10 Travel Essentials For Island Adventures

There’s something about the island life that makes us want to escape to one every now and then. Blue waters, clear skies, palm trees and beauty surrounding all around you. Tropical islands usually give us a sense of escaping reality and entering a dream land. While it’s important to disconnect from the real world, here are some essentials for your island adventures that I highly recommend you to take with.

Travel Essentials
1. Adult Inflatable Snorkel Vest Life Jacket
If you’re like me, afraid of drowning, or not a great swimmer, you can always count on this vest life jacket to float on to. It’s easy to use and only takes up a little bit of space in your suitcase.

2. Snorkeling Mask
Where there is blue water, there’s always a snorkeling spot somewhere around. Indulge yourself in the beauty of the underwater world. Snorkeling is a beautiful experience. In the past I’ve rented snorkeling gear but with time I’ve appreciated having my own snorkel mask. You get to maintain hygiene, which should really be enough reason to own your own mask. Additionally, some places don’t rent out masks and if you’re up for an adventure you can take it along with you anywhere.
Speedo Adult Adventure Mask/Snorkel Set – Blue

3. Waterproof case
This case has helped me carry quite a few things while swimming through the ocean. Island hopping can be an adventure, especially when the shore has shallow waters and the boat has to dock far from it. The only way to get to the shore is to swim through the waves. Who would want to leave behind their precious cell phone/camera or even a lipgloss, if you may? I’ve carried quite a few things in this case and the locks are so solid that there was no leak. This is a legit investment.
Mpow Floatable Waterproof Cell Phone Bag, iPhone 8/iPhone X Waterproof Case for Swimming, Snowshoeing,Skiing,Skating,Sledding,Ice Fishing,Kayaking Universal Waterproof Cell Phone Pouch for iPhone 7/ 7 Plus/6/6 Plus, Google Pixel, LG G6, Huawei P9/ P9 Plus, Galaxy S8 and More

4. Go PRO Mounts
For those of you who use Go PRO or anything similar, this set of mounts can really help capture your adventures. You can use them on a surfing board, as a head mount or on your chest while you’re snorkeling or even mount it on a selfie stick. These mounts can not only be used for your island adventures but all sorts of adventures!
Zookki 39-in-1 Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 Black Silver, SJ4000 SJ5000 SJ6000, Camera Accessory Kit for Xiaomi Yi/DBPOWER/WiMiUS/SJCAM

5. Travel Blow Dryer
I love this dryer because at one point I felt like it was much better than my regular dryer, which actually costs way more than this. Its durable, easy to use and compact to carry. You can use it anywhere in the world (dual voltage). Comes in handy when you’d want to wash the salt off your hair and style it for a nice summer night by the beach bar.
Berta 1875W Negative Ionic Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Travel Blow Dryer US Plug 100-240V, Silver with Red

6. Microfiber Swim/Sport Towel
I love this because it also feels very nice on your skin. It can be used as a beach towel – the sand slips off without sticking to the towel and you can also wipe yourself dry with it. Easy to carry and dries super fast. You don’t have to wait for this to dry before you can put it back in your bag.
Sunland Ultra Absorbent Thirsty Travel Sports Microfiber Towels Swimming Towels Bath Towel w/ Carry Bag(Slate Grey 24″x48″)

7. Water sports shoes/slippers
Personally, I love the feel of sand underneath my feet but sometimes when it’s unbearably hot you’d want to wear your slippers. This product is quite useful for that purpose but also because they feel like you’re wearing nothing while working as a pair of shoes and also protecting you from the shells and other things under water. You can definitely use this for water sports such as snorkeling, paddle boarding or even kayaking. They come in sizes for men, women and children.
OOLIVUPF Water Sports Shoes Barefoot Beach Pool Shoes Quick Dry Aqua Yoga Socks for Men Women Love 40/41

8. Sunscreen Lotion
What an obvious essential! I personally like this brand the most because it makes me feel like it’s actually working! Don’t forget your sunscreen when you’re under the sun. It’s important to protect your beautiful skin.
Banana Boat Sport Performance Ultra-Lightweight Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, Value Size (315mL)

9. Aloe Vera Gel
Sometimes skin can burn even though you’re wearing sunscreen. Aloe vera gel comes in handy for times like those. When you have a burning sensation or skin peeling, this helps soothe your skin. I recommend carrying it because it can really help you recover from an awful pain without having to leave your hotel room.
Aloe Vera Gel Pure Juice – For Face & Dry Skin Psoriasis Eczema Treatment Cold Sore Scar After Bug Bite Redness Relief Rash Razor Bump Sunburn DIY Body Lotion Skincare Moisturizer Women 100 Percent Pure Premium Nature


10. Swimwear and sunglasses
Everyone has their favorite brands for swimwear and accessories. Personally I really love Aerie for their swim collection. As for sunglasses, the world is your oyster!

The Golden Circle, Iceland

This is probably the most popular sightseeing tour of Iceland.
Here’s why –

 

The infamous Strokkur Geysir

 

 

 

I am truly fascinated by this. This Geysir erupts every 5-8 minutes. The water is 80 to 100 degree celcius. Incredible!
You will also spot Little Geysir. Quite cute actually, but seems to be very active. This area has high geothermal activity. You might not be fascinated by the smell around here but it truly is amazing to see the wonders of nature.

 

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As you leave the Geysir and arrive the waterfall area, you will have no idea what you are about to enter. It is SUPER gorgeous here. Definitely worth the trek!

 

The beautiful Gulfoss

 

 

 

Thingvellir National Park

Last stop! This is where the continents divide; North America and Europe. You can even swim between the two tectonic plates. My courage level isn’t there yet but perhaps one day…

 

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Beauty, beauty and beauty all around you! (Yup, that sums up Iceland for you).

 

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Tips for Accommodations in Byron Bay, Australia

In reference to my blog post Things to do while in Byron Bay, I have put together some tips for accommodations there!
Although I lived on the farm, I have stayed in several hostels in between, before and after.
1. At first I stayed in Backpacker’s Inn  for 5 days. Met a lot of people, made a few friends. This was right by the beach so it was very convenient to just go to the beach whenever desired.

 

2. Then I stayed at the Cape Byron YHA when my friend came to visit me on a long weekend. This is a 5 minute walk to the beach. The hostel is quite clean and not a party hostel. We didn’t really spend much time at the hostel but according to my experience, it was alright.

 

3. My third hostel was Aquarius Backpackers Resort. I probably stayed there for 7-8 days. For the most part, I stayed with a friend who came to visit me. This was definitely a party hostel. They have some sort of event almost every night. The girls jello fight was pretty intense and definitely not something I would want to experience seeing again. The things people do for money! The kitchen is quite spacious but our food did get stolen from the fridge. The room was moderately clean. Aquarius has a restaurant and a bar and the food is pretty decent as well. The rooftop has hammocks which makes a great place to hangout!

 

4. My fourth hostel was Arts Factory. This is known to be a hippy place. People are usually stoned here. I only stayed because this was my last time visiting Byron and my friends from Sydney came to Byron with me for a week. We decided to compromise and stay at two hostels, just so everyone was happy. My compromise was staying at the Arts Factory. The reason why I didn’t want to stay there was because it was extremely far away from the main beach and town. It was a 20 minute walk. The other places are quite close to the beach and restaurants. This was a bit inconvenient. What I liked the most about this place was where we stayed – it was a big tent with bunk beds inside and we had our own balcony with chairs. From time to time we had some visitors by the balcony – the water dragons. Since we were right by the pond, they would swim by and come up to the tree, sit and chill. Pretty harmless. Scared of us if anything. The restaurant beside Arts Factory has good food. It’s called the Brewery.

 

5. My fifth and last hostel was Holiday Village Backpackers. This place was right across from Cheeky Monkey’s. If you read my other blog about Byron, you will learn a lot about this place. It is party central.You also get a lot of deals at Cheeky Monkey’s if you stay at this hostel. This hostel is alright, you can’t help but socialize with people here. So if you are an introvert, avoid sitting in the lounge area outside!

 

P.S Enjoy this view 😉

 

Top Things To Do In Langkawi, Malaysia

My first time in Langkawi was in 2011, when I first stepped into Malaysia. I instantly fell in LOVE. I think Langkawi is what made me fall hard for Malaysia. I can’t really describe the feeling but it felt something like magic.
I have been here twice and both the times I have done different things and these are memories that will truly be cherished forever. I will share some of them with you.
I stayed at this hotel by the beach and both the times I stayed at the same place as it was super convenient; near shops and restaurants and right by the Pantai Cenang beach!

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Shop Duty Free
Langkawi is the only place in Malaysia where you can shop duty free. Everything is unbelievably cheap, including alcohol and cigarettes. Given that Malaysia is an Islamic country, it is the only place in Malaysia where you can drink alcohol freely. It is indeed their domestic holiday destination.
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Langkawi Eagle Square

Island Hopping

My first activity in Langkawi was the island hopping tour. This is something I did on my own and it was so refreshing. This is why I encourage everyone to explore at least one place on their own.
Learn to love your own company and you will need nothing more in life. You will never feel lonely.
This island hopping tour holds a significant amount of value to my life as it gave me the chance to really focus on an unknown place without knowing anyone or having any technology (for the first time – I’ve done it tons since!). It made me appreciate nature, Langkawi and just the Earth overall.
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Sunset by the beach
This tour takes you to a lake where they throw fish as eagles come and pick em from water within a split of a second. It’s pretty amazing. Langkawi is known to have many eagles.
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Eagles!
Then we went to the “pregnant” lake. Yes, that’s exactly what they call it! Apparently this is a myth, that if a woman is infertile or having difficulty being pregnant then swimming in this lake will make them fertile. Not sure if this actually works. Let me know if it did for you!
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Pregnant Lake
Next stop is this beaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaautiful island where you will see nothing but blue water. You can also see fish from the bridge, without even having to snorkel.

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Sight seeing

If you rent a car for the day, the driver will actually take you on a tour around the big island. There are some secluded beaches which are very gorgeous. They will also take you to this park and from there you can go to the skybridge.
Skybridge
The cable car will take you 702 m above sea level. When you get to the top, you won’t believe your eyes. It feels like a painting when you look around. It’s indescribable.
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View from the cable car
The Seven Falls
The driver will also take you to the “seven falls” where you can go walk on a trail that leads to the waterfalls. Along the way you will see many monkeys. Those monkeys are everywhere in Asia, really. Very cheeky but very cute.

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Cute lil cheeky monkeys

Activities

The last time I visited Langkawi, I went paragliding and this was the highlight of my trip. I must admit, I was so scared that I prayed the entire time I was up in the sky. BUT, it was THE most amazing and exhilarating feeling EVER. The boat was pulling me and the parachute kept going higher and higher. I was above the sun, looking over the sunset. It was beautiful. Feeling the breeze, flying above the sea, looking over the seashore and the sun on the other side. It was breathtaking. I would do it over and over again.
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Having the time of my life, paragliding over the sunset.

At night though, I loved being at the beach. Since there isn’t much traffic there at this time, you can hear the silence, the winds and the waves of the sea. To top it off, you can feel the lukewarm water touching your skin while you sit on the soft sand.
And there you have it!
Tip
Ohhh and a little tip if you are ever in Asia! There are ways of getting to Langkawi from the Thai islands. Koh Phi Phi is an amazing island and you can certainly take the ferry from there. I prefer getting to Langkawi from Thailand and then making your way to Kuala Lumpur, if you are planning on traveling that part of the world. It is much more preferable than going to Langkawi from KL and then back. Trust me, you will save yourself a journey and a half!
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View from the skybridge

A beautiful sunset in Langkawi can be viewed here:

10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What can I say about this place? In 2011, I instantly fell in love with Malaysia when I first stepped in. I have been there thrice since, 2015 being the last time there.
Let’s start with the trains from the airport. What a nice and clean train with air conditioner in it. It only took forever long to get where we are today but a “developing” country such as Malaysia had already had this established. I was amazed. WiFi. Let’s talk about that. Malaysia has WiFi everywhere! Like literally. Everywhere! I love it.
Usually I’m not much of a shopper while I’m traveling but the malls in Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL, has many shopping centres which consist of a lot of pretty things. Shoes. OMG. Shoes! So many amazing shoes! I think every time I go there, I end up buying at least 2 pairs of shoes or sandals.

 

Cyberjaya

 

Cyberjaya is one of the outskirts of KL. I stayed there the first couple of times I visited, mainly because I had friends staying there. Cyberjaya is so beautiful. It is quite different than Kuala Lumpur. Personally, I really like Cyberjaya and Putrajaya because they are the prettier cities of Malaysia that have everything you need.

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Indoor skating rink at the shopping centre

 
The very first thing that caught my attention there was the little trees which were nicely cut and shaped like mushrooms. I found that so cute!

 

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Cyberjaya with neat trees

 
They have a bridge in Putrajaya which lights up. It switches colours every few seconds. You can walk around on the sidewalk of the bridge and hangout. At night, there’s a nice breeze by the lake and you have a satisfying view of the city.

 

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Kuala Lumpur is just like any other city. Their downtown is very commercial with all brand named stores with lots of people and lots of traffic. What excited me the most there was to see Sephora! I couldn’t believe it! Had a girl moment there.

 

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The Pavilion is a very colourful place. It won’t feel like you’re in a developing country at all. Of course, like any downtown, KL’s is also not so clean. It’s very polluted. This is why I liked Cyberjaya. So neat and clean with less people.

 

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View of Patronas Towers from KLCC

 

The Petronas Towers

 

The Petronas Towers, or as they call it the “twin towers” are also downtown. I’ve actually never made an effort to go to the top but it looks beautiful from KLCC.

 

China Town

 

China Town in Bukit Bintang is a place you can go to for affordable shopping. You can even bargain. Most things are fake brand named products. If you are into that then it’s a great place to shop. Alternatively, you can also buy souvenirs from there. There is a place called Jalan Alor behind Bukit Bintang, where you can go for local food. This place has really good food! If you are looking for an authentic experience, I highly recommend this.

 

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KL

 

Batu Caves

 

Batu Caves is a train commute away from KL. It’s not a bad journey as you can take the local trains. You can see the temples there and finally climb up the stairs to see the Batu caves. I haven’t seen any bats but mainly monkeys. They are quite amusing so you won’t be bored there! The climb is steep so you will get a workout but its nice to go up to the caves. You will also see many statues there.

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Batu Caves

 

Genting highlands

 

Genting highlands is a bus ride away from KL. You will have to take the cable car to go up the hill (1865 m above ) where they built a casino and a theme park. I was a bit skeptical about going on those rides, so I just did some sight seeing and amateur gambling.

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Genting highlands indoor rides

Things to do while in Kuala Lumpur

  1. Petronas Towers
  2. China Town
  3. Batu Cave
  4. Aquaria KLCC
  5. Jalan Alor
  6. Genting Highlands
  7. Putrajaya Bridge
  8. KLCC
  9. Cameron Highlands
  10. Sunway shopping centre and theme park