Over the past three years Luisa has been on a lot of flights, we're no strangers to passport control and certainly not put off by a bit of jet lag. Some people don't like the idea of travel with children but we love it, sure it's hard but it's always worth it. We've taken Luisa to your 'typical' destinations like Spain and Greece as well as all around the UK and Ireland and back again. As a family we've also travelled to America twice seeing Boston, New York,
Philadelphia and Washington DC. Recently Matt and I have been thinking about our next big adventure, we definitely have itchy feet. There's a part of me wants to resist the urge to book a long haul trip and instead focus on seeing some more European destinations like Italy, Croatia or Lithuania. But then a little voice in my head pipes up and dares me to dream bigger... Wouldn't it be marvellous to go East for a change?
Matt is totally on board with the idea of a really special trip to a far flung destination, somewhere with a totally different culture and environment to what we're used to. His top picks would be Vietnam, Japan or Cambodia - whilst they all look incredible to me I think they're a little too adventurous for a preschooler. Bearing in mind we'd want to take incredible hikes around Cambodia and Vietnam in particular I think I'd prefer to wait until Luisa is bigger and won't have to be carried on my back after a mile.
For me the ultimate destination in Asia is hands down Bali, Indonesia. Bali is a tropical paradise with incredible beaches and reefs plus it's really good value for money. If you like an organised day out there's no shortage of attractions like safari parks, zoos and waterparks. My idea of a good time would be a trip to a spice farm, visiting temples, rice paddys and taking boat rides. I mean really, who doesn't want to go to Bali?!
Whilst there's no shortage of breathtaking resorts in Bali you know I prefer the slower pace and privacy that a villa affords. For me a villa is a luxury home from home and makes a trip much better, especially when you have children in tow. Villa Finder have an incredible selection of family friendly properties available in Canggu. What makes them really special is that once you enquire about a property one of their Travel Consultants gets in touch to find out a little more about your family and what you hope to get out of the trip. They can then advise you before confirming the booking, in case a different area or property would be better suited. A personalised service like that is something I would really appreciate, to be sure I'm getting the most from our break and that I haven't accidentally booked a villa without a pool fence!
Once you're confirmed the team can organise everything you need – from airport pick-ups, dinner reservations, transport, excursions or tours. This saves you time and gives the convenience a resort stay offers but with the privacy and freedom of a villa. Win win.
Another touch that caught my eye is Villa Finders policy to plant a tree in Sumatra for every booking made. A bespoke, stress free holiday in an incredible destination with an environmental conscience. That sounds like my perfect family adventure in Bali!
Our Family Adventure Checklist - Canggu, Bali
If we're lucky enough to visit Bali the last thing I want to do is miss out on experiences there by not being organised. As much as I do want to relax on holiday I also love to go sightseeing and take photos. Here's some of my 'must see' places in and around Canggu.
- Check out the waterpark at Finns Recreation Club, Luisa would love it there!
- Visit Canggu beach to marvel at the black sand and watch the surfers. Maybe we could even take some lessons ourselves.
- Take a trip to Tanah Lot Temple the historical Hindu temple - note to self, coordinate with 'golden hour'.
- Visit an active volcano at Gunung Agung.
- Explore the rice paddys. You can pick up a local map at any bar or restaurant and easily navigate the area I'm told.
- Bounce Bali is a massive indoor trampoline park that I keep seeing recommended on forums, definitely one to add to the list for Luisa.
Phew, I don't know if I've sold you on Bali but I do know it's now firmly on my radar as well as my Pinterest boards! If you've been on a really far flung adventure with under fives I'd love to hear where you went and if you've any tips.