Bali. Fortunately, one of the first things I realize as I begin to travel this island is that one can feel like the “crème de la crème” without paying an outlandish amount for it. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons Bali is a totally doable vacation spot for all types of travelers. Plus, the Balinese people and the island itself are approachable and welcoming.
Once I arrived, I figured the best way to experience and to understand Bali was to see most of the island. My travels took me from Seminyak, to Canggu, to Gili Trawangan, to Lovina and last, to Ubud. The Balinese landscape, with its’ volcanic black sand and lush green and terraced lands, lives up to its’ grandiose expectations. Let me take you through the different locations I traveled in the “If you like” section:
If you like…
Shopping: Then Seminyak is the spot for you. In the south of Bali, this posh, upscale town offers great restaurants, shopping and beautiful expanses of white sandy beaches.
Surfing and a Slower-pace: Then Canggu is your ideal locale. Surfers and laid back folk flock to the black sand beaches here north of Seminyak (Southern Bali).
Sea Turtles/Dolphins: For sea turtle sightings and scuba and snorkeling adventures, head to Gili Trawangan Island. You will need to catch a ferry from mainland Bali to this island oasis. To spot groups of wild dolphins on a sunrise boat tour, travel up to Northern Bali/Lovina.
Art/Adventure: Ubud it is. The town itself is quaint and artsy and if you need mala beads or would like to meet the Medicine Man from Eat, Pray, Love, they are both available upon request Once out of the main thoroughfare, you can venture out to trek beautiful rice terraces.
Morgan, a born and bred Chicagoan, made the move to Thailand this past October. She now enjoys "summertime Chicago humidity" everyday :).
With a degree in teaching and a love for story-telling, she feels right at home teaching Kindergarten (Anuban) and sharing her experiences on new platforms. Her time living here has given her opportunities to travel and to immerse herself in learning about other cultures. She is eager to share her word on travel tidbits, advice and food must-try's. Stay tuned for more...
*Morgan Johns thanks her Grandma, Peg Haskins, for instilling in her a love for travel and a desire to live up to challenges*