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The first time I saw a photo of a Balinese candi bentar was on Pinterest, and my first thought was, "That can't be real." The photo I had seen was from Pura Lempuyang, which is known as the Gate of Heaven. It's the only gate which looks out toward the next mountaintop with nothing but sky and clouds beyond it, evoking a surreal and truly heavenly…

There's something magical about the terraced rice paddy landscapes of Bali. They follow the ancient practice of subak, a harmonious and communal irrigation system that defined "sustainable" a millenia before it became fashionable in the West. Due to its proximity to Ubud, the Tegallalang rice terraces are a good choice for those wanting an up-close look at the verdant landscape. Where: 20 minutes north of…

No Ubud itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The preserve is home to three Hindu Temples built in the 1300s, and more than 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys (Crab-eating macaque) who are completely comfortable with human interaction. As you can imagine, 600 monkeys climbing over ancient temples makes for some incredible photo opportunities in a Jungle…

Bali, Island of the Gods; also known as the island of a thousand puras (temples). Religion is interwoven throughout the fabric of Bali, from small neighborhood shrines to centuries old sustainable irrigation channels serving both temples and farms. If you're visiting Bali you simply have to carve out time to visit temples, and if you're in the Ubud area, these…

There's no shortage of delightfully affordable Airbnbs around the town of Ubud in Bali. After combing through all the ones that were available for our dates, we settled on this adorable villa just outside of Ubud. Best of all, it only cost $46/night! Boasting a gorgeous infinity pool and privacy amidst the jungle, it looked like the perfect base for exploring…

Bali beckons travelers with its laid back vibe and friendly, inviting culture. Ubud was popularized in the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and now is a hub for backpackers, yoga enthusiasts, and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. The rise in popularity means many villa owners have opened up their rooms to guests, giving…

If your Costa Rica trip itinerary is anything like ours, you're probably not devoting much time to the capital city of San José beyond flying in or flying out. But you might find yourself in need of an overnight stay like we did and need a place to lay your head without going through the fuss of a hostel or…

If your Costa Rica trip is as jam-packed with adventure as ours was, you may find yourself with little more than a day in the capital city—typically the day you fly in or out of the country. When we arrived, we picked up our rental car from the airport and drove straight out of town, so it wasn't until the…

If you poke around our site a bit, you might realize that we really love ancient stuff. From Petra in Jordan, to Machu Picchu in Peru, several of our trips have been planned with the expressed desire to see these ancient sites and their monumental constructions. When thinking of Costa Rica, ancient sites don't typically come to mind, but when…

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