Ubud, Bali: Pamper Yourself Body and Soul

Ubud, Bali: Pamper Yourself Body and Soul

Relaxed and settled in, breathing in the Balinese air, right as my thoughts started to clear away, I heard a rather strange cacophony of sounds coming from a microphone on the other side of the wall. Was someone crying on a mic? It sounded like a man's voice, amplified yet emotional, followed by an uproar [...]

Bunaken

Bunaken

I've watched the years roll by in Spain, Italy, France and now Indonesia. I've been fortunate enough to travel every birthday since my 22nd. As luck would have it, this year continued the tradition of being away from home and getting to age adventurously. My 25th birthday weekend was heavenly and gave me more than [...]

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

The sweet smell of blood hung in the extremely dense, humid air. Rain fell sporadicly and the next shower was upon us. Sludgy mud welcomed us as we approached the ceremony heavy footed. I felt out-of-place and unsure of what to expect; Funerals aren’t comfortable even when you are invited, so imposing on this one [...]

Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan

Reggae music, crazy-beautiful panoramas, white powdery sand and young travelers - Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it's been affectionately called, is the hippest of the three Gili islands, situated off mainland Lombok next to Bali. As for the other two islands, Gili Meno is the most mellow of the three and some say it even touts [...]

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi

Two hours north of Yogyakarta on the island of Java, you'll find the massive Mount Merapi, which names boasts the appropriate translation of Mountain of Fire. It's quite an imposing feature and is one of the most active volcanos in the world. With the lush, green and ultra fertile landscape surrounding its base, it seems [...]

Bira Beach, Indonesia

Bira Beach, Indonesia

Despite its obvious beauty, most people don't just stumble upon Bira as their main destination when looking for paradise. There's a couple reasons for that. First, it's four hours away form a big city like Makassar and actually, most foreigners in Makassar are just stopping through before getting to places like Bali, Toraja or Manado. [...]

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok is the less bragged about of the islands in Indonesia, and I can't figure out why. In my opinion, it has the potential to surpass Bali's appeal in the coming years if people take notice accordingly. The persisting culture of the indigenous Sasak people, unspoiled beauty, pristine beaches, waterfalls, active Mount Rinjani volcano and [...]

Sanur, Bali: A Perfect Place to Wind Down

Sanur, Bali: A Perfect Place to Wind Down

Visiting Bali and wanting to stay in the hotel room the whole time seems totally wrong, doesn't it? Well, it turns out some cities in Bali warrant just that. What if the water and sun came to you, just a jump away from the sofa and two steps from your bed? In Sanur, my dreams [...]