I can’t say that Bali is my favorite destination in the world, but it’s slowly growing on me. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the island five times over the past 18 months and during each trip I have managed to find a new facet of Bali that makes me love this little tropical island more and more.
During previous visits I spent the majority of my time in crazy Kuta Beach and peace-loving Ubud, but this time around I was able to see a new side of Bali. Aaron and I were thrilled to have one of our nearest and dearest friends, Élan and her friend Eric visit Bali this past weekend. And although they were there to shoot a wedding, we were all able to spend an action-packed two days traipsing around the island together.
We were based in the tranquil resort area of Nusa Dua, which I’d honestly never heard of before this trip. With its turquoise beaches and swanky hotels it was a completely different side of Bali than I’d ever seen.
Given that Aaron and I were with two people who had never been to Indonesia before (or even Southeast Asia!) we tagged along as they took in as much of Bali as they possibly could. From Ubud’s rice terraces to Nusa Dua’s surf spots to one of Bali’s ritziest hotels, I feel like we saw it all…or as much as anyone can in 48 hours. We did really well, if I do say so.
It was a blast having the chance to see Bali through the eyes of Southeast Asia virgins. But what was probably more fun for me was traveling with two professional photographers. It’s not often that I get to travel with people who don’t get annoyed when I whip out my camera every two seconds. And it was seriously inspiring to watch them work and see their creative wheels constantly turning. It made me realize just how much I’d like to up my photography game and inspired me make it a priority.
While this trip was short and sweet, it allowed me to see a new side to the endlessly fascinating island, through a completely different lens. I thought I’d seen it all, but yet again I was confronted with the reality that there is just so much left to see in Bali.
Now that my time in Indonesia is coming to an end (only five weeks left!), I’m starting to realize that I won’t have the luxury to just jet off to Bali for impromptu trips anymore – something I have done many a time this past year. Bali has become my home away from home…away from home, so bidding it farewell made me a little nostalgic. But being able to jet around the island with three awesome people was the perfect way to say goodbye.
I’ll have more Bali posts coming up in the next couple weeks, but for now here’s a sneak peek of what I got up to last weekend.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Local market near Ubud
Have you ever visited a place that manages to surprise you again and again?