Today, I’ll be sharing some cultural tips with you guys. I visited Bali, Indonesia again last year. It’s seriously one of my favorite go-to places. The beaches are lovely and there’s so much to take in regarding folklore and food!
It’s one of the best places to go to if you want to really experience intact cultural traditions of the SEA (South East Asia). So without further ado, let’s jump into cultural Do’s and Don’ts!
Keep your left hand to yourself
This might take a bit of getting used to. There is a reason for this though. As it turns out, toilet paper has never really been a thing in Bali. So they do all their washing business with the left hand. As such, they consider it vastly impolite to touch or even hand something to another person using the left hand.
Do yourself a favor and be mindful about this rule. The last thing you’d want is to offend a newfound friend in Bali.
The culture here is modest. If you’re ever going to go out and visit cultural landmarks like temples, it is critical that you dress appropriately. Traditionally, they require sarongs for the legs and temple scarves around the waist. They’re totally cool about flip-flops though as long as it’s not flashy. If you’re worried about the sarongs and temple scarves, chill. They rent those out by the temple entrance. Or you can do one better and buy local. That way you’ll get a better deal and you’ll get to keep a piece of Bali with you. Also, you’d have ended up helping a local. Win-win for all!
Please watch what you step on
I had a bit of a rough run-in with this rule back when I was 14. I was going around and I noticed these little packages on the street. These were little woven palm leaves and they were everywhere. Dumb kid that I was, I never really thought they were anything special until I stepped on one. Boy! Was the local lady who saw me super mad!
As it turns out, those things are offering to their God. Since then, I’ve been super careful to avoid anything laid out on the streets no matter where I go.
I’ll add more as I keep adding to this blog. Until next time you guys!
Today, I want to address one of the more common questions that I come across. I’ve personally been asked this question by a lot of friends. Join me as I share some of the tips that I swear by about packing light.
One backpack is all you need
No, really. If there was anything you need, you can pack it all in one backpack. When I travel I try to keep everything as minimalist as possible. The reason why I get to do this is because there are more and more places (like hostels) have washing areas. That way, those that stay there have the option to wash clothes as they go.
This lets travelers allot more space in their backpack for other things.
List everything down first
When you’re facing the task of packing for a trip, it would be important to write down what you think you need. Here’s what I add: I do one list for clothes alone. This will help you narrow down your choices as you go along. Chances are you’re going to end up packing half of what’s on that list. When you’re happy with the clothes, it’ll be time to make a list for the other things like chargers or gadgets.
Bring only two pairs of footwear
Personally, I bring what I wear on the way there and flip-flops for indoors. That’s it. It may not seem good in terms of completing outfits but it’s certain great in terms of practicality. The ladies can really learn from this. If you choose your footwear just right, you can even just go with one pair of footwear.
Keep a large zip lock bag handy
This will really come in handy if you have wet clothes. Putting them in the bag will keep the rest of your bag’s contents clean. You can even make use of smaller zip lock bags for things that have liquids in them. This is really handy if you prefer to bring your own packets of shampoo or soap (you don’t really need them unless you’re camping).
Do you dream of going on holiday cheaply but you lack inspiration?
There are many ways to travel at the best price/quality ratio and several low-budget destinations. Whether it’s for a couple getaway or a stay with your best friend, take advantage of useful tips to make a trip at a low price.
Couple destinations to go on holiday at low prices
The ideal way to travel on a small budget is of course to choose a destination where the cost of living is low. But while many countries meet this criterion, security is not always there.
For example, in Eritrea, the average monthly salary is $38, but yet this country, which is nicknamed “the open air prison,” is not a dream destination, actually far from it. So, instead, go to more lenient states.
In Europe, Hungary, Bulgaria or Greece will offer you a total change of scenery at a reduced cost. This way, you can save on your plane tickets, accommodation and restaurants to go on a cheap holiday.
A little further on, India, Laos or Sri Lanka extend their arms to you. You will undoubtedly have a pleasant stay there.
Flexibility, the winning asset of a cheap holiday
While being flexible about your destination can allow you to seize significant opportunities, the flexibility of your holiday dates will open the doors to many stays. Indeed, over certain periods, prices fall sharply.
For example, if you can travel out of season or out of school holidays, you will benefit from unbeatable rates. It will allow you to target more prominent destinations.
Find flights at the best price
If you have an exact destination in mind and fixed departure and arrival dates, then flight comparators will be your best friends to go on a cheap vacation.
Indeed, these online tools will allow you to consult all airlines’ fares at once. Some go even further: they will suggest that you compare price comparators to find the best price.
When and where to buy your ticket?
Be aware that airlines vary the fares for the same seat. Generally speaking, the sooner you book your flight, the better the ticket will be. It is what companies call “early birds” fares. Similarly, prices fluctuate according to the days of the week. It is on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday that you will find the best rates for a cheap holiday.
While it is now evident that you will find the best rates on the Internet, the price will vary depending on the country from which you connect. A trick is to install a travel VPN and simulate a connection from another country. Why not the one at your destination. You will see that, for example, rates will be lower on the Lufthansa India site.
Worldwide travel agencies compete in imagination to offer ever more surprising expeditions. In June, the first tourists will be able to descend on the shipwreck of the “Titanic” boat. An incredible experience.
A hundred thousand dollars! It seems overpriced, and yet. Compared to a first class ticket of 1912 ($4,000), the year the “Titanic” was inaugurated, it is not expensive. This is what the nine passengers who will board the OceanGate submarine “Cyclops 2” in June have paid to observe the wreck.
It is to say the exceptional character of this descent to the abysses for which 54 people have already made their reservation. Since April 14, 1912, the reputedly unsinkable liner has been lying at a depth of 4,000 meters for one hundred and six years and has been attacked by a bacterium, the well-named “Halomonas titanicae,” which gnaws at a rate of 600 kilos per day! So much so that, in forty years, there may no longer be “Titanic.”
For the nine tourists, the journey will start by helicopter from St. Petersburg. The vessel was stationed above the wreckage 600 kilometers from Newfoundland. The whole excursion will be eight days but, of course, not to the bottom of the water. During two days, passengers will receive a briefing by scientists and experts on the history of the “Titanic.”
Those who wish to can “help” the technical team prepares for the descent, declares OceanGate. Because the submarine is an observation instrument designed to map the ship in 3D to study the speed with which it decays. It is from the third to the sixth day, in groups of three and depending on the weather, that the three-hour descent will take place. Accompanied by a pilot and an expert, they will descend towards the wreck to the highlight of the show: the famous grand staircase (photo). Clients will be able to assist the scientist with his readings. Not sure however that tourist who has paid so much want to scribble figures on paper.
As close to the aurora australis as possible
Not everyone has the chance to admire the northern lights of the North Pole. New Zealanders, for example. On the other hand, they are not so far from the South Pole, where the southern lights, less frequent, are visible at certain times of the year. This gave Air New Zealand the idea of chartering a flight solely for this purpose: to observe the phenomenon as closely as possible. After two hours of flight, the 130 passengers can admire this spectacle of green lights for four hours, still in flight. What about the passengers stuck in the middle seat?
The company has thought about them and did not offer them for sale. That explains the ticket price: 2 600 dollars in eco and 5 200 dollars in business. The idea made small because a Canadian company, Air North, proposes flights only intended for the observation of the aurora borealis. And for $525. It must be said that it is much less far. But as beautiful!
One major challenge avid videographers and photographers face when going out to take great aerial shots has to pack so many pieces of equipment in a bags. Often they have to pack several lenses, mounts, batteries, multiple cameras, trips and clutter of so many other accessories.
So you have to carry oversize bags to the field or leave some of the equipment at home. Older drone avec caméra embarquée pose the same challenge because some of them are big.
But leaving such equipment behind means, you miss the opportunity to take excellent overhead shots.
DJI Mavic Air is just compact enough to eliminate the portability problem. With this device, you will no longer have to compromise when going out to capture nature. The vast array of impressive onboard features will complete major aerial photography tasks as flawlessly as its high-end counterparts at a rather low price.
Features of the DJI Mavic Air
A 360-degree image capture angle with a complete sphere panorama mode
Smart picture is capturing controls allowing for ultra-responsive and active hand gestures. This lets you control the drone from a maximum of 33 feet away
1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor with high sensitivity signature
12.0MP High Definition effective pixels camera
HDR mode to support still photos
30 fps and 720p live view feed using remote control or app
Flight time duration of a maximum of 21 minutes
Folds to about 6″ long, 3″ wide, and 2″ high
Speeds to maximum of 42.5 mph
3-axis gimbal gyroscope
4K UHD video support at 30 fps
Obstacle bypassing capabilities
Mavic Air the Pros
With a price tag of $799, this drone has a lot in common with the family member DJI Mavic Pro and its somewhat distant relative DJI Spark. Like those equally impressive models, Mavic Air comes with the following advantages to the benefit of the user.
1. It offers a wide array of overhead shooting modes allowing the user to diversify his shots
2. The device is compact enough to fit in a small bag and easy to carry around
3. It is handy for the aerial photography enthusiasts, beginners, and hobbyists
4. The new obstacle bypass technology makes the drone easier to use because it can steer itself from harms path
5. It is probably the most portable from DJI’s lineup of drones with a small battery and other accessories that make it much easier to transport
6. The design of the device shows smart design tweaks compared to the previous version. Sincerely most drones come out ugly and look like creepy flying bugs, but Mavic Air is a little cute to look at.
Sadly, this drone’s limited creative options make it less appealing to avid photography professionals. It just doesn’t live up to the more demanding stuff of drone photographers.
The idea of incorporating two different USB connection options doesn’t make sense. It uses USB Type-C port when transferring footages but uses the Micro USB to charge. It is odd.
It is a drone I can easily recommend to anyone who wants to take superior aerial images and filming modes without possessing extensive drone skills. Although the drone is a little overpriced ($799!!), it is still the most robust device ever to come from DJI. If you are looking for a mini drone pas cher, watch this video!
There is not necessarily a need to spend a lot to enjoy your holiday. Everywhere, in town or in the countryside, it is possible to enrich your days with free activities: hikes in the wild, or walks in towns or parks, free museums…
Tip 2: Work while traveling
If you have time on the spot and you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves, it should be considered. More and more travelers are deciding to work 3 or 4 hours a day to enjoy free accommodation.
Tip 3: Wait until the last minute
If you don’t care where you go on your next holiday, it may be interesting to wait for the last minute before booking for your travel. Some sites and tour operators offer holidays at -50% or even -70% for the most flexible travelers.
Tip 4: Travel as a group
Generally speaking, it is more challenging to travel low-cost solo than with several people. Moving with 2, 3 or even 4 people allows you to share expenses with everyone. And this concerns both the rental of accommodation and the location of a car and fuel.
Tip 5: Cook your own meals
The food budget can represent a significant expense when traveling. Instead of eating out in restaurants in the morning, at noon and in the evening, take accommodation with a kitchen (studio, youth hostel…) and prepare your own meals. A great way to live as a local and to pay less for your cheaper vacation.
Tip 6: Travel by night
If during your holiday you have to make one or more long trips by bus or train, you should prefer to make this trip at night. Not only are night tickets often cheaper, but they also save you one night’s accommodation.
Tip 7: Choose a low-cost destination
This may seem obvious to many, as it is the basis of low-cost travel. Choose a country where life is cheaper than in Europe. In India, Vietnam, and Nicaragua, the cost of living is 2 to 4 times lower than in Western Europe, a must to save money every day.
Tip 8: Negotiate and look for bargains
Negotiation is part of the culture of many countries around the world. To save money on holidays, negotiate on everything that can be: your hotel room, your souvenir purchases, your transport, your food. It may be a surprise to see how well this works in most cases.
Tip 9: Find alternative accommodation
Housing often weighs heavily on a holiday budget. To save money, why not sleep in a tent or even go to bed? In either case, it provides a more immersive and authentic travel experience.
Tip 10: Live like the locals
In many countries, “tourist prices” are applied when travelers wish to continue to eat and/or travel as Europeans. And yet, by having lunch in small local restaurants and using public transport like the locals, you will save a lot of money.
Do you have a camcorder or camera and feel like an amateur filmmaker?
To give a more professional touch to your holiday movies or entertainment recordings, you need to move up a gear with accessories that will increase your possibilities tenfold. Ready… action!
The bag: transport your equipment safely.
Unless you film your daily life at home, you may have to take your camcorder with you to capture scenes in different places. For safe and convenient transport – to avoid shocks – and to keep your hands free, the camcorder bag is the first essential accessory. Choose a model that fits your size and has enough compartments to hold all other accessories.
Drone: for impressive images
As you will have probably noticed, the images filmed from heaven are becoming more democratic. Wow-wow effect guaranteed! With a quadcopter, you can add another dimension to your montages, with stunning aerial views. There are drones with an integrated camera. The best drone avec camera 2017 has to be the DJI Mavic Pro!
Battery/charger pair: for extended battery life
Do you want to film for a long time, so that you don’t miss anything of your good times? You risk that your camcorder will display the anxious message “no more battery”… To avoid this problem, always have an extra charger and battery for your camcorder!
Stabilizer: for sharp images
It is difficult, even for an expert, not to tremble when recording a scene or to take a picture. The stabilizer makes your work easier by correcting small shake and motion blur to get sharper images.
Sun visor: to protect you from the weather
For camcorders or cameras, the sun visor has several uses. It allows you to avoid the rays of light on your images first (this is its primary mission). The sun visor also protects your device from rain (beautiful rain), shocks, fingerprints, and dust. At night, the sun visor minimizes the impact of stray lights (lamps, etc.).
ND filters: to play with ambient light
The ND filter is a must for videographers and photographers who want to play with the amount of light entering their camera. There are different models to choose from, depending on your needs and requirements.
The road between Taiohae and Taipivai being built of good quality concrete, it is easy to cross the mountain to enter the “valley of cannibals.”
Rare endemic palm trees
The continuation of our Melville’s Polynesian life was a little agitated, but it is in Taipivai that we will remain for a few days. The valley, at the bottom of the Bay of the Controller, is closed by an impressive basalt wall from which seems to escape a vertiginous cascade; with a guide, it will be easy for you to go there and enjoy a bath in the vas
Beforehand, it is essential to pay a small visit to the half shadow and half sunshine corner that houses the last palm trees of the Marquesas, Pelagodoxa henryana, locally called “enu.”
These endemic palm trees, botanical rarities, are only a small dozen, but their rough walnuts are carefully collected and then placed in glasshouses and replanted; the species itself is therefore very threatened in nature, but on the other hand, it is nowadays relatively widespread in the gardens of connoisseurs.
On the road that climbs up towards Hatiheu, a stopover is unavoidable, that of the meae Paeke.
A small sign on the left side of the road indicates the direction of the road on the way up.
It is enough to park there and follow the small path, in places very ravined by the rains, which leads, after twenty minutes of reasonable efforts, to a unique architectural ensemble. A meae which contained twelve tiki and which shelters ten of them today (a few other stones very degraded, almost formless, being able to correspond to the old tiki missing from the call).
The site is composed of two beautifully restored platforms encompassing in their walls nine tiki enclosures, the largest of which measures more than one meter seventy.
A pebble chapel
Back on the road, you just have to go down towards the sea to admire the tohua recently built in the center of the village, which allows, during art festivals, to offer an exceptional setting to the troops who perform, dancers, singers, and musicians, as well as to the public.
A significant hat-trick to the Taipivai town hall, which has created a magnificent and functional cultural space, a space that is also very well maintained.
Further down, the small road winds its way to Hooumi; stop off at the small covered chapel and the adjacent one, in the open sky, built from the remains of paepae.
Remember when I was traveling around the world?
I told you what I was carrying around in my backpack and why. I would like to get back to this with you today on electronic equipment that I use to travel around the world.
When I chose my hardware equipment before I left, I did a lot of research and asked myself many questions. It was time for me to upgrade all my gear, but I had several constraints: budget, weight, and performance.
After talking to other travelers, pulling my hair out and spending several hours on Amazon and other sites, these are the things I chose and took with me to the four corners of the world.
I hope that this list and these explanations will be useful for you to bring the right electronic equipment around the world.
Laptop or computer for touring
I chose a MacBook Pro. I was looking for something reliable, light and sturdy to be able to write this blog, work on my photos, use the Internet and store everything.
This Apple-branded computer was the right compromise because it weighs 1.2kg, is slightly larger than a netbook, but has the power and storage of a standard laptop computer. What I didn’t like about the tablets was the lack of keyboard and hard drive space.
I confess that I do not regret my choice and that it works very well now three years later: I was able to blog, store my photos, use the Internet, watch movies and even make my videos.
If you are in direct sunlight, it is difficult to see the screen. For the rest, it’s top of the line. I keep it in a simple protective cover at all times.
I’ve never been a big fan of the phone and even today, more than a month after returning home; I still don’t have a mobile phone number.
I never had a smartphone before I left, but I decided to invest in an unlocked used phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Likewise, despite the few shocks it took, it survived and still works very well. Did I use it to stay in touch with my family, use Instagram, use card applications to avoid getting lost, take photos on the spot, such as scanners, alarm clocks, flashlights, currency converters, translators, with local SIM cards?
In short, the uses of a smartphone are endless, and I am now convinced, even if I am still not a big fan of the phone. I kept it in a very simple hull, and it withstood its many falls to the ground and changes in climate. I also used an Aquapac waterproof cover to carry it in the water with me. No leaks to report, but I could only take pictures on the surface and not underwater.
I’m still smiling when I think about the camera I was using to blog before I left. I left without much photography knowledge, and a world tour didn’t seem like the best time to test my talents with a Reflex.
I wanted a suitable device that didn’t take up too much space, and I found my happiness with a Sony RX100. It is a compact, expertly designed and compact, which allows you to make many adjustments just like a reflex, but which is discreet and fits in your pocket. I don’t regret my choice, and I was able to take my camera and draw it in all circumstances, at parties and even in places not recommended in South America. I’m not sure I would have done the same thing with a more prominent device. I am delighted with it, and I still have many functions to explore.
However, I broke the flash in the first few weeks and couldn’t have it repaired on the road. I used a basic cover with a pocket to carry my extra battery and SD cards. I kept the large cards in my chest pocket when I was on the move. So if someone stole my camera, I always had SD cards and recent photos!
I’ve always been a follower of the real books, but now I’m converted. A reading light on a journey is happiness for large readers-travelers. I could still have hundreds of books on me, and it was no longer a tragedy every time I finished a book on a bus ride of more than 12 hours.
I had the basic Kindle and a case to protect it, and I am delighted with it. To read, it’s perfect, and there’s no need for more. The battery lasts several weeks, and it is straightforward to download new books in Wifi.
So here’s my electronic equipment for this round-the-world tour.
I must confess that I was fully satisfied. I just wish I had a wide-angle lens for my Asian photos, an anti-shock camera that goes underwater for snorkeling and adventure, a Go Pro for Australia and a tablet to watch movies.
The US Administration has decided to impose new and stricter security measures for flights to the United States, without however generalising the ban on laptops on board aircraft.
Washington’s new measures include “tighter” controls on passengers en route to the United States, and “increased checks” on their electronic devices, Internal Security Minister John Kelly said in a speech in the U. S. capital on Wednesday, June 28.
Only if airlines do not implement these new measures will they be forced to ban laptops – and other electronic devices larger than a telephone – not only from the cabin of their aircraft but also from the bunkers.
Hey guys! Welcome back to another post! I’m super excited to discuss today’s topic. One of the very best reasons to travel is to taste new things. I know you’re nodding your head!
One of the best places to really stretch your taste buds is Germany. The wonderful thing about Germany is that is has a lot of countryside action going on. Each region has its own cuisine! So wherever you go, you’ll be sure to be treated to something that you can’t really get anywhere else. Now let me share my best reasons for eating—of course I mean travelling—to Germany!
A traditional dish that’s very reminiscent of ravioli but bigger! When I first heard about it when I visiting Swabia, I was stoked! What you can find inside is a lovely concoction of finely minced meat, spinach, a few veggies, fresh herbs, and even smoked meat.
I particularly loved the history about this dish. As it turns out, this dish was created as a sort of hack to the system during Holy Week where meat was traditionally avoided. They made the meat miniscule and the veggies so large that it completely hid the meat. Well the jig is up and it’s delicious!
This one is a traditional stew! I don’t know about you guys but I’m crazy for stew! You should probably avoid this if you aren’t cool about eating rabbit but let me tell you: you will be missing out! The meat is cut into manageable sizes and it is super tender when you bite into it. The onions are kind of see-through as it’s braised for while. The marinade of wine and vinegar and seasoning is just divine!
This is a savory pie that literally translates into “onion cake”. If you’re a fan of French onion soup, you’ll definitely love this one. This one has bacon! So you can expect creamy and savory flavors combining in beautiful harmony.
There are so many other things I can add to this list but I have to cut this short. If you guys have any questions, as always, you can reach me at email@example.com. Until next time!