Bali - slow down and appreciate this moment
The Bali experience is something that can’t be explained, it’s a cultural and spiritual journey that needs to be experienced in order to be understood. Bali is called “The Island of The Gods,” and appropriately so.
After living in London, one the worlds busies metropolises, for six years I felt so at ease in Bali where life is happening at much slower pace. Forget about good wifi connection or getting anywhere in 15 minutes.
Three weeks in Bali made me realise how liberating simple life can be. Locals appreciate and make the most out of what they’ve got. Balinese people believe that past is what can’t be changed and the future is not guaranteed, so all we have is now, this moment. Why not to make the best out of it? Balinese people don’t show anger, don’t raise their voice, but always smile and radiate inner peace.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happines is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. the world — Denis Waitley
Bali has so much to offer that anyone and everyone can find something they are looking for. Nusa Penida took my breath away - wild, remote, and absolutely beautiful. For anyone feeling a little bit adventurous and wanting to see how Bali looked like 10 years ago...
Gili Islands - no cars, no motorbikes, no worries...Islands where the sand is white, the water a clear sparkling turquoise, and the sunsets are simply spectacular. The majority of 20 something tourists choose Gili Trawagan as their main island for its vibrant night life, restaurants ands shops and honeymooners stay in Gili Meno, Gili Air is the in 'between island' - prettier and quieter than in Gili Trawangan, but has more restaurants and activities than Gili Meno (which was still my favourite!). My advise if you have 3 days in Gili islands - explore them all! It takes about 2-3 hours to walk around each island and see for yourself what these paradise islands have to offer.
While I absolutely loved Ubud, its artsy vibe, many vegan restaurants and yoga places unfortunately it became quite touristy place. When I was visiting it in May it was still 'quiet' as locals said, but I found it way too busy for my liking.
For those who want to explore more than Ubud and Kuta - main tourist destinations I would suggest 3 things I absolutely loved - sunrise Mount Batur trekking, North part of Bali and hidden Sukavati Canyon. While locals call sunrise trek to Mount Batur easy I would call it fairly challenging - its hot, its dark and pace is quite fast (well at least it was with my guide!). Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, have a jumper or cardigan for later as it will get chilli and a ton of water with you! The views are absolutely spectacular thought and its totally worth it! North Bali offers a lot of small, tourist free villages, green jungles and breathtaking waterfalls. While Hidden Sukavati Canyon is nowhere near Grand Canyon, it is simply spectacular! A guide will show you path from start to end if you are adventurous! You will have to swim and climb slippery stones to get your way through to the end. Again, if you feeling adventurous and appreciate nature wanders like me is definitely something not to miss! Allow 3-4 hours though as its not something that can be rushed!