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Travel's Three Gifts: Notes from an Indonesian Island

Travel's Three Gifts: Notes from an Indonesian Island Candace Rose Rarton The first time I meet Rai is at the morning market in Sampalan, the largest town on the Indonesian island of Nusa Penida. She says hello to me from behind mounds of mangos and bright green chilies at the stall she runs with her mother. Despite the...

Photo Of The Day: Climbing Active Volcano Mount Bromo

Photo Of The Day: Climbing Active Volcano Mount Bromo Lauren Irons, Flickr Ever set foot on an active volcano? There are about 1500 known active volcanoes around the world, and if you're up for it, you are able to climb many of them. Mount Bromo in East Java is one of those active volcanoes, and in this photo by Lauren...

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday xcode, Flickr AKA: Vesakha, Vesak, Wesak, Visak, Vixakha and many more derivatives. When? The second Sunday in May OR the day of the full moon in May OR the Sunday nearest to the day of the full moon in May OR the eighth day of the fourth lunar month OR if you've decided...

Photo Of The Day: Javanese Graffiti

Photo Of The Day: Javanese Graffiti Barcelona and Berlin might be known for their guerilla street art, but graffiti isn't reserved for these cosmopolitan capitals alone. Instagram user laurenirons snapped this shot while in Jogja, Indonesia. Also known as Yogakarta, Jogja is a city known for its classical...

Photo Of The Day: Runway Traffic

Photo Of The Day: Runway Traffic We here at Gadling are airplane nerds. We take pictures of the view from the gate, our inflight meals, and even take portraits in the bathroom. Even my daughter has become an airplane nerd before the age of 2, stopping in her tracks and pointing to the sky at the sight of...

Photo Of The Day: Bicycles In Batavia

Photo Of The Day: Bicycles In Batavia Sometimes on our travels, we come across a scene so perfectly photogenic, we have to wonder if it was staged. Today's Photo of the Day was taken by Flickr user thetravelingteacher in Jakarta's Old Batavia, or Kota, area. The line of rented bicycles with matching helmets is...

Photo Of The Day: Buddha On The Beach In Bali

Photo Of The Day: Buddha On The Beach In Bali Now try saying that five times fast. This Photo of the Day, from Instagram user terra_tripper, features a golden Buddha statue nestled in the sands of Sanur, Bali. Ostensibly, he's there to imbue the beach with peace and zen. We just think it makes for a cool...

Photo Of The Day: Cidomo - Gili Trawangan

Photo Of The Day: Cidomo - Gili Trawangan This Photo of the Day, titled "Cidomo - Gili Trawangan," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member Terra_Tripper and features a cidomo, a small horse-drawn carriage commonly found on the Islands of Lombok and the Gili Islands of Indonesia. Part of his Bali/Lombok set on...

Video: Macroworld Of Bali

"Macroworld of Bali" from globaldivemedia.com on Vimeo. Many people who flock to Bali each year go, at least in part, for the ocean scenery. Unmistakably gorgeous waters unfold at the foot of the sand on Bali beaches. Those seeking adventure experience the water...

Diver Captures First Full Light Field Underwater Images With Lytro Camera

Diver Captures First Full Light Field Underwater Images With Lytro Camera The Lytro Camera is an interesting piece of technology for sure. Like all cameras, it is adept at capturing images that we can later share with friends and family. But what separates the Lytro from any other consumer camera on the market is its ability to capture the entire...

Video Of The Day: Escape To The Beaches Of Bali

This sleepy video made in Bali, Indonesia, by InfinityList has me daydreaming about a sunny escape. Shot from Uluwatu, Balangan, and Bingin, it perfectly captures the relaxed beach vibe that so may of us seek out in our travels. One watch and you might also be...

Video: A Sublime Disruption

"A Sublime Disruption" from Gareth Nolan on Vimeo. Gareth Nolan shot this short film, "A Sublime Disruption," during a trip around the world he took in 2011. "This video is not about the places I visited, but merely an attempt to evoke the feeling of wonder and...

Video Of The Day: People Of The Coral Triangle

In today's video of the day, filmmaker James Morgan follows the people of the Bajau Laut, one of the last nomadic marine communities in the world who move between Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. These countries are part of the Coral Triangle, a roughly...

Unexpected Offerings On A Return To Bali

Unexpected Offerings On A Return To Bali Last month, I spent a week on the Indonesian island of Bali as a guest of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. This was my first visit to that blessed place since I'd fallen in love with it 34 years ago. Like me, the island had lost some of its innocence in the...

Listen To 'In Bali With Baggage' On CBC's 'WireTap'

Jon Goldstein was able to publish our excellent series "In Bali With Baggage" over on "WireTap" this past weekend, marking the first time that a Gadling story has ever been broadcast on the North American radio waves. You can check out the landing page for the show over...

In Bali With Baggage: Monkeys, A Cat, A Lotus Flower

In Bali With Baggage: Monkeys, A Cat, A Lotus Flower [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Madai and I study the tourist map and decide our next stop will be a place marked as "The Monkey Temple." It is in Ubud, in the midst of a forest overrun with monkeys. As we make our way, I find myself growing...

In Bali With Baggage: Madai

In Bali With Baggage: Madai [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Is it possible to avoid the snare of Bali's cheap drink, massages, great food and beaches to hit the countryside and visit temples? It seems like it'd take some will power. But as indicated in earlier installments, I...

Photo Of The Day: Boats Off Jimbaran Beach

Photo Of The Day: Boats Off Jimbaran Beach This Photo of the Day is titled "Boats Off Jimbaran Beach" and comes from Gadling Flickr pool member philbardino. It shows a variety of fishing boats anchored off Jimbaran Beach in Bali, Indonesia. Jimbaran beach, on the West Coast of Bali, is small, secluded and...

In Bali With Baggage: A Night

In Bali With Baggage: A Night [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] I will give travel this: it gives us an excuse. It allows us to get away with things we never could back home. In Bali I can have beer with my breakfast. I can take three baths during the day. I can spend a great deal of...

In Bali With Baggage: A Massage

In Bali With Baggage: A Massage [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Because they're so cheap and good, I find myself wandering from massage to massage. I walk out of one and right into the next, like I'm trick-or-treating. In the Balinese style of massage, the masseuse gets up on the...

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