Healthy In Bali

By Shane YoungNovember 8, 2016

I went to Bali for an adventure and some yoga, not to have my vagina steamed. But, steamed it was. Bali is everything you (probably) ever dreamed up, and so much more. The charming village of Ubud is the place that comes to mind for most people when they hear about Bali. While Ubud doesnʼt have beaches, and there are many exciting and adventurous experiences to have all over Bali, Ubud is an anomaly in the middle of Indonesia.

Asia is my favorite continent, and Iʼve explored most of it, either through living locally or through traveling. And never have I come across a place like Ubud. For the people of Ubud, being happy and healthy, as in genuinely happy and healthy, is more important than anything else. Being grateful, taking care of themselves, and spending quality time with friends and family far outweighs anything material. Every single morning, the Balinese, young and old alike, perform an inspiring ritual, which is very laborious to prepare. They express their utmost gratitude to their gods, as they believe it will allow them to live in harmony and live a balanced life. We might remember to be thankful on Thanksgiving, but they do it daily, as it is part of who they are. In the mornings, I quietly watched as the woman of our compound gave offerings to the gods, prayed deeply about everything, small and big, that she was grateful for. She then blessed the house, the swimming pool, our motorbike, our shoes, me. I, in turn, felt grateful as well, it was hard not to. The Balinese believe they are blessed, and in believing so, they are in fact, blessed. Beyond their amazing and inspiring mindset towards life, they take care of their bodies in a way Iʼve never seen in the Western world, or for that matter, even the Eastern world. To say they eat healthy is an understatement. Everything they eat has a purpose, and itʼs purpose is how it can boost or maintain their health. Their diet is pure and simple and clean and beautiful and so delicious. I felt as if I was living within the “foodporn” hashtag. I didnʼt even have to try to find healthy food, healthy food found me.

In Ubud, you will also find a commitment to relaxation, but not in a generic made for a postcard way. In a way where itʼs woven into the fabric of their culture. Everywhere you look, massages and body treatments of every kind are offered. The people who are offering these services believe this is an important part of your livelihood, because itʼs an important part of theirs. Believe me when I say, I tried every kind of service, each one better than the last. Which is how I ended up getting a vaginal steam bath. It is exactly what it sounds like, and feels even more amazing and cleansing than you can imagine. The craziest thing is that these services were not only incredibly cheap, but I never once got the feeling that anyone was trying to rip me off, which I have often felt in many countries around the world.

There are so many other things to love about Ubud. The yoga classes are incredible and inspiring. You donʼt even have to try to find beauty, because is exists everywhere, both in the landscape and in the people. You cannot help but to radiate happiness in such a place, as the Balinese do. And now you have a rainbow of reasons to go and see for yourself. Why not!?

This amazing experience, among many others, has inspired me to help others get out there and see the world. I want to help you see the world without breaking the bank! I don’t believe travel is for people who have lots of money to burn. I believe travel is for everyone who wants to grow, dream, learn, be inspired, LIVE, and so much more. Why Not Adventures, my travel business, grew from a hobby and a passion. Domestic or international. Short or long. All the details or just a few. Tailor-made. Creative. I can save you money and time planning your next adventure. Iʼve heard time and time again that while itʼs fun to go on a trip, itʼs not fun to plan it. In fact, if itʼs planned well, itʼs very time-consuming and can be a stressful process. Thatʼs where I come in. I can do all the research for you, so you donʼt have to, while most likely saving you money. I can give you as much or as little guidance as you want. Tell me where you want to go, what you want to experience, and I can help get you there at the best price. I can plan you the grandest adventure and all you have to do is pack (I can even tell you what to pack!).

Over the past 15 years, I’ve traveled as far and wide and frequent as possible. I’ve collected unforgettable experiences from all corners of the globe. I’ve met and friended people that have changed my world view. Travel has absolutely transformed my life for the better. Each new opportunity, asking myself, “Why Not?” Let’s chat about your ideal trip, because I make adventures happen! Where do you want to go?

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Sheryl Mihalik


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