Enchanting Lombok

After a short business trip to Singapore in September, we decided to visit Lombok as a part of our late »summer vacation«. We were choosing between Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam but only Indonesia seemed to have stable weather conditions – last three are too wet and very humid in this period. Lombok seemed like a perfect alternative to its overcrowded neighbor Bali, and since it also has direct flights from Singapore, the choice was actually very easy. Only that three days later a series of deadly earthquakes began and I was scared to shit going there. It was around one month before our departure, so we started to follow the news intensively and hoped for the best. Lombok was […]

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3 highlights for your first trip to Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the best countries in Southeast Asia because it’s got such a diverse mix of cultures. The combination of Malay, Chinese, European and Indian influences have created a varied, rich culture. It is also a very diverse country in terms of nature and landscape. You’ll find beautiful beaches to relax on, amazing rainforests packed with wildlife, and a very modern city of Kuala Lumpur. There is a little bit of something for everybody in Malaysia which is why it should be on everybody’s bucket list. But there’s so much going on that you might not know where to start if you do visit. As Malaysia is huge, you’re never going to do it all in one trip, […]

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Hotel review: Jeeva Santai Villas (Lombok, Indonesia)

After spending 4 amazing nights in Jeeva Beloam beach camp, we were excited to visit another member of “Jeeva” family in Lombok – Jeeva Santai villas in Mangsit. To be honest, I was hesitating with my reservation until the very last moment, deciding also between Qunci villas, Puri Mas resort, Katamaran hotel or Jeeva Klui villas, but my gut told me to go with Jeeva Santai. After the terrible Lombok earthquake some of these resorts were badly damaged, however Jeeva Santai villas managed to stay intact and safe. So once again I got a confirmation that I have to listen to my inner voice more often 😊 I pre-booked the villa online and you can get 15€ off your next booking […]

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5 things to see in Lombok

Want to visit Bali but you are afraid you will end up on a crowded beach or taking a selfie in a rice field full of tourists? Then consider visiting less commercialized Lombok instead. It is just 2 hours’ ferry ride away from Bali. Or just fly in directly from Singapore, Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur. Lombok can offer you stunning beaches, very clean seas, lush green inland, lively waterfalls, friendly monkeys and an impressive Mt Rinjani – an active volcano with breathtaking views of the lake inside its crater. We visited Lombok in September, only a month after the terrible earthquakes, so a lot of places we wanted to see were closed or had limited access. Which was actually just […]

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Indonesia is much more than just beautiful beaches

“Oh, you’re going to Indonesia? I’d love to visit Bali, Lombok and the Gilis; they look amazing!” When people find out you’re heading deep into the Pacific, they’ll assume you’re going to one of the “holiday islands”. Sure, Bali, Lombok and the Gilis are excellent places to visit and travel – there’s nothing quite like lying on the beach all day and drinking in the nearby shacks all night. However, Indonesia is so much more and it has plenty to offer regarding exclusivity. In fact, there might not be a nation on the planet which has as many experiences that are only found in one place. So, if there is at least one shred of adventurous spirit in you, check out what you […]

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Why Australia has to be your next travel destination!

If you are a true wanderlust, your traveling choices are endless, so you have to make sure you focus on improving your experiences. There are a lot of different places in the world to visit, and your choice largely depends on the sort of adventure you would like to have. Some people love city breaks, others enjoy beach holidays, while many more like to have as many adventures as possible. Fortunately there are a few places in the world where you can enjoy all these things in abundance, making it one of the best travel experiences ever. One of them is called Australia. There are some amazing reasons why you need to visit Australia as soon as possible, and these […]

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Lombok – od pekla do raja

Konec julija je območje indonezijske province Zahodna Nusa Tenggara doletel močan potres, ki je skoraj popolnoma uničil severni del otoka Lombok. Nekaj dni zatem je nov potres, z epicentrom v neposredni bližini otoka, pod sabo pokopal več kot 500 ljudi. Več kot 2000 popotresnih sunkov, zemeljski plazovi in dim okoli lomboškega ognjenika Rinjani niso bili ravno najboljša popotnica za težko pričakovani dopust, od katerega naju je ločil le še slab mesec dni. Spletne strani indonezijskega Ministrstva za zunanje zadeve so odsvetovale vsa potovanja, razen nujnih, popotniški forumi pa so hlepeli po pomoči: »Ne odpovedujte vaših rezervacij, stanje se umirja. Lombok vas potrebuje.« In sva šla. Sveže cepljena, s potovalno lekarno in nekaj odvečnimi oblačili, ki sva jih nameravala pustiti otoškim prebivalcem.   Na letališču naju pričaka šofer, ki […]

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Beyond the Kangaroos – Australian East coast

When people think of Australia they often think of cuddly kangaroos and also of its scarier residents, like snakes and spiders that reside in the outback. On the other hand, the vibrant destinations along the vast Australian East coast are attracting more and more travellers and expats each year. Aside from the beautiful sunny weather, the East coast of Oz has plenty to offer in the way of shopping, culture, history, entertainment and a thriving food scene to satiate every belly. Therefore, if you’re thinking of heading Down Under and exploring more than just the kangaroos’ backyard (although, these are a must too), it’s worth heading to some of the top places along the coastline, and enjoying what they have to […]

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