To guide or not to guide. That is the question.

By Caroline

~Does having a tour guide make it less of an adventure? ~

Having a tour guide while exploring Bali was not in our initial plan, and at first I wasn’t thrilled about the idea. I have always had the notion that tourists with tour guides and itineraries are missing out on a spontaneous and adventurous experience.

img_6540However, now that we’ve experienced Bali with the help of a tour guide, we couldn’t be happier. In fact, if this is your first time traveling to Asia we would highly recommend you consider hiring a guide as well!

As with most DIY travelers, the tour guide option was a new experience for us, but as I look back on our trip, I am particularly thankful for Ariani, our friendly, English speaking guide. For us she was like a living, breathing Bali encyclopedia.

She shared with us many different historical, religious and cultural facts from a perspective that only a local citizen could give. image2

She helped us avoid tourist traps and other possible money-wasters, allowing us to enjoy the best that Bali has to offer. She taught us words in Balinese and helped open our eyes and minds to the incredible beauty of this Indonesian island.

image3Creating a memorable and life changing travel experience often depends on the decisions you make before you go. Choosing a tour guide might just be the best decision you can make.

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