{exploring bali}


lauren miller

Since starting my flight attending career, one of my greatest adventures so far has been Bali. 
I made the long journey there, and what a journey it was… 

30 hours of traveling and flying–Is that what time traveling is? Because by the time we landed in Bali it was 24 hours ahead of the east coast, and I was exhausted.

Arriving into Denpasar, the capital, was an overwhelming experience. All the senses exploding at once– the people, the noises, the smells . We decided we wanted to head away from Denpasar with its big tourist population.

 We took a 2 hour cab ride up north outside of  Ubud, a popular town Known for their traditional dance, temples, and THE monkey forest. We stayed the first couple nights nearby in area called Sidemen, a town surrounded by rice field terraces, and I found myself in the middle of an oasis. It was the most beautiful and lush agriculture I’ve ever seen and the only noises around where the ones produced by nature itself. 

Every morning, breakfast consisted of the most colorful fruits, banana pancakes, and watermelon juices.

The days were spent exploring Ubud and the  surrounding areas. And by exploring, I mean driving around on a Moped, which was a thrill!  It’s the cheapest way to get around, especially for tourists. The US dollar holds very strong in Bali compared to their Indonesian Rupiah. For example, renting mopeds for the day was only a few bucks. And no license required–if you are reading this mom and dad, I was a very safe driver! 

The monkey forest in Ubud is home to many temples that are now a conservation area and wildlife reserve for monkeys. They roam freely around and love the attention of tourists and bananas of course! But be aware of the warning signs telling you to take off and hide all jewelry, hats, purses, and money or it will be swiped!! In fact, one of the most memorable moments from the trip {which wasn’t so funny to the lady},  was when a monkey was sitting up atop a temple with a ring in its mouth. The ring’s owner below, yelling and pleading with the monkey to drop it. I’m sure the monkey took the ring to its personal stash. They are sneaky little things! 

Traveling with two surfers, we had to make our way along the coast. So the next days were spent along the water, in a area called Uluwatu, known for its impressive cliff views and it’s world famous wave breaks ​.

I was happy to watch the surfing and to soak up some sun in the water. And oh! To enjoy beach side massages for 7 USD. Yes, 7 bucks. Like I said, paradise. 

Bali is a beautiful island, it’s a piece of heaven hidden on this earth. One too enormous to even comprehend all of it’s glory. And the people are among the sweetest I’ve ever encounter, so full of joy and smiles. I felt safe and welcomed. 

But I have to add that behind its natural beauty is a problem that human nature has created. Bali is currently facing a big crisis with pollution and trash that is sadly destroying its waters and coastline. Swimming along the beautiful cliffs and beaches you have plastic all around you. Floating around, trapped. It’s trash problem has now become a part of its ocean.  I say this because my fear is that if I were to ever return to Bali again, it might not look the same.  

But, there is hope, especially among the youth of Bali and outsiders who have come to love the oceans surrounding Bali, such as Project Clean Uluwatu who are aiming to set policies and environmental practices around the area of Uluwatu. I have faith that Bali will always remain a treasure! 

Visit the Project Clean Uluwatu for more information: 

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  • Amber Hillis
    June 21, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    This vacation looks like it is to die for! The water,the food, and the friends. Who could want anything better?

  • Carmen Baguio
    June 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Bali is on my bucket list. I love your beach pictures! Thank you for sharing.

  • Christie Brown
    June 21, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    I think I may be the only person in the world who hasn’t been to Bali.. Your photos are amazing – I’ve really gotta get my butt over there!
    I suppose I should apply for a passport, like, now haha.
    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  • Beth
    June 21, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    You are so lucky to get to travel to Bali. Exploring such a magical place has always been a dream of mine so I enjoyed your post very much! I love your photos as well.

  • Kusum
    June 22, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    That is a great initiative, thank you for spreading the word. Looks like you had a great time in Bali, it has been on my list for so long. Lovely pictures too.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com