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I was lucky enough to visit Bali twice in 2018, once for a holiday and once for a work conference.
Between these two visits I spent time in Ubud, Seminyak, Legian, enjoyed a
celebratory dinner in a cave at the stunning Samabe Resort in Nusa Dua, finishing off with a day trip to visit a small part of Northern Bali, ticking off the UNESCO World Heritage Rice Terraces - Jatiluwih and the commonly photographed Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.
I have loved Bali both times, and would go back again in a heartbeat!
Ubud - my favorite part of Ubud is how tranquil the area is. Think EAT LOVE PRAY. The lush surroundings really paint an image of the 'real' bali. The people here are very friendly with the markets still being mainly authentic. We stayed in a resort over looking the river - this peaceful environment gave a new meaning to relaxation.
One activity I loved while in Ubud was a half day bike ride. This leisurely ride took us through the back roads of small villages, cruising past locals in their everyday lives, into rice paddies where we got up close and personal to the workers maintaining the paddies. This was a great way to see life through the eyes of the locals and getting away from the touristy hot spots.
I also enjoyed visiting the Monkey Forest – although a tad scary at first, it was amazing to see the monkeys running free and munching down bananas from whoever they could! I would not recommend taking young children here, but it is a great experience.
Seminyak was a great beach destination, colourful umbrellas scattered along the beach makes for an awesome sight as you are watching the sunset (one of the best places to view!). There are beach bars along the beach making for a relaxing evening. Not to mention, the BEST burgers I have tried!
I love Samoa - it is naturally beautiful, authentic and warm. When you picture clear blue waters on a topical island, Samoa is exactly that.
I have visited Samoa on two occasions, once on a personal holiday. I loved how quiet Samoa was, the crystal blue waters and how laid back it is.
Samoa truly is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. With that being said, there is a range of activities to do if your feet do get itchy - visit To Sua Ocean Trench, a wonderful big swimming hole (one of the most Instagramed places in Samoa), or why not try one of the bush walks?
I also visited on an educational where I was fortunate to see a large amount of properties within Samoa, on both Upolu and Savaii. There is wide range of properties available in Samoa suitable for any needs, from surfing, to Adults Only to good family options.
Whether you are wanting to spend time in a traditional 'fale' or Resorts with pools and day spas, Samoa has something for you.
I spent a whirlwind weekend in Queenstown in early December, although we often overlook our own country, Queenstown is somewhere not to be missed!
Filled with adventure, amazing food options and photo opportunities, Queenstown really does live up to the hype.
To add a fun twist on arrival to Queenstown, jump on board the Kjet arrival transfer. Be whisked across Lake Wakatipu from the Airport to town. Starting your holiday on a high, while getting your first glimpse of all the natural beauty around you.
Pointer for Queenstown: If you are wanting to try the famous (and yummy) Fergburger, make a phone order so you don't need to stand in line for ages!