You would think that becoming a travel blogger is living a dream life. But in fact it is not! I felt overwhelmed by all the work I had to do. That is why on my home, I decided to have a rest and and go to Bali for some vacations.
I didn’t really schedule this trip and it was more a last minute vacation. I Just wanted to enjoy the trip without thinking about work and stressful matters. I had my PADI open water certification earlier, and I wanted to improve my diving skills. Amed was my first diving spot. It was an amazing place and I feel like there is no places where you can dive better than there. I have also been to Pemuteran, which was an amazing spot as beautiful as Amed. Besides, I was so lucky to find this place. It is quite hidden so far and very a peaceful place. After some diving sessions in these spots, I have been chilling out at the Griya Villa and Spas in Amed. I had to have some rest a little bit after all these efforts. Cleaning up my body and make myself a brand new man. I had so many issues to relax after my trip in Mongolia, and this was a really good thing for me. Considering my savings and the money I kept for this occasion, I chose to stay in Griya Villa. I spent the whole day diving, but I did not feel tired to swim in my own pool afterwards. Because this was my own pool, so it didn’t really matter if I swim with my underwear on.
Discovering the Balinese life
The goal of this trip was to take care of myself. And after consideration, spending my time at Griya was the best decision I have ever taken since a long time. Griya is an amazing place. There are so many things I enjoyed there. For instance, the art and the atmosphere make me felt it is Balinese. Besides, everyone has been really welcoming and friendly to me. I didn’t regret my choice. And you know what? Bali was the first place where I have been in Southeast Asia. I never imagined this trip in Bali to be like this. So when I felt it for real and saw all these things by my eyes, I was speechless. Many people are telling that Bali is a bunch of stereotypes and I wanted to make things and challenge the received wisdom. Bali is known for being a very beautiful place and has scenes like heaven. It is ideal for backpackers with a small budget. I have also been advised to avoid the South Kuta and its close area, in order to escape from the crowd and not ruining my trip in Bali. Furthermore, the success of the tourism in these areas is ruining the local scenes and those have lost their charm. This is not the kind of places I wanted to see. I am more into calm and peaceful places like Amed and Pemuterain. I have done my utmost to not act like a super tourist. Nonetheless, my curiosity was too strong! So I asked to local people what were the good spots to visit.
The best thing if you want to discover the real local life in Bali is to live in homestay. This was a good way for me to get to know about Bali and it is a different experience from staying at the hotel. And from my perspective, staying in a homestay was the best experience ever. I could get to know about Bali’s culture and lived closely with the family. My plan right after being in a homestay was to spend two days to relax. However, my activities with this family did not really enable me to stick to my plan. Afterwards, I like this plan. By staying together, I could know about all the different thinfs that I wanted to know about Bali. The success of this trip appealed to me and helped me to enjoy the Balinese culture. I got to know in detail this Wayan’s family and have a closer attention to the Balinese culture. As an exchange for this experience, I brought them my Starbuck coffee. But this was definitely the perfect vacation for me.