South Bali Itinerary for 3 Days

Welcome to South Bali! Whether you’re planning to stay on the island for only a few days or explore it for longer, South Bali is a must see! If you love staying at all inclusive resorts, the beach life, a few one-day excursions, South Bali is for you! This is your three day South Bali itinerary, including everything you can't miss!

 

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South Bali is the most popular part of Bali. It is surrounded by incredibly beautiful beaches, luxurious beach resorts, and often a party destination. It is equally as beautiful as the rest of the island, but has distinct vegetation compared to north or west Bali.

If you're an adventurous traveler and want to visit the jungles of Bali, make sure you read our Guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing. For everyone trying to get away from tourism and wanting to relax, West Bali is the best place for you! We share how to get there and why we fell in love with West Bali here.

 

Where to Stay in South Bali - Bali Luxury Resorts

 

At the southern tip of Bali is an enclave called Nusa Dua which is resort heaven for all resort lovers! It includes over 20 resorts and has some of the best Bali luxury resorts. It has everything to offer that you could possibly think of.

 

Pool at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa - The Next Trip

 

Spa Pool at Nusa Dua Beach Resort and Spa Hotel - The Next Trip

 

We stayed at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali which is located right on the beach. The hotel is very distinct as it authentically represents the Balinese culture. When you drive up the hotel, the first thing you’ll notice is the huge Bali gate followed by a beautiful water garden with many fountains. It is by far the prettiest Bali gate I saw on the island.

 

Bali Gate Nusa Dua Beach Resort and Spa - The Next Trip

 

The resort is built with traditional Balinese style in mind and features a lot of detailed wood carvings. To bring the culture to you, the hotel showcases the Legong Dance during dinner on Wednesdays and a Beach BBQ and Fire Dance on Fridays.

 

Bali Gate Nusa Dua Beach Resort and Spa - The Next Trip

 

What to do in South Bali

 

Being right at the beach, you have the best part of South Bali steps from your hotel room! The water in South Bali is amazingly clear and surprisingly warm to swim in. That being said, there are a few attractions in South Bali you can’t miss out on. Since three days can go by in no time, we are summarizing the best places to see in South Bali, and put together a South Bali Itinerary below.

 

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Admire the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue

 

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue is almost in the center of South Kuta (the southern-most tip of the island), yet you can see it from almost everywhere in South Kuta. That's because it is 400 feet (122 meters) tall and thus almost 100 feet (30 meters) taller than the statue of Liberty!

 

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It is immensely impressive, and we’re disappointed we didn’t have the time to see it from up close. It is open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Make sure you add it to your itinerary by combining a visit with the drive to Uluwatu Temple.

 

Watch the Sunset at Uluwatu Temple

 

On the opposite side of Nusa Dua is the Uluwatu Temple. The temple itself might not be the prettiest or the most intricate in all of Bali, but the temple setting will leave you speechless! Built on top of a 230 feet (70 meter) cliff, it provides the most spectacular views, especially around sunset.

 

Make sure you visit the temple 1 to 1.5 hours prior to sunset. That way you can avoid the crowds and still get the most incredible sunset views. The best viewpoints are from vantage points to the north and south of the temple. While watching the sunset, you can befriend the cute monkeys which are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. Keep your belongings stowed away or hold them close to you to make sure a monkey doesn’t mistake it as a gift.

 

Go for a Sunrise Stroll at Nusa Dua Beach

 

South Bali has some of the best beaches in Bali! Get up before sunrise and stroll along the beach while watching the sun rise. You will have the beach almost to yourself and may only see a few joggers and hotel staff setting up for the day.

 

Sunrise at Nusa Dua Beach Resort and Spa - The Next Trip

 

Nusa Dua beach is full of photo opportunities. If you enjoy taking photos this early in the morning without anyone interrupting you, make sure to bring your camera.

 

Morning Stroll at Nusa Dua Beach

 

Admire the Water Blow

 

Only a short walk away from Nusa Dua beach is the Water Blow. A water blow is basically a combination of high waves hitting steep cliffs, thereby creating a large water spray. This particular water blow can be extremely intense depending on the waves and with spectacular sprays. It’s another great location to take photos.

 

Treat Yourself to a Balinese Massage

 

There is nothing better than pampering yourself when you’re on vacation, especially after a full day of exploring. So why not go for a traditional Balinese massage? The Balinese massage combines acupressure techniques with skin rolling, flicking, firm and gentle stroking and the application of essential oils.

 

Balinese Massage at Nusa Dua Beach Resort and Spa - The Next Trip

 

We enjoyed a full Balinese massage at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali and it was such a blissful experience. The massage started out with a foot scrub, followed by a full body massage. As part of the tradition, the masseuses used essential oils which we got to pick beforehand. I chose a flowery jasmin oil which smelled heavenly.

 

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South Bali Itinerary for 3 Days

 

We put together a South Bali itinerary for you to make it easier for to plan your stay in South Bali and make sure you get the most out of your 3 days there!

 

Day 1 in South Bali:

Morning:

Arrive in South Bali

Relax by the beach after a long trip

Afternoon:

Treat yourself to a Balinese massage

Evening:

Enjoy a dinner on one of the best beaches in Bali

 

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Day 2 in South Bali:

Morning:

Get up early for a stroll along the Nusa Dua Beach

Walk to the water blow and enjoy the view

Afternoon:

Drive to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue

Enjoy the sunset at Uluwatu Temple

Evening:

Have dinner in a bamboo house and enjoy live music at Pirates Bay Bali 

 

Day 3 in South Bali:

Reserve one day to stay at the beach to do watersports, bike rides along the beach, or just enjoy the beautiful water before leaving the area.

 

@travelwithtalia and I enjoying local fruit at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa

 

Bali is an incredible island and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! If you are spending more time on the island and are looking to explore other areas, make sure you read our Guide on Munduk and the famous Bali Swing and our best kept secret travel tip: visiting West Bali!

 

The Next Trip Top 5 Travel Tips for Nusa Dua

 

1) Bring Snorkeling Gear!

South Bali has amazing snorkeling opportunities which you don't want to miss out on. Make sure to bring your own snorkeling gear if you own some. Otherwise, your hotel might rent out gear.

 

2) Bring Mosquito Repellent

Bali can have a lot of mosquitoes due to its tropical climate. Make sure to bring mosquito repellent to protect yourself.

 

3) Bring Sunscreen

Given that your South Bali Itinerary likely includes long hours in the sun, make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen. I was surprised to find that it is difficult to find high SPF sunscreens in Bali and was glad I had brought my own.

 

4) Book a Massage in Advance

Massage spots can fill up fast, so to ensure that you get a time that works with your schedule, book a time slot as soon as you arrive at your hotel, or even beforehand.

 

5) Schedule South Bali at the Beginning or End of Your Trip

As South Bali includes Denpasar International Airport, it is best to schedule your time here at the beginning or end of your time in Bali to minimize driving times, and relax either before or after your flight.

 

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3 Day Itinerary to Nusa Dua, South Bali! Here is everything you can't miss out on and how to plan your stay.

 

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Your Guide To Munduk Bali and the Famous Bali Swing

If your visions of a Bali vacation include chasing waterfalls, wandering through lush jungles, and sampling delicious coffee, you will want to visit Munduk, Bali! This is the place of incredible mountain views, the famous Bali swing, and the iconic infinity pool.

 

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Munduk is located in the mountains of central Bali. Some people say this is where the true beauty of the island is hidden. Given its higher elevation, Munduk is a couple degrees cooler than the rest of the island and is incredibly green. It is known for its lush forests, hills, culture, temples, lakes and waterfalls. Munduk, Bali is highly distinct from South Bali and is perfect to get away from the sun, learn more about the Balinese culture, and explore the outdoors. If you're looking to get away from tourists completely, you would love spending time in the tranquil West Bali!

 

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How to get to Munduk, Bali

 

The most common way to get to Bali is by flying into Denpasar Airport. If you're looking for tips on how to book cheap flights to Bali, check out our 5-step guide here. Once you get to the airport, the easiest way to get to Munduk, Bali is by car. You can either rent a car or rent a car with driver. Estimate at least 2 hours get from Denpasar to Munduk without traffic. We left right during the evening traffic and it took us almost double the amount of time. The roads in central Bali are winding and narrow, but incredibly scenic. If you're driving during the day, you're in luck! Every corner you turn is a new incredible viewpoint.

 

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If you decide to drive by yourself, make sure your travel insurance covers you in case of accidents. We have heard about quite a few people getting into scooter accidents because of the way the roads are designed and how bad traffic is. Accidents are never fun but without the proper coverage, things can get worse quickly.

 

Where to stay in Munduk, Bali

 

The ultimate Munduk experience is not complete without staying at a hotel in the middle of the jungle with the most iconic infinity pool! We stayed at the Munduk Moding Plantation which is a gorgeous hotel consisting of private villas, situated in its very own coffee plantation. The hotel is known for its incredible infinity pool views blending in with the surrounding hills.

 

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Infinity Pool at Munduk Moding Plantation Bali - The Next Trip

 

The villas feature indoor and outdoor showers, as well as private relaxing areas. Depending on which villa you’re staying at, you will also have your very own pool.

 

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Outdoor Shower at Munduk Moding Plantation - The Next Trip

 

Outdoor Relaxing Area at Munduk Moding Plantation Bali - The Next Trip

 

The main hotel area includes two infinity pools with incredible views as well as a Jacuzzi. Even though the hotel was relatively booked, we had plenty of alone time at the pool and were able to fully relax and take in the views.

 

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Pool and Breakfast area at Munduk Moding Plantation Bali - The Next Trip

 

Pool Area at Munduk Moding Plantation Bali - The Next Trip

 

Munduk Moding Plantation also offers a variety of daily activities on the property such as a coffee plantation tour, where you learn everything about growing coffee to making coffee, trekking tours, as well as mountain biking tours.

 

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They even have four Bali ponies which can be booked for horse back riding trips.

 

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Disclaimer:  We were hosted by Munduk Moding Plantation and had a wonderful time! We are excited to share our trip with you here. As always, all of the opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support us!

 

What to see around Munduk, Bali

 

Munduk and Central Bali is the culturally richest area in Bali and if you like visiting temples, you can easily fill 3-4 days. However, a visit would not be complete without seeing some of the most impressive waterfalls on the island and taking a picture with the famous Bali Swing!

 

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Banyumala Twin Waterfalls (Wanagiri)

 

The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are located at the north end of central Bali and are relatively lesser known than other waterfalls. They are only a 30 min drive from Munduk itself. The waterfalls are absolutely worth a visit! The falls can be accessed by car, followed by a relatively steep decline. Make sure you wear good footwear, especially if it has been raining, as the path might be slippery.

 

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls Bali - The Next Trip

 

Banyumala Twin Waterdalls Bali - The Next Trip

 

Once you get to the falls, you are rewarded with the most amazing views of multiple waterfalls ending in the same basin. The basin itself is not overly deep but great to swim in.

 

Banyumala Twin Waterfall Tips

 

Location: North/Central Bali

When to go: mornings are least busy, but it’s not overly touristy so you can also go in the afternoon.

Cost: IDR 50,000 (roughly 3.50 USD)

What to pack: Make sure you bring good shoes to walk to the falls and bring a swimsuit if you can brave the cold water.

 

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We also recommend seeing Munduk Waterfall and Leke Leke Waterfall as we have heard great things about them. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to see them ourselves, given our tight schedule.

 

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

 

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a major Hindu Shaivite water temple on Bali. It’s actually a temple complex and consists of five compounds of temples. During rainy season or at the end of the rainy season, you will understand why it is called a water temple as the main temple appears to be “floating.”

 

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During dry season, the temples are not floating but the complex is just as beautiful.

 

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple Bali - The Next Trip

 

The temple is very popular among tourists and can get quite busy. We were there early in the afternoon and it was very busy. We’d recommend going earlier in the day, preferably in the morning to avoid the crowds.

 

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple Tips

 

Location: Central Bali at the Beratan lake

When to go: the earlier in the day the better. Opening hours are 7am – 7pm.

Cost: tickets to enter the temple grounds are IDR 100,000 (roughly 7 USD).

What to pack: Make sure you bring water. It can be very hot there and as with every tourist destination, buying water there is more expensive than bringing it.

 

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Lake Tamblingan and Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan

 

Lake Tamblingan is a quiet lake at the foot of Mount Lesung in central Bali. It’s relatively unknown and the perfect getaway if you’re looking to escape the tourists. The lake is home to the Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan, a spectacular floating temple. You may have seen some incredible photos on Instagram showing the temple and the lake during the rainy season. During the dry season, the water levels at Lake Tamblingan are low which makes is perfect to walk around the temple grounds but takes away the “floating” temple views.

 

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Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan Floating Temple Bali - The Next Trip

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If you visit during, or at the end of the rainy season, you can rent a canoe to get all the way to the temple and snap some beautiful photos.

 

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Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan Tips

 

Location: Central Bali at Tamblingan Lake

When to go: The lake is very quiet and the perfect escape from mass tourism. Any time of the day would be great to visit.

Cost: Park entrance is IDR 10,000 (roughly 0.7 USD). You can rent canoes starting at IDR 200,000 (roughly USD 14).

What to pack: Since you’re right at the lake, make sure you pack insect repellent and sun screen. Even though the temperatures are mild compared to other places in Bali, the sun is just as intense.

 

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The Famous Bali Swing & Hidden Hills Wanagiri

 

While this is not a Bali-native attraction but mostly created for Instagram, it has become a very popular attraction and is just as stunning as other sights. If you don’t believe in taking a photo with the Bali Swing and feeding the hype, no hard feelings. Feel free to skip this paragraph and jump to our 5 travel tips for Munduk, Bali.

 

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Wanagiri Hidden Hills & the Bali Swing have gained huge traction with tourism around the globe in the recent years. It’s a photo area in central Bali, set up to take staged photos with an incredible backdrop of Lake Buyan and surrounding mountains. There are several different places along Jl. Raya Pancasari road to take these types of photos and each of them has a slightly different set-up. Every stand is equipped with some dress rentals, a changing room, and the locals are super friendly and help you take the perfect photo. They even have a reflector to create the perfect lighting for you.

 

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Hidden Hills Wanagiri Bali - The Next Trip

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It’s a very popular destination to stop at and if you don’t like to be rushed, we recommend going early in the morning. We paid IDR 100,000 (roughly 7 USD) as entrance fee but heard that the price is going up over the years.

 

Bali Swing and Hidden Hills Wanagiri Tips

 

Location: Jl. Raya Wanagiri in Central Bali, if you're going there with a driver, show them a photo and they will know exactly where you want to go. If you're driving yourself, look for little huts/stands on the lake side of the street. Upon getting closer, you will notice the photo ops set-up.

When to go: The Hidden Hills Wanagiri are extremely popular so expect to wait in line to take your photo. The earlier in the morning you arrive, the less people will be there. We were there around 10am and once we left, it got very busy.

Cost: We paid IDR 100,000 (roughly 7 USD) to access the park area but heard that prices are on the upswing. Also, getting access to the big Bali swing costs extra.

What to pack: There are quite a few different photo spots. If you want additional variety in your pictures, make sure you bring some clothes to change into. They have a changing room so you can easily switch between outfits. If you don't have any outfits you like, the operators provide long and flowy dresses there which you can borrow/rent.

 

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Note that the famous Bali gate is very close to the Wanagiri Hidden Hills. We wanted to take some photos there also. However, as we drove past, we saw that the wait was already at least 1 hour. Bali has so much to offer that we didn’t think it would worth waiting in line.

 

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Overall, Munduk is a beautiful area to explore and you can easily fill 3-4 days visiting temples and waterfalls. It is not as busy as South Bali and a few degrees cooler, making it a great getaway! If you have more time on the island, make sure to also visit Ubud and check out some of these best hotels in Bali.

 

The Next Trip Top 5 Travel Tips for Munduk

 

1) Rent a car or have a driver.

Getting to and from Munduk, and getting around Munduk is difficult without a vehicle. We recommend renting a car or hiring a driver for the days when you're exploring. Talk to your hotel if they can recommend a driver for you.

2) Make sure you bring cash!

Bali is very cash-centric and doesn’t accept cards everywhere. Most of the sights/attractions in Munduk are paid attractions and require you to pay cash. There are some ATMs around Munduk but they generally don't let you withdraw more than 1,000,000 IDR (about 74 USD). We found this maximum to be the case in South Bali also. We paid our driver 680,000 IDR (about 50 USD) for the drive from Denpasar Airport to Munduk. For a day driving around Munduk, we paid our driver around 400,000 IDR (around 30 USD).

3) Bring Mosquito Repellent

Being located in the jungle with regular rain fall, there can be a lot of mosquitoes in Munduk. Make sure to bring mosquito repellent to protect yourself.

4) Bring Sunscreen

This is true for almost every outdoor destination. Even though it's a few degrees cooler than on the beach, the sun is just as intense in Munduk. Usually, higher elevation destinations require more sun protection.

5) Eat all the Fresh Fruit

There are a ton of fruit stands in Munduk on the side of the road. I am usually not a fruit person, but we sampled almost everything and had the best fruit I have ever tasted! I can highly recommend the passion fruit which are just picked from the trees.

 

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Your guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing! We cover stunning waterfalls, temples, where to stay, how to get around, and how much cash to bring.
Your guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing! We cover stunning waterfalls, temples, where to stay, how to get around, and how much cash to bring.
Your guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing! We cover stunning waterfalls, temples, where to stay, how to get around, and how much cash to bring.
Your guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing! We cover stunning waterfalls, temples, where to stay, how to get around, and how much cash to bring.
Your guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing! We cover stunning waterfalls, temples, where to stay, how to get around, and how much cash to bring.
Your guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing! We cover stunning waterfalls, temples, where to stay, how to get around, and how much cash to bring.
Your guide to Munduk and the famous Bali Swing! We cover stunning waterfalls, temples, where to stay, how to get around, and how much cash to bring.

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West Bali: One of the Best Places to Stay in Bali

What is your idea of heaven on earth? Welcome to our personal heaven! There are a lot of great places to stay in Bali and picking where exactly you want to go can be difficult. Each geographic area has its own appeal and unique history.

 

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Why West Bali is One of the Best Places to Stay in Bali

 

West Bali is the least known, unspoiled, and uncrowded area of Bali, which makes it one of the best places to stay in Bali! It is the perfect place to get away from your busy every-day life. The days you will spend here are utter bliss and there is no better place to just disconnect.

 

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West Bali is dominated by the West Bali National Park, a mostly uninhabited jungle. It is home to quiet and deserted beaches, great places to surf, and shallow waters perfect for snorkeling and diving. Most tourists don’t know much about West Bali and don't venture this far west on their Bali trip. Not even the locals visit the “wild west.” This provides for a very quiet surrounding and the perfect base for a retreat and exploring nature.

 

How to Get There

 

West Bali is relatively secluded but still accessible via car or scooter. There are two ways to get to West Bali, taking the road along the south shore or along the north shore, via Munduk. Either route will take around 4 hours, depending on traffic. Since the roads are quite narrow and windy, this makes for a long drive but trust me, it is completely worth it!

 

What is the best month to go to West Bali?

 

West Bali has relatively constant temperatures throughout the year, due to its proximity to the equator. However, there are two main seasons: the wet and the dry season. October – April is usually the wet season. During this season, the weather can be quite unpredictable and as the name suggests – wet. April through September is called the dry season and will have relatively little rain. This might sound great, but the lack of rain also affects the vegetation and might leave forests and hills looking more dried up than expected.

 

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In our opinion, the best months to go to Bali are April – June. It’s right at the end of the rainy season / the beginning of the dry season. This means humidity levels are slightly lower than during the wet season and the vegetation is lush and green. Further, if you travel outside the peak season, flight prices are likely cheaper. If you would like to learn more about saving money on cheap flights, check out our 5-step guide to booking cheap flights.

 

Where to Stay in West Bali

 

West Bali is truly a place where you can fully relax. With the weather being perfect almost every single day, it is one of the best places to stay in Bali and the perfect place for a retreat.

 

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Pool View at Sumberkima Hill, Bali - The Next Trip

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We stayed at Sumberkima Hill in North West Bali. The hotel consists of private Bali villas with a main area for yoga classes and spa treatments. You stay in your very own villa, which includes a personal pool, a kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. It is basically your new luxurious home away from home. Sumberkima Hill has 2 main restaurants on site to either dine in or order from so that you can dine in your own villa.

 

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Living Room at Sumberkima Hill Bali Villa - The Next Trip

 

If you like spending time in the pool, you will love the opportunity of having a floating breakfast. You can let the staff know a day in advance when you place your breakfast order and they will serve it on a floating tray. There is really nothing quite like having a smoothie bowl and a coffee with these pool views.

 

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@travelwithtalia and I enjoying our floating breakfast at Sumberkima Hill.

 

In case you ever feel like leaving your villa (which we didn’t), Sumberkima Hill offers yoga classes for beginners or seasoned yogis with the most breathtaking views. You can also enjoy a spa, massage or reflexology treatment onsite. This was one of our favorite places to stay in Bali and we are already planning to go back.

 

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Disclaimer:  We were hosted by Sumberkima Hill and had a wonderful time! We are excited to share our trip with you here. As always, all of the opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support us!

 

What to Do in West Bali

 

The best thing about West Bali is the chilled lifestyle and the ability to completely relax. However, West Bali also has some of the most amazing natural sites on offer which brings it to the top of the best places to stay in Bali.

 

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Snorkeling in North West Bali

 

In North West Bali, you can find the largest area of shallow reefs in Bali! Given the shallow water, the experience is perfect for beginners but also has plenty to offer for intermediate snorkelers and divers. Since the North West Bali reefs are relatively unexplored by tourists, you’ll also be sure that nobody ruins your view or bumps into you as you’re trying to take a photo of Nemo.

If you’re an avid diver, a tour of the coral garden at Menjangan Island is definitely worth the trip. In addition to an abundance of small fish, there is also the possibility to see larger fish cruising by the outer reef. Think reef sharks, tuna, eagle rays, sting rays, and wild sea turtles.

Most hotels in the area will offer to organize snorkeling and diving tours for you, including a personal guide.

 

Canoe Trip in the Bay of Sumberkima

 

The Sumberkima Bay is lined with mangrove trees which provides for amazing views when canoeing. The trees with their high arching roots are a spectacular sight to see for anyone who loves exploring nature. Rent a canoe or book a canoeing trip with your hotel to explore the area. Depending on the tide, you can also reach Gili Putih, a small white sand island which is located in the bay. During high tide, the island is relatively small, almost not visible, and only accessible by boat. During low tide, you can walk to the island from the mainland which is about one mile (1.5 km) away.

 

Night Hike on Mount Ijen and the Blue Flames

 

Possibly the most exciting excursion you can think of is hiking Mount Ijen. Mount Ijen is located on East Java, Indonesia’s most populated island. It’s a 2-hour ferry ride away from the west Bali harbor Gilimanuk. The Gilimanuk harbor is very close to Sumberkima Hill and. This makes Sumberkima Hill a great place to stay for a Mount Ijen hike.

 

Top of Mount Ijen in East Java - The Next Trip

 

Mount Ijen is famous for the electric-blue sulfur flames and the stunning views from the top of the crater. The blue sulfur flames are a result of the burning of sulfuric gas which emerges from the cracks of the volcano. The volcano is the largest blue flames area in the world and the locals call it blue fire.

 

Blue Flames at Mount Ijen - The Next Trip

 

Blue Flames at Night

 

As the blue fire is only visible at night, night hikes are the best way to see them. We booked our night hike with Sumberkima Hill who organized everything for us. The entire hike was seamless and well planned. This was our first time going on a night hike and we forgot to adjust our sleep schedule! Trust me when I say we were incredibly tired in the end. If you are planning to do a night hike, we highly recommend you take a longer nap in the afternoon, or sleep at least 4 hours before embarking on your hike.

 

Blue Fire at Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

Mount Ijen Night Hike – The Experience

 

After a 30-minute car ride to the ferry port, a 1-hour ferry ride, another 1-1.5 hour drive to the base of Mount Ijen, we started our hike at 2am. The entire hike is guided but completely in the dark. You wear headlamps so that you see where you step and a gas mask to wear in the crater of Mount Ijen. The hike is relatively steep but the terrain is easy, which makes for a great cardio work-out.

Depending on your speed, you will reach the rim of the crater in an hour or two. You will then start your descent into the crater, which takes about 40 minutes. The descent is technically more challenging, and for anyone who is scared of heights also emotionally challenging. The drops on either side of the path are significant, and can be deadly. That being said, our guides were extremely helpful. One guide even took one of our co-hikers by the hand as she is terrified of heights. Even though she didn’t love every second of the hike, she was still extremely happy she did it!

 

Warning Sign at Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

View of the Crater Hike of Mount Ijen in East Java - The Next Trip

 

On your way down into the crater, you will pass mine workers. Sulfur miners extract sulfur pieces and manually carry them out of the crater. These mine workers face extremely dangerous working conditions on a daily basis. They walk up and down the crater multiple times per day and often carry a load of 50lbs or more. Whenever you pass a mine worker, make sure to step to the side as sign of respect and to make things easier for them.

 

Sulfur Mine Worker at Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

Sulfur Pieces from Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

Sulfur Mine Worker on Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

Once you get closer to the crater, your guide will ask you to put on your gas mask as the smoke from the burning sulfur can make it very difficult to breathe. Seeing the blue flames at the end of the hike makes it worth all of the effort! There is no better way to describe it than spectacular. We have never seen anything like this before and it was an incredible feeling to stand there and stare. The flames’ size and shape varies by the minute as different amounts of sulfuric gas emerges from the ground. It’s an incredible experience and a must see if you like adventurous travel.

 

Selfie with the Blue Flames on Mount Ijen - The Next Trip

 

The hike back up the crater is relatively quick and timed in a way that you reach the top of the crater rim in time for sunrise.

 

Crater Rim on Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

Crater Rim on Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

View from Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

Mount Ijen Famous Instagrammable Spot

 

Instead of heading back to the bottom of the volcano, we asked our guide to take us further along the crater rim for a better view of the Mount Ijen crater lake and the area. The crater lake appears in a bright turquoise blue due to the high acidity and is an incredible sight.

 

Famous Instagrammable Tree on Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

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View of the Mount Ijen Crater Lake, East Java - The Next Trip

 

View of the Crater Lake on Mount Ijen, East Java - The Next Trip

 

 

Instagrammable Tree on Mount Ijen - The Next Trip

 

If you are planning a trip to Bali but don’t know where to go, we can highly recommend spending a few days in West Bali. The serenity of the area together with the natural wonders makes it one of the best places to stay in Bali. Especially if you are looking to avoid the other overly touristy areas.

The Next Trip Top 5 Tips for Things to Do in West Bali

 

1) Be ready to relax!

With West Bali being the least populated and touristy area in Bali, it is one of the best places to stay in Bali to kick back and enjoy some peace and quiet. All areas of Bali have spa-like retreats, but we were most relaxed while at our Sumberkima Hill villa in West Bali.

 

Floating Breakfast at Sumberkima Hill, Bali - The Next Trip

 

2) Plan out the activities you would like to do in West Bali.

Some of the water activities are highly dependent on the tides and won’t be as worthwhile every day. We had initially thought of doing a canoe trip, but the tides didn’t line up with our schedule so we had to pass until next time.

3) Plan on visiting towards the end of the wet season.

The best time to visit is between April and June, to get the most amazing view of the lush surrounding hills. We visited West Bali in November which is at the end of the dry season. As a result, the majority of the flora was relatively dry.

4) Hike Mount Ijen!

It is hands-down one of the best experiences we have every completed and worth every minute of sleep deprivation. Since it is relatively cold at night on the volcano, make sure you dress warm for the hike and bring a scarf just in case.

5) Enjoy the best sunsets!

We saw the most amazing sunsets from Sumberkima Hill in North West Bali. Make sure you plan a few evenings at your villa and have your camera ready and charged to capture those precious moments! As Bali is so close to the equator, sunsets don't last very long.

 

Sunset at Sumberkima Hill, Bali - The Next Trip

 

Bright Red Sunset at Sumberkima Hill, Bali - The Next Trip

 

 

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You booked a trip to Bali and don't know where to stay? West Bali is one of the best places to stay in Bali! We share how to get there, where to stay, and the best excursions!
You booked a trip to Bali and don't know where to stay? West Bali is one of the best places to stay in Bali! We share how to get there, where to stay, and the best excursions!
You booked a trip to Bali and don't know where to stay? West Bali is one of the best places to stay in Bali! We share how to get there, where to stay, and the best excursions!
You booked a trip to Bali and don't know where to stay? West Bali is one of the best places to stay in Bali! We share how to get there, where to stay, and the best excursions!
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How To Stay Fit And Healthy When You Travel – 10 Easy Tips

Calories on vacation don't count, right? We all wish! I often come back from a trip and realize that I have worked out zero times. I am completely out of shape, may have put on a few pounds, and my stomach is constantly unhappy. Being constantly bloated, constipated for 3-4 days, and suffering from daily heart burn is something we all put up with. Especially when we are exploring a new place. I have news for you: it DOESN'T have to be this way! Fit travel is a thing!

I have found a "recipe" (pun intended) for fit travel which can help you return home feeling all refreshed! These 10 easy steps will keep you healthy and help with your goal of fit travel so that you won't have to go on an intense cleanse as soon as you get back home.

 

Eating Healthy While Traveling

 

I am sure you have heard that keeping up a healthy lifestyle is a result of 80% diet and 20% working out. Eating healthy is the first and most important step for fit travel and staying healthy. Don't get me wrong, I truly believe that exploring a new culture has a lot to do with trying local food. And there is nothing better than going to a local restaurant to try every item on the menu that you haven't heard of before. There are ways to do both - explore the local food culture and eat clean and healthy! This is how.

 

10 easy tips on clean eating and staying in shape when you travel - The Next Trip

 

Avoid Foods That Make You Sick

 

This seems like a very easy task but what exactly are foods that make us sick? Generally speaking, highly processed foods like prepared frozen meals, fried foods, bread, pasta, and sugars are not going to help you stay healthy. Actually they increase inflammation in your body. Inflammation is something our healthy bodies can fight on a daily basis and it doesn't seem like a big deal. However, when we travel, we expose ourselves to new environments, new climates, new bacteria and viruses. These are all things our bodies don't know yet and need to adjust to. All of this takes up a lot of energy. If we can take away the need for our bodies to fight constant inflammation, this frees up energy for our immune system to fight off the new bacteria and viruses.

 

Avoid Foods That Make You Sick and Stay Healthy When You Travel - The Next Trip

 

A first great step to decrease inflammation is sticking to whole foods which are not processed. For instance, think of grilled vs. fried proteins, raw or steamed vegetables, and whole grains (rice instead of pasta). This doesn't mean you can't indulge every once in a while. As a general rule, I try to eat 80% whole foods and leave some wiggle room for a cheat meal. The odd cheat meal could be fresh churros, hand-made Italian pasta, or anything you might crave.

 

Know Your Food Intolerances

 

This point goes hand in hand with the first point. You know you shouldn't eat something that makes you sick. But what does this include? Not everything which is deemed to be healthy in today's society is good for you personally. Everybody is different and there are some foods that can cause inflammation in your body but other people have no issues with them. Knowing your food intolerances is key for fit travel. But how do you know which foods cause increased inflammation for you? There are two ways to find out:

a) Go on a fast and slowly re-introduce foods one by one to see how your body reacts to them.

b) The easier version is to get tested for food intolerances!

I have been struggling with constant bloating for years and years. I even thought it was normal to go 1-2 pant sizes up after eating. Trust me, it is not normal! I wanted to put this struggle to an end and got tested for food intolerances with Haven in Chicago.

I received a complimentary consultation from Haven in exchange for sharing my experience with you. As always, all my opinions are my own.

 

Test Your Food Intolerances with Haven Holistic Services - The Next Trip

 

They provide a holistic approach to health and believe that our bodies can heal themselves if we feed them right. Personally, I believe that "you are what you eat" and so their ideas completely aligned with mine. I scheduled an appointment, filled out the questionnaire, and did the test to see what causes my body to be inflamed. I WAS SHOCKED when I saw my results!

 

Bettina's Food Intolerance Results Dairy, Seafood and Soy - The Next Trip

 

The test results revealed that I am intolerant to dairy (which I had already suspected), seafood, soy, and need to avoid the combination of fruit + sugar. Wait, what - no seafood?? I have loved eating seafood for as long as I can remember. In addition, I have been taking fish based Omega 3 oil capsules daily for my skin. All of the sudden it all made sense! If I am intolerant to seafood and eat seafood on a daily basis (in this case fish oil with my morning coffee), of course I'm always bloated! I received a complete 4-week nutrition plan from Haven in which they specified my intolerances, educated me on general food misconceptions, and created a plan to get my body back on track by avoiding certain foods.

 

Food Intolerance Test Soy - The Next Trip

After the first 3 weeks of avoiding my intolerances,  I began noticing improvements in my body and less inflammation. The best part is I have been way less bloated and have more energy. While travelling, I focus on avoiding my main food intolerances so that I can keep up my energy levels.

 

Haven Holistic Health Services Nutrition Plan - The Next Trip

 

If you are interested in learning about your intolerances, I highly recommend taking the test. You can check out Haven's services here or schedule a free phone consultation with Haven here.

 

Snack Smarter - Pack Your Own Snacks For Fit Travel

 

Arguably one of the best parts of being on a road trip is the snacking! Just make sure you make it a smart snack. Instead of picking up unhealthy chips or candy at the gas station, head to a grocery store and pick up some larger packages of whole nuts, vegetables, or fresh fruit which you can munch on. Divide them up in several portions so that you have a snack handy at all times and don't need to stop at a convenience store when hunger strikes the next time.

 

Smoothie Bowl as a Healthy Snack When On the Road - The Next Trip

 

Read Nutritional Information and Ingredients

 

This is not the most attractive point but so important for fit travel! Always read labels and menus and figure out what is in your meal. Oftentimes, there are hidden calories in your meals in the form of sauces, dressings, as well as other toppings you can potentially substitute or leave out completely. Restaurants in North America might even have nutritional information on their dishes which makes it easier for you to make the best choices.

I was recently shopping for store-bought pesto. Pesto is a delicious Italian sauce made out of basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and pine nuts. I read all the pesto labels and could not believe the ingredients. Almost every store-bought pesto contains canola oil, often doesn't include real cheese, contains fillers like potatoes or quinoa to lower production cost, and is full of chemicals and preservatives.

 

How to Eat Clean When Traveling - The Next Trip

 

When traveling, getting nutritional information on food might not be quite as easy but most restaurants offer an English menu so you know what each dish is made of. If there is no English menu available, I recommend using google translate to help. You can download the app (Apple version and Android version) and use the "camera" feature to aim at text and have it translated. This tool has helped me greatly navigate the food scene in Southeast Asia to be extra sure I wasn't eating any seafood.

 

Drink Enough Water

 

Surprisingly, drinking enough water is much harder than it seems, especially when traveling. The easiest way to go about this is bringing your own water bottle. You can fill it before you leave the hotel in the morning and whenever you find a good water source on the road. If your hotel doesn't have any filtered water in the lobby, check out the gym, as you can often find filtered water there.

When you're flying, make sure you empty your bottle before going through security (you can bring an empty bottle but they will make you toss the water if it's full). You can refill the bottle before boarding the plane so that you can hydrate during the flight.

 
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Fit Travel - Tips For Fitness On The Go

 

Healthy eating is one of the most important points for fit travel but that doesn't mean we should ignore the fitness portion. There are a few things you can do every day while you're away from home which won't impact the amount of fun you have while on vacation.

 

Walk More - Drive Less

 

This works especially well if you're on a city trip. Instead of driving, taking a cab, or public transport, think about the option to walk. It might not be as fast but you get to explore new areas and parts of the city you wouldn't have seen otherwise and will burn some extra calories on the side.

 

How to Stay Fit When You Travel - The Next Trip

 

Rent a Bike

 

If walking is too much and your feet are sore, consider renting a bike! Most larger cities across the world offer bike sharing services. With those services, you can rent a bike for an hour or two or even the whole day. Biking is my favorite fit travel tip and my favorite way to explore a new city. It's quick and easy, and involves some exercise. Plus, you don't have to worry about parking meters, public transport schedules, or a cab ripping you off.

 

Bike Rentals to Stay Fit When you Travel - The Next Trip

 

City Bike Rental Service to Stay Fit When You Travel - The Next Trip

 

Do Stretching Exercises

 

If you're already stretching on a daily basis at home - congrats! If not, it is super easy to pick it up and you will feel more limber and agile. Your hotel room might have a carpet which makes it easy to do stretches right there. Otherwise, the hotel gym usually has yoga mats you can use. You can find some simple stretching exercises here or check out my post about stretching when you're on a plane.

 

Take Advantage of the Hotel Pool or Gym

 

A lot of hotels are aware of the desire for fit travel and almost all of them have a gym and/or a pool. Now working out on vacation doesn't have to be as daunting as it sounds. You can get up 30 minutes earlier and head to the gym for a quick run or to do a few weight exercises. If you're staying at a tropical resort, there is nothing better than going to the pool first thing in the morning. Mornings are the perfect time to swim a couple of laps or take a short run along the beach. You may even have the pool completely to yourself! If you are the kind of person who likes to work out in groups, inquire about fitness classes. It could surprise you how many hotel resorts offer yoga and other fitness classes.

 

Sleep 8 Hours

 

Sleep is still one of the most important things, even if we like to de-prioritize it, which I am definitely guilty of. While we sleep, our muscles have time to recover, our brains work through everything that happened that day, and our cells regenerate. Sleep also helps reduce food cravings which you would experience as a way to compensate for the lack of energy. Regardless of how busy your travel schedule is, try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Fit travel doesn't necessarily mean sleeping throughout your vacation though. If you are anything like me and like to travel fast, make sure to schedule a few relaxing days to catch up on sleep or schedule naps. This becomes even more important as you cross time zones and confuse your body's circadian rhythm. You will feel like a new person.

I hope these 10 fit travel tips help you stay fit and healthy on your next trip! What are your secrets to staying healthy when traveling? Let me know in the comments below!

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How do you stay fit and healthy when you travel? Here are 10 easy tips on clean eating and staying in shape when you travel.
How do you stay fit and healthy when you travel? Here are 10 easy tips on clean eating and staying in shape when you travel.
How do you stay fit and healthy when you travel? Here are 10 easy tips on clean eating and staying in shape when you travel.
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Instagram Action Blocked: How to Fix It

You are action blocked! It's one of the most dreaded messages you can receive in today's world of Instagram.Your message might look similar to this:

Action Blocked

 

Based on previous use of this feature, your account has been temporarily blocked from taking this action. This block will expire on .... We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake.

 

Instagram Action Blocked Message: How to Unblock Your Account - The Next Trip

 

So Instagram action blocked your account. Now what? There are multiple things you can do to try to fix the issue. I have been blocked on The Next Trip Instagram account for 10 days now (and it's still ongoing). I finally called Facebook Support and learned exactly what to do to resolve the issue! Read on to learn about the block and what you can do to fix it!

 

What Is An Instagram Action Block

 

We all know that Instagram has an algorithm running the platform. The algorithm decides which picture to show on your feed or explore page based on your likes and dislikes. The algorithm also decides if your photo is "good" enough to show to your followers and if your account is "interesting" enough to show to other people. The purpose of the algorithm is also to reduce or eliminate robots on Instagram. Yes, there are a lot of robots out there to like photos, comment on photos, answer Instagram story polls, etc. and all serve to grow an audience faster with less work.

 

Instagram Action Block and My Call with Facebook Support - The Next Trip

 

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In order to determine whether an account is using a robot, Instagram has rules on how many photos you can like in a certain amount of time, how many people you can follow, and how many comments you can write without being deemed "suspicious." If you are action blocked by Instagram, you likely used a feature too often in a set time frame and exceeded the unwritten limits of Instagram activity.

An action block can be temporary and not have a date when it is lifted or it may come with an expiration date. Action Blocks come in increments of a few hours, 24 hours, a few days, a full week, or even up to two weeks! In my experience, the length of the block highly depends on the amount of blocks you have had in the past and on the age of your account. New accounts that show robot-like activity from the very beginning are more likely to experience longer blocks.

 

Types of Instagram Action Blocks

 

There are multiple types of action blocks and the error message Instagram provides, doesn't usually specify which type of block you are experiencing. However, it is easy to find out what type of block you have as you won't be able to use those features.

Instagram can action block the following features: likes, comments, follows, DMs, and posting. I am currently experiencing an engagement block which includes liking, commenting, following, and posting.

 

Why Are You Action Blocked? The Most Well-Known Unwritten Instagram Rules / Limits

 

I have not been able to find any documents issued by Instagram or Facebook which define these Instagram activity rules. However, based on my own experience and based on experience of other influencers I know, I'm sharing the most common and well-known unwritten rules or limits of Instagram engagement.

 

  • Like between 100-350 photos per hour, but no more. This number highly depends on the age of your account. The older your account, the more you can like.
  • Comment no more than 60 comments per hour. Again, this number depends on the age of your account.
  • Do not use the same comments over and over again, including emojis.
  • Follow no more than 100 accounts per hour if you are an older account. Follow no more than 20 accounts per hour if your account is relatively new. In total, you cannot follow more than 7,500 accounts.
  • Do not copy and paste the same direct message more than 10 times. In my own experience, I found that I was blocked if I sent more than 10 identical DMs in a short time.

 

Report A Problem to Fix Instagram Action Block - The Next Trip

 

There are also daily like, comment, and follow limits which if exceeded will create an action block. This is likely what has happened to my account as I attempted to like one photo after 2 hours of inactivity.

 

  • You can like 1,000 posts per day. This is a general idea how many likes you can give out and the number might be less if your account is new and smaller.
  • Daily comment limits vary depending on who you ask. To be safe, try to stay below 200 comments per day. Instagram flags duplicate comments as spam activity so try to avoid those.
  • You can follow between 500 - 1,000 accounts per day, depending on your account age. Younger (and likely smaller) accounts can follow less people.

 

Past Instagram Action Blocks

 

Is this the first time you are action blocked? You're in luck! The first action block usually does not contain an expiration date and is relatively short. I left the app alone for 4 hours and when I went back on and liked a photo, the action block seemed gone.

If Instagram blocks you more often, it will flag your account as spam or containing "robot" activity. This means that your action blocks are likely to last longer and take longer to fix.

 

First Signs Of An Action Block

 

Instagram warns you that it might action block your account if you're not careful with your actions. It's a very subtle warning and you will only be able to notice it if you are liking photos manually (I assume you are not using any robot activity on your account).

If you like a photo and Instagram instantly removes your like, i.e. the heart turns red and instantly turns white again, and you have a stable internet connection, this is a sign that you might get action blocked shortly. You are close to exceeding your limits and should take a break liking and commenting for a few hours.

 

What to do with Instagram Action Blocked - The Next Trip

 

How To Fix An Instagram Action Block?

 

Now this is what you have all been waiting for! How can you actually fix your action block? How can you unblock your Instagram account?

There are several ways to fix your action block. The fix highly depends on how "severe" your block is, your account age, and how many blocks your account has had in the past.

 

How to Fix Minor Instagram Action Blocks

 

  • Report the issue immediately by hitting "Tell Us" on the action block. You can also go to "Settings", "Help", "Report a Problem" on the app. Don't expect to hear back from Instagram but it can help showing the app that you are not a robot.
  • Leave your account alone for a few hours. Instagram unblocked me once after I left my account alone for 4 hours. I would recommend to leave it alone for 4-24 hours.
  • Sign out of Instagram and sign in again
  • Uninstall the app and install it again.
  • Try to get off the wifi connection and use mobile data instead. Instagram possibly blocked your IP address and you can still use your account on mobile data.
  • Try to log in with a different device on mobile data. Similar to the previous point, Instagram may have blocked your device and you can still use your account on a different device.
  • Uninstall or disconnect any third party apps. Instagram is trying to restrict the usage of third party apps. These could be follow/unfollow apps, or simply apps to monitor who unfollowed you, etc.
  • STOP USING A BOT! Needless to say, bots completely defy the purpose of the app. Instagram is a social media app and it is all about being social and forming connections. If you use robots to engage with other accounts, you won't create any real connections which will hurt your account in the long run. I highly recommend not using one, regardless of whether you're blocked or not. You are missing out if you're using one. And yes, I can tell if any of my comments are robot comments.

 

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How To Fix Severe Instagram Blocks

 

Have you tried all of the above and nothing works? I'm so sorry to hear that! Trust me when I say I know what it feels like! All your hard work could disappear, you're already losing followers, your engagement might tank, etc. This is exactly what is happening to me right now. Instagram has action blocked me since December 10, 2019!!! It has been 11 days and there is no end in sight!

I decided to reach out to Facebook support (Facebook owns Instagram) to see if they can fix my problem. Facebook Support offered to give me a call and talk to me about how my block came about and how I can fix it.

 

Chat with Facebook Support to Unblock Instagram Action Block

 

The resolution they gave me  on the phone is to leave my account alone for "a few days." But what does a few days mean exactly? And how can you get back to your regular Instagram activity after a long block?

I asked exactly these questions on my call with Facebook Support. You can get the recording of the entire phone conversation by signing up to my newsletter below. You will receive a video in which I share the recorded phone conversation with Facebook Support, my story of how I have been action blocked since December 10, 2019, all my action blocked messages, and how to fix the issue!

 

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Instagram Block Update

 

I have officially been unblocked since January 1, 2020. I was blocked for almost 20 days! This is extremely long in the Instagram world. It doesn't have to be this long for you though. Here is what I learnt during my block: if you experience a severe block like I did and none of the above methods fix it, leave your account alone for 5-7 days! It sounds harsh but it could have spared me 10 days of blockage. Instead of seeing if I was unblocked after every expiration, I should have left my account alone for 7 days sooner. I tried taking a 3 day break first before doing a 7 day break and wished that I didn't waste those 3 days.

My best tip is to leave your account, maybe even de-install the app to not be tempted and enjoy your social detox. Make sure you reach out to any collaboration partners and let them now you are blocked. You can also send them your planned posts and let them know you will post as soon as you're unblocked. Most importantly, don't let it stress you out too much! This is easier said than done, but it's not the end of the world. I promise! After being unblocked, I managed to grow my account again and my engagement slowly went back to "normal" levels.

 

More Questions?

 

If you have any further questions about Instagram Action Blocks, the Instagram algorithm, or anything else Instagram related, feel free to reach out to me via DM or via email. While Instagram is the platform I am most active on, the heart and soul of The Next Trip is this blog, the travel tips we share and the places we introduce you to.

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How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.

 

How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.
How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.
How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.
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Happy Camper Farewell and Why We Left Chicago

So Kyle and I did a thing – a big thing! We decided to completely change our lives, take what we learned and experienced, and follow our dreams. If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Kyle and I decided to quit our jobs, leave Chicago, and travel the world! No, we’re not kidding!! But let me back up a bit and share the entire story with you.

 

 

 

Our Story and Why We Left Chicago

 

A couple of years ago, 8.5 years to be exact, Kyle and I met studying abroad in Finland, fell in love, and started travelling around Europe. You can read our full story in the About Us section. That’s when the travel bug bit us. And as they say, there is no cure for it! Fast forward a few years, Kyle started reading a few overland blogs and that’s where he got the idea of travelling through South America in a car and tent. It took him a few years to convince me that this was a great idea but after I spent a few years working on my career in finance, I was also dreaming of exploring the world. Other than the tent thing. I couldn’t envision myself sleeping in a tent for more than 5 days (we tried that in Colorado, read about our scary bear situation), so we decided on a pop-up camper instead, which we call Swifty (it's the Four Wheel Campers Swift Model).

 

 

In September 2019, we sold our apartment in Chicago, bought a pop-up camper for our truck, and set sail to spend some time with Kyle’s family in Vancouver, Canada before we would venture to South America in our camper. If you want to follow along our trip, make sure you follow us on Instagram and sign up for The Next Trip newsletter!

Of course, leaving Chicago was not an easy task. During the 4.5 years we lived there, we met amazing people and made wonderful connections. Saying goodbye to our friends would require an adequate goodbye party!

 

The Farewell Party at Happy Camper

 

I was dreaming of having a party and inviting all the amazing girls I met in Chicago over the years. And no place would be more fitting than having the party at Happy Camper – a really cool restaurant with an airy and super cute decorated rooftop in Wrigleyville! I worked with Brianne from Marquette Avenue Events to put everything together! I don’t know what I would have done without her as I was so busy preparing for our move that I hardly had time to think about planning the Farewell!

 

 

Happy Camper reserved part of their rooftop for us and made sure we got delicious food and drinks all night. I personally am a fan of the Mom pizza, which is a veggie pizza with no cheese but just as good as a regular pizza! If you’re not familiar with Happy Camper and have never been, I can highly recommend a visit to either their Old Town or newly opened Wrigleyville location.

 

 

 

Both locations feature real camper caravans inside the restaurant and the Wrigleyville location is decorated to melt every Instagrammer’s heart.

 

 

From the turquoise chairs (you know they had me then), to the yellow umbrellas, disco ball, and chandeliers, everything is designed with a lot of thought.

 

 

 

 

The outdoor rooftop area is covered in fake grass to give you the perfect summer vibes, even if the Chicago weather doesn’t always comply.

 

Farewell Party Guest Gallery

 

The Farewell party would not have been the same without my incredible guests and wonderful blogger community I have met in Chicago. All of these girls have become a substantial part of my life and I am incredibly grateful for each and everyone of them. Talking to bloggers in different cities, they describe their local industry as very competitive – contrary to Chicago. In Chicago, I truly had the feeling that everyone wanted to support each other and help each other succeed.

 

 

One of the most supportive people I have met in this industry is Marii, the owner and founder of Swirl and Sparkle and Sparkle in the City PR. She started her business by creating her own make-up brush cleansers which are the only thing that got me to clean my brushes (I’m sure you know what I mean when I say washing brushes is a task) and I am sure she will go far in life. As a party favor, she created The Next Trip branded cleansers which are so cute – I wanted to keep them all.

 

 

 

These are the girls that made my night at Happy Camper. I am grateful to have met all of them and will miss them dearly.

Thank you to Happy Camper Wrigleyville and Brianne from Marquette Avenue Events to make this Farewell Party so special!

 

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Fun Things To Do In Albuquerque In A Weekend

For the last four years that we have lived in the United States, we have made it our mission to visit all 50 states (check out which States are outstanding here). One by one, we have slowly been crossing them off our list and New Mexico is the third to last state for us to visit! There is some debate about what constitutes having "been" to a state, but we believe that to truly say that you have been to a state and experienced it, you should spend a decent amount of time there. At the very least have one meal there, and preferably enjoy exploring it for a weekend. Neither of us had been to New Mexico before, and having heard so much about the incredible scenery and Native American culture, we couldn't wait to experience it ourselves.

 

Red Dress outfit at Fly Away Project in Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico, so it was an obvious choice to get the first taste of New Mexico. The city is most famous for its Balloon Fiesta which occurs each October, but there are so many fun things to do in Albuquerque year-round. Since Albuquerque has on average 310 sunny days a year - there is really no bad time to visit! If you're in a hurry, skip to our 5 Top Travel Tips for Albuquerque here or keep reading for the full experience.

 

Bettina at Greetings from Burque Mural in Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

We have worked with Visit Albuquerque to be able to share our weekend getaway with you and were hosted by Hotel Chaco and Nativo Lodge. Our meals and excursions were compensated as part of our Albuquerque experience. We are excited to share our trip with you and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support us!

 

Where to Stay in Albuquerque

 

Hotel Chaco

 

We spent our first night in Albuquerque at Hotel Chaco, a brand new luxury hotel, inspired by Chaco Canyon. Located less than a block from the Albuquerque museum and within walking distance of Old Town, it is a great place to stay to explore the city.

 

Hotel Chaco Street View - The Next Trip

 

Hotel Chaco Garden - The Next Trip

 

After a busy day exploring, you can cool down at the pool area and ring in the evening with an in-house wine tasting, or dinner and a drink on the rooftop, which offers expansive views of Albuquerque.

 

Hotel Chaco Rooftop - The Next Trip

 

Rooftop Restaurant and Bar at Hotel Chaco - The Next Trip

 

View of Albuquerque from Hotel Chaco Rooftop - The Next Trip

 

The rooms are very spacious and thoughtfully designed; perfect for a restful sleep.

 

Hotelroom at Hotel Chaco - The Next Trip

 

Bathroom at Hotel Chaco - The Next Trip

 

 

Nativo Lodge

 

For our second night, we got to experience true New Mexican Native American artwork at Nativo Lodge. Their uniquely decorated artist rooms feature art work by contemporary Native American artists. No two artist rooms are the same! We stayed in the Essence of Life room which was created by Garrett Etsitty and features two gorgeous wall paintings of a humming bird.

 

Essence of Life Room at Nativo Lodge - The Next Trip

 

Half way between Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains, Nativo Lodge is a great pet friendly hotel in Albuquerque for those who want to explore the areas around Albuquerque and enjoy local art work.

 

Driveway Native American Art Work at Nativo Lodge - The Next Trip

 

 

Where to Eat in Albuquerque

 

Largest Restaurant in New Mexico - El Pinto

 

Being in Albuquerque, I really wanted to try some New Mexican-inspired cuisine. Saturday evening, Kyle and I went for a romantic dinner at El Pinto - a Mexican restaurant outside the city with beautiful patios surrounded by lush gardens and a very Instagrammable entrance walkway.

 

Walkway to El Pinto Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

El Pinto is the largest restaurant in New Mexico and I was completely overwhelmed by the never ending dining tables and patios! Each of their five patios has a slightly different vibe to them, depending on the atmosphere you are looking for.

 

Margarita at El Pinto - The Next Trip

 

We toasted to our weekend in New Mexico and enjoyed what felt like three baskets of tortilla chips with delicious house-made salsa. As mains, we tried the stuffed sopapillas - a traditional dish in Spanish heritage regions, and the New Mexican Red Chile Ribs. I couldn't decide whether I wanted my sopapillas with their home-made green or red chile. Thei waitress suggested I try both which is what the New Mexicans call "Christmas style."

 

Sopapillas with Christmas Style Chile and Red Chile Ribs at El Pinto Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Red Chile Ribs at El Pinto Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Both were delicious and we were way too full from the tortilla chips to finish it all.

 

Fine Dining in Albuquerque at Ten 3

 

If you're looking for the perfect place to have dinner with an incredible view - Ten 3 is your spot! They opened their doors for the first time on August 17th and we were super excited to be dining with them on their opening weekend! Ten 3 is located at an altitude of 10,300 feet, at the top of Sandia Peak, which provides for the most amazing dining views. To reach the restaurant you need to take the Sandia Peak Tramway, which you can read more about below.

 

View at Ten 3 on Sandia Peak - The Next Trip

 

We started our dining experience with delicious cocktails, a bread basket full of home-made creations, and a goat cheese flan. Fun fact: because there is less oxygen in the air at higher altitudes, it is said that you feel the effects of alcohol quicker. Ten 3 takes this into consideration and serves their drinks with slightly less alcohol content than you might typically find.

 

Goat Cheese Flan at Ten 3 on Sandia Peak - The Next Trip

 

Red Chile Buffalo Short Rib at Ten 3 on Sandia Peak - The Next Trip

 

Kyle and I tried the crispy skin chicken and the red chile buffalo short rib which were both outstanding! If you have never tried buffalo I can highly recommend trying the Ten 3 variation which was so delicious that I was about to steal Kyle's plate!

 

Red Chile Buffalo Short Rib at Ten 3 on Sandia Peak - The Next Trip

 

While you're at Sandia Peak - make sure you walk around the top and enjoy the views outside the restaurant as well!

 

Things To Do in Albuquerque

 

Albuquerque has so much to offer, it is a shame to not explore the city for at least a full weekend. Here are our top things to do in Albuquerque that you can’t miss out on.

 

Church Street Cafe in Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

 

ABQ Trolley Tour

 

There is really no better way to see the city and all its sights than from the comfort of a trolley with the ABQ Trolley Tour. The Best of Albuquerque tour is a narrated 1 hour and 45 minutes tour that takes you to Old Town Plaza, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, along Route 66, down Nob Hill, and more! It is an incredibly informative tour and you will get an appreciation of the many different neighborhoods in Albuquerque.

This was a great activity for us to complete at the beginning of our visit as the tour highlighted the many neighborhoods and sights all around activity so that we could properly plan the rest of our weekend.

 

 

ABQ Trolley Tour The Best of Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

The highlight of the tour by far was exploring the street where Breaking Bad was filmed and admiring all the filming locations. There is something about seeing famous TV locations in real life that fascinates me - especially if they are from Breaking Bad!

 

Chris' House Breaking Bad in Albuquerque ABQ Trolley Tour - The Next Trip

 

Explore Old Town

 

After you get a feeling of the city with the ABQ Trolley Tour, you get dropped off at Hotel Albuquerque which is only a few steps away from Old Town. Walking through the streets of Old Town felt somewhat surreal as the pueblo style houses are something you don't get to see every day.

 

San Felipe de Neri Church Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Hacienda Del Rio Indian Gift Shop Old Town Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Old Town Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

 

The unique architecture together with the colorful decorations and the blue doors gave me the feeling of being in a totally different country. This is the place to shop the various artisan shops filled with jewelry, rugs, pottery, and other souvenirs.

 

Old Town Emporium Gift Shop Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

 

Admire Local Street Art

 

Albuquerque has a rich art scene and the city actively promotes murals and street art.  This became very evident as we completed our trolley tour, but also as we walked around the street of Albuquerque as you could find colorful murals at almost every corner. What is unique about these murals compared to other cities is that many of them represent some portion of Albuquerque's rich history.

 

Street Art Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Street Art Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Street Art Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

Some of my favorite murals were obviously the one’s full of turquoise!

 

Visit the Turquoise Museum

 

One of the best-kept secrets of Albuquerque is the fact that they have their very own Turquoise Museum - all owned and operated by the Zachary family. Now, if you follow us on Instagram, you will quickly understand how spending time at the Turquoise Museum is an absolute must for me. In addition to my love for everything and all things turquoise - seeing turquoise jewelry on display around the Albuquerque Old Town shops peaked my interest in the gem stone even more.

 

Turquoise Museum at Turquoise Castle - The Next Trip

 

If you're not familiar with the gem stone turquoise, you will have to believe me when I say that it comes in many more shapes and forms than you could imagine. The museum presents the Zachary family's own collection which includes everything from raw stones, furniture, weapons, lighters, chandeliers, and all kinds of jewelry.

 

Turquoise Chandelier at Turquoise Museum - The Next Trip

 

Turquoise Nuggets at Turquoise Museum - The Next Trip

 

Turquoise Jewelry at Turquoise Museum - The Next Trip

 

They also have several interactive stations which teach how to differentiate the different grades, cuts and polishes of turquoise as well as how to tell the difference between real and fake turquoise!

 

Turquoise Stones at Turquoise Museum - The Next Trip

 

I learned so much at this museum, that turquoise is part of so many cultures around the world, but is one of the lesser known gem stones. Needless to say that I could have spent all day at the museum - gazing at the beautiful pieces - and splurging on something for myself.

 

Turquoise Exhibit at Turquoise Museum Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

 

Sandia Peak Tramway

 

The best views of New Mexico are from the top of Sandia Peak, which is 10,678 feet high and overlooks 10% of the state (that is twice the size of Connecticut!). Getting up there is super easy with the longest aerial tramway in the United States, the Sandia Peak Tramway. It's a short 15 minute ride and the views get better by the minute.

 

View of Sandia Peak Tramway - The Next Trip

 

Sandia Peak Tramway Albuquerque - The Next Trip

 

View from Sandia Peak - The Next Trip

 

On the way up, our guide told us all about the Sandia Mountains. They have some incredibly steep drops, rock walls for climbing, and diverse wildlife. He also highly recommended we watch the sunset from the peak, which did not disappoint.

 

View from Sandia Mountains - The Next Trip

 

As everyone is trying to catch the last rays of the day at the peak, the trams after sunset have the tendency to be very full. As such, we took an earlier ride back and enjoyed stunning views on our way downhill.

 

Sunset from Sandia Peak Tramway - The Next Trip

 

When you explore Sandia Peak, you can buy your tickets at Sandia Peak Tramway online in order to skip the line when you're at the base station. Don't forget to bring an extra layer of clothing, as the peak is easily a few degrees cooler than the city.

If you're planning a weekend getaway in Albuquerque, make sure you read our 5 top travel tips below and let us know how you liked the city!

The Next Trip Top 5 Tips for a Weekend in Albuquerque

 

1) Water and sunscreen.

As Albuquerque gets 310 days of sun a year and is located in the desert, days can get very hot. Make sure you always carry enough water and sunscreen with you. We know this may seem a bit boring, and there are signs saying so everywhere, but we really mean it! It reached 100F (38C) during our trip!

2) Try the local chiles - yes both red and green!

The New Mexico chile, or Hatch chile, is a big deal in New Mexico. Everywhere you go in New Mexico you will find something on the menu with either red or green chile in it. If you can’t decide your favorite, you can always combine them in the same dish which is called "Christmas style."

 

Drying Chiles in Albuquerque Old Town - The Next Trip

 

3) Start your days early.

As we mentioned above, it gets really hot in Albuquerque. To avoid the heat and still get the most out of the city, plan to start your day with the sun! The heat of the afternoon really takes a lot out of you and is not as pleasant to explore the city. That is if you can bear the heat at all.  Explore in the morning, refresh yourself indoors in the afternoon, and get back out there in the evening for some amazing New Mexico sunsets.

4) Sunsets.

Speaking of sunsets, visit Sandia Peak 1-2 hours before sunset so that you will get to wander around the peak in full daylight and also get to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the desert before heading back down. The sunset from Sandia Peak is incredible and evolves through many different colors and shades as the sun sets over the desert horizon.

5) You’ll need a car.

While Albuquerque does have public transportation, if you plan to explore all the neighborhoods, it makes the most sense to get a rental car. It makes it so much easier to get around the city, the various neighborhoods, and up to Sandia Peak. Plus, you have your own personal sanctuary of air conditioning wherever you go!

 

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Fun Things To Do in Albuquerque in a Weekend - Your Guide for where to stay, what to see, where to eat, and what Christmas Style Chile is!
Fun Things To Do in Albuquerque in a Weekend - Your Guide for where to stay, what to see, where to eat, and what Christmas Style Chile is!
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San Antonio for the Weekend

Did you know that San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the United States? We did not know that before we visited, and we also did not know how much you can do in San Antonio for the weekend. The city is a fantastic size for a weekend getaway, and invites you with warm weather, delicious food, and their beautiful river walk.

 

San Antonio in a Weekend - River Walk

 

To skip ahead to our top 5 tips on how to make the best of San Antonio for the weekend, click here.

 

How to Get There

 

San Antonio is easily accessible by plane with all major US airlines flying there; for us it was less than 3 hours on a direct flight on Friday evening from Chicago. A huge bonus is that the airport is actually very close to the city. As a result you can arrive at your hotel in less than 20 minutes, ready to get your weekend started.

 

Where to Stay

 

For our weekend in San Antonio, we stayed at Stay Alfred San Antonio. If you haven’t heard of Stay Alfred before, they offer travel apartments in almost all major US cities and allow you to have “your own place” but with the amenities and consistent experience of staying at a hotel.

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio - The Next Trip

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio - The Next Trip

 

As our flight was arriving quite late into San Antonio on Friday night, we utilized Stay Alfred’s grocery shopping service and pre-ordered some breakfast items prior to our arrival.  When we arrived the fridge was stocked with our order!

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio Breakfast - The Next Trip

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio - The Next Trip

 

Our apartment was just the right amount of space for us to relax in for our weekend in San Antonio, and included free pool views.

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio - Pool - The Next Trip

 

We took advantage of the amenities, and spent our Sunday morning suntanning and swimming in the pool.

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio - Pool - The Next Trip

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio is located just off of the San Antonio River, between the downtown core and The Pearl. We rented bicycles for our stay, and were a short bike ride along the beautiful River Walk into downtown or an even shorter bike ride up to the Pearl. It was a great base for our weekend adventures.

Check out Stay Alfred for your next getaway and get 10% off any stay using our code YOURPLACE.

Stay Alfred provided us with a free hotel stay for our weekend getaway to San Antonio, however, all opinions and content are our own. 

 

What to Eat

 

San Antonio is basically the birthplace of Tex-Mex cuisine. As a result you will definitely be eating as much chili con carne, nachos, tacos, and fajitas you can find. There is absolutely no shortage of places to eat at, spread all across the city.

 

Pete's Tako House San Antonio - The Next Trip

 

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Pete’s Tako House complete with more chips and salsa than we could eat, fresh fajitas, and savory enchiladas, all washed down by a margarita or two.

 

Pete's Tako House San Antonio - The Next Trip

 

Pete's Tako House San Antonio - The Next Trip

 

Other great options are La Fonda on Main (slightly more upscale, for Tex-Mex) and Rosario’s.

 

What To See in San Antonio in a Weekend

 

San Antonio in a weekend does not seem to be long enough to explore the entire city but we compiled a list of our favorite places so that you can get a good feeling of the city in 48 short hours.

 

The River Walk

 

The San Antonio River Walk is specially designed network of pedestrian pathways and bridges surrounding the San Antonio River, running throughout the downtown area. The main area in the downtown core is full of restaurants and bars and is definitely the place to be in San Antonio. However, you won’t be mistaking yourself thinking you are in Venice. That being said, the River Walk is very impressive and you can easily spend a half day walking the pathways and stopping at a restaurant or two.

 

San Antonio River Walk - The Next Trip

 

San Antonio River Walk - The Next Trip

 

San Antonio River Walk - The Next Trip

 

San Antonio River Walk - The Next Trip

 

The River Walk is clean and well maintained. It was refreshing coming from Chicago, where most of the city is quite literally crumbling! Extending North and South of the main area, the River Walk pathways total 15 miles of continuous trails to explore. Once outside of the main tourist area, the River Walk widens and is safe and great for bikes.

 

San Antonio River Walk - The Next Trip

 

 
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The Alamo

 

The Alamo Mission is located just a few blocks away from the River Walk and is easily accessible. It sits on a historic location where in 1836 Texans fought for their independence from Mexico and is probably what San Antonio is most famous for.

 

San Antonio The Alamo - The Next Trip

 

Conveniently, the Alamo Mission is free to enter. The only cost of admission for us being a 5 minute wait and the requirement to have our picture taken prior to entry, should we feel the need to purchase an overpriced souvenir at the end.

 

San Antonio The Alamo - The Next Trip

 

San Antonio The Alamo - The Next Trip

 

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Purse by Nikki Williams / Top by Chicwish / Skirt by Chicwish

 

The interior is quite sparse, but has a lot of information on this historic site. The best views of the Alamo are without a doubt, facing the front of it’s famous façade. While the Alamo may be the most famous, there are a number of other beautiful old historic Spanish missions around San Antonio to see if you have time.

 

The Pearl

 

We briefly read about The Pearl prior to arriving in San Antonio, and knew that it was something that we wanted to check out. We had no idea how cool it would be!

 

San Antonio The Pearl - The Next Trip

 

The Pearl is centered around the site of a former brewery that operated here for over 100 years, but has since been converted into a (what I can only assume to be) a wildly successfully culinary and cultural hot spot. Basically, The Pearl has a large assortment of dining and shopping all centered around the fascinating old brewery location. There is a culinary school, apartments, a hotel, and some office space sprinkled in for good measure.

 

San Antonio The Pearl - The Next Trip

 

We first went to The Pearl on Saturday night to indulge in some Lick ice cream and devoured our delicious ice cream. Bettina was particularly impressed by the variety of vegan and non-dairy options, of which she sampled almost all of them!

 

San Antonio The Pearl - The Next Trip

 

We returned back to The Pearl on Sunday and spent part of the day wandering through the Farmer’s Market and going for brunch at The Granary.  The afternoon was spent hanging out at Sternewirth in the Hotel Emma lobby, for a drink.

 

San Antonio The Granary - The Next Trip

 

San Antonio The Granary - The Next Trip

 

San Antonio The Granary - The Next Trip

 

If you haven’t tried beef brisket eggs benedict before, you might just be missing out!

 

Explore

 

If you are willing to venture all around the city neighborhoods, you will be rewarded with great sites! The King William District is just south of downtown and has a huge collection of majestic 19th century mansions. This area is full of quiet residential streets that are nice to bike through.

On the West side of the San Antonio River, the Historic Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the United States.

 

San Antonio Historical Market Square - The Next Trip

 

San Antonio Historical Market Square - The Next Trip

 

On your way there, don’t forget to stop and check out the San Fernando Cathedral.

 

San Antonio Historical Market Square - The Next Trip

 

Shop Bettina's Look

 

Bodysuit by Shein (get 15% off with thenexttrip315) / Skirt by Chicwish / Shoes by Mi.iM / Earrings by H&M

 

Still not sure whether you could conquer San Antonio in a weekend? Check our top tips below to help plan your visit.

 

The Next Trip Top 5 Tips for a Weekend in San Antonio

 

1) Stay somewhere with a pool.

We visited San Antonio in early June and it was already over 100F (38C). That means it is likely going to be hot when you visit San Antonio, and there is no better way to cool down than with a dip in a pool. The Stay Alfred pool was our respite from the heat. (Use the code YOURPLACE to get 10% off any Stay Alfred stay!)

 

Stay Alfred San Antonio Pool View - The Next Trip

 

2) Rent a bike.

The main tourist sites of San Antonio are located quite close together, and can easily be reached mostly by foot. However, if you want to explore the full River Walk, the King William District or up to The Pearl, we highly recommend renting a bike. We used SWell Cycle, but there are multiple companies available, as well as scooters.

 

San Antonio SWell Cylce Bike Share - The Next Trip

 

3) Spend a half day at The Pearl.

It may be slightly commercialized and a “tourist trap” in some minds, but there is a lot to like about The Pearl. The architecture of the converted brewery is amazing, and the food options are all top notch. A must visit!

4) Skip the rental car.

Not only should you rent a bike to see the sites (see tip #2) but you really don’t need a car at all. The airport is close to downtown and there is just really no need. Save yourself the money for more Tex-Mex!

5) Eat as much as you can.

The great thing about Tex-Mex food in San Antonio is that it is plentiful, very affordable, and located all over the city. And if you are looking for some variety, there’s no shortage of Texas Barbecue and other restaurants to keep you happy during your visit.

 

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Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates – Q&A Session with Bettina and Kyle

Instagram stories are by far my favorite way of connecting with people who follow us and our blog. I love being able to share experiences immediately as they happen, share our travel tips and tricks, and answer any of the questions you may have. I also really enjoy getting to know you, our readers and followers! I have seen a lot of Q&A Instagram stories lately which are a fun way to share something about you and connect with your own followers.

I put together 6 free Instagram Story Q&A Templates for you to download and to use on your own stories! Make sure you tag me when you use them! I would love to learn more about you.

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates

 

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Q&A Session with Bettina and Kyle

 

More so than sharing our latest travel adventures and fashion obsessions, we thought it would fun to answer some of these questions ourselves so that you get to know us better. If you would like to learn more about our story and how we met, check out our About Us page.

 

Get To Know Me - Q&A

 

Name: Bettina and Kyle

Age: Bettina is 28 (turning 29 this week), Kyle is 30

Height: Bettina is 5'5'' (167cm) and Kyle is 6'4'' (193cm)

We live in: Chicago! But Bettina is originally from Switzerland and Kyle is from Canada.

 

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Get To Know Me - Fun Facts

 

Growing up, I ...

Bettina: though I was really great at ice skating but learnt a few years later that my mom was being VERY diplomatic. 🙂

Kyle: spent every afternoon playing Grand Turismo 2.

 

Most People Don't Know....

Bettina: I'm not very talented at any sports and I'm also not very coordinated. My favorite subjects in school were music and math, definitely not sports!

Kyle: that I have a serious addiction to airplanes. I track all of my flights and can identify every commercial plane in the sky.

 

I'm Obsessed With

Bettina: Anything blue and chips! I'm also currently obsessed with Taylor Swift's new single!

Kyle: Cars, planes, and travel.

 

This Drives Me Crazy

Bettina: Traffic and when Kyle buys chips I'm not allowed to eat (because I would eat the entire bag in one sitting).

Kyle: When Bettina eats my chips! 🙂

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

 

Get To Know Me - My Favorites

 

Favorite Color

Bettina: Aqua or baby blue. Although, I love all shades of blue.

Kyle: Blue.

 

Favorite Movie

Bettina: I have seen The Devil Wears Prada and Pitch Perfect more times than I can count!

Kyle: Top Gun and all of the James Bond movies.

 

Favorite Artist

Bettina: I love music and musicians are my favorite artists! My favorites right now are John Mayer, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, and Secret Machines.

Kyle: Dave Matthews Band

 

Favorite TV Show

Bettina: So many! Friends (always), Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, the British Baking Show.

Kyle: The Grand Tour

 

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Dream Vacation

Bettina: Yacht Week in Croatia

Kyle: Exploring Saint Helena

 

Favorite Place I've Visited

Bettina: Spain and Iceland

Kyle: Can't decide between Iceland and Vietnam.

 

I Have Always Wanted To Go To...

Bettina: Bali

Kyle: So many places! Patagonia is at the top of the list.

 

My Favorite Thing To Do When I Travel

Bettina: Creating content and going shopping.

Kyle: Trying new foods.

 

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Top 5 Things to See in Chicago

We are lucky to be able to call Chicago our home for the past 4 years. During this time, we explored the city and all of its beauty, and we truly love everything it offers. Our favorite thing to do is to show our out of town guests around the city and share the top things to see in Chicago while they visit.

Kyle and I receive a lot of questions about what to see and do while visiting Chicago and thought we would round up our 5 top things to see in Chicago in a blog post for you!

We hope this helps you plan your next trip to Chicago and explore some places that may not be on your list just yet. If you're looking for the most Instagrammable indoor spots in Chicago, check out this post.

 

1. Top Things to See in Chicago: Architecture Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

 

We take all of our out of town guests on the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Tour and it has easily been everyone's top thing to see in Chicago! It's a 75 minutes boat tour on the Chicago River where you learn all about the history of the windy city. An added bonus is getting up close and personal with some of the most beautiful skyline views.

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

Outift: Two Piece Set from Chicwish / Earrings from H&M

 

The boat tour has two different starting points: Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue. Both are really easy to get to and close to downtown Chicago. Shoreline Sightseeing will take you along the river through downtown, underneath many iconic bridges. The tour continues all the way to the North Branch of the Chicago River, and then turns around to share one of the most recognized buildings from the opening scene of The Dark Night: the post office!

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

 

In addition to getting incredible views of the city and great photo opportunities, Shoreline Sightseeing shares some interesting facts about the city. I learn something new every time I join my guests on the cruise!

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

 

Tickets are available online here or buy them at the Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue booth  before the tour. If you're visiting in summer, I recommend you purchase your ticket a few days in advance as their tours do sell out.

 

Chicago Skyline from Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruise

 

Thank you Shoreline Sightseeing for treating my friend Vivian and me to your Architecture River Cruise!

 

2. Top Things to See in Chicago: Have A Drink at the Signature Lounge

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - View from Signature Lounge

 

If you are looking for incredible views of the city from above, without standing in line or paying admission fees for the Willis Tower, I can highly recommend going for a drink or two (or three!) at the Signature Lounge. The lounge is located on the 96th floor of the Hancock Tower in River North. While their cocktail prices might be a bit higher than what you're used to, you don't pay admission to get to the 96th floor. And the views certainly make up for the prices. A tip for all the female readers, by far the best view of downtown is from the ladies room in the Signature Lounge! You read that correctly, plan some extended time to powder your nose! 🙂

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - View from Signature Lounge

 

If you're in town for a few days, visit the Hancock tower on a clear day right before sunset. This way you get the best of the daytime views and nighttime city lights. You might have to wait in line to access the elevators on a busy weekend night, but I personally never waited longer than 15 minutes.

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - View from Signature Lounge

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - View from Signature Lounge

 

If you're looking for a unique place to eat, check out Machine Engineered Dining and Drinks and 3 Arts Cafe.

 

3. Top Things to See in Chicago: Take a Selfie at The Bean

 

Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean, is one of my favorite landmarks in the city! It is also one of the most well-known icons of Chicago. You haven't truly seen Chicago without taking a selfie at The Bean. Cloud Gate is beautiful in its simplicity and I love the way it reflects the city and blue skies. Due to this beauty, it's easy to see why it's surrounded by tourists on any given day. You can find it in Millenium Park, off Michigan Avenue, between Washington and Madison Street and it is easily accessible if you take the "EL" (Elevated Train) to Washington and Wabash.

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - Selfie at the Bean or Cloud Gate

Outfit: Top from Zara / Jeans from Mint Julep Boutique / Shoes from Aldo / Purse from Nordstrom

 

The best time of day to visit The Bean if you want to avoid the crowds is early in the mornings around 7am. Kyle and I managed to get it all to ourselves on one Friday at 7am. During the cold and harsh Chicago winters, getting a reflection selfie in The Bean without interruption is much easier. You will still have the odd tourist suffering through the cold as well though!

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - Selfie at the Bean or Cloud Gate

 

Outfit: Top from Zara / Skirt from Chicwish / Shoes from Aldo / Purse from Nordstrom

 

 

While you're already there, you might also stop by the corner of Michigan and Adams. This marks the beginning of the historic Route 66. Route 66 technically started on Jackson Boulevard, but Jackson Boulevard is now a one-way street East. As a result, the landmark sign was moved one block north to Adams Street.

 

4. Top Things to See in Chicago: Enjoy the Skyline from the Adler Planetarium

 

The first time I visited Chicago in 2013, I was determined to find the best place to take pictures of the Chicago skyline! I stumbled upon a forum which mentioned the view from the Adler Planetarium. Little did I know that a few years later, I would move to the city and live in the South Loop, biking past the Planetarium on my way to work almost every day.

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - Chicago Skyline from Adler Planetarium

 

If you love skylines and observing the city from a distance as much as I do, you may not want to pass up this opportunity. On a warm sunny day, bring a picnic basket and enjoy the sunshine, view, and beautiful Lake Michigan.

Getting to the Adler Planetarium using public transport will involve a fair bit of walking. Therefore, our recommendation is to rent a Divvy bike and bike the lakefront trail to get there (more on the trail below).

 

 

5. Top Things to See in Chicago: Bike Along the Lake Front Trail

 

Most people are surprised by the fact that Chicago has sandy beaches. Not only that, but there is a bike and pedestrian dedicated lake front trail for almost 20 miles. On a warm sunny day, rent a Divvy bike and bike along the lake front trail. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the city, starting at the Adler Planetarium, biking north past Navy Pier, North Avenue Beach, all the way to Lincoln Park. You'll get a completely different feel of the city - being away from the hustle and bustle and able to absorb its beauty from a distance. Another top tip is to cool off after your ride by joining the many Chicagoans dipping their toes in the lake.

Have you been to Chicago? What was your favorite thing to see? If you end up taking my advice and sharing your trip on social media, please tag me (@thenexttrip) in your picture! I would love to see how you enjoy the city and maybe share that drink or two!

 

Top 5 Things to See in Chicago - Chicago Skyline from Signature Lounge Hancock Tower

 

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