The Gili Islands and Sideman

Before heading to Bali we’d heard of a small group of islands off the coast of Bali called the Gili Islands. Known for some of the most beautiful beaches and best scuba diving in the world, we decided that we wanted to add in a few days and visit Gili Air. We were told that Gili Air would have a good combination of beach bars/restaurants, but also relaxing enough that we wouldn’t be surrounded by youngins partying for the first time away from home. Like Bali, it was a great decision.

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Left My Heart in Bali

When we originally planned the Southeast Asia portion of our trip we’d included a few day stopover in Singapore between Melbourne and Bangkok. But after coming across a recently published article listing Singapore as one of the most expensive cities in the world we began to rethink our decision. It was then that Jeremy casually brought up the suggestion of subbing in Bali as a more affordable option. So I reached out to a fellow traveler and friend who had spent a considerable amount of time in Bali to see if it would be a good fit for us. Kailey had nothing but amazing things to say about this Indonesian island, and raved about Ubud where she’d spent most of her time. So halfway through our time in Australia we booked our flight to Bali, planning on spending about a week in Ubud and a few days on the Gili islands. It was a decision we would not regret!

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