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In Photos: Tri Hita Karana

In a village temple in Gyaniar, Bali.

The cultural landscape of Bali in Indonesia is largely shaped by the traditional belief systems of its locals. Tri Hita Karana — roughly translated into English as “the three causes of prosperity” – is a philosophy that governs and guides the daily lives and attitudes of Balinese. This unique concept puts premium to the universal respect of and […]

One Year Later: Cruising Around Asia

Lisa and George in July 2012 leaving Los Angeles to begin an adventure in Asia

One year ago on July 1, 2012, George and I stepped on a plane to Bali to continue a journey from before we were married. In 2008-2009, we took a sabbatical in Asia. While we were away, I lost nearly sixty pounds; we got engaged underwater in Koh Lipe, Thailand and visited twelve countries in […]

Top Four Snorkel Sites in Northern Bali

LMotorbike

Thank you to Andrea from Inspiring Travellers for posting my article about TOP SNORKEL SITES in Northern Bali!   The article begins: Snorkeling and scuba diving are two of my favorite adventures to experience while traveling. Having been to over 100 countries, I have had ample opportunity to see amazing sites underwater. When I say […]

Lisa in National Geographic!

Lisa on Nat Geo

Thank you to National Geographic for posting my article on the Royal Cremation in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia! The article begins: By Lisa Niver Rajna To kick off our year-long trek through Southeast Asia, my husband and I spent two months exploring the Indonesian island of Bali with no set itinerary. While in the town of Ubud, home of the Balinese […]

Have you been Stuck in PayPal Jail?

Lisa Atm

Ever wonder if we have problems with money on the road? I have been STUCK IN PAYPAL JAIL twice already on this trip! Thank you to  Nomadic Samuel for sharing our story on his site! It starts like this: After all my months and years on the road, I try to convince myself that I […]

Bali to Thailand on Air Asia

Video: Bali to Thailand on Air Asia Our two months in Indonesia went almost as quickly as this video of the flight from Bali to Phuket, Thailand on Air Asia! The islands of both countries are so beautiful. We spent July-August 2012 in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia and September 2012 in Thailand. Our stories, photos […]

Tanalot Temple, Bali, Indonesia (video)

I really loved the ocean temple of Tanalot. We were there on August 30, 2012 with many locals who were enjoying the spirit and sea air. At times, you cannot walk up to the temple due to the sea conditions. It is the first temple I have even been to that had a lifebuoy nearby! […]

Galungan Festival Kuta Bali (video)

  We left Southern Bali and returned to Kuta for the Balinese festival of Galungan which celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma on August 29, 2012. There were penjor- bamboo poles or towers with ceremonial offerings at the ends and people worshiping on the streets and in the traffic circles. During this time, the […]

Uluwatu Temple, Bali (video)

During our stay in Southern Bali at Bingin Beach, we rented motorbikes to visit the famous cliff temple of Uluwatu. Some of the hills are steep but the road is basically good. The views are incredible and we were there the day before the start of the festival, Galungan. The surfers at Uluwatu Beach were […]

Fifteen Hours of Transport: Better than a day at work?

Sitting at We Be Cafe for lunch in Gili Meno

Fifteen Hours of Transport: Better than a day at work? This day I really wondered! Some days on the road are post card perfect and some are full of transportation! I was so sad to leave Gili Garden Bungalows on Gili Meno. After staying there for a week, I felt all moved in, if only […]