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Since I truly believe that Indonesia is more than just Bali, I’ve decided to write about all the other beautiful places you can visit. Chances are you already have one full week planned in Bali. So here’s what you can do during the rest of your stay in Indonesia. 

Indonesia is a big country with over 14.752 islands. This makes it hard to see all of it in so little time. The best thing you can do is choose one island and see as much of it as possible.

Java is third largest island of Indonesia after Sumatra and Celebes. On Java they speak Indonesian. Sometimes it was quite hard to communicate since a lot of people don’t speak any English. If you have only two weeks, this itinerary might help you. I started in Jakarta but since I didn’t like it that much, I’m not going to put it in the schedule.

Day 1-3: Yogyakarta

The city

This city is a perfect place to start your trip. It’s what most people do and if you want to meet people to travel Java with, this is the right place. The city is mostly known for its temples Borobudur and Pranbanam. Almost every hostel or hotel will offer you a tour to see these. Three days should be enough to discover Yoygya.

Tours

I watched the sunset over Pranbanam the first night and then did the sunrise tour for Borobudur. This is probably the best way to do it since Borobudur is by far the most impressive temple.

 Regarding prices, these will be around 350.000 for each temple including the entrance. If you’re not watching the sunrise you can buy the combination ticket and don’t forget your student card if you have one, because you get a discount here.

Another tour I can recommend in Yogya is a cycling tour on the countryside. My hostel, Happy Budha, organizes a really good one. You don’t have to bicycle all the time; so don’t let that stop you. You visit all sorts of local producers; you get to see how they make tempe, sugar, etc. You can include a cooking class at the end of the tour.
The price for the cycling only was 150.000RP and if you include the cooking class its 300.000RP.

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Accommodation

Happy Buddha, the hostel I stayed in, is located in the touristic center of Yogya. You’ll see a lot of other tourists, the locals actually call this part of town “foreigner village”. I personally didn’t think it was that bad and it makes it a good place to adapt to Indonesian culture.

The hostel is beautiful and quite. You can get a bed in a dorm from 85.000RP (5EUR). The place is super clean and you can find peace in the common areas but if you’re a solo traveler looking to meet other people, this hostel is probably the right one for you.

Day 3-7: Karimunjava

The island

Karimunjava is still pretty undiscovered in Indonesia, although you can tell more and more people are visiting the island. And it makes sense, because it is very beautiful. If you’re looking for a tropical escape after 3 day in Yoyga, this island will fulfill all of your wishes.

How to get there

I am going to try to be as clear as possible but since there is no correct information online about transport to Karimunjava, it is really hard.

First of all, the only way to get to Karimunjava is from Jepara. Boats only leave from there. You can take a plane from Surabaya but it doesn’t fly very often and you can only buy the ticket at the airport in Surabaya.

Second of all, talking from our own experience, don’t buy a ticket in advance. We had bad luck and can only talk about what happened to us. In Yogyakarta they will probably offer you a “tour” to Karimunjava. You can choose between transport from Yogya to Jepara only, or include your boat ticket and a snorkel tour on the island.

You should buy only transport to Jepara, I think this was around 150000RP. You will leave Yogya around 11:30pm and you’ll arrive to Jepara around 4am in the morning. There you’ll have to wait until 6am, and then they open the ticket booth. This is where it went wrong for us; the reason was that the slow boat wasn’t running, so everyone had to take the fast boat. If you want to know more about this in particular, you can always send me a message on my Instagram and I will be happy to tell you more about this.

But if everything goes well you’ll buy your ticket that costs about 152000RP and around 8 you will be on your way to Karimunjava.

The reason I think you shouldn’t buy your ticket in advance is because even if you do, you will only get it once you’re at the harbor. There will be a guy doing the queue for you, that is the only difference. And if that guy doesn’t appear, you’re stuck there, because you’ll have no ticket even though you payed for it.

Getting around

Karimunjava is a beautiful island. It is not that big, but big enough to spend 4 days here. You can rent a motorcycle for a couple of days and just discover the island like that. If you’ve never used a motorcycle, this is the best place to learn since there is almost no traffic. From the harbor of Karimunjava to the other side of the island it’s about one hour.

There are a lot of amazing paradisiacal beaches to see. Most of them have almost no tourists. You can also book a tour, we did the snorkel tour and loved it. They take you from island to island on a small boat and in between you snorkel. If you’re lucky you even get to see a sea turtle!

There a lot of other things to do, you can camp on an island, you can go diving, etc. And don’t forget to watch the sunset everyday because it is magical. The best place to see the island is at the “love” sign, you get a great panoramic view.

Accommodation

The owner of the hostel I stayed at in Yogya also owns a hostel in Karimunjava, called Body Tree. The concept is completely the same but here I did feel like it was easier to meet people. The hostel is super clean and the staff is very nice. The price was also similar to the one in Yogyakarta, about 85.000RP.

Day 7-8: Surabaya

Most people go back to Yogyakarta after Karimunjava with the idea of going to Mount Bromo from there. I, on the other hand, decided to go to Surabaya. I booked the transport on the island. Do prepare yourself because it is a long way. All in all, it took me 12 hours to get there. When actually, it’s only 300 kilometers. So yes, the traffic in Indonesia is frustrating, just so you know.

I slept in Surabaya and then explored the city a little. It is a buzzy city that reminded me of Jakarta so I wasn’t fond of it, but it does have a really big mosque that is worth the visit. And don’t forget to try the street food next to the mosque. There is a meal called “pecel semanggi” which you can only buy there, definitely worth a try!

Day 8-9: Mount Bromo

How to get there from Surabaya

After Surabaya we booked transport to Bromo. This mount is visited by a lot of tourist so if you’re wondering how to get there, the Internet is full of it. You can take a train to Probolingo and hire a driver to do the tour, but I hired a driver with 3 other people to go until Cemoro Lawang and it turned out being very cheap and easy. From Cemoro Lawang you can book a tour or climb mount Bromo by yourself.

Tour or no tour

I watched the sunset after climbing Mount Bromo myself and and booked a tour for the sunrise. The tours they offer are, in my opinion, very expensive. So doing it by yourself is obviously a lot cheaper and also very beautiful. If you do book the tour, don’t expect to hike a lot. We barely walked 1 hour. They take you in a jeep to the viewpoint and then they take you to the crater. We were lucky and paid only 350.000RP for the jeep. The normal price is around 600.000RP. The best thing you can do in this case is find a group of people and split the cost.

Accommodation

The best thing you can do is just drive to Cemoro Lawang or Probolingo and just see the rooms yourself because there is no such thing as a cheap and nice hostel to visit Bromo. You won’t get anything fancy but at least you can bargain the price a little. We ended up paying 150.000RP for a room with a double bed for one night.

Day 9-10: Ijen

Sadly, I didn’t get to visit Igen, but the normal thing to do is to combine Bromo and Ijen. You can do the sunrise tour in Bromo and then take a train to Banyuwangi to visit Ijen on the other day. From there on there is no public transport and you have to take a minibus or a motorbike till Ijen. 

There are a lot of tours who offer a package to visit both of them and then take you to Bali. I didn’t try it and drove with some friends from Bromo directly to Kuta, Bali.

If you want to know how to get from Ijen to Bali, you can check it here.

 

After Java, if you still have time, go to Flores. Flores is still undiscovered beauty and is, in my opinion, the most beautiful island of Indonesia. You can read more about it in my next post. 

One day in Singapore

Singapore is a modern city full of energy. I had no idea what to expect so it was twice as nice.
Although I do have to say, if you’re a traveler on a budget, Singapore might not be your favorite city. Whenever I have to compare prices I actually check out the price of a regular beer and here it was around 13 dollars.

Let’s just say. Doing Singapore on a budget is possible, but do know you might have to control your spending a lot. Another good idea is to do as much as possible in a short time, like me! Here you have a list of things to do in Singapore if you only have one day!

1. Clarke Quay

An area close to the river and close to boat quay with a lot of bars and atmosphere. There is always something to do here.

2. Gardens by the bay

What is there better than a great place visit that is also for free? Nothing! I had heard and seen a lot of Gardens by the bay but it really lives up to its expectations.

I recommend you to go around 5 so you have to explore it by day and catch the sunset and then see them by night because it’s a different experience.

They do a light show every day. During the weekend they the timetable is different than during the week.

3. Haji Lane

A place full of street art and close to one the most beautiful mosque of Singapore.
Haji Lane itself is a street with nice little shops and restaurants and lots of colors. Definitely worth a visit and if you want you can combine it with Little India as they are not that far away.

The street art of Haji Lane

The mosque Sultan close to Haji Lane with amazing architecture

4. Marine Bay

This area is mostly famous for the hotel “Marine Bay Sands”. It is the owner of the biggest infinity pool in Singapore. I didn’t go up so I can’t show you a picture but I’m sure you can find thousands of them on google.
You can only swim in the pool if you’re a guest but you can enjoy the view by paying an entrance fee of 20 SGD.

We thought this was quite expensive so decided to go to another rooftop bar from where you can actually see the Marine Bay Sands. The bar was called The Latern and has free entrance. Drinks were also expensive but it was worth it since the view was amazing.

The Marine Bay Sands Hotel

View from Gardens By The Bay

View from “The Latern”

5. Little India

To Little India you should go mostly for the good and cheap food. We had several meals here and the most expensive one was 5 EUR for a plate full of food so that’s still cheap!

So that was one day in Singapore. On the end of my trip through SEA I’m going again so then I will be able to give you more info and tips about the city, but if like me you only have one day, this is the perfect schedule.

Happy traveling!

 

xcacel – xpuhah

I have been writing about Mexico this whole week and I wanted to end my series before I’m heading off to Bolivia. So I saved the best for last.  If there is one thing you can’t miss out on, it’s the beach of xcacel. Honestly, I think it’s my favourite place in the world. Its quietness and beauty makes it the perfect spot to find some peace! Xcacel is a protected beach located between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum and, is easy to reach with the local colectivos. There are no restaurants or any other services here, which makes the place pretty authentic compared to other beaches in the area.

You can also check out the cenote, but this one is kind of small and so, not really worth visiting. And last but not least, there’s xpuhah, which can be compared easily to xcacel, because it has kind of the same vibe. It’s a very nice beach with a the perfect turquoise sea, it does have a restaurant and it costs you 40 pesos to enter since it’s also a protected area. Both of these beaches are a good option if you want to relax and take the day of without be surrounded by millions of tourists.

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IFoto 25-01-17 20 51 56’ve been thinking for a while about writing this article about my trip to Mexico, but it hasn’t been that easy. Because honestly, how do I write in one page how amazing this place actually is? I don’t know if it’s its nature, its great vibe, its great people orthe combination of these tree elements, but I do know that once you go there, you do not want to leave.

First of all, Mexico is not the kind of instagram-popular, impossible-to-reach kind of destination. Booking a flight to Cancún is not that expensive, in particular if you’re planning your trip in the low season. Second of all, the Yucatán Peninsula offers several attractive spots to visit, all pretty close to one another.

 

 

When I first arrived, it wasn’t my plan at all to travel alone. I was supposed to go with a friend of mine, but she canceled. I had planned to stay in Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, but ended up staying the whole trip in a hostel in Playa del Carmen, which turned out to be great since everything I wanted to visit was within a decent distance.

Tendu 100%

As I already mentioned, Mexico has a really chill vibe, and you can definitely feel it atSuji 100% Playa Del Carmen, this is also one of the reasons why I stayed here during my trip. There is always something going on and it’s the perfect place to meet new people for those who are traveling alone like me!

I’ll be posting about Akumal, Tulum, Xcacel and other spots in the area of Cancún so make sure you don’t miss it by following me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thewildplacesblog) or Instagram ((212) 715-3768)

El Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia

 

The seaside

(731) 988-7967« Who said Bolivia didn’t have a seaside? » our guide
asked us when we started the tour. And he is right, when you think about Bolivia, the sea is not the first thing that pops into your head, it is home to a salt flat as wide as 12.000 km, and that’s a whole lot. This used to be a salt lake but it has dried up. The salt flat of Uyuni is located in the southwestern of Bolivia at 3653m.

 

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Unforgettable experience

This place has been on my to-do list for a while and, now I canfinally scratch it off. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to explain it if you haven’t been there but, I was talking to this German girl who knew exactly how to describe the landscape: “It’s strange you know, you’re there, in this place that feels like it’s almost not earth anymore, like you are standing on another planet. There is nothing there, no life, not even a little tree growing. No humans, just you and this white surface that makes you feel so small.”
That is how it’s like to see it, an unforgettable experience.

How to get there?

Uyuni is easy to reach; you can take the bus from almost anywhere in Bolivia. We took the bus from La Paz at 9pm and arrived at 6am at Uyuni where we had to wait until 10h30 to start the tour. Be careful when choosing a tour operator since there are many who offer, but only a few good and safe ones. You can pick a tour of 1,3 or 4 days, we took only one day because of our timing, and it was enough but, a lot of people told me that the tour of 3 days is more than worth it, and is a very different experience. The price varies depending on operators; we paid 100 Bolivianos and had a great guide (our operator was “Thiago Tours”).

Nice-France

Nice is a very touristic city; the French Riviera is as popular as popular gets in summer. Which made my expectations a little less high. I’m not really a fan of this kind of tourism but I must say I was surprised.

Nice offers a lot to their visitors. It has a rocky and a sandy beach, the old center is beautiful and when you see the view from Parc de la Colline du Château, it just makes the perfect picture.

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The city has a great location; you can visit a lot of cities nearby and discover the French Riviera. The most popular ones are; Cannes, Monaco, Sainte-

Maxime, Saint-Tropez, etc. We only did Monaco and I wouldn’t recommend it at all. It’s like my friend said, if you’re not a rich guy or girl with a yacht, you’ll have no fun in Monaco.

After Nice, we visited Toulouse and Bordeaux, but since we didn’t spend enough time here, I’m not going to write about it.

If you have any question about it, you can always contact me through 9033844956 our (301) 918-0627.

Planning a trip through France? In my next post, I’ll be writing about where to go, what to bring and what you definitely can’t miss out on in France.

Countdown to Southeast Asia

So as some of you might know, I’m leaving next month to Southeast Asia. I’m going to backpack for almost three months.

I want to write about my travels here on my blog so you can follow along and also so I can create a little diary for myself. That way, I will always remember this trip!

I know there already are millions of travel blogs writing about the destinations I’m going to visit but hey, one more, who cares?
However, traveling doesn’t only happen during your holiday, it is also everything that comes before that.
There’s a lot of emotions going through me because, maybe you already know but I’ll be traveling alone a big part of my trip and to be honest, it does really scare me sometimes. Although I don’t think I really will be alone all the time, because I’ll probably meet a lot of people but still. This is the first time I’m doing this. Well, not really, I actually went to Mexico by myself two years ago and it was a great experience. But it was only two weeks, that’s why it feels so different now… Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes.

So far, I haven’t got a lot planned yet. I’m flying to Singapore and will visiting for two days and then I fly to Indonesia. I don’t know yet where in Indonesia but if you have any recommendations just let me know.

Thank you for reading, have a good day!

 

 

 

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Backpack Through France

Roadtrip France

This is how it looked like: our roadtrip through France. We did all this without a car, using only the public transport and trying to keep it as cheap as possible. If you’re interested in doing something similar, keep on reading. I’m going to explain how we were able to do this, step by step. My friend is from Argentina and was visiting Europe and we decided to discover France together. We met up in Rouen to start our adventure.

 

1. Flixbus/Ouibus

We did most part with Flixbus, a company that has grown in the last couple of years, it offers cheap transport through a big part of Europe. It is a great alternative for trains, which are very expensive in France. Just to give you an example, you can take the train from Marseille to Aix-En-Provence for 30 euros; meanwhile Flixbus takes you there for only 10. Another alternative for Flixbus in France is Ouibus. This only works in France and offers basically the same thing, the prices are very similar. We also used public transport for short distances; these ones normally cost 2 or 3 euros.

2. Hostels

 

Okay, so this is important to read before you go: hostels aren’t common at all in France. Once you find one, you’ll find out it is very expensive. This goes out to the solo travelers
out there, have this in mind before leaving. I fully recommend to use Couchsurfing in France, since it is safe here but, try to find you’re host on time since the French people have a very organized agenda. A good solution is Airbnb, works very good and is the cheapest way to travel if you’re not traveling alone. We traveled in June and July, this is the peak season so, prices were a bit higher but, we usually spent per person per night between 20 and 30 euros.

 

 

 

 

3. Weather

 

The weather in France depends a lot on where you are going. Obviously, in the winter, the whole country is kind of cold. If you go to the North, you’ll have to be lucky to see some sun, this in winter and in summer. Well I guess we were lucky, we had, during three weeks of traveling, only 2 or 3 days of rain. 2 of them were in Paris and the other one was in Saint-Malo. I think the best way to prepare yourself is to check out the climate in the North before you’re leaving, since this is the most unstable one. In the South you should be good, warm and sunny weather is very common.

4. Let’s talk beaches

France has a very large variety of beaches. We did North and South, this means we got to see the cost of the north sea and the cost of the Mediterranean sea.

What was our favorite? Both. Yes, I know this answer is not helping you decide where to go but they are just very different to choose one. We were very lucky with the weather in the North, and I guess this helped a lot. The beaches are mostly rocky and the water is calm and blue. The tourism on this side of the country is still less than on the other side, which makes it a lot more pleasant to be on the beach. But there is nothing like the French Riviera, the hot temperatures and the crystal clear water, gives you the holiday feeling you are looking for.

 

 

5. Extra Tips

  • France can be an expensive country; take your passport with you in case your home country is part of the European Union. In France, members of the EU get offered a lot of discounts!
  • Bring your credit/debit card. Don’t bring to much cash, it’s safer and you can pay by card almost anywhere.
  • BRING YOUR STUDENT CARD!! It’s amazing how many touristic attractions offer student discount
  • Connect with the locals. France can make you feel lonely from time to time, use couchsurfing or meet people in hostels, because your experience will be so much better and the French will be glad to teach you some french words :).

If you have any other question, feel free to ask. You can contact me on 7138845994 and on Instagram.

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Sometimes, between all the traveling, you, just like me, probably do have to work or go to school (or both), and it can be hard to keep yourself inspired in the meantime. That’s when these blogs can help you out. I picked out 10 blogs I have been following for a while and who are definitely worth the follow whether it’s on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. They will keep you inspired and before you know it, you will want to start your own blog – yes, that’s what happend to me-.

The Blonde Abroad

If you’re a person who adores pink, you’ll love her blog! She is an award-winning travel blogger who travelled over 50 countries. Her pictures are amazing and she offers some great Lightroom Presets.
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Globetrotting Ginger Travel

This girl is the perfect inspiration. She is passioned about travel and it shows in her pictures. Definitly check out her Instagram!
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The Bold Brunette

She is a nyc-based travel blogger who writes and posts mostly about luxury and adventure travel. On her blog you can find an Instagram course which looks so interesting, go check it out!
/www.theboldbrunette.com/

Mariel de viaje

This is so far one of the only Spanish travel blogs I follow. I haven’t really found any other “latin” blog that is this good. She writes mostly about her home county, Mexico – which I love, because Mexico is amazing -. So for any of you Spanish speakers, go follow her.
/www.marieldeviaje.com/

Anna Everywhere

One of my personal favorites. Her posts are so cute and inspiring! She makes me want to go literally everywhere she’s going. And this year she is doing some group tours which are looking pretty awesome -I wish I could go-.
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Tails Of A Mermaid

She postes mostly about South-Africa, but her pictures just really cheers me up. She is a Cape-Town based travelblogger and shares her loved for food, wine and obviously, traveling.
/www.tailsofamermaid.com

Polkadot Passport

This aussieblogger is by far one of the best female travel blogs out there.I love her story, she took her first solo trip to Europe and started her personal blog after that and now, only two years later, she a full-time travelblogger. Btw, if you are looking for some Morocco inspiration, her instagram page is the place to look for it!
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A Little Blonde in Paradise

A nice blog about a dutch girl living in Barcelona. She has traveled mostly trough Asia and Europe and has some lovely pictures on her instagram page. Go check it out.
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A Broken Backpack

The kind of blog I can most relate to. She writes about traveling with a small budget and offers some real nice tips and tricks on how to do it. Most of us think that traveling is impossible without a vast amount of money but she proves the opposite.
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Wanderers and Warriors

Not really an all female blog but this couple is so inspiring I have to mention them. Not only are they hilarious, they also take some very cute pictures. They are currently based in Bali and have all the information you need if you’re planning on going there.
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