Our recent three month stay in Playa Del Carmen gave us plenty of time to visit many of the beautiful surrounding areas, such as the fabulous beaches and Maya Ruins of Tulum, amazing snorkelling with turtles in Akumal, fresh water cenotes, the cute little beach town of Puerto Morelos, the jungle-clad Mayan ruins of Coba and Isla Cozumel – Mexico’s third-largest island - all of which are within easy reach of Playa Del Carmen. Read more
Welcome to biglittleplanet.com the travel blog of Mike and Silke, a married, digital nomad couple who sold everything they owned and left the UK for a life of long-term travel.
Following a twelve month ‘round the world’ trip in 2009/2010 which saw us pass through twenty three countries, take sixteen flights, countless train journeys and cover thousands of kilometres overland, we returned home to the UK only to discover that our thirst for new places, new experiences and a life on the road had not yet been quenched, and so eighteen months later we once again packed our bags and headed into the unknown. Read more
Spending three months in Playa Del Carmen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula turned out to be the perfect place for us to, start our Latin American adventure. With plenty of cheap language schools in which to learn Spanish, great weather, fast wifi and a modern infrastructure, Playa always felt safe and comfortable, although it wasn’t always the traditional Mexican town that we were looking for, or expecting in this part of Mexico.
Waking early to the sound of the cockerel in our beautiful new home, we soon began to enjoy the relaxed pace of life in Penestanan on the outskirts of Ubud in Bali. Intimate visits with our host family to local temples, traditional community street theatre and the insatiable beauty of the surrounding countryside were real highlights our time there, but amongst all of the beauty and traditions, we discovered that Bali has a dangerous cancer that’s growing from the inside out.
In this short blog, we offer a few simple tips on how to find a place to stay in Ubud. Bali really is a special place, full of jaw dropping scenery, energetic culture and traditions that have stood the test of time. We took some time out from our travels to live in Penestanan, a few kilometres west of central Ubud in April 2012 in a beautiful, traditional Balinese house.
For three weeks in April 2013, we lived in a wonderful detached house in Penestanan, in the suburbs around Ubud in Bali. Located down a quiet road in a local area, away from the hussle and bussle of central Ubud, we found ourselves surrounded by peace and tranquility and were able to relax from the rigours of travel, get some work done and enjoy an authentic Balinese lifestyle.