Ever since the idea of creating the life I want was crystalized in my head some time ago, I took it and ran.
I truly push the envelope on the concept on a daily basis and it never seize to amaze me.
One of the things that I decided I want to do in life is travel extensively.
With that in mind, every year I plan at least one major trip. My goal is to increase that to several a year.
Last year I traveled to several spots, including one of my favorite destinations, Italy.
I love Italy so much that I pretty much believe I am part Italian.
We visited Rome (which I absolutely adore), Florence, and Venice (on the top of my list for romantic getaways).
This year, last month in July, I spent almost two weeks on the other side of the world, literally. I visited Indonesia, the island of Bali, with my love.
Most of the time when I travel, I am what my daughter refers to as a “travel-zilla”.
That’s because I love to research as much as possible about where I’m traveling to prior to getting there and then I take off each day like a mad woman because I want to see as much as I can.
I typically plan all the destinations and details of our travels, because I’m a “travel-zilla”.
I booked our entire stay at the Kampung Resort Ubud, where we stayed in a private villa with a wrap around balcony overlooking the natural beauty of the rainforest.
Much of our time in Bali was spent sightseeing, eating (of course), and relaxing.
Travel allows me the opportunity to decompress, recharge, and get back to myself.
Bali was the perfect place to do all of these.
Because the island is such a spiritual place where everything pretty much moves slowly, it’s pretty hard to feel stressed about anything.
I felt compelled to share with you a few of the things we experienced during our time there that I highly recommend!
1. WAKE UP LATE TO DAILY BREAKFAST, FRESH JUICE & COFFEE
Each day for breakfast I tried something different on the hotel menu, which ranged from the traditional American breakfast (eggs, toast, and fresh fruit) to the traditional Indonesian breakfast (fried rice or fried noodles and freshly squeezed juices).
2. VISIT THE MONKEY FOREST
We hired a driver for the day to take us to all the best spots in Ubud.
The first stop was to the famous Monkey Forest. To be honest, I was a little scared of these little monkeys. You are given “rules” to follow upon entering their territory. One of which was not to look them directly in the eyes, as this is taken as a sign of aggression and they will attack. While they do sell bananas for tourist to feed to the monkeys, I kept my distance. They can be very belligerent and I was taking no chances.
3. SEE THE TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL
This is one of several waterfalls in Ubud, but a spectacular experience, nonetheless. It’s a tourist trip, but I didn’t really care. After all, I was a tourist and wanted a tourist experience. It was simply gorgeous and I very much enjoyed it.
4. GET BLESSED AT THE TEMPLE SIRING- HOLY SPRING WATER TEMPLE
This is a picture of me getting blessed at the Temple Siring-Holy Spring Water Temple. I was told to wet my face with the holy water three times, drink a sip of the holy water three times, say a prayer, and then have a frangipani flower placed behind my ear for good fortune. But you must believe for the good fortune to come true. This is a traditional Hindu practice. Many people fully immerse themselves in the temple’s water, but I did not.
5. TRY THE KOPE LAUWAK COFFEE (A.K.A. THE MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE IN THE WORLD)
Well, you can’t go to Bali without trying the Kopi Luwak Coffee. I read about the coffee prior to getting to Bali and even purchased some before visiting the plant. Well, turns out that I did not do enough research prior to taking a tour of the coffee plant because I had no idea what a Luwak was or how the coffee got its’ name.
Turns out the Kopi Luwak is an Asian palm civet, a cat! In short, the coffee is also known as “cat poop coffee”!!! At first, I could not wrap my brain around how this actually happened. But then I was shown the process and even given a chance to sit down with one of the elderly ladies whose sole job is to cook the coffee beans all day.
It was an interesting experience… but I’m not sure if I will be drinking more of this coffee. The taste… it was smooth, yet strong… with no aftertaste.
6. EXPERIENCE THE VIEW FROM THE BALI SWING
As our trip was coming to an end, I was still looking for more to do. But my honey was pretty much moving in slow motion by this point. So we compromised. We decided to go something that didn’t really involve him being too active other than watching and photographing me.
We decided on the Bali Swing. This was a fairly new attraction in Bali at the time we were there. Basically, it’s a huge swing that allows you to swing high above the waterfalls and valley with the most breathtaking views. There is even the cutest human size bird nest with even better views.
My only disappointment was that of all days, I chose to wear an “army green” color, which made me blend in with the beautiful scenery. Lol
Honestly, I could go on and on about our time in Bali. It was so worth travel time to the other side of the world.
Will I be back? Absolutely! It was one of the best travel experiences I’ve had to date.