The Beard and the Blonde – A Travel Blog

The journey to "everywhere."

Staying at the Sanak Retreat in Bali

If you picture Bali, one of the first images that should come to mind is that of a beautiful, green rice field. Now picture an amazing retreat, complete with several private bungalows, an infinity pool and a restaurant that overlooks... Continue Reading →


20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Indonesia

Our trip to Indonesia, which included stops in Bali and Java, was an absolute dream. These 2 island not only exceeded our expectations, but completely captivating us with its beauty and its people. We were lucky enough to have Asia... Continue Reading →

Scuba Diving in Bali

For any certified scuba diver, Indonesia is a dream destination. We were lucky enough to be able to do our first official "fun dive" trip in northwest Bali in an area of West Bali National Park.  After experiencing some not... Continue Reading →

Staying at the Matahari Beach Resort & Spa

If you're looking for luxury, Indonesian style and beach views, look no further than the Matahari Beach Resort & Spa. Tucked away between the Bali Barat National Park and the Java Sea, this little piece of paradise checked all the boxes... Continue Reading →

Staying at The Spa at Norwich Inn

The Spa at Norwich Inn proved to be the ideal place for a weekend of R & R. This hotel offered the perfect combination of pampering and history to make for an ideal weekend getaway. Below is our experience at... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Ubud Monkey Forest

If your idea of a good time involves watching playful monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees or lounging around eating bananas, then the Ubud Monkey Forest (also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest) is a must see... Continue Reading →

Staying at the Alam Indah Hotel in Ubud, Bali

The Alam Indah Hotel was our first stop in our whirlwind Indonesian vacation. Surrounded by lush gardens and the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, these 10 structures are beautifully appointed traditional Balinese bungalows which exude a timeless tranquility.  The secluded... Continue Reading →

Exploring Mt. Rainier National Park

Our plan was to head out to Washington State to explore the Olympic Peninsula and then head inland to hike the trails of an active volcano, Mt. Rainier. It was June...the first day of summer. The view leading to the... Continue Reading →

Exploring Grand Turk in Turks & Caicos

While staying at the Windsong Resort in Providenciales, on Caicos Island, we decided to do some island hopping to explore more of the Atlantic Ocean archipelago.  So we hopped on a quick flight to Grand Turk, which  is the capital... Continue Reading →

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