Trip Report: Bali

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Bali is one of those places that sit at the top of everyone’s bucket list – and for good reason. The Island of the Gods is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, welcoming over 10 million foreign tourists to its shores each year.  This tropical paradise has lush green rice fields, misty waterfalls, turquoise blue water, and ornate temples – something for everyone.  It’s not hard to see why everyone who comes to its shores falls hopelessly in love with this beautiful island.  Continue reading

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7 Must Visit Places on Nusa Penida

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Fausto at the bottom of Kelingking Beach

Nusa Penida is part of the Nusa archipelago, located just 12km off of the Balinese mainland. In recent years, the island of Nusa Penida has become increasingly popular because of its stunning coastal cliffs, and pristine beaches.  Apparently, its laid-back vibe is reminiscent of the Bali from 10 years ago. It’s not surprising that more and more people flock here to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main island. For more information about how to get to Nusa Penida and where to stay, here is a quick guide for the Nusa Islands.  Following is a list of 7 must visit places on Nusa Penida: Continue reading

Quick Guide to Visiting the Nusa Islands

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View of Mt Agung from Nusa Penida

The Nusa archipelago, located just 12km off of the Balinese mainland, is comprised of three islands: Lembongan, Cenigan and Penida. These islands are quickly becoming one of Bali’s popular travel destinations with their incredible blue water, untouched beaches, stunning coastal cliffs, and world-class snorkeling. The relaxed island vibe is worlds away from the blaring traffic and hectic pace of South Bali. This quick guide will help answer some of your questions about how to get to the Nusa Islands, and what to do once you get there. Continue reading

19 Things To Do Around Bali

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Love Bali sign at Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Bali is one of those places that is at the top of everyone’s bucket list.  The island of Bali, known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, is one of the most beautiful places on earth, It’s no wonder that this popular travel destination welcomes over 10 million foreign tourists to its shores each year.  Surrounded by lush green rice fields, misty waterfalls, and ornate temples – there is something to do for everyone.

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5 Villas with Private Pool in Bali for Under $125

Seminyak Villa

Before I even started planning for our trip to Bali, I knew that I wanted to stay somewhere special.  It’s Bali after all, and just any regular hotel won’t do.  Bali is all about luxurious villas with private pools precariously perched in the middle of the jungle or surrounded by rice fields.  Whether you’re looking for private pool or to-die-for view, Bali’s got it all for less than $125 USD per day!  Yes, you read that right. Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Balloons

IMG_1093Bagan, Myanmar

Sunrise in Bagan is one of the most magical moments. Each morning we would set the alarm and roll out of bed when it was still dark out.  We would put on our clothes while half asleep while questioning ourselves why we were up at that ungodly hour.  Then we hopped on our bikes and headed out into the unknown.  Our mission was to find a small temple with a terrace where we could go up and watch the sunrise.

It was still dark out when we finally made it to the top.  We sat there patiently waiting for the sun to rise and the hot air balloons to make their way over the horizon. At the crack of dawn, a sliver of light shined through and you could finally see glimpses of this magical landscape.  In the morning a thick layer of fog also blankets the area creating this dreamy effect. Even with the 4 am wake up call, it was worth the effort every time.

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Photo of the Week: City-center

IMG_2436Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Every few years I go back to my hometown only to find that it has changed beyond recognition.  Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, which has translated into more high rises and modern buildings. Although there is still one area that has remained the same, the main square overlooking City Hall. The familiar French colonial building with its bright orange roof is iconic in this ever-changing city.

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Photo of the Week: Sunrise

IMG_1930Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan captured my heart like no other place I’ve ever visited, and has cemented its spot at the top of my all-time favorites.  This place stirred up my sense of adventure as I hopped on my bike with map in hand to explore the forgotten temples peaking out from above the trees. As popular as it is, you can always find a peaceful corner, away from the crowds. Lying back against the broken ledge, staring up at the open sky, I felt a deep connection to this magnificent place. To read more about our visit to Bagan, check out this link.  

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Trip Report: Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

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Our travel story usually begins with a cheap flight, and this one is no different.  A year ago, we saw a huge sale for flights from NYC to Singapore over the Labor Day weekend for only $550 USD.  Since we hadn’t been to Singapore before, and the timing worked out, we jumped at this opportunity. Once we started planning the trip, and realized that Kuala Lumpur was only a hop and a skip away, it made sense to combine the trips. Continue reading