The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Padang Bai, Bali, Indonesia

After spending 3 days and 4 nights in Kuta, we decided to make our way to Padang Bai on the south east side of the island. This is the second time now, for us showing up somewhere and finding a place to stay on the spot. Although we did live in 3 different places in Bangkok, we had the advantage of having our first place booked ahead of time. There's an added thrill to traveling when you aren't sure where you'll end up, and a satisfaction after being resourceful enough to sort it out.

We're staying as close to the beach as we've been to date, but we plan to get closer. It's right across the street now. At $10 a night, the cost of lunch on a normal business day in San Francisco, it's easy to settle down to a different pace of travel. Less rushing from here to there in an effort to see everything before the cost of accomodation breaks your bank and drives you off.

The girl staying in the room next door told us about a blue lagoon just up and over the hill that was worth seeing, and a black sand beach on the other side of town. The lagoon was fantastic, so we rented gear and did some really nice snorkeling. Sweet local ladies tried to entice us with beach massages, but we passed. Afterward, we took quite a long walk through a heavily wooded farm-like neighborhood to find the black sand beach. We arrived just before sunset.


  1. beautiful beaches! Looks like such a relaxing place. You must be having a great time! You didn't get any weather fall out from the tsunami did you?

  2. I love just showing up somewhere and figure out a place to stay! Mac and I have a way of working it out that works for us - You show up all weary and grumpy from travelling and book the first nice-ish place that you can but only for one night. Maybe you pay a bit more than you normally would but travelling days can wear you out. After a good rest, we head out in the early morning to find the real "find" where we can get a good deal, a good spot and we usually have better judgement than the day before. This technique also prevents poor attitudes and small squabbles. :) danielle