A visit to the holy springs of Tirta Empul is a glimpse inside Bali’s spiritual heart. Almost devoid of tourists but brimming with locals come to take the holy waters, Tirta Empul is at once crowded, joyful, raucous, and deeply uplifting. Tirta Empul, the “Ganges” of Bali, is a centuries-old place of purification. The legend […]
Just because everyone says something is a good idea doesn’t make it true. And early on our first full day in Savaii, I looked at George and said, “I hate you and I hate Samoa.” Not the sound of the start of a good day, but somehow, like all our journeys, Samoa worked out.
Leaving Los Angeles for a summer of sun in Samoa and the South Pacific, I had no idea of the survivor stories that would unfold so quickly. It took us nearly three days just to get there, as we had a 15-hour layover in Fiji and after landing, I could tell George was exhausted.
Some places call for adventure—abseiling in Blue Mountains National Park, a safari in Sub-Saharan Africa—but other places are better suited for a different kind of sensory stimulus: serene relaxation. This is exactly why I recently landed at the St. Regis Bali.
Why travel to remote destinations if not for exotic foods as well as other splendored things to see, hear, smell, and touch. A trip to Palau is as much a culinary adventure as it is a discovery feast of diving, snorkeling, boating, and jungle-trotting.
I’m just back from six weeks in New Zealand and Samoa. These last few years, I’ve been outside America one out of every three days. I’m truly blessed with a job that allows me to work remotely from the internet. I only spent a short time in Samoa, but it is a gorgeous, tropical paradise:
There is some muddy business going on in the ecologically clean Palau. Between the white mud of Mother Nature’s own beauty salon and the red mud of ATV-challenging roads, spa junkies and adventure seekers can easily satisfy their respective obsessions here.