Bali

Bali Travel Guide: 10 Things I Bet Will Surprise First-Time Travelers

Thinking of going to Bali beach? Nothing can be more rewarding than spending some quality time in total isolation in the midst of nature while being pampered like a royalty. I can still remember my first trip to Bali beach; it is one I can never forget, even if I try to. The kind of pleasurable experience you will get from this beach will leave you planning to go back very soon.

Bali beach is the perfect spot for you if you are from a warmer region but you want to have the optimum level of tropical experience. This place offers the best mix of cultures, civilization, nature and above all relaxation.

To make your trip a memorable one, we’ve gathered some tips and fact that you didn’t know about Bali beach especially if this is your first time of visiting this exotic spot.

Things That Will Surprise You in Bali

  1. You Can Find Culture All around You

Once you escape from your busy life, highly congested streets and noise of highly populated city to Bali beach, one thing that you will never find lacking in this place is festivals, rituals, and ancient culture. They are all around you and you can find them everywhere you look.  The people that inhabit this area, known as Balinese, often carry their religious obligations with such dedication and pride that you won’t help falling in love with it.

  1. You can Get Really Cheap Drinks

Forget about those expensive drinks in Miami bars, you will find tastier cocktails at really affordable price in this place. Beers are also very cheap here. You can find some of the best and most affordable drinks in bars, restaurants and beach clubs in Seminyak and Legian. However, if you want to totally escape paying for expensive drinks, don’t try your hand on those drinks labelled as arak.

  1. Good Coffee is Available Here

Forget what you might have heard before, you can easily find decent coffee here in Bali. The time decent cup of coffee is lacking in Bali is in the past. For all your decent coffee needs, check out the two outposts of Revolver in Seminyak and Coffee Shop in Canggu. These coffee shops also provide you with free Wi-Fi.

  1. You can Find Amazing shops

Don’t forget to go along with enough money to buy souvenirs for your loved ones at home. You can find good shops in Bali that deals on souvenirs and other items such as antiques. Bali shops now sell sophisticated items unlike the way it used to be 10 years ago.  You can find good shops in Legian, Seminyak, Ubud and Canggu areas. There are also amazing boutiques in shops in these areas.

  1. You Should Go Along with a Sarong
Ulun Danu Temple Bali

Ulun Danu Temple Bali

One of the amazing things about Bali is their culture, religious beliefs and their temple. Your visit is not complete until you pay a visit to their temple. However, you won’t be allowed into the temple without wearing a sarong and a sash. If you don’t have them, no problem, you can easily purchase or hire them at a very affordable price.  The rule here is that both men and women should cover their legs below the knee with a sarong and then wear the sash around their waist.

  1. Cigarettes are Really Cheap

Bali is one of the few tourist places in the world where you can get cigarettes at a ridiculous cheap price. The reason for this is that most people both locals and tourist smoke. You won’t find it hard to see young boys smoking and even little children selling smoke in this place. Just keep cool if you are not the smoking type.

  1. You Should Tip But it is not Expected

The great thing with Bali people is that they are very generous and hospitable even though they are lowly paid. A Bali seller will truly appreciate your small tip. To make your relationship with the locals smoother, learn to say “terima kasih” which simply means “thank you” in Bali.

Bali Prayer Offering

Bali Prayer Offering

  1. You’ll Feel Like a Millionaire When You Convert Your Money

There are money exchangers everywhere; you can mostly find them at the airport. A 30-day visa on your arrival at Bali usually cost around $25. When you change your money to Rupiah (Bali currency) you will have a lot of cash with you to spend. Note that you will be charged 150,000 Rupiah at the airport during your departure.

  1. Watch out for Prayer Offerings

Watch your step for prayer offerings on the ground every morning. Be careful not to step on them or you will offend the locals. Some of these prayers you will find on banana leaf or in woven baskets.

  1. Rent a Bike

Do you want to see the beauty of Bali? Rent a motorbike. It provides you with freedom to get out to the countryside and see the beauty of this place.

Greek Islands

The Greek Isles

Islands of Greece… Two simple words that mean a lot… two words that can fill your mind with good memories of those who visited one of the islands. Memories from the marvelous sights and archaeological areas.

Greek islands mean sun, summer, sea, fun and friendly people. Whether you decide to choose a quite non crowded island for relaxing vacations or the opposite, Greece will satisfy you completely.  Greece has so many islands which differ from each other and each one of them has something different to offer you.

Saronic Islands

 

Aegina

Aegina skeeze / Pixabay

Among the beautiful groups of islands that spread around the Greek seas are the islands of the Saronic Gulf. These islands consist of Aegina, Poros, Spetses, Hydra, Agistri, Salamis and Methana. They are very close to Athens and access to them is very easy due to the frequent ship departures from the port of Piraeus.

With these specifications, of course, for many travelers become an ideal destination for a weekend, escaping from the daily routine and the stress of the city.

The islands of the Saronic Gulf have a substantial long history and tradition that connect them closely with the sea.

Sporades Islands

The islands of Sporades constitute one more popular destination for our summer holidays. Their wonderful waters combined with their dense pinewoods make the islands, distinguish from the rest islands of the Aegean.

One moment you are under the sun in one of their splendid beaches and the other moment you are refreshed under their thick pines. Their beautiful landscapes provoke you to explore them and enchant each traveler.

Cyclades Islands

The complex of Cyclades islands is a place that gathers people from all over the world every year. The deep blue seas are shimmering under the hot sun, the summer winds carry the breeze of the sea, the white houses having the blue windows. All these are common characteristics of the islands of Cyclades that enchant everyone who visit them. The geographic antithesis and the alternate ways of entertainment or relaxing make Cyclades a destination that fits in every expectation.

Dodecanese

Dodekanisa are found in the south-eastern department of the beautiful Aegean. The main islands are 14 from which the most known are Astypalea, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Simi, Tilos and Chalki, while there are also a lot of small islets. Apart from Rhodes and Kos that are in big tourist growth, the rest of Dodekanisa are still tied up with the tradition, away of the modern way of life.