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Discovering the Beautiful and Historic Country of Indonesia

t201When speaking of magnificent tourist destinations in the world, the beautiful exotic nation of Indonesia is certainly one of the most worth considering ones. It is a breathtaking country that is particularly located in the Southeast part of Asia. It is very popular for having great numbers of volcanic islands. Indonesia is even very famous in the entire world because of the numerous tribes that are living all over the country, especially to the remote places here. The city of Jakarta is the capital of the country, and its current President is Joko Widodo.

The Rich History of Indonesia

A million years ago, the entire Indonesian archipelago was inhabited by the so-called “Java Man” or the “Homo Erectus”. Homo Sapiens were said to arrive in this archipelago 45,000 years in the past. All of these facts can be confirmed by the fossils and foils found by historians and archaeologists in the different regions of the country. Austronesian people who came from Taiwan arrived here way back in 2000 BCE, and these people were said to be the ancestors of Melanesian people who are currently living in the far eastern regions of Indonesia.

Around 13th century, the Islamic era came into existence in the northern part of Sumatra. This was the beginning of the Islam religion in the entire archipelago, until it became the religion of the majority of Indonesian people. Europeans began arriving in Indonesia way back in the year 1512 in order to monopolize some Indonesian products such as cubeb pepper, cloves, and nutmeg. These Europeans were Portuguese, British, and Dutch people.

Indonesia was once colonized by the Japanese colonizers. During their colonizations, forced labor was implemented to the Indonesian people, causing the unreasonable deaths of 4 million people. However, the founder father of Indonesia, whom was Surkarno, did his best to achieve the independence of the country. Because of this, he was chosen to be the very first President of the country.

Tourism in Indonesia

For sure, it is not new to you that Indonesia has been visited by thousands of foreign tourists every single day. This is the main reason why Indonesia is included in the top list of most amazing tourist destinations in the entire world. Its rich culture and its abundant nature are two of the main things that stir the interests of numerous tourists from all over the world to come here. The tropical climate here is loved by the Western people.

Indonesia is also home for gorgeous historic temples such as the Borobudur and the Prambanan Temples. The well-preserved natural ecosystem in Indonesia is also being adored by millions of tourists like the rainforests in Kalimantan and Sumatra regions. When it comes to beaches, Indonesia is also a world-class one like the white sand beaches in Bali.

Some Vacation Troubles That Can Ruin Your Break

t19All of us are excited and look forward to our break. No matter how grand or simple our travel plans are, they are special for us. However, when things go wrong, these special moments can be turned into truly disastrous ones. This is the last thing you wish for on a trip. As bad as it may sound, many of us have to become victims of such travel disasters. Here we reveal the most common ones and advise you on how you can escape them easily.

1. Someone Breaking In Your House

Many of us are so fearful about this that we decide not to travel altogether. Sadly, there are criminals always on the watch for you to desert your surroundings so that they can attack them. It’s never a good feeling getting back to your own comfort zone, with many of your valuables being picked up. It is indeed a very scary feeling. This is a common problem, and a lot can be done to avoid it. You may install the professional security locking system. It is advanced and efficient at what it does. Let your neighbors and dear ones know about your travel plans so that they can look after your house every now and then once you are away. It’s best to prepare your house in such a manner that it doesn’t look like it has been vacated.

2. Car Rental Accidents

On a foreign trip, the last thing you would want to experience is rental car accidents. But why have these become so common these days? The problem lies mainly with the car rental companies doing their best to fool you. Because the low rates seem very attractive, a lot of people rush to book the car without looking at the vehicle carefully.

Ensure that when you get the vehicle, you have studied it well. Make sure it is in a good condition. When you see dents already, take photographs that will serve as evidences. Invest in a good emergency kit, it always comes in handy!

3. Scams

Tourists face all kinds of these. Travel scams are very common, and you’ll not fully realize the harm it does until you experience it. A lot of locals dedicate their life to fooling the tourists. They would trick you into believing what they say and cause you financial harm of some sort. Many times, they will appear extremely sincere and you can’t help but fall for their kindness.

How to Connect With Locals While Traveling Eat More Local

t18I love to sample new foods and I love to try things that are very local. Hojaldres, for instance, are Panama’s equivalent to fried dough and when served with breakfast make you feel like you are getting eggs at the fair.

There is a tendency for travelers to eat at places that look clean and have a nice ambiance. Occasionally those places are fun to visit because they offer high-end foods that appeal to the tourist’s tongue. But they are usually expensive and, in all honesty, don’t always offer the best food.

Little local joints typically don’t look the cleanest from the outside and in some cases look down right terrifying. I am fearless when it comes to trying new places to eat, but occasionally I have paid a very dear price for my bravery.

Once I stopped at a little restaurant in Mexican Rivera Maya, just south of Cancun. It consisted of two plastic tables sitting outside a tiny cement home. Two people were sitting there, but they had the appearance of being family. I figured it would be a great way to meet people and try something local at the same time so I took a seat at the red plastic table and ordered a bowl of seafood soup.

Big mistake.

The soup looked so interesting. It had fish and squid and shrimp and clams along with yucca and carrots and potatoes and right in the middle of the bowl was an oyster still in the shell. Often soups in Central America have bits of things in them that require a little work to get at. An ear of corn that needs to be picked up and nibbled or a piece of pork that is still on the bone. So I happily attacked the large sea shell and ingested its contents.

To this day I do not know if it was the oyster inside the shell or the fact that a possibly unwashed shell was in my soup that had me running to the bathroom for the next 2 weeks. Either way, the results were less than desirable.

So how do you find good local food in a manner that you can be pretty sure won’t give you similar results?

Look for the crowd.

The locals don’t want to get sick any more than you do.

Places that don’t have a big turn over of customers have food lying around in less than ideal conditions and that makes for less than ideal conditions in your stomach. Local people know where to find the best deal with the best food for sure. But they also know where to find food that won’t make them sick.

Central America is a wonderfully free place with less regulations and rules to stop people from opening their own little businesses. And that is great because it allows for a small family to open up a eatery with a minimum of fuss. That does however mean that the kitchen may be a little less than sanitary or the food may be less than fresh.

So follow the locals. Go where you see the crowds. You can even stop at someone’s table and ask what they recommend on the menu. They will be excited you asked and feel honored to give their opinion.

When I lived in Mexico we used to go to a little seafood place in La Colonia (the poor part of a famous and dear-to-my-heart fishing village). It was packed most of the time. Again, there were red plastic tables. But this time there were people coming and going and talking and laughing and slurping soup everywhere.

The first time we sat down I leaned over and asked a handsome Mexican man wearing a nice button up shirt what was the best thing on the menu. He recommended the seafood soup. I’d already had some experience with sea food soup as I mentioned earlier.

But I was unafraid (well mostly unafraid) so I ordered a bowl. Again, I found a bowl with shrimp and fish and squid and clams and I think this one had octopus too. This time it was served over a huge mound of rice and topped with fresh slices of avocado and lime. I added a little hot sauce (it kills bacteria. I bet you thought the Mexicans just like their food hot) and dug in.

Splendid!

That little restaurant became my favorite La Colonia joint for the next year and a half and I got to know the owner, his brother, and many of the people who lived in the town just by stopping by to slurp down a bowl of soup.

10 Must Visit Places Around the World

t17Need a break from that hectic routine? What can be better than travelling to a completely new place? Nothing can be more refreshing than a vacay in one of the following destinations, because each one of them is filled with amazing fun. A few of the must consider places to visit are mentioned below:

Krabi in Thailand

Sun-kissed beaches, pellucid blue water well buckled with a perfect climate is an ideal quick-fix when you want a small break from the everyday normal life.

Srinagar in kashmir

Srinagar, a true heaven on earth, beautifully curled up amid the adored Himalayan range. Experience and enjoy some time near the Dal Lake or in the houseboat floating on the waters, here you can do some woolgathering about a fairy tale lifestyle.

Colombo in Sri Lanka

Enjoy the best of the town life and lavish beaches in the capital city of Sri Lanka. Spend your complete day lounging on the beachside and end it with club-hopping in the city.

Tokyo in japan

Tokyo is a whole new world in Japan that will make you question everything you have ever believed about life. Just imagine person with a tattoo cannot enter into a swimming pool here. One can just feel calm at the charming cherry blossom trees well segmented here.

Pattaya in Thailand

Pattaya has it all from glossy beaches, sparkling waters and an amazing seaside mall. What else do you want to relax your mind and body?

Amalfi Coast in Italy

One will never forget the time spent in the beautiful town of Italy – Amalfi Coast. The graceful mountains liquefy into the astonishing sea, making Amalfi an opulent city to visit. You can enjoy great cuisines, good wine and amazing people here. It is a perfect place to untangle and will take you away from the mundane life.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

An exotic destination to enjoy some adventurous activities like scuba-diving in the crystal clear waters of Andaman. You can explore the colourful treasure under the sea here. Plan a family beach vacation and spend some gala time with your dear ones.

Istanbul in Turkey

An ancient city, Istanbul in Turkey is an exemplary source of architecture. It is worth visiting at least once. If you love to see the aesthetics, then the city has beautiful domes that justifies the rule of various dynasties and has left its hints behind.

Morocco in North Africa

It is rightly accepted that Morocco is the most divergent country place in Northern Africa. One will find that this place has the fabulous desert well infusing into the grandiose Atlas Mountain range that has tons of attractions to offer to its visitors.

Bali in Indonesia

Bali in Indonesia is just like achingly beautiful scenery. Head out to this gorgeous island destination for some much-needed soul-searching session. Practice some yoga, get rejuvenating massages and calmly meditate on the beach or just have a perfect sunbathe for an easygoing holiday.