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    Summer in Sorrento

    As someone who dreams of traveling to as many countries as possible yet has a limited budget, usually, I only visit a country once. However, there’s a country that I won’t mind to re-visit again and again. And that country is… Italy! xxx During the summer holiday in June 2017, I went for a 12-day Italy trip and dropped by at Sorrento for a few days. It was a very memorable trip – excellent food, classy architecture, lively people, beautiful scenery… Summer in Italy could be really hot but trust me, once you visit their gorgeous beaches and coastal towns, it’s totally worth it to travel to Italy in summer!…

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    Beach, Babe & BaraCoco Bungalows

    Following the previous post about digital detox trip, this week I want to recommend a beautiful beach bungalow in Tanjung Bira, South Sulawesi, Indonesia: BaraCoco Bungalows. That’s right! South Sulawesi is more than just witnessing the ‘walking dead’ ceremony, hanging coffin and historical burial sites in Toraja. If you plan to go to Toraja (August is the best month), why not end your trip with a nice stay at a beautiful beach bungalow? BaraCoco Bungalows is located right at Tanjung Bira (Bira Beach), giving you direct access to the beach whenever you want. Each bungalow has its own balcony, a queen-sized bed and a private bathroom, ensuring you have a…

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    I Flew Almost 24h to Cuba Only to Find It’s Quite Similar to Asia – Updated

    When it comes to Latin American country like Cuba, what pops on your mind? Exotic culture, sensual music, sexy people… “Despacito” and “Havana”, perhaps? Been to Cuba in April 2018, I agree with that. However, there are things that many people, especially Asian, will find it shocking when they travel to Cuba. That’s mainly because we don’t realise that Latin American countries are underdeveloped. After sitting on the plane for almost 24 hours and feeling my a$$ flatten like chapati, quite a number of things made my jaws dropped during my 15-day tour. I was like, ‘I traveled from far far away to find this??’. Although surprising, I enjoyed the…

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    Breakfast and Birdwatching in M.P.S. Village, Sri Lanka

    In the previous blog post, I shared that to travel is also to enjoy food. In addition, I feel that your travel experience is also affected from your choice of accommodation. This isn’t a paid post. I just want to share my experience staying in M.P.S. Village, a budget hotel in Sri Lanka with a wonderful view and yummy breakfast. Imagine hearing the sound of peacocks and other kinds of bird while enjoying your breakfast! Peacocks? Where do they come from? I’ll tell you later 😉 M.P.S. Village, a Budget Hotel Surrounded by Greens and Birds First of all, this beautiful budget hotel isn’t located in Dambulla city center. You…

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    How “Begpackers” Make Me Feel Grateful for My Powerless Passport

    I used to feel bitter towards “begpackers” because of my powerless passport, but not anymore. First of all, according to Global Passport Power Rank, my Indonesian passport is ranked 58th out of 93. While doing this research, I get to know that my passport is ranked lower than the passport of the countries I never heard of like Nauru, Kiribati, and Vanuatu. More surprisingly, the passport of Timor-Leste, which was part of Indonesia until 1999, is doing better – sitting at the 45th position! The Roots of My Bitterness Towards “Begpackers” For someone who loves travelling, the roots of my bitterness towards “begpackers” are obvious. I have to work hard…

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    Nuwara Eliya: An English Tale in Sri Lanka

    Being a tropical country located near South India, I used to think that when visiting Sri Lanka, all I needed to pack was summer clothes. Wrong. Especially if you’re planning to stay in Nuwara Eliya, a beautiful English town on top of a hill. Dubbed as Little England, the town is a contrast to other cities in Sri Lanka not only because of the English history, but also the climate and architecture. Founded by Samuel Baker in 1846, Nuwara Eliya’s cool climate (daily average of 16°C) made the town a favourite place to stay for British civil servants and colonialist. I’m so happy to include Nuwara Eliya in my Sri…

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    I Visit Lonely Planet’s Hottest Destination 2019 and Regret

    Like most of my friends, or should I say, most Asian, Sri Lanka, Lonely Planet’s hottest destination 2019, is a country that we never dream of visiting. It doesn’t even cross my mind. However, my crush tells me that he’s been to Sri Lanka four times and the country is one of travel’s best-kept secrets. Really? What are the good things in Sri Lanka? Soon after, Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka as the best country in the world to visit in 2019! I feel so curious. I know that I need to see and experience the country myself. “You better hurry or it’ll soon become packed with travellers, just like…

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    5 Things People Got Wrong About Joining Tours

    I agree that when we arrange our own trip, we’ll have total freedom. However, what’s bugging me is when some people think they’re better travellers because they arrange their own trips. They got the wrong impression about joining tours! It’s like the traveller snobs. Perhaps they forget to check the dictionary that “tourist” is the synonym of “traveller” 😉 I have some reasons to arrange a private tour or join a tour, but the strongest reason is to help me attain the tourist visas. That’s how I got my very first Schengen Visa, even though I was in a complicated situation. This article isn’t about boosting the benefit of joining…