Cocktails, hawkers and the (often chaotic!) traffic are some of the first things that might spring to mind when you think of Bali, but venture a little further and there is so much more to be discovered. Beyond the hustle and bustle of the popular hot spots lay sparkling beaches, quaint towns, tropical jungles and the kind of unique experiences that will have you returning time and time again.
Whether you’re a first timer or a Bali regular, it’s worth wandering off the beaten path to experience the beauty of these less explored destinations.
Visit for: Surf beaches, hip cafes, street art, the Canggu shortcut and Tanah Lot Temple
The OG surf destination, Canggu is now also a go-to for foodies, surfies and yogis alike. Just a 45-minute drive from Seminyak, the vibrant beach town offers a buzzy yet chilled vibe, perfect for an escape that’s still near enough to the central throng. The perfect sets at Echo Beach and Batu Bolong (Old Mans Beach) are a surfer’s dream, and there are plenty of gentle beach breaks for the rookies too. The hip beachfront bars and cafes are also a great spot to watch the waves roll in. Old Mans Beach Bar is a local favourite – just grab yourself a comfortable cosy nook and settle in! Desa Seni Wellness and Yoga delivers blissful zen, and ALLCAPS Studio has some of the most amazing street art.
For a cultural experience, visit Tanah Lot Temple. Just a short 20-minute drive north of the central buzz, it’s an easy trip and a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.
So whether you’re surfing, sipping, strolling or stretching, Canggu is the go-to for travellers chasing a trendy yet relaxed taste of Bali.
Visit for: Lush rainforests, coffee, rice paddies and yoga retreats
Whilst yogi’s and health nuts discovered Ubud years ago, the beautiful jungle town has managed to fly under the radar and remains a true hidden gem, offering a rare glimpse into traditional Balinese life. Less than 2 hours drive from central Kuta, Ubud is an easy day trip, with stunning rainforests, temples and rice paddies in abundance – it’s well worth adding to your itinerary. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls at Tegenungan Falls, exploring the sacred Tirta Empul Temple and Holy Springs, snapping a photo of the extremely photogenic Tegalalang Rice Terrace, sampling the local delicacy Babi Guling (suckling pig) at a Warung or getting bendy at one of the many picturesque yoga and wellness retreats, Ubud’s wild and untamed beauty is sure to reinvigorate and charm the most seasoned traveller.
For some of the best Babi Guling in town, Babi Guling Gung Cung is a solid contender! This local institution always has a steady line of locals by lunch, so be sure to get in early or risk missing out.
Visit for: Pristine beaches, heart-stopping surf breaks, remedial massages and Pura Luhur Temple
The sheer cliffs and sweeping ocean views make Bali’s South Coast a must for anyone looking for a scenic escape. Just a short 40 minute drive south of Kuta, the stunning area of Uluwatu offers beautiful beaches, great surf and a laid back atmosphere – perfect for losing track of time. A day at the secluded Nyang Nyang Beach (one of the areas best kept secrets!) promises to be a day of relaxation and sunshine, and just north Balangan Beach offers one of the biggest surf breaks on the peninsula for those looking to up the ante. After a day at the beach, a visit to the luxe Bulgari Spa for a relaxing massage or treatment is a must, followed by sunset cocktails at Single Fin Beach Club. For a change of scenery, the Pura Luhur Temple offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, as well as some very cheeky resident monkeys – be sure to keep a watchful eye on your belongings!
For a great day trip, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua are both less than an hours drive from Uluwatu and offer picturesque golden sand beaches, snorkeling and surfing.
Whichever direction you venture in Uluwatu, the spectacular beaches, stunning views and relaxed pace of life offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.
Visit for: Snorkelling, beachfront bars, stunning sunsets and laid back island vibes
Known for its vibrant coral reefs and white sandy beaches, the archipelago of the Gili Islands sits just off the North coast of Lombok, with each of the three islands offering their own little slice of heaven. While they aren’t technically considered part of Bali, being just a 3 hour boat ride away, they’re definitely a worthy addition to a Bali itinerary.
Those seeking an endless happy hour will want to head straight for Gili Trawangan. The biggest of the three islands, it is lined with beach bars, clubs and restaurants, with a party happening every night of the week. Just a stone’s throw away sits Gili Meno, which is home to pristine white sand beaches and far less people, not to mention no motorised transport – just horses and carts. Meno is easily the quietest of the three islands, making it a great spot to disconnect and unwind. It also offers some of the most amazing diving spots, and is home to an abundance of green sea turtles as well as the Bounty Wreck and Jason deCaires Taylor’s Nest sculpture. Gili Air combines the best of Meno and Trawangan, boasting a lively yet laid back atmosphere. Whilst there are plenty of bars and clubs on the eastern side of the island, the party culture isn’t quite as vibrant as Gili Trawangan, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a quiet evening and a Bintang. Whether you spend a few days island hopping or spend all your time in one spot, each island offers a uniquely wonderful experience.
Home to a significant Muslim community, the three mosques on Gili Trawangan broadcast prayers regularly throughout the day (and night) so if you’re planning on staying on the islands and you’re a light sleeper, Gili Meno or Gili Air might be best for you!
Visit for: Rugged terrain, manta ray diving, sparkling azure water and Angel’s Billabong
Just a 90 minute boat ride off Bali’s East Coast sits the beautiful and mostly untouched island of Nusa Penida. The biggest of the three islands, which include Nusa Ceningan and the popular Nusa Lembongan, the island of Nusa Penida offers a sanctuary from the crowds and is a great place to slow it down a notch and enjoy life. For some of the islands best seascapes, Kelingking Cliff Lookout is a must, with the coastal cliffs offering stunning views of the sandy cove and sparkling turquoise beach below. Broken Beach and Korawa Beach Viewpoint also offer spectacular views but will require a scooter or a bike to get to. Marvel at the beauty of the underground temple Pura Goa Giri Putri, splash in the natural infinity pool Angel’s Billabong, or take a dive with the ocean’s gentle giants at Manta Bay – there truly is no end to Nusa Penida’s magic!
Lembongan and Ceningan Islands are just a 20 minute boat ride away, and are connected by a Love Bridge, which makes Nusa Penida a great base for a serene yet easily accessible getaway.
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If you couldn’t tell, we believe travel is one of the most life-changing things you can do for yourself.
Meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, seeing sites you couldn’t imagine, and so many more benefits we can’t possibly list here. Still, flight times can be a little daunting. Here are five ideas to get you through your flights and layovers so you don’t lose your sanity before arriving at your destination.
Read A Book
We aren’t saying bring a whole library with you, but bring one book that’s been on your list to read. While it might be tempting to bring along that academic piece of literature that’s been sitting on your bookshelf for months, but we recommend keeping it light, and interesting but uplifting. Think of it as a way to set the stage for the mindset you’d like to have on this trip.
Here are a few of our book recommendations if you’re looking for something new.
Play a Game
The majority of us seem to have a smartphone attached at our hip at all times. A long flight or layover is the time to take advantages of the thousands of apps available. Whether you keep it simple with something like Tetris or more complicated with Fallout Shelter, there’s going to be an option that will keep you distracted for a while. Download some games before you get on the plane so if there is no Wi-Fi available on your flight, that you’ll still be able to play. Be sure to bring a battery pack with your just in case.
Don’t want to use up your phone’s battery? Bring a deck of cards! We can’t tell you how many hours we’ve killed playing solitaire. You could also purchase a puzzle book at the airport before your flight. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are two of our guilty pleasures.
Watch a Movie or TV Show
Long flights will usually have an entertainment system that you can take advantage of, and we recommend you do! Don’t trust they’ll have something on the system you’ll enjoy? You can download your favorite TV Show to marathon or Movie straight to your phone. Take advantage of things like Amazon or Netflix download options to make sure that you’ll have your favorites available.
If you’re stumped on what to watch, check out our blog post “5 Movies That Will Make You Want To Travel”
Art can be a great way to make time fly by. Bring your favorite pens and markers on board with a small sketchbook! Draw whatever comes to mind, or make of list of topics to challenge yourself with. If you get tired of drawing, you can always write a journal entry, short story about your annoying neighbor, or the same word over and over again.
Chat with you Neighbor
You can meet new people before you even land! However, remember to keep it respectful. Some people want to zone out during their flights and keep to themselves. Pay attention to body language to see if someone is open to conversing during the conversation. We wish you luck on creating new connections and finding a partner in crime to help you avoid boredom
Of course, there are other ways to keep yourself entertained while waiting, but these are just a handful of the things we utilize when traveling. How do you keep yourself entertained? We’d love to hear from you.
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Going outside the comfort zone of “home” can be challenging for those more prone to introversion. For example, the writer of this blog post hasn’t left her apartment in seven days and is perfectly happy about it. But, for those of your braver than her, here are some tips to help you get enjoy your next trip while indulging in self-care.
Utilize Your Skills
Being the trip’s photographer gives you the ability to be a part of the action, while still giving yourself the ability to capture beautiful scenery by yourself. If you decide to be the trip’s cook, you have a designated time where you have an activity to do by yourself, keep your whole crew from being hangry, and are still being a part of everyone’s enjoyment of the trip. It’s also a great way to get everyone to stay at your accommodations rather than go to a restaurant if you need a break from social situations.
Take Time To Explore Nature
Try and Create a Morning Ritual
Keep Rocks in Your Pocket
Make Time For Yourself When traveling, going with a group can be tons of fun, but if you’re introverted it can also be incredibly draining. This isn’t about canceling your reservation for the wine tour, or that group cooking class. It’s just about making sure you make the time for yourself. After you go on that wine tour, maybe try to make it a “free hour” for everyone. While you’re sitting in your room reading your favorite book, the others can go to the beach. It may feel like you’re missing out on the “fun”, but even when traveling self-care is just as important as it is when you’re at home.
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Australia and New Zealand
New Zealand, 'Land of the Long White Cloud', is a small, sparsely populated country consisting of two major islands, North and South Island, and a scattering of smaller ones. Despite its small size it is crammed with magnificent natural beauty and has an incredible amount to offer; the only complaint travellers have is that they haven't allowed enough time in the country. Fresh air, breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities are the main attractions of New Zealand, with a tremendously friendly, honest and helpful population, colloquially nicknamed after their country's distinct symbol, the unusual but amiable flightless kiwi bird.
Bahamas & Florida
The Sunshine State of Florida is a vacationer's paradise 365 days a year. Its climate, pristine beaches, and theme parks are all geared towards the leisure and pleasure of the millions of vacationers who flock in from around the world. Consisting of a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of the United States, Florida's uneven coastline is indented with estuaries, bays, inlets, lagoons and rivers, creating ideal enclaves for holiday resorts. Right in the south the peninsula ends in an arc of islands resting on coral reefs, known as the Florida Keys. These islands, which together make up the southernmost part of the United States, are perfect for all water based activities, like snorkeling, kayaking, and dolphin watching.
Canada & New England
The Eastern Shore occupies more than half of the Delmarva Peninsula shared between Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, protecting the towns along Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Although linked to the mainland by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, life is much slower and sleepier on this side of the bay. Miles of country lanes and Chesapeake waterways await, while old wooden farmhouses and wheat fields, waterfront towns and fishing craft, lonely wind-rusted marshes and the sound of birds give the peninsula its charming character.
Fiji is the perfect location for a family holiday.
There's plenty of things to do that appeal to any traveler. You can enjoy snorkeling, nature treks, boating, guided tours, and so much more.
We know how important comfort and convenience are to the travelling family. There are a number of Fijian resorts across the country that are an absolute must for any family looking for the perfect getaway. Here are five of our favourites:
Located on Fiji’s Coral Coast, the Shangri-La combines natural beauty with a range of fun activities for the entire family. For the adults, there’s a nine-hole golf course, gym and day spa. The lagoon is the perfect spot for some watersports, and the resort features a dedicated children’s pool. The Little Chief’s Club will keep the kids entertained, and the Children’s Meal Plan makes the stay more affordable for families.
The Denarau integrated resort area is perfect for families who want a stress-free Fijian holiday. For anyone travelling with children, minimising time in transit is pretty important, and with Denarau just 20 minutes’ drive from Nadi International Airport, you will be sitting by the pool in no time. Port Denarau is nearby, offering access to many of the outer islands and cruises. The Blu Banana Kids Club offers activities for kids from 1 to 12 years old. For the parents, Denarau Golf & Racquet club has a championship 18-hole golf course and a number of tennis courts, and the Radisson Blu offers a number of spa treatments at the Harmony Retreat Day Spa.
Located on stunning Natadola Bay, the Intercontinental provides a blend of luxury and family-friendly activities. Large rooms ensure the whole family can stay in comfort, and the resort caters to kids extremely well, with dining options for children, separate pools for children and adults, a full-service kids club and a number of cultural activities such as dance lessons, cooking classes and local craft classes. For the adults, there’s a PGA recognised championship golf course and in-house spa.
The Sofitel knows how to cater to families. Family rooms are built with a child-friendly design in mind, include PlayStations and are located near the children’s pool. There are a number of playgrounds for kids, and a Children’s Club for those aged 3 to 6 years and 6 to 12 years old. Enjoy access to everything on offer in Denarau, including the Port Denarau Marina facility, and Big Bula Water Park.
Sheraton Villas will ensure there’s space for the entire family, especially larger families or groups. The resort features 82 luxury two and three bedroom villas, with access to everything Denarau Island has to offer. The Sheraton allows guests access to the golf course, as well as the Westin Spa. With all the resorts on Denarau easily accessed along the waterfront, kids will have the opportunity to check out the various pools accessible at the Sheraton and Westin. Kids also get complimentary access to the LaiLai Kids Club with a number of daily activities.
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Having mentioned those few things, I would absolutely sail on this ship again, and with excitement. This ship is perfect for families, and especially a family reunion. There is something for everyone. As a couple with no children, I would likely book while school is in session and hang out in the Solarium and Central Park a lot.
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What we are looking at here is in Baños, Ecuador at a seismic monitoring station called La Casa Del Árbol (The Treehouse). As the name suggests it’s a small house built in a tree, at the edge of a canyon. The view from up here alone is worth the trip, but for thrill seekers, La Casa del Árbol offers a swing hanging over the precipice with a beautiful and terrifying view of the Tungurahua Volcano. Any takers?
Welome and thank you for visiting! I am a travel agent with a passion for good food, design, general craftiness...and of course TRAVEL. I treat everything in life as an adventure. Sometimes the journey is short and sweet and sometimes it's long and messy, but if we try to stay in the moment we can make most things enjoyable.