I fell in love with Bali the moment I first saw it. The sensuous sandalwood smoke curling itself upward to mingle with my breath and remind me to be fully in the moment, the smiling happy people who wanted to know everything about me, the colorful flowers everywhere.
It was the first place that I traveled to that felt completely exotic. There were so many things to do in Bali, and I fluttered around from place to place trying to do them all. But seven years later, I still felt like I needed to go back. I had done all the touristy things, but Bali was still calling to me.
Bali still wanted to be known by me. So I went back. Seven years later. Yes, there were more tourists, more traffic, and it was no longer the sleepy little place I had discovered years before, but you know what? I was still in love.
Because Bali will always be different. Different than any other place. But you know what else? The second time around I didn’t do all the typical tourist things. I didn’t visit temples, or go to fire dances, or go to the monkey forest. I allowed myself to just be, and here is what I found:
11 Things To Do In Bali That You Won’t Find On TripAdvisor (Or The Lonely Planet)