• The Bali Swing

    The Bali Swing: a playground for adults in Bali

    Before I jumped on a plane to Bali I’d already seen pictures of the Bali Swing on Instagram. However when I asked about it while in Ubud, it turned out that The Bali Swing was not known by everyone. You can use a swing in Bali on various spots, yet my aim was to swing above the gorge as seen on pictures, not just somewhere in the middle of the rice fields. And so I jumped into a taxi that took me to The Bali Swing, located just about a 30 minute drive from Ubud. Upon arrival I found out that it had only been opened a few months earlier,…

  • climbing mount rinjani
    Indonesia,  We12hike

    Climbing Mount Rinjani: from hell to heaven and back again

    Climbing Mount Rinjani: it started with a dream Climbing Mount Rinjani in Indonesia had been a dream of mine for years. Back in 2011 during our six week hiking trip in New Zealand, Martijn and I ran into another couple on the Tongariro Northern Circuit, who showed us pictures of their Rinjani trek. Until then I’d never heard of Mount Rinjani before, but the pictures they showed me looked awesome and immediately I knew that I was going to do that one day, too. They did however mention that it was by far the most difficult and challenging trek they had ever did, but I wanted to do it regardless.…

  • anto op gili air
    Indonesia,  We12inspire

    11 Things I learned about myself in Indonesia

    Last Tuesday I returned home from a trip to Indonesia and man, I enjoyed myself a lot while out there. Although I had some doubts about Indonesia as a travel destination for me before my departure, I have learned that it’s a great destination for travel and even some outdoor adventures. During this trip I was by myself quite some time which gave me the opportunity to overthink my life and myself as a human. Today I’m sharing 11 things that I learned about myself in Indonesia with you!   1. Sleeping on a plane: just leave that up to me! As long as I’m tired enough, sleeping on a…

  • is bali safe
    Indonesia,  We12inspire

    Is Bali safe? A traveler’s view of the current situation!

    Is Bali Safe? A good question I was asked a lot over the past few weeks, is ‘Is Bali safe?’ My answer to that question is always the same. ‘Yes of course is Bali safe. Why would Bali not be safe?’ And then people stare at you, feeling uncomfortable and hesitating to say something about that volcano that, according to the media, is about to blow. I’ve arrived in Bali a little over four weeks ago and I can tell you one thing, which is that I barely noticed anything about a volcano that is about to erupt. The only thing I did notice were some small tremors when I…