local in indonesia

7 Tips for Traveling Like a Local in Indonesia

I've always wanted to publish my best tips on how to travel like a local in Indonesia, and when a friend of mine shot me a text announcing he's jettisoning off to Bali in the fall (insert jealousy here), I decided there's no time like the present.…
island of sumatra

7 Ways to Experience the Island of Sumatra

If Bali is the pearl of the orient, then the island of Sumatra is the opal. Complex, diverse and undeniably robust. An island borne out of fire and brimstone, and a region not without its controversies, Sumatra is one of the most geographically…
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15 Reasons Why Backpacking China is Totally Worth It

Backpacking China is probably not at the top of your bucketlist for 2016, but it should be. Unfortunately, this fascinating country seems to be getting a bad wrap these days. Especially in my neck of the woods. Flip on the news and all you hear…
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Top 10 Most Romantic Places to Kiss

"A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear; kisses are the messengers of love and tenderness." From Ingrid Bergman's lips to Humphrey Bogart's ears, there are still those of us wandering the earth seeking that epic love. As a bonafide…
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Top 5 Best Bali Beaches for New Surfers

For the last eight decades, wave riders from around the world have been flocking to Bali’s beautiful beaches in hopes of catching the big one. With the peak surfing season running from May to September, there is no shortage of fantastic surf…