Should I Do a Yoga Retreat in Bali or India?

Should I Do a Yoga Retreat in Bali or India?

I receive several emails a week about doing yoga retreats abroad. The most common question is, “Should I do a yoga retreat in Bali or India?” For background, in 2013 I did a three-week DIY budget yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali, and in 2014 I completed...
Tiny Paradise: A Week on Gili Trawangan

Tiny Paradise: A Week on Gili Trawangan

After my three-week yoga retreat in land-locked Ubud, I was craving ocean air. So I booked a ferry ticket to Gili Trawangan, a tiny, teardrop-shaped island off the coast of Lombok. Though Gili Trawangan (or as it is locally known, Gili T) is geographically close...
Ultimate Luxury at the Samabe Bali

Ultimate Luxury at the Samabe Bali

When the same company that owns the Grand Mirage asked me if I would also like to review the Samabe, their brand-new luxury suites and villas, a Bali all inclusive, I couldn’t believe my luck. My parents are fans of luxury hotels and as a kid I stayed at hotels...
Climbing Mount Batur, Bali’s Most Active Volcano

Climbing Mount Batur, Bali’s Most Active Volcano

On my last week in Bali, I decided I needed to break up my serene yoga and coconut water routine with something a bit more… adventurous. So I signed myself up for an early morning trek to Mount Batur, Bali’s most active volcano. When my alarm jolted...
A Spectacular Journey Across Indonesia: Devdan Show in Bali

A Spectacular Journey Across Indonesia: Devdan Show in Bali

While staying at the Grand Mirage, I also spent a night watching the Devdan Show, a definitely must-do of things to do in Bali. The Devdan show is a music and dance show that explains the culture and traditions of Indonesia’s predominant islands: Sumatra, Java,...
A Girls’ Weekend at the Grand Mirage in Bali

A Girls’ Weekend at the Grand Mirage in Bali

While l I loved my ascetic yoga and green juice lifestyle in Ubud, I knew I couldn’t leave Bali without a taste of the high life. So for my last three days in Bali I high-tailed it for the coast to review the Grand Mirage, an excellent place for Bali vacations....
Chasing Eat, Pray, Love in Ubud, Bali

Chasing Eat, Pray, Love in Ubud, Bali

When I was 16, back in 2007, I read Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert’s New York Times bestseller. And then I read it again. And again. Needless to say, Eat, Pray, Love firmly put Bali on my map of dream destinations. And seven years later, I...
How to DIY a Budget Yoga Retreat in Bali

How to DIY a Budget Yoga Retreat in Bali

One of my goals at 23 was to get in the best shape of my life, and where better to do so than beautiful Bali? But as a budget-conscious backpacker I knew I couldn’t afford a $1,500+ packaged yoga retreat- so I devised a plan to do a yoga retreat on a...
What I Miss About Ubud, Bali

What I Miss About Ubud, Bali

Remembering my three weeks in Ubud, Bali, makes my heart hurt a little. Because I kind of wish I could stay forever. Something about Bali just got under my skin; from the daily Hindu offerings to the the eerie, repetitive rhythm of the gamelan to the ornate...
Why I Honestly Came to Bali

Why I Honestly Came to Bali

It’s no secret that I was unhappy for the first month or so of my Asia trip. Okay fine. I was inexplicably miserable for the first month of my trip. I descended into a dark place where I battled depression, anxiety and an overall despair for the future. For a...