Mindful Travel with Aerial Cetnar
What does it mean to mindfully travel? Our OMbassador Aerial Cetnar traveled to Bali and took us along on her magical adventure.
Finding bliss in our Soul Searcher Coachella tank
Lush green palm trees, dragon fruit smoothies, incenses, crystal blue waters and sunshine. I was surrounded by these delights and so much more during my travel-time in Bali. On the plane ride there as well as during free-time by the various sparkling infinity pools and dreamy blue oceans, I held in my hand “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. As a yoga and mindfulness meditation guide, this book deepened my ability to practice being in the present moment.
Aerial in the SG Palm Logo Crop tank
I spent the first couple of days in the Uluwatu and Bingin Beach area, where I experienced long stretches of oceans with giant waves and surfers while observers sitting on the beach snacked on refreshing fruit bowls and juices.The first night that I arrived, I fell asleep to the sounds of crickets, birds, frogs and other animals I couldn’t quite define, but felt like music to my ears. However, I did wake up bright and early due to the handful of dogs and roosters that were roaming the streets. I was eager for my first meal at Bukit Café, where reading the menu made me overwhelmed with excitement. I definitely over-ordered as I was served a colorful fresh fruit platter, a stack of cinnamon pancakes, a dragonfruit chia seed pudding parfait and a dragonfruit smoothie. Every single bit filled my soul with pure bliss.
Next thing I knew, I was ready to explore the beautiful beaches of Bingin Beach. I made sure to really put into practice my readings once I first stepped foot on the beaches. The sand was so thick and the waters were as warm as the sun felt on my face. At sunset, tables were set out on the beach with boxes of fresh-caught seafood from the day ready to be grilled. I chose a couple pieces of squid, shrimp and mahi-mahi. My mouth was watering when I received my plate along with some sticky rice. Each piece of fish was grilled to perfection. Our hotel room had a balcony with a hammock overlooking the most beautiful view of the ocean. Falling asleep to the sound of the waves felt like a dream.
Aerial in our Chase the Sun tank and Palm Print Muse sweatpants
I spent the next few days in Ubud, a magical jungle of endless palm trees, rice paddies and monkey families. Our first meal there I ordered another colorful fresh fruit platter, banana pancakes and coconut porridge. The flavors were rich and the view of the jungle as I ate made it much more surreal. As I rode on a motorbike through the town, I flew by all of the locals preparing their offerings, eclectic shops, dogs running up and down the street, spas and cute cafes. One of the days, we went on a brief walk through the jungle that led us to the stunning Tegenungan Waterfall. I felt at peace the moment I laid my eyes on it and wanted to sit there and admire it in all it’s glory.
I spent my last few days on Nusa Lembongan Island, a quiet and charming island, only a 40-minute boat-ride from the mainland. Although it was a bumpy ride, it was definitely worth it. I stuck my head out the window the entire time and stared at the ripples and waves of the ocean until I arrived. I rode up the mountain on the island to our hotel that had an infinity pool overlooking the jungle and ocean. My first stop was at Devil’s Tears, where I saw a sea turtle pop up to the surface of the ocean and a magical rainbow appeared before me at the same time. I made my way over to Dream Beach, which was the most crystal blue ocean with a very small crowd. I spent one of the days on a boat visiting different areas of the island to go snorkeling for the first time in my life. Swimming with the various colorful fish made me feel like a real-life mermaid. It was the most phenomenal experience I’ve ever had and I couldn’t have been happier in those moments. I fell in love with Bali and cannot wait to go back again someday.