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Wanderlust Wednesday – 9/9/15

September 9, 2015

When I have a read through other travel blogs, I’m always really jealous of the photos. I’d love to learn how to take great photos – mine are always a quick snap taken on my digital camera or my iPhone. My photos may not be as professional looking as others but I thought I would share some with you on every Wednesday from now on.

Today we’re heading to Ubud in Bali. You can read about my time in Bali here.

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

What do you think of the photos? Would you like to see more? Leave a comment or tweet me @frankiegoesto__

Wanderlust Wednesday

Asia, Indonesia, Travel

Gili Trawangan – Island Living for Cheap!

January 5, 2015

Stop the search, I have found the desert island of your dreams. Small and secluded. Tranquil waters and pure white beaches. Swimming with turtles and the best damn sunset I ever seen.  Welcome to Gili Trawangan.

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The Gili Islands consist of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan and are located just off the Indonesian island of Lombok but are easily accessible from Bali as well. Being the biggest (but still tiny), Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it is known, is the most popular with tourists. Don’t let the fact that it is ‘popular’ put you off, you will still get that remote island experience that many crave.

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Finding somewhere to stay in Paradise is easy. There’s plenty of choice from beach bungalows to secluded apartments to hotels and hostels. The best news is that all options are incredibly cheap. A standard double bungalow with breakfast will cost about $10 a night. Breakfast tends to consist of a hot drink, fresh fruit and eggs or pancakes.

So what do you do once you’re here? As little or as much as you’d like. Spend every day sunbathing if you’d like, or hire a bike and cycle around the island. The latter I would definitely recommend. We took some snorkel gear with us and spent the day cycling to different snorkel spots and relaxing on secluded beaches. You can also try paddle boarding or even an open water dive. There are companies based on the island where you can gain your PADI qualification as well.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYou can stay on the other Gili Islands as well or you can just visit them by taking a boat trip around Gili Air and Gili Meno which we did. These boat trips run everyday and include lunch on Gili Air. The best thing about this trip is you are pretty much guaranteed to swim with a turtle which is a really special experience.

I hope you get a chance to visit this beautiful island one day, I’m glad I did!

Asia, Indonesia, Travel

Bali – The Australian Magaluf?

January 3, 2015

To those living in Australia it won’t come as a surprise to see the Indonesian island of Bali described as a cheap party destination but to many people in the Northern Hemisphere, Bali is seen as a luxury honeymoon spot for newlyweds to enjoy their start to married life. If you are considering Bali as your next holiday and want to avoid drunk Australians then you need to pick carefully when deciding where to stay on the island.

The main area which has been developed to suit the Western clientèle is Kuta. Think Mcdonalds and other fast food outlets on every corner, chain stores such as Topshop, New Look and even Mark and Spencers and bars and restaurants serving every cuisine imaginable. Not exactly what you picture when you think of this island. If you don’t want to experience any Balinese culture and just want cheap food and alcohol then Kuta is perfect for you. This is where the Australian TV programme What really happens in Bali is based. The programme is fairly similar to the UK’s Magaluf Weekender and depicts young Aussies in a bad light. Kuta offers no culture apart from Bali souvenirs sold on the hundreds of market stalls. The place is crawling with teenagers on their first mates holiday and adults on family holidays still getting just as drunk.

A short taxi ride away from Kuta you have the slightly more upmarket resort of Seminyak. Seminyak is home to lots of little boutique shops. Some of these are owned by Indonesian designers so you feel a little better browsing these stores rather than the same shops you go in every weekend at home. The beaches are also much quieter than Kuta beach. You still get locals trying to sell you jewellery, fruit etc but as this happens all over Asia I think it is to be expected. In general, Seminyak is more expensive than Kuta for food and accommodation. The hotels which line the beach are incredible 5 star resorts so the whole area is suited for a certain class of person.

Have I put you off Bali yet? Have no fear, away from the rowdy party spots there are still places to visit in Bali which stay true to their culture.

The most popular of these is Ubud. This inland town is home to the famous monkey sanctuary and plenty of inspiring temples. The hotels seem to be more in keeping with Indonesian style and this gives you a better experience overall. You can definitely relax more in Ubud and take in the beautiful culture of the island. Take a visit to a temple or just watch the locals go about their daily lives. If you’re still desperate for a beach escape then try the nearby island Gili Trawangan. I loved it there and I’ll write a full blog post on this tiny paradise soon. This is what Bali is really about, not a cheap Bintang vest and an Arak cocktail.

What do you think? Have I judged Kuta unfairly or can you recommend anywhere else to visit in Bali?