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    Asia Travel

    Nusa Islands Guide: Where to Eat, Stay, and Play on Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida

    Crazy cliffs, white sand beaches, and, supposedly, a time machine back to Bali 30 years ago – that’s what you’ll find on the Nusa Islands. If you’re looking for an escape from the crowds and affordable luxury villas of Bali, then a side-trip to the Nusas might be just what you’re looking for. In this Nusa Islands guide, I’ll be sharing everything I learned with you on my trip, including how to get there, where to stay, and the best things to do on each island! Nusa Islands Guide How to get to the Nusa Islands The Nusa Islands are 3 small islands just off the coast of Bali and…

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    Bali Temples Guide: Everything You Need to Know + The Best Temples to Visit

    Bali is often called “The Island of the Gods” – and for good reason. As the only Hindu-majority island in Indonesia, it’s a unique place all its own. Whether you visit the thousands of Bali temples or simply witness the daily offerings lining the street, the feeling of spirituality percolates throughout the island. Although tourism and development have changed a lot in Bali in recent years, the locals’ commitment to their religion is still there – and you don’t have to look hard to find it. There are temples in every house, village, office, on mountains and beaches, even in the rice fields. So take a break from the beach…

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    Ubud Itinerary: 4 Days in Ubud for First-Timers

    Hustling, bustling, and full of culture, Ubud is a must on any Bali itinerary. Whether you come for its Eat, Pray, Love connections of just to experience something new, this Ubud itinerary has a little something for everyone! While Ubud isn’t necessarily the kind of place where you need a long to-do list to enjoy yourself (you could just walk among the rice terraces and eat all day and be happy), there are a ton of things to do in the area. And if you only have a few days, then you’ll want to be organized and have at least some idea of what you’re going to do! Here’s my…

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    Asia Travel

    Total Bali Food Tour with Urban Adventures Review

    Disclaimer: I was a guest of Urban Adventures on their Total Bali Food Tour. All opinions, as always, are my own. Lush green rice terraces, hipster cafes, Instagram swings, and great spas… that’s what you think of when you think of Bali, right? I did, too, until I actually got there. Bali is so much more than what you see on Instagram, and the Total Bali Food Tour that I took with Urban Adventures really showed me that. Yes, there are rice terraces, cafes, and the rest. But there’s also a vibrant local life that continues on right under our noses. People actually harvesting the rice from those terraces. Rich…

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    The Best Bali Surf Camp: Dreamsea Uluwatu Review

    I never intended to end up at a Bali surf camp. In fact, over the whole 7 weeks I spent in Bali, surfing wasn’t on the plan at all (my failed attempt at surfing in Portugal pretty much guaranteed that). And yet, while planning my time in Uluwatu and searching for the perfect Uluwatu hotel, I stumbled upon Dreamsea Surf Camp and instantly knew it was the place for me. Insta-worthy decor? Check. Super comfy beds? Double check. Delicious food at the on-site cafe AND yoga lessons? Triple check. Actually affordable? Quadruple check. Seriously. From the outlook, there was no single thing in which Dreamsea Uluwatu came up short. And…