Plastic wastes at tourist destinations in Indonesia

Plastic Wastes at Tourism Destinations in Indonesia

Cleanliness creates comfort, so with the environment. Still, it seems to be one of the environmental problems happening in Indonesia, especially in many tourist destinations. There are some of destinations where beautiful natural scenery, scattered by the various colors of plastic waste that is clearly bring dangerous for the environment.

It is very contradictory that tourists should enjoy stunning natural landscapes, but must also be prepared to feel disappointed by the presence of wastes whether on the coast, mountains, and even to the bustling urban areas. It is very clear that plastic wastes need to be reduced since they will take hundreds of years to be able to decomposed by the environment. Let alone with various additional problems that can be created before they were gone.

Plastic wastes at tourist destinations in Indonesia

If you are traveling to several destinations in various provinces in Indonesia, the trash cans at the vital points of the tourist attraction are less available. And sometimes not even available at all in many places. It seems to be a common thing. As if this issue is not getting any attention at all by adding it in the procurement of tourist attraction infrastructure. Especially at the very crowded locations where the wastes are have chance to be produced even more.

Government, local people and also tourists should have realized this earlier. The government should prioritize supporting infrastructure and also put efforts in promote to the local awareness continuously in supporting tourism activities.

To socialize the importance of environmental health is also valuable. In addition to providing sustainable livelihood for future generations, it is also able to increase income opportunities for the region and the host communities since the economic activity in tourism has chance to keep on increasing.

Maintaining the environment by reducing the use of plastics, the provision of integrated trash cans in strategic locations, it is not impossible that the success of tourism activities can be further developed. In fact, every region in Indonesia should be encouraged to give contribution by specifying the pilot project’s area for other regions.

At almost all beaches located in Bali, many of them have been provided with the trash cans that are placed in a very easy to find spot. Surely this will make it easier for tourists in enjoying the view and atmosphere. Even, the placement was planned to be disseminated properly so that it does not interfere with the view.

The atmosphere of the coast and the rumble of the waves can still be enjoyed and of course, plastic waste is no longer a major distraction for travelers.

At least, that what you can be seen in various beaches in Bali, though still need to be improved. But as a start, it is a good thing if that could followed by other regions at other provinces in Indonesia. Especially when developing the sector of tourism is becoming the prioritize sector in other regencies and cities.

Getting started from a simple thing. But if it is done well, then the increase in tourism and its influence to the economy of a region will be easier to be distributed to the host community.

What to know before make a travel blog

Wanna Be a Travel Blogger? The 6 Things You Need to Know

Who doesn’t want to be a travel blogger? Getting sponsored to be somewhere and still generates more income than what you can earn in a year. Everyone shares a different dream, but if you are the one with same vision, maybe this is what you really need to prepared for. Blogging itself does not seem unfamiliar to most people. In fact, everyone can make it in just a few minutes. You are also not even required to know the web programming languages, although those could help make your work easier to do. Obviously, it is easy. However, there are some points you may don’t know to actually become a full-time travel blogger.

What to know before make a travel blog

I won’t dive into the technical matters this time. But if you are currently planning to resign from the company where you are working for, make sure that your saving are at least able to support you within the next year. More than that will also be great. Simply just want to find a safe point, especially if things happen outside of what you are planning. Also because not all bloggers are able to earn income in a short time.

However, one year should be enough to start earning from blogging in significant amounts. Don’t get me wrong, but please do not have a higher expectations though.

1. Buy your top level domain and hosting

My point is, avoid creating blogs using free platforms like blogspot.com or wordpress.com. But if you are done already, you can immediately buy a new domain and hosting if needed. This is to prepare your travel blog to look professionally from day one since you created.

Some bloggers are successful using a free platform, but then led to the purchasing of domain and hosting with reason to make it brandable and so on. So why not make it from day one?

2. Use images you’ve taken before

One photo can represent thousands of words. It is also true that one of your old photographs will be able to be retold in a text that even contains thousands of words and more.

Check out your image folder as well to make sure that before you actually get out or resign from the office, you already know that you have already the power you might need. That is a big collection of images you’ve taken before. Because, if you have many holiday’s photographs, then you will also not getting too much confused to plan and create the travel blog’s contents.

3. Start telling your story in an article

However, most bloggers are also writers. Then tell me your story. What happiness and experience you have passed in one or more of those photos. All stories are valuable, so do not hesitate to express them all.

Because the more content (story) you can publish in your traveling blog, then the more chances to get a lot of readers or visitors. And when dealing with the online world, the more traffics you get, the more income you are potentially to get. Whatever monetization methods you will use.

4. Use high quality images

Traveling photos are also part of the article that you are about to publish, right? Imagine how monotonous a writing without any interesting image in it. So, no matter how good you are in writing, it will be better to use relevant photos. And to produce more images, you can use your phone’s camera though. And if it is possible, feel free to buy the professional one.

5. How to monetize your travel blog?

There are many products on Amazon, Ebay and so on that you can sale. And the products and services that you will promote should relevant to your niche blog.

Indeed, you will also become an internet marketer by utilizing referral programs from related websites. Or you can also choose to display ads from advertising networks like Google Adsense, submit proposals to various companies to use your blog space as advertising space for their products and services. And there are many more things you can do to earn money from traveling blog that you will be developed.

6. Join the online communities

Who is the first reader of your travel blog? Of course it is your friend, your husband or your wife, your next-door neighbors and parents and schoolchildren in your neighborhood right now.

They will be ready to become the first, second readers, and so on even without on your command. However, all you need to do is to share the post on social media so they know what you just wrote.

Similar with the communities and other bloggers, if you are in luck, you’ll be get to know and share each other. In addition to that, they may also be the reason for viral traveling stories that you have been published. The point is, simply build a good and strong network with others.

And the last thing you should do is, go anywhere as you like. Take more pictures! Write your story and publish it in your blog. As simple as that. Those are 6 basic things you need to know if you want to become a full-time travel blogger.

Wakatobi island fact you don't know

8 Interesting Facts About Wakatobi You Might Not Know

For many divers both beginners and professionals, it seems to be not a new thing hearing about Wakatobi which is one of the regency located in Province of Southeast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. How much do you know the facts about Regent of Wakatobi and why one of the main prioritized sector is tourism?

The area is located on the world’s coral triangle center, making Wakatobi islands as one of the paradise for divers around the world. The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia also make it as a Top 10 Priority Destinations in Indonesia. And commonly also referred as the one of the “10 new Bali.”

The local government, host communities and the businesses people are still preparing and keep on promoting to bring the tourists both domestic and abroad. If you are one of the many who have watched an ad related to the Wakatobi’s tourism and are interested in visiting, it’s good to know 8 facts about the regency that just turning his age to 15 this years old this year.

1. The word “WAKATOBI” is an acronym

Did you know that wakatobi is an acronym of 4 large populated islands? WA referring to Wangi-Wangi (WAnci) which is also the regency’s capital since its first inaugurated in 2003 ago. KA = KAledupa, TO = TOmia, and BI = BInongko.

Some other islands are not inhabited at all or sometimes consist of only a few families. Wakatobi is also an archipelago consisting of dozens of islands.

2. The National Park of Wakatobi Islands

National Park of Wakatobi has also been established. In fact, its extent covers all the existing areas in this regency until today. This means that the area on the land and the sea as a whole is a conservation area and must be protected.

3. As one of the world’s biosphere reserves

In April 2012, by UNESCO, an area of 1.3 million hectares of Wakatobi designated as one of the 13 world’s biosphere reserves in Paris. It is determined without any conditions at all. This is also becoming a good news for the preservation of nature in Indonesia. The determination will then cover 3 important things which are the local wisdom of the community, environmental conservation and sustainable economic development.

4. Most of the areas dominated by the sea

Wakatobi island fact you don't know

The total area of Wakatobi Regency is 18,377 km² and 97% or about 17,554 km² is waters. To be axact, mostly covered by the sea. And the rest which is 3% is the land.

5. Also known as the “Tukang Besi” islands

“Tukang Besi” refers to the people with skills in making machetes and other objects made of iron. There is even an island which is Binongko island that has been long time ago called as “Pulau Tukang Besi” or an island with many skilled people in making the machetes.

6. The Bajo’s tribe

The Bajo’s tribe is also often regarded as a sea gypsy tribe. A seafaring people. Even in Wakatobi as well, they are scattered in Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa and also Tomia Island. Bajo’s life depends on the sea so that the dwelling they have built was right on the beach or above the sea to facilitate the fulfillment of their daily needs.

7. Largest species of coral in the world

There are 850 species of coral reefs on earth, and 750 of them are in Wakatobi. What a large number, isn’t it? It even exceeds the number of species present in the Caribbean. Up until today, it is also has always been one of the main interests that became the reason why many world travelers keep on coming to visit Wakatobi.

8. More than 50 diving spots

Yes. Spot dive is more than that. Does not including free-dive spots that almost every corner of the island in Wakatobi you can find. I mean, there is no need to worry about the lack of spot diving there.

That would be all of 8 interesting facts you need to know about Wakatobi. Are you interested enough to be there someday? Please share this interesting article! Thanks.

Charcoal coffee in Yogyakarta

“Kopi Joss”, Black Coffee With Hot Charcoal Inside

What’s your reaction if on the table in front of you right now served a cup of coffee that is mixed with hot charcoal? In Yogyakarta, one of the most famous and legendary coffee named as Kopi Joss. The name of this coffee also refers to the location for hanging-out, located at Jl. Wongsodirjan on the north’s side of Tugu Railway Station of Yogyakarta.

The way how it is being called, the word “Joss” refers to two things that is to describe something nice, delicious and so forth. Also considered as a sound being heard when the red burning charcoal inserted into a cup of coffee that is also still really hot.

Yes. You did read it right. Kopi Joss is a kind of ordinary black coffee which is then inserted or added with one or several hot charcoals. So it is also famous with the name of “Kopi Arang” (Charcoal Coffee) in Indonesia.

Sounds weird, not interested or even getting more curious about how does it tastes?!

Charcoal coffee in Yogyakarta

In addition to charcoal, other mixtures combined in a cup of coffee are not many. Simply added with sugar and also milk as you need and if you want it. As simple as that. No more other secret recipes or gradients.

Regarding to the charcoal that is used, it was usually the result of burned roots of mangrove plants. In its presentation, boiled water is heated in a small or medium and thin kettle which is also using the stove fueled by charcoal. Not a gas stove to create a distinctive taste.

The coffee beans are also departed from coffee plantation located at Klaten which is about 45 minutes from central city of Yogyakarta. The coffee beans are then roasted and then pulverized manually to produce the coffee’s powder. No wonder if when you are finish drinking it, you will be found much of coffee’s grounds on the bottom of glass you use.

When the coffee’s powder has been mixed with a spoonful of sugar in a glass, then the hot water in the charcoal furnace was then will be poured into the glass and then stirred. The aroma is very attractive and fragrant, so that could make you want to drink it. And that’s the truth.

Immediately, the charcoal that is also heated in the furnace will be taken and then put into the glass.

Then ready to be served along with a small placemat as a gutters for the glass. Initially, the placemat will be thought to be useful for the waiter so that the heat does not touch the hands and skin. Indeed it has a point as well. What you might need to know is that a placemat made of ceramic or glass is mainly often used to pour a hot coffee into it so you could drink it calmly, and not getting the coffee too hot to be drinked.

The way how to drink a glass of coffee like that, is also a way for Javanese people, especially Jogja, Solo and in other Javanese cities and regencies.

So, if you are planning to visit Yogyakarta for your next vacation, make sure to let yourself being served a cup of Kopi Joss at the location that I have informed above.

Bargaining tips when traveling in Indonesia

How to Bargain With Sellers When You Are Traveling in Indonesia

Shopping is one of favorite activity among others when you are traveling. And yes, sometimes it will cost you a lot for some reasons. Mostly because you are buying like souvenirs at the mall or some other shops located on the main downtown where almost anything there are expensive.

The first thing you need to know for saving money when traveling is, almost every local markets across Indonesia are very cheap and mostly you won’t need a single doubt about the quality.

I know you can’t find a high, international plus original brand over there, but the piracy one. But if you are looking for a handy-craft made of the local people, you may want to set the local market around as your main place for shopping, especially when it comes as souvenirs for your friends and families.

Bargaining tips when traveling in Indonesia

Another thing you need to know is, people from USA, Australia, and many countries in Europe mostly seen as the richest one with a lot of money. No matter how poor you could consider for yourself, you still have big chance to be seen as the one with a thick pocket.

What does it means?

Then it will give chances to the sellers to raise the price of what they are selling to you. Not all of them, but maybe just some greedy human being to reminds us that they are exist.

It’s not about how to recognize them, but this will become one of some reasons you have in mind-How to keep on saving and not to be tricked by the others. To be exact, I will tell you how to bargain with sellers in local market or bargain-able shops in Indonesia.

Here they are!

1. Compare the price between sellers

Don’t get yourself stopping by in one shop only, but also let your shoes stepping aside to the others. Many difference shops sale some similar goods or souvenirs, so you can compare the prices between two, three or more sellers and determine which one will have the better offer according to the quality and the price you need to pay.

2. Act like as if you don’t need it

You are in traveling and you are happy. You are also have enough money or maybe more than you need just in case to anticipate something else coming up. The only thing you know and feel is you are the better person, whether outside or your soul.

What I see about that is you are almost the perfect person could give anything to the others since you know that you are capable to do so. Your current condition might also mean that you can spend more money, lightly. And the more chance for the “naughty” sellers to get benefit from you. You know what I mean, right?

So when you find some interesting goods, keep yourself calm. Don’t hold the goods for long times, etc. Simply let the sellers keep on guessing what you are really looking for. You can also ask for the price, discount, and something else. But, it is important to show your face and gesture as if you don’t really need what you just asking to the seller.

By doing this, sometimes they suddenly will get the price down or offering you more discounts and even doubled the quantity with the same price and many more.

3. Buy more as needed

Assuming that a souvenir is sold for about $1, what if you could get two and pay only $1.5 or even lower?! Yes it is happening all the times in Indonesia. Just ask for it at the first place, why not. You can also buy more with the same souvenirs or not and ask the sellers for more discounts. That’s really normal in Indonesia to do so.

4. Ask for a half-price

Bargaining. Is also a very common thing in the local market. And when you are doing it, make sure to name a half from its original price you’ve just heard. Not a matter at all. Instead, many will really appreciated it. They even will tell you the reason why they can’t accept the price you’ve set. At least, you may find that bargaining will reduce the price about 20% up to 30%.

Sounds interesting?! A big YES from me.

5. Use Indonesian or local language

There are 3 common words and sentences I always be hearing, that the foreigners keep on using when traveling in Indonesia. Thus are: “Terima kasih” or thank you, “sama-sama” or you are welcome, and the last one is “berapa” similar to ask about “how much the price …?” of something.

Look!

Some or even many Indonesians are gladly to hear the foreigners saying thus words. And some of them will became an over-prouded Indonesians, thinking that their language spoken by the foreigner. I don’t even know the reason why is that happening. But it still continuing up until today.

Imagine when you are in local market and want to buy something using Indonesian’s language, you’ll might end up with many goods without spending a single penny.

I mean, you can always choose to improve some of your vocabularies and how to speak well in another language. If that couldn’t help you, at least you have put a smile on other’s face.

6. Pretend as if you want to go to the next shop or leaving out

Yes. When you have used the 5 steps above and the result does not like you need and want, pretending to go out as if you want to go to the next shop or just like you want to leave. It is always or at least has BIG CHANCE to win the price you’ve set. Most of the time, it works for me.

Scarity. That’s what i try to put in the mind of the sellers. They won’t be happy to see me out and knowing that I will buy the same souvenirs at another shop, right?! They will calling you right after the moment you are turning around. And there will be 2 things happening. The first one, they will give you more discount but not as you have offered before. And the next one (which is the best) is the sellers will follow along to what you have said earlier.

That’s it.

Those are 6 things to do when dealing with sellers in bargaining to get lower price of goods when traveling and need to be saving money in Indonesia. Feel free to share this article to help others or yourself, who knows you might need it on your next journey. Thank you.