Amelie is a travel writer and photographer at mostlyamelie.com. She also works as a freelance graphic designer while on the road. Amelie has been traveling for a year now, mostly within South East Asia.
What inspires you about Bali?
In no particular order, things I love about Bali: the vegan food scene in Ubud, jamu, freediving in Amed and with the manta rays in Nusa Lembongan. Scuba diving in Nusa Lembongan and in Tulamben; stand up paddle boarding in Jemeluk; tempeh, sambal, spicy food; the offerings; the sea, the people the rice fields.
How may times have you been to Bali?
I spent one month in Bali in September and it was my first time. I’m planning to return in the spring 2015. I had a 2 month visa for Indonesia and I barely just scratched the surface!
Where do you stay in Bali? Which Area?
I stayed in Legian, Kuta, Sanur, Uluwatu, Ubud and Amed, I think my favourite was Amed – it’s still relatively quiet and off the radar. Also, the snorkeling and free diving are just fantastic! I loved the quirky underwater mailbox. 🙂
Favorite Places in Bali
I love the vegan food scene in Ubud! I recently did a blog post called “15 delicious vegan restaurants to discover in Ubud” and I can honestly not decide which one is my favorite!
Where Do You Relax and Retreat in Bali?
I stayed at a family compound guesthouse in Ubud called Aji Lodge and my room had a perfect little front porch facing the jungle with comfy lounges. I spend a lot of time there just reading books, working on my blog and drinking my jamu. 🙂
How do you get around in Bali transport (scooter, walk, taxi, driver) / Travel tips?
Commuting around Bali can be expensive and lengthy. Being a backpacker on the long haul, I mostly go for the cheapest, most complicated option, LOL. I find myself meeting tons of locals and eating from delicious little roadside warungs – they always have the best fried tempeh and morning glory!
Shopping and Markets
I discovered the french company Karma Koma on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud. I loved their clothes so much that I pretty much bought a whole new wardrobe from them! Also, just roaming the streets of Ubud, I found a lot of really nice treats: silver jewelry, laces, and natural cosmetics. I love the brand Utama Spice.
Tours, Activities, and Adventures
I took a freediving class with Fusion Freediving and Yoga in Amed and it was possibly the most eye opening thing I have done in quite some time. I’m not going to lie, it was hard, challenging and, at times, frustrating, but the frustration comes from your own internal battle with yourself. Once I let go and accepted the fact that I could hold my breath for a really long time and that the discomfort I was feeling wasn’t life threatening, I was in for a surprise! Freediving offers you freedom that scuba diving doesn’t and it is such a relaxing experience. It is truly magical.