‘Stay away from Europe, stay away from Japan, Australia. If you go to the Western world, you’re gonna pay more money. You can spend five months in Bali for what you’d spend in one month in Europe.”

– Rita Gelman

As of the writing of this page, Bali is the only international trip we took WITHOUT kids. Shocking, I know. Honestly, showing our kids the world (while discovering it ourselves) is one of our favorite things ever.  Bali, however, was a trip for our 10 year anniversary and we were fortunate to have Grandma Nancy in town to watch the littles so we could have a little quiet time to reflect. It was amazing.

Bali is the undisputed tourism king of Indonesia, and there is no doubt that its natural beauty is unparalleled. There is no shortage of amazing places to stay, beautiful waterfalls, lush tropical forests, and incredibly welcoming people on the island. Our suggestion? Get to the popular places early (before everyone else does), get off the normal beaten tourist map, and focus on enjoying the beauty of the Balinese people and culture, which easily. rivals the natural beauty of the island.

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Tips on Bali/

  • Those instagram shots you’ve been drooling over? They are here, and they are amazing. But be prepared for a lot of other people to enjoying them as well. The magic of Bali is real, but the early bird gets the worm, and if you get to the important places early you’ll be rewarded to have them mostly to yourself.
  • Even if you aren’t “crunchy”, embrace the ambiance that is Bali. Put yourself out there, do some yoga, feel the holiness of the temples. These are the things that make Bali special.
  • Think a lot about where to spend and where to spend you hard earned tourism dollars. There are a lot of very nice, very affordable places here. Sometimes spending more gets you a way better experience, sometimes it doesn’t.