As my wife and I prepared for our annual spring break trip, we wanted to go somewhere warm. Being from Wisconsin, the winters can be long and harsh. By February, the winter weather feels like it will never end and you start to wonder whether it will ever be warm again. That said, we both wanted to feel some warmth and humidity, see palm trees and dip our feet in the ocean. I never really considered visiting Bali until I read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert several years ago. Her vivid descriptions of the beautiful farm land and lush vegetation of Bali really intrigued me. Before reading this book, the only thing I knew about Bali related to the terrorist bombings of the night club several years ago. Her book and the subsequent scenery in the movie put Bali on my list of places I wanted to visit.
The only problem with visiting Bali from the United States is that the flight is grueling. With no direct flights a connection somewhere in Asia is necessary. Also, due to the length of flight it takes about two days of travel to reach Bali but you do gain a day on the flight home. Despite this, we were determined to visit Bali. We settled on Korean Air as they offered a reasonable airfare and nice connection times through Seoul. I have to say that after a thirteen hour flight from Chicago to Seoul and another seven hours from Seoul to Bali, I was hoping Bali would be worth it. Luckily, the wonders of Bali speak for themselves and it was a trip that well worth the twenty hours of flying.