Don’t Stop Bali-vin’

Trip Region: Southeast Asia
Country(ies): Singapore, Bali (Indonesia)
Partners Trek? Yes
Trip Cost: $1600
Airfare Estimate: $1700
Nightlife: 6   •   Activity: 5

Singa-pooour Some Sugar on Meeee…who’s in?! Looking for a trip that covers metropolitan cities, wild natural beauty, and beaches? Want to combine culture, amazing food, physical activity, and relaxation? If you want the trip that has it all, Don’t Stop Bali-vin’ is for you. We will start in the beautiful metropolitan Singapore, home to some of the best food EVER and incredible nightlife completed with a couple Singapore slings. After getting all of our eating and rooftop bars on in Singapore, we will then move on to the magical Indonesian island of Bali. First we’ll chill in Ubud experiencing rice paddy tours, temple visits, cooking classes, and traditional Balinese customs. Then we’ll drive into the untouched jungle of Bali, climb a majestic volcano at sunrise, and bask in hot springs on the way down. After conquering this volcano we’ll reward ourselves with a few relaxing beach days and Balinese beach bar crawls.

Travel Day — Sunday, Aug 18

Shiver-me-timbers that was a long flight, but welcome to Singapore! If your flight lands in the morning, spend the day exploring and getting the lay of the land. Head back to the hotel and clean yourselves up, because we have a whole lot of Singa-exploring to do. After a welcome dinner, we’ll head to a roof top bar to take in the splendor of Singapore while sipping Singapore Slings. We’ll celebrate our first MTrek night together in style, checking out the famous nightlife and stopping by the not to be missed Marina Bay Sands.

Day 1 — Monday, Aug 19

Today we explore the sights, and most importantly tastes, of Singapore. A walking tour will guide us through diverse Singaporean neighborhoods of Little India, Clark Quay, and Merlion Park. While we’ll be tempted to eat our weight in butter chicken at the stop in Little India, save some room for the famous Michelin star hawker food stalls. In the evening you’ll be free to explore the city at leisure.

Day 2 — Tuesday, Aug 20

Enjoy a quick breakfast in Singapore before we catch the short flight to un-bali-evable Bali. Take a deep breath, slip on that beach shirt (we know you brought one) and get ready to enjoy 7 days of the island lifestyle, the Bali way. We’ll dive stomach first into the Balinese culture with a Balinese cooking class where we will attempt to master the art of spice and add a new cuisine to our repertoires. After we’ve worked up an appetite and warmed up our taste buds (literally), it’s time for dinner. We’ll head to a local restaurant to compare our skills to those of local Balinese chefs.

Day 3 — Wednesday, Aug 21

Put on your walking shoes and get your camera ready as we stroll through rice paddies, climb rice terraces, wind our way among traditional Balinese homes and stop in for a cup of homebrewed Balinese coffee. Our walking tour culminates with a visit to the Sarswati Temple Lotus Garden & Ubud Palace - an intricate and historic temple embedded in a lush jungle oasis. Things really heat up, when we gather around the fire to witness the Kecak or “monkey chant” Dance, a traditional Balinese chant performance whose storyline is taken from a Hindu Epic. For dinner, we’ll break into small groups and explore local restaurants.

Day 4 — Thursday, Aug 22

This morning is free to enjoy as you wish. Sleep in late and enjoy the screeches of our monkey neighbors from your bed or stroll through the bustling local market for some authentic Balinese goods. Whichever you choose, don’t forget to save time for an authentic Balinese massage! In the afternoon we’ll drive into the untouched Balinese jungle, making a quick stop in the Tegalalang region with rice terraces like you dream about, and visiting the Tirta Empul Temple. We’ll then head to Mt. Batur, an aging stratovolcano whose beauty puts Vesuvius to shame. Join us for a relaxing evening, sipping cocktails and taking in the picturesque view of the volcano we’ll attempt to climb the following morning.

Day 5 — Friday, Aug 23

Wakey wakey!!! This morning we’ll wish our alarms aren’t going off, but trust us - it will be worth it. At 3am, we’ll start our hike to summit Mt. Batur just in time for a stunning sunrise and panoramic views. After our journey back down the mountain, we’ll spend some time relaxing in hot springs with stellar views of the surrounding area. Once we’re done with our muscle recovery, we’ll drive south to the beach town of Jimbaran, where we’ll enjoy our final days in Bali. After hotel check-in, we’ll have a seaside BBQ and a beach sunset.

Day 6 — Saturday, Aug 24

Today will be the best day yet...a relaxing beach day. Ahhhhh. Catch some rays, play some beach games, sip on some brews, what could be better?! If you’d like to take a break, there will be an optional visit to the Uluwatu Temple, a stunning Hindu temple by the sea. That night, we’ll go on a bar hopping adventure to the best local spots this beach town has to offer.

Day 7 — Sunday, Aug 25

Today is our final day in paradise. Luckily, you likely won’t have to leave for the airport until 10pm or later that night, so we have a full day to soak up the sun and explore any stones left unturned.

Departure Day — Monday, Aug 26

Catch an early flight out of Bali and head back to the sunny state of Michigan!

Pat “Big ‘ol Mitties” Riley + Annelies “Lil Paws” O’Dea[ster]

Pat

Hometown: Rochester, NY (home of the garbage plate)

Favorite band/artist: Bon Iver in the daytime, Sia in the nighttime

Favorite movie or book: Holes by Louis Sachar

Why would you want to hang out with me: good conversation, lots of laughs, or both – I’m up for it all

My partner’s weirdest quirk: hypercompetitiveness in Settlers of Catan

Hidden talent: turning beer cans into cups with only my thumb

Perfect MTrek day: climb a mountain, meet some locals, drink some beers

What drink best describes me: Coors, the banquet beer. (Ask me to do the impression)

 

Annelies

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Favorite band/artist: Regina Spektor

Favorite movie or book: White Teeth by Zadie Smith and She’s the Man, starring Amanda Bynes (don’t judge me, this movie is my weakness)

Why you want to hang out with me: a healthy dose of feminism and puns

My partner’s weirdest quirk: Hypercompetitiveness in Settlers of Catan

Hidden talent: lawn game excellence

Perfect MTrek day: walk the city / bustling market, eat amazing local food until I burst, drink cocktails at sunset, dance all night

What drink best describes me: A lemon drop shot, because I’m playful, zesty, and come with a bite.

Mike”y Mraz” Hinds + Rachel “Big Roch” Hinds

Mike

Hometown: Cocoa, FL

Favorite band/artist: Bob Marley and the Wailers (got beaches on my mind)

Favorite movie or book: The Goonies

Why you want to hang out with me: I’m always up for a deep conversation or talking about something completely pointless, but either way we’ll have a good time.

My partner’s weirdest quirk: She enjoys eating straight limes.

Hidden talent: I can down a bottle of water in three seconds flat.

Perfect MTrek day: Morning excursion for some sight seeing/exploring, relaxing lunch with a beer, nap, beach massage, dinner and drinks where I get to know my fellow trekers!

What drink best describes me: Mai Tai – go ahead and make fun of me, I’m still going to drink it.

 

Rachel

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Favorite band/artist: Kacey Musgraves

Favorite movie or book: Any murder mystery, book or movie – I might go to bed with my eyes wide open, but I just can’t stop!!!

Why you want to hang out with me: Margaritas anyone? But really, I’ll listen and talk with you about anything for as long as you want or need to.

My partner’s weirdest quirk: He can drive somewhere and remember exactly how to get back to said location months later. It’s admirable.

Hidden talent: I can sew just about anything. Give me some fabric and an idea, and I’ll make it happen!

Perfect MTrek day: Cute breakfast and lunch spots // stroll small town streets // an adventurous activity // dinner and cocktails at sunset

What drink best describes me: I think I’ve touched on margaritas, but so delicious – a little sweet, a little salty, a bit boozy. They always mean fun (and maybe some queso) is being had.

Brittany “The Champ” Minor + Geoff “So So Def” Tilghman

Brittany

Hometown: Unclear…I’ll claim Metro Detroit, DC, Louisiana, Philly, or Dusseldorf, Germany depending on who I’m talking to 🙂

Favorite band/artist: Anderson .Paak

Favorite movie or book: Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why you want to hang out with me: Because, according to Patrick, I’m an “unflappable traveler.”

My partner’s weirdest quirk:He has a myriad of impressive but seemingly useless talents, like the fact that he’s a fantastic whistler, he’s really great at pouring water in his mouth accurately from great heights. He also knows every single band and musical artist in existence.

Hidden talent: I’m an ex-amateur boxer and current dancer in all Ross dance shows.

Perfect MTrek day: Wake up, have a nice breakfast with some fresh juices…and probably some added bubbles. Do some cultural/adventure/spa activities to waste time until eating a delicious lunch, do some more cultural/adventure/spa activities to waste time until eating a delicious dinner. Probably some more bubbles in the evening.

What drink best describes me: A Boulevardier – it’s a boozy old man drink and I’m..a boozy old man?

 

Geoff

Hometown: In West Philadelphia, born and raised…but DC most recently before Ann Arbor

Favorite band/artist: Can’t do less than 5, so in no particular order. Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, RHCP, The Roots, Prince

Favorite movie or book: I’m really in love with all Marvel movies right now.

Why you want to hang out with me: Because I’ll try pretty much anything.

My partner’s weirdest quirk: She can’t stealthily drink a glass of water.

Hidden talent: My inward whistle and outward whistle are indistinguishable

Perfect MTrek day: Wake up, eat some delicious local food, see some amazing nature, go to a small town I’ve never heard of and explore, eat the most famous local cuisine, experience some culture, eat a delicious authentic dinner (food is the best), get some drinks and wind down.

What drink best describes me: I had such a hard time answering this question that I did one of those Buzzfeed quizzes. Using it because it was pretty accurate  – Old Fashioned – Oh, you’re a very serious person – at least on the outside. Your fun side shines through once people get to know you, though. You posses the rare ability to be practical in any given situation, which is a skill that’s served you well over the years. Your patience is almost legendary and has survived many attempts by people trying to push it to its limits. You’re a tough nut to crack.