It all started in 2011. I quit my job to live abroad and travel the world. I pursued my passion and started a travel business with a mission. It was an interesting journey and definitely not an easy one. As I see many people struggling with the same questions I had at that time, I decided to share my experiences and lessons learned.
India is one of the most exotic countries in the world and I am a huge fan of Indian food. I think each Indian dish represents an independent and delicate culinary work. The distinctive aromatic flavour and the exuberant combination of spices are just as fascinating as the country itself!
I’d like to introduce you to the Indian cuisine and advice on some of the best Indian food dishes to try when in India. If you are seeking to combine your love for cooking with an authentic Indian travel experience, then an Indian Home Cooking Class is maybe your cup of tea. If you’re a foodie on a constant search of unique dishes like me, The Full Belly Walk With Lavy may be what you’re looking for.
I met Diddy a few years ago while traveling in Kenya. One of our friends met him while he lived in Nairobi at that time. He highly recommended to meet Diddy, hearing his story while walking through Africa’s largest slum, Kibera. Diddy’s home.
It was impressive and gave me a great insight in a life I didn’t know. A world difficult to grab when you grow up in a place there is no shortage of anything. This was exactly the type of experience I am always looking for while traveling.
Besides being a tour guide, Diddy is also a very inspiring person who became an Afro-electric dj, hip hopper and has a passion for soccer. As I am living in Nairobi now myself, and supporting Diddy via I Like Local, I thought it would be nice to meet Diddy again and share his story with the world. Hoping to inspire others to explore a country beyond its standard tourist attractions.
If cruising on a Borneo river surrounded by lush jungle, the sound of orangutans and other amazing inhabitants sounds like a perfect way to unwind, then keep on reading. I’ll share one of my most memorable trips to the home of orangutans, in Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia. It is one of the best places to see orangutans in the wild with a guarantee of seeing them.
As a writer for a digital agency I got the chance to travel to remote places in Indonesia. One of these trips was to visit Tanjung Puting National Park on Borneo. This national park is famous for its long-term effort through the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program based at the landmark Camp Leakey. It turned out that all the photos I made didn’t do any justice of how peaceful it was being present with nature.
I traveled solo for the first time in 2006 when I went on a 6-month internship to India. It made me realize that I love it. It is not only me who likes travelling alone. More and more people are travelling solo. 24 percent of people travelled solo in 2015 compared to 15 percent in 2013 according to the Visa Global Intention Study. Especially among female millennials solo travelling is becoming more popular. A simple Google trends report on “solo female travel” shows that the interest in solo female traveling has more than tripled since 2012.
Why is this? What are these women looking for? How do women travel differently than men? What are the challenges they face? These were some of the questions that I asked myself and wanted to get answered. I didn’t only want to share my opinion, but wanted to share something based on a more in-depth research. In this blog post I reveal the answers I found based on expert research, experience of travel bloggers and my own experience.
It will be weird to put Maldives or Bora Bora on my bucket list while being born and raised in a beautiful country like Indonesia! If you’re a fan of all kind of summer destinations, I’m proud to say that we have it all; from mountains, lakes, majestic temples, beaches, to the journey down to the sea. And for this end of year trip, I’m blessed with the chance to travel to Ora Beach in the heart of Seram Island in Maluku, Indonesia. An island with crystal blue sea and lime stone cliffs covered with tropical forest as a backdrop. This is the place to be if you want to have the feeling of Bora Bora without digging too deep into your pockets. In this post, I’ll share with you some of the things you have to know before visiting this beautiful hidden paradise.
Ora beach is hidden on Seram Island, the largest island of the Maluku province in Indonesia. As with many hidden gems Ora Beach is not easily reachable. It will take you some effort, but in return you’ll get crystal clear water, coral reefs and mountains covered with tropical jungle. Each day on Ora Beach is a quiet day. You will be only surrounded with the sounds of nature; chirping of the birds, the wind and the sound of the sea. There will be no distraction from modern life. It is a perfect place to unwind and relax, go for a stroll or short hike, snorkel and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
How To Get There
1. First, board a flight from Jakarta to Ambon. Direct flights are available from these airlines: Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Air Asia. Approx time: 3 hrs
2. Even though you take the first flight, you’ll most likely arrive at Ambon in the late afternoon (due to 2 hours time differences). So I’ll highly suggest spending the rest of your evening exploring the city: visit Merah Putih bridge and Natsepa beach to try Indonesian fruit salad (rujak)
3. The real trip will begin the next morning! You need to cross from Tulehu Harbour to Amahai Harbour in Masohi via speed boat. The ships are available from Monday – Saturday (9 AM), so make sure you arrive at Tulehu 30 mins before to buy the tickets. It cost around IDR 160.000 – 200.000. Approx time: 2 hrs
4. Upon your arrival at Masohi, it’s still 3 hours away by car to Saleman Village before you hop into another small boat that will get you to Ora Beach in another 20 minutes.
If you want hardly any hassle ask your resort/accommodation if they can arrange transportation to Ora Beach. Notes: car rental to Saleman Village from Amahai Harbour are available through travel agents / local people. A one way trip with a car will cost around IDR 500.000 (you can email me to ask for the local’s number driver as well as boat rental). Boat rental cost around IDR 300.000 – IDR 500.000 per day!
Where to Stay
1. Ora Beach Eco Resort
If you’re looking to spend a couple of days lazing around on the beach overlooking the hills, staying at Ora Beach Eco Resort is the best way to go. They offer 2 room options: Kamar Darat and Kamar Laut. Kamar Laut is situated right above the sea so you can just go into a morning dip right on the backside of your balcony. However, during my trip, I was staying at Kamar Darat with a beach view also works fine for me. Breakfast and dinner are already included but kindly lower your expectations when it comes to the food and services (since they’re a bit slow). They provide you an evening snack every 4 PM which was probably my favorite!
Kamar Darat : IDR 600.000 / room for 2 persons Kamar Laut : IDR 1.090.000 / room for 2 persons extra bed : additional IDR 250.000 charge for meals
Snack at the resort
Phone: (+62911) 361970 & +62 812 4889 6616 WhatsApp: +62 812 4889 6616
I heard of some foreigners asking for a quote via email that they said the price was 300 USD per night, but this is not true.
2. Roneela Resort
Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai have always been the top choices for travelers visiting Thailand. However, I will be introducing an off-the-beaten province, Ratchaburi.
Ratchaburi is located 80 kilometres west of Bangkok, and overlooks its neighbour, Myanmar (Burma). When visiting this area it is going back to nature with stunning mountain ranges, magnificent caves, hot springs, waterfalls and the best floating markets in the country. It has long been a perfect weekend getaway spot for locals living in the capital.
If you are traveling to Thailand and craving for some authentic interactions and a path less traveled, then visiting Ratchaburi is one of the great things to do in Thailand. Here are some unique places to visit when you are in Ratchaburi.
Nowadays we live in the craziest and busiest time ever. Many of us are struggling to meet work commitments with the demands of family and keeping up with friends. Maybe you have dreamed of giving up the mad rush of city life, or even plan to take a sabbatical, but you can already start small by frequently unwinding for a couple of days and even go off grid. More and more people are extracting themselves from society for a while and living closer to nature by staying on a farm for a couple of days. A farmstay is a way to savour country life at its best and re-set yourself.
I noticed that India is one of the countries that has the most unique farmstays to relax, enjoy healthy food and connect yourself with nature. I have made a selection of my most favorite farmstays in India. Have a read and maybe I can convince you to also go off the grid for a while on one of these farms.
When you think of Africa you probably won’t think of crystal clear seas and white sandy beaches, right? Same here. I also never expected that Africa has some of the best beaches in the world until I came to live in Kenya. I was positively surprised! It is even one of the best combinations for your holiday: do a safari and relax at one of the best beaches in the world.
Most people look for the powder white sand and crystal clear waters in Asia or the Caribbean. Africa has maybe even nicer beaches plus they are less crowded too. So if next time you are looking for a tropical paradise to relax, sip a coconut at a palm fringed beach then have a look at the below best beaches I have selected.
The rising independency of women is contributing to the growing number of solo female travelers around the globe. Yes! We are everywhere! Solo traveling is actually a great way to rediscover yourself and enrich your life experience at the same time. Safety may be a concern if you are a solo female traveler, but you don’t have to be put off if you know the right place to go. 😉
There are quite a couple of popular solo female travel destinations in Southeast Asia. In our previous blog post ‘’6 Best Destinations in Asia For a Solo Female Traveler’’, we introduced you to some of the top choices, including Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Nepal, Singapore and Hong Kong.
In this blog post, I will introduce you to my own country, Taiwan. It is an island that has long been underrated but is slowly becoming a new hotspot for solo female travelers. The country looks like a miniature of a sweet-potato on the map. It’s a beautiful island, Formosa as the Portuguese called it, with rich nature, friendly people, finger-licking gourmets, distinctive culture and more. Here are my 6 reasons why Taiwan should be your next solo travel destination!