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Wanderlust Wednesday: Ode to San Francisco

Painted Ladies, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Lombard Street, cable cars, Ocean Beach, Haight Ashbury, Delores Park, free music and street festivals,  Golden Gate Park, the place where denim jeans were invented, and the home of the San Francisco Giants… ode to San Francisco!

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Bohemian Interiors

Bohemian is often described as “A person, possibly an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices”. Not much differs when a Bohemian soul decorates their home. Bohemian interiors are eclectic. They do not follow rules, fads or fashions. Bohemian homes are inspired by world travel and decorated with objects from afar. A true bohemian does not worry about purchasing expensive items, but rather items with character. The homes are often colorful, whimsical and full of vintage elements. Bohemian homes have soul.

shout out to the sources: Pinterest, Photo Bucket, Pinterest, Mix and Chic, Bright Bizaar, Simplified Bee, Parish Interiors, Pinterest and Desire to Inspire

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Wanderlust Wednesday: US Road Trip

A part of me feels guilty. I have been back in the states for a month and I am already thinking about my next travel adventure. This time it will be closer to home. I am thinking a US road trip. I live in a wonderful country yet have only experienced a fraction of what it has to offer. There are so many places I want to see and haven’t. Time to hit the road…

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Bali 101

Tips, suggestions, advice and (hopefully) useful information based on my recent travels throughout Bali. If you have questions on topics I didn’t cover just ask.

Itinerary… to plan or not to plan? I would suggest planning accommodation for the first few days and then going with the flow. After all isn’t traveling all about being open to new experiences and going with the flow?

What time of year to go? Anytime! I was in Bali from June to September and never had a problem even though it was the busy season. I found there was plenty of accommodation and there were only a few instances when rooms were overpriced. The weather was great. If you overheat simply get out of the sun and drink plenty of water (or Bintang). I can’t imagine a time of year not being a perfect time to go to Bali.

strolling through the rice fields on a beautiful June day in Ubud

Traveling as a Solo-Female… Do it! Bali was my first solo travel adventure. I felt completely safe the entire time. Sure I was nervous and had my concerns in the beginning, but they were quickly diminished. The Balinese are the friendliest people I have ever come across and will make you feel quickly at home. You  won’t be the only solo-female traveler and it seems Bali is a mecca for meeting amazing people.

Of course use your best judgment. You will be traveling in a 3rd world country. Also, remember Bali is one of the thousands of islands in Indonesia and is the only island that is Hindu. If you travel outside of Bali be extra cautious.

What to pack (for women)? Loose clothing. Loose yoga pants. Loose tank tops. Loose Maxi dresses/skirts. Light sweater. Bathing suits. Flip flops. Don’t pack too much. You can purchase most of what you need there and trust me you will want to go shopping. Also, depending on the length of your stay, make sure you pack plenty of womanly products. Tampons can be purchased but are expensive.

The Techy Stuff… I traveled with an iPhone which I kept on airplane mode to avoid roaming and overseas costs. I used my iPhone for WiFi (which is readily available almost everywhere) and to take pictures. WhatsApp is a handy app to keep in touch with people back home or other travelers you meet along your journey. I also suggest purchasing a cheap phone once you get to Bali and getting an Indonesian sim card/number. I purchased a phone and minutes for 300,000 Rupiah (about $30). Other useful items can be a Kindle/Nook for reading and a laptop or iPad.

The Visa “Issue”… possibly the only pain about traveling in Indonesia. I suggest getting a 60 day visa from the Indonesian Embassy in your home county (if possible) before arriving to Indo. If you do not sort out your visa out beforehand you will pay $25 USD or 250,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a 30 day VOA (visa on arrival). If you are only staying in Bali for 30 days or less then the VOA makes the most sense, if not, read on…The 30 day VOA can be extended once for another 30 days. 7 days before the visa expires you will need to start the extension process. You can extend the visa yourself by making several trips to the Immigration office near Denpasar or pay someone to do it for you. I suggest the ladder. Every expat has a visa lady (or man) or there are businesses which handle extending visas. Just ask other travelers/expats, they will be more than willing to help. After 60 days (30+30) you must leave the country. Singapore is the most common visa run destination and flights can be purchased from Air Asia for an affordable price. This is the one part I wish I would have planned better.  But then again, I was going with the flow and always wanted to check out Singapore.

the Singapore visa run!

 The Famous Bali Belly… it does exist, it’s horrible and should be a concern. I had a few upset stomachs, but never (luckily) did I catch full on Bali belly. However, many of my friends did. Always be careful what you’re eating, but unfortunately you can get sick from Westernized food places too. To prevent Bali Belly travelers swear by Yakult, a pro-biotic drink that is readily available in Bali. Or you can take Acidophiles Capsules (another pro-biotic). Remember to never drink the water and wash your hands frequently. Charcoal and raspberry cordial are popular cures for Bali belly among travelers. I am not a doctor and am just sharing my knowledge from my recent travels. I suggest visiting your primary physician before you leave for Bali. They can prescribe the appropriate antibiotics for Bali belly and any other antibiotics you may need.

Health Kit…  this is one place I do plan ahead and travel prepared. In my kit… band-aids (plasters), aspirin, condoms, Sovereign Silver, anti-bacterial ointment, Cortizone cream, Tiger Balm, charcoal pills, D-Mannose pills,  cure for yeast infection, antibiotics for a UTI and whatever else the doctor recommends.

Are Bali dogs dangerous? YES! Avoid them at all times and especially at night.

Currency… Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)… 100,000 Rp = $10 USD (roughly)

How much do things cost, really? On average I spent $40 USD a day. I stayed in nice places, ate great food, attended yoga classes and drank Bintang.

my accommodation on Gili T… which cost 180,000 Rp

The above is based on my travels throughout Bali. I fell in love with Bali instantly. Everyone is different and travels different. Remember to travel safe, be open and enjoy the journey.  Drop me a line if you have any questions. Safe travels my fellow wanderers!

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The Post-Travel Blues

I’ve caught a case of the post-travel blues. Today, I have been home for 3 weeks and find myself longing for Bali. Lush green rice paddies, motorbikes, watching the Balinese children fly kites, chatting with fellow travelers over a Bintang, beauty wherever you look and most of all I long for the way I felt when I was traveling. I felt alive, awake, free, centered, and confident. I was always inspired and grateful.

“It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.” (Benjamin Button)

My physical body is in a place that is familiar to me. It is the place I grew up. It’s where my parents’ home is. Even though I have spent over 15 years living here, I feel as if I am on Mars. The people here are Martians. I don’t understand them and they don’t understand me. I was only gone a few months and while nothing changed at “home, everything has changed within me. I feel more alone here than I ever did being in a foreign land. I have a case of the post-travel blues.

Since hopping on the next flight from SFO to Indonesia is not an option. I need to find a cure to the post-travel blues.

My remedy…

#1: Cultivate the feelings of travel. Ask yourself… How did I feel when I was traveling? What did I like the most? How can I cultivate those feeling here, at home?

Cultivating the feelings you had when you were traveling is not an easy task, but it will keep the travel alive within you and will also keep you living in the present. Did you spend months in Italy and you miss the food and language? Sign up for an Italian language course. Dine at an authentic Italian restaurant with authentic Italian servers.

#2: Do new things. It is important not to get sucked into old habits that no longer serve you, a changed traveler. Part of the excitement of traveling are the feelings which arise from the newness. Make sure to add new activities into your schedule. Take a swing dancing class, go rock climbing, go sky diving, or join a kickball league. Do new activities that excite you and give you a sense of adventure.

#3: Find a community that gets you, the new you! It’s important to surround yourself with people who understand what you are going through and that support you. Take advantage of Facebook to reach out to the people you met along your journey. If they are back home, they surely know what you are going through. Find local traveler Meetup Groups. Read travel blogs. Nomadic Matt is just one of the thousands of inspiring travel blogs. Or start your own blog! And remember you are not alone!

#4: Be a tourist at home. Buy a guide book or Google “must see” in (insert where you live here), put on your best ridiculous tourist outfit and play tourist for a day! You know those people you see riding a Segway, be one!!!

#5: Pick the next destination and start saving! It is never too soon to start thinking about your next adventure. Pick a destination, purchase a Lonely Planet Guide Book and start saving!

How do you deal with the post-travel blues? What’s your remedy? Please share.

Shout out the sources:  No Borders Daily

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A Place …

 to dream…

 to create…

to relax…

 to gather…

 to ponder…

to make love…

Shout out to the sources: Glitter & Pearls, Simple Blue Print, Little Blue Deer, We Heart It, Pinterest and Invasion Stripes Tumblr

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Hot Chocolate & Bed

Lately, I have this obsession for hot chocolate and my bed. Maybe the slight obsession was brought on by sleeping in foreign beds for the last several months. I never minded, it’s part of the travel adventure, but at the moment nothing quite compares to crawling into my cozy bed with a warm cup of hot chocolate… hmmm yummy goodness.

What do you look forward to coming home to after a long trip? Please do share.

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The Best Journey of All

Hello darlings. It’s been awhile! I apologize for being distant, but I just returned from traveling in Bali. A few months back I made the best decision of my life and took the plunge into the unknown. I quit a job which did not bring me happiness or fulfillment, sold a majority of my belongings and stepped away from the life I knew. I decided to travel across the world alone to an unfamiliar place. I desperately needed to spend some quality time with me. I had no idea what to expect. The only thing I knew was I no longer could live the life I was living.

Why Bali? To make a long story short… it just was. Bali was whispering to me, calling to my soul, seducing my heart from afar. “Emily… are you listening? Emily… are you there? Emily… it is time…come to me.” I listened and I went. It was the best decision of my life.

During the first few weeks in Bali I was focused on finding clarity. Mainly clarity of what to do for a living. At the time I was still surrounded by a fog of westernized programming and believed what I did for a living defined who I was. The fog started to lift, continued to lift and disappeared. I was no longer sleep walking through life. I was awakened. With my eyes and heart fully opened I let go of the idea of finding clarity. What I found was so much more important. I found me. I met me.

I realize that not everyone can drop everything and travel across the world, but everyone can benefit by spending quality time with themselves. Step away from your comfort zone. Step away from your routine. Take a journey into yourself. It doesn’t have to be 3 months. It doesn’t have to be Bali. It can be a long weekend. It can be a four hour block of time on a Sunday afternoon. Just take time for yourself. Alone. Get reacquainted with yourself. Meet yourself. Your true self. And guess what, you may even like that person.


Shout out to the sources: Vogue & Coffee & Pinterest

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again!!! I have been all smiles today and singing this song nonstop. My adventure (well the exciting stuff) begins in one hour when I head to the airport… San Francisco > Hong Kong > Denpasar, Bali.

My plan is no plan. All I want to do the first week is become acclimated with the heat, bask in all the beauty that is Bali and go to yoga daily.

I will be checking in sporadically my lovelies, but please continue to follow my journey. Until the next time, namaste and much love!  xoxox…Emily

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unwelcome companion

Fear of the unknown is truly a bitch! I have been going nonstop since I quit my toxic job. Now I am standing still and fear of the unknown is suffocating me. I need to sit with this fear, make friends with it as I am sure this fear will be accompanying me as unwelcome companion over the next several months.

Fear, you are what held me back from following my path sooner. I stayed in a career which made me miserable because of you. I was paralyzed and couldn’t take the plunge. But you know what Fear?!? You will no longer hold me back. I have quit my job. I have taken the plunge and have leaped into the world of the unknown. Fear, my unwelcome friend, I propose this… let’s make a truth. If you don’t get in my way I will allow you to linger, but only as a whisper to remind me what I am striving towards. If we must live together, let’s live in peace.

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