Phuket Tourist Alert: How to Avoid The Dreaded DCI When Diving in Phuket

Phuket Tourist Alert: How to Avoid The Dreaded DCI When Diving in Phuket

Decompression Illness, or DCI, is a serious but relatively rare affliction for Phuket divers. However, this is not the case for tourists, and while tour operators in Phuket stress safety vigorously, as a visitor to the island, there are a few things you need to know about DCI:

DCI or the related illness, DSI (Decompression Sickness) occurs, on average, during 1 in 10,000 tourist dives. The symptoms of both are similar. Patients describe a feeling of dizziness when leaving the water, and their complexion may become blotchy; they will feel weak in the knees and may experience a wild mood swing. Also, a shortness of breath is common, as is a loss of bladder control – and in extreme cases, extreme pain and then complete paralysis can occur.

Other warning signs include intense fatigue and bouts of coughing, but all of the above can be easily avoided by following these simple safety instructions:

Always drink large amounts of water to avoid dehydration when diving Phuket, as the Thailand environment is one that rapidly sucks liquid from your body, even though you are submerged all day in the wet stuff.

Always ascend slowly and use your dive computer just like you use your iPad or other high-tech device – intently, and all the time!

Do not dive beyond the no-decompression limits, no matter how tempting the coral or shipwreck. Ignoring these limits is the fastest way to become a wreck yourself.

When doing multiple dives in one day, pay even closer detail to the above safety instructions, as fatigue will always increase the chance of mistakes.

And if you do come down with symptoms of DCI or DCS, seek medical attention immediately, and don’t wait for the above … Read the rest

A List of Travel Tips to Make Your Vacation Planning Easier

Many people spend their vacation traveling either in country or abroad and find it can be a complicated ordeal to remember all those little details before leaving home, and while on the trip you thought was so well planned out. This is where some travel tips can be most useful. It usually helps to make a list of necessities and then divide it between what needs to be done before locking that door at home and what needs to be remembered when traveling to your destination. Here are some valuable travel tips to include on your lists:

• If traveling out of the country scan your passport, travel tickets (cruise or air travel), ATM card info, emergency phone numbers, and store this information on your email address so it can be accessed by you if necessary from anywhere in the world.
• Do not carry all your valuables in one place. Split up your cash, bank cards, credit cards, and travelers checks into different locations either in pockets or your baggage (best if kept on your person in case of luggage misplacement). That way if you get robbed you may not lose everything all at once.
• Take bar soap and toothpaste powder instead of liquids and tubes to simplify matters for security clearance. Purchase the sample sized items if possible.
• One of the best travel tips suggests you pack everything you possibly can in plastic bags because they keep cleaner and are visible to those who feel it necessary to go through your luggage at airports, etc. They also come in handy as an emergency umbrella.
• Travelling with a flashlight (or torch) is common but don’t let those batteries run down if the light comes on accidentally. Turn your batteries around before storing it, and then turn … Read the rest

Trekking Through Afghanistan

Trekking Through Afghanistan

What comes to mind when you think of Afghanistan? War? Terrorism? Osama Bin Laden? Mother of All Bombs?

Of course, much of Afghanistan is still dangerous – but there is also an incredible amount of beauty, hospitality and kindness in this country that is not reported.

It’s far too easy to slander or wipe out an entire country when you don’t need to look at those people. People with the same hopes and dreams as you – to survive, find happiness, and fulfill their family’s needs.

I was able to experience the positive side of Afghanistan and its extraordinary people, up close and personal, during my trip there last summer. From then on it became the most memorable travel adventure for me.

Here are some photos of people & my favorite sights from my backpacking trip 100 miles to the remote Wakhan Corridor and mountains in Afghanistan.

Wakhan Corridor
Wakhan is a rocky and wild area in Northeast Afghanistan, part of the Badakhshan Province. It is a narrow plot of land, about 400 km long, surrounded by Tajikistan, China and Pakistan on three sides.

Two large mountains dominate the region, the Pamir in the North, and the Hindu Kush in the South. The Wakhan Corridor was created by politicians in the 1800s during the “Big Game” in an attempt to leave the buffer zone between India, England and the Russian empire.

Passing By Yak
Traveling on foot with my backpack, I managed to take a yak ride for some routes. We met a group of Wakhi who led their yak through the mountains. While they stopped for tea, they let us borrow their yak, which we carried further into the valley until the owner followed us later.

4 × 4 in Afghanistan, able to climb steep rocky terrain and power … Read the rest

Itinerary, Tips and Guide to Holiday in Singapore in 3 Days

Itinerary, Tips and Guide to Holiday in Singapore in 3 Days

Itinerary, Tips and Guide to Holiday in Singapore in 3 Days
Blog Travel Reservations – Singapore, even though this is a small country, Singapore is a modern, neat, clean and orderly country. That also makes tourists hooked back and forth on vacation to Singapore. No exception Indonesian tourists also like traveling here. In fact, many have made Singapore the first destination for a vacation abroad.

Well, because this time Travel Blog Reservation will try to share tips and travel guides for those of you who are just on holiday to Singapore. Whether in the style of backpacker, or the usual traveling style. What is clear is that even with a frugal budget you can still travel in Singapore without hesitation. Read the preparations for your vacation trip to Singapore, also the itinerary and saving tips while in Singapore below:

Prepare a Passport, Because Without a Passport You Can’t Go Abroad!

Renew passport
Making a passport right now is easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. And the most important thing to be ascertained is the expiration of your passport. If you go abroad, your passport validity period must not be less than 6 months. For example, if you are going to Singapore on August 15, 2016, at least your passport expiration period must be February 30, 2015.

Of course if the validity period is less than 6 months, immediately extend your passport. It’s ridiculous not to fail to venture out of the country just because of a passport problem that hasn’t been extended. Especially now how to make a new passport or how to extend your passport is not complicated anymore because you can get online.

The Cost of Travel to Singapore Will Be Cheaper If You Can Get Promo Tickets
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What to do in Bali Insider tips

What to do in Bali? Insider tips

Bali is a small island but there is a lot to do – a vacation to Bali doesn’t have to be just sea and sand unless you want it. Even you don’t need to go anywhere near the beach if sunbathing is not a pleasant idea. We have rice fields! Volcano! Elephant Park! Yoga backwards! If you visit Bali for the first time, here is a list of destinations that must be visited.

There’s still a lot that I haven’t seen on this island and hopefully I can add to this list as soon as I venture further I really want to explore further – I have never been to the west or north of the island (no more, to west rather than Amed) and I hope to persuade Made to take several trips this year because children are getting better at traveling by car.

Bali doesn’t seem to be on the main backpacker circuit but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to travel here cheaply. Yes, there are many luxury villas and 5-star hotels if you have a few thousand dollars that you want to pass in a few days but it is also possible to stay and travel in a simpler way (maybe better?). After all you can stay in luxury hotels anywhere in the world, but there is only one Bali …

Cheap accommodation in Bali = homestay. This sounds more exotic than it really is – you are not surprised at a room in a family home like you are being exchanged (although if you are interested in Balinese customs and culture and are friendly, you will definitely be invited to be part of the family) Bali houses consist from several bungalows in a walled complex. As usual for large families to live together (boys never leave, … Read the rest

Seoul and Why You Should Visit

Seoul and Why You Should Visit

SEOUL, the capital of South Korea. A futuristic metropolitan city, where skyscrapers and KPOP meet royal palaces and street markets.

In just 50 years since the Korean War, Seoul has become the 10th largest city in the world and the second largest metropolitan area.

For me, Seoul feels like stepping into a parallel universe where London doesn’t exist. After spending most of my life in London, it’s easy to think that you live in the center of the universe. But I am wrong; Seoul people have their own pop culture, fashion, identity, and they don’t really care about the Western world. Megacity is one of the capitals of East Asia’s main cultural determinants along with Tokyo, Taipei and Beijing.

I found the possibility of exploring South Korea when I searched Google “the fastest internet speed in the world.” I guess it’s a pretty good reason to visit the country when your trip is paid for with the work you do online. But South Korea has many reasons why you should visit, not only including how quickly you can scroll through your Instagram feed.

I truly believe that Seoul will become a tourist destination that is increasingly popular with Western travelers in the near future, as has been done by the East.

Getting to the city from the airport is easy, just take the train non-stop or multi-stop.

The sim card data is not cheap but the range is brilliant. After arriving, I bought sim data without limits for 1 month. The price is 70,000 won (~ 50 pounds). This may sound expensive but it’s worth connecting wherever I go with unlimited data. Especially when staying in touch with my digital marketing client at home.


Seoul (for tourists) is basically divided into four main areas of interest; Hongdae … Read the rest

guide to white water rafting rivers in Bali: Ayung or Telaga Waja?

Guide to white water rafting rivers in Bali: Ayung or Telaga Waja?

which river to choose?
If you are planning a trip to Bali, or you are already there, you don’t want to miss white water rafting !! This is truly one of the best experiences on this beautiful island and I want to share some general information with you about what you can expect, as well as a guide to the 2 main rivers: Telaga Waja and Sungai Ayung.

General advice on going white water rafting Bali price
With all the things I will tell you, only one thing is certain, and that is that each trip will be very different. This will depend on a number of things, such as the time of year and the company where you decide to go, because all have different starting and ending points.

But there are some things that will be similar, such as:

  • Time: pick-up time is usually from 9:00 to 9:30 (from Ubud, this might be earlier if you are in the South). The actual rafting time is between 2-2.5 hours. The expiration time is around 2:00 p.m. and you will return to Ubud at 2:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Distance: the length of the river you will see is usually around 12-14 km. This will vary from company to company because they will choose which part of the river you can carry.
  • Lunch: lunch is always included and consists of several fruits, rice, vegetable dishes, noodle dishes (usually vegetarian as well) and meat dishes. Very basic and local food, but good too.
  • Views: You will see a stunning view of the forest on the Ayung River and Telaga Waja. Honestly I can’t say which one I like because both are beautiful! Both rivers have waterfalls that fall into rivers and in the right season they can be very fun because
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