Bali Holiday Week: Volcanoes, Diving, Temples, Cooking

Tanah Lot, Bali

For a relatively small island, Bali can pack in a lot of activities in just a week: volcano-climbing at dawn, diving in coral reefs, cooking traditional Balinese cuisine, visiting Balinese Hindu temples, taking in a traditional Kecak performance, hanging with monkeys, and enjoying a few Balinese massages.Remember when you’d return to school from summer break and … [Read more...]

Travel Snobbery and a Tour to Bali

Hiking Mt. Batur Volcano - Bali, Indonesia

Apparently, it’s easy to be a travel snob.Independent travelers can look down on tour groups as not being “hard core” or “authentic” enough. Luxury travelers can look down on backpackers as cheapskates one notch above street riffraff. Holiday-makers looking to relax with a cocktail on the beach are not “real” travelers while those who are trying to live on $5 a … [Read more...]