Hayley is a nerdy Aussie journalism grad living in Brisbane and exploring the region one weekend at a time. When she is not blogging, she is daydreaming of travelling. You can find her at http://hayleyonholiday.com.
Bali: My Island Paradise
It is no secret to my family and friends that I loveBalias much as the Queen loves her corgis (yes, that much). My first time visiting the Indonesian island province was in 2005, and I have been back three more times since then. There are a lot of reasons why I am head over heels in love withBali, but here are just a few.
The Balinese people are beautiful; it is as simple as that. The boys love Australian girls and every one of them will want to marry you. I have lost count of the amount of marriage proposals I have had – so if you need a confidence booster, look no further.
They are all so happy with smiles constantly on their faces, even when they have so little compared to us Westerners. You will make their day giving them a $5 tip, which is nothing for us but can give them so much.
Most Balinese are very strict Hindus and you will pass many temples on yourBalitravels. They believe wholeheartedly in karma, so they don’t lock away any possessions or property and trust everyone, as they think if someone steals from them, they will receive bad karma.
The Bali people make me appreciate my life and not take it for granted; and I am truly thankful for them for teaching me so much.
TheBaliisland is magical – you can drive across the province in nine hours and see such a variation in the landscape.Balihas beautiful beaches for swimming and surfing, whatever tickles your fancy more. There is Ubud in the centre, surrounded by lush green rice paddies and rolling hills. Then there isMountAgung, an active volcano. The best way to experience the landscape is on a bike tour, which you can organise with any tour operator.
Baliallows people to let out their inner bogan. Men can wear board shorts from morning to night, no matter what shape or size. And the same goes for women – there is no shame inBali. Shopping-wise, there are two options: bargaining and the boutiques. I have to be honest; I am a bit awful at bartering. The locals love to bargain, but I just feel bad all the time. As for the wares, you can get anything you want inBali, and if you can’t find it, then get it made from one of the many tailors.
Now I can’t do a post onBaliwithout mentioning the food. Nasi goreng, Mie goreng, Nasi campur, Gadi gadi, Cap cap… I am salivating just thinking of the beautiful meals you can get for around $4 at most restaurants. Make sure you have a go at all of the Indonesian specialities – you won’t be disappointed.
Baliis such a beautiful island that there is a slice of this tropical paradise to suit everyone – from the shopaholics to the adventure travellers to the surfer dudes. But one thing… when you go, have a Bintang for me!