White sandy beaches, volcanic mountains, coral reefs, and rice patties — The Indonesian island of Bali is as beautiful as it is exotic. For Americans, getting to Bali requires a trip halfway around the world; but for Australians, the island is a popular vacation destination.
For Stephanie Kolb, Talent Acquisition Outreach—Flight Ops, a Balinese vacation also presented the opportunity to reunite with friends. In spite of the 24-hour travel time to arrive, Bali offered cultural immersion and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, making the long trip well-worth the effort.
What was your destination and why did you choose it?
I went to Bali, Indonesia. Two of my college friends lived in Australia, and were moving to Bali to become dive instructors, so I met up with them there.
What route did you take to get there?
I went through Seoul, and then flew on Korean Air from Seoul to Bali. I received Delta One to Seoul through Seattle and Premium Select on the A350 on the way home through Detroit.
Where did you stay while you were there?
The first few days we stayed at a Marriot in Seminyak, which is like Mexico for Australians. It was near the beach, restaurants, and shopping. The last three nights we stayed at an Airbnb in Ubud, which is inland. The Airbnb was a treehouse out in the rice fields.
What was your favorite memory or activity?
The Balinese cooking class. It was a great cultural experience and delicious meal! Second, the monkey forest. I tried to get a good picture, but they wouldn’t quit monkeying around.
Do you have any helpful tips to share?
You can rent drivers for the entire day that will take you to all the destinations you want to see. We had a driver from 8am to 8pm and it was $30 USD. Oh, and don’t drink the water! ◊
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