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MY TRIP TO BALI

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Ever since my trip to Hong Kong a few years ago I had been wanting to make another trip to Asia. Although HK was a really cool experience, it is very westernized and I didn’t feel too out of my comfort zone, which is what I was seeking. Last year, I had thrown out Bali, Indonesia, as the destination point for my next vacation and was able to make that a reality this year. After 4 years of not taking a legitimate vacation, I pulled the trigger and purchased a plane ticket to the beautiful island. More importantly, I was happy to be able to make this trip a reality with some of my best friends, Alyssa, and Marilyn.

Ever since my trip to Hong Kong a few years ago I had been wanting to make another trip to Asia. Although HK was a really cool experience, it is very westernized and I didn’t feel too out of my comfort zone, which is what I was seeking. Last year, I had thrown out Bali, Indonesia, as the destination point for my next vacation and was able to make that a reality this year. After 4 years of not taking a legitimate vacation, I pulled the trigger and purchased a plane ticket to the beautiful island. More importantly, I was happy to be able to make this trip a reality with some of my best friends, Alyssa, and Marilyn.

There were a lot of personal things that felt like obstacles in my life leading up to this trip, but the moment that I stepped onto that plane with my girls it all seemed to slip away. I cannot express how grateful I am to be surrounded by so many beautiful women that I can call my friends. There is nothing better than being able to create and share great travel memories. It’s true what they say: friends that travel together stay together.

There were a lot of personal things that felt like obstacles in my life leading up to this trip, but the moment that I stepped onto that plane with my girls it all seemed to slip away. I cannot express how grateful I am to be surrounded by so many beautiful women that I can call my friends. There is nothing better than being able to create and share great travel memories. It’s true what they say: friends that travel together stay together.

We had an idea of all of the places we wanted to visit and experience within Bali; if you want to do everything on your list the best way is to arrange to have a driver to take you around. We were lucky to have our trusted driver, Norman, take us everywhere and put up with all of our shenanigans.

We had an idea of all of the places we wanted to visit and experience within Bali; if you want to do everything on your list the best way is to arrange to have a driver to take you around. We were lucky to have our trusted driver, Norman, take us everywhere and put up with all of our shenanigans.

We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta for the first 5 days of our trip and absolutely loved the perks. We especially loved the complimentary breakfast buffet every morning and our bartender friends, Maha and Billy. Kuta is known for its nightlife, which was a quick walk or taxi ride from the hotel. If you choose to take a taxi definitely do this through the app Bluebird Taxi. We were feeling a bit adventurous so we did get scootered around a few nights, but fair warning: don't have your cell phones out because you risk having them stolen. While there we hit up Poppies Lane, which is a strip of several lounges and clubs in the heart of Kuta. It was a great way to start our trip!

We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta for the first 5 days of our trip and absolutely loved the perks. We especially loved the complimentary breakfast buffet every morning and our bartender friends, Maha and Billy. Kuta is known for its nightlife, which was a quick walk or taxi ride from the hotel. If you choose to take a taxi definitely do this through the app Bluebird Taxi. We were feeling a bit adventurous so we did get scootered around a few nights, but fair warning: don't have your cell phones out because you risk having them stolen. While there we hit up Poppies Lane, which is a strip of several lounges and clubs in the heart of Kuta. It was a great way to start our trip!

I might have intended to find myself in Bali but part of, “finding yourself” can sometimes mean you have to lose yourself a bit, right? haha...That being said I took full advantage of going out several nights. One of my favorite places had to have been  Motel Mexicola  in Seminyak. I absolutely loved the ambiance and the crowd. I met a great group of girls there from Singapore and Australia and my favorite Aussie, Luke, who I rallied with for a few nights! He and his friends were staying at a villa in Canggu and showed us a few spots to hit up in that area. One of the nights we started off at  Old Man’s  and as soon as that place made the last call most headed down to the end of the road (literally!) where we ended the night dancing at the beach. It was so unreal and definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

I might have intended to find myself in Bali but part of, “finding yourself” can sometimes mean you have to lose yourself a bit, right? haha...That being said I took full advantage of going out several nights. One of my favorite places had to have been Motel Mexicola in Seminyak. I absolutely loved the ambiance and the crowd. I met a great group of girls there from Singapore and Australia and my favorite Aussie, Luke, who I rallied with for a few nights! He and his friends were staying at a villa in Canggu and showed us a few spots to hit up in that area. One of the nights we started off at Old Man’s and as soon as that place made the last call most headed down to the end of the road (literally!) where we ended the night dancing at the beach. It was so unreal and definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

Some of the activities we all wanted to do were white water rafting and exploring on ATVs. We were actually able to do both in Ubud on one of the days. We started off with white water rafting and screamed and laughed through every minute of the bumpy ride. In the excursion down the river we met another tourist named Ashley who was super sweet and probably thought we were absolutely ridiculous. Bali is definitely a highly visited spot by tourists and I have to say that this was one of my favorite aspects of the trip. Meeting people from all over the world was so much fun and I still keep in contact with a few. We’ve even made plans to meet up and potentially coordinate to link up for other vacations.

Some of the activities we all wanted to do were white water rafting and exploring on ATVs. We were actually able to do both in Ubud on one of the days. We started off with white water rafting and screamed and laughed through every minute of the bumpy ride. In the excursion down the river we met another tourist named Ashley who was super sweet and probably thought we were absolutely ridiculous. Bali is definitely a highly visited spot by tourists and I have to say that this was one of my favorite aspects of the trip. Meeting people from all over the world was so much fun and I still keep in contact with a few. We’ve even made plans to meet up and potentially coordinate to link up for other vacations.

There are a lot of shopping opportunities everywhere in Bali, the vendor shops in Kuta and the Ubud market are where you can score some great finds like the ratan circle bags.

There are a lot of shopping opportunities everywhere in Bali, the vendor shops in Kuta and the Ubud market are where you can score some great finds like the ratan circle bags.

One of the great things about Bali is that everything is reasonably priced. We all could easily eat a complete Balinese meal and a few drinks for under thirty dollars. The shopping was great, and of course nothing beats an in-home hour-long massage for ten dollars.

One of the great things about Bali is that everything is reasonably priced. We all could easily eat a complete Balinese meal and a few drinks for under thirty dollars. The shopping was great, and of course nothing beats an in-home hour-long massage for ten dollars.

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Entrance into  Motel Mexicola .

Entrance into Motel Mexicola.

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A unique and insta-worthy activity to do while visiting is taking pictures at the famous swings. There are several locations that you are able to take these scenic pictures, but our driver advised that  Aloha Ubud Swings  was one of the safer and better known locations.

A unique and insta-worthy activity to do while visiting is taking pictures at the famous swings. There are several locations that you are able to take these scenic pictures, but our driver advised that Aloha Ubud Swings was one of the safer and better known locations.

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We of course needed to feel like we had gotten a bit cultured in our trip and were sure to make time to visit some temples. We woke up super early and waited in line for three hours in order to get this epic picture at Pura Lempuyang Luhur. Towards the end of the trip one of the temples we visited was Pura Tirta Empul where we felt purified under the holy water.

We of course needed to feel like we had gotten a bit cultured in our trip and were sure to make time to visit some temples. We woke up super early and waited in line for three hours in order to get this epic picture at Pura Lempuyang Luhur. Towards the end of the trip one of the temples we visited was Pura Tirta Empul where we felt purified under the holy water.

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Coincidentally my friends, Milu and Louie, where in Ubud while we were staying there and of course we had to meet up. We planned a day at the Monkey Forest and took all of the advised precautions to be sure we didn’t upset them.

Coincidentally my friends, Milu and Louie, where in Ubud while we were staying there and of course we had to meet up. We planned a day at the Monkey Forest and took all of the advised precautions to be sure we didn’t upset them.

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View from  The Lawn  in Canggu.

View from The Lawn in Canggu.

To put it simply, this place is an absolute paradise that delivers on so many dream vacation wishes. The people were lovely and the memories were unforgettable.

To put it simply, this place is an absolute paradise that delivers on so many dream vacation wishes. The people were lovely and the memories were unforgettable.