This trip was such a dream I can hardly believe it happened. Earlier this year Andre and I both turned 30. It’s a pretty epic age and an epic time in our lives so I really wanted to take an epic trip to celebrate. I think I told a little bit of the story before but essentially I had no idea where I wanted to go and went on Airbnb for some inspiration. I found this incredible place which is what really convinced me that Bali was where we needed to go. After making the decision to book the trip SO many things kept pointing to this place on the other side of the world I hadn’t previously known much about. More on that in another post but it was just very obvious this was going to be a very meaningful and special trip.
Bali is an incredible place. To be surrounded by so much green coming from a desert was absolutely refreshing. Everywhere we went we were surrounded by beauty. Not only just natural beauty but so much hand crafted beauty. There seemed to be a pretty big emphasis on process and making things by hand which was evident in the beautiful stone statues, handmade fabrics, and hand carved furniture. Also the food! Every single thing we ate was not only delicious and organic it was also displayed gorgeously even at the most “hole in the wall” places. Every single restaurant also had very tasty fresh pressed juices. I was pretty much in heaven!!
There are a few things we did that I would highly recommend if you are considering a trip. You may have noticed a photo of a monkey in my lap above? That was taken at Monkey Forest which was a LOT of fun and you are able to get pretty up close and personal with the monkeys. Full disclosure, sometimes they bite!! And I did get bit. I’m totally okay though and the baby monkeys were worth it! Another fun thing we did was take a tour of a coffee plantation. It was really cool to see how everything was grown and processed on site and then getting a tasting of all the different coffees and teas they produced. The tour was even free which is kind of crazy with all the delicious beverages we got to try! We tried two different yoga studios – Intuitive Flow and Yoga Barn. Both were incredible but Yoga Barn is probably one of the most beautiful and inspiring places to do yoga in the world. They also have an amazing organic cafe which had the best food we had the entire trip (which is saying a lot!) We took a tour of Green Village which is a super unique sustainable community with the most gorgeous and unique bamboo houses. We got to walk through the houses as well as see how they proccessed the bamboo which was pretty interesting.
Shopping is really fun in Ubud because there are so many beautiful hand crafted things and they are pretty cheap! I bought some gorgeous recycled glass necklaces, a hand made Batik shirt, some beautiful wood carved pieces and plenty of delicious coffee to take home.
Overall we saw and did a bunch of cool things but the best part of our trip for me was probably just hanging out at our airbnb reading, journalling and relaxing together. We actually initially didn’t plan to do much but that and then got there and found out how many cool things there were to do ha! Towards the end I had this realization that I was going to be back at some point in my life so I didn’t need to do and see everything and it was okay just to relax. It was definitely a much needed time to refresh and get inspired for the next year of my life and beyond. I’m feeling incredibly lucky and blessed to have gotten to take this trip. Here’s hoping for more where that came from!