Backpacking holidays always seem like they should be about saving money. Travelling cheaply, living in hostels, and buying food from street markets where you can. Nevertheless, you can definitely inject a little luxury into your travels if you need it. Feet Do Travel share some of the reasons why you should treat yourself to luxury when backpacking.
Living on Gili Air, is it possible? Can you really live the dream, and make a tropical paradise island your home?
When we decided to live on Gili Air, Indonesia, we had no idea where to start. We didn’t know anyone on the island, and didn’t have a clue how to find a place to live.
The advice provided in this guide is relevant for anyone wishing to stay either on Gili Air or for any country in the world. Pick and choose what is useful for the length of time you intend to stay. We have already used this knowledge in the Philippines where we have made our new home.
But for the moment, let Feet Do Travel help you make a home on GIli Air.
Lombok, Indonesia is sometimes described as Bali’s beautiful Sister, or Bali’s quieter cousin, either way, Lombok is a place you should add to your Indonesian itinerary.
Quieter than Bali, Lombok is easily reached and has much to offer anyone looking for a more off-the-beaten-track destination. Trekking Mount Rinjani (Indonesia’s second biggest Volcano), chasing waterfalls at Tiu Kelep and Sindang Gila, visiting Pink Beach or learning to surf in Kuta, oh yes there are plenty of things to do in Lombok.
Let Feet Do Travel take you on a journey from North Lombok to South Lombok, where we will show you cool and traditional things to do. You will then see for yourself why Lombok should be added to your travel list and Indonesian itinerary.
These are the 12 best things to do in Lombok (but there are many more!).
Before you embark on any type travel, you need to pack, which is sometimes daunting. Deciding what to pack can leave you with a headache, and you ask yourself "which essential items do I need", and "what should I not pack?"
We have been travelling full time in Asia for over two years, and have perfected the ultimate packing list. Whilst we may not have perfected how to travel light, we certainly know which items we cannot do without.
We have been using this essential international travel packing list for many years, and it’s worked for us so far!
We have stayed in All Inclusive resorts, been on luxury tours, gone camping and now we are backpacking, plus we have stayed in every type of B&B and hotel in between. In other words, we know what we are talking about. Regardless of your age, how you are travelling and where you are going, we know the essential items to pack for worldwide travel.
We cover everyday essentials such as toiletries and electronics, how to travel plastic free, which medication you should take, anti-theft protection, plus even what bag to take.
This is Feet Do Travel’s ultimate packing list; all tried and tested! What we carry and why.
Ahhh The GIli Islands. Once an off-the-beaten-track backpacker hang out, they have grown to be a popular tourist destination for anyone seeking time out, or a place to truly relax. The secret of the Gili Islands is out.
There is something very special about the Gili’s. For me, Gili Air is the perfect island, a place we called home for 15 months. I won’t lie, my heart is still there.
The Gilis are one of the few world-wide islands without cars. That’s right – no motorised transport allowed, isn’t that blissful?
Spending so much time here made us realise, there is so much more to Gili Air island. If you don’t just want to laze around in a beach hammock sipping from a fresh coconut (although surely that is the definition of paradise?), there is plenty more to see and do.
There is no better time to visit Gili Air than right now, and this insider travel guide will help you choose what to do
If topping up your tan doesn’t suit you, Feet Do Travel show you 25 of the best things to do in Gili Air.
Nusa Penida is the new “undiscovered gem” of Indonesia, and one of Bali’s best kept secrets. If you have wondered what Bali was like 30+ years ago before all the tourists arrived, take a trip to Nusa Penida. Its close proximity to the popular tourist island of Bali and Nusa Lembongan means it’s easy to reach, but still unspoilt and quiet.
The largest of the three Nusa Islands, Penida has a rugged coastline largely untouched by tourism. Sheer cliffs lead down to stunning beaches, and the scenery is breath-taking. Driving along winding coastal roads with many twists and turns, it looks very rural and under developed. At times you feel you are experiencing a secret paradise.
Nusa Penida is on the cusp of exploding into a massive tourist hotspot, and with many instagrammable stops such as Kelingking Beach viewpoint, Angel’s Billabong and Rumah Pohon Tree House, it won’t be long before this off-the-beaten track is discovered by the masses.
To whet your appetite, let Feet Do Travel show you all the awesome things to do in Nusa Penida.
Sanur is often overlooked by visitors who tend to flock to Kuta, Seminyak or Ubud when they visit Bali. Is Sanur worth a visit, and are there things to do in Sanur?
It may not have the surf spots of Kuta or yoga of Ubud, but it does attract a quieter crowd and less tourists. Sanur has a good mixture of everything, we felt comfortable and at home here. There are upscale resorts, spas, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, plenty of great restaurants, plus live music and bars for those who wish to let their hair down.
We have spent quite a bit of time in Sanur, it’s close to the airport making it an ideal place before or after our flight, and for catching a fast boat to the Gilis or Nusa Islands. For scuba divers, it’s the best place to buy equipment, or as a base to dive Padang Bai, Nusa Penida or even Tulumben’s USS Liberty Wreck.
Before you write off a visit, let Feet Do Travel show you some of the things to do in Sanur. You may be surprised and feel that yes, Sanur is worth a visit!
Food is essential for living, so we may as well enjoy what we eat! When we travel, a large part of experiencing local culture is the food. However sometimes, don’t you just crave home comforts?
Having lived on Gili Air, Indonesia for 15 months, we have told you the 10 must-try Indonesian dishes, but now it’s time to reveal the best Western food including the best dinner restaurants.
I don’t like to write a post about Western food in another country, but let’s be real, I am a Western person in another country!
The question we always ask ourselves when comparing the Western food on Gili Air to back home is “is it good … or is it Island good?”
So, if you are looking for familiar flavours, here is our guide to the best food on Gili Air.
Extreme weather conditions can happen anywhere in the world at any time, but would you know how to survive a natural disaster?
It’s devastating for residents living within a country, but as travellers, any one of us could be visiting somewhere when a natural disaster occurs.
When we were in the Lombok earthquake on 5 August, we had no idea what to do, we just tried to think rationally and survival mode kicked in. When a tsunami warning was in place, for this we knew what to do – get to high ground.
This post isn’t intended to scare, but to educate us all on what to do when faced with circumstances we are unfamiliar with. I haven’t endured all the situations within this post, if I had, I’m unsure if I would be the luckiest person still alive, or the unluckiest to have been in these disasters in the first place! So I spoke with my travel blogger friends to create this post.
I hope we are all able to learn how to survive a natural disaster.
Nusa Penida is one of the best places in the world to dive with Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish as it’s also known. That is exactly why we chose to visit for my birthday.
A large and still undiscovered island 30 minutes from Bali, Indonesia, Nusa Penida had been on our scuba diving bucket list ever since we were in Lembongan 18 months before.
Although there are many things to do on Nusa Penida, it’s a destination where divers have a chance of seeing two of the oceans giants; the weird fish Mola Mola and majestic Manta Ray. To see both has the potential for an amazing adventure.
But what is so fascinating about the elusive Mola Mola? Related to the pufferfish and triggerfish, the moonfish or headfish is the largest bony fish in the world. Its unusual shape makes it look like a floating head with wings.
However, Mola Mola and Manta Ray sightings are never guaranteed, nothing in nature is. Would we be successful in our quest of seeing the strangest looking fish in the ocean AND the most graceful?
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