Oh Bali, I love you.

One of the most enchanting places that I was lucky enough to visit during my travels was the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia.

I’d heard incredible things about Bali before going there, but I didn’t think I’d fall in love with it as much as I did. After flying in to the sweaty hustle and bustle of Denpasar, I was relieved to begin my Bali journey in the much more tranquil, cultural and crafty town of Ubud. Surrounded by Bali’s iconic rice fields, Ubud has so much to offer. As well as viewing the incredible landscapes and simply taking the stunning views in, there’s also plenty to keep you occupied, such as eating at one of Ubud’s healthy organic cafes, visiting the Monkey Forest, visiting the historic temples or checking out the local Art.

One of the best ways to really explore Bali is going on a tour (in a taxi). We booked our driver in Ubud, and as a lover of waterfalls I asked if he would take us to see one (not originally in the set tour). It was a fairly long journey (a couple of hours north) but we finally reached GitGit Twin waterfall, which was absolutely breathtaking. As Agung, our driver, picked us up early, we managed to get to the waterfall when it was completely empty and enjoy some time swimming before other people began to arrive.

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There were a few other places that we visited on the tour including some of Bali’s stunning rice fields – I cannot even describe the colours and charm of the scenery as my words just wouldn’t do it justice. We had lunch and coffee overlooking the fields in a little Balinese restaurant and looked out over the stunning views. It was a tranquil bliss that I’ve never experienced before. On our way back to Ubud, we visited our driver, Agung’s home and drank fresh coconuts offered by his Uncle, which were the freshest and sweetest I have ever tasted.

I could write about Bali literally all day. It is the most stunningly beautiful and serene place, especially when you explore a bit deeper away from the more touristy areas.

Peace, love and waterfalls all day long

xxx

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HELLO ENGLAND, we meet again.

After 6 absolutely INCREDIBLE months travelling around the world… I am back to reality.

Now, the initial novelty of getting back home, seeing all my friends and family and having a good old fashioned “knees up” is beginning to wear off. My sun-kissed skin is getting less sun-kissed by the day and as I am temporarily without car, I am beginning to get a taste of cabin fever. Coming back from travelling the world and having adventures every single day is quite strange really. I feel as though so much has happened during my travels – I’ve met so many people and done so many crazy things – but now I am back home I feel like no time has passed.

During my time away I visited 8 amazing countries, each offering something unique to my experience. Despite that, I feel like I still haven’t even scratched the surface and am already beginning to get itchy feet for another trip. The countries I visited are as follows: Canada, America, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia (Bali), The Philippines and Thailand.

My favourite country and new home away from home is the GORGEOUS Fiji. (I’m currently plotting how I can move there permanently and unfortunately it is not as straight forward as I’d have hoped!) Before I went away I thought beaches like that only existed in my dreams… but no. It is a real-life paradise offering island life at it’s absolute best. As a backpacker, island hopping in Fiji is fairly easy and best left unplanned and spontaneous in my opinion. Initially staying at Bamboo hostel on the mainland in Nadi, fairly near to the airport, I planned my trip to visit a couple of the islands through my hostel and it turned out to be super cheap and easy! The people in Fiji are also unbelievably friendly and will go out of their way to help you and make sure you feel right at home – which I definitely did!

I shall document more stories of my travels now that I am back at home, trying to re-live every single bit! Now here is a photo of a beach in Fiji for some #wanderlust inspo!

Peace and love and all the beaches x

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