I’ve been keeping a little secret over the past year. While working away behind the scenes of Modern Parents Messy Kids, I’ve also been planning a deluxe trip half-way across the world, in Bali, to celebrate my 15th wedding anniversary.
I’ve got lots of stuff I could share about this trip… where we went (and why), how we ended up completely circumnavigating the globe (Seattle to Tokyo to Singapore to Bali on the way there, and Bali to Dubai to Seattle on the way home), and how we did all that traveling in only Business and First Class seats that were 100% paid for with miles.
Today, though, I just want to share all the pretty pictures. Because if there’s anywhere that was MADE for social sharing, it’s beautiful Bali. If you want me to write more about all of the above, let me know via instagram and facebook!
Bali Day 1: Intercontinental Bali Resort
To get a true understanding of how this trip came about, and why it was structured the way it was, you need a little back story…
Believe it or not, the whole thing was done on a whim.
One of my friends and neighbors does a tremendous amount of work every year as the chair of an annual charity gala for the Northwest Children’s Foundation (a super worthwhile cause, by the way, if you’re ever looking for an excellent children’s charity to donate to).
To show support for her, and her organization, many of the couples in our neighborhood have made it a priority to attend the gala.
Bali Day 2: Sideman
Just to be clear- I’m not exactly a gala pro. I’ve been to a few for my kids school, or because of my husband’s job as a hospital executive, so I pretty much know the lay of the land, but I was BY NO MEANS anticipating coming home with a trip half-way across the world at the end of the night.
But… the wine was flowing, we had saved up our annual charitable giving funds for the gala, and we had in the back of our mind that our 15th wedding anniversary was coming up.
Plus we were surrounded by friends we truly enjoy traveling with… you see where this is going?
Bali Days 3 & 4: Amed
Villa Pantai, Jemeluk Bay, Griya Resort & Spa, The Gates of Heaven, and Tirta Gangga Water Palace
One thing led to another, and we walked away that night with joint reservations along with 3 other couples for a week in a private villa in Bali.
I woke up the next morning extremely excited but also more than a little stunned to find out that it takes literal days to get to Indonesia from the west coast of the US.
Long story short, I spent the next several weeks learning all I could about a little something called “travel hacking” (aka traveling around the world using miles instead of money). If you want to learn more about that, I’d be happy to write a post all about it.
In the meantime, I’d start with this guy.
Bali Day 5: Ubud
Art Markets and Alila Resort
Believe it or not, accumulating enough miles for both my husband and I to fly completely around the world in business and first class was the easy part. Next came the arduous tasks of finding a date that all 4 couples could find 7-10 days of childcare for our collective 11 children.
It took several weeks and we ended up settling on a date almost exactly a year away.
The pros and cons of planning an epic trip an entire year ahead of time is another post of it’s own. One consequence? For various reasons, by the time the trip was actually here we were down from 4 couples to only 2. (Don’t worry, we’re still all good friends, it was all just logistics.)
Bali Day 6: Uluwatu
Sundays Beach Club
But, alas, two weeks ago the day had FINALLY arrived. It was time to say good bye to the the kids, get on a plane (and another, and another) and fly for nearly 2 days to get to Indonesia.
And, man, was it ever worth it.
I’ll write more in the weeks to come if you guys are interested. But, for now, I’m gonna let this pictures speak for themselves.
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