20 Things to Do & See on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

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Nusa Lembongan (a small island off the coast of Bali) felt like a mystery to me. My only plan while there was to go to the beach. Beyond that, I really wasn't sure what the island offered, and I found it hard to find information online. It seemed most people only stayed there a couple of days at most. Leave it to me to spend two weeks in a place that most people deemed an overnight trip. After exploring, I really feel like this is the perfect place to chill and do nothing while being...

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Failing the PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Bali

PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course in Nusa Lembongan Bali - Manta Ray Bay

After getting off to a rough start snorkeling, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn to dive in Nusa Lembongan. I knew that getting my PADI would require me to go back to Manta Bay, the place that just a few days prior had sent my mind into an erratic state of panic. I’ve heard that if something scares you, the best thing you can do is jump back in and try again right away. Otherwise, it builds up in your mind and becomes a fear that you can’t defeat.

I decided I would talk to the people...

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When, Where, and How to Negotiate in Southeast Asia

Every once in awhile, I realize I have a skill that I didn't know was unique. I grew up with parents who owned an antique business, and I was going to flea markets before I could walk. Negotiating is something I was exposed to at a very young age. As I got older, I'd go to antique shows with my dad as my summer job. After years of training, negotiating is about as easy as breathing air. It wasn't until I met a really sweet girl, Laurene, that I realized this is a skill not everyone has. She...

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The Best Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan on a Budget

Best Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan on a Budget

My mom and I decided to visit Nusa Lembongan after looking at a map of Bali for hours. We originally confused the small island with one of the Gili’s, but once we realized it was a different place we began to do some research. There was little information out there about the island since it’s an up and coming tourist destination, but the pictures we found were enough to have us sold.

We really had no idea what we would find in the way of restaurants when we got here, but I can tell...

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Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

If you follow my blog, then you know that I like to take a cooking class in every country I visit. Truth is, I’m a terrible cook. The great thing about cooking for friends back home is that they have no idea if you’ve messed up because they have no idea what it’s supposed to taste like. This has given me a little more confidence in the kitchen. I can honestly say most of my friends and family don’t know what Balinese food is. In fact, I’m not sure I even know.

From what I...

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Two Adventurous Days in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Swimming with Elephants in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

For some reason, southern Cambodia just wasn't calling my name. Koh Rong, Kampot, and Sihanoukville all felt a little lack luster for me. I don't know why, but I suddenly had no interest in leaving Phnom Penh. We can blame it on the gorgeous pool at my hostel, the amazing people I met, the bad weather down south, or pure laziness. Whichever excuse you decide to go with, you're probably right. I had no intention of venturing around until I met an awesome girl from Denmark who happened to be...

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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Cambodia

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If you're coming from a western country, you'll think Cambodia is cheap. However, if you're coming from another country in Southeast Asia, you'll find it surprisingly expensive. While beautiful hotels are super cheap, food and tourism is on the pricey side. I started with a budget of $30 a day, but ended up going over constantly. So, how much did I spend over 18 days in Cambodia? Check it out below...

My Itinerary

4 nights in Siem Reap - Siem Reap is not that...

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Visiting Bali GEO Coffee Plantation in Ubud

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The second someone mentioned a coffee plantation in Bali, I knew I’d be going. I’d previously had a blast learning everything there was to know about tea in India, so I would not pass up a chance to learn about my other favorite beverage.

We arrived at Bali GEO where we were greeted by a woman who walked us up a small path while pointing out a few of the plants. This was similar to the spice tour I went on in India, which I found a little underwhelming. Soon we arrived at a cage with...

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Nusa Lembongan: The Best Beaches to Sunbathe, Snorkel & Chill

Nusa Lembongan Best Beaches Dream Beach

Whenever I told someone I was going to Bali, they'd say the beaches were kind of meh, and that I should just head to the Gili's. Over and over I heard the same thing, but I felt like everyone who didn't like Bali had been to the wrong places. *cough* Kuta *cough* Now, I know I was right.

Off the coast of Bali lies three small islands. Most people don't even realize they're there, but by some chance, my mom and I found them. I can honestly describe them as paradise. Still...

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Taking a Khmer Cooking Class in Phnom Penh

I think it's good to challenge ourselves every day. For me, cooking is always a challenge, so taking a class in each country I visit is always interesting. I wasn't really sure what Khmer (Cambodian) food was before I got here. Even after being here for a couple of weeks, I'm not entirely sure I understand authentic Khmer food. As far as I can tell, it's got noodles like Thailand, fried rice like China, and soups like Vietnam. It seems to be a wonderful mix of the surrounding...

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