Fit(ish) Travel Adventures – Photography in Bali
Travel Photography is definitely my jam.
One of the most epic adventures I’ve been on to date was this trip to Bali with Fit(ish) Travel Adventures led by Roz Jones. Combining photography, fitness, and travel is a dream come true! I want to give a quick overview of the entire week, and then break it down into smaller blogs to let you in on more details. I’ll definitely be posting about the hike up Mount Batur because that was the one activity that I was the most curious about beforehand.
Komune Resort was the best place to experience Bali.
From the people to the food to the views, we could not have asked for a better place to enjoy this beautiful country. I don’t think I ever saw one employee without a smile. Every person there seemed to LOVE their job and they were super accommodating every time we had a request. They helped coordinate drivers and excursions and by the end of the week, they knew our names! At every meal we had a fresh juice and whoa… they were all so yummy. There were two different restaurants to choose from–The Health Hub and the Beach Club. I preferred the healthier options at the Health Hub, but the Beach Club looked out over the ocean. We couldn’t go wrong with either choice!
The excursions were the BEST.
Our first excursion was a cooking class where we made traditional Balinese dishes. I’m usually pretty nervous about trying new foods but I honestly liked most of the dishes we made! We smashed peanuts to make our own peanut sauce, chopped veggies, pressed mashed up, seasoned chicken onto sticks, and learned a lot about the Balinese culture through the class. Our hostess was fabulous and we all left full and happy.
Our next excursion was the hike up Mount Batur.
Who doesn’t want to get up at 2 am and hike a volcano? I was still tired from jet lag and honestly didn’t know what to expect so I was a little nervous about this at first. But we made it! We all made it to the top of the mountain–even poor Roz who had been sick for a couple days. The sunrise views from the top were amazing and I was on a high after that hike. The monkeys only added to the charm of the day, and we even witnessed a proposal at the top!
The next day, a few of us went on some adventures of our own.
We knew we wanted to go to the Uma Pakel Swing and although I’m a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to heights, I knew I HAD to do it. That first push was terrifying and thrilling all at once. I mean, you’re so freaking high on a swing that goes out over a huge ravine and they just keep pushing you higher and higher… and yes, I screamed like a little girl! Lol. After the swing we went to a Balinese Market to buy souvenirs and then made our way to the Tegenungen Waterfall.
The Rice Paddy Bike Tour was a great way to soak up more of the culture and scenery.
I tried to use my camera while on the bike, but it was pretty impossible. Lol. I loved having an excuse to just be in the moment and take in all the sounds, sights, and smells. We stopped midway and had a coffee and tea tasting. Everyone loved the coconut coffee! My favorite part of the bike tour was all the people yelling “Hello!” as we rode by. Kids waved and smiled and I tried to memorize every face I saw since I couldn’t take pictures.
Last but not least… the workouts!
Roz led some amazing workouts from HIIT, to yoga, to outdoor workouts by the beach. I wish I could have filmed AND worked out, but I was definitely taking notes for my workouts when I got home. 🙂 Roz is an amazing fitness instructor who knows how to motivate! I’m so grateful that she asked me to tag along and document such an epic trip. If you’re looking for an excuse to travel and work out, you should definitely follow Roz and watch for her next trip announcement.
These two got engaged at the top of Mount Batur so I snapped a few pics!