I didn't know about Bali. My husband once said he would like to live on an island. I dismissed that idea very quickly because I know island living is not for me, but then a little voice said 'what if'. I began exploring the idea of islands and before I knew it I had gone down the rabbit hole of traveling around the world.
During my explorations of 'what if' I narrowed down islands that would fit our interests and Bali was at the top of this list. It is family friendly. There are lots of animal experiences to be had. The water is warm and the weather is tropical. There are places to explore and get lost and there are places to get every type of western desire. The people and culture are unique within the Indonesian Islands. It is a magical place. (The only problem is, it has been 'discovered'.)
Here are some of my favorites from our first month in Bali.
We had the opportunity to spend time in Ubud, Sanur, Kuta, and Nusa Dua. We experienced a tropical rain storm that cut the power and had me terrified, my husband suffered severe Bali belly that had him room bound for 4 days, we held monkeys, released baby sea turtles, cleaned trash off the beach, had a wild fun day at a water park, watched beautiful sunsets, played in the water and the sand, and let go of a layer or two of the gunk living life can leave on a person.
I loved and morned our time on Bali. I love the people, the culture, and the central attention temples and worship play in the daily life of the Balinese people. The sense of peace is present in the air. It really is a special place.
All of this beauty has attracted quite a following and the local government seems to struggle to keep up. The infastructure is lacking and driving is dangerous. The trash piles up and flows down rivers and streams right into the ocean. The amount of trash on the beaches and in the ocean is disheartening. The local population struggles to find work and poverty is pervasive. Yet, the people are some of the happiest people we have ever met. They are so ready to smile, to share and to enjoy life. There is a lot to learn from the island of Bali.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bali, just check out our second post before you book your trip so you have a chance at experiencing the 'real' Bali.