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Things to do in Jakarta and Indonesia this Summer

Things To Do in Bali This Summer.



Bali is located just south of the equator and will bombard you with beauty, beaches, parties and culture all at once. While many people come to Indonesia for the exceptional beaches, they find the lasting impressions are left from experiencing its rich culture.

While it may only be a small island, one of the smallest in the archipelago that makes up Indonesia, there is plenty for you to do that will keep you busy for weeks.  One of the best places to stay in Jakarta is the Gran Melia Jakarta, which you can book on From your hotel you can do all of the things listed below while you are in Indonesia.

Things To Do in Jakarta and Indonesia This Summer

Bicycle around Ubud

While you may find culture everywhere on the island, Ubud is Indonesia’s cultural hub. One of the best ways to explore Ubud is to bicycle around and admire the town, the surrounding artistic villages and working rice paddies. Start your adventure at Monkey Forest and pay a visit to the residents, the crab eating macaques.

Your route from there will encompass places such as Goa Gajah, one of the holiest and unique places in Indonesia and other villages such as Petulu, which also has myths concerning it and is considered to be a sacred site. The Bicycle also has the added bonus of being extremely low on the petrol costs (though extremely high on the calorie costs, which is good!), helping you keep hold of your travel money.

Learn to Surf

The polar opposite of Ubud, Kuta is where you will find all of the western partying. Clubs here stay open all night long while during the day the beaches are filled with bikinis and water sports. However, Kuta does one thing as well as anything else and that is surfing. Due to the waves breaking over sand rather than coral, the conditions here are perfect for new comers to the sport.

The famous surf boarding equipment company Rip Curl operates their own surf school in Kuta and is highly recommended by many who use their lesson services.

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Sun Set at Tanah Lot

The temple of Tanah Lot is impressive even during the day time, but come sun set you will be left amazed by just how beautiful it is. The temple sits in the ocean and as the waves crash into the base of the holy building with the sun setting behind it, you will be able to take some stunning photographs to help retain your memories of this special place.


Some of the best snorkelling you can do is around the Menjangan Island which is located in the far west. The fact that the island is in such a remote place means that not many people make the journey out here, so everything is unspoilt by commercialisation. Hire a boatman to take you out to the coral reefs for the day and prepare to enjoy some snorkelling like nowhere else in the world!


Rafting through the heart of Indonesia will allow you to admire the beautiful natural side of Indonesi while also being thrilled as you drop over rapids. The rivers will take you past rice paddies with working farmers and kids flying kites and playing in the water, giving you an experience you won’t forget.

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  1. Selma

    April 26, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Bali is a truly remarkable tourist destination … I’ve been there before, but I want to go back so bad!

  2. Brad B

    May 24, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    The beach in Kuta feels welcoming! If i ever go to Indonesia, Kuta will be one of my places to go there!

  3. wtgseo

    August 15, 2016 at 2:05 AM

    I like this blog. thanks for the blog. it was very informative and the pictures are captured very beautifully.

  4. Dave Briggs

    August 23, 2016 at 3:29 AM

    I liked reading about Bali in different blog posts since I find something new about the place and your post didn’t disappoint. I like this very post very much, thanks!

  5. Sanjeet Veen

    August 23, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Jakarta is filled with sightseeing and tourist attractions, lots of shopping malls and hidden back streets for nightlife, food and fun. Nice information.

  6. Carmela Alvarez

    August 24, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    I love surfing here in the Philippines. I’d love to try it there in Jakarta and Indonesia someday! 🙂

  7. Annika

    September 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    I don’t know how to surf but I do love to watch surfing. Indonesia is my second favorite so far. I can’t wait to visit this place anytime soon.

  8. Liton

    September 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM

    wow nice post. Jakarta really asame tourist place in the world. This is loving place

  9. tajmahaltour

    September 10, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    yes, You can come jakarta for more fun

  10. Indah Susanti

    September 16, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Jakarta is a busy city, if I may add, visiting Fatahillah Square will be a nice thing to do, you will see the locals and museums with nice restaurants/bars around the square. If you wish to get away then do visit its “Thousands Islands”. You can snorkel and scuba diving there as well.

  11. Gagan Chauhan

    September 22, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    Great Post! Thanks for sharing. Loved how you share your travel story! And, the pictures are simply breathtaking. Awesome blog! Glad I found you guys today! Cheers and enjoy the rest of the week!

  12. Ron

    October 2, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Snorkeling is my new fav hobby. Love this post!

  13. Afzal Zaheer

    October 19, 2016 at 3:09 AM


    I would love to surf on the beach. Last time I went, the sea was rough which barred me to try, but I am sure, I would love to try next year when I will pay the visit to Indonesia (Hopefully)

  14. Nguyen Huong Giang

    December 24, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    I also write about some trip in Indonesia, but in Bali, no more detail. I am seeking some idea, experiences. I really like your writing style. But you have many creative ideas than me. I just back from Bagan, Myanmar, I will write as you. Let it be!

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Your Top Destinations For No-Contact Water Sports



While it can be hard to stay cooped up inside throughout a beautiful summer, there are plenty of other places you head to for some fun in the sun before colder temperatures set in. The best news? If you’re an American, you don’t have to leave the continental US or mess with self-quarantining.

Lake Tahoe, California

A classic vacation spot, Lake Tahoe has it all for visitors. Great climate, little rain, a background of mountains, and one of the largest, most serene lakes in the US. This makes Tahoe not just a great place for spring break partying, but also for some amount of isolation, or at least a bit of peace and quiet. You can find yourself reflected on the water and reflect upon the world around you while out on the lake. Because of the still waters there, it is also a wonderful place for paddle boarding. In case you are looking for quality gear for water sports, you can look into Gili Sports.

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are another classic vacation destination, especially for anyone who loves water sports. The weather remains mild in North Carolina all year round (with the notable exception of hurricane season), so it makes for an outstanding destination through any season. Kitty Hawk, famous for the Wright Brothers first flight, is an outstanding destination, as well as smaller towns like Currituck. You will find slightly rougher currents out in the Atlantic Ocean. However, paddle boarding is also popular here, as is windsurfing.

New Braunfels, Texas

The city of New Braunfels has a river entirely within its limits, the Comal River. This allows for many water sports activities, with tubing as one of the most popular choices. In these times, tubing is a popular choice, as it is a great activity for families that doesn’t involve a lot of contact with strangers. New Braunfels has a huge German influence, with its largest water park named the Schlitterbahn.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Although there is a city in Florida named Venice, the city of Fort Lauderdale is often referred to confusingly as the “Venice of Florida.” This nickname was won because Fort Lauderdale has nearly as many canals as its famous Italian counterpart. Fort Lauderdale boasts 23 miles of beach coastline, but if you add in all the city’s canals and lakes, that puts it at 300 miles of coastline. Fort Lauderdale is also a magnet for yachts, so you can paddle board or kayak past boats in the harbor you’ve only dreamed of. Summers in South Florida can swelter, but there’s also a reason that old folks go down in the winter.

Seattle, Washington

Although it is a huge metropolis, Seattle also offers some of the most pristine coastline in the country. Although it gets colder in the PNW than it might get anywhere in the southeast, the climate in Seattle stays relatively mild. One advantage of Seattle over more southern spots is its glacial lakes, which offer a beauty that few islands can replicate.

Even as the summer wanes, there are so many places in the continental US that you can get out and enjoy the water.

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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel



Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

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Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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Most Underrated Travel Destinations



Everyone knows about Paris and Rome and London but there are so many other beautiful travel destinations that are amazingly underrated and they are cities on our list to visit again once the Coronavirus allows. The fact that so many beautiful countries go unexplored by travelers is a tragedy and we want to change that after Coronavirus. Not only because so many people are missing out on rich cultures and picturesque views, but also because a lot of these destinations tend to be a lot cheaper to travel to than popular cities. 

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are gorgeous, underrated foreign cities one can visit for a fraction of the price of touristy European cities. Forbes recently published a collection of the ten most underrated destinations you should consider visiting. 

Here are a few of them to learn about while stuck at home due to Coronavirus:

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is known for its magnificent sights of Mount Ararat, historical monasteries, and its many striking temple ruins. Armenian cuisine is other worldly with classic dishes like rabbit stew, sautéed eggplant rolls, and lamb tartare. 

Telč, Czechia

Telč is a colorful town with Italian influences in Czechia. It boasts of Baroque-Renaissance architecture and has a castle of its own with exciting tunnels and passageways that you can explore underneath the town.

Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital of Chile and features gorgeous architecture from the neoclassical era. There are towering cathedrals and, of course, plenty of quality Chilean wine. Plus, the city of Santiago is a great place to kick off your exploration of Chile’s wine country. 

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is often ignored due to the popular neighboring city of Amsterdam, but it is a bastion of underground music and street art. The architecture is strikingly modern since the city was heavily bombed during World War II and thus had to be rebuilt from the ground up. The city is filled to the brim with amazing cuisine and museums.

Lagos, Nigeria

If you are looking for a big city destination, Lagos is a metropolis that has plenty to see and do so that you’ll never be bored. And whenever you need a break from the urban marketplaces, private beaches are just a short drive away.

Con Dao, Vietnam

Con Dao is a Southeast Asian island that makes an excellent beach destination with two resorts and tons of fascinating history. Once host to a brutal French prison, the island is also home to the tomb of the Vietnamese martyr Vo Thi Sau. 

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

This is one of the oldest cities in Uruguay dating back to the 17th century. The city has a vibrantly decorated historic quarter and a three-century-old convent. It’s also only a short trip away from the bigger city of Montevideo.

A majority of Americans, when asked about traveling abroad, will likely shake their head and say they can’t afford such trips. Many people deal with multiple monthly bills, such as mortgage or rent, student loans, and title loans, which are all stress inducing. 

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