The world is full of wonders, peculiarities and oddities. Every place and each culture hides something fascinating, something bizarre. And the human nature is such, that it loves to discover and reveal secrets. Did you know…?
These are the last traditional bazaars you have never heard about and the best marketplaces to visit in Southeast Asia for those who are after an authentic cultural experience.
Have you ever invited someone into your house only to discover that even though the company might be great, the person disrespects your abode? Maybe it is just a small thing, like leaving dirty plates around, but suddenly everyone else in the house doesn’t clean up either anymore, following the guest’s example. Before you know it, it has added up and everything you value has lost its splendour. That is how I felt when we went to the Baliem Valley, in Papua, Indonesia.
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The great ‘Avatar’ secret is out! Why some beaches shine neon-blue by night and where in the world you can swim in the ‘sea of stars’ and paint with light?
Take a look at the collection of 10 spectacular cultural celebrations across Indonesia - one of the world`s most diverse and colourful nations, where festivals truly are at their best!
For headhunting tribes, primitive jungle villages and ethnic communities that still today practice black magic, witchcraft and eerie animist rituals, the Indonesian culture is beyond fascinating. These are 10 bewildering tribes in Indonesia that you can actually visit, and they will surely give you goosebumps!
Learn about five legendary places whose stories have never been unwrapped.
“One of the tribesmen drove a spear into Michael`s ribs as the young man was swimming for his life. After being beheaded his head was scalped, cut across the face from the root of the nose to the nape of his neck. His ribs were broken with an axe, his sternum ripped out, his arms and legs cut off and entrails pulled out, some of them eaten straight away, the others cooked individually. A big feast for the tribe started with chanting. Then the tribesmen had sex with each other, shared their wives and drank their urine. Afterwards, they spread Michael` s blood all over their bodies and danced wildly like possessed...”
Festivals mark the spirit of joy and unity and they demonstrate rich cultural heritage of the people. Where else if not in Papua New Guinea the knowledge and tradition get passed to the next generation in a form of the most magnificent celebrations. Face painting, body decoration, and adornment are the key features of such events. Using a wide variety of materials like pigments, bones, leaves, shells, animal skin and bird feathers, the native people creatively design and construct phenomenal costumes and accessories to pay respect to their culture. Wildfire dancing, pounding drums and traditional sing-song along with other distinctive tribal rites, animist rituals and mesmerizing ceremonies are a big part of these shows.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Travelling around the world involves trying new foods and drinks as these are the very essences of any culture. Sometimes, however, things can go terribly wrong when trying to be polite and taste the foreign “goodies”: who on earth would even think of feasting on monkey brains, maggot cheese, duck embryo or quenching thirst with placenta jelly drink, snake blood or cow urine?
Heading to Cambodia? Don`t underestimate the importance of local knowledge and read what you totally need to know about the country before you go!
Travellers differ from tourists and holidaymakers in numerous factors. While tourists travel just for leisure and entertainment, the real travellers seek for something deeper than that. Perhaps it is deeper knowledge and a better understanding of the world, or maybe personal growth and self-realization. Volunteering while travelling is the greatest act of self-fulfilment. What can make us feel better than supporting others and helping where it is needed?
Times have changed and the concept of quickly “hopping into the family life” straight after finishing one's studies, finding a decent job and spending the rest of life under the wings of the parents is not that appealing any longer. More and more young adults aspire to do the best of their youth, see the world and feel the freedom.
Wanna get messy? These are world`s dirtiest, craziest and funnest celebrations, you could ever take part in. Start planning your trip to Thailand, South Korea, Spain, Italy or India - just take your pick!
Quitting your job. Packing your bags. Travelling the world. Does it not sound awesome? Lise, Rodolphe and Cindy took their travel adventure to the next level and decided to settle and build a guest house on the paradisiacal island of Gili Air. The arduous and inspiring journey full of challenges led to the launching of their dream-project in 2016. Today, VILLA SAÏA is a gorgeous accommodation facility offering French hospitality, excellent service and fine Indonesian ambience.
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