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Honeymoon In Bali, Care Of Your Wedding Guests

Honeymoon In Bali, Care Of Your Wedding Guests Aug 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Some couples request practical items like crock pots and cutlery sets on their wedding registries. But if you're anything like the Gadling crew, you'd probably prefer experiences to expensive china ... like, say, a honeymoon in Bali. With that in mind, the Ayana Resort & Spa in Jimbaran, Bali, recently announced its new Ultimate Honeymoon Package and Wedding Registry Service – a way...

US News & World Report Ranks Best Vacations

US News & World Report Ranks Best Vacations Jul 25th, 2012 at 5:00PM: It's time for summer vacation, and we're pretty sure we could use a long week at the beach. Thanks to U.S. News & World Report, we now know the most statistically sound places to maximize our oh-so-precious vacation time, sorted by region. The new rankings identify the top vacation spots based on a methodology that combines expert and consumer opinions. They reflect how strongly a...

In Bali With Baggage

In Bali With Baggage Jun 29th, 2012 at 10:00AM: After a long season of non-stop work, having all but transformed into a half man, half desk centaur-like creature, I am going to Bali to unwind. And whereas some people in my place would be thinking about bathing suits and beach reads, I am thinking about travel-related illness. Typhoid. Tetanus. All the sicknesses of the rainbow – and spiders, too. According to the Internet, there...

Tranquil travel hits Bali as the entire island falls silent during Nyepi

Tranquil travel hits Bali as the entire island falls silent during Nyepi Mar 2nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: While many cultures around the world celebrate their New Year with fireworks, parades, and loud parties, the island of Bali in Indonesia takes a different approach. In fact, travelers looking to enjoy some peace and quiet in a beautiful setting should consider taking a trip to the island on March 23 to take part in the Balinese New Year, or Nyepi, "Day of Silence". During Nyepi, the entire...

Video of the day: Bali, Indonesia

Feb 15th, 2012 at 6:00PM: BALI, JE T'AIME! from artisland on Vimeo. Now seems as good a time as any other to take a trip to Bali. To sprawl out on the sands and relax in the waters under the sun amid such beautiful culture certainly seems like a dream as the intensity and work load that come with every new year continues to pile. Luckily for all of us not currently embarking on a voyage to Bali, Andrew Melikov put...

6 art classes to try in Bali

6 art classes to try in Bali Dec 19th, 2011 at 3:00PM: There's no better place in Indonesia to take art classes than in Bali, an island known around the world for its artistic tradition. Indeed, it seems that everywhere you look, you find traces of man-made beauty. From the ornamentation on the temples to the etchings on the sidewalks to the attention and care given to daily offerings set out on the street, art oozes from every crack. When...

Blogger Jessica Marati

Blogger Jessica Marati Dec 5th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Introducing another new blogger at Gadling, Jessica Marati... Where was your photo taken: This photo was taken on my family's beach in the southern part of Guam, the tiny Pacific island territory where I grew up. It's probably one of my favorite places on the face of the earth. Where do you live now: I'm based in New York, but I've spent the last several months living in Phnom Penh, where...

A video of Bali's elegant details

Apr 28th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Bali is like sand in a fist. It is tough to get a handle on. I always come back from the island dumbfounded with my inability to properly explain what makes it so special and extraordinary. The pervasive culture and feel is difficult to communicate with language; its character escapes the calculated classification of words. This video is a collection of the elegant details that make Bali...

Dreaming of Bali - A guide to Indonesian food

Dreaming of Bali - A guide to Indonesian food Apr 5th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Pizza lovers, did you know Indonesians adore Pizza Hut? True, your typical Indonesian pie probably has more crispy fish pieces, shrimp and corn on it than you're used to back home. And you probably won't find avocado milkshakes as an option at the soda fountain back in Grand Rapids. But the Indonesians in Bali are lovers of pizza much like you and I, dear reader, and unashamedly so. At this...

Dreaming of Bali - Learning to surf

Dreaming of Bali - Learning to surf Mar 17th, 2011 at 9:00AM: There was only one wetsuit top remaining for my first surfing lesson, and it was pink. Not to mention I spent most of my first day on a surfboard coughing up murky brown saltwater from my lungs. Kelly Slater I was not. But despite the humiliations involved in learning to surf for the first time, there are rewards for the patient. For instance the moment you catch your first wave, you will be...

Dreaming of Bali - The sounds of Indonesia

Dreaming of Bali - The sounds of Indonesia Mar 10th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Welcome back to Gadling's newest series, Dreaming of Bali. Visiting the exotic Indonesian island of Bali is truly a feast for the senses. First time visitors and expats alike frequently remark on this island's rich tapestry of exotic stimuli: the brilliant orange glow of a sunset as it slides gently into the sea; the wafting scent of kerosene and crushed chilis at a roadside food stall; the...

Dreaming of Bali - In search of paradise

Dreaming of Bali - In search of paradise Mar 8th, 2011 at 9:30AM: What is paradise? Is it a place we can visit? Somewhere with palm tree-lined beaches, frosty cocktails and simmering volcanoes? Or is it an idea? A vision in dreams that never quite materializes when we wake up? Bali, an intriguingly exotic island tucked into the Indonesian Archipelago in Southeast Asia, is just such a paradise. This elusive island is everything you've ever dreamed - a land of...

Top 5 reasons Icebreaker underwear are my favorite pieces of travel gear

Top 5 reasons Icebreaker underwear are my favorite pieces of travel gear Feb 23rd, 2011 at 3:30PM: Gadling has sung the praises of New Zealand-based Icebreaker clothing before. We love it. However, on a recent trip to Indonesia, I learned just how fantastic the merino wool garments actually are when put to the test. While you may think that wool clothing would be far too hot for the humid Balinese climate, you'll be surprised to learn just how critical a role Icebreaker played in keeping me...

Photo of the day (1.6.2011)

Photo of the day (1.6.2011) Jan 6th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Part of the joy of travel is trying new foods, like wild boar spare ribs or roasted chestnuts. Or barbequed monitor lizard. Flickr user LadyExpat spotted these enterprising young men in Ubud, Bali, taking the unfortunate reptile to market where it is apparently in hot demand for its skin and meat. Perhaps Mike Barish can tell us if it tastes like chicken when he returns from Bali. Why not...

Bali company offers 'best dive job in the world'

Bali company offers 'best dive job in the world' Nov 1st, 2010 at 8:00AM: Continuing the recent spate of "best job" offerings that began with Australia's tourism efforts, the Indonesian-based company Blue Season Bali is offering the Best Dive Job in the World which will give one lucky winner the chance to live in Bali for seven months while undergoing training to become a PADI dive instructor. That training alone is worth more than $15,000. The contest, which...

Ten hot backpacker destinations

Ten hot backpacker destinations Oct 18th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Though the backpacker scene feels more hipster than hippie these days, the same formula remains: young travelers plus a small budget plus a long trip. While individuals certainly differ, the stereotype of a budget traveler toting a bedraggled pack to cheap destinations is there for a reason. So where are the kids congregating these days? Here are our top ten backpacker locations (in no...

10 Things to do in Bali

10 Things to do in Bali Aug 30th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Located just south of the equator, Bali bombards you with beauty, beaches, and culture. The entire experience feels at once effortless and nonpareil – the apex of tropical living. Sure, the beaches provide a gravity that draws travelers from all over the globe to this tiny Indonesian Island, but the culture brings them back. The lure is as persistent and persuasive as a boiler room hustler....

Eat, Pray, Love movie review

Eat, Pray, Love movie review Aug 17th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Elizabeth Gilbert's personal transformation from depressed divorcee to healthy, balanced woman in love were recorded in her bestselling memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love." The book resonated with so many people that a movie adaptation was made, with Julia Roberts playing the lead. Filming highlighted the beauty of the locations, especially Italy and Bali. A soft focus gave a dreamlike quality, with...

Cultures of Indonesia: From Sea Gypsies to cannibals and more

Cultures of Indonesia: From Sea Gypsies to cannibals and more Aug 12th, 2010 at 12:25PM: Indonesia is a sprawling island nation with a rich cultural heritage. From the temples in Bali to the unique street food, it's easy to immerse yourself in all the aspects of Indonesia. If you've ever wanted to know about the culture, scene and surroundings of one of the world's most intriguing destinations, read on... Sea Gypsies From the Burma Banks in Myanmar to Eastern Indonesia, the Sea...

Photo of the Day (7.18.10)

Photo of the Day (7.18.10) Jul 18th, 2010 at 6:00PM: I've always been amazed by underwater photography. Underwater images remind me of fantasy and the surreal - a place of the imagination outside my everyday life. That's why I loved today's image from Flickr user justindelaney, who took this great shot while freediving in Bali. We've all seen this portrait of two friends side by side a thousand times. But when was the last time you saw it in...

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