What Travel Teaches You About The World

What Travel Teaches You About The World

Travel is such a life-changing and transformative experience and it’s worth every penny you spend on it. However, travel also has its downsides that teach you the hard lessons. Even though the downsides are less mentioned than the fun things, they are there and experienced individually by travelers. Even though you have prepared your trip to be mind-blowing and full of positive experiences, the reality is not always like that. 

Hard lessons you learn from travel

Travel expose to to the real world where you get to experience many things you probably have never imagined before. That is why travel can be mind-blowing and life changing experience. The most important thing is not to focus on the bad experience but the lessons we can learn from it, such as:

Not everyone is nice

During a trip, especially abroad, you will not always good and friendly people. Sometimes, you meet rude people who don’t know how to be respectful. Or, some people you encounter with just don’t like to give you the time of their day. Also, not all fellow travelers you meet on the road are welcoming. Hence, don’t focus on them but focus more on the people who can bring out the best in you. 

Travel can cost alot

Travel is fun and all but it can be pretty costly. Don’t believe people who say you can travel around the world without a single penny to spend. Sometimes, you are willing to sacrifice other important things in your life just to be able to fund your trip. Make sure to prepare your financial security if you think travel is your long-life passion. 

Travel can be boring too

Even with all the excitement built up prior to the trip, it can be pretty boring sometimes in the middle of it. It is not always full of fun and games. Especially when you are alone, there might be times when you feel so bored out of your mind. There are also times when you have to wait for long. It is something inevitable sometimes. Be prepared with something to come up with to deal with that boring moments. 

You are tougher than you thought

Many travelers were unsure for the trip they are going to have especially when it is first time experience. However, it is a lesson many travelers got that they are actually tougher than they thought. They are also more resilient and resourceful during the trip. They are smarter than they thought when dealing with some emotional stress during the trip. It is when you discover yourself better when travel.

Some places are different in reality

You might have expected and imagined your destinations to be full of wonder. You see from the pictures online or from the magazines of how beautiful the places are. However, there are times when you see different things in reality. Your destinations can be a dud sometimes. Don’t get bummed and make the most of the trip. Focus on things that lift up your happiness. 

Create Your Best Family Holiday in Family Resort Bali

Create Your Best Family Holiday in Family Resort Bali
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When it comes to traveling as a family, we believe the most difficult aspects are budgeting, ensuring that there are activities for the kids, and allowing Mom and Dad to have some adult/date time. While we believe there are several vacation options in Bali that will overcome these obstacles, the all-inclusive resort vacation still wins the hearts of many parents. The “all-inclusive” aspect of an all-inclusive resort is the best part. It removes many hassles that come with holiday—and for travelling families, that means a huge help. You’ll see why parents love spending an easy vacation at the best family resort in Bali’s best areas for families, the Nusa Dua.

You Pay for What You Get

All-inclusive resorts are exactly what they sound like. This usually implies that the lodging, meals, beverages, and tips are all included in the price, as well as flights and airport transfers. When we arrange an all-inclusive vacation and pay with my credit card, that’s it – we know exactly how much the holiday will cost. Sure, there may be a few dollars for tips or airport parking, and excursions and souvenirs are extras, but the overall cost of the holiday is known, and any additional costs can be readily planned.

Minimal Planning for Maximum Fun in the Family Resort Nusa Dua

Minimal Planning for Maximum Fun
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The amount of planning required is modest. Traveling is fantastic, but it takes a lot of effort! Now remember when you go on a regular trip with your friends or adult families before. While it was fantastic, remember how it took a lot of planning and logistics to book flights, hotels, airport transportation, and advance ticket purchases for museums and other attractions, not to mention finding good restaurants at reasonable prices that were open when you wanted to eat! A vacation in family friendly, all-inclusive resorts in Nusa Dua Bali require only the selection of a flight and a hotel, and the planning is complete.

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And with Minimal Planning, Here Goes Vacation with Minimal Stress

Kids are blessing—but there are days when they seem to take too much of your energy. And when you go for vacation, you want to actually relax. With minimal planning, come the minimal worries. Let’s face it: life can be stressful, especially for families with working parents and/or active children. But when you take a vacation in an all-inclusive family resort in Nusa Dua, you can genuinely relax when we vacation at all-inclusive resorts since I know I’m not responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly as our primary travel planner.

Having Entertainment and Activities Provided by the Resort

Family resorts often include activities for adults, children, and the entire family. You can do banana boating, surfing, or simply relax on the beach. Nighttime festivities and fantastic entertainment are available for the entire family. Many of the resorts, such as the Holiday Inn in Nusa Dua, also offer fantastic Balinese cultural experiences for both the kids and the parents.

Having Kids Club for Both the Fun of the Kids and the Parents

Having Kids Club for Both the Fun of the Kids and the Parents
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When it comes to families, this is one of the great added benefits of the all-inclusive resort. For children aged 4 and up, many resorts provide child care and activities. What about the little ones, though? There are a few resorts that have experienced caretakers on staff. The best part is that you can use child care as much or as little as your family need. It’s just convenient to have it as a choice. Mom and Dad, too, we believe, are deserving of a break. Even if it’s only to have a romantic dinner date.

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No Grocery Shopping and Meal Prep!

The food in family resorts are plentiful, and every travelling parents know this is a requirement when traveling with a hyperactive four-year-old who requires food every two hours. Furthermore, fruit and vegetables, as well as other nutritious options, are available, which is not always the case when. Food alternatives that are all-inclusive are also wonderful for encouraging youngsters to try new things. You can always find something to eat for your kiddos!

Places To Travel To If You Look For Monkeys

Places To Travel To If You Look For Monkeys

Finding monkeys while travelling is not as easy as it sounds. Despite the abundance, it is considered difficult to see monkeys unless you know where to look. Spotting monkey is such an experience. Monkeys are considered the closest species to human due to similarities in many aspects. They can be playful dangerous at the same time. If you are monkey enthusiasts, might as well travelling to places where they can be easily spotted. And here are some of the best recommendations:

Kinabatangan River, Borneo

Borneo is called the Asian Amazon and plays such a huge role to the ecosystem in our planet. In Kinabatangan River, you have fat chances to see two unique and endangered primates. They are proboscis monkeys and Borneo orangutan. You can only find orangutan in Borneo and Sumatra Island. This is categorized into endangered species because it almost extinct. The main reason of it is the oil palm plantation that has cleared the forest, their original habitat. Meanwhile, the unique feature of proboscis monkeys is their large nose. It is easy to spot them around Kinabatangan River. 

Danum Valley, Borneo

Again, Borneo is a great place to visit if you look for seeing monkeys. This is where you get to meet maroon langurs or red leaf monkeys. They often pay a visit to the Field Centre. Hence, you can observe them from close distance. They love eating green leaves of tropical trees, hence the nickname. You can also see Borneo gibbons, and they are also an endemic primate. This app lack of tails but smaller in size. 

Khao Sam Roy  Yot National Park, Thailand

You can travel to Thailand to see various species of monkeys. Khao Sam Roy  Yot National Park offer amazing views of nature. However, it is also home to dusky langur. They are considered the cutest monkeys in Asia with their appearance. They have large white colored circles around their eyes making them look like wearing glasses. There are also crab-eating macaques you get to see during your trip here. They have long tail and tend to be brazen. Hence, be mindful when encounter with them. 

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Not only in Asian countries, you can also travel to Costa rica to see monkeys. In Corcovado National Park, there are four species of Costa Rica’s monkey. They are Geoffroy’s spider monkeys, mantled howlers, Central American squirrel monkey, and white-faced capuchin. Habitat loss is one of the reason of the extinction of the monkeys here. Another reason is illegal capture. 

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is a place you can visit to see chacma baboons. This is the most dangerous monkeys in the world. It is reported that they can even rip leopard apart easily with their teeth only. They are not considered endangered since they are widespread. However, habitat loss has significantly decreased the number of them. Today, they are mostly isolated because they started to visit suburban areas where they cause damage by entering people’s homes. 

A Marvellous Underwater Trip to Nusa Penida: Everything to Know!

A Marvellous Underwater Trip to Nusa Penida: Everything to Know!

The Bandung Strait separates the three small islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan from Bali on the east side, making them a must-see for visitors to Bali. With a length of 17 kilometers, Nusa Penida is the largest of the three. There is a lot to see and do on the island, including magnificent cliffs, clean beaches, bat caves, temples, and waterfalls, but for underwater enthusiasts, diving from Nusa Penida was the highlight.

This post will provide you with information to assist you in planning your diving vacation to Nusa Penida, including recommendations for locating a diving center and the top dive locations on the island. We’ll also share valuable insights for newbie diver on Nusa Penida

Diving in Nusa Penida: What to Do in the Underwater

Diving in Nusa Penida: What to Do in the Underwater

Mola mola (oceanic sunfish) and manta rays, two of the most amazing huge species to swim with in the ocean, can be found in Bali on the island of Nusa Penida. The three islands generally receives huge streams of currents, making it ideal for drift diving. However, the many bays that make up Nusa Penida’s topography also allows some easy snorkeling for beginners. 

Snorkeling in Nusa Penida

The three Nusa islands are quite close together and separated by only a few hundred meters of seawater. So, if you go snorkeling on the island of Nusa Penida, chances are you’ve also gone snorkeling on the islands of Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Penida snorkeling spots are known for having some of the world’s most diversified underwater ecosystems, with pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life. They’re part of the Coral Tringle, and they like having fresh, plankton-rich water carried by the Indo Pacific Throughflow’s deep, powerful currents.

On the island of Nusa Penida, there are several snorkeling locations with reasonably calm water currents. The flows, on the other hand, can vary at any time. Additionally, visibility while snorkeling is good, ranging from 10 to 20 meters throughout the day, especially during the dry season in Bali.

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Diving Conditions

Diving Conditions

The sea may be unforgiving, and you should be aware that the currents surrounding Nusa Penida are known to be strong and unpredictable. For novice dives, this may appear to be rather frightening. It also implies that the vast majority of dives are drift dives. This essentially implies you’ll begin there, drift with the stream, and end up somewhere else. At the end of your dive, the boat will pick you up. Staying closer to the reef is an excellent advice. You’ll have a lower probability of drifting away in the current this way.

More on the Currents in Nusa Penida

The diving locations surrounding Nusa Penida, in particular, are prone to strong currents that can be distressing to even the most experienced divers. The strong down-current that can draw divers down the wall makes some dive locations unsafe.

Apart from the down-current, many dive sites around Penida experience “washing machine” conditions. Always dive with a respected operator, pay attention to the dive site briefing, ask questions, and dive behind and close to your diving guide at all times.

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Water Temperature in Nusa Penida

The temperature of the water around the Nusa islands varies greatly according on the season, time of day, diving depth, and dive location. Between November and May, the water temperature is between 27° and 29°C, while between June and October, it is between 16° and 26°C (north coast of Penida tend to be warmer than the south).

During the peak season of July to October, dive destinations like Crystal Bay and Blue Corner are very frigid, with temperatures ranging from 16 to 19 degrees Celsius. If you plan on diving these sites in quest of mola molas, we strongly advise you to bring an extra layer, such as a hooded vest.

Best Time to Visit Nusa Penida for Mola Mola

One of the best spots in the world to watch Mola Mola is Nusa Penida. And you can dive with the Mola in relatively cheaper price than in other part of the world, too! The best time to see them is between August and October. The presence of mola will be determined by the tides and current. The optimum time is between the new and full moons, when there is a long slack tide.

Ready for some amazing underwater exploration to Nusa Penida?

Tempting Food Combo That Can Be Harmful For Your Body

For foodies, hunting delicious food must be a routine that they cannot live without. But yes, foods are that important and while some people eat only to get the energy, some others do it for other reasons. For example, foodies choose and eat their foods in the way that is enjoyable for them. It is the experience they are seeking for, not only the nutrients. It is often that we see how foodies enjoy their foods like they are experiencing heaven itself. 

bread and coffee

Non-recommended  food combo for your health

While foodies like to eat many different delicacies, it is important for all of us to know that there are many food combos out there that can be bad for our health because they can cause various discomforts to our bodies. And here are some of non-recommended food combo you need to keep in mind before having your food feast and endeavor:

Tea and milk 

These two popular drinks are favorites of many people around the world regardless of their culture and preference. These two drinks are safe to enjoy whenever you can. However, it is best to avoid consuming both at the same time or combining these two to a single serving. It is because the protein found in milk can actually reduce the effects of healthy substances of the tea. Green tea is a perfect match for lemon juice. 

Soda and ice cream

These two refreshing products are best combo during summer. It is like the heat will melt away with these two. However, it is recommended to avoid combining these two together. It is known that when it happens, it can cause bloating to your body, making you feel discomfort all day. Also, bloating can lead to another discomfort; burping for hours. If you plan to eat ice cream, combining it with plain water is a better option. 

Bread and coffee

This must be a nightmare to know that the combination of bread and coffee is not-so-recommended to consume. The reason behind it is because the substances found in coffee can prevent the absorption of important nutrient, which is Vitamin B in the bread. If you combine both together, those will most likely become a waste in your stomach. 

Yogurt with jam

These two are such a refreshing and comforting foods to enjoy. However, it is not recommended to combine them together because this combo can cause fermentation in the stomach, leading to bloating and excessive gas production. If you need something to freshen your yogurt, you can add some fresh fruits to it instead of jam.

Sugar and cereal porridge

If you enjoy porridge for your breakfast, it is best not to combine or add it with sugar. It is found that the starch in cereals produces glucose when boiled. Adding more sugar will only increase the level of glucose which can be harmful for your body especially in the long term. You might increase the risk of diabetes and obesity if you do so. Add some fruits to your porridge instead for healthier option.

How Many Days Should You Book for a Trip to Raja Ampat?

Raja Ampat is a small archipelago located off the coast of West Papua. Allow enough time to travel and visit all of the most magnificent locations while planning a trip to Raja Ampat. Whether you’re a diver or not, you won’t cut your trip short since Raja Ampat has some amazing things to see. To be able to reach many Raja Ampat destinations, you have to prepare for 7-12 days.

Raja Ampat Liveaboard Trip- indoor living room

How to get to Raja Ampat?

Raja Ampat is a region of raw natural magnetism, located in the far-flung highlands of Papua, Indonesia. The archipelago’s 1,500 islands and cays are alive with life both above and below the sea. Birds of paradise flit and flounce through lush jungle canopies, and 75 percent of the world’s known coral species coexist under the waves. The archipelago’s size is incredible, and its beauty is alluring, but as far as vacation spots go.

To begin your trip to Raja Ampat, fly to Sorong, which serves as a hub for most Raja Ampat travel arrangements. Daily flights from Jakarta to Sorong are available on Garuda Indonesia and Sriwijaya airlines. 

To visit Raja Ampat, you’ll need a permit, which you may get at the Tourism Information Centre in Sorong or from specified locations in airports and ports. If you join an organized trip, the operator will usually acquire permission for you, although it never hurts to double-check.

How to get around Raja Ampat?

Your travel from Sorong onwards will almost certainly require a boat. Boats with varied rates and capacities are available for rent at the harbor. Traveling alone will always be more expensive than joining a group tour, however, it does have its benefits. 

If you have the funds, a Raja Ampat liveaboard sailing ship is a luxurious and practical choice that combines transportation and lodging in one package. When reserving accommodations, always inquire about transportation services, especially if you are not traveling with a tour operator.

What to bring for your island vacation

Add some comfortable walking shoes and mosquito repellent to your suitcase. The standard island getaway requirements, lotion, swimwear, hat, sandals, sunglasses. Malaria is unlikely, but it is a possibility. Dress in light long-sleeved clothing in the evening and sleep under a mosquito net at night.

Make sure you have all of the necessary legal paperwork with you, including your passport, visa, evidence of a return ticket, insurance policies, and dive certifications, and that they are waterproof. Many resorts accept credit cards but keep rupiah money on hand for things like meals on the go and tipping. If you haven’t already done so, withdraw or exchange money at Sorong, as ATMs and money changers can be sparse on the more distant islands.

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Incorporating Self-Care Into Your Daily Habits

selfcare habits

It is pretty common for some people to feel like they need to please everyone. The way for them to feel included or appreciated is by making other people happy, putting themselves at last. This kind of mindset can be damaging for you because you don’t prioritize yourself. It can lead you to think that you are being selfish if you take care of yourself. Keep in mind that selfish and self-care doesn’t have actually clear lines. Selfish is where you see the world revolves around you. Meanwhile, self-care is where you acknowledge that the world includes you. 

How to incorporate self-care

There is nothing wrong with giving attention to yourself. Or, you can give compassion, energy, and time to yourself, knowing that you are worth it and deserve it. This can probably hard to believe when you are so used to believing the opposite. However, you can start incorporating self-care into daily habits using these approaches:

Try slowing down with your pace

Try slowing down with your pace

If you feel like you have been running doing many activities and don’t even have time to know if you have eaten or not then it is time to slow down. Rushing through daily activities won’t make you more productive. In fact, it robs you from the real experiences. Try to enjoy your morning coffee at home instead of during a rush hour inside the bus. To do this, you need to start waking up earlier so you have time to plan your day, making it more enjoyable. 

Be wise in using social media

Social media is important platform to build and maintain connection both with your loved ones or people new. However, being too drowned in social media can be damaging to your mental health. Sometimes, you see someone’s post and feel like you are less worthy than them just because they seem to be able to hold themselves together. Hence, try building face-to-face interaction more which can bring more positive effects to your life. Limit online interaction especially if it brings you only negativity. 

Show appreciation to yourself

It is easy to go harder on yourself. You over criticize yourself and put higher bars for your standard. This can be harmful for your mental well-being because you feel pressured all the time to be perfect, successful, and composed. It is important to show appreciation to yourself. For example,, treat yourself a nice dinner after going through a hard day at work. Or, submerge in a nice, relaxing bath one of the days of the week. You don’t have to wait until you accomplish something big to treat yourself. 

Put yourself at the top priority

Instead of squeezing too many activities for a day, it is better to schedule it more proportionally. Choose activities that you want to do and give yourself benefits in some ways. Then, schedule each activity so that you have the chance to fully enjoy it. If you think you are too tired to hang out with your friends, do not be afraid to say no and do activities you like instead. 

Family Resort Hacks for Smooth Stay in Bali: Travelling with Kids

Family Resort Hacks for Smooth Stay in Bali: Travelling with Kids

When we take our family for vacation trip to beautiful destination like Bali, ideally you want to enjoy  every second of it and make precious memories with the family. However, vacation with kids is not always sunshine and rainbows. Most often than not, it’s quite stormy with all the kids’ antique and parent’s limit of patience. Opting for family resorts in a beautiful and quiet location like Nusa Dua when you’re vacationing to Bali is a good idea. To make the holiday even smoother, we’ve prepared you with some tips and hacks that will keep everyone happy. 

Go Big on Hotel Rooms

The first point to discuss when it comes to family travel and hotels or lodges is how you choose your lodging. A hotel’s room might be too tiny for four people—especially if you have two very active kids. You’ll need a really spacious room, especially if you know we’ll be staying at the hotel for an extended period of time. Like if you decide to travel during shoulder season in Bali—when rain occasionally pours for hours. 

Opt for Family Suites in the Nusa Dua Resorts

It’s fantastic to have multiple rooms in which to spread out. You’ll also appreciate the fact that the children can sleep in one room while we sleep in another. You won’t have to go to bed as early this way. 

Take a peek at one of the family suites at this Nusa Dua resorts. With choices of bunk beds or twin beds, these family suites have kids room decorated in marine theme and equipped with all kids’ needs. They’ll be happy to have Playstation, bean bags, and their own kids toiletries in their fun bedroom!

Opt for Family Suites in the Nusa Dua Resorts
A fun kid’s room inside family suite in Holiday Inn Nusa Dua, Bali

If you can’t get a suite or a room with a balcony, bring some headphones or a book light to keep yourself occupied until the kids have gone to bed.

Rearrrange the Furniture for More Rooms

Sometimes, it is not only necessary to have a particular number of beds in hotel room, but also to have a certain amount of space free of furniture and odd objects. When traveling with children, it’s fine to rearrange furniture or use space as you see fit in a hotel room. However, it is polite to return items to their proper places and clean up after yourself. Everyone in the family would love extra empty space—so the kids can be around safely. You will find that many family-friendly resorts in Benoa, Bali doesn’t really mind with you rearranging the furniture as long as you take full responsibility with this.

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Always Make Use of the Luggage Carts

Traveling with children necessitates a significant increase in luggage. After checking into the hotel,  get a luggage cart. It make all the transfer process of all of your belongings to the room a whole lot easier. The youngsters enjoy going on a ride as well!

Unpack As Soon As Possible

You might never really emptied our baggage before having children. But now, you’ll know how helpful it is to unpack your belongings and get organized as soon as possible. Put the empty luggage in the closet, setting up any snacks you’ve packed, and make sure that any medicine and toiletries are kept out of reach of the children.

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Making Sure Everything is Working

After you check in to the Bali family resort, make sure to check your room’s heating and cooling system, as well as other amenities like the coffeemaker, refrigerator, and hairdryer. Verifying that everything works properly straight away is one of the first things to do when checking into a hotel room. You don’t want to be halfway through your stay and realize you have to pack everything back up because an appliance has broken down. Your room should be a location where you can unwind and rest rather than a source of tension. If something isn’t correct, you should request to be relocated to another room.

5 Unique and Festive Death Festivals

Unlike its name, the festival of the dead, this ceremony is not as scary as you might think. In fact, the festival of the dead is a celebration held to remember the dead. Every country has a different way of celebrating it. 

fake maid to burn for Zhong Yuan Jie festival

Zhong Yuan Jie

Buddhists and Taoists are people who greatly value ancestors and ancestors. Every year, they dedicate a whole month to honor deceased family members.

In that particular month they celebrate Zhong Yuan Jie or ‘festival of hungry ghosts’. The Chinese believe the gates to the afterlife open on the moon when Zhong Yuan Jie takes place. Not infrequently residents avoid outdoor activities at night for fear of being disturbed by ghosts who have passed through the gates of the afterlife.

Zhong Yuan Jie festival

The Zhong Yuan Jie celebration begins with a parade and ends with floating water lanterns. Residents believe that the farther the lantern drifts before it catches fire, the more luck the deceased’s family will have in the coming year. They also burned fake banknotes, toy cars, and paper palaces as provisions for the deceased so that they could live comfortably in the wild.

Pchum Ben

Between mid-September or October Cambodians stop all worldly activities to celebrate Pchum Ben. It is one of the most important holidays in the Khmer religious calendar.

This holiday lasts for 15 days. At that time Cambodians thronged the pagoda while wearing white mourning clothes.

Pchum Ben are the days where the boundary between the afterlife and the human world is gone. At that time the spirits will return to their living relatives to atone for the sins of their past lives. Instead, Cambodians bring food offerings to the pagoda.

El Dia de los Muertos

El Dia de los Muertos has a similar concept to Halloween. The festival is also a product of the assimilation of ancient rituals and Christian teachings. El Dia de los Muertos is known throughout Latin America, but it is Mexicans who celebrate it most enthusiastically.

Dia de los Muertos lasted for 2 days. The essence of the celebration is to commemorate the life that the deceased once lived with food, parades, dances and debauchery. In that way it is believed that the spirits of the dead will return and join the party before returning to their world.

El Dia de los Muertos festival

The tomb of the deceased was cleaned and fitted with a simple altar equipped with food offerings. One of the most distinctive is Pan de muerto or ‘bread of the dead’. This bone-shaped bread is specially baked by living family members.

Pitru Paksha

Pitru Paksha is a tradition where Hindus remember their ancestors. This celebration lasts for 15 days in the Hindu month of Ashwin. At that time, residents gave offerings in the form of food.

Pitru Paksha begins with the story of Karna, a warrior in Hindu mythology. When his soul reached heaven, Karna was hungry. But he found nothing but gold. Karna asked for food from Indra, the lord of the heavens.

Pitru Paksha festival

But Indra said Karna could only eat gold because he never offered food to his ancestors while he was still alive. Karna regretted his actions and was allowed to return to earth for fifteen days. He used that time to make amends by giving him food and water.

La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme

La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme is an annual event held in Las Nieves, a small town in northwestern Spain. This ritual of playing dead has become part of the local culture in Las Nieves.

For centuries, the Catholic church was unable to fully integrate their teachings in Las Nieves. Most of the population still believes in witches and evil spirits in their spiritual life. So, this unique festival is one of the church’s efforts to adapt to the local culture of the community.

La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme

La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme is held on July 29 every year, as reported by Odditycentral.com. Some people would be put to sleep in coffins and then paraded around the city. They even acted as if they had died.

Discover Padar, Komodo National Park’s Third Largest Island

Photos of Padar Island, Komodo National Park’s third largest island, have been circulating on social media recently. Many people are enticed to visit since the photographs are so appealing. The island existence is not as well-known as that of Komodo or Rinca Islands, but its beauty is equal to that of the two. One of the islands included in the UNESCO world heritage list is this one.

Discover Padar, Komodo National Park's Third Largest Island

Location of the Padar island

This island, located in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, is home to Komodo dragons, just like Komodo Island. This island is quite unique, particularly in terms of its great natural tourism. This Island is separated from Komodo Island by the Leech Strait and is located closer to Rinca than Komodo Island. Although it is close to Komodo National Park, you will not find Komodo dragons because the food chain on this island is not as rich as the islands of Komodo and Rinca. It will be a lot of fun to travel around Komodo National Park’s third-largest island. The majority of the island is made up of high hills contours, coral reefs, and savanna, each with its own distinct characteristics.

What To do

The summit of Padar Island is the place to go if you’re looking for Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Because you can see the saddle that connects the two parts of Padar from this top. Of course, the best time to take shots is when the sun is shining brightly in the afternoon. Because seeing the sunset from this vantage point is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And, of course, there’s a lovely photo canvas. 

The trekking is quick and easy. It takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour to complete. You will, however, witness stunning scenery. Because the climate is rather hot, it is best to wear a hat during the day. Don’t forget to use outdoor shoes. Because indeed the terrain you will face is not that smooth. Instead of getting injured, it’s better to wear shoes that are intended for trekking.

How to get there?

This Leech Strait has a fairly strong current and has big waves. If you choose to take a boat, be prepared to face big waves. 

To get to Padar, you can use a plane that is only a few hours from Jakarta or take a ferry from Labuan Bajo.

Well, if you want to save your budget, you can take the bus first and then continue by boat.

Although it takes a struggle to get here, through the strait if you choose to take a boat, then up a steep hill. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour drive to get to the hill.

Many tourists choose to live on board to explore East Nusa Tenggara. The budget will be more expensive than sharing costs or using PELNI ships. But you can have a fun and memorable private trip with your family, friends, or partner.