Australians have a long affinity with holidaying in Bali. A cheap and cheerful holiday destination, Bali is a close and convenient option for those seeking an island break. On a recent trip to Bali my sister and I took a few days to wander off the well-worn tourist trail and discover a few secret spots.
What often happens when I travel is that I endeavour to do and see as much as possible, in every available hour. Sometimes, this can leave me feeling a little burnt out, especially if I am moving from place to place on a tight schedule.
There has always been something at the top of my ‘travel fantasy list’ - to stay on a remote island, in a cabin right on the beach. Waking up, within footsteps from clear, warm, aqua water. This dream came true at Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia. Finally, I had found as close as it comes, in today’s world, to paradise.
Before we were full time travel bloggers, Jess and I loved planning cheeky weekends away together to get away from the 9 to 5 and find a little adventure. Living in Perth our go to weekend away would have to be Bali.
Imagine Jackie Chan starring in an Asian sequel to the Hangover. Take away the high consumption of alcohol and add in a couple more weird and wacky experiences and you’ve got yourself 24 hours in Ho Chi Minh City, a.k.a Saigon. Here’s a recap of how I maximised a short amount of time in one of Asia’s most up and coming cities.
Taking a break at a beachside resort is a wonderful thing. You can lose days swimming, laying on the beach and doing your best to destroy the breakfast buffet. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to escape the monotony of your typical resort packed with tourists. In search of a different experience, we found ourselves falling in love with a breathtaking island in Indonesia that was unlike anywhere we’d been before.
When I was studying history at school I was always fascinated by China. Something about the country intrigued me, from the architecture and deep-seeded traditions to the food, artwork and culture. I finally got the chance to visit China this year, a place that may be on many people's travel bucket list, but tends to stay a little further down than it should.
When Brendan decided he would get out of the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur he found that the Batu caves to be just the sanctuary of peace and quiet he was after.My partner and I recently travelled throughout Malaysia and Singapore for a number of weeks. Besides undertaking the usual tourist activities such as the Petronas Towers, market shopping, Universal studios and Marina Bay Sands, we decided that we needed to take part in a cultural activity and that we would attend the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.