Traveloka, Your Handy Online Travel Agency

Hello everyone!

Travelling can be daunting for some people because of the amount of time and effort put into planning one single trip. I still remember the first time I set off on my first solo adventure. Granted, it was memorable, but the preparation process was tedious especially since it was my first time travelling alone to Seoul. I had to pore over tens of thousands of reviews just to ensure that my time and money would be well-spent in a country which I had never been to.

Who knew planning something that's supposed to be enjoyable could be SO STRESSFUL?

Who knew planning something that’s supposed to be enjoyable could be SO STRESSFUL?

There is certainly a lot to consider when going on a holiday. Furthermore, my hectic schedule and me feeling perpetually lethargic after work usually meant that I would always end up having a half-baked itinerary and paying more for any tickets, no thanks to my procrastination. Hence, the temptation to simply walk into a brick-and-mortar travel agency to book a tour package (and have my itinerary be at their mercy *sighs at the thought of having to wake up at 7am every day during my supposedly holiday*) has always been strong within me.

But nowadays, plenty of online all-in-one travel agencies have been sprouting out everywhere to assist us with planning a smooth trip. Since the emergence of such sites, a great deal of my time has been saved. Rather than visiting each and every airline website and blogs (and seriously, comprehensive blog reviews about anything are a rare find these days..) to compare and verify prices, almost everything that requires payment or reservation in advance can now be done altogether at one place – at the lowest prices available at time of booking. One of such online travel agencies that have helped me heaps over the years is Traveloka.

Traveloka site interface

Traveloka site interface

Available in both desktop and mobile applications, Traveloka is an online travel company that works its magic remotely. They come out as the main platform to find cheap air tickets now or whenever when you feel like it. Initially only offering airline ticketing and hotel booking services, it has now evolved into a one-stop shop for all your travel necessities. That’s right – ALL. Sounds a little too ambitious, eh?

Like you, when I first received news about their new site (and app) features, I had my doubts so I did some snooping around. Indeed, buttons linking to different products ranging from flights, hotels, experience (basically attractions and fun activities you can find in your holiday destination), car rentals, airport transfers, villas and apartments are shown on the app and website. Gone will be the days when you have multiple tabs opened on your browser while planning your trip. You literally only need ONE app now to complete your itinerary, and this will take like what, 30 minutes tops? No wonder physical travel agencies are going out of business!

With Traveloka, you don't even need a physical map to plan your holiday..

With Traveloka, you don’t even need a physical map to plan your holiday..

But let’s not dwell too much on everything and focus on just the flight booking feature which is arguably the most important part of any trip planning. For me, my period of stay is determined by the availability of the lowest priced air tickets. $100 less for return flight tickets on 26 June as compared to the price of those on 21 June? That’s it – I’m vacationing for 5 more days! (And yes, I know it doesn’t make monetary sense as a whole – this is just excuse to extend my trip 😜). It is also an open secret that flight ticket prices fluctuate a lot so in order to clinch the best deal, you really need to possess blistering high level of determination.

Searching for flight tickets to Bangkok..

Searching for flight tickets to Bangkok..

Thankfully, with the Price Alert feature on Traveloka, getting flight tickets at the lowest price possible is now attainable. This convenient feature will help to keep track of the price of your preferred flight tickets over a specified period of time. Whenever the price changes, you will be alerted so you don’t have to keep checking back. First-world solution to a first-world problem 😜 And once you have decided to part with your money, it won’t take you more than 5 minutes to complete the transaction if you have saved all your passport and card details. To speed up the booking process, Traveloka also allows you to save the passport details of more than 1 passenger! Once payment is complete, the booking details will be instantly sent to your inbox.

Price Alert feature

Price Alert feature

Oh, my bad. 5 minutes is probably an underestimation for you will probably be too caught up in exploring the myriad of activities and services (such as airport transfer for some VIP treatment) recommended to you at your checkout page. For instance, just as I was about to exit the page to concentrate on filling my itinerary after purchasing my flight tickets from Singapore to Taipei, I was bombarded with suggestions varying from Taroko Gorge tour to Kenting Discovery Dive. Other recommendations include those that are hardly talked about on travel blogs so if unorthodox travels are your sort of thing, you may want to stick around the Xperience page for some ideas!

Xperience page

Xperience page

All in all, this all-in-one app/website certainly walks the talk in my opinion – it’s convenient, efficient and cost-effective. Since my experience with them has been rather pleasant thus far, I can’t comment much on their customer service. Hence, to play safe, you may want to start small and plan a small trip abroad with them.

What do you think of the features on Traveloka? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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For more information on TAiwan, taipei flights, do visit this website.
This post was done in collaboration with Traveloka.

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Jet-Setters, Planning a Trip to Penang? Lion Air is Your Ride!

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The June holidays are just around the corner and what better way to give yourself a pat on the back for surviving the first half of 2019 than a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Singapore? Unfortunately, if taking time off during the upcoming peak season has crossed your mind only recently, you’re going to be in for a shock as prices of flight tickets to popular destinations across the board have begun to creep up. That said, an inexpensive yet fuss-free vacation is still possible – that is, if you are open to the idea of visiting the neighbours for a change! I mean, there’s always the year-end holiday for farther destinations, right? 😉

Where should the arrow be pointing to on your invisible map then, you might ask. As an avid foodie, I am inclined to suggest Penang – the Land of Pearl – because the abundant of delectable food choices (that aren’t too foreign to our taste buds, given how similar our cuisines are) makes it an absolute food haven for anyone who is looking to stuff their face and gain some meaningful kilos.

Now that you have your destination nailed down, you need to decide on the airline to take you there. Fret not, you busy bee, for I have identified the best ride for you so you wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of sifting through various platforms. Lion Air – especially through online booking – is your best bet and here’s why:

The booking process is so easy that even a blind-folded monkey can find a way to purchase a ticket 

Lion Air flight tickets are readily available for purchase through any online travel agency you can find aside from their official booking website that is already very accessible on its own. Doesn’t it annoy you to no end when limited flights are offered in certain platforms because that would mean going back to the drawing board again in some cases? With Lion Air being extremely receptive towards having their products featured on online travel booking platforms, they are everywhere now and booking flights from Singapore to Penang online will be done in a jiff! Flight tickets have never been so easy to book that even a monkey can find it!

Your pocket (and travel buddies) will thank you

Having a great selection of platforms to choose from undoubtedly leads to competition, and as consumers, we know too well that competition only benefits us because booking sites will be vying for our businesses with the lowest possible rates. This is also when you should put your university research skills to the test by comparing prices to get you the best deal in the house.

So, is this option making your pockets cheer to the heavens yet?

You will be in good hands… and it’s the perks, really!

Perhaps the airline’s main pot of gold is their very own travel insurance policy – the Lion Air Travel Insurance. What makes it different from the insurance offered by other airlines is its extensive coverage which you’d probably only see in a life insurance policy, if you ask me. From Personal Accident to 24-Hour Emergency Medical Assistance, you can be rest assured that any travel woes that come your way will be well taken care of. More details about their travel insurance can be found on their website. But I know, we’re all too lazy busy for that, so here’s a round-up:

  1. Personal Accident Benefit
  2. Accident Medical Expenses (round trip)
  3. Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation (round trip)
  4. Felonious Assault (round trip)
  5. Flight Delay
  6. Trip Cancellation
  7. Trip Curtailment (round trip)
  8. Baggage Loss & Damage
  9. Loss of Travel Documents (round trip)
  10. Personal Liability (round trip)
  11. 24-Hour Emergency Medical Assistance (round trip)

Wowzers! The airline’s sheer dedication in helping its passengers to ease the stress of travelling is jaw-dropping! I wonder how much time was spent on coming with such comprehensive policy – every single potential travel mishap seems to have been taken into consideration!

Since I’ve already done the homework for you in finding the best flight deal to Penang, no harm in helping you out with your itinerary too, right? Here, take notes – cool places to visit in Penang:

Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest

Take a break from skyscrapers and traffic and immerse yourselves in the greens and sublime tranquillity of Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest where you will get a glimpse of peaceful nature for once. The town of Bukit Mertajam is quite close by, and there is even a hiking trail where you can take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the lush greenery which is also home to many indigenous flora and fauna. Ah, the simple pleasures of life!

Escape Adventureplay

Hailed as Malaysia’s first environmentally-friendly theme park, Escape Adventureplay is one that is completely surrounded by nature. Get your adrenaline pumping with activities like zip-lining and rope bridges that would make any height-sensitive bunch feel queasy in the stomach. Extreme thrill seekers, you certainly wouldn’t want to miss this place! There are also children-friendly obstacle courses too for those who are not ready to overcome their fear of heights 😬

Mengkuang Dam

I know that in this millennial age, we have the tendency to announce to the whole world on what we do and where we go and hence, pictures need to be Instagrammable. Apart from Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest, Mengkuang Dam also provides breathtaking natural backdrops if you are planning on posting some #inspirational or #reflective pictures during your trip. Captions like “Make your heart like the ocean – with calm, still surface and great depths of kindness” can accompany a picture of the vast expanse of the lake while “The sky is the limit” can accompany one of the azure sky. 

Just kidding. Be there simply to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature, yeah?

Penang Road

No trip to Penang is complete without a walk down iconic Penang Road, at Georgetown. Like Clarke Quay and Somerset in Singapore, this is the area where you will find mouthwatering local food and street art displayed along the road on top of the mixture of nouveau-riche and quaint heritage it offers. It’s the go-to place of rendezvous for food, art and culture aficionados. Be sure to bring your camera along to snap some pictures!

Do share how your trip went and if you have other suggestions to add, feel free to drop me a comment below!

Thanks for reading!

For more information on Penang flights, do visit this website.
This post was done in collaboration with Traveloka.

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