Hey guys! Lindsey here! I recently went on a trip to South East Asia and it was one of the most amazing experiences ever! Overall we visited, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. I have had the most requests to do a blog post about Bali, so I’m going to write about our trip there first! I seriously loved everywhere we went.
We arrived in Bali really late after a pretty terrible travel day (which I will have to tell you about later) and it was like arriving in heaven. We stayed at the most amazing Airbnb in Balian Beach for the first 3 days in Bali. If you’re planning on visiting Bali, I HIGHLY recommend trying to stay here. One of the greatest perks of this Airbnb is they can arrange for you to have a driver, which for us arriving in a place we didn’t know super late at night was crucial. We felt safe and we knew our driver would take us where we needed to go. We ended up having several drivers arranged at this particular Airbnb and we loved all of them. The Airbnb also included a chef which made a delicious free breakfast every day and was available to make lunch or dinner for a pretty fair price. The food was always delicious and we were able to get a taste of Indonesian food! They also were able to arrange tours and massages for us. Everything was seamless! I’ll stop going off about this amazing place, if you can’t tell, I loved it.
Like I said earlier, our first Airbnb was located in Balian Beach. Balian Beach isn’t as much of a touristy place as other places in Bali like Ubud. That was one of the reasons we LOVED it. It didn’t feel as crowded and a lot of the places we visited weren’t full of tourists.
Our first day in Bali after a delicious Breakfast at our Airbnb we headed out to visit some temples. On our way to the temples we passed a lot of amazing Rice Paddies that were so beautiful, it was unlike anything I had ever seen. One of my friends that was with me rode his scooter everywhere and he said it was so cool, although if you’re not experienced in this area, I wouldn’t recommend it. One thing you’ll need if you visit Southeast Asia is a Sarong. A lot of temples have them for purchase at the front, but some of them don’t, and if they do have them they’re usually more expensive. I would recommend borrowing one from the place you’re staying if they have access to one (that’s what we did) or if you want a nice souvenir, buy one from a market and they’re usually more affordable than in front of the temples.
The first temple we visited was a Hindu Temple called the Mekori Temple in Tabanan. This temple has a few unique qualities. It is surrounded by forest which isn’t super common, but was super awesome because that meant it also had monkeys all over the place. They were super fun to see. Another unique part of this temple is that nobody really knows when it was built or how long it’s been standing. All we know is that it is ancient and surrounded by gorgeous large trees. This temple isn’t as famous as a lot of temples in Bali, but that was one of the reasons it was so great. We were the only people at the time and it was very peaceful. When you walked into the Mekori temple you say a prayer and then you wet your fingers with holy water and put rice on your forehead to signify you’ve prayed. A lot of temples will be super busy with tourists everywhere, because we were alone, it was a very special experience. The temple did require a donation to enter, so have cash ready just in case.
After the Hindu temple we went and got some lunch in Tabanan at a place called Warung Tepi Sawah. This restaurant was absolutely adorable and situated on some rice paddies. They had a main dining area or tables down the hill by themselves looking over the rice paddies. It was absolutely gorgeous and it was delicious too! We loved the juice here and we each got 2, because why not! The boys I was with tried their avocado chocolate smoothie too and they loved it. One of the best parts about Bali is the food is pretty inexpensive so you got A LOT of bang for your buck.
After lunch we drove to a Buddhist Temple called Vihara Dharama Giri. It was so amazing and so many intricate details and grand statues. One in particular was of a giant sleeping Buddha that was amazing. The entrance is free here, but again a donation is encouraged. There are sarongs offered here if you don’t have your own with you.
After the Buddhist temple we headed to hike Blahmantung Waterfall. We were lucky enough have a driver with us for the day that acted as our guide and took us to the waterfall. If you can’t have a guide and need to find it on your own, your best bet would be to ask some locals for help. It’s a beautiful drive down to the trail head, and then once you start the hike it’s pretty amazing. It’s not too difficult and you get to walk through fields of mandarine, coffee, banana, papaya, coconut and cacao trees growing. It was so awesome! There’s a pool at the bottom of the waterfall if you want to swim, but I would recommend bringing some water shoes so you don’t hurt your feet on the rocks!
That night we returned to our Airbnb to a delicious dinner and dessert as well as some amazing massages! We had no shortage of relaxation on this trip because massages were so affordable! It was glorious.
The next day we went snorkeling. I have been snorkeling several times in my life and this was by far the best experience I have ever had. The Airbnb booked a tour for us but we went to snorkel close to Menjangan Island, which was surreal riding past in the boat. They do a lot of scuba diving out there too if that’s your thing! It was SO cool to see the temples out on the cliff. The water was the perfect temperature and it was super clear. We saw so many colorful fish. It was magical. You NEED to snorkel if you go to Bali.
We had a pretty long drive home that day but of course we ended our day with a delicious dinner and massages again. We couldn’t resist.
The next day we woke up and at one last glorious breakfast at our Airbnb and headed to a Villa in Ubud to stay for our last night in Bali. We LOVED the Airbnb we stayed here too! We were just blown away by Bali.
This place also included breakfast and they had a delicious snack waiting for us when we got there.
We really wanted to fit in as much as we could while we were in Ubud so we visited a few different temples after we got settled at our Airbnb. We had another driver booked through our Airbnb and I have to tell you, the drivers here made all the difference. They knew the area and knew where we should go. It was the best way to get around Bali for sure.
The first temple we visited was a Hindu temple called Gunung Kawi Temple. This place was super cool. You have to walk through a lot of shops and down a lot of stairs that were also lined with shops (picture Ensenada vibes) to get to the Temple. Prepare for a lot of people approaching you to buy things, but also if you want to get souvenirs this wouldn’t be a bad place. They also have sarongs available to buy here if you didn’t bring one. We tried to avoid eating a lot food from shops or on the street to avoid getting sick, but they did have a lot of food options here. The temple was gorgeous and very old and covered in Moss. There was a beautiful river and lush trees everywhere. It wasn’t a site I expected from Bali, but it sure was gorgeous!
The next temple we visited is called Tirta Empul Temple and is built around a holy water spring. It was such a cool place and had very busy atmosphere. Our driver told us that a lot of people would visit this temple before major life events for good luck, or if they had a bad dream, they would come to this temple to partake of the water to make sure their bad dreams wouldn’t come true. It was very interesting to see.
The last place we visited was called Goa Gajah, a large elephant cave in Bali that dates back to the 11th Century! I believe it’s one of the oldest temples in Bali. This place was SO cool to see. This temple actually did require a ticket to get in. You walk down stairs to the main elephant cave temple and then after you can walk down more stairs to visit the Buddhist temple that’s down from the elephant temple. This was one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been. I just kept saying “wow!” over and over again. Definitely visit here if you’re planning a trip to Bali.
The next day we woke up and (surprise, surprise) got another massage after a delicious breakfast. Breakfast was for sure my favorite meal in Bali, mostly because I loved all of the fresh fruit. Later we decided we wanted to go see the main rice paddies in the Ubud. We took a drive to the rice paddies and stopped for lunch before we went and explored. For lunch we went to a place called D’Alas that had authentic Balinese food and was situated on top of a beautiful rice paddy! The food was so good here and we loved the atmosphere.
After that we went to a giant swing that looked over some rice paddies. There are a lot of popular swings in Bali but this one was part of a coffee shop and plantation. We don’t drink coffee, so we can’t tell you if that was good or bad, but the swing was awesome! It wasn’t very busy either which was awesome. Then we went and walked around some of the rice paddies in Tegallalang. It’s all so amazing!
Our last and final stop in Bali was to the sacred Monkey Forest. This place definitely lived up to all the hype. It was incredible. There were monkeys everywhere prancing around sacred temples and statues. It wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen. If you visit here, definitely don’t bring food or distracting objects, we did see several people getting slightly attacked by monkeys that brought in food. It was kind of hysterical, but also, slightly scary. So, use your common sense here and you will be just fine. The monkeys were so adorable and the surroundings were beautiful. Definitely a must see in Ubud.
All in all, I HIGHLY recommend you make Bali a place you visit in your life. It was pretty life changing and amazing to see and experience the landscape, culture, and the people. Visit Bali and let me know how it goes!
One of our favorite trips to date is a road trip through New England during the fall. If you don’t want to feel like you’re living in a postcard for a week, stop reading now, this post isn’t for you.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to plan a road trip but we recommend using the website Roadtrippers! From there it will help you decide what route is best and what places you shouldn’t be missing!
Here’s the route we took:START: Portland, Maine
1. Acadia National Park
2. Plymouth, New Hampshire
3. Sharon, Vermont
4. Grafton, New Hampshire
5. New York City, New York
6. New Haven, Connecticut
7. Boston, Massachusetts
8. Salem, Massachusetts
END: Portland Maine
Now, rent a comfortable road trip car, buy some treats, and follow along with us on the trip of your life.
Our flight landed in Portland, Maine and we didn’t skip a beat. Right after we picked up our rental car we drove straight to Portland Headlight, followed by a quick trip to a bakery for a gingerbread man. Did we mention we are driving in the FALL and everything is beautiful and there are halloween decorations everywhere?! Already we were under the spell of the New England Autumn.
We woke up the next morning and headed straight for Acadia National Park.
ACADIA. ACADIA. ACADIA. If the road trip just isn’t an option, please at least go here!
Everywhere we looked it was a postcard. It was incredible. So many bright colors.
So. Many. Selfies.
Lindsey has gotten a little TOO good at taking pictures out the car window.
That night we did something that we will never forget. We rented an AirBNB for the night at a LIFE-SIZE DOLL HOUSE. It didn’t really help that it was Halloween time and it felt slightly haunted when we arrived, but we LOVED it. Just in case you wanted our sleep deprived tour, we included our video! haha Please know we usually act like grown ups and not like we do in this video. And by usually, I mean like AT LEAST 30% of the time.
The next day was a Sunday, so we started off our day with Church followed by a visit to Sharon Vermont. It was absolutely beautiful!
After Sharon, we went to a nearby town to explore and to get some ice cream (obviously). There are the cutest churches and houses all over, we couldn’t stop taking photos of all of them.
Next Stop: NEW YORK CITY! We were lucky enough to score some tickets to Jimmy Fallon before this so that was our first stop of the day. We were so excited. We got a fist bump from THE Jimmy himself. So, we are basically besties. The rest of the day we explored our usual places of this city we love and obviously had to make a stop at Magnolia’s for their banana pudding and Serendipity because ice cream always. Is it cold outside? Doesn’t matter. If there is a good ice cream, we will find it.
The next day we headed to Boston but stopped in Connecticut for lunch. Lindsey loves cheesy jokes so obviously had to snapchat this sign.
Boston was so awesome. Everybody told us we had to start with the Freedom Trail. So that’s definitely what we did. We then had to get dinner in Little Italy because Lindsey loves Italian and you just can’t go to Boston without partaking! We finished our night off with a mandatory stop at Mike’s Pastry. We actually liked the cupcake better than the cannoli, so sue us!
The next morning we made a quick stop to see the Boston Temple before heading to our last stop: SALEM!
Our last stop was probably one of the highlights of the trip. Because it was halloween time, Salem was filled with fun people who may or may not have believed they were actually witches. We explored the town, saw pretty houses, went to some witch museums, visited A LOT of cemeteries, reenacted a couple of Hocus Pocus scenes, and of course partook in some local flavor (ahem Apple Cider DONUTS).
We were so sad when this trip had to end. This is for sure one of our favorite trips we have ever done. Please don’t hesitate and take a road trip through New England yourself. You will NOT be disappointed.
What are some other amazing road trips you have taken? Should we add one to our list?!
Everyone knows one of the best parts of Disneyland is being able to eat all of the most delicious food.
Here is a breakdown of our favorite treats from our most recent Disneyland trips.
It’s NEVER too early for ice cream. We purchased this to get the day rolling around 10am. Soft serve from The Cozy Cone is always a must! Found inside Disney’s California Adventure in Cars Land.
We do not go to Disneyland without eating corn dogs for lunch. Some may think we’re crazy, but we sure do like them! They are found in Disneyland on Main Street. It always seems to be perfect timing because we spend the morning in California Adventure and are ready for some grub before we conquer Disneyland!
Graham Cracker and PB Sandwich
This was our first time trying these, but they were delicious! Picture a graham cracker filled with peanut butter, then covered in chocolate. Absolutely delicious. These are found at Pooh’s Corner in Disneyland.
Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
These are also found at Pooh’s Corner in Disneyland. We discovered these a couple trips ago and have continued to go back each time. Just a few marshmallows (homemade, might I add) on a stick, covered in chocolate. Phenomenal.
The Blue Bayou
If you’ve ever ridden the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, you might remember passing an area where people are sitting there eating. The restaurant is inside the ride! So cool! This place is often hard to get into and you will need a reservation, but we made ours the day of and were able to get in. This was a bucket list item for Lindsey, so since we were there on her birthday, we had to do it! They even brought her a free chocolate Mickey dessert with candles!
By the time we ate, they already had the dinner menu out. We ordered two servings of the ribeye steak to split between the four of us. DELICIOUS. We were surprised by how delicious it was exactly! It also came with some insanely good macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, veggies, and some delicious bread for the table. OH! I almost forgot to mention the AMAZING gumbo that came with our meal. So, so good.
We definitely recommend this place if you are wanting a nice sit down meal while at Disneyland! The food is great and the atmosphere is amazing!
Ice Cream on Main Street
An early dinner allows for more treats at night. That is fine by us! We NEVER leave Disneyland without hitting up the Ice Cream Parlor on Disneyland’s Main Street. They have insanely good waffle cones, with delicious ice cream. We highly recommend the cookies and cream. Plus, it’s pretty affordable for the amount of ice cream you get. Win win!
But sometimes the ice cream gets the best of you.
Mickey’s Cream Cheese Filled Pretzel
This was recommended to us by someone on our Instagram page, and we just want to say THANK YOU! We found this at the Refreshment Center on Main Street. It was gone in about 30 seconds. Imagine a nice warm pretzel filled with soft cream cheese…yum.
Somehow, we seem to have zero pictures of Kelsey eating a churro, but you better believe that she eats at least one every time she is at a Disney Park. They can be found in both Disneyland and California Adventure from little vendor carts. We swear they have one about every 20 feet! HA!
If you like french fries, these are a must try! They are very delicious. Find them at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square.
They also sell the same gumbo that is sold at Blue Bayou. Try it. You won’t regret it.
You may have heard of this famous sandwich from Disneyland. It is also found at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. This is a fried ham and cheese sandwich with powdered sugar on top and a side of jelly. It doesn’t get much more unhealthy than that.
Clearly we are fans of all things Southern. Disney beignets are just the cutest, because they are Mickey shaped! These can be found at Cafe Orleans or at Mint Julep Bar, which is also in New Orleans Square but just around the corner near The Haunted Mansion.
Plus, if it’s your birthday, they will even bring it to you with a candle!
Ok, so this one isn’t food, but Lindsey swears that the Diet Coke in Disneyland is better than most places. Kelsey is just mad they don’t sell Diet Dr. Pepper in the parks.
Clearly, we love the food at Disneyland just a little too much.
What are your favorite Disney treats?! Please tell us in the comments, we are always looking to try something new!
I told you in my Maui post that I would highlight a few of the places we ate throughout the week. We ate pretty darn well, I must say. Here are a few of our favorite places:
This was a real treat for us. This is definitely high end dining and I would not recommend Spago if you’re on a traveling tight budget. We had some friends who were also in Maui at the time and they wanted to take us out to their favorite restaurant on the island. Let’s just say that we were not disappointed!
Located inside the Four Seasons Resort, we had an amazing dinner with the sun setting on the ocean in the background. We aren’t the biggest fans of seafood, so Jordan and I had the pork chops and chicken breast. It was honestly so, so delicious, but in hindsight we regret not going out on a limb and opting for a seafood dish here, especially considering everything served in this restaurant is caught same day. We won’t make the same mistake next time!
This was recommended by several people. It is located in Paia and we stopped here on our way home from hiking. I am dumb and was imagining it as being actual flatbread (i.e. a piece of bread with toppings), but it was actually a pizza place. And pretty dang delicious!
We had a large party and they were able to seat us in an open area. We ordered several pizzas and shared each pizza between 2-3 people. We ordered the pepperoni and it was good, but the consensus was that the “Mopsy’s Kalua Pork” was the favorite.
You cannot visit Hawaii without grabbing some shaved ice. That would just be ludacris.
There didn’t seem to be as many options as there are on Oahu, but maybe that was just my observation from our side of the island. We stopped at a small place near The Shops at Lahaina called Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. My family used to own a shave ice place when I was younger, so I feel like I’m a pretty good judge. This place was delicious. I went with pineapple, guava and coconut. Can’t do anything less tropical when in Hawaii!
If you don’t try out any of my other recommendations, please try this one. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT. This place was so dang delicious. The Gazebo is hidden right next to a hotel pool and along the beach. They are only open until 2pm and you’re most likely always going to find a line, but it moves fast and is worth it.
We split an order of banana pancakes with their special toppings (which included coconut syrup and whipped cream). HOLY COW. I’m now forever a fan of coconut syrup and I did not want the goodness to end. We also ordered fried rice. I know this sounds a little unconventional for breakfast, but trust me. It’s delicious and you will not be disappointed. The plates are large, so it was easy to split between 3 of us at our table.
Kimo’s was another great place with a great view of the ocean. We had quite a large party, so we were seated more inside. They had great starters with free bread and muffins. Jordan and I split the ribs which came with fries and veggies. The veggies weren’t great, and the food wasn’t the best thing we’ve ever had, but still good.
The dessert menu is where it’s at though! The hula pie is a must try here. It is a giant slice of ice cream pie covered in hot fudge and other deliciousness. We ordered one for the whole table, but if I’m being honest, I could have eaten much more than just a couple bites! We ordered the chef’s version, which includes mint chocolate chip ice cream instead of macadamia nut ice cream.
Leoda’s was another recommendation. We heard that basically anything on the menu is good and I believe it.
We ordered the banana cream pie and it was bomb! We’re pretty sure most of their desserts would be delicious, but maybe steer clear of the chocolate haupia pie. We weren’t digging that one so much.
This was our last meal on Maui. It’s a fun environment and luckily they let us pick food off of the main menu even though we were seated in the dinner area. (I know that probably doesn’t make sense, but they had a special menu if you were seated in a certain area.)
We had to eat in a hurry before we headed to the airport, but we split a burger and fries and it was really delicious! Also, we wore Hawaiian shirts, so we felt pretty cool as you would expect. 😉
Honolua Store near the Ritz Carlton
We stopped here a few different times to grab food. One of which was an acai bowl for breakfast. It was good, but the acai was frozen. I am guessing that you can find some even better bowls somewhere else.
We had burgers here one night and they were actually pretty dang good. I highly recommend getting the sweet potato fries with that too.
Last but not least, pick up some banana bread here. There were some packaged homemade loaves that we spotted after Julia’s was a bust, and… they were delicious! After we stopped here for breakfast, we got a few more loaves to bring home with us and Jordan ran all the way home carrying them. Talk about dedication!
Of course on our way to the airport we stop and get gelato. This is because I have zero self control and I love gelato. We hit up Ono Gelato near Lahaina and it was DELICIOUS. Perfect way to cap off a vacation. Cookies and cream was out of this world!
Moral of the Story: Maui has some good eats! Let us know your favorite Maui restaurants in the comments!