Mini Guide to Indonesia

Raja Ampat

Considered one of the top diving spots in Indonesia, Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising of more than 1,500 islands. It’s located in the West Papua province and is also part of the Coral Triangle, which contains the world’s richest marine biodiversity and is sometimes called the “Amazon of the Seas.” Apart from scuba diving and snorkeling, visitors can see the amazing caves in Tomolol or the “Sea Ghost” phenomenon, a mysterious light that wanders around the ocean’s surface every year.

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Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting National Park was established in 1982 and covers an area of 416,040 hectares. It’s located in the Central Kalimantan province, in Borneo Island, and considered to be the easiest place to spot orangutans. It comprises mainly of black rivers and swampy coastal terrain, and most tours will take you deep into the jungle to see these marvelous great apes above “klotok,” the traditional riverboats.

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Safety and Health

Indonesia is generally a safe country. Although the crime rates are growing, you’ll rarely be faced with violence or gun crime, and you’ll more likely to be scammed or have your bag snatched in busy markets.

Make sure you take Malaria tablets if traveling to remote areas, take your Hepatitis jabs as it’s a common disease, and use insect repellents because of widespread Dengue Fever. Do not consume or traffic drugs or you could be subject to the death penalty.

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The World in Chili

Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.