Take a Fall break, go to paradise!

Craving to have the Summer back, haha! Okay that sounds really dramatic. But I like Summer, I like the clothes, the temperature ofcourse, beaches and all that stuff. But something you didn’t know if that I am going to the Caribien in about two weeks. And I am soooo excited for that. We are going with the whole family to Curacao! Did you already know that island. Some of you didn’t know it, but it looks like paradise. And they talk a little like Dutch. So that is also really great. We checked Booking.com for the best place to stay. And there are so many great accemondations. We always book everything by Booking.com, but than you are sure you will pay the best price. And I have something great. When you book something by this link. You can get after the booking 25 euro payback!!! How nice is that?! (bookings from 50 euro). When you book something what are the most important things to you? Let me know in the comment section!

 

Have a great weekend!

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A little get-away in eigen land!

 Little get-away vlakbij huis. Deze dagen mag ik voor twee nachtjes in dit leuke huisje verblijven. En het is echt enorm dichtbij huis!! Het huisje staat namelijk bij het Stayokay hostel in Dordrecht in de Biesbosch. En hoe tof is dit concept! Het zijn hele stijlvolle Wikkelhouses gemaakt van gerecycled karton. En het heeft ook nog eens zijn eigen sanitair. We gaan wel helemaal back to basic, want er is geen WiFi of een televisie. Het is immer de bedoeling om helemaal ‘uit’ te staan en volledig te kunnen genieten van het hier en nu.

Locatie en faciliteiten.

De Wikkelhouses staat bij het Stayokay hostel in de Biesbosch. Het is een hele mooie locatie, want als je de deuren open doet kijk je uit op een stukje rivier van de Merwede. En hoe mooi is het vooral nu wanneer het langzaam aan herfst begint te worden. Ik krijg nu al zin om lekker pasta te maken in het keukentje en het in de buitenlucht op te eten. Wat zo fijn is aan deze lodge is dat je dus je eigen keuken hebt en dus zelf een ontbijtje of een lunch kan klaarmaken. Wat ik al vertelde is dat de lodge beschikt over eigen sanitair, nu het al iets kouder begint te worden is het ideaal om ook lekker warm binnen te blijven.

Interieur.

Wat ik ook zo leuk vind aan de ‘Wikkelhouses’ is dat het echt enorm leuk is ingericht. Het is heel stijlvol in de trend van nu gemeubileerd en het past perfect bij de omgeving. Vanaf de bank kijk je uit op de mooie omgeving van de Biesbosch. Je kunt met vier personen in de lodge slapen, want er is een tweepersoons- en een stapelbed. Zou je het nou ook heel tof vinden om hier een weekendje te slapen? Je kan hier een reservering maken!

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Things you don’t want to miss in Bali

Arrived on Bali!

After the amazing Caci Dance, which you can see here in my Flores guide. We slept for one night in a hotel in Labuan Bajo. We wake up very early in the morning the catch the flight back to the island Bali. Another hour in this cute little Garuda Indonesia plane. It is so nice to have food even on the smallest flight. I never had so many food during travelling. After arriving on Bali we went straight to the first stop. The Pomegranate cafe in the middle of the rice fields. I had my 798534ste fresh young coconut again. The place is so beautiful. The whole cafe is open and without any windows. You need to go barefoot and they have those cute tables and seats on the ground. Around this cafe you have a lot of beautiful Airbnb’s. I think this is a great area to stay when you are in Bali.

So I had a young coconut for drink and an amazing kind of tapas plate for lunch. It taste soo good. It was a combination of some dimsum, sushi and other Indonesia food, really nice. The next stop was a coffee place called Seniman Coffee. But the traffic was crazy, it takes you 2 hours to only drive maybe 50km. So we decided to go to the famous rice fields. This was not on the program, but the team including me really wanted to visit this spot. So our amazing guides took us with the bus to the swings and nice shops. And how amazing is this. Ofcourse we had to try the swing and we took this beautiful photo. I was a little nervous, because it is really high above the ricefields and all the people. But is an amazing experience. You need to try it!

The other photo is something Asya and me created in her hotel room, haha! We saw some nice photos of girls in a flower bath. And ofcourse we can’t leave Bali without taking one. So Asya ordered some flowers at the reception of our resort. And we made this in her room, because my room didn’t had a bathtub. It was so funny, the water was really hot and I was the first one to try it out. But because I was the first one Asya was trying a lot of things out to get the best spot. So after a half hour my face was red like crazy, because the water was extremely hot, haha! But the result is amazing. I am so happy with it. You can follow Asya over here. Oh our resort is called Montigo resort. And we had dinner at Warung Eropa, a cute little place who has the best cripsy duck!

 

 

 

Ice ice baby

If you think it can’t be better.. We also visit Madpops, haha! So our resort is in Seminyak. And that little town is famous because of all the amazing shops and nice colorful restaurants. We had a little spare time, so we decided to search around for some souvenirs, like jewelry. I am the crazy one who always has something in mind what I want to buy, but when looking for they didn’t sell it… Haha, so this time I was searching around for a gold ring with a shell. But I couldn’t find it anywhere, as usual. So than we saw this amazing icecream spot, called: Mad Pop. This is officially the only Insta-worthy spot we have visit in Seminyak, haha. So proud of us. The icecream of Mad Pops is vegan and coconut based. It is nice and it looks nice, but I still prefer Italian gelato. It is not so creamy and it is a weird structure.

The day after we went to a local market, which was super nice. Because this is something I didn’t see on Instagram. So it is amazing to explore tht kind of spots. Our guide wanted to show us where the locals buys their food. After that we went to the biggest tree ever, which you maybe already saw on my Instagram here. It is a cool spot. The tree is around 500 years old. And I received so many question from you guys where you can find this spot. But I still don’t know the name…. The guide took us to a Indonesia village, where he show us how people live over there, and what they do in their spare time. Like make coconut oil, or make those flower baskets from palmleaves. I like to do those culture things. The place is called; Rumah Desa. We had a cooking class, where we made typical Indonesia dishes. During the food was in the kitchen we have visited the beautiful gardens. And wow that was so crazy. I have visited those tropical gardens in Amsterdam. And it feels weird to be their. But this was a real jungle. It was so beautiful. We walked over a bridge made of palm leaves. You need to rewatch my stories in my highlights to see everything. The garden also had those beautiful stones like this one on the picture on the left. After half a hour it was time for lunch. We had our selfmade Indonesia dishes and it was so perfect. It is really nice to visit Rumah Desa to get that Indonesia cultural vibes.

 

In the evening before dinner we visited Uluwatu temple. A beautiful place on top of rocks. There were so many monkeys, they were so cute. And they were not afraid of people at all! But is was a really busy place. I think it is the best to visit is early in the morning. But when we went there the light was amazing because it was almost sunset, so that is also beautiful to see. At the Uluwatu temple they also did the Ketac fire dance. This is one thing you really need to visit when you have some spare time. It is really cool and impressive to see. A circle of men sit and chant in almost a hypnotic state as the performance goes on around them, never missing a beat. The men joined by princesses, kings and a magical monkey. It is exactly how it sounds. One of the moments I will never forget.

 

After the dance performance we went to Jimbaran beach cafe. It were tables on the beach where we had the most amazing fish ever. It was so magical, because we only had some candlelights and a lot of fish, like crab, white fish, shrimps, some kind of shells. It was delicious.

 

The last two days were more chill. But ofcourse we planned some amazing things ourselves. The first day we went to Body works spa to have a hour massage. I have never had a massage in my life, so this was really great. And it also is an beautiful spot. When you choose for the one hour massage you will have a full body one and when  you choose for the two hour one you will also get a flower bath in the massive bathtubs in the massage rooms. It is so amazing. I was so sleepy after the session. After that we went to Nook for lunch, were I had pasta. This place is also beautiful and a little Ibiza themed with a cute little puppy as you can see on the photo. I need to take a picture of this cute little one. The lunch was amazing ofcourse, as all of the food in Indonesia is really nice.

In the evening it was time for our farewell dinner. Because of the crazy traffic we didn’t had time to swim in this amazing place called Omnia. They have amazing infinity pools and cool music. I will definitely come back another time. After some dancing, photographing, and snacking, haha we went upstairs to the restaurant; Saka Ohana were we had the best food ever. The first course was sushi, after that amazing salmon and as desort some beautiful styled icecreams. You need to check this place out.

The last morning we really want to visit a waterfall. So we went super early in the morning to the Tegenungan waterfall. It was so magical, because as I already said we went super early so there was nobody else and we wait until the sun was coming up. After a dip in the water and taking tons of photos, we went back to the resort to grab some breakfast before our visit to Mrs Sippy. Over there we had lunch and some free time to swim in the pool. This is also a beautiful place. I think I saids a lot of beautiful and amazing , haha! After that it was time to go to the airport to leave… I had the most wonderful time over there!! A big thanks to the amazing Garuda Indonesia and Indonesia Travel to make this dream come true.

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Best things to do around Flores

For more beautiful place in Indonesia check this website; Indonesia Travel. Book your own #Explore WonderfulIndonesia trip here -> Garuda Indonesia

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8 TIPS FOR PACKING A HAND LUGGAGE CASE

Although I try to avoid traveling with a hand luggage suitcase as much as possible, it still happens a few times a year. Because the booking of a large suitcase is too expensive, or because I only leave a few days and do not allow myself to take a large suitcase. Do you exactly want to know how I do this? In this article I give you 8 tips.

1. PURCHASE A LIGHTWEIGHT HAND LUGGAGE SUITCASE WITH A GOOD CLASSIFICATION
When you travel with a hand luggage suitcase, you can not take so many stuff. Firstly because the dimensions of a hand luggage suitcase are limited, but also because you often have to keep a maximum weight in mind. This is different for each airline company, but the fact remains: you simply can not take too much weight. However, you can ensure that your suitcase stays as light as possible in a certain way. And the first step is to purchase a lightweight carry-on suitcase. Preferably also with a good suitcase, so you can pack as efficiently as possible.

2. ASK YOURSELF: WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING AND SHOES DO I NEED TO HAVE ON THE DESTINATION?
Before you pick out the clothes and shoes that you want to take with you on a journey, it is useful to first ask yourself what kind of clothes and shoes you prefer to wear at the destination you are going to. What type of vacation are you going to do? And what temperature is it there? I often take clothes that I think look beautiful, but do not wear them at all. Because it is not comfortable enough or too cold / hot. So it is a shame to fill your hand luggage suitcase if you can take so little with you. But what helps me nowadays is good and realistic thinking about my choice for clothes and shoes. Okay I know this is really hard! For my trip to Indonesia I had lots of clothes with me, but not enough…. Luckily we had the best resort ever where I can wash my clothes. You can find the resort over here. Together with Booking.com I can give you, after your payment and stay at the accommodation, a 25 euro pay back on a booking from 50 euro. How great is that?! The only thing you need to do is click on the link and book your favorite hotel. After the booking is finished  and payed, you received the 25 euro back.

3. ROLL ON YOUR CLOTHING
Maybe you already knew the tip of rolling up your clothes, but I still want to name him in this article. For real: you can get a lot more in your hand luggage when you roll up your clothes. Oh, and: your clothes arrive much less wrinkled at the destination. What is especially nice with clothing that is made of fabrics that wrinkle quickly.

4. CHOOSE FOR CLOTHES WHICH ARE ALL COMBINED WITH EACH OTHER
Once you know what clothing and shoes you are really going to wear at your destination, you can start combining garments. What I do today is choosing two to three colors and only packing clothes. So that they can all be combined with each other and you can create many different outfits.

5. PUT SMALL ITEMS IN YOUR SHOES TO SAVE SPACE
Now we are busy with tips to save space in your hand luggage suitcase: stop your shoes full of small items, such as socks, underwear, swimwear and accessories. This way you prevent crushed and distorted shoes, but you also use all the space in your suitcase.

6. PLEASE TAKE THE LITTLE AS POSSIBLE BEAUTYPRODUCTS OR PURCHASE MINI PACKINGS
I will tell you honestly: I myself am very bad at this. When I travel, I always take two large toilet bags. Not smart, I know – yet it happens. So it would be smart if I buy mini-packages from my beauty products in the future so that I can put everything in one toilet bag. And that also brings me to the next point:

7. TAKE YOUR BIGGEST AND HARDEST ITEMS DURING TRAVEL
Although this may sound logical, I often see people walking on slippers or in a t-shirt at the airport. With bulging bags and suitcases in their hands. No matter how hot it is or will be at a destination, I always draw the largest and heaviest items when I travel. This simply makes a huge difference in space and weight.

8. PLACE ALL THE ITEMS THAT YOU MUST TAKE OUT OF YOUR SUITCASE AT THE CUSTOMS ON THE TOP
On top of my hand luggage suitcase, I always insist that I have the items that I need to get at the customs, available leg. This way I will be ready in time and the line of people behind me does not have to wait for me for hours. Fine for myself, but also for others.

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