Cheers to my last trip of the Summer— Bali, Indonesia. This beautiful place has been at the top of my bucket list for ages and I am so grateful to have experienced the Balinese culture.
I stayed in a villa in Canggu called Puri Beji, which is about a 30 minute drive from Seminyak, which is basically where all the shopping and bars are at. The distance isn’t relatively far, but because of traffic and the narrow streets it can add time to your drive. Unless you feel comfortable driving a motorbike through the bustle and narrow streets of Bali, I suggest using the taxi services or hiring a personal driver during your stay. I promise you that the taxi services are very, very inexpensive. The most I paid was $10 USD.
Because I’m such an adventurous little warrior, no trip is complete without doing something outside my comfort zone. With that being said, my friends and I took an hour and a half trip to “Sukasada-Sambangan” (as shown on my iPhone) also known as Aling-Aling Waterfalls. Instead of going straight to the waterfall, we came upon a beautiful pool of water that fulfilled all of my oasis dreams.
Just a little hike away was a natural rockslide which I was hesitant to do at first, but I mustered up the courage and went down it. It was honestly so much fun and I know I would have regretted not going down. PRO TIP: When you’re traveling, step outside your comfort zone and do adventurous things. It makes for good stories.
One of the many things Bali is known for is their Monkey Forests and their Rice Patty Fields. Visiting the monkeys in their natural habitat was a bit frightening because they can be a bit vicious if you get in their way or make eye contact with them. However, if you’ve got a banana in your hand, you can just hold it out for them to grab and they’ll eat it!
As for the rice patty fields, it was absolutely breathtaking to see such a sight. The pictures don’t even do it justice.
One of my favorite meals in Bali was a Macaronis bowl with extra granola and goji berries. Hands down my favorite acai bowl I’ve ever had in my life. I also had this amazing poke dish from a restaurant near my villa, Strawberry Fields.
Things to know before going to Bali:
- Bring bug spray!!
- From experience, if you’re exchanging American money, they will only accept $100 bills
- Crochet is immensely cheap— I was able to get a crochet blanket for $15 and 2 crochet bikinis for $15
That concludes my Bali vacation! Huge thank you to CALPAK for providing me with trendy, durable, and secure luggage that I got a ridiculous amount of compliments on. Seriously cannot wait to utilize these luggage pieces for my future travels!