Pulau Kapas: The Most Beautiful Island in Malaysia. [ Photo Essay ]

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Thanks to some of my expat friends in Kuala Lumpur, I was recommended to take a little trip over to a small island called Pulau Kapas.  (They are not too happy with me to be blogging about it…but I can’t help myself).  Sorry, I’m not sorry.

When I got to the island, I was completely speechless.  Only one word came to mind…

Paradise.

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I couldn’t put my camera down.  I took hundreds of photos during my 4-day stay on Kapas Island, and I think they came out really great!  So without further ado…

Welcome to Pulau Kapas:

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This was the beach right out front of the LongSha Beach Campsite.

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One of my favorite aspects of the island was the ease of walking from one side to the other.  There were these beautiful golden staircases that led you around the island. 

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There’s only a few main beaches, and they are all incredible…

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A day trip over to “Gem Island” is a must…

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And the Snorkeling is absolutely incredible…

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Pulau Kapas also brings some incredible views during afternoon and sunset….

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Thank you Pulau Kapas for being the most beautiful and relaxing island in Malaysia.  I’ll be back soon!

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Video: 3 Years of Travel in 3 Minutes (Lessons and Adventures)

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Awhile ago I discovered this awesome company called High On Life.  I found my way over to their youtube channel, and must have watched at least a dozen of their videos.  These guys are truly an inspiration.  What started out as just some friends who started out making youtube videos, has turned into a successful travel, music, video, and clothing company.  Check out their full story here.

3 Years of Travel in 3 Minutes easily one of their most popular videos, and once you watch it — you’ll understand why.

“What does it feel like to be present? To be here in the now and fully experiencing this moment. Free from any weight of the past or any anticipation of the future. Just free. Free to realize that only you can control how you feel. About anything. Free to see things for what they are and free to give your time and energy to what really matters.
Accept the fact that everything that makes up your world is there because you attracted it with your own thoughts. Realize that you can control your thoughts and emotions. There’s no big secret. Just choose to think better feeling thoughts. Listen to your emotions and chose to feel good. You can decide to be in a place of attraction and abundance.
What do you want to do in your life? What makes you tick? What makes you feel awe? Don’t be misled into thinking that you’re supposed to do anything. You are supposed to do only what you chose to do. The world is vast and full of possibilities. Follow your bliss. Get out of your comfort zone. Stop looking for reasons why you can’t and look for reasons why you can.”  [divider]

This is just one of their videos.  If you liked it (which I’m sure you did), then make sure to check out more of their stuff on their youtube channel.

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Eat, Move, Learn: 3 Videos That Will Cause Serious Wanderlust

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STA Travel is one of my favorite airline companies for finding cheap flights for students and people under the age of 26.  In the past couple years, I’ve found a few other resources that I like a little bit more now, but it’s still an amazing company.  I remember seeing these youtube videos awhile ago, and thought I would share them for those who haven’t seen them.  Each of them is only a minute long, and will make you want to pack your bags and MOVE, EAT, and LEARN = WANDERLUST

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The Wild and Wonderful Algarve

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When I decided to have my holiday in the Algarve, I had a bit of a preconceived notion about it. After all, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. I expected it to be pretty, but spoiled by hordes of tourists. I definitely did not expect to have the time of my life.

Where Is It?
The Algarve is a region and a stretch of coast in southern Portugal. Golden beaches, clear ocean waves, bright sun and dramatic cliffs create the stunning landscape of the region. Inland, the beaches give way to cooler green hills filled with remnants of history, as well as picturesque towns and castles.

Fun at the Beach

 
Of course, a great beach holiday was my first priority. And boy, did the Algarve deliver! The waters of the Atlantic are influenced by the warmer waters of the Mediterranean. Beautiful golden sandy coves dot the area between steep limestone cliffs. If I had been just lying there for two weeks tanning with a drink in one hand, wading into the water for an occasional swim, it would still have been an excellent holiday. However, the beach had much more to offer. I wanted to learn how to surf, but quickly discovered I had no talent. I heard from diving enthusiasts that there are some pretty good diving locations in the area, as well as schools for beginners. My hosts at the Robinson Club helped me start off on my active holiday in the Algarve.
 
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Sailing and Dolphin Watching

The waters of the Algarve are rich in wildlife; and if there are cuter denizens of the ocean than dolphins, then I haven’t met them yet. So, when I saw an offer for a dolphin watching tour, I just couldn’t pass. The tour itself was interesting, taking us past many interesting rock formations and grottos. And yes, we saw schools of bottle nose dolphins! I was beyond excited. There’s a marine park nearby with dolphin and seal shows that I’ve heard great things about, but personally I thought it was way more thrilling to see them in their natural habitat.

Head Inland for Hiking or a Jeep Safari

I do love the hot weather and the beach, but I had heard great things about the hills in the area. And, true enough, they turned out to be a charming and refreshing break from the beach life routine. The nature of the hills is amazing and lush. I found that the best way to explore is to hike along the old pilgrimage route called Via Algarviana, but I also heard that off-roading on a jeep safari is fun too, and you get a good value for money. There are many traces of the Moorish culture, like romantic mills and castles all around. My absolute favorite was the old fortress atop the beautiful historic town of Silves.
The two weeks I spent in this gorgeous corner of Portugal seemed to fly by. I feel like there is much more to explore and discover in the Algarve, and I can’t wait to go back!

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