Monthly Archives: June 2016

Doing Bali like a flashpacker


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Bali: it’s one of the world’s most fabulous destinations, as its temples, lavish resorts, and amazing beaches has drawn people from around the world for generations.

While you can certainly do this place on a budget, the real rewards of this destination are saved for those that are willing to spend just a little bit more.

Indeed, Bali makes a mid-range budget stretch like no other place on Earth, and there’s excellent value at the top end as well. If you got some cash to spend, you can live like a king doing Bali like a flashpacker…

Stay in a fancy resort

When it comes to staying on Bali, there is no better way to experience the extravagance that is available here than to stay in a higher end hotel, resort or a villa.

Whether you are seeking to stay on the beaches of Seminyak, or retreat to the rice fields of Ubud, there is a special place just waiting for you.

A personal favorite of ours is the Inaya Putri Bali; located within the secure confines of Nusa Dua, its multiple restaurants, beautiful gardens, spectacular white sand beaches, soothing spas and marvelous infinity pools will have you excited from the second that you set foot on their property.

If you are looking for something else, or want to stay in a different part of Bali, browse a bit on, and you will be sure to find exactly what you are looking for.

Sample Indonesian cuisine in inspired surroundings

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There are many warungs, or local Indonesian eateries where one can get an accurate depiction of Balinese cuisine, but some restaurants do this style of food a level of justice that is of great interest to flashpackers.

Those that want to seek out the very best that Bali has to offer should make their way to the town of Karangasem.

It is here, far away from the busy streets of Kuta Beach, where one can dine on amazing delicacies at Bali Asli restaurant.

From Babi Guling to Nasi Goreng to Sates, you will be in a state of bliss from the first bite you take.

Fill your days with amazing activities

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Bali is filled from top to bottom with activities and things to do for people of all interests. Like culture? If you cannot get enough of temples, you will be constantly traveling from one corner of the island to the other.

From the ocean side temple of Tanah Lot, to the simple beauty that awaits you at the mountain top pagoda found at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, you’ll be overloaded with things to see.

If you are more attracted to the outdoors, Bali has you covered here as well. The breakers that roll across the southern coast of Bali have long been famed to be among the best in the world alongside the likes of Hawaii, making it the perfect place to take up surfing.

If climbing mountains is more your thing, the volcanoes that make up the interior of Bali will be calling your name.

Set out on a pre-dawn trip to the base of Mount Batur, and with the assistance of a headlamp, you’ll make it to the peak just in time for a sunrise that you’ll never forget.


How to holiday like a flashpacker on the Big Island of Hawaii


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Looking to get to Hawaii for the first time ever this year? Be sure to do it properly, as those that are willing to spend a little bit more can have a peak experience that far surpasses living small in this amazing place.

If you are looking to holiday like a flashpacker on the Big Island of Hawaii, the tips listed below will help you sample some of the finer things in life as they exist here…

Rent a proper villa

An experience in Hawaii that is flash starts with having the right home base. While there are hotels, guest houses, and bed and breakfasts scattered across the island, the best possible way to enjoy your time here is to rent your own villa.

This way, you will have all the comforts of home at your fingertips while not having to contend with a neighbor that snores like a chainsaw at night.

There are many Big Island home rentals that are at your disposal that boast features such as Playstations for the kids, locations on golf courses, and all the latest furnishings that are fashion forward.

With all of this available for a price that is not as expensive as you might imagine, you and your friends can have a holiday that is several levels above any other trip that you’ve done in your life to this point.

Visit a coffee plantation

When it comes to the first outing that you do on the Big Island, any coffee drinker owes it to themselves to go on a plantation tour in the Kona area.

On the misty mountainside above the villages of Kona and Kailua, rows upon rows of trees containing the fruit from which coffee beans are harvested are farmed.

Tours of the fields and the mills on site will give you an idea of how the beans go from the field to ending up as part of one of your favorite morning rituals.

Go on a helicopter tour

The mountains, beaches, and the coastline of the Big Island of Hawaii are responsible for some of the most dramatic natural scenery on the planet.

While this is apparent from the ground, it can only truly be appreciated by taking to the air. Around the island, there are numerous operators that will take you up in one of their helicopters, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the volcanoes, valleys, cliff faces and other points of interest that look much more awe-inspiring from thousands of feet in the air than from the ground.

Snorkel some of the best reefs off the coast

Another aspect of Hawaii that cannot be not properly appreciated from land is the amount of marine diversity that can be found beneath its waters just offshore.

The west coast is a particularly popular place to go snorkeling, as the mountains of the interior block the east-blowing trade winds from disturbing the waters off the coast of Kona. The volcanic rock that can be found everywhere off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii makes for ideal growing ground for coral reefs.

This in turn provides an environment where tropical fish can thrive, and it is also a great place to see the graceful manta ray float by as they feed on plankton.