As some of you may already know, we have now moved on to our next stop, Australia, and have been here for about two weeks.

After stopping over in Sydney for a couple of days we flew down to Melbourne, where we stayed for 5 nights (although we wish it had been longer!!). Having had a pretty full on couple of weeks in Bali, we decided to just chill out whilst in Melbourne. We stayed in the beautiful area of St Kilda and most of our days were spent soaking up the sun in the park or on the beach. We had a couple of wonderful brunches out at a small cafe (which was always rammed!) just next to our hostel and enjoyed walking around the market which is held every Sunday.

After Melbourne it was back to Sydney and time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s safe to say we were not feeling Christmassy at all and I wasn’t sure whether I was going to enjoy Christmas away from home, as normally we have a huge family Christmas and it’s a pretty big deal in our house. Turns out we had the best couple of days celebrating! On Christmas Eve we met some friends for drinks in Darling Harbour, which looked beautiful all lit up at night. When we woke up on Christmas Day we decided to pop a bottle of bubbly on the roof terrace before going for a lovely brunch out. We then spent the rest of the day having a typical Aussie Christmas on Bondi beach and a BBQ later that evening on the roof terrace whilst watching the sunset.


On Boxing Day we decided to go to the Sydney opera house bar with a few girls we met in our hostel and celebrate with a nice bottle of chilled rosé. It was amazing and pretty surreal to see the harbour bridge and opera house in person.


Whilst in Sydney it has also been great to see one of my friends from uni who has moved out here. She hosted a lovely bby on the balcony of the house she is currently staying in, which was lovely. She was also looking after a beautiful golden retriever at the time which was a bonus!

Before I go I must tell you about the coastal walk Hannah and I took from bondi to coogee beach. It’s a 6km walk to coogee and the views were absolutely breathtaking. The walk spans 7 beaches in total and also runs through one of the largest cemeteries I’ve ever seen! It’s safe to say when we got back to bondi 3 hours later we had earned a nice cold drink and spot of lunch.


That’s all for now but I’ll be back again soon as we’ve got a busy week ahead. I hope you all had wonderful Christmasses and have a happy new year!




As much as I loved Gili T and Lombok, it has been great to explore some of the regions of the Balinese mainland. Despite its size, Bali is such a diverse island, with Seminyak at one end of the scale, being a modern and bustling city, and ubud being at the totally opposite end, bursting with traditional Balinese culture and picturesque scenes.

Ubud was a great place for the bucket list. You might remember from my first post that one of the things I wanted to do whilst in Bali was to climb to the summit of Mt Batur in time to watch the sunrise. Well, I did it! And it was one of the most challenging, rewarding, and breathtaking experiences (both in the literal and metaphorical sense!!). Hannah and I were both apprehensive about the 2am wake up and the long, and by no means easy, climb to the top. However, once we finally reached the summit at 6am, just as the sun was beginning to peek over the surrounding mountains and scenery, it was all worth it.


Our experience of climbing Mt Batur was made even more incredible by our sighting of macaques (Balinese long-tailed monkeys) on our way down the mountain. There were so many of them, including little baby monkeys which were adorable. They were extremely tame and so would happily jump on your back, making for an excellent selfie opportunity! As part of the trek we also visited the famous coffee plantation and rice patties of Ubud.


Later that afternoon, Hannah and I decided that we hadn’t quite had enough of monkeys and so we went to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Not only is this nature reserve full of macaques, but it is also home to a beautiful Hindu temple.

Our final day in Ubud was spent at one of Bali’s small zoos, which is home to a number of ginormous elephants and baby orangutangs. Having never seen an elephant in the flesh before, I was stunned at the size of them. It was great to get the chance to ride on top of one. However, the highlight of the day was getting to cuddle and take a selfie with a baby orang.


I would describe Canngu as a happy medium between Ubud and Seminyak; slightly bigger and more modern than Ubud, but far less developed and more relaxed than Seminyak. The highlight of Canngu for me was the food we got to try whilst there, especially the breakfasts and the traditional Indonesian dishes.


For our final couple of days in Bali we returned to Seminyak and enjoyed a relaxing day at Potato Head Beach Club, which is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Next stop, Australia!…..

Island life

So the first week of my travels has been completely jam-packed, hence my delay in updating my blog – sorry! 

Our unexpected stop-over:

It’s safe to say our journey to Bali wasn’t exactly straight forward! And I thought packing would be my biggest challenge!!

After we said our emotional goodbyes to our parents, we were off! Everything was going as planned.. Up until it came to trying to land in Doha! The pilot began the descent a total of three times, with each one resulting in him pulling back up and changing course. Eventually we were informed we would have to land in Bahrain and wait there due to poor weather in Doha. By the time we did make it to Doha we had missed our flight connection and so were put up in a hotel until the next flight which was at 3.15am. We finally touched down in Bali at 5.30pm local time, a full 13 hours after we had been scheduled to arrive there.  

Living the Contiki dream:

Thankfully, our first week in Bali has more than made up for our difficulty in getting here. We booked onto the Bali Island Hopper tour with a company called Contiki, which took us to Gili Trawangan and Lombok – you should definitely look them up if you’re thinking of travelling, they run tours all over the world! We made some amazing friends on the tour, who we hope to catch up with again on our travels! 

Main tour highlights were:

  • Everything about Gili T! 

I fell in love with this little island. It has absolutely no motorised transport so we hired bikes to get around or rode in cidamos (little horse-drawn carts). Everything about the island was vibrant and colourful, from the turquoise blue seas, to the striking sunsets over the beaches. Even the horses were dressed up in brightly coloured accessories, like headdresses and ankle bracelets. 

  • Snorkelling with turtles in Gili. 

The whole group went out snorkelling on our second day. The clarity of the water meant that there was so much to see, and being able to swim with turtles was definitely a highlight! 

  • Trying the Indonesian food. 

I am a massive foody, so getting to try the local cuisine was great. My favourite dishes were their famous beef randang, chicken satay, and a Balinese style chilli con carne! All the restaurants we went to in both Gili and Lombok were amazing. One in particular being in Gili, called Casa Vintage, where we ate whilst sat on cushions on the beach around a small hand-made wooden table with a bonfire and lanterns. 

  • Surfing in Sengiggi. 

This place is famous for its waves. With most of the group being beginners, it was great to have our own instructors and by the end of the day everyone managed to stand up – me included to my surprise! 

  • Massages in Lombok. 

You’re unlikely to believe me when I tell you that I was able to have an hour full body massage and an hour foot massage for under £15! Their cheap price was in no way a reflection of the quality of the massages though, which were amazing!!

We never wanted this tour to end or to say goodbye to the wonderful people we’d met. 

Now the tour is over we are back in mainland Bali for another week and are currently staying in Seminyak. In a couple of days we will be travelling to Ubud, which is further inland. I’ll let you know how I get on in these places soon!

Bye for now!