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Bali – Island of the Gods


There’s a good reason why Bali is called The Island of the Gods. With its glorious beaches, spectacular natural beauty, colourful ceremonies, vibrant culture and exciting nightlife, this small exotic Indonesian island is as near to paradise as it gets. Whether you like shopping in designer boutiques or haggling in local markets, being pampered in one of the many spas or prefer to go off the beaten track and explore ancient Hindu temples hidden in the jungle, a travel companion will help make it an unforgettable experience. Going on vacation with a travel buddy is safer and a lot more fun, so if your bestie is otherwise engaged and you are looking for a travel partner, our app Tourlina can help. It’s designed for women who don’t want to travel alone and can help you find a compatible female holiday partner. Let’s face it, sharing fabulous food or discovering Bali’s iconic landscape from the back of an elephant will be truly exciting with some like-minded company.


Bali’s impressive museums and up-market beach resorts

Bali has a magical vibe wherever you go. If you are a dedicated sun worshipper and avid surfer, Kuta with a five-mile stretch of pristine sand boasts the best beaches and is a magnet for surfers, but the best waves are at Uluwatu. North of Kuta is sophisticated Seminyak with its hip hotels, cool cafes and high-end shops. While far removed from the beach party scene is the town of Ubad in the heart of Bali. Ubad is Bali’s cultural centre famous for its museums, art galleries, crafts and traditional dance. You can learn to dance Balinese style every day for free in the Bali Marketplace. Far better than a selfie, get your Bali travel companion to take your photo to share with family and friends back home.


Exploring Bali’s natural beauty

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Ubad is a good jumping off spot to explore the island’s natural beauty. Within a short distance of the town, you and your Bali travel companion could stroll through terraced paddy fields dotted with some of the island’s estimated 10,000 temples or the Monkey Forest. Adrenaline junkies can try white water rafting or bungee jumping on the Ayung River or take a trek up Gunung Agung, Bali’s highest and holiest mountain, which is still an active volcano.


Far from the madding crowd

Many of Bali’s four million tourists choke the streets of Ubad and Kuta, but more peaceful attractions away from the crowds include Barat National Park with its prolific birdlife, fauna and animals including leopards and the endangered wild Javan buffalo. Gianyar has some of the Bali’s most important archeological sites and is home to the Bali Safari & Marine Park. Get your travel companion to take a snap for the album as you explore the park from the back of an elephant.
Download Tourlina, the app to help women travelling on their own to find a suitable female travel companion for your next trip to Bali.


Exploring Beautiful Borneo – only the Kalimantan area of Borneo belongs to Indonesia


The largest of all islands in Asia, Borneo is one of the most stunning holiday destinations that you could choose to travel to anywhere on the planet. The southern part of the island is known as Kalimantan and the temperatures are fairly constant in this part of southern Asia. Visiting at almost any time of year, you can expect highs of 30 degrees. Sunny weather is common, although December, January and February tend to be rainiest, on average. In most coastal towns, the sea breeze is enough to keep you cool, even when the sun gets hot. As a result of the even climate, you can usually find a female travel companion to meet up with and explore the island at any time of year. Borneo is considered safe so long as you take sensible precautions, but a travel companion can help you to feel at ease, especially if you head off the beaten track.


Urban Borneo

Although Borneo is often depicted as a tropical island paradise, it certainly has a lively urban vibe, too. Samarinda, with over 700,000 inhabitants, is the island’s largest city. Here is a place full of bars, hotels and restaurants, many of which occupy former colonial buildings in a kind of faded glory. However, you will also find traditional street markets, cinemas and a vibrant live music scene. Head to the Deja Vu club around midnight for some excitement. Further to the south is Borneo’s second city, Banjamarsin. Here, the Sabilal Muhtadin Mosque should not be missed because it is the city’s most famous landmark. On the west side of the city is a floating market which is well worth checking out, simply for the novelty of shopping from boats and jetties.


The Natural Beauty of Borneo

One of the major draws of Borneo for tourists of all types – and their travel buddies – is the large amount of flora that gives the island life. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world which is home to 3,000 species of tree alone. In this environment, many animal species have become specialists and could now only survive in their unique natural habitats. Probably the most famous of these species is the Bornean orangutan which is subject to many conservation project across the island. By supporting these, it is probably the best way to see them up close. In addition, the rainforest is home to species like wild Asian elephants, the Bornean clouded leopard and the dayak fruit bat. Some travellers are even able to spot the rare Sumatran rhinoceros, too. Most wildlife spotters choose to go on organised tours of the rainforest in order to minimise the disruption humans have upon the indigenous species. Given that the rainforest accounts for about 57 per cent of the land mass of the island, there is plenty to explore. Much of it is either swampy or mountainous, so a guide is really essential.
When planning your trip to Borneo, don’t forget to download the Tourlina app to find a suitable female travel companion to make your holiday in Borneo that little bit more special.

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