The Gift of Time: A New Perspective on Hotel Quarantines – Everything To Sea

It’s safe to say that most of us are tired of hearing the word quarantine. Equally true is our desire to resume our travels once again. Finding the right mindset to approach the new travel landscape can set you up to make the most out of your entire trip – including any hotel quarantine.

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Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back. 

– Harvey Mackay

Sam recently traveled and needed to quarantine. While he couldn’t have imagined it at first, he ended up focusing on the positive aspects while traveling within this new normal. 

The first thing that Sam mentioned was that being in a hotel room for several days actually helped him with his jet lag. He came from the U.S. and, after crossing multiple time zones, he found that the extra time that he got was actually beneficial for him. Indeed, Sam reported that he felt even more recharged when he joined a group trip the week after.

He noted that the required steps were all worth it in the end. The quarantine was undesired at first, but what Sam got from traveling during this time was, ironically, exactly what he had wanted. In addition to feeling more energized, traveling to places with fewer travelers got him to see the destinations on our itineraries in a peaceful and intimate way. Sam felt a deep connection to the region, noting the quiet beauty of his journey.

Some countries required a 14-day quarantine period while others required 21 days. It’s pretty clear: traveling now, and for the foreseeable future, will require a shifting perspective in how to view quarantines. But it also enables you to still see the world.

Here are some tips to make the most of your stay at the hotel!

  • Hot baths
Credit: Hisu Lee.

Do you love taking baths? Hot, cold, or lukewarm – what’s your favorite? If soaking is important to you, make sure the hotel room you’re reserving has a tub. Taking a long, hot bath can be very rewarding and relaxing. You can use this time to re-energize and smell good at the same time. Now, go one step further… imagine yourself taking a luxurious bath every single day for a week. Now, this is hedonism: pursue your own pleasure, and be sensually self-indulgent. Come on, when was the last time you did that? 

  • Keep in Touch 

This gift of time is perfect for you to reach out to your loved ones. Your stay at the hotel will allow you to have extended time, and so you won’t feel rushed. Milk the moment and talk for hours with your loved ones. You can use video calls (i.e. FaceTime and Zoom) to catch up and give them updates on your journey. 

You can even use games as a way to keep in touch with family members and friends.

NBC recently reported that Audrey Buchanan, 88, played the video game “Animal Crossing” for – hard to believe, but – more than 3,500 hours. She even used it to connect with her grandson, who lives far away from her.

  • Journaling 

Some people find it satisfying to write their thoughts and feelings down in a blank book, or digitally on a device. What better time to get reflective and express yourself, than when there’s not a lot of stimuli to disturb you? Dave Power, who is a writer, recently stayed at a hotel for a week during one of his travels. He told us that during that time, journaling was essential for him. He said heaps of ideas came out of the period when he was alone and could delve into his own thoughts.

Journals written during travel can prove to be especially satisfying later in life. Re-reading what you’ve written from a particular place and time can be rewarding, and even fun to share with others. We recommend writing first thing in the morning – recently out of your subconscious state, while thoughts are still novel.

  • Get Creative 

If you watched the Olympics recently, you probably saw the cute image of Tom Daley knitting while waiting for his turn to dive. Maybe this is the perfect time to try your hands at knitting. Perhaps you already thought about starting knitting, but felt you didn’t have the time? And hey – if knitting’s not your thing, there are many other ways to express that inner artsy soul.

Try your hand at improving your scribbles. Maybe even sketch what you see outside your window! Consider bringing adult-coloring books that are fun to pass the time on.

Before your trip, go to an art supply store and pick something that you never would’ve chosen – pipe cleaners, modeling clay, or crayons. Or just pick something that you haven’t touched in a while, and have fun with it. Remember Legos? Remember Rubik’s Cubes? 

  • Keep the Mental Juices Flowing 

Stimulate your brain cells – with crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or even word search books. You can use them when waiting in line at the airport, too. 

  • Break a Sweat 

There are plenty of workouts you can do without any equipment. You can even practice some yoga stretches. People nowadays upload short videos of themselves working out or dancing to a catchy snippet of a song – on social media such as TikTok and Instagram. Join the fun and get some sweat out.

Note, you don’t have to be in your hotel room to do this – some hotels have rooms with balconies, and you can use that space to work out.

Earlier this year, videos of tennis players in Australia went viral, as they were doing exercises during quarantine, before tournaments. There have even been people who have run marathons within their hotel rooms!

  • TV and Movie Binge 

We all love a Netflix and chill moment – so why not binge a whole television series and plenty of films? This is a good time to watch that movie or TV show that you’ve always wanted to watch or ones your friends have recommended. 

  • Books and Podcast episodes

Some of you might want to reduce your screen time, and that’s okay! Apart from the aforementioned TV shows and films, we also suggest books and podcast episodes that you can read and listen to. Remember, you are never alone when you have books!

Check out our blog for more recommendations.

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Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Pura Lempuyang Indonesian Temple – Keep Calm and Wander

Pura Lempuyang Indonesian Temple - Keep Calm and Wander

Pura Lempuyang (or Lempuyang Temple) is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bali. It is also one of the oldest and holiest Hindu temples worth going to when traveling to this tropical island.

This sacred temple is two hours drive away from Canggu. The picturesque ride on your way up there is one to be enjoyed with such delight.

Visiting Lempuyang Temple during the pandemic has its good and bad side. There were only very few people (close to none) when we were there. On the other hand, not every temple was open.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Meet Massive Manta Rays – Everything To Sea

While most of us like to think our own one-eyed monster is the largest creature of the deep blue sea, the reality is our entire physique shrinks compared to massive manta rays. But do not be intimidated, these gentle giants simply spend their lives gliding through the surf. Manta rays are a common sight within the waters surrounding the many islands of Indonesia. 

Size Queens

These ocean giants can weigh well over 2,404 kg (5,300 lbs) and span up to 8.8 meters (29 feet) from tip to tip. Manta rays are easily some of the largest fish in the world’s oceans. Their large size might deceive you into believing their meals are equally proportioned. But the reality is, much like the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, manta rays specialize in eating tiny plankton. With their mouths wide open, they filter feed as they swim. You might have noticed those large mustache like-appendages (oooh, Zaddy!) They’re not just for looking foxy – the flaps help direct food into their mouths. 

No fish for brains here! Manta rays have some of the biggest and brightest brains of any fish species. Studies have shown they are capable of recognizing themselves in a mirror, and even creating mental maps of their environment – an indicator of a highly developed long-term memory. 

Fast Manta Ray Facts:

  • Manta rays are famous for their acrobatics, known to barrel roll and somersault when feeding. These moves help them to create a cyclone effect, trapping food in a spiral.
  • Manta rays are quite hygienic and will make regular stops to cleaning stations. Literally areas within a coral reef where sea creatures pause to be cleaned by smaller animals, who remove dead skin and parasites. 
  • “Manta” means blanket or cloak in Spanish, accurately named for their large, flat, diamond-shaped bodies.
  • They typically give birth to just one pup every two to three years. Manta rays have one of the slowest birth rates of any fish species. They’re known to live long lives, spanning anywhere from 40-50 years. 
  • These creatures are very sociable and have known to playfully interact with snorkelers.

Until as recently as 2008, scientists learned there are in fact two different subspecies of manta rays: the giant manta ray and the reef manta ray. Cruising the clear waters of Indonesia are mainly the smaller reef manta rays. But don’t let that comparison fool you, this subspecies can have a wingspan of up to 3.3 meters wide. 

Disappearing Manta Rays

Alas, both sub-species of manta ray are considered vulnerable to extinction. Overfishing poses the greatest threat. Demand for their meat and even more so their gill plates, has driven this decline. Each year, thousands of manta rays are killed for their gill plates. With a slow reproductive rate, they’re unable to survive this rate of overfishing and soon might disappear from our world’s oceans. 

Thankfully in 2014, Indonesia banned the fishing of these creatures. Instead, the government identified an even more lucrative and sustainable approach: tourism. Studies have estimated that eco-tour operations generate so much revenue for local economies that one single manta ray in a tourist hotspot can generate up to one million dollars in its lifetime—but is worth a mere $500 dead.

Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Indonesia’s Floating Temple – Keep Calm and Wander

Indonesia's Floating Temple - Keep Calm and Wander

Indonesia’s Floating Temple

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bedugul, in the highlands of Bali, gains its monicker as Indonesia’s Floating Temple as it is on the edge of Lake Beratan. However, the structure is not literally floating on the lake. It depends on where you stand, the temple, at a far distance, looks like it is buoyed up. 

On the day I visited it, the water was so low that it didn’t really look like I expected it to be. It was disappointing to me because I already knew how/where I want my photos taken. Backdropped with a gorgeous mountain, the complex reveals its beauty on a sunny day. As it is on the highlands, the weather changes from time to time.

I was lucky that on the day I visited it, the sun cooperated. But as soon as I was done, a thick cloud revealed, and rain came.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Indonesia’s “Broken Beach” – Keep Calm and Wander

Broken Beach - Keep Calm and Wander

The Broken Beach in Nusa Penida is one of the most-visited tourist attractions on the small island, next to Bali. But is it really broken? When I saw it personally, I couldn’t figure out why they call it as such. Nothing there is broken.

Broken Beach Views

As you can see in these photos, there is a natural bridge with a natural arched tunnel under it. The water passes through the tunnel and smashes to the small beach below.

Of course, there’s no way going down to the beach, except taking a boat tour – as we were told. You see, the area is circular, and the hole in the middle forms a 50-200 meters high cliff. It is a unique rock formation and truly one of the island’s natural wonders.

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Bali’s Kecak Dance – Everything To Sea

Bali, often nicknamed “The Island of the Gods” or sometimes “The Island of a Thousand Temples”, is known as a mythical place rich with art and culture, fascinating its visitors. 

One thing the Balinese still maintain is the famous Kecak. Part ritual, part art-performance, part dance, Kecak is carried out by about 100 bare-chested men wearing nothing but black-and-white sarongs. It is meant to illustrate the world’s diversity. For the Balinese, it’s important that each aspect of the world is in balance. The concept is that there are many differences in the cosmos, and they should strive to be in harmony. Kecak is often performed before sunset surrounded by breathtaking views, such as the oft-visited temple in Uluwatu. 

Kecak was inspired by the Sang Hyang dance and Ramayana stories. Sang Hyang is a form of ritual dance where the performers are in trance, so they can communicate with the Gods – as well as their own ancestors – and therefore deliver their message. The Ramayana itself is a story depicted in Hindu scriptures. It tells the battle between the good King Rama with an Evil King, Rahwana, in an attempt to save Rama’s wife Dewi Sita. The good king is aided by the monkey god, Hanuman. In Kecak performance, men sit in concentric circles chanting “chak – chak – chak”, representing a full army of monkeys.

One might wonder what musical instruments they use during it. Kecak is actually performed without any instruments – it’s a capella. The sounds come from the mouths of all of the performers who vocalize the chants, as well as from metal bells that are attached to the dancers’ ankles.

By Eddie Rahadian – Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Indonesia’s Kelingking Beach – Keep Calm and Wander

Indonesia's Kelingking Beach - Keep Calm and Wander

Yes, Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida is your ultimate hiking trail down to the white seashore. That is, I assume, if you are into a treacherous hike and reward yourself by frolicking in the white sandy beach and the turquoise salty water.

Perhaps you’ve seen this area on many tourism promotions for Bali and Indonesia.

Pantai Kelingking in Nusa Penida, according to the Traveler’s Choice Awards in 2019, grabbed the 19th spot of the best beaches in the world.

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The Largest Lizard on the Planet – Everything To Sea

If you were to search the words “bucket list” and “Komodo dragon” you’ll find many travel enthusiasts that discuss their desire to “someday” see the great Komodo dragon.

If you were to search the words “bucket list” and “Komodo dragon” you’ll find many travel enthusiasts that discuss their desire to “someday” see the great Komodo dragon.

The dragons are found on the islands of the Indonesian archipelago – Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, and the island of Flores.

Here are five amazing facts about the dragon according to Earthnworld.com:

  1. They are the largest species of lizards, and can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh approximately 200 pounds.
  2. The carnivorous species love to eat pigs, deer, snakes, fish, and water buffalos. However, adult Komodo dragons are cannibals that can eat their own species. Roughly 10% of their diet is made of newly hatched Komodo dragon babies.
  3. The animal’s species has a forked tongue just like snakes, which help them in locating their prey, usually by smell. They are capable of smelling carrion from up to five miles away, by first using their flickering forked tongues.  In doing so, they pick up microscopic taste particles, literally tasting the air.
  4. The Komodo dragons prefer to hunt during the day because they aren’t able to see clearly at night. They also have a poor sense of hearing.
  5. The lifespan of the animal species is 30 years in the wild and only a few years in captivity.

By Eddie Rahadian – Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Snorkeling in “The Best Place on Earth” – Everything To Sea

Picture a beautiful landscape under the sea, rich with marine plants, gorgeous coral, and the greatest diversity of coral reef fishes in the world. Snorkeling in Indonesia, part of the famous Coral Triangle, dubbed “The Amazon of the Seas” … is highly recommended. The water temperature and clarity are truly ideal. You should expect breathtaking views while exploring under the sea.

So why should you snorkel in the Coral Triangle? Well, seventy-five percent of the world’s coral species are found here— that’s nearly 600 different species. It boasts over 3,000 species of fish, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and underwater gardens that’ll make you feel like you’re in the movie Avatar. Snorkeling’s an easy way to experience its underwater beauty. And unlike scuba diving, you don’t need to get a certificate or complete a course to do it.

If you haven’t snorkeled before – or if you haven’t done it in a while – rest assured that in the Coral Triangle, it’s easy to do so in a safe manner. 

By Eddie Rahadian – Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Indonesia’s Exotic Fruits – Everything To Sea

Surely you know about eggplants🍆, bananas🍌, and peaches🍑. In this blog post, Everything To Sea staff shares their favorite fruits. For this list, we’re focusing on fruits that are native Indonesian and considered exotic to this Southeast Asian country.  

One staff member admitted that there are so many exotic fruits in Indonesia that he could not just pick one.

“It’s like we’ll have no shortage of fruits to try… or to put into our cocktails,” he said cheekily.

There are many fruits in Indonesia that are unique to the region. From Jambu Air (water rose apple) to Lychee, Coconut to Jackfruit, Longan to Guava, Avocado, Sweet Mango, and Starfruit, one thing’s for sure – you won’t be bored eating fruits here.

The stuff growing in this sprawling island-nation continues to amaze all of us living here.

By Eddie Rahadian – Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.