When you hear the word “vacation”, it is often equated with thoughts of long summer days. In fact, it is often referred to as summer vacation, but who decided time off was reserved for a particular season? The truth is, employees all over the world experience work-related stress and burnout, and it certainly makes its presence known all year long. So, with the Christmas holiday season quickly approaching and the busy end-of-year schedules that often follow, now is the perfect time to take advantage of that holiday pay during the holidays. Honestly, it just makes sense.
Sunsets are one of my favourite subjects to photograph and boy oh boy, don’t I take a plethora of pictures when I am greeted with a glorious sunset!
Living on Gili Air in Indonesia, the island is blessed with beautiful sunsets almost every night and there are many beachfront locations dotted along the West coast where they can be enjoyed, but which one is the best? People have their favourites and others are undecided, so I made it my personal mission to research all the sunset venues to help you decide …
Which is the best sunset spot on Gili Air?
It’s a hard job … but someone has to do it!
Whenever fellow travelers asked me where I’m from, to which I replied Romania, the usual responses were ‘Oh, land of vampires! I’ve never been but want to go see Dracula’s Castle!’ or ‘I’ve never been but I heard it’s beautiful! Any suggestions on what to visit?’. Soon enough I realized that HRH Prince Charles does a better job at promoting his beloved Transylvania (where he owns two guesthouses!) than local authorities. So it’s up to us, locals, to do our part and tell people about our country’s beauty and some of its best attractions – and the list is quite long!
If you are looking for unspoilt paradise, I think we found it! Gili Asahan, one of the “secret Gili islands” found in the South West of Lombok is unspoilt and largely unheard of.
As we approached the island on a small fishing boat, we were struck by its pristine beauty; powder soft white sand fringed by lush green palm trees, crystal clear turquoise waters dotted with a few catamarans and not a building in sight. What I saw was perfection.
The island is so relaxing and peaceful, I immediately felt happy and wanted to plan a future here. I had been on the island for less than an hour.
From the moment we sipped our welcome drink out of a fresh a coconut to when we boarded a small fishing boat for our return journey to Gili Air, everything was perfect.
With hundreds of years of history and religious relics, Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City remains one of the youngest and most dynamic cities in Vietnam. Travelling to Saigon, you will have the opportunity to discover the famous sights, unique food and meet friendly local people.
Many people want to visit Saigon at least once. It is true that Saigon has people and places that are like your beautiful dreams, but it also has things that make you have “nightmares”. With my experience of backpacking in Saigon, I will share with you 10 super useful tips for first-time travellers to Ho Chi Minh City.
Everyone knows Thailand has stunning Temples, but have you considered doing a Temple Tour of Chiang Rai? This largely overlooked area of Northern Thailand has some of the most breath-taking architecture I have seen and we were captivated by its unique style. A few of the temples are new and still under construction, but did you know that Chiang Rai is the original home to Thailand’s most highly revered Buddha image, the Jade Buddha now housed in the Grand Palace of Bangkok.
Steeped in history and for a brief period of time, Chiang Rai was once the capital of Northern Thailand which is why I would like to take you on a Temple-Tastic tour of Chiang Rai.
Let me show you a side to Chiang Rai you may have not considered.
I could wax lyrical about my visit to Australia for as long as anyone will listen. It’s a bucket list destination for a lot of people, including me, so I decided to get a year’s working visa to give me the opportunity of not just travelling around and seeing as much as I could, but to live there and see what the Country really has to offer.
With statistics telling us it’s the world’s 6th largest Country, the world’s largest island and the only island that is a continent & country, distances between destinations are vast.
But what is it about Australia that has me and plenty of others talking about it years after they have visited?
Like I said, I could talk about how much I loved Australia all day but to give a less biased opinion, I decided to ask top bloggers who also have a fond affection for this Country for their views and experiences.
The Gili Islands, Indonesia, are known as an idyllic slice of paradise. Located off the North West Coast of Lombok are three peanut sized tropical islands boasting white sand beaches, palm trees, a relaxed vibe, and, because there are no cars, vans or motorcycles, the gentle clip-clopping of the islands’ horse and carts provide a peaceful mind for all who visit.
But what can the Gili Islands offer divers? When approaching the islands by boat from Bali, you will see crystal clear aquamarine waters which provide fabulous visibility averaging 20 to 25 metres all year round (sometimes more!). Not only are the waters clear, they are wonderfully warm (up to 31 degrees) and many divers enjoy the freedom of wearing shorts and a rash vest – no wetsuit required!
Divers don’t just want to hear about beautiful diving conditions, they want to know what you can see!
And this is where the Gili Islands deliver!