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Health and Safety Tips and Advice for Travelling to Bali

Whilst Bali is comparatively safe compared to many other places across the world there are a number of precautions that travellers should take to ensure their health and safety when visiting.

Activities

If you are taking part in activities that have risks associated with them such as diving or trekking then keep vigilant and be aware of your own well being as Indonesia does not have the same level of health and safety as the UK.

Take care when swimming. There are strong currents and heavy surf at Kuta Beach and those to the north and south of the island so make sure to swim between the flags. Even more protected beaches can be treacherous and not all have lifeguards.

Royal Temples, Mengwi

[Royal Temples, Mengwi]

Road safety

Driving in Bali can be dangerous. Pedestrians are also often at risk as footpaths are frequently in poor condition and it is necessary to walk in the road. Do not expect traffic to necessarily stop at pedestrian crossings.

Alcohol

Travellers should be extremely cautious if consuming local liquor, particularly arak. This local rice wine can contain methanol if not brewed correctly and is potentially fatal.

Drugs

Expect to be offered drugs in tourist areas, on the beach and in nightclubs. Do not be tempted. At the best the “dealer” may be in cahoots with the police and trying to elicit a fine for you, at worst you could end up with a lengthy jail sentence or even pay with your life if you are found guilty of dealing.

Beggars and hawkers

It is likely that you will be approached by beggars and hawkers whilst in Bali, particularly around tourist areas. The best thing to do is to completely ignore them, even if they give you a friendly greeting otherwise they are likely to latch on to you. Bear in mind that they are simply trying to make a living so if you’ve no intention of buying from them you’re wasting their time.

Prambanan Temple

[Prambanan Temple]

Scams

As with any area that attracts tourists there are those that try to rip them off. Common scams in Bali include a “friendly” local discovering a problem with your car or motorcycle and introducing you to a trusted mechanic who then demands a significant sum of money and money changers who use sleight of hand to keep back currency.

Theft

Whilst violent crime is relatively rare, petty theft such a pick pocketing and theft from parked cars is more commonplace. Lock all belongings away and carry money in money belts for extra security. Use the safe facilities that are available at your hotel.

As well as taking general precautions it is advisable to check for current advice on the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices website (www.fco.gov.uk) before travelling.

Bali is renowned for its beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, excellent water sports and relaxed atmosphere. By taking sensible steps to protect your health and safety you will be able to ensure that you get the most out of your time there.

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The Great Outdoors: Why Camping Really Is The Perfect Holiday

Everyone likes a different kind of vacation, and that’s great! After all, if everyone liked the same things all the time, then life would get very boring indeed. But sometimes people have a tendency to get stuck in a rut when it comes to picking a vacation spot. This usually happens when you find yourself picking the same places and types of vacations over and over again. The very best thing that you can do is to try to find ways to break that monotony with a little bit of variation. Why not try something completely new? Take yourself and your family away on a vacation that you may have never considered. An ideal vacation idea to really sweep the cobwebs out it camping. While it’s not everyone’s first choice for the perfect getaway, there are actually a lot of things to recommend camping. Here are just a few things that might actually make it the perfect vacation.

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Freedom

One of the great things about camping is that it lacks a lot of the rigid structures that can often come with many different types of vacation. After all, if you’ve got a seriously strict itinerary for every day then you might get a lot done, but there’s a much greater chance of people feeling seriously stressed out. When you’re camping, you get to be in charge of your own schedule and itinerary. Do you want to get up at the crack of dawn to go exploring? Then you can. Or would you and your family rather huddle together in a bear butt hammock and spend your day lounging around reading and talking? Then that’s a perfect option as well. There are few vacations that offer the sense of freedom that camping does.

Reconnecting with family

Despite the fact that you probably spend every single day with each other, it’s surprisingly easy to feel like you’ve lost touch with your family. A lot of this can be chalked up to the fact that so many of us spend so much time staring at screens. Whether it’s watching TV, sitting on the computer, or just checking your phone every few minutes, the constant presence of technology makes it incredibly easy to lose that all important connection with those around you. Camping is a fantastic way to get that connection back. By getting away from technology, you can spend some quality time with your family with no distractions. You may even find that the renewed connection has a big impact on your lives once you get home.

Getting back to nature

It’s a sad fact that so many of us seem to have lost that sense of connection with the world on which we live. Even if you’re not into the whole “flower power” thing, there’s something to be said for getting out into nature and really being able to appreciate it. Free from the constant barrage of noise that often accompanies most of our daily lives, you learn to really appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the natural world around you.

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How To Experience Your First Great European Adventure

Traveling to a new continent is always exciting. Expanding your perspective of the world by venturing to an entirely different landmass with its own customs, laws, and history is arguably one of the most humbling experiences you can embark on. It takes you far away from your comfort zone and thrusts you into a new mode of life. You’re sure to learn a lot.

If the continent in question is Europe though, all of this goes tenfold. Nowhere else in the world will you find a continent so varied in cultures, so historically and artistically rich, and home to some of the greatest inventions human beings have produced.

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If you’re either traveling alone or with a group of friends, it’s responsible for taking the time now to plan how you’re going to explore. It would take you several lifetimes to correctly explore Europe to it’s fullest potential, but you can get pretty close to some of the best methods of doing so.

Identify Your Culture Of Most Interest

If you’re not a fan of the scatter-gun approach to traveling, and instead prefer to settle in a culture to explore it fully and in-depth, you should first spend time assessing what culture you’d most enjoy being part of. Is great food your passion? Consider heading to Italy or France. Is nail-biting sport your preference? Consider England or Spain. Enjoy an amazing house clubbing scene? Germany is your best bet.

Taking a targeted approach in this way will help you best acclimate to traveling to Europe, getting in the country and finding the best ways to travel when within it. Just remember that despite being part of the EU, all the cultures are vastly different and will have varied interpersonal customs to keep in mind.

Interrailing

Interrailing has dramatically grown in popularity over the last ten years, and for good reason. For a low price, you can travel throughout 30 EU countries on the interlinked train system. That’s right, for the price of one ticket, you can do up to 30 countries.

If you enjoy traveling by train, that’s an amazing offer. It’s also a great way to do the ‘backpacking’ experience because staying in hostels around the area is a cheap and efficient way to take care of your washing, sleeping and resting needs. This lends itself well to solo travelers, but is also very popular among groups.

Driving

If you prefer traveling and a little more freedom of movement, driving the EU could be your best bet. This is an excellent way to experience varying road systems and the gorgeous landscapes thereof. Just be very mindful that you study what side of the road you drive on, as different EU countries have different rules.

Things To Keep In Mind

If traveling in or after 2020, ensure your ETIAS authorization applications are up-to-date and correct. For more information, check their website.

Also, if you’re traveling to the United Kingdom after the Brexit negotiations have been concluded and implemented, then be sure you do your research. Your initial traveling permissions might not be as valid as they once were.

To summarize, make the most of it! Europe is truly one of the most fascinating areas in the world, and a study of its cultures, geographies, and tourist offerings will surely keep you coming back time and time again.

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