One last Bali sunset (and final thoughts) before heading to Vietnam. .
If you haven’t visited Bali, DO IT. The Balinese people are some of the friendliest, most helpful, and happiest people I have ever come across in my travels. I’m only realizing now how much I wish I had taken more pictures with them (a mistake I intend to correct throughout the rest of my travels). The local seafood is amazing. You can eat fresh fish caught just hours before while watching the sunset on the beach. While much of the popular areas have been built up, you can still travel to untouched areas for peace and quiet in rolling rice fields or even nearby islands for different experiences (Komodo Dragons, diving with Manta Rays, parties with special milkshakes 😬) and most places are within a few hours by car or boat. Also... the surf isn’t half bad.
On a somewhat more critical note... with the rise of tourism and technology, it’s very apparent that (for better or worse) something that was once here has been lost. The amount of development that has happened just in the four years since I was here last is astonishing. Streets that were empty and surrounded by trees are now littered with trash and restaurants/hotels/surf camps all owned by foreigners. The “offseason” that I came for on this trip, has been more crowded than the last time I visited in the high season. Spots that were once hidden gems are now pinned on Google Maps. If you want to see all the famous Instagram photo spots in Ubud, you can pay $100 for an 8 hour tour to each (that one hurts just to type). If you want content for boyfriends of Instagram, this is probably where 90% of it comes from.
With all that said, I am ready for a change. Very excited for Vietnam. I’ll be starting in Ho Chi Minh and then traveling north for a month before heading west to Laos. Stay tuned and if you are somehow in the same place, hit me up. .
#travelingtheworld #travelbug #travel #travelgram #wandergram #goexplore #travelstoke #latergram #instatravelling #traveljunkie #explore #iphonephotography #instablog #exploresolo #instalife #lovetotravel #instatravel #mylife #backpacktravel #sunset #sunsetvibes #sunsets