“What would you think about trip to Bali? ” I greet ever patient Hubby with my latest travel idea as he comes through the door at the end of a work day.
As one who knows he is married to a girl with a serious case of wanderlust, he grins.
“Can you tell me why we are talking about traveling to Bali? Don’t we have a trip to Africa booked next year?”
So the conversations go in our home. First of all it is no secret Hubby and I are well into the second half of the game of life. We hope not to be sitting on the nursing home bench in the final minutes of play in this world. Just in case we have decided to explore this big beautiful world. Some might say at a frenetic pace.
The fact that we have not stepped foot in Asia has been wandering my thoughts for some time. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth’s land mass the issue for me has been where to possibly start. I love to come up with travel ideas. Just ask my husband. Yet sometimes, such as tackling the world’s largest continent, I feel overwhelmed.
A trip to Bali?
Over time beautiful Bali has been making its way to the front of the confused line of destinations in my mind. Our daughter in law and her family returned from the lush island gushing about Bali’s beauty several years ago.
Travel bloggers wistfully write about a trip to Bali as a zen like destination filled with a rich culture and vibrant color. A place they always yearn to return to. As if Bali travel is the pot of gold at the end of the wanderlust rainbow.
Finding the Traveloka website sent my Bali tour dreaming into full gear. The internet can be such a happy place. As a result visions of tranquil beaches and vibrant flowers ease my angst as the snow begins to fall in Canada.
I point out to Hubby the listing for hotel Novotel Nusa Dua on Bali’s southern coast. I have decided, I mean am suggesting, this would be a great starting point. Nusa Dua with its white sand beaches is one of the most developed areas of Bali.
We have learned that arriving to a destination after an extended flight we do best to rest up. Nothing like a lagoon pool to help with the jet lag. I point our the free WiFi symbol to Hubby. He knows his trip will be much better if his wife isn’t chasing around looking for internet to plan the rest of the adventure.
As much as I am keen to travel to Indonesia and a trip to Bali in particular, the history and culture are something I know very little about. A nearby museum, explaining the diversity of ethnicity and languages of Asia Pacific, seems like a good spot to get our bearings.
Eat, Pray, Love
In researching I see that Ubud, the place made famous by the book and movie ‘Eat, Pray Love’ is only about 13 km (8 mi) from Nusa Dua. Also one of our daughter in law’s favorite spots from her trip to Bali.
So Hubby nods and smiles at my Bali travel details. Yet my travel dreams are already awash in this exotic land. Visions of radiant flowers splashing colors through the daily lives of the Balinese. Where ornate temples play an integral part of those who live in Bali. A surrounding sea with over 500 reef building coral species create home for the highest biodiversity of marine species in the world. A destination where Balinese gamelan percussion music wafts through the streets.
It seems like a trip to Bali is a great idea. Have you been to Bali? Feel free to let Hubby know in the comments below.
All photos courtesy of Ash Lockwood Photography.
This post is presented in collaboration with Traveloka. All yearning for Bali and opinions are my own.