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Bali Trip Tips: Four Local Customs You Must Know
14 May 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

When you go to Bali, you'd definitely notice that this is a land rich in cultural heritage and religious traditions. Although the locals are generally extremely hospitable and nice towards tourists and foreigners, as considerate travelers, we should always respect these customs. Before you go to Bali this summer, check out these four local Balinese customs, to make sure that your time in Bali stays memorable.

by Greta for SweetEscape in Bali

Local Custom No. 1: How To Act

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by Adi for SweetEscape in Bali

The Balinese people are generally deeply spiritual and they held culture and traditions very highly, so as travelers we should respect these traditions by acting accordingly. More modern people usually are more acustomed to public display of affections, but this is highly irregular in Balinese (and–frankly–Indonesian) customs, and could be found disrespectful.

Local Custom No. 2: Hands and Fingers

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

When giving or receiving something from the locals, remember to use both hands. This is considered a high compliment and a sign of respect to both the items given to us and to the person giving / receiving it. It's a simple gesture, but would show that you are considerate to the local customs. Also, remember to not point to someone using your index finger, as this is considered arrogant and disrespectful. Instead, use your thumb or outstreched palm when pointing towards a person, as a sign of respect.

Local Custom No. 3: Temple Culture

by Adi for SweetEscape in Bali

The nice weather in Bali makes us inclined to wear more revealing clothes, which is appropriate considering the situation, however when entering temples or other cultural spaces, do remember to cover yourselves up! For girls, if you're having your period, you might want to refrain from entering the temples, as local customs forbid women from entering the temples when they're having their period.

Local Custom No. 4 : Stepping On Offerings

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

Wherever you go in Bali, you can find these small, leaf-basket offerings. Sometimes you might inadvertently step on these offerings because they're practically everywhere, even on the streets, but whenever you can, do watch your steps when you walk around the island to not step or kick these small offering baskets.

by Andi for SweetEscape in Bali

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Lexi Gancayco's Healthy Summer
20 May 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Fitness enthusiast and instructor Lexi Gancayco shared her healthy tips to prepare yourselves to welcome summer!

1. How Do You Get Your Summer Body Ready?

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

Honestly I don't think there's such a thing as a 'Summer Body'. You'd want to keep your body healthy and fit consistenly all year round. But I think how you keep your body consistently healthy and fit is really by having a good balance of consistent work out and a balanced diet; not depriving yourselves of anything but not indulging too much on good food as well.

2. When You Go On A Holiday Sometimes Your Diet and Fitness Regime Got Messed Up. How Do You Maintain Your Fitness During Trips?

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali
by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

Of course when you are on holidays or vacations, you really should maximize the whole experience of wherever you are, so you should not deprive yourselves of any experience–including food–, but as I mentioned before, you should also not indulge yourselves too much. It's all about balance. For example, if you know that you're going to have a big meal that night, do a lot of activities like walking or working out in the hotel for 30-45 mins in the next morning. You should not even do it everyday, doing some workout every other day is enough. Basically, watch what you eat; it's all about balance.

3. Any Must-Have Healthy Food / Drink For Your Travels?

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

Water! Wherever you go, bring water with you. I had to learn this the hard way because I was on vacation last year and I fainted out of dehydration. I didn't realize that I didn't have enough water. So wherever you go, fill up a water bottle with you, and keep yourself hydrated.

by Kristanto for SweetEscape in Bali

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