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Heinous or Heartfelt? 'The Bachelor' Held a Rose Ceremony in a Balinese Temple

Where: Bali, Indonesia
February 24, 2015 at 2:48 PM | by | ()

Before we get into this, let's be clear here--The Bachelor, a reality TV dating show, is probably the worst kind of TV show out there.

Giving one man a chance to make-out "date" 30 women over the course of a few weeks before forcing him to propose to one of them, is a ludicrous premise. How can you possibly propose to a woman a few days after you spent the night with a different woman in a "Fantasy Suite"? And how can you really get to know each other in front of the constant cameras?

Not to mention, the show is devastating to overcoming stereotypes. The women who are vying for The Bachelor's attention are almost always edited to come off crazy, clingy or at worst, "easy." (Although, to be fair, some contestants really are crazy. #kelsey.) And most tellingly, there has never been a non-white Bachelor or Bachelorette in all 15 19 seasons of the show. No, Juan Pablo does not count.

Still, I can't look away. I started watching because I was curious about the hotels used in the show and the far-flung destinations the contestants visited but now, I am fascinated by the whole set-up--getting to know someone, or rather, a bunch of someones, under the glare of lights and the scrutiny of the HD camera all the while watching your "true love" go on dates with other girls.

Yes, the strings are almost entirely pulled by creepy ever-present host, Chris Harrison, and his producers. But the hopeless romantic in me wants this crazy reality TV experiment to work (and it has in a few cases like with Trista and Ryan, Ashely and JP and Sean and Catherine.)

Still, I am not so far gone as to realize this show is a piece of crap, albeit a crazy entertaining one. But in last night's episode, I thought the show reached a new low. After Chris Soules and his three lovely ladies spent a week "getting to know each other better" in Bali, it came time for the final rose ceremony. And here's where they held it....

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Spoiler: 'The Bachelor' Will Visit This Exotic Destination For Its Season Finale

January 6, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | ()

Roses are red, violets are blue, and it’s only a matter of time before someone in a clingy dress winds up crying a river of mascara into her champagne glass.

But at least they’ll be doing it somewhere sunny!

"The Bachelor” is back. And if last night’s season premiere is any indication, leading man Chris Soules will experience the same parade of batting lashes, smoldering glances, and freshly sharpened claws that have seduced-and-or-terrorized past bachelors.

But here’s something new: according to spoiler site, Reality Steve, this season’s eventual overnight dates will be held in — THIS IS A SPOILER ALERT. ABORT MISSION OR DON’T COMPLAINBali. This will be the reality show’s first trip to the beautiful Indonesian island, and it should make for an exceptional backdrop for the final episodes, airing sometime in March.

And who knows? Soules may even have his own lucky, love-struck flight attendant alongside.

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Another Reality Star Heads to Bali to 'Connect with Nature'

Where: Bali, Indonesia
April 10, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | ()

Yolanda Foster's recent Instagram feed proves she is the luckiest Real Housewife of them all.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star/wife of music mogul David Foster documented her latest luxurious vacation to Bali, where she "connected with nature," hung out with elephants, and did yoga poses on the beach.

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Say No to Jewelry and Yes to Private Pool Villas for Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | ()

Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.

Idea #1: A night or two in a private pool villa, for skinny-dipping.

Now, skinny-dipping here and there doesn't make you a nudist, but it does impart some spontaneous edge and prove you're more than a little comfortable in your own skin. Sleep naked, and wake up before coffee by walking straight from bed into the deep end.

Unlike an overwater bungalow, the confines of a private pool ensure there'll be no sharks or jellyfish lurking below. Here's our three favorite hotels with villas whose pools are ultra-private:

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: At a Temple in Ubud, Bali

August 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM | by | ()

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Ubud, Bali.

This chill feline was photographed by Kenzi Henna in the cultural heart of the Indonesian island of Bali, a town named Ubud. Having been before, we can vouch for its awesomeness and say it's totally worth detouring from the beach for a day of temple and art market exploration. Do as the kitties do, as Kenzi shares she caught this "ginger kitty paying her respects at a temple in Ubud, Bali."

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What Everyone's Buying in Bali: Kopi Luwak Coffee Packets

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM | by | ()

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Kopi Luwak. In the movie "The Bucket List," it's the favorite drink of Jack Nicholson's character; he calls it "the rarest beverage in the world." We wouldn't exactly say that, but it is pretty rare and not to mention expensive, with a reputation as being only for connoisseurs.

Of course all this makes it a terribly in-demand souvenir purchase for tourists to Bali, though purchasers may not always realize how it's made: an Indonesian civet (like a possum) eats a certain type of coffee berry. Its digestive system digests the meat of the berry, adds enzymes to the bean inside, and then poops out the bean. These beans are then collected, cleaned and sterilized, roasted and ground into coffee powder.

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A Lion Air 737 Goes for an Accidental Swim in Bali (Crash Photos and Details)

April 13, 2013 at 5:52 AM | by | ()

Just before 5:10am EST this morning, it was reported that an aircraft had gone into the water off the runway at Bali's Airport at 15:10pm local time. That was a simple newsflash, but additional details have emerged in the minutes since, and here is what we know:*

· Update (12pm EST): It is now confirmed that the plane didn't overshoot the runway, but landed short of it. This would mean that the 737 landed too early (versus too late, with an overshoot) and thus hit the water just before the runway. The number of passengers has also been solidified; there were 101 passengers and 7 crew, all surviving.

· The aircraft, a Lion Air Boeing 737-800 (registration PK-LKS), was operating a flight from Bandung, Indonesia to Denpasar/Bali, Indonesia when it landed in the ocean.

· Both ends of the runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) are bordered by the ocean. The 737 was unable to stop before continuing off the edge and into the water on the runway's western end [See Update above]. The force of the landing caused the rear area of the fuselage to break, just behind the trailing edge of the wing.

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Where To Go With Your Tax Refund: Bali

Where: Bali, Indonesia
March 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM | by | ()

Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

With what we can only hope is winter's final squeeze on the majority of the 'Lower 48', this blizzard is one of the best reasons to escape the blustery weather is to plan a vacation to a tropical location which gets you way far away, albeit with a few sleepless flights. While many come to mind, one in particular we would recommend highly: Bali.

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Oh Boy. Bali Considers Banning Bintang and All Booze

Where: Indonesia
January 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM | by | ()

...And not just the Balinese beer, but wine, vodka and any other adult libation. A new piece of legislation has been brought to the parliament of Indonesia asking for the potential ban of alcoholic beverages on the tropical vacation island and across the rest of the Muslim country.

If you have ever been to Bali, you know how ridiculous this whole topic sounds. The island is a tourist mecca attracting travelers with daydreams of sitting poolside sipping on a fruity cocktail made from fresh squeezed fruit juice. If relaxing is not part of your itinerary, there are storefronts and cafe-fronts full of sunburned Westerners enjoying a cocktail or beer. Even our own trip last year was dotted with some interesting cocktails and other beverages, both alcoholic and kiddie-safe.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Indonesia's Gili Islands

November 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM | by | ()

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: the Gili Islands off Lombok, near Bali, Indonesia

This week's Travel Cat comes from Jaunted reader and Twitter friend Natalie Cola (@nataliecola), who says of this kitty island variety:

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Inside Garuda Indonesia's Executive Lounge at Bali-Denpasar Airport

October 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM | by | ()

Saying good-bye to a tropical island like Bali is not easy, but if you are flying on Garuda Indonesia the trip to the airport can be a bit more bearable if you have access to the airline's Executive Lounge.

The Executive Lounge is reserved for travelers flying in business class (Executive Class) on a Garuda flight or those flyers holding gold and platinum status. As we'd bought our own Executive Class tickets, we escaped the chaos of the airport and bid fond adieu to our Bali island getaway. And believe us, the airport is pretty chaotic with limited places to sit and very few food outlets.

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Wanna Go to Bali? Bring Your English Skills and School Supplies.

Where: Bali, Indonesia
June 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM | by | ()

Bali residents may live in paradise, but that doesn't guarantee them a lifetime free from poverty. Families that struggle to provide also struggle to educate their children, which is where you can help.

Some volunteer organizations have been working towards giving children in Bali the education they deserve, including i-to-i Volunteering.

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