Preparation To Make For Your Cruise To Antarctica

Preparation To Make For Your Cruise To Antarctica

Having a cruise to somewhere fancy is exciting because you will have a memorable journey on a cruise along with endless buffets and umbrella drinks. However, a cruise to Antarctica is not your typical cruise so you should not expect for those over-the-top buffets and services. However, you can expect for more fun of what can call expedition or exploration to a remote, untamed continent miles away from civilization. 

Things to prepare for your cruise to Antarctica

Since it is not your typical cruise,  you need different kind of preparation to make and different essentials to take with you. The most important element of a cruise to Antarctica is planning ahead. Your preparation determine whether or not you will have a smooth sailing cruise experience. Thus, make sure to plan it early to accommodate your unique experience.  Here are the types of preparation you need to do before a cruise to Antarctica:

Make honest assessment of your health

A cruise to Antarctica might not require vigorous activities. However, the journey might take a toll on you with how different it is than your usual trip. Hence, it is important to make an honest assessment of your health done by your physician. Regardless if you are having health problem or perfectly healthy, a medical check up before a cruise is a must. There are health providers on the cruise as well to evaluate and teat minor illnesses and emergencies. But if you need proper treatment from hospital you will be flown to one in Argentina, Chile, or home depending on the seriousness of your condition.

Be ready with seasickness

It is highly likely for you to experience seasickness during a cruise to Antarctica. In fact, some people experienced seasickness during a cruise to Antarctica even though they have never experienced it before. Consider wearing scopolamine patches before boarding. Or, you may also consider taking medications and acupressure devices. 

Practice your balance prior the trip

Prior your cruise o Antarctica, practice some exercises that specifically improve your balance. It is because you will climb in and out of a moving ship to a bouncing inflatable and vice versa during the trip. Your strength and balance will be tested especially when you are on shore landings as you battle the surf when climbing in and getting out of Zodiac boat. Of course the crew will help you but if you have great strength and balance, those will be just a piece of cake and make their job even easier. 

Know what to pack

Pack some waterproof clothing such as waterproof pants and jackets. Layering is great too but pack waterproof ones. Pack also thermal underwear, shirt, sweater, or a fleece jacket, sweatpants, and leggings. The crew usually provide passenger boots to use. If you bring your own boots, pack the one that is slip-on and tall since you will be getting out of the Zodiac into shallow water and walking up to the beach. Always your medication in your carry-on for easy access. 

Pleasing the Five Senses of Your Guests at Your Bali Holiday Villa 

Pleasing the Five Senses of Your Guests at Your Bali Holiday Villa

If you have a holiday villa in Bali, you will want to give the best experience  has always been to give the traveler a fully immersive experience. Some contend that experience is the key, others say the introduction of opulent infrastructure is the best strategy, and still others believe that personalised care is the only solution. An even easier option to enhance the hotel experience has, however, evolved in recent years with the introduction of multi-sensory marketing to the hospitality sector: through the five senses.

As more hotels attempt to incorporate their guests’ senses into their hotel experience each year, multi-sensory marketing has recently taken over the hospitality sector. This is the strategy that you can apply to your own Bali villa. After all, a vacation room continues to sell its goods long after the guest has checked in, thus its marketing strategy should be robust and go beyond simply “reserving a room.” But how can you use the five senses to improve your property?

How Your Bali Holiday Villa Looks

Sight is always going to be the most important sense. There is already a pre-conceived idea of your space from the photos you have in your listing. Whether it’s a pristinely made–up bed or a cozy living room, help remind your guest why they chose your Bali holiday villa in the first place.

Tip: Having a beautifully framed wifi sign like this one, will ease any frustration in searching for the wifi code and impress your villa guests.

How Your Bali Holiday Villa Smells

How Your Bali Holiday Villa Smells

This is your chance to exceed your guests’ expectations by providing them with an enticing floral greeting. Of the five senses, our sense of smell is the most potent and memorable in our subconscious. With a plug-in oil diffuser, you may use pure, natural aromatherapy scents like peppermint, lemon, and lavender. The aroma will be there ever-so-slightly lingering when they come if you simply place it in the room the morning before they check in (you don’t want it to be overpowering).

Fresh laundry will give off a general sense of freshly made-up beds and laundered clothes. To add freshness to your linens and towels, use dryer sheets.

How Your Villa Feel to the Guests

How Your Bali Holiday Villa Smells

You’ll get plenty of extra points if you find a tactile way to impress your guest’s sense of touch. A soft, washable throw blanket draped on the couch or chair is a great way for a guest to feel welcome and pampered.


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Play Some Ambience Sounds

You want guests to feel right at home right away. When your guest arrives, have a little background music or classical music playing gently. You can construct a playlist on your phone and sync it to your villa’s Bluetooth speaker. Guests may simply turn it off when they wish, but normally leave it on and enjoy the music while they unpack and settle down. Alternatively, you can build a stone or bamboo water fountain in the villa’s garden to create a more natural, relaxing ambience. 

Give Guests Some Light Munch on Arrival

Give Guests Some Light Munch on Arrival

When a guest arrives from a flight or long car ride, they probably are thirsty and hungry. Nothing can soothe travel irritations better than a snack. Have a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter and some cool drinks in the fridge.

You can impress the guests at your Bali villa easily with a snack. Leave a welcome basket on the table waiting for guests. You want a combination that has something for everyone. Ideally follow this model: Salty, sweet, crunchy, vegan and gluten-free. Think high-end quality over quantity & provide healthy options over empty calories.

Learn More About Japanese Culture Before Visiting The Country

Japan is understandably one of the most popular countries to visit. People from all over the world see the country as a very interesting existence. Its rich traditions, world-class cuisine, unique ceremonies, and amazing arts are some of the most prominent things people know about Japan. Around 30 millions of people visited Japan in 2018, which set a record for the East Asian island nation. 

Mature landlady greeting young female guests at ryokan. Women are bowing in front of inn owner. They are standing outside hotel.

Interesting Japanese culture to learn more

Is it important to learn about the culture before visiting the place? In my opinion, yes, it is. by learning the culture, you have an insight of how people are living their lives. You also know how to stay respectful to what they believe even if it is something that is contrary to what you believe. By learning the culture, you also gain more knowledge about something beyond your own little world. And if you plan on visiting Japan, here are its unique cultures you can learn about:

Table manners

It doesn’t mean that you are obligated to know Japanese table manners. Japanese people will know that you are a tourist or that you are a guest so you will not be expected to know everything about their culture included table manner. However, it will be appreciated if you know about it even just a little. Before eating eating your meal, perform bow your head and shoulders while saying itadakimasu. It was a common custom in Japanese culture to respect for the foods served. 

Towel etiquette

Before meal, you will also be given a towel. In Japanese culture, the towel is given to help you wipe and clean your hands before touching and enjoying your food. So make sure that you do not use the towel to wipe your face or other parts of body. 

Bowing

It is common to see people in Japan bow to one another. In fact, it is a common custom in most East Asian countries. The way in which you bow has different meaning. So you can learn more about it before bowing to the people you meet in Japan later. Meeting a friend, the Japanese usually bow at 30 degree with hands on sides. Meanwhile, lower and deeper bow demonstrate respect for people of greater importance be it of age, status, etc. It is also done to demonstrate deep regret of mistake made. 

Removing shoe

In western countries, it is common to see people get inside their house with their shoes on. However, it is different when you are in Japan, and most Asian countries. In some cultures, feet are considered the dirtiest parts of body since they are used to walk and step of almost anything. For this reason and hygienic reason, the Japanese take off their shoes before entering places especially sacred places such as temples and shrines. Always see the sign before entering a place whether you have to remove your shoes or not. If unsure, ask the locals or your guide instead of assuming or offending their culture.

Raja Ampat Trip, Exploring Premium Destinations in Eastern Indonesia

Raja Ampat is in the center of the world’s coral triangle and is a world-class premium destination. Raja Ampat trip is not cheap. However, there are some tips for exploring Raja Ampat even for travelers on a budget. Before traveling to Raja Ampat, you must reach Sorong, Papua. Sorong is the starting point before continuing the Raja Ampat trip. 

Raja Ampat Trip, Exploring Premium Destinations in Eastern Indonesia

Raja Ampat trip, How to Get to Sorong?

Ignore the search for flights to Sorong if you are a traveler from outside Indonesia. Flights to Sorong are not served by international flights. Automatically, you have to take a flight to Indonesia. If you are planning to go to Bali and take a flight to Sorong, you will not find direct (non-stop) flights from Bali to Sorong. 

The best option to reach Sorong is, you go to Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, and Manado. Flights from all four cities offer direct flights to Sorong. If you still want to take a flight from Bali, you can take Garuda, Batik Air, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya air with 1-2 times transit. We recommend searching for domestic flights within Indonesia for dates and times that match your travel plans.

Arriving in Sorong, you must continue the journey to the port with a time range of 10-20 minutes. If you join a certain boat operator, usually they will provide pick-up and drop-off services for you from Sorong to or from the port.

If you are not associated with any boat operator, you can ride a motorbike for 20,000 IDR. The journey by taxi from Sorong to the port is around 100,000 IDR. If you are an adventurer with a limited budget, you can take public transportation for a long time comparing ride a motorbike or taking a taxi.

How to get from Sorong to Raja Ampat?

You have to prepare a Raja Ampat trip planning ahead of time before you arrive in Sorong. The choice is whether you will take the Raja Ampat liveaboard, public ferries, or speed boat. Raja Ampat trips using liveaboard are highly recommended to save your cruise time. The operator will arrange everything when you arrive in Sorong. 

Raja Ampat charter boats cost a lot of money. The best option is the Raja Ampat open trip where you will join other adventurers. Liveaboard operators offer various types of ships and cabin variants. The more luxurious the ship, the type of cabin, and the facilities available, the more expensive the price will be. 

Surfing the internet and looking for an open trip Raja Ampat while you are in your home country is the best option. You can compare the boats, cabins, facilities, and prices they offer. 

Raja Ampat Trip with a limited budget

Ferries from Sorong to Waisai and Waisai to Sorong depart daily at 0900 (9 am) and 1400. (2 pm). Ferries to Raja Ampat depart from Sorong’s Pelabuhan Rakyat (public harbour). The Bahari Express boats take about two hours to get to Waisai, while the “slow boat” takes three hours.

Tickets for the Bahari Express start at IDR 100,000 for economy class and IDR 215,000 for VIP. A VIP seat will provide you with an adjustable-back chair in a climate-controlled room.

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices in the Waisai and Sorong port office buildings on the day of travel. If you can’t find them, just ask at the port. Ferry tickets cannot be purchased online.

If you need to get to your hotel quickly, you can charter a speedboat. The speedboat harbor is about 200 meters west of the ferry dock. Speedboats are far more expensive (hundreds of dollars) and far less comfortable than public ferries or flying – you’d need a very compelling reason to charter one!

Ferries from Sorong to Misool leave Sorong at 1100 on Mondays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, ferries from Misool to Sorong depart at 0700. The ticket costs IDR 350,000.

Kri is the most popular island, and there are almost always homestay boats waiting to pick up guests heading to Kri. If seats are available, you can save money on transfers by sharing with other passengers.

Most of Raja Ampat lacks inter-island public transportation, but transfers from one homestay to another are simple to arrange.

Transfers should always be scheduled a day or two ahead of time. You can either request a transfer from your current host or contact your destination to arrange a pickup.

Creating Workspace To Match Your Personal Preference And Spark Your Productivity

Creating Workspace To Match Your Personal Preference And Spark Your Productivity
Free laptop in modern office with white brick wall and window view image, public domain CC0 photo.

Working from home continues to be the policy many companies choose to face the situation with the global pandemic that is still going on. Working from home has been reported to have two side effects. Some people experience a boost of creativity working from home since they are able to choose a work style that fits them. Meanwhile, some others are reported to experience burnout due to lack of conducive space for working. It is important to have workspace that fits your preference so your creativity and productivity are boosted. 

How to create workspace that prefer your style and can spark your productivity

Working for hours can put you in a major boredom especially when you keep working in the same place. Working from home, allows you to be more creative with your workspace arrangement. Hence, don’t hesitate to arrange it as you see fit. Here are some ideas to help you create a workspace that is comfortable but still spark your productivity:

Utilize the corner of a room

Instead of using living room or bedroom to do all work-related tasks from home, why not creating a workspace yourself by utilizing particular corner of a room. This way, you can create a workspace without needing too much space. Use simple table and chair that don’t take much space either with muted colors. As for the designs, choose the ergonomics ones so they are still comfortable for your body to sit on for hours. 

Choose the concept you love

Room in a modern office. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Every individual may have different preferences when it comes to interior design and decoration. Unlike at the office where workspace has been decided by the company, you can create more preferable workspace yourself. You may consider minimalist concept that is typically less-cluttered with simplicity as dominant aspect. For this concept, you need neutral colors combination and furniture with earth tone. Adding ornamental plants can make the room more lively and enjoyable. 

Modern setting

You can also create a workspace that adopt modern concept. For this, you will need standing desk. Choose the one that is adjustable so you can use it while standing or sitting as needed. Choose simple chair that is ergonomic and functional. You can create this kind of workspace with an open space concept. Hence, you don’t really need specific space to arrange it. 

Try bolder concept

You may also want to add boldness to your workspace. You can do it by creating workspace with bolder concept. It can be seen by the choice of colors, furniture, patterns, and textures you prefer. You can create a workspace that is contrast with your home interior design in general. For example, your home uses minimalist concept with neutral colors as dominant palette. In contrast, create  workspace with total opposite in the concept by opting for bolder color palette. It makes your workspace look more striking. It also gives the impression of high spirit and lively vibes. This concept-clash is suitable for you who like to show your unique self as well. 

Living in A Villa in Bali for Long Term: 6 Maintenance Tips!

Living in A Villa in Bali for Long Term: 6 Maintenance Tips!

The resort island of Indonesia, Bali, continue to attract thousands of travelers across the globe every year. The crystal-clear blue waters, picturesque landscapes, sprawling rice terraces, and abundant natural beauty make for an enchanting retreat. It’s no wonder that some travelers who already get a taste of Bali want to extend their stay—and start living in this island. The cost of living is low and so is the stress level! Imagine heading to the beach after closing your works to catch a gorgeous sunset and enjoying a pool party at the weekend. Not to mention the availability of Bali villas for rent from all range of budget. 

Finding the Perfect Villas in Bali for Rent

One of the best aspect of living in Bali is that you can rent villas for the price of your airline ticket! Finding temporary housing in the region where you wish to move would be the first thing to do before arriving in Bali. On Booking.com or any other website, you can make a room reservation online.

When you arrive in Bali, you can begin looking for your ideal new residence. This is the procedure. You can either go door to door or search for long-term rentals on Booking.com/Airbnb or Facebook groups. However, some expats are envisioning a more permanent business, and if you are planning to stay for years in Bali, it’s financially wiser to get a villa for lease. You can look for agencies to help you get a luxury villas for rent in Bali in best price. 

Maintaining Your Villa 

Hunting for a good Bali property takes time; but once you get the one that suits you, it’s time to live the tropical dream. 

However, you should not forget to run a regular maintenance for the villa. Maintaining a clean and orderly home is one of your duties as a tenant. Try to keep the villa that you live in as tidy as you found it in the advertisement. Make sure that any minor damage is fixed and that any significant maintenance is recorded. Tenancy checks are typically conducted every six months, therefore maintaining the property is crucial.

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Understand the Tropical Weather to Maintain the House

In contrast to Northern Hemisphere dwellings built for freeze-thaw cycles, Bali’s perpetual tropical climate mostly deals with variable humidity levels. In addition, there is the incredible diversity seen in the tropics, including termites, ants, beetles, and a wide variety of other insects. Of course, there is a lot of seismic activity in addition to being situated on a chain of volcanoes and on top of moving tectonic plates, which rounds out the difficulties.

It should come as no surprise that a home under such attack will eventually decline and require more frequent maintenance.

Maintaining the Airflow

Maintaining the Airflow

When you are looking for villas for rent in Bali, prioritise houses with open-floor plan and a lot of windows to ensure great airflow inside the house. Cross-ventilation is crucial for air flow. Breezeways, French doors, and several windows are used in tropical dwellings to provide air circulation for cooler temperatures and to evaporate moisture. Have several screened air vents installed high beneath the ceiling. screened to keep pests out of your home at night, particularly at the time of year right after the first rains when they emerge in droves.

Regular Maintenance of Air Conditioner

In the hot and humid weather of Bali, an air conditioner is essential to any house. Always take special attention to the AC in your villa. An experienced repair business must perform routine maintenance on air conditioners. This is because the inside blower and external compressor have been clogged with dust, grime, and mold. Regular AC system maintenance can prevent the AC unit from malfunctioning and may even risk the health of your family, especially if you have individuals who suffer from allergies because of the inevitable accumulation of mold and mildew. Make sure the blower, condensation coils, and interior/exterior air filter get a thorough cleaning as part of the servicing. A Freon level check should be part of the service. 

The tenant is often responsible for paying the costs of AC servicing, so bear this in mind. 

Maintaining the Landscape of Your Villa

It’s nice to stay at a luxury villa rental in Bali with a beautiful garden within it. However, you need to do a regular maintenance to keep it pretty. Check your lease to see what landscaping duties you have. Some landlords employ a gardener who will visit once a week or once a month so the tenants won’t have to worry. Some will demand that you take care of landscaping maintenance tasks like making sure sprinklers run frequently or watering plants on your own.

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Clean the House

Regular cleaning is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your rental. The home and its appliances will last longer as a result. Although they are frequently neglected, cleaning the oven, microwave, and refrigerator is a common cause of a large cleaning cost when you move out.

Never Flush Baby Wipes Down the Toilet

is a mistake we frequently observe among our residents. Even wipes that claim to be flushable might seriously damage a home’s plumbing system. Baby wipes don’t degrade, so they won’t break down like toilet paper and clog drains instead. Even if it does pass through the pipes, as your pipes get older, it can cause additional trouble. At water treatment facilities, it also creates issues.

Destinations You Don’t Find In Average Travel Guide

There are so many travel destination out there that you may not be able to fully explore. As travel ban is low lifted, many countries are now open for tourists or travelers to pay a visit. With this, you should be ready with your travel destination checklist. Choosing destination is a matter of personal preference. Depending on what type a vacation you want to have, you can choose suitable destination. However, it might be the best time to start uncovering underrated travel destinations that you won’t find in average travel guide for more exciting experience. 

Anguilla island, Caribbean sea

Underrated destinations for unique travel experience

Some travel destinations are considered overrated which cause various problems such as overcrowd, damage properties, etc. Hence, it might be the right time for you to restart your vacation button and make new plan by filling your bucket list with more under the radar destinations such as below:

Lombok, Indonesia

When it comes to travel destination in Indonesia, most people will be reminded of Bali. However, Bali is not the only beautiful place you can visit in Indonesia. Its neighbor island, Lombok, is low-key amazing for beach vacation. The plus point of Lombok is that it is less crowded than Bali. Hence, you can have that quiet retreat you wish for. You can explore the place by getting involved with Indonesian culture from friendly locals and enjoying the stunning scenery surrounding the island. 

Anguilla, Caribbean

Caribbean might not be considered under the radar since it is actually such a popular place for a vacation. However, there are many under the radar areas in Caribbean you can opt over any other more popular ones. And one of them is Anguilla, which is a secluded spot to help you relax and unwind. No local flights from the U.S and no port for cruise ships make this place such a great place to have that tranquility. This low-key island offers luxurious retreats that feels private and intimate. 

Herdade da Comporta, Portugal

This is a place where you don’t have to worry about crowded beaches. Herdade da Comporta is such a great place made up of a few beach villages along the west coast of Portugal. It is about an hour drive only from Lisbon. Even though it sounds remote, this place has various spots you can actually enjoy with modern amenities. Hence, you don’t have to worry about your accommodation since there are few more hotels being built. 

Luzon, Philippines

Philippines is known for its beautiful cities. It is also a great travel destination for any types of travelers and considered budget-friendly. Luzon is one of the areas in Philippines that promises unique travel experiences. As the largest island in the country, Luzon offers amazing views of spectacular mountains, tropical rainforest, and bubbling volcano. You can head to the north of the island to learn more about more ethnic and religious diverse part of the country. Meanwhile, you can head to the south to experience the mesmerizing scenery surrounding the island effortlessly.

Guide To Do Scuba Diving Komodo 

Year after year, Indonesia is ranked as the best diving country in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The Komodo National Park, which includes Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and 26 small islands, is located on the island of Flores. The park was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect the endangered Komodo Dragon and its habitat. Labuan Bajo is the entry point to the Komodo National Park. This is where the airport and the majority of the hotels are. Scuba diving Komodo is fascinating for macro photography lovers. 

Guide To Do Scuba Diving Komodo 

Scuba diving Komodo requirement

Komodo diving has a reputation for being only experienced divers. This is only partially correct. Some Komodo dive sites have strong currents that can be dangerous for inexperienced divers. These strong currents are responsible for Komodo’s biodiversity and provide the potential for significant action with tons of large pelagic.

You can choose the time of day and the dive sites to have more or fewer currents. If planning your dive trip, make sure to book a liveaboard or daily dive boat that is appropriate for your level.

Can beginner dive on Komodo island?

Scuba Diving Komodo is on almost every diver’s bucket list who is familiar with this legendary national park.

It is possible for complete beginners to learn to dive in Komodo and even complete their open water certification. 

Most professional divers recommend that you complete your open water certification in Bali. Amed, Tulamben, or even North Bali are all options.

Komodo diving for macro photographers

Scuba diving Komodo Islands is breathtaking. There are enough nudibranchs and critters in Komodo to keep macro photographers and underwater photographers happy. The big pelagics and schools of fish that create the potential for action dives are the real reason to go diving in Komodo.

Sangean Island, located between Komodo and Lombok, is one of the favorite Nudibranch dive sites in the world. Some Komodo diving liveaboards include it in their itinerary.

South Komodo also has a few nudibranch and critter dive sites worth mentioning, but they are more difficult to reach from Labuan Bajo and usually require diving on a liveaboard.

How to diving Komodo?

Is it better to stay on a liveaboard or at a resort? There is no single answer because it is entirely dependent on your preferences.

Komodo liveaboard

The main goal of liveaboard diving is to maximize diving time. It is possible to do so on the resort itself, but it requires booking a boat ride or diving trip to the dive sites, returning to the resort, and then booking again, which can be time-consuming and costly. The Komodo National Park is a 2-hour boat ride (one way) from Labuan Bajo, making for long days if you go diving every day.

Another Komodo liveaboard option is to join an open trip package or a private trip if you go with a group. Komodo open trips will greatly save your budget and time where you can reach many dive spots.

Liveaboards are more accommodating for solo travelers scuba diving in the Komodo Islands. Many divers travel alone, and meals are usually served at a communal table, which is a great way to meet the other passengers on board. It is also easier to get to know the other passengers because everyone is on the same schedule.

Stay in Resort

If you are traveling with non-divers, they may prefer to stay in a resort. Watersports, excursions, a gym, sports, and a spa are all common amenities at resorts.

You can spend more time on the beach if you stay on one of the resort islands. You will have access to great restaurants if you stay in one of the hotels in Labuan Bajo. My favorite Italian restaurant in Indonesia is made in Italy, which is located near the Bintang resort.

Saving Money On Gas When You Are On A Vacation

Saving Money On Gas When You Are On A Vacation
Filling petrol at a gas station

Vacation has been considered a necessity for some people and it makes sense. You need a break from time to time and let yourself enjoy a slower pace of your life enjoying something that is not stressful for yourself. However, vacation itself can be costly and that can be the reason of your migraine. One of the most expensive cost goes to the gas. Not to mention that gas prices keep getting higher and higher. So how can you afford a vacation then?

How to save on gas when vacationing

Going on a vacation by car is considered convenient since you can pull over anytime you need (in allowed spaces of course). you can also load your car with any necessities you consider important for your trip. However, gas price is not something to take so lightly. It may put a dent in your wallet. Not to mention that you have other expenses include foods, accommodation, ticket to get into attractions, etc. So here are some tips to help you save on gas during your road trip:

Always plan ahead

Always plan ahead
Woman using a digital tablet in the car

It is understandable that sometime spontaneous trip can be more interesting. However, you need to be ready to spend more money than necessary because it is highly likely you face unexpected costs. For example, you are getting lost, making multiple spots, and wandering around finding your track back. Thus, it is recommended to always plan ahead with your road trip so you can save on gas. Do your research to find information about the routes and where you can stop to have your tank filled. 

Consider increasing fuel efficiency

There is actually way for you to save on gas through how you drive your car. Going faster might save you time on the road but it will surely cost you at the pump. It is more recommended to drive at 50 mph then you can drop off as speeds increase. It is a way you can save on gas on the road. It can increase your vehicle fuel economy by as much 14 percent. Your driving behavior can affect your fuel efficiency as well. Avoid aggressive driving habits like speeding, fast acceleration, or hard braking because the can actually waste gas and also lower gas efficiency. 

Skip unnecessary stops

It is better if you can avoid unnecessary stops or slowdowns on the highway. It is best to use fast pass or express toll lanes, avoid rush hour, and monitor traffic on your route ahead of time. Find more efficient routes for more seamless road trip experience as well. 

Shop around for the right gas

Shop around gas ahead of time so you know which stations offer the best price. This way, you can avoid unavoidable, expensive fuel at the nearest gas station. Also, find out what type of gas is recommended for your vehicle. If it needs regular gas, skip the premium. You may also take advantage of gas cards or loyalty programs. You might get rewards or even discounts on fuel. 

How to Get the Best of Your Stay in A Beach Resorts in Bali

How to Get the Best of Your Stay in A Beach Resorts in Bali

When we come to Bali and stay at a beach resort, we want to give ourself the best of the holiday experience we can. That’s why we book a beach resort and not just a regular hotel down in the suburbs. However, do you know that there are simple things that can significantly amp up your vacation experience? You can book the best beach resorts in Nusa Dua Bali for a week but it all will go so fast without anything so meaningful if you don’t know how to maximise the experience. 

Arrive Early to the Resort, Stay Past Your Check Out Time

The key to extending the time you may relax in your hotel’s lap of luxury is to arrive early and stay late. It works especially well when you’re going abroad and changing accommodations every two or three nights, making “the overnight” look like a weekend getaway.

If you are a frequent customer of a particular hotel chain, they will typically accommodate your request to extend your stay by a few hours on both ends, subject to availability. You should keep in mind that early check-ins and late check-outs are not unusual requests if you are not a member of any reward programs. Inform the front desk that you plan to arrive early and remain late to inform personnel of your extension. Even while they frequently state, “We can’t guarantee this request in advance,” they will at least record the request in the system, and the majority of smart properties will make an effort to comply. You win whether you gain one hour or four.

Research All About Facilities, Amenities, and Any Extra Fees

Come prepared! Avoid arriving at reception without any knowledge of which amenities are free and which fees or extras are required. To avoid any surprises and to start off strong, do your study in advance. This Nusa Dua beach hotel & spa Bali, for example, have a signature spa that almost always fully booked and bike-for-rent facility to go around the Nusa Dua resort complex. This means you need to hurry to the spa, reserve a bike for exploring the neighborhood, or benefit from the hotel’s daily wine and appetizer hour.

Research the hotel’s perks and extras before you go, double-check all the amenities with the staff member you speak to when you arrive, and inquire about any insider tips or smart strategies to use while you’re there.

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Tell Them If You Are Celebrating

Tell Them If You Are Celebrating

The best hotels are aware that they are in the surprise and delight industry in addition to providing lodging. This means that if you’re celebrating anything—a birthday, an anniversary, a babymoon, a night away from the kids, etc.—you must let them know in advance. This gives the hotel a justification and chance to treat you to whatever extras they may have available, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, a cheese plate, an early check-in/late check-out, or a highly sought-after upgrade to the lounge level. We know some beach resorts in the Nusa Dua that always give decorated cake to guests who are celebrating their honeymoon, babymoon, or even just travelling with their families!

Inform the hotel in advance of your celebrations by giving them a call! Inform the front desk staff of your excitement to be staying at their hotel to commemorate your engagement if they don’t mention it during check-in because sometimes information gets lost in the shuffle.

Check Out Your Loyalty Program

Loyalty is equivalent to royalty when it comes to travel. To further improve your experience, it is crucial to understand the specifics of your loyalty program and how they connect to redemptions or incentives for your stay. Double check to see if you qualify for any free nights, gift certificates, or extras through the hotel’s rewards program or Expedia+ Rewards while you’re there. As an alternative, consider if your travel credit card contains money or points that you may use to pay for the room or for extras like hotel breakfast.

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Make Effort to Know the Staffs 

In hotels, where the occasional visitor may treat workers harshly, friendliness goes a long way. Call them by name as the first rule. Rule number two: Request local knowledge from the staff. Get to know the hotel staff; from a service standpoint, friendliness mixed with a generous tip makes all the difference.