Once the plane lands and you step foot onto the ground, Bali air starts intoxicating your mind. At first, it feels like a tingling sensation of excitement, then there is lust and you can’t get enough of the ocean, later, infatuation kicks in and your eyes become blurry and shiny. By the time you are supposed to leave, you fall in love, unconditionally, because Bali won’t tolerate your ego. This is how Bali has been capturing hearts for years and you too will fall the victim of its charms.
We try to capture unforgettable traits of the tropical paradise in pictures, memories, observations, music, and feelings. I tried to express them in writing and here they are.

1. To each their own

Great places and cities have one thing in common – diversity. Whether you are in New York, Paris, or San Francisco there is a certain area within that place that you are obsessed with. Everything about that area is exactly as you like: restaurants serve your favorite type of food, bars are packed with the right crowd, shops sell clothes that suit your style, sport clubs offer activities that you’re good at. But, most importantly, there are hundreds of people who seem to share the same interests. It is subculture at its finest.

We need to associate with certain subculture because they allow for a deeper connection and provide a sense of belonging. Once you find such a place, you want to stay forever. Now imagine an island that combines all subcultures. In Bali, every village is a star and no two are alike. Whether you are a hipster, a surfer, an artist, a yoga teacher or a CEO of a huge corporation you will find your own village.

2. It is all about the balance

Bali somehow combines havoc and serenity and does it so beautifully, that you end up seeing the good in the bad. You might be appalled by the road traffic, but the feeling of freedom is addicting. Some areas are overflown by tourists but backpackers make the nights out more fun. Your hotel runs cold water only, but it is located in the middle of a gorgeous, lush greenery and the air is so sweet that you enjoy the refreshing shower. The poverty is painfully visible but the smiles of the locals make your heart melt. Bali shows you how to live life despite its drawbacks and pains and it is the lesson that you should be grateful for.

3. An escape from rules and judgment

I already mentioned the crazy traffic that does not follow any rules. But it is also the nonjudgmental attitude that makes Bali so special. Balinese people are welcoming, warm, receptive and open to new people and experiences. Their food is comforting and delicious. Their love for the island is everlasting. Their prayers and ceremonies captivate eyes and souls. No matter which country you belong to, you will be showered with love and affection. In Bali you are not an outsider nor a local, you are stuck in the blissful state of weightlessness that ensures you don’t get bored but still provides a touch of comfort.

4. Mindfulness and creativity

It is easy to get hang up on everyday problems and forget about the beauty of the world. Bali reminds you how sweet the roses smell, how fresh the breeze feels on your skin and how soft a human touch can be. In a short period of time, you experience a magical transformation from a senseless work addict to a happy, idle creative. Inspiration is born out of stillness and creativity comes from movement. We all know how to move, but we forgot how to live in the moment. And Bali is a perfect place to remember the skill of indolence.

Inspiration is born out of stillness and creativity comes from movement. We all know how to move, but we forgot how to live in the moment. Bali is a perfect place to remember the skill of indolence.

5. Beach, sun, and surf

The island with the best waves on Earth is a magnet for beach lovers. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, a swimmer or a surfer, the right wave is easy to find and the sun is shining all year round. Apart from surfing, you will have endless options of sports activities: diving, kayaking, horse riding, water rafting and hiking – name it and the paradise will provide.

Bali is not a place, it is a state of mind. Despite many years of development and an ongoing construction, Balinese people maintain the island’s rich culture intact. New trendy areas keep popping up and draw the relentless crowds of explorers. At the same time, Kuta and Seminyak provide an excellent service and comfort for those, who prefer to live among the benefits of the Western civilization.

Ultimately, the reason the island is so popular is ridiculously simple – when East and West collide, amazing things happen.