Sitting in the spa villa at The Amala, Seminyak, Bali
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Day 17: Traveling from Bali to Bangkok

September 13, 2018 - While traveling from Bali to Bangkok would take most of our day, at least it didn't have to start insanely early. Our flight out of DPS wasn't until 12:16 pm, so we didn't have to leave for the airport until 9:30 am. We were still up early since we were used… Continue reading Day 17: Traveling from Bali to Bangkok

Lauryn snorkeling at Nusa Penida in Bali
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Day 16: Snorkeling in Bali with Manta Rays at Manta Point

September 12, 2018 - Snorkeling in Bali with manta rays at Manta Point off the coast of Nusa Penida was one of the main things I wanted to do while we were on the island of the gods. We thought about getting scuba certified before our trip to Southeast Asia, but we didn't have enough… Continue reading Day 16: Snorkeling in Bali with Manta Rays at Manta Point

Sunrise at the top of Mount Batur
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Day 15: Hiking Mount Batur at Sunrise

September 11, 2018 - I'm not going to lie, the thought of hiking Mount Batur at sunrise both excited me and terrified me. Before our trip, I heard from people who thought the Mount Batur sunrise hike was one of the most amazing things they had ever done. But for every person that loved the… Continue reading Day 15: Hiking Mount Batur at Sunrise

Saraswati Temple Ubud, Bali
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Day 14: Saraswati Temple, Monkey Forest, and Sunset Dinner in Seminyak

September 10, 2018 - For our last morning in Ubud, we decided to visit one of the prettiest temples in the center of town called Saraswati Temple and then experience the famous Monkey Forest. We didn't have to leave for Seminyak until 12:00 pm, so we had a good amount of time to explore both sites.… Continue reading Day 14: Saraswati Temple, Monkey Forest, and Sunset Dinner in Seminyak

Pool at Komaneka Monkey Forest Ubud Bali
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Day 13: Tegalalang Rice Terraces and Exploring Ubud Temples

September 9, 2018 - For our one full day exploring Ubud, we decided to hire a driver to take us to all the main sites including the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Originally, we were going to rent a motorbike since it was super cheap. But I had heard horror stories ahead of our trip of… Continue reading Day 13: Tegalalang Rice Terraces and Exploring Ubud Temples

Walking the Naga Staircase at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Day 11: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Exploring Chiang Mai Old City

September 7, 2018 - When I was planning our time in Chiang Mai I decided to leave one day open because I wanted to make sure we had enough time just to wander the Old City without any structure. In the end, I'm so glad I did this because it allowed us to plan a trip… Continue reading Day 11: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Exploring Chiang Mai Old City

The beautiful decorations for our desserts
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Day 10: Cooking Class with Thai Farm Cooking School

September 6, 2018 - We were ready and down in the lobby of BED Hotel around 7:45 am so we could enjoy breakfast a little longer than we did the day before. Our instructor from Thai Farm Cooking School (TFCS) would be picking us up around 8:30 am. The lovely Eva made me another cappuccino as… Continue reading Day 10: Cooking Class with Thai Farm Cooking School

Blue domed church in Oia, Santorini, Greece
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Traveling to Santorini

I have to admit, when I was on the hunt for a Greek island getaway to top off our month-long Europe trip, traveling to Santorini was towards the bottom of the list. Why? Because EVERYONE travels to Santorini. It's very touristy and I was looking for the quintessential Greek island without the crowds. So how… Continue reading 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Traveling to Santorini