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5 Things You Have to Do While Visiting Jakarta

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Planning a trip to Indonesia? Don’t miss out on the capitol city of Java. Located on the west coast of the big island; Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia and one of the largest in the world. Famous for its hustle and bustle, here are 4 things you have to do while visiting Jakarta.

Cool Off at Waterbom
Jakarta is known for its unbearable heat but a trip to the massive Waterbom Waterpark can make the heat far more bearable.  With huge tube slides, a lazy river, and even some wild speed slides; Waterbom is one of the coolest things to do while visiting Jakarta. Whether you are traveling with friends or with the family, a day at Waterbom is a must.

do while visiting JakartaMake Sense of Indonesian History at the National Museum
Indonesia’s long history and multiple islands, languages, and cultures can confuse many first time visitors. A good way to get a handle on this fascinating culture is to check out the world renowned National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta. The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts that run the full gamut of Indonesian history making it a must do while visiting Jakarta.

Get Stuck in Traffic
A city world renowned for its traffic jams, there is nothing more quintessentially Jakartan  than being in a multi-hour traffic jam. So we recommend you get a friendly english speaking taxi driver, make sure the a/c is working and prepare for a slow paced tour of the city. Often times your hotel can help you sort this out, such as the Hotel Mulia or many more found on sites like Traveloka.com.

do while visiting JakartaEat Your Way Through a Market
Jakarta is known world wide for it’s incredible food scene and some of the best (and most bizarre food) in Jakarta can be at outdoor markets. One of our favorites is Pasar Baru, a collection of shops, stalls, malls, and restaurants. Bring a group of friends and sample any food that smells good (which will be a lot!) Satay, is one of the most well known dishes worldwide, while it looks like just meat on a stick, once you try it you will be an instant addict. Another favorite is Chinese influenced meat filled dumplings: Bakpao. If you are feeling hungrier, go for the stick to your ribs Indonesian classic: Rendang, this curried beef dish will leave you wanting more. Don’t forgot your dessert, a popular sweet in Jakarta is Murtabak, sort of a stuffed pancakes with sweet fillings ranging from eggs to Nutella. So eating your way through the streets is definitely something you have to do while visiting Jakarta.

While there are hundreds of other activities to keep you busy in this mega-city, I hope our list of must dos while visiting Jakarta provides some good inspiration for your next trip. So prepare for the heat, the crowds, the friendly people, the traffic, and most of all the delicious food; and you will have an unforgettable time in Jakarta.

 

 

Off the Beaten Path Island Destinations

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Looking for a picturesque island getaway that is a little off the beaten path? Prefer to relax on a sandy beach all to yourself? Here are a few off the beaten path island destinations that will have have your friends frantically asking you where you took those photos.

The World, Dubai
A manmade island (could have been) paradise off the coast of Dubai is truly unique. This sandy archipelago shaped to mimic the globe’s 7 continents was originally designed to be occupied by both hotels and private homes but ran into trouble in trouble during the 2008 financial crisis. The project was never finished but the bulk of the islands still remain yet only one is occupied. An entire island chain with  just a single home, this is definitely an off the beaten path island destinations. Tours are offered from the Dubai mainland. Oh, did we mention the islands have begun to sink back  into the ocean? Better see them while you can!

Corsica, France
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Known for it expansive and truly unique scenery and culture,  Corsica is one of the Mediterranean’s most fascinating islands though it is often overlooked by many tourists. Corsica is known for it breathtaking mountain hikes including the famous GR 20, known as “the toughest long distance trail in Europe.”  The culture of Corsica is worth the trip as well, the cuisine features a unique combination with influences from both Italy and France, as well as their own unique dishes. The wild pigs of Corsica allegedly supply some of the worlds best pork products. Though the majority of the island speaks French, though there is also a large minority of native Corsican speakers. Corsica is also easily accessible with ferries available from online sites. You can check this one by going to visit ok-ferry.com So if you want a taste of a unique European culture while enjoying some of the Mediterranean’s best outdoors activities, we recommend a trip to Corsica this Spring or Summer.

Koh Mak, Thailand
This island is the definition of an off the beaten path island destination. Located near the Cambodian border in Thailand, Koh Mak is everything you would expect from a jungle island paradise. The white sand beaches have been listed as some of the world’s best, though surprisingly the crowds are few and far between. The island maintains a very traditional way of life based primarily on farming, which makes it unique amongst Thailand’s many tourist centric islands. A typical day off vacationing in Koh Mak would be drinking a coconut on a white sand beach, maybe a bit of snorkeling, followed by some sunset cocktails and a seafood bbq. It doesn’t get much more postcard worthy than this.
So if you want to get away to a paradise make sure you visit some of our favorite off the beaten path island destinations, that feature both privacy and uniqueness. But you better hurry up because these beautiful off the beaten path island destinations are so amazing it is hard to believe they will be off the beaten path for long. Bon Voyage!

The Most Romantic Getaways in the UK

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The UK has some of the most beautiful destinations for a romantic breakaway with your loved one, from quaint cities and towns and coastal hideaways, the UK has it all. Picking the ideal destination for your romantic break can be tricky so to make it a little easier for you, we’ve picked some of the best UK destinations for you and your partner.

Cornwall

Cornwall offers both secluded locations and stunning coastal getaways for a romantic weekend with your partner. Cornwall is a beautiful county and with the exception of the surf and party town Newquay, it is visited by far less people than it should be. The best places to spend a romantic getaway  in Cornwall are places such as the beautiful fishing village Padstow, the quaint and hidden-away Port Isaac and the coastal town of Falmouth. In Cornwall you and your lover can take beautiful walks along the coast, relax in local pubs with some of the countries’ best seafood and watch the hours pass from the comfort of wonderful accommodation, the perfect recipe for a romantic break.

York

In the North West of England lies the the walled city of a York, a perfect location for a romantic weekend away. This charming city maintains it’s old style appearance throughout and walking around the centre of York you will find dozens of cute little shops and delightful cafes and restaurants to watch the World go by. The River Ouse flows directly through the city and a riverside walk will be the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your loved one. There are some large hotels in York but there are also lots of boutique hotels and city centre apartments available giving you the choice to rent somewhere private for your break. If you’re looking for a city that is relaxed and filled with romantic things to do then York is th

Edinburgh

A trip to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh will be the perfect getaway destination for you and your partner. The city achieves the unlikely feat of being a capital city and providing you with a feeling of being in the countryside at the same time. The city is centred around it’s ancient castle and the looming Carlton Hill, surrounding the area around the hill and the area of HolyRood you will find several places to take a romantic stroll in green surroundings. The city’s two main streets, Prince’s Street and the Royal Mile is filled with some fantastic restaurants and bars and many of them in old buildings with hidden away areas, perfect for a secluded meal with your partner. The range of accommodation in the city is, as you may expect, very broad, bed and breakfasts, large hotels, private apartments and boutique hotels are on offer to give you the perfect romantic weekend.

Dorset

If it’s a quiet coastal break that you’re looking for then Dorset is the place for you and your partner for a perfect escape. The South West of England in blessed with far nicer weather than the rest of the country for most of the year and a sunny walk across the famous white cliffs is the ideal way to experience this beautiful part of the World with your partner. Over half of this county has been classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty which provides a glorious backdrop to your romantic break. Dorset has plenty of quaint cottages for you to stay in, many of which in secluded areas of the county, a great opportunity for some vital alone time with the one you love.

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Around the coast: Lisbon

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Lisbon is one of those few cities in the world that is blessed with everything from architecture, art, culture, great food and a beautiful coast, that although now is one of the most populated sub-urban zones in Portugal it most definitely still retains the best chilled and relaxed beach holiday atmosphere.

Here are a few suggestions on what to look out for and what to do whether you’re planning a road trip along the ‘linha’ as it is referred to by the locals, or looking for the best beach to chill on your next holiday in Lisbon.

Estoril Casino

The Estoril Casino is one of the better gambling palaces in the Lisbon area

 

The heart of the entertainment in Estoril, the casino, also the biggest in Europe offers more than just gaming tables and slot machines. The restaurants are of exceptional quality whilst the complex boasts of an art-gallery with regular exhibitions, a theatre with a full-on calendar and also a club in case you want to kick back on a few cocktails and a dance.

Cabo de Roca

This is one for your ‘been there, done that’ bucket list as it is the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Cabo de Roca is a spectacular cliff top location marked by a lighthouse. Make sure you dress appropriately as temperatures and winds are rather unpredictable here and it can get really cold really quickly in comparison to the city.

Cascais

Cascais is a remarkable place with quite a few idyllic spots to indulge in. Make your way towards the Citadela de Cascais, a fortified city that now houses several upmarket boutiques, a hotel and a few restaurants too.

Golf

Golf I hear you say? Yes golf. The Lisbon coast is chock-full of golf courses, in fact there are 8 in total, so if you’re planning your next golf trip with your friends, well then the Lisbon coast should be on your priority list. Check out the courses of Penha Longa or Oitavos in the Quinta da Marinha.

Sintra

 

To visit Lisbon and not go to Sintra would be a big mistake. Portuguese Kings chose this place as their preferred summer retreat location and for good reason. No spoilers, you’ll see why when you get to this lovely hill town set on the northern slopes of the Serra.

Monserrate

 

Make sure you don’t overlook the Monserrate gardens. A mix of exotic, natural and artificial elements are the order of the day here, and you can easily grasp the Moorish, Indian and Gothic influences in both the architecture of the palace within and also in the pastiche of diverse elements the garden itself is made of.