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Bali, Indonesia: 5 Things NOT to do

While we absolutely loved our time in Bali, Indonesia, here are the things that looking back we wish we had done differently. 1. Don’t go to Bali solely for the beaches There are so many beautiful things to see in Bali that it would be a waste to spend all of your time on the beach. And honestly, the beaches are not the most impressive in the world. We didn’t make it to the southern portion of the island which I hear has much nicer beaches, but even still I think that if you’re looking for a beach vacation then Bali is not the right designation for you. 2. Don’t go to the Monkey Forest A lot of people may disagree with this one (including Jake), but this place was NOT for me. The monkeys in Bali are¬†Macaques which are not known to be the friendliest species of monkey. They are extremely aggressive and will not hesitate to jump on you, attempt to steal your camera, sunglasses, water bottle, etc., or even worse bite you. …

Bali, Indonesia: 5 Things You Must Do

Bali is one of the most incredible, unique and diverse destinations in the world. Though extensive tourism has caused some areas to lose their magic, there are still plenty of off the beaten path destinations worthy of exploration on this Island of the Gods. 1. Soak in the Balinese Hindu Culture While Indonesia is primarily an Islamic country (~88% of the country is Muslim), 93% of the population on the island of Bali is Hindu. The Balinese Hindu culture is peaceful and beautiful and the people you’ll meet here are some of the nicest and most trustworthy to be found. One thing in particular that shocked us was their trustworthy nature. Our driver for example didn’t even attempt to collect any payment for our full day tours and airport transfers¬†until dropping us off at the airport on the last day. He simply trusted that we would return each day and pay in full in the end. I was also shocked at how safe I felt as I arrived and spent the first two days as …