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Most Recommended Destinations To Get Married

people getting married with red carpet and wedding ring

Ever think of saying ‘I do’ and exchange your vows in unfamiliar place that is not your home country? Well, it is not uncommon for some couples to propose, get married, and have honeymoon abroad. Some of couples choose it because they want to experience different settings for such memorable moment in their life, making it even more memorable. Even though it might take a lot more preparations, it is possible for you to get married in one of romantic destinations in the world. 

Choosing ideal destination to get married

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There are many things you can consider when choosing the most ideal place to get married. You may consider your budget, your time availability, travel style, accommodations, etc. To help you look for the best recommendations, here are several ideal places for you to get married:

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a very well-known destinations for any type of travel, including romantic getaway. This island is often called paradise island because of its unmatched beauty of nature. There are also so many sacred temples here which indicate the strong religion and culture. In Bali, you will get a little bit of everything from romance, intimacy, culture, luxury, and relaxation. You can opt for high end or low-key wedding in Bali depending on your preference. You can book a place next to green rice field, beaches, or even volcanoes. 

Thailand

Thailand is another southeast country that also has remarkable beauty of nature. Hence, it is recommended to be chosen as a place to get married by many couples. You can marry next to the stunning beaches or magical waterfalls. In fact, you can do it within lush jungle with wildlife as the witness of your eternal vow. It is also said that getting married in Thailand is relatively more affordable than in most of other countries. You can book one of the resorts or local companies to help you arrange your wedding smoothly. 

Fiji

This is said to be the place where the happiest people on Earth live. Exchanging vows on the shore of the Pacific surrounded by tall palms will only create magical settings. Celebrate your union with our life partner with mesmerizing Fijian choir filling the air. You can also have a traditional Fijian fire dancing ceremony to be performed during your wedding ceremony. Fijian people are known to be great at hospitality, where they love to help others. You can work with local companies or book local resorts to help you arrange your wedding ceremonies. They will help you get the best wedding ever. 

New Caledonia

It is a best place to get married if you and your partner have kind of different vision. This place has a little bit of everything, allow you and your partner to enjoy your different preferences. This place is also known as the French Riviera of the South Pacific. It is an island that offers the best of European and Pacific Island. You can get married at one of its stunning beaches, along with European sophistication and culture to complete it. 

Know more about Mola – mola, the main diving attraction in Bali.

Mola mola is part of the molidae family, and it’s the 2nd largest bony fish species. Adult mola mola is usually 1.8m long from head to tail and about 2.5m long from fin to fin. Even though mola mola have a big size, they actually are harmless to humans, you can safely dive near the fish. Mola mola mostly eat plankton, small fishes and jellyfish, so you dont have to be afraid around them. Currently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed mola mola as “Vulnerable” because they can easily get in trouble if they mistakenly eat plastic bag instead of jellyfish. Mola mola are endangered mostly by bycatch, because they can be catched by mistake when fishermen try to catch other fish.

Where can you find mola mola in Bali?

multiple mola mola sighting in nusa penida
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If you want the best experience of seeing the mola mola, you have to go diving into the open sea. Because mola mola is hard to be kept at an aquarium because the size of the fish is really big. If you’re set on diving with mola mola, you can find them across south-east coast of Bali, in the Lombok Strait, and especially on the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. They are most commonly seen alone or in groups of two or three. They can be found at depths ranging from 6 meters to 65 meters. 

What’s the best time to see the mola mola?

Mola mola actually live at seas near bali all year round, but it lives on the deep seas so we cant see them. They usually move to the surface when the sea temperature is colder, usually in around July to November. With a little luck, we can occasionally encounter ten on the same dive on the same site in this area. 

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How to safely encounter mola mola when diving

mola mola getting cleaned by the angelfish
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If you want to look at mola mola when they are in the cleaning station there is a code of conduct that everyone has to follow. Previously, overly aggressive divers on Nusa Lembongan / Nusa Penida repeatedly evicted sunfish from their cleaning stations during October 2004 and August 2005. Sunfish spent far less time near the coast as a result of these interactions, and divers saw many fewer sightings as a result. This cleaning process is important for the survival of the mola mola, that’s because their body is full of parasites. That’s why mola mola came to the cleaning station. To get their body cleaned by the hungry angelfish that’s eating the parasites that live in the body of the mola mola.

If you want to have a experience diving to meet the mola – mola while you’re in bali, it’s best for you go with a diving center that respect the code of conduct.

The Best Meat Dishes For Meat Lovers

This article is not for vegan or vegetarian because we are going to talk about meat dishes. Well, the majority of people around the world love eating meat; beef, pork, chicken, etc. There is that kind of flavor that only meat has. Meats also bring many benefits to our body since they are high in protein. However, make sure that you still eat other important nutrients from other type of foods aside from meats. 

Friends making barbecue and having lunch in the nature.

Meet these best meat dishes that taste heavenly

If you are meat lover, you know how many best dishes out there made with or of high quality meat. Not only that, some of them use authentic, traditional cooking method that make the flavor even more enhanced. And here are several best meat dishes you must try:

Picanha 

Picanha 

This is a popular meat dish in Brazil. It is such a highly priced fresh cut of beef many people in America also love. However, it is called sirloin cap in the US. Meanwhile, it is called rump cap in the UK. Whatever the name is, it is a very flavorful meat dish deserve a try. Picanha is the cut of beef situated on the back of side of the animal, specifically above the butt. It is considered one of the best cuts because it sits on a fat cap. Picanha is mostly used to make churrasco where the meat is grilled the sliced off of a skewer. 

Shish Kebab

Grilled skewers of vegetatbles and various meat

Kebab is already a popular meat dish in the world. With its rising popularity, kebab has been a favorite dish to enjoy anytime. One of the most delicious kebab is Shish Kebab which consists of pieces of meat on a skewer and then is grilled over a fire. Ingredients to marinate the meat include lemon juice, olive oil, cinnamon, milk, yogurt, allspice, and more spices. Authentic Shish kebab doesn’t add vegetables to the skewer. It is the modern version that adding vegetables to enhance its visual. 

Keftedakia

Spicy bifteki, frikadelle or frikkadel meatballs with minced beef and lamb with pita bread, tzatziki dip, vegetables salad and French fries. Greek meatballs keftedes or Keftedakia.

This meat dish is originated in Greece and has been loved by Greek for generations. This dish consists of meatballs made from combination of ground pork and beefs, as well as eggs, breadcrumbs, and stale bread. It is then seasoned with pepper, dill, parsley, and oregano. The meatballs are in pretty small size and fried in olive oil. You can top the meatballs with butter and lemon juice to enrich the flavor. This is such a versatile dish because it can be consumed as a snack, main course, and even appetizer. 

Phanaeng Curry

Thai style Red curry with Beef menu or Thai name is panaeng neur. Beef menu with coconut milk.Panaeng Curry with Pork on Wooden table

Curry is a popular meat dish that has been made into wide variation across the globe. And one of the most delicious is Phanaeng Curry, which is a variety of Thai curry with thick texture and salty-sweet peanut flavor. This dish consists of meat stewed with dried chilies, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, cilantro, cumin, shallots, garlic, peanuts, and lemongrass. The meat used to make Phanaeng include beef, duck, or chicken. There is no vegetable added into the original version of Phanaeng curry.

Sailing Trip Indonesia, A Great Way To Dive

is diving and sailing a good combination? We’re frequently asked to plan sailing adventures that combine diving or, sailing-related diving recollections, or diving and sailing memories. We’ll go through what to consider if you’re planning to dive every day with a sailing boat transporting you from dive site to dive site. Indonesia is the world’s largest island nation, and it is home to both gorgeous beaches and thriving marine life. Enjoying the beauty of nature, diving, snorkeling or fishing can be done in one trip through a sailing trip Indonesia.

undercover underwater, Sailing Trip Indonesia, A Great Way To Dive

The best diving spots along the sailing trip Indonesia

The most popular spot to dive is in West Nusa Tenggara is Komodo. Not only is it the land of dragons, but the Pacific and Indian Oceans surround it, providing an infinite supply of sea creatures. Going on a liveaboard is a fantastic way to learn about what lies beneath the waves. For those who are unfamiliar, it is a type of cruise where you can sleep in. Unlike cruises, however, you have the opportunity to dive or swim in the water every day and see marine life in all of its splendour. After 4 or 11 days aboard, you’ll have plenty of stories to tell about your diving cruise Indonesia vacations

During your holiday in West Nusa Tenggara, luxury liveaboard Indonesia brings you to explore many of the best spots. 

Manta Alley

When you arrive at Manta Alley, dozens of manta rays will line up in front, above, and behind you. Manta Alley is a group of small rocky islets located a short distance from the main island. Manta rays can be found practically all year in numerous locations surrounding these rocks. The dive begins on a shallow reef near the beach, where you may expect a strong to moderate drift dive. Mantas can often be spotted right in the shallows, so keep your eyes wide open when you enter the water. The only way to get to this location is to walk along the beach.

two manta rays - sailing trip raja ampat

The Manta Alley dive location is located on a beautiful and pristine coral reef where you can dive with multiple mantas in one dive. On a nice day, up to 50 mantas may be present. Manta Rays use this location for mating and cleaning, with little wrasse and butterfly fish removing parasites from the mantas. 

The cleaning station is around 20 meters from the rocks, where they meet a white sandy bottom, and it’s a fantastic sight to witness mantas gliding into them. Though manta rays are the main draw, Manta Alley is also home to a diverse range of marine life, including reef sharks, schools of trevallies, and enormous wrasses. The corals are very stunning and diverse, making this a fantastic location for marine life photography. Divers will have greater opportunities to swim with numerous manta rays during the rainy season, which runs from December to March.

Diving with Sharks in Raja Ampat

This time, a sailing trip Indonesia will take you to see the amazing underwater world in Papua, Raja Ampat. 

Diving with white tip reef shark

white tip reef shark

One of the sharks commonly seen in Raja Ampat is the white tip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus). During the day, they can be seen resting on sandy bottoms or hiding in caves. They don’t need to move to breathe, unlike most of their cousins, and instead pump water through their gills. Their elongated, narrow body, skin flaps on the sides of their snouts, and, of course, the white tip on their dorsal fins and upper tail lobe make them instantly identifiable. They spend their nights hunting, so if they appear to be lethargic during the day, it’s because they are!

Black Tip Reef Sharks Raja Ampat

Blacktip reef ocean shark swimming in tropical underwaters.

The black tip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is one of Raja Ampat’s most common sharks. They tend to congregate near the reef and tend to stay in the same location. They feature a bright white band on the side, a white belly, and black tips with white borders on all of their fins. It’s difficult to mix them up!

Approaching black tips is tough since they are exceedingly shy. Allow them to come to you! Keep their trajectory clear by avoiding noise and movements. They’ll most likely continue along the reef and pass right next to you! Just look at their interested expressions.

Raja Ampat’s Grey Reef Sharks

Grey Reef Sharks

The grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) is Raja Ampat’s most imposing “shark-like” animal. They have a more robust build and bolder activity than the other sharks seen here, even though they are usually under 2 meters long. Their dark tail and lack of color on the dorsal fin will also help you identify them. They enjoy swimming in strong currents on reef drop-offs and hunting in large schools of fish.

The grey reef shark is a fascinating creature. They may arrive to observe divers, swimming parallel to the group or returning and forth. It’s possible that ten grey reefs you spotted during your dive were all the same! If they feel threatened, they can adopt an intimidating posture by hunching their shoulders or swinging their arms from side to side. Go away calmly while keeping an eye on the shark!

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Must-Visit Temples In Bali To Be In Your Itinerary

Bali is island that is also said to have the element of paradise. It is so full of life while still delivering the tranquility full of wonder. Bali is also famous for its temples dotting around the coasts and highlands. They are sacred and mostly old-centuries architectures. Aside from beautiful architectures what makes temples in Bali more beautiful is majestic backdrops provided by Mother Nature. Bali is now opened for tourists from 19 countries. And if you plan on visiting Bali in the near future, here are recommendations of temples you must put in your itinerary:

tanah lot temple bali
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Tanah Lot Temple

This is one of the best temples in Bali because of its unique location. It is an ancient Hindu temple located offshore. It perfectly sits on top of an outcrop amidst accompanied by crashing waves from the Indian ocean. It is about forty minutes drive from Kuta. Its opening hours is from 7 am to 7 pm. Most people visit this temple during sunset. However, you can also do it early in the morning to enjoy morning breeze from the ocean along with the sunrise. 

Uluwatu Temple

This temple also serves beautiful view of the ocean. However, it is located on top of the cliff, which makes it more interesting and beautiful. It sits 70 meters above the crashing waves. With its elevated perch, you can see broader seascapes from this temple. Surrounding the temple is gray long-tailed macaques inhabiting the dense forest. Its opening hour is from 9am to 6pm. During sunset hours, you may get to enjoy Ramayana ballet or kecak shows from the perfect viewpoint here. 

Goa Gajah Temple

This is one of the most unique temples in Bali due to its complex architecture and historical significance in general. Goa Gajah means Elephant Cave. However, do not expect for elephant here. This temple was built in 11th century and contains meditating spaces and stone idols. The inside of this temple is very interesting because you will find many historical significance such as gallery of stone relics, ancient bathing pool, statues of nymphs, and many more. Its opening hour is from 8am to 4pm.

Tirta Empul Temple

This is a national cultural heritage site that dates back to 960 AD during Warmadewa dynasty, the old Balinese Kingdom. Tirta Empul means holy spring water which actually describe the setting. There is water source located within the temple flowing into purification baths, pools,  fish ponds and the Tukad Pakerisan River nearby. Its opening hour is from 9am to 5pm. 

Besakih Temple

It is often referred to as Bali’s mother temple. Over 70 celebrations are held every year here. It is a grand complex of different clan temples and shrines. Each shrine has its own anniversary so that’s why there are so many celebrations each year here. The most popular and most visited complex include Pura Penataan Agung, Pura Pengubengan, and Pura Pasimpangan. To visit the temple, you need to wear sarongs or sashes as they are the compulsory attires. Its opening hour is from 8am to 5pm.

Komodo Island Trip Guide

The island of Komodo is a paradise for visitors wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali. Experience things like hiking through beautiful scenery, swimming with manta rays and turtles, relaxing on a pink beach, and sailing on the calmest of seas. There is an urgent need for additional information about booking a Komodo Island boat tour excursion to this island. A Komodo island trip has become a must-do event. There is a demand for information on which boat tour to Komodo Island is best for you. 

Komodo Island Trip Guide
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You must travel by boat to tour Komodo! Komodo island boat tours are a great isolating encounter with privacy and distance. Komodo island boat tour offers you the option of taking a dip in the ocean whenever you want.

What to look for when choosing a Komodo island boat tour?

  • Type of tour: private of open trip
  • Type of boat: standard/yacht
  • Cabin: private/sharing
  • Hot Water
  • Internet connection
  • Air-conditioning
  • Destinations
  • Price
private cabin komodo island trip
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When looking for a Komodo island trip in Indonesia, you’ll find a variety of possibilities. Usually, they don’t always specify the sort of boat that will be used.

It’s crucial to understand the sort of boat being utilized. It will give you an idea of the amenities, the number of people, cabin style, and the size of the boat you’ll be traveling and sleeping on. 

A smaller boat without air conditioning and minimum amenities (no hot water), as well as no individual cabins.

Standard boat with air conditioning: A smaller boat with only shared rooms and minimum amenities (no hot water). This is suitable for both public and private excursions.

It is highly popular to travel the Komodo Islands while staying on a boat! This service is now offered by hundreds of tour firms and providers. Now so many Komodo boat tour companies, and there will be a few terrible ones among the many good ones. No need to stay on board for one day, Komodo island visits will be on a different boat. For individuals who prefer the amenities of a hotel and suffer from severe motion sickness on boats, Komodo island boat tour are a perfect option.

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Should You Travel More Or Less Often?

Travel brings you experiences you may never have from other occasions such as schooling or working. It brings you a sense of freedom in some ways, making you braver to try out new different things from what you usually do at home. It helps you bring out your new version because you feel like nobody would judge even if you act silly. However, travel costs a lot and sometimes, it puts your safety at risk. So what should you do? Travel more or less often?

The purpose of travel

People travel for different purposes. Some people want to unwind their minds, relieve stress, or just spend their money to something that can help them feel happier. If you think travel more makes you feel happier and satisfied, you find some purposes through it then why not traveling even more often. However, if it affects you badly from mental, financial, to physical then maybe you should do it only from time to time. However, there are benefits of travel more you may want to know, such as:

Gain positive mood

Being stuck in daily routines can make you feel like you stay in the same place over and over again. It can results in burnout, making you feel excessive fatigue, endless stress, and lack of motivation. Hence, it is great to travel more often for you to relieve those stress, and uplift your mood significantly. Instead of traveling once a year, you may do it more by traveling twice or thrice a year and see is you feel better that way. 

Get more perspectives

Sometimes, it is important for you to seek out inspiration rather than waiting for it to come to you. Travelling can inspire you to do many things. It is because travels expose you to different things, make you see things from many different perspectives. It helps you get out of your comfort zone, making you able to think widely. By meeting new people, you gain more information and knowledge that may be useful later in your life. 

Create more memories to share

Travel allows you to create more memories. Even if you visit the same place twice, the story might be different especially if you have a purpose in mind. You can also create your own adventure that will be meaningful to you. Maybe someday, your story may inspire other people around you. Sharing stories of your adventures can be meaningful to others too since they can learn something new as well. 

Develop new skills

Travel can be unpredictable. Hence, the more you travel, the more things you learn. You may encounter various problems and eventually, you will become better at solving problems even if they come unexpectedly to your life. You may also develop other skills such as new language, politics, history, sociology, geography, and many more. By traveling, your brain becomes more active. You keep getting curious and creative because you are exposed to unfamiliar places, different languages, and cultures, etc. You may not find those learning opportunities at home.

What To Prepare Before Komodo Island Diving

They call Komodo island diving a paradise for lovers of diving activities. We do not deny, diving on the island of Komodo is the dream of domestic and international divers. Many interesting facts that we can find before doing scuba diving Komodo.

Komodo Island Diving and the disappearance of foreign divers

Komodo Island Diving and the disappearance of foreign divers

Diving is very fun because you can see the amazing underwater scenery, which you can not find on land. Domestic and foreign divers flock to Komodo island just to dive.

Have you ever heard of a foreign diver who went missing while diving on the island of Komodo? Why do divers go missing? This is one thing you should know as a diving lover.

Beginner diver with no experience

Beginner diver with no experience

There are many beginner divers who get their certificates right before diving on Komodo island. Most hear that the underwater scenery of Komodo Island is very beautiful and amazing. Then they came and took the dive package.

In fact, foreign divers do not know the underwater conditions in the Komodo islands. Without proper information about the condition of the dive spot, it will be very dangerous. The undercurrent in the Flores islands is quite strong and can even be so strong that it can be dangerous for divers.

Most foreign beginner divers are not given information that the currents on Komodo Island can be very strong. They also have not received sufficient education on how to save themselves from strong underwater currents. As a result? Many foreign divers are carried away by the current and even lost.

Things you should pay attention to before doing Komodo diving:

  • Don’t dive without a guide
  • Learn how to save yourself from strong currents
  • Don’t be far from the guide when diving
  • Learn all the rules before the dive
  • Do dives in dive spots that match your diving certificate level

Scuba diving Komodo spots for beginners

Telling the truth before doing Komodo island diving would be better to prevent bad things. Don’t be tempted to dive at the dive spots on the island of Komodo with spectacular views. The operator will certainly offer dive spots with views that are no less interesting for beginner divers. All the dive spots on the island of Komodo are very beautiful. This is why diving spots in Komodo National Park are very popular for those of you who want to explore the underwater world.

Travel Trends To Anticipate In 2021

Things You’d Better Leave Out Of Carry-On Bag For Travel

Travel in 2020 looked really different from the years prior. Many things happened such as travel restriction, travel bans, whole new travel policies, etc. Safety has become the main concern when it comes to travel but with covid-19 it rises to another level. Most people prefer to stay at home for safety reasons. However, no one can deny that they have missed being outside. People are now starting to plan for their future travel such as preparing for the budget and adding new destinations to their bucket list.

What to anticipate of travel in 2021

In 2021, there are trends you can anticipate, such as:

People are becoming more eager to travel locally. It is such a good thing because you don’t really have to go travel across the world to fully experience being outside of your home and have fun. During the pandemic, people started to be creative with their travel ideas such as hiking to their nearest their home or camping in the closest mountain to their own home. 

It also follow the trend of people being more outdoorsy travelers. With how the global pandemic hit in 2020, people have been craving more and more to the outdoor activities and destinations. This is also a good thing because then people will no longer coop up inside four walls establishment but explore the outside more. This can promote healthy lifestyle as well since outdoor travel allows you to get some fresh air and staying physically active. 

The way travel industry works will be different in the years to come. The procedures will be more tighter to ensure everyone is safe. It is predicted that some of the shifts caused by the impact of global pandemic in 2020 will stay remain. For example, social distancing rules, practicing good hygiene, and cleaning procedures policies in hotels and other accommodations. It is to help bring out more spirit and energy for people who have been too scared to go outside anymore. It will ensure them the protection they need. 

The vaccines have brought hope and optimism to everyone around the world especially travelers. It is predicted that in 2021 and years to come, performing arts in travel industry will rise positively. Many people have been craving for full experience of watching quality performance after experiencing it only through digital platform. Full live performance in travel industry will hit at full force. 

Travel-related infrastructure will be upgraded significantly. The number of travelers have boarded trains and planes have decreased since the past year. However, it means that projects in travel-related infrastructure could be sped up. Some projects have been started to ensure that the future travel will be better. 

There is a shift when it comes to bucket list. In 2021, it seems that people have started revising their bucket list since they realized that they don’t really have time in the world to travel many places. Hence, people start crossing destinations off their bucket lists that are the closest to their reach. People have started to prioritize local destinations.

What Not To Do When You Are In A Vacation Rental

Choosing vacation rental for your stay during your holiday can be a great idea. It has everything you need from comfy bedroom to useful kitchen. It is even better if the house is big and can fit all your travel buddies. It is considered better than booking several hotel rooms. However, it is also important that you treat it not like your own house where you can freely do what you want. Many travelers make common mistakes when staying in a vacation rental and you could be one too. 

Avoid these common mistakes during your stay in vacation rental

Ignoring or forgetting the sheet of instructions the host left you. The note can help you save time because then you don’t have to ask many questions again. You can carefully and thoroughly read the note to avoid any unnecessary issues later. You don’t have to figure out yourself how to work with the system of the house. Just check the note and see the instructions there. 

Using the dishes without washing them first. It is understandable if you do it in hotel room because you believe the housekeeping keep everything clean and usable. However, the protocol is different with a vacation rental. You don’t know if the host or the previous guests washed the dishes well. Even if the dishes look clean, avoid using them right away unless you wash them first. It aims to guarantee cleanliness. 

Forgetting to save your host’s contact information offline. In today’s fashion of travel and accommodation, physical interaction is limited. However, that doesn’t mean you should limit the connection totally. Always save your host’s contact information such as phone number and email. Always save your vacation rental’s address and its direction. Also, save the code of the door or where you can find the keys. Make sure every information stays with you to avoid unnecessary problem later.

Losing your vacation rental’s key. In most cases, vacation rentals use a lockbox code. However, there are some of them that still use old-fashioned key. It has higher risk of being lost or forgotten. If you happen to rent a house with key, make sure not to lose it. Also it is best to ask your hose several keys so each of your travel buddies can have it to avoid being locked out. Losing a key can cause a big trouble especially if there is no locksmith nearby. 

Be mindful with how you act. Make sure to not do anything that can damage the property or disturb the neighbor. Throwing party can cause you to lose your security deposit. You may face a big fine from the agency. Also, do not forget to pay for the rental fee before checking out. It is often that travelers leave the  house without completing their deposit first and most of the time is because they forget to do so. Hence, set a reminder to inform you about the deposit. 

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