around. They are forced to return with certain amount of money. If not, they will be beaten or being punished in some ways. Or, there are also cases of people disguising themselves as beggars and ask for money from strangers especially travelers and tourists. Meanwhile, they are not poor in real life. In fact, some of them might be richer than the travelers themselves. 

How to help them?

There are ways you can help people you meet during travel. Instead of giving money, help them for what they need the most. For example, give them foods if they say they are hungry. If they say they are cold, give them warm clothes or blankets. It is because there is high possibility of viscous cycle if you start giving them money. Once they get money, they will do anything to keep asking for it. You probably have heard about people purposely being disable to beg for money. Or children choose begging instead of going to school. This is kind of impact you don’t want to make from giving them money. 

Of course, it is more like personal preference on how you hep others. You may have different perspectives about giving or not giving money to beggars while travelling. However, it is wise to not give them money that will make them more dependant on you or other tourists. Try to help them in your own way or you can also help them with your skills. For example, teaching English or any other skills you have. 

Papua Diving, Revealing the World’s Largest Fish in Cenderawasih Bay

Where the feet are stepped on, there the sky is upheld. You must apply this adage when visiting wherever you go, especially if you want to do Papua diving. It is proper for tourists to protect the environment. Papua is one of the best in the world for tourism, especially diving, and the Cendrawasih Bay National Park is one of them.

Papua Diving in Cendrawasih National Park

Papua Diving in Cendrawasih National Park

There are several things that you must follow to be able to enter the Cendrawasih Bay National Park area.

  • Submit an application for a permit to enter a conservation area
  • The names of the teams and the origin of the participants
  • Length of visit
  • List of activities subject to non-tax revenues
  • List of equipment subject to non-tax revenues

Condition:

  • Copy of identity card (WNI Visitor)
  • Copy of passport (foreign visitors)
  • Police road certificate (SKJ) for foreign visitors
  • List of ship crew and ship sailing permit (liveaboard visitors)

After taking care of everything, you can enter the Cendrawasih Bay National Park area. Of course, before diving at Cenderawasih Bay, there are obligations that you must know and obey.

  • Read the terms and obligations in the area entry permit
  • Comply with the rules of the indigenous peoples inside
  • Cruise ships report in advance to the nearest village before doing tourist activities
  • Every cruise ship must be accompanied by officers 
  • No activity must purchase or serve its guests with overexploited types of fish, including grouper, reef fish, napoleon fish, parrotfish, shark, and certain shellfish
  • It is forbidden to light a fire in certain places

Papua Diving & Code Ethics

Papua Diving & Code Ethics in cenderawasih bay

Cendrawasih Bay National Park is home to whale sharks. Papua Diving is one of the ways for tourists to interact directly with this largest shark. You can find Whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay in the waters of Kwatisore, Nabire, Papua.

Code Ethics

Before doing Papua diving and interacting with whale sharks, you must know the code of ethics.

  • The guide must do a short briefing (10-15) minutes
  • Snorkelers & divers must follow the guide’s instructions. Keep a distance to make room for the whale shark, 2 meters from the whale shark’s body and 3 meters from the tail.
  • The duration of interacting with whale sharks is a maximum of 60 minutes for each group.
  • Camera use allows without flash.
  • Touching and/or actively chasing whale sharks is prohibited. Stay calm and swim sideways when a whale shark approaches,
  • It is forbidden to make loud noises, make sudden movements, and splash water that can provoke/disturb whale sharks.
  • Scuba use is restricted. Maximum 2 scuba users in 1 group. However, it is advised not to use scuba.
  • One group consists of 1 guide and 6 participants (maximum).
  • The boat must be moored on the chart at the specified side with the engine off.
  • There can only be 1 boat with 1 group per chart.
  • The maximum speed of the boat to Bagan is 10 knots within 1 km and 2 knots within 50 meters from Bagan and 20 meters from whale sharks.
  • The guide descends into the water first followed by the guests.
  • Snorkelers should enter the water as calmly as possible.
  • Guests must immediately swim back to the boat according to the duration of the visit.
  • The guide must be the last person out of the water.
  • The guide must collect comments from guests and submit it to the Cenderawasih Bay National Park Center.

Whale Shark Life in Cenderawasih Bay

Papuan people know this whale shark by the name of Gurano star, with a motif similar to the stars on its body. Some people already feel that they own and preserve the Gurano star in the Cendrawasih Bay National Park. One form is in the form of a customary prohibition on hunting whale sharks.

How to eat whale sharks:

  • Swim while filtering or sucking water below the surface of the water
  • Stand still vertically while sucking in the water.

Whale shark food types

  • Fish egg
  • Crustacean
  • Molluscs
  • Crab Larva
  • Coral eggs
  • Little squid
  • Small fish

How To Keep Travel Spirit Alive Even When You Can’t Travel

Even without the situation with global pandemic, not everyone has the luxury to travel anytime they want. Sometimes there are things that hold them back from travelling to visit they have in their bucket lists. Things like schools, works, financial situation, etc make you unable to travel freely. At the end, you have to accept that you cannot travel. However, there is a need an hunger to satisfy your wanderlust when you can’t travel. And you have to find a way to keep travel spirit alive. 

Satisfy your wanderlust when travel is not possible

Satisfy your wanderlust when travel is not possible

Travel spirit can make you feel more adventurous, happier, and excited. That’s why lots of people love travelling around new places. The situation with the global pandemic makes it impossible for you to travel freely without putting yourself and others on risk. Hence, here are some ways you can do to satisfy your wanderlust when travel is not possible at the moment:

Go to the nearest trek to hike or climb. Then, you can catch a sunset or sunrise. One of the sweetest things about travelling is seeing beautiful things especially that come from nature. Hence, you can keep that travel spirit up by seeing beautiful things within your reach by hiking, trekking, or climbing. You can do it on weekend or whenever you feel less hectic with your days. In this modern society, not everyone has the luxury to stop and appreciate little things like sunrise or sunset. 

Try and learn new things. One of the most exciting things about travelling is the feeling of experience new things. You can keep that spirit alive by trying new things while at home. The point is to get you out of your comfort zone. You can learn photography so the next when you can travel your skill in taking great pictures or video has improved. Or, you can learn to play instrument, foreign language, etc.

Sleep over at your friend’s house. One of the reasons why you travel is to escape from your house and daily routine. Ou can do it as well by staying in your friend’s house for few days and do some fun activities together. Or, you can simply stay in your close neighbor who you have treat as a family. When you return to your home, you feel refreshed. Or, you can take it to another level by staying the night at the nearest hotel. 

Make or order international foods. You might feel so bored with the foods you eat daily. Hence, you feel like travelling. However, you don’t really have to travel to foreign countries to satisfy your wanderlust. You can go grocery shopping and make yourself international dishes you like. You can look up the recipe on the internet. Or, you can simply order in from restaurants that sell particular dishes. You can choose Italian, Chinese, Indonesian, or Korean dishes and feed yourself to your heart’s content. This hopefully can satisfy your wanderlust. 

Top 5 Reasons to Plan a Flores Tour in 2021

Located in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago, Flores Island is the hottest place to visit for an unforgettable holiday. Flores is home to an enchanting archipelago with lush, volcanic landscapes and fascinating history. From pristine beaches to exciting adventure activities, Flores Island offers something for everyone. In Flores itself, there are plenty of exciting things to do, see, and enjoy that a person can never get bored of enjoying here. Flores tour can be spent lazing on the white sandy beaches, exploring the rich underwater life, and island hopping. Here are the top reasons that will make you want to pack your suitcase for a trip to this island.

flores tour

Why should you plan a Flores tour at least once in your lifetime?

Perfect for nature enthusiasts

Lovers of nature won’t be disappointed with a trip to Flores. From the time you set foot in Flores Island, you will be blown away by everything you see around. The lush vegetation, the clear blue skies, and the pristine beaches help you get closer to nature. Moreover, Flores is an island filled with many hills. So, this means you will find several vantage points around the island, which lets you soak in breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding islands.

Every day’s a beach day

Every day’s a beach day

Known for its pristine beaches, Komodo has plenty of stunning beaches to enjoy and relax around the island. The turquoise clean water, the soft and white sand make the beaches more attractive and beautiful. From the popular beaches with a lot of exciting activities to the quiet remote beach, Flores Island offers something to every traveler.

The best sunset

There is no other way to describe the sunset of Flores Island but magnificent. When the beautiful sunset ablaze, the ablaze horizon throws multiple shades of orange, crimson, and yellow like splashes of paint onto the sky.  It is hard not to be amazed by the magnificent sight of the sun on Flores Island.

Flores tour is a heaven for scuba diving enthusiast

Flores tour is a heaven for scuba diving enthusiast

With so many outstanding beaches around Flores, there is no doubt that this island gives you a wide range of exciting activities to choose from. Take a dive session in Flores Island, the underwater marine life including sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles swimming through the coral reef are another best reason to visit Flores Island. In addition to that, the other fun activities you can enjoy are kayaking, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and many more. No trip to Flores would be complete without a dip in the waters teeming with outstanding sea creatures.

Island hopping

With its calmer waters, the sea that surrounds Flores Island island is the perfect spot for a sailing holiday. While there are plenty of exciting to see and do in Flores, there are a number of several beautiful islands that surround Flores. Each island offers beauty and hidden gems of its own. All the islands are easily accessible by liveaboard. In short, the Flores tour will be one of the unforgettable experiences.

Kind Of Rude Behaviors Surprisingly Acceptable When Travelling Abroad

Every country around the world has different culture lead to different traditions, customs, habits, and behavior. Sometimes, behavior we consider polite and acceptable in our culture are seen rude in another country due to different culture and vice versa. Hence, it is necessary to do your homework before visiting a country with totally different culture. Hence, you know how to behave during your adventure there. You won’t intentionally offend the locals while enjoying your time to the fullest. 

Rude behaviors consider acceptable when travelling abroad

Asking personal questions in Asian countries such as Japan is not considered offensive. It is acceptable to ask questions about married status, relationship, or how much they make in Japan. Meanwhile, in western countries those questions are considered rude or impolite. Sometimes, it can be offensive. If you travel to Japan and a new acquaintance ask you personal questions, you can answer them if comfortable. If you are not, navigate the question subtly to another subject. 

Slurping noodle dish in South Korea or Japan is not considered rude. In fact, people there show how they enjoy their noodle by slurping loudly. Both men and women slurp their noodle loudly and no one bat an eye on it. In fact, the chef might get offended if you eat your noodles quietly, thinking you are not enjoying the meal they made. Also, you can drink the soup of your noodle dish from the bowl directly without using the spoon. 

In China, spitting in public is not considered rude behavior. It is like normal habit for everyone. Do not get surprised if you are wandering in China and see people spit in public without remorse. However, the government of China has made some attempts to their people to change this behavior. It is because people in other countries receive Chinese tourists negatively with this behavior. 

Riding in the front seat of the taxi is not rude in New Zealand And Australia. Meanwhile, taxi drivers in New York often get offensive if passengers ride in the front seat. In new Zealand and Australia is the opposite. The taxi drivers feel offended if the passenger choose the back seat to ride if you are the only traveler. 

Topless sunbathe in Austria is not offensive behavior. In fact, 49 percent of women in Austria feel more comfortable to sunbathe with their top bare. Meanwhile, in most of the countries, topless sunbathe is considered indecent and can get attention or even warning. In Austria, you can sunbathe at the beach or pool without anything to cover your top. 

In India, eating with your hands is more acceptable than using silverware. Therefore, you can just leave your silverware and start digging your favorite foods with your bare hand (of course after washing it thoroughly). However, keep in mind to eat or pass foods using your right hands only. Left hand is considered dirty because it is reserved only for doing less hygienic tasks. Eating with right hand is also applied in middle east countries.