United Airlines has extended its Mercedes-Benz tarmac transfer service to San Francisco International Airport. The service is already offered at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Garuda Indonesia is 20th airline to join the Skyteam, a global airline alliance. The move greatly enhances Jakarta – the nation's capital and largest city – as a gateway and regional hub for Southeast Asia.
Gala Dinner Party celebrating Garuda Indonesia's entry into SkyTeam. Photo Credit: Garuda International.
Michael Taylor asks the front desk staff at One Eleven Seminyak in Bali about a Mexican restaurant he sees on his way to the hotel. They arrange for a driver to take him there. Will it live up to his expectations?
A waiter and waitress at the Motel Mexicola in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, enthusiastically agree to a photo shoot. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Michael Taylor is scheduled to return home in late March. When he learns the Balinese will celebrate their Day of Silence – a couple of days after he leaves, he wonders if he should extend his stay to witness it.
Anantara Uluwatu Resort and Spa. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels and Spas.
A resort in Cangcu hosts Michael Taylor for 3 nights. He eats yummy food, takes a cooking class, and enjoys a 2-hour spa treatment. During his stay, he stumbles across a Hindu festival and witnesses a 'Balinese barbecue'.
Michael Taylor follows a colourful procession as it passes his hotel. It takes him to a temple on a nearby beach, where a triple cremation takes place. For inexplicable reasons, he feels a strange affinity with the attendees.
Hindu procession in Cangcu, Bali, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
On his first full day in Bali, Michael Taylor takes a Balinese cookery class at his hotel. First a trip to the market. Then a trip back to the hotel, where the Executive Chef gives him a Balinese cooking lesson in his private villa.
Executive Chef Nyoman Mustika (left) demonstrates cooking skills while Personal Butler Dika and General Manager Akiko Yoshioka express amazement at the results. Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Who doesn't like Top 10 lists? But just how reliable are they? (Not very, some would say!) But they ARE fun. EVERYONE reads (even if they don't believe) them. So what are Asia's Top 10 Islands (according to TripAdvisor.com)?
Sunset on the beach at Koh Tao, Thailand. Photo Credit: Queix.
On his first full day in Bali, Michael Taylor is taken to market to buy vegetables for his cooking class. On his way back to the hotel, he stumbles across a colourful festival as he is driven past a Hindu Temple.
A vendor at Pipitan Market in Cangcu, Bali, Indonesia, prepares the religious offerings that Balinese Hindu devotees lay about the landscape three times a day. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Upon his arrival at Denpasar International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, Michael Taylor gets a 'Visa on Arrival', clears customs, collects his bags, and is driven to an intimate boutique hotel, where a warm welcome awaits.
Sign welcoming arrivals at Denpasar International Airport in Bali, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Michael Taylor is about to embark on his latest adventure – four weeks exploring the Indonesian island of Bali. As he prepares for his departure, he ponders the usefulness of travel guides. Are they a help or a hindrance?
Three of Bali's most popular travel guides. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.