10 Reasons to pack your bags and travel to Bali now

Bali isn’t called the Island of Gods for no reason. There’s just something about this magical island that makes you fall in love instantly. Here are the top reasons you should stop thinking and start packing:

1. Breathtaking Nature

Whether you’re a nature lover or not, Bali’s incredible natural beauty will take your breathe away. No matter where you are on the island, you will be surrounded by either lush green jungles, an endless view of rice fields, volcanoes, or beaches.

Rice Fields Bali Indonesia

2. Monkeys, monkeys and more monkeys!

If you’re looking for some close encounters with our cheeky friends, then head straight to the Scared Monkey Forest in Ubud. With thousands of monkeys running around, you get to interact with them in their natural environment. Purchase some bananas inside and let the fun begin! During my visit to the forest, every time I had any bananas, my shoulders were used as comfortable seat. Make sure to follow the safety instructions while you’re there and remember not to tease the monkeys… they’re smarter than you think!

Ubud Monkey Forest

3. The Locals

Balinese people are some of the kindest and most warm heart-ed people you will encounter in your travels. Wherever you’re walking, you will be greeted with a huge smile and welcome. Your whole stay in Bali will be filled with uplifting energy and positive vibes. To get to know the cultural and spiritual side of the Balinese even more, I suggest you head to one of the temples during ceremony time. My favorite was Gunung Lebah Temple in Ubud.

Local Balinese People Ceremony Time

4. The Food

If you’re a fan of Indonesian food, then get ready to taste some amazing local dishes… but that’s not all! The island also has some great international food as well. Whether you head to a fancy restaurant or try some street food, you will get to have some delicious meals in Bali. Here are my favorite restaurants: Mamasan – Indonesian fusion or Bambu – local fine dining. Stay tuned for an upcoming article about the top restaurants and cafes on the island.

Livingstone Cafe Bali Indonesia

Livingstone Cafe

5. Bali Sunsets

How does sipping on coconut cocktails on the beach and gazing at pink skies sound ? Bali has some of the most scenic sunsets lined up for you! There are so many amazing spots to watch the sunset from. Here are my top picks: The best spots to watch the sunset in Bali.

La Plancha Bali Sunset Drinks

La Plancha

6. The cool hangout spots

The beach bars, cute little cafes, and funky hang out spots are endless! You can discover a lot of them just by walking around especially in Seminyak. Here are some recommendations: Potato Head Beach Club, Old Man’s Bar, Finn’s beach Club (close to Uluwatu temple), Revolver Espresso, Motel Mexicola (one of the funkiest spots in Seminyak), Livingstone Cafe & Bakery, Sea Circus, Milk & Madu, Deus Ex Machina Surf Shop & Cafe/Bar.

Motel Mexico Bali Restaurant Bar

Motel Mexicola

7. The incredible resorts

Want to wake up in your very own private pool villa surrounded by coconut trees? Bali is the place to do it! With so many amazing and affordable luxury resorts, it’s going to be hard to pick. My favorites are: Fivelements Resort on the Ayung River in Ubud or The Elysian private pool villas in Seminyak. Read my full hotel review of Fivelements Resort here.

The Elysian Private Pool Villa Bali

The Elysian Private Pool Villa

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Kate Spade Beach Bag $184.00
Bonita Round Beach Towel $39.99

8. The organized chaos

Yes, Bali is filled with scooters, narrow streets, and so much chaos, but as long as it’s organized chaos, it adds so much charm to the whole experience. One of my favorite experiences was when I discovered a service called Go-Jek, which is like Uber, but for scooters. My first ever ride, my driver suggested a short cut road and we ended up driving through endless rice fields! Now that’s the kind of chaos I love!

Bali Ubud Scooter Ride

9. Island Life

Who doesn’t love living the true island life while on holiday? Bali has so much to offer, from warm tropical days, to surfing lessons, diving schools, parasailing, yoga on the beach or enjoying cold coconuts.

Coconut Bali Beach Indian Ocean Indonesia

10. Affordable Luxuries

Bali is the perfect place to indulge in the luxuries that you wouldn’t otherwise afford. A $10 massage, a $2 manicure, a $15 meal in a luxury restaurant or a $1 scooter ride make it so affordable to you don’t have to hold back from whatever pleasures you feel like while your on holiday.

Bali Ubud Rice Fields


17 Responses to “10 Reasons to pack your bags and travel to Bali now

  • Love this! I’ll be traveling next year and I was trying to decide whether or not to head to Bali. I think I will now!

    • thejetsetterdiaries
      2 years ago

      Thanks Alex!! I’m glad it inspired you! You will fall in love with Bali!

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  • Bali wasn’t even on my radar until lately when I saw a few Insta posts – this post put it over the top, I really need to visit!

  • Yum I love Indonesian food! Mi goreng is so delicious.. mmmmmm… Those monkeys look so sneaky

  • I’m actually quite afraid of those monkeys, haha! But everything else sounds AMAZING. And I want to go right now.

  • I don’t need any reason to go to Bali! I just want to go now. Hee hee. So glad you have fallen in love with this beautiful island and its people

  • Is it as touristy as they claim? I’ve always wanted to go but the latest media reports that Bali is overrun by tourists?

    • thejetsetterdiaries
      2 years ago

      Yes it is quite touristy in some major areas but you can still find a lot of hidden spots! The best way is to just get lost on the streets which is what I did! Especially in Ubud… I came across some breathtaking spots and rice fields and temples and little Balinese houses by just walking around by myself. Honestly no matter how touristy it gets, the locals are so amazing that you will still get to really enjoy their culture. Hope this helps!

  • Bali’s always been on my mind but I’ve never looked too much into it- thanks for sharing this, I’m now sitting here wondering why I haven’t been yet!

  • Bali is very high on my wish list! Glad to hear you had such a great experience. I just wish it was not so far away!

  • Thanks for sharing your experiences in Bali. It looks beautiful and so intriguing. It may have moved up on my list!

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Bali and this post is yelling “take me to Bali now.” Great post and pictures. Hoping to head out to Indonesia later this year. If so, will plan on visiting. Great read.

  • Bali is creeping very quickly to the top of met travel list. I’m so looking forward to the beaches, food and cheap luxuries! Are there lots of tourists?

    • thejetsetterdiaries
      2 years ago

      Yes there are lot’s of tourists especially in areas like Kuta and Seminyak… but the locals are so lovely that you will still get to experience the culture no matter where you go. I liked Ubud more than others areas because I felt it was more authentic, even though there are tourists, but you can get lost in a lot of hidden streets and those are usually the most beautiful spots!

  • Sounds lovely about now. I also loved the temples and hiking, really beautiful place for a breakaway.

  • you don’t even have to say this twice. Love Bali so so so so much!!!

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