Some destinations that see high numbers of international visitors have chosen to take measures to control the flow and to support tourism infrastructure. As such, some cities like Tokyo and Venice implemented their own versions of tourism taxes, or taxes visitors must pay at the airport or as part of airfare when visiting certain locations.
Bali, an overwhelmingly popular island destination in Indonesia, is the latest spot to plan such a tax with an announcement of an impending $10 tourism fee for visitors. The proceeds from this tax will go toward restoring and preserving the island’s environment and culture, keeping the destination in shape for the influx of visitors, which doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. (In 2018 alone, Bali welcomed 6 million visitors.) With such a purpose for this tax, government officials are confident visitors will have no objections to paying a little extra to visit Bali.
The $10 tourism tax will apply to international visitors only, and the method of collection has not yet been ironed out. It will either be added to airfare when travelers book flights to Bali or it will be collected at the airport when passengers arrive.
While the introduction date also still remains uncertain at this time, the projected 18.2 million visitors that plan to visit Bali in 2020 should count the tax as part of their travel budget.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
When a break from reality is in order, sometimes it’s best to not only escape your surroundings but also to escape your social network, including coworkers, friends, family members and even significant others. In the highly underrated world of solo travel, here are a few domestic destinations to consider for a brief solo sojourn for some ever-elusive moments of solitude.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Part of the allure of podcasts, aside from being able to listen during practically any activity, comes from the wide breadth of topics they cover. A well-informed host can teach you about any topic you can imagine. In the world of history podcasts, there are many in-depth, factual and entertaining casts to spend time with.