Swaying palm trees. White sand beaches. Warm banana bread. Juicy pineapples. The chillest of vibes. Maui, Hawaii is a dream destination, and although we’ve been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 10 years – where a trip to Hawaii is a feasible weekend trip – we’d yet to visit until this summer! All I can say is … what the heck is wrong with us?! We’ve WASTED the last 10 years of my life not visiting Maui every chance we can get! Although we only had 3 days to spend in Maui, we fell head over heels. Our Maui itinerary is the perfect way to spend 3 days in Maui, from snorkeling to the Road to Hana to a luau to eating as much shave ice and banana bread as the human body can physically stand. What are you waiting for? Shaka, brah!
Rice paddies, monkeys, sandy beaches, volcanoes, temples: there is so much to see in Bali, Indonesia that it’s difficult to fit everything into one itinerary! But we’ve done the work for you and created the perfect 2-week Bali itinerary, plus tons of Bali travel tips to help you plan your trip. In this massive, giant, monster post, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan the perfect Bali Itinerary. I’ve included the exact 2-week itinerary we followed, plus suggested changes we’d make – and everything you need to know to plan your trip to Bali!
Before our trip to Bali this past July, we wondered: Is it actually possible to visit Bali on a budget? I mean, 99% of the Bali photos you see on Instagram involve fabulously beautiful people rolling around in luxury villas, swimming with all 18 of their abs in infinity pools, and eating way-too-fancy breakfasts while wearing high-end watches. So, we weren’t sure: is Bali a luxury playground, or are there budget-friendly deals to be found? Well, good news: you can absolutely visit Bali on a budget! You’ll just be experiencing a different side of Bali from the resort-goers and luxury lovers. Leave your high-end watch at home – you won’t be needing it where you’re going. We’ve partnered with Expedia to create this guide to saving money on a trip to Bali. Here are our favorite money saving tips for visiting Bali on a budget!
From overly aggressive monkeys in Ubud to that time we crashed our motorbike to reusable straws to what you’re supposed to do with your toilet paper (we’re still not sure?), we learned a lot during our first ever trip to Asia. Most importantly, we learned that Bali actually IS worth the hype! Here are 25 things that nobody told us before our trip to Bali, Indonesia.
We’ve been back to visit Minca multiple times (Lia: 3x, Jeremy: 2x, and counting), each time discovering new things to love about this magical place. And every time we’ve returned, we’ve stayed in the same place: Casa Loma Minca. There is something truly amazing about this eco-hostel, which feels like a rustic tree-house perched on a hill in a mountain. It’s the kind of hostel that turns travelers into backpackers. The kind of place where you make friends that last a lifetime. The kind of hostel that you’ll forever compare all other hostels to. Learn why Casa Loma is the best hostel in Minca, Colombia, and why we keep coming back.
Isla Barú, located just off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, is the kind of tropical paradise that most visitors to Cartagena envision when they book their tickets. Palm trees, bright blue Caribbean sea, sandy beaches, fresh seafood and fruit juice… heaven, basically. You can visit Isla Barú for the day, sunning on the shores of stunning Playa Blanca, or you can choose to stay overnight, which is what we did. Read this travel guide to Isla Baru for more tips about visiting Isla Baru and Playa Blanca, and our pick for the best Isla Barú hotel!