March 24, 2012

Our Family Trip to Bali

Today we’re featuring guest blogger Mandy Moise, designer for vfish, who traveled to Bali with her two girls, Ellie 2.5 yrs, Sloane 1yr who just happened to be wearing Tea on their trip.

Bali Travel with Family
Bali is one of the most beautiful places in the world—long, white sandy beaches, lush tropical foliage, amazing food, and some of the nicest people you have ever met.

Bali Travel with Kids

When my family travels, we really like to dive right into the culture of where we are. Eat the food, meet the people, walk off the beaten path. Bali is an island where you can do these things with a family (even babies – as mine are 1 and 2.5) and really feel safe, secure and relaxed.

Bali Travel with Kids

On our first day in Bali , we were introduced to Nasi Goreng- with literally translates into “fried rice”.  Balinese people eat Nasi goreng many meals of the day/week– Usually topped with a fried egg. By the end of the trip, my 2.5 yr old was asking for Nasi goreng at every meal. Our other favorite thing to eat in Bali, and all throughout Indonesia, was grilled corn.  We would walk the beach at night, eating ear after ear of grilled corn topped with butter and Balinese spices. So delicious!

Bali Travel with Kids

The people of Bali have a very rich culture, and take great pride in honoring their heritage.  We took the kids to many outdoor theater shows where performers dress in elaborate costumes and makeup, and tell old stories through song and dance.  Many of these shows would end with our kids being invited to dance with the performers on the stage. Still today, my daughter dances in the living room and tells me we “need” a stage.

Bali Travel with Kids

A huge Bali highlight for us was when we released a green sea turtle into the ocean. We donated some money to a fund that helps protect the turtles, and in return, they brought my daughter a tiny baby turtle (she named her Angelina Ballerina) and allowed her to walk it down the beach to the ocean. It’s always been a dream of mine to do that myself, so to live that moment through my daughter was just beautiful.

Bali Travel with Kids

Bali has so much to offer- and can be a great family vacation option for those who are adventurous, or those who just want to relax and take in the sunshine and the sea.

If you enjoyed learning about Mandy’s Balinese excursion, be sure to read Mandy’s tips for traveling with kids blog post.

 

Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    WOW! What a great trip. My husband is from Spain and we will be going over soon with our daughter who is 4 months right now. You make traveling look easy with kiddos!
    Caroline
    http://www.laughingbellies.blogspot.com

  2. jessica says:

    My husband and I got married in Bali and that fact that you took your 2.5 and 1 year old there inspired me. I have a 2.5 and 1.5 year old and before having our 2nd child, we traveled the world with our first child. So, you make me think that it is possible with 2 toddlers in tow!!! How did your kids handle the flight and jet lag! Where in Bali did you go?

  3. Mandy Moise says:

    Thanks Caroline! Its really not all that hard,.. you just have to have patience and be a little more organized than you would be as a non-mom :) Hope you have a great trip!!! :)

    Jessica! We love Bali so much,..what a great place to get hitched!! We try and plan our flights out so they make the most sense for the kids,,.. if they will sleep on the plane at the right time, and wake up back in the US at the right time, its not too bad. Our trip was 65 days- so , my kids were pretty tricky getting back to normal. It took about 2 wks to be back on track when we got home. We have done shorter trips, like 1 week- to China, and they have been normal after the 2nd night…
    We traveled for 2 wks through Indonesia on this trip.. in Bali, we were at the Intercontinental Hotel- and then we stayed for a bit in Ubud. We also traveled to Makassar, Medan, Toraja… so many cool spots in Indonesia!! You can see more on my blog :) http://www.moisevsworld.blogspot.com

  4. Arshinta says:

    I’m an Indonesian, I’m from Jakarta an I’m so proud to read your post :D I’ve been to Bali and I’m very agree with you, Bali is the place where you can do anything you like and still feeling like you’re home! Ah, and I love nasi goreng too! You know you can always make nasi goreng yourself, even 9 year old Indonesian kiddo can do it ;)
    Have you visit Yogya? It’s such a homy town, where heritage, culture, and modernity mix up! :)