It’s been 6 months that I’m continuously on the road and travel from country to country, from city to city, and from adventure to adventure, I made the best experiences in all my life and had/have the time of my life. Other then that I learned a lot about traveling – I mean I traveled before, but this is on another level, and I learned so much in these 6 months. I learned how to save money, protect the environment a little more, how to get the best from A to B and a lot of other travel tips. The 7 most essential travel tips I’ll present to you in this blog entry, and I hope I can help you to get a better travel experience on your next trip.
This might be one of the unpopular opinions, but I think it’s time that I say it out loud: Australia is so much overrated.
Before you start writing your hate comments just read on, listen to my arguments, and if you haven’t been to Asia before, go there. You’ll see that every one of the following arguments come true for yourself.
The past 180 days were just crazy. The 1st October 2018 I took my one-way flight to Beijing over Moscow, and since then my life was a nonstop adventure. It’s so hard to find words to describe this time and what it’s like, but I try my best to give you a glimpse of how unusual such a decision can be and hope to convince you to take the first step as well.
Nusa Penida is the Island just next to Bali – it is there where all these fantastic photos get shot and where you can find one amazing beach next to the other. If you are in Bali, don’t have that much time and still want to get a taste of that Island – you should do it with a tour. The other possibility would be to visit the island in two days and sleep on the Island. However, one day was enough, and I would do it always again.
To be honest, when I planned on going to Bali I thought that it was one Island and there was just one place where all the tourist would stay. While I wanted to book my first Hostel, I realized that I was wrong. Bali is huge – like everything in Indonesia – and there are several beautiful areas where you can stay. Each of them has its characteristics, and you have different activities you can do in the different parts. I have been in the three main sections and this blog entry I’ll compare them, so you can decide upfront what is the best part to visit. Keep in mind that Bali is huge, and traffic can be horrible, so from Kuta to Ubud, you’ll need over one hour by motorbike and even longer with the car. It’s not a good Idea to stay in Kuta when you only do activities in Ubud.
For me, there is no doubt that Kuta in Lombok will get the new Bali. If you look at Lombok now, that’s probably how Bali looked 20 years ago, before all the masses of tourists came and transformed the island entirely. No doubt, Bali is still charming and amazing to visit, but Lombok has the same, just without the millions of tourists.
There is no doubt – it’s with the motorbike. In the last six days, I was exploring the Island of Lombok (The Island next to Bali) and the Gili Islands. And all of that I did with a motorbike. It was not only the cheapest option but definitely also the most flexible option. The negative side is that it is slow, especially to travel from Bali to the Gilis and back takes a lot more time on this way. Therefore it’s also just a fraction of the cost.
I don’t understand the reason behind it, but in Indonesia, it is forbidden for Grab and Go-jek drivers to pick up people from train stations, bus stations, and other touristic hotspots. But there is a simple way to avoid to get ripped off and here’s what you can do about it
While traveling the accommodation in which you stay might be one of the most important things. It can change your travel experience from the best to the worse ever. Especially as a solo traveler Hostels will be a big part of your travel experience and it will change a lot. This is the reason why you should think twice before booking hostels and pay attention what you are booking. While I could write a whole book about the booking of hostels and which things you have to consider I found out one thing that might not be that obvious to everybody. And that’s what I wanted to write about here to inform you about that and make you think twice.
The activities next to the cities are amazing; there is no doubt – Volcanos, temples and more volcanos. But the towns are just unbelievably dull. Malang and Banjuwangi are now the most boring cities I’ve been in 4 months traveling. So my tip, do the designated activities and leave again as soon as possible.