Top 3 Nature and Eco Stay around Bali, Indonesia

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With the recent Global Climate Strike, I’ve been thinking harder about my own ecological footprint as a tourist as well and what ways I can work to reduce it. As a result, I’ve expanded my research to include more nature and eco stay locations.

Somewhere that has been very much on my bucket list is Bali, Indonesia. To me, the place conjures images of vast jungles, pristine rivers, and amazing biodiversity. I want to preserve that feeling when I visit, to ensure that future generations can also appreciate its raw beauty. What better place to start my nature and eco stay research than to research it for this beautiful country?

After looking at half a dozen nature and eco stays around Bali, these are my top 3 ideal places to stay:

  1. Sunrise House, Green Village (All-bamboo architectural wonder aka $$$)
  2. Hideout Bali (All-bamboo cozy stay $$)
  3. Fivelements (Complete eco-conscious wellness retreat $$$)
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Iceland 2017 – A Video Summary

Better late than never! Here’s an upload of some our special moments that we had on our trip to Iceland in 2017!

This isn’t a vlog type video, nor is it a ‘Where to go when you’re in Iceland’ type of video. Rather we wanted this video to capture things that personally interested us or was something we found memorable. In this case, Iceland really won over our hearts just for being beautiful.

Why the Late Post

Sorry I forgot to upload it. Its been posted on our Instagram (@syde_road) for a while though! My bad.

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Two and a Half Days in Arizona – A Road Trip Itinerary

Sunrise at Mather's Point - Grand Canyon South Rim

The last time I saw was in Arizona, I was five. All I remember was being crammed six people per bench inside the belly of a sunny-hued Hummer roaring up the Grand Canyon in what felt like “melting your face off” heat.Β 

My takeaway was that Arizona was “impressively hot”.

Coming back to Arizona, with a better equipped tolerance for heat, has most definitely opened up my eyes and realized that there is more to this state than viewing the Grand Canyon from the Visitor’s Centre and dying of heat.

If you’re trying to figure out what to do for two or three days in Arizona, then grab a rental car, a tent, some comfy shoes and let’s get hiking with us! We captured the Milky Way, saw the sunrise at the Grand Canyon, hiked Devil’s Bridge, marveled at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and more in our three day road trip in Arizona.

*Note* We did not see the Antelope Canyon but we can promise you that we saw quite a few other beautiful sights that’s worth considering!

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Quebec Road Trip Costs – How I spent only $75/night

How I only spent $75/night on my road trip to Quebec

Oftentimes, vacations would cost me upwards of $1,500 for one week, or approximately $214/day. Unless I somehow double my income, I’ll have to limit myself to having a maximum of one of these vacations a year. So how can I go about incorporating more travel vacations in a year without breaking the bank? Now, I haven’t been tracking the costs of my vacations in detail. Most times, I’m only aware of the final cost of the trip itself. As an experiment, and as a way to start figuring out to have more vacations for less, I started to track how much my Quebec Road Trip cost.

Surprisingly, after all the finances were balanced out, I only spent $75/night!

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Quebec city and Montmorency Falls – Unplanned Road Trip

Winter view of the panoramic stairs near Montmorency Falls

Anson, Kent, and I don’t always travel together. The combination of time zone differences and drastically different work schedules make it difficult to coordinate a trip together. All of us still get the itch to travel so we’ll go off on our own individual side trips without each other – what we might call an “SYDE trip” if you will. Thanks to Family Day, we had a long weekend here in Ontario. So, a different group of friends and I decided to take a road trip to Quebec City and Montmorency Falls.

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