2 Week Indonesia Itinerary: Bandung, Yogyakarta, Raja Ampat and Lombok

Explore the best of Indonesia outside of Bali: this 2 week itinerary covers the off the beaten path regions of Bandung, Yogayakarta, Raja Ampat, Lombok and Gili.


BrendaOctober 18, 2016 - 11:54 am

I really like the 2nd itinerary you listed. I am arriving to denpasar, bali, and will like to follow this one. I have two questions and I was wondering if perhaps you could assist. One for the second itinerary, do you think it would be possible to substitute something (like staying a few days extra in kanawa island ) and going to the Gili islands instead? Also, is it better and less expensive to rent hotels once there or to do it online? (i.e the rates for the places you stayed, did you pre-book?)

SherOctober 18, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Hi Brenda – I don’t quite understand your question as I only posted one itinerary, do you mean the second week? I did include the Gili islands on the trip and if you want a more fun / party atmosphere it’s worth exploring. For hotels yes, it’s definitely better to pre-book, you’ll get a cheaper rate.

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CarmenOctober 18, 2016 - 5:56 pm

It looks absolutely stunning there. I really like how you captured the natural beauty of it. I definitely want to visit some day. Great post! :]

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SherOctober 19, 2016 - 12:22 am

Thanks Carmen! Indonesia is SO stunning – hope you make it out there soon 🙂

JoyceOctober 19, 2016 - 9:49 am

It looks like a dream!! I can’t wait to go back to SE Asia!

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Looking Stylish and Comfortable with Fleece Leggings

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JoyceOctober 12, 2016 - 9:23 am

I thought these were form fitting work-pant material! Looks so comfy & chic

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LaceyOctober 12, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Adore that bag girl! Also, your photos are gorgeous! What lens are you using to shoot these? LOVE!


Abhinav SinghOctober 13, 2016 - 1:08 pm

There was a time when I did not care about how I looked as I traveled. After so many years on road, I have realized the importance of being well dressed during travels. I like your style. It is minimalist and classy and looks like comfortable at the same time. It reminded me I have to buy some new clothes for my upcoming travels, haha!

ShannonOctober 13, 2016 - 8:19 pm

How good is it when you find a pair of amazingly comfortable leggings that look good too?! I love how thick these ones look. Definitely looks like you’re wearing pants instead of leggings. Love the whole outfit.

LaurenOctober 13, 2016 - 10:57 pm

This post is so beautiful.. You look amazing! I LOVE that tweed jacket!

Morgan KleinOctober 14, 2016 - 7:11 am

I love these leggings!! I can’t believe they are under $30! Thanks for sharing!

Dana MannarinoOctober 14, 2016 - 9:43 am

I’m LOVING these leggings! They look so comfy, yet super chic!

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BriannaOctober 15, 2016 - 7:27 am

I like your style, girl. Comfy clothes are the way to go! I have a pair of fleece leggings and they are SO comfy! It’s like getting away with fashionable sweatpants 😛

Erika BisbocciOctober 16, 2016 - 2:44 am

I wish I could wear sweats and leggings to work too! Unfortunately, as a flight attendant, I don’t think it would go over so well. Hahah. I love the blazer!

SherOctober 16, 2016 - 3:27 am

Ha I can’t actually wear leggings or sweats to my day job but I dream of the day! Ooh I’ve always thought being a flight attendant is SUCH a hard job – I couldn’t deal! But I’m so jealous you get to travel so frequently 🙂

AnitaOctober 16, 2016 - 6:12 am

You look so stylish in this outfit. Pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

VyjayOctober 16, 2016 - 11:53 am

Travel dressing is very important. A balance needs to be maintained between comfort and elegance. Your outfit has a perfect balance.

Thelittlelai: Beyond limitsOctober 16, 2016 - 8:44 pm

You look even prettier with that. I envy people who are really good in fashion, I wish I have that kind of talent as well.

Bella WWOctober 18, 2016 - 9:49 am

I absolutely love your outfit, and I think it suits you very well. Girl, you have a nice pair of long legs, so I guess everything would look perfect on you! 😀 I like to wear leggings as well, because they are really comfortable.

ChristinaOctober 18, 2016 - 11:42 pm

Nice boots and I like those leggings too. Like you, I find that leggings are useful when travelling as they are extremely versatile, comfortable and they look good. Will check these out.

Sarah (JetSetting Fools)October 21, 2016 - 9:59 am

I think I would live in these! They might be perfect for my upcoming trip to London this winter 😉

Fall Travel Plans and A Hotel Giveaway!

Win a free stay at any Radisson Hotel in the US or Canada.


Kenya FSeptember 22, 2016 - 7:38 am

For years I’ve been wanting to go to Niagara Falls but never had the chance. Next year I plan on doing it for sure and would love to stay at the RADISSON HOTEL NIAGARA FALLS-GRAND ISLAND! I would of course go see the Falls, go on the boat tour, check out the whirlpool state park, go shopping and have a spa day! Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

ThuySeptember 22, 2016 - 9:09 am

Thanks for sharing this! I may be biased but Canada is quite beautiful 😉 My favourite city in Canada right now is Montreal. Vancouver, Calgary, Banff, and east Canada is still on my list but it hasn’t been the right time yet!


WilliamsSeptember 22, 2016 - 10:41 am

I’d use it at the Manila Marriott. I’ve always wanted to stay there because I’ve heard good things about it. It would be a great surprise for my husband and son too, since we mostly stay at home now that it’s the rainy season here in Manila.

CarolineSeptember 22, 2016 - 1:20 pm

I’d visit the Scarborough Bluffs or kayak in the harbour and stay at the Admiral Hotel Toronto on the Harbour.

carol clarkSeptember 22, 2016 - 1:58 pm

e RADISSON HOTEL NIAGARA FALLS-GRAND ISLAND that sounds like a good one ive never been to canada and i have no idea any sites to see

Kim Pincombe-ColeSeptember 22, 2016 - 2:32 pm

One of my 1st choices would be the Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre in Calgary, AB.
I’ve heard great things about the Calgary Zoo & the Aero Space Museum. And Banff National Park is high on my bucket list – a perfect day trip adventure from Calgary!!

TiaSeptember 22, 2016 - 3:36 pm

Okay I have never been to Canada but all of these Toronto photos in my Instagram feed are killing me. The Admiral Hotel in Toronto it looks pretty Swank so that is what I would choose. I didn’t even look at the rest. LOL

Sherri KingSeptember 22, 2016 - 3:39 pm

I’d LOVE to stay at the Radisson in Fallsview! I’ve lived in Canada all my life and have not been to that side of the country except a quick business trip to Montreal. Niagara Falls is on my bucket list! 🙂

Ashleigh TimchenkoSeptember 22, 2016 - 4:02 pm

I’ve had Montreal on my bucket list for ages but at this moment, I’d have to pick Asheville Country Inn & Suites (Biltmore) so I could do a fun little fall getaway with the family. Nothing like those leaves when they start changing!

FernSeptember 22, 2016 - 5:55 pm

I’d love to go to LA!! It has always been my dream to go there, but it’s just too expensive. If I could stay in a Raddison hotel then it would make my dream a reality!! Amazing post by the way, the pictures are great! 🙂

EstherSeptember 22, 2016 - 7:31 pm

I’d visit Quebec. I’ve always heard it’s a charming city full of character and history.

Ashley PerezSeptember 22, 2016 - 9:15 pm

I would love to go to the one in Niagra Falls because it is a place I have always wanted to visit.

DarlaSeptember 23, 2016 - 4:21 am

I’m not sure! I’d be willing to go anywhere.

Amy HeffernanSeptember 24, 2016 - 8:03 am

I would stay at the Radisson in St johns Newfoundland and view the beautiful sights of Signal hill!
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Lynne TSeptember 24, 2016 - 1:06 pm

I’d love to go to Montreal.

mariaSeptember 24, 2016 - 8:15 pm

I would like to visit Toronto as i have never been. Maybe catch a Jays game.

MeganSeptember 24, 2016 - 10:09 pm

Vancouver! I’d check out the grad school I’d like to attend and maybe go skiing.

TiffanySeptember 25, 2016 - 3:35 am

Cool giveaway! I’m actually from Canada (Toronto) ..is the giveaway just for hotels in Canada or US as well? I’d choose one in NYC as I had been wanting to go back there..haven’t been in a few years and really miss it!

On a side note, I just found your blog and really like it! I’m going to SE Asia soon too!


SherSeptember 25, 2016 - 7:42 am

Hey Tiffany – the giveaway is good for any Radisson in the US or Canada! Aw thank you, I’m glad you like it!! Which part of SE asia? I’m actually here now 🙂

MayaSeptember 25, 2016 - 11:09 am

Sounds like you’re gonna have a great fall, enjoy it! And Canada looks amazing, so picturesque x
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KVSeptember 25, 2016 - 11:16 am

I would like to see Niagara Falls & stay at the Niagara Falls-Grand Island hotel.

MaeveSeptember 25, 2016 - 1:37 pm

Montreal all the way baby! Ive always wanted to go maybe this will be my excuse 🙂

SimonaSeptember 25, 2016 - 2:19 pm

Ahh that’s such a great plan! Hope you’ll enjoy your trips!! <3

kenny hallSeptember 25, 2016 - 3:43 pm

My first choice would be Vancouver! I have never been and have heard the night market is amazing! Thank you!

MaryAnnSeptember 25, 2016 - 6:33 pm

I would choose to stay at Radisson Hotel Toronto East. While there I would want to see the Ontario Science Center

Kelly DSeptember 25, 2016 - 8:52 pm

I would like to stay at Park Inn by Radisson Toronto-Markham and go to the Toronto zoo.

Denise KonkelSeptember 26, 2016 - 12:21 am

Would love to visit Toronto! The Radisson there looks very nice =) Plus there are a lot of museums and fun things to do!

mandaSeptember 26, 2016 - 10:06 am

Love to see Montreal.

reanna robertsSeptember 26, 2016 - 10:32 am

toronto or vancouver! Neverbeen to either, and have heard great things.

Jaclyn ReynoldsSeptember 26, 2016 - 12:35 pm

Would love to visit the Radisson Hotel Red Deer! Never been there and I think my husband would love the trip!

Krista MSeptember 26, 2016 - 4:04 pm

I would enjoy visiting my grandparents, taking a tour of the Parliament Buildings & going to Rideau Canal while staying at the Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill!

nicki josephSeptember 26, 2016 - 5:51 pm

I hope to be able to stay at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, Ontario. It is by Niagra Falls and I would love to visit.

Susan D.September 27, 2016 - 1:24 am

Have fun on your travels- your trips sound so fun! I would like to stay at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport hotel. It isn’t that far from downtown Vancouver and I would love to explore Stanley Park with my little boy.

ErikaSeptember 27, 2016 - 12:30 pm

I would love to stay and explore Niagara Falls!

ErikaSeptember 27, 2016 - 12:33 pm

I would like to stay at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, ON hotel to explore the falls area!

Deborah G.September 27, 2016 - 3:52 pm

I’d stay at Radisson Hotel Toronto East because it looks amazing! Plus I’d like to visit the Toronto Zoo and Kensington Market!

latonya ramseySeptember 27, 2016 - 5:35 pm

Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown is what i would like to visit and explore the art galleries.

loriagSeptember 27, 2016 - 8:27 pm

I would love to see Saskatoon and stay at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon. We would walk along the river and enjoy the views.

Leigh Anne BordersSeptember 28, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront is one I would love to stay in. As a middle school teacher that has to teach this to her students, I would love to expericne it firsthand. One of the places I would love to go to is Kenningston Market.

DavidSeptember 29, 2016 - 12:45 pm

I read a few years back that Toronto was named one of the best places in the world to visit, so I would use the hotel stay to finally see Toronto.

dianne hallSeptember 29, 2016 - 5:45 pm

I would stay at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver airport and explore the city and parks!

Corey AtkinsSeptember 30, 2016 - 11:58 am

We would absolutely love to visit the Pacific Northwest area, specifically the city of Vancouver! My wife and I have never been before but we’d love to experience all the wonderful sights and outdoors activities available in that area. Our top activities would be going on a whale watching tour, hiking Grouse Mountain, visiting the Aquarium, and biking the coastal path in Stanley Park! Our choice for the hotel would be the Park Inn & Suites by Radisson Vancouver, BC because it would serve as the perfect location to stay in the city! Thank you for hosting this contest!

Elizabeth PSeptember 30, 2016 - 2:20 pm

RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES FALLSVIEW, ON looks like an amazing hotel to view the beautiful falls. thanks!

KristenSeptember 30, 2016 - 4:58 pm

I’d love to stay at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Saskatchewan so we could visit our friends The Falcones & Agent McCool….seriously though I’ve heard it’s pretty along the river.

KelseyOctober 2, 2016 - 11:29 am

I’d like to stay at the Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront and I’d love to take a train trip across Canada!

Jenny ScheldbergOctober 2, 2016 - 4:07 pm

I’d love to stay at the Radisson Duluth-Harborview location up Burnsville Lake Superior.

DanielleOctober 3, 2016 - 3:45 pm

I love Canada although I’ve never been to Torono. Would love to try out the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront!

(FYI: Your picture at the top of this post is of the Chateau Lake Louise which is a Fairmont (and not a Radisson) hotel. It is beautiful, though!)

Jessica MundayOctober 9, 2016 - 11:31 am

You’re fall plans sound amazing 🙂 I really want to go to Canada it looks so beautiful. Seeing the Niagara falls is top of my bucket list so I would love to stay at the Radisson Niagara Falls Grand Island.

Josh SOctober 10, 2016 - 11:03 pm

I would like to stay at Radisson Hotel Saskatoon.

Andrea DarstOctober 14, 2016 - 5:10 pm

I’d love to visit Winnepeg, MB. It’d be perfect for a long weekend, as we could drive, and I’ve heard it’s so beautiful there!

ElaneOctober 15, 2016 - 9:33 pm

I’d like to visit Saskatoon and stay at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon. I heard it’s a scenic city with a nature preserve but also has an energetic vibe with a lively modern art and jazz scene.

ChristinaOctober 18, 2016 - 10:00 pm

I have always wanted to go to Canada and have never gotten the chance! Radisson Hotel Red Deer looks so dreamy and I would love to go skiing in Alberta and take advantage of Canada’s beautiful natural parks!

How I Afford to Travel + A Giveaway! (How You Can Too)

Thank you to Carlson Rezidor for partnering on this sponsored post. I get a lot of questions asking how I can afford to travel so frequently. Spoiler alert… it’s not because I’m rich! (Yet) (Ha) When I first graduated college and felt the itch to explore, I waited a full year before jetsetting, slowly saving each […]


JoyceSeptember 21, 2016 - 8:08 am

Wow, that’s crazy that you were able to fly to Japan first class, all on credit card points! Love these tips, they’re super helpful and it makes me want to go get 10 more credit cards. Thanks also for hosting the giveaway 🙂

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Ashley DTKAustinSeptember 21, 2016 - 2:07 pm

This is an amazing post! I wish I had more time to travel. Now that I’m in my 30s, I need to get to traveling!

Marissa SaundersSeptember 21, 2016 - 2:46 pm

Love this post! You have such great tips! I can’t wait to start traveling again once my little babes get bigger.

xo, Mars

MegganSeptember 21, 2016 - 3:37 pm

Dang girl – can’t believe you got a free trip to Japan from points!! That is seriously amazing!

SherSeptember 21, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Yeah it’s amazing what you can get if you take advantage of the deals!

SherSeptember 21, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Thanks Marissa! I’m glad you found it useful and I hope you get to travel somewhere rewarding soon. Being a mama is hard work!!

ThuySeptember 21, 2016 - 4:37 pm

This was super interesting to read. I knew people out there played this game but I could never do it. I hate having so many credit cards. I only want to have enough that I will regularly use and pay off the cards. I think I only use 3 right now and I might have 2 other cards hanging around that I just opened for whatever reason. Sometimes I get paranoid and think, “Should I hunt those down and close them? Will they affect my credit score?” But back to the points and miles game, it’s just way too much keeping track for me lmao. At most, I have a travel credit card that accumulates points with Expedia. That’s basically it hahaha.


SherSeptember 21, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Hey Thuy – great to hear your perspective! I agree, it’s not for everyone and can very time consuming and people shouldn’t do it unless they can pay off the bills in full.

Even when I had a ton of cards, I would work to build up minimum spend on the one card that was new and focus on using only 2 to 3 cards total.

I do want to suggest one card to you though – if your goal is travel, the chase sapphire and chase freedom are the most used cards that work well for travel. I use my freedom for everyday use and then convert the points to the sapphire since you can use the chase travel portal to apply it to a ton of diff airline and hotel partners! The sapphire does have an annual fee tho unfortunately and is prob a better “value” than the expedia one. Definitely recommend checking it out! You might like it

SaraSeptember 21, 2016 - 5:22 pm

What a great post breaking down the ins and outs of cc miles and points!

xo, Sara

Paula - Gone with the WineSeptember 21, 2016 - 6:57 pm

Very interesting! A family member of mine gets new credit cards periodically to do this, and then cancels them later. I looked into it but there was so many restrictions and rules to use the points. However, we do have cards that accumulate point when you use them and every here and there we are able to buy a flight with the points.

Laura BeverlinSeptember 21, 2016 - 11:07 pm

Such a great and informative post. It’s amazing what you’ve been able to do with your points–you go girl!!

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Carol ColbornSeptember 22, 2016 - 12:26 am

Wow, how focused you were! WE also do miles, but not yet points. I can see the merit of all these!

RachelSeptember 22, 2016 - 4:33 pm

That’s really awesome! Unfortunately neither my husband or I use credit cards, I think it’s time to stat though!

xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

Nicholle BrainardSeptember 22, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Thank you so much for this! It was so helpful. I hope to be traveling soon!

MagsSeptember 22, 2016 - 6:05 pm

I too have been juggling credit card miles and points… I still haven’t made it to a first class international ticket though, so congrats! That’s the stuff dreams are made of!

Ashley PerezSeptember 22, 2016 - 8:48 pm

This would be so amazing to win!

mainouSeptember 22, 2016 - 9:34 pm

Thank you for sharing! I’ve always wanted to travel =)

DavidSeptember 23, 2016 - 9:35 am

This is really great post, thanks! I’m preparing myself for long time (2 years?) trip and what scares me the most is that I’m not really able to make big savings before I go… So I’ll have to work on my way. However, I don’t want this fear to stop me, I’m really determined to do that! And posts like that only encourage. Thanks!

Audrey StoweSeptember 23, 2016 - 12:23 pm

This was such an interesting read!!! I actually don’t have a credit card yet, hoping to sign up for one this year so I can build up my credit score before I graduate… BUT definitely can’t wait until I can build up points to travel.

EmilySeptember 23, 2016 - 1:22 pm

What an amazing giveaway! We have a card that we use specifically for points, too!

SherSeptember 25, 2016 - 7:45 am

Hey Kim! I think if you treat the credit card as a debit, as in you pay it off in full each month, the benefit of earning rewards makes a cc worth it! I have just a couple cards now, one that I use for everyday spending, 1 thats good for travel (which includes cabs which is great for nyc or any city!) and 1 for dining. That way at min you’re earning 1x for all spending and ideally 3-5x on higher spend categories like travel or dining out.

Kimberley GriffioenSeptember 26, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Nice an inspiring post! I started saving frequent flyer miles about a year ago, I’ll be needing a couple more months for my first free flight (but I’m only using 1 creditcard).

NYFW September 2016 – Getting Ready, Outfits & More!

“Every Year The Women Of New York leave the past behind and look forward for the future. This is known as FASHION WEEK.”


AprilSeptember 19, 2016 - 12:31 pm

It looks like you had an incredible week! I love that haircut, it frames your face so well! Xo

Jenna ColgroveSeptember 19, 2016 - 12:32 pm

Omg what a action packed week!! Love all your photos!

Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

Annette VartanianSeptember 19, 2016 - 12:49 pm

Such a beautiful round up of NYFW! I love all of the backstage photos and your outfits were so cute! xx

BaileySeptember 19, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Love all of your fashion week looks! I bet you had a blast, thanks for sharing!

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elle spannSeptember 19, 2016 - 1:58 pm

love all of your looks and how different they are from each other! that leanne marshall blue dress is def my fave!
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Linda QuinonesSeptember 19, 2016 - 2:17 pm

I love this babe! NYFW is always such a great time and I love seeing recaps. Hope you enjoyed your first experience!


MariamSeptember 19, 2016 - 3:25 pm

Your hair and outfits looked so fabulous for NYFW! Love the show pictures too!

xo Mariam

Devika BhagwatSeptember 19, 2016 - 3:50 pm

Wow! Absolute delight. Loved all the looks. Thanks for sharing.


CristinSeptember 19, 2016 - 5:24 pm

Love it! So many great outfits!

January HartSeptember 19, 2016 - 6:09 pm

All of your NYFW looks are simply stunning!! And your hair is perfect that length!! Love it!


Krista WilliamsSeptember 19, 2016 - 6:29 pm

Girl this post!

So full of gorgeous detail, amazing shots and just really stunning. I like how you really took each trend this season and made it your own. It looks so good!

Thanks so much for making me feel like I am there 🙂


Laura BeverlinSeptember 19, 2016 - 9:26 pm

Wow, just wow!! All of your looks were so on point! This post made me feel like I was behind the scenes with you!!

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JoyceSeptember 21, 2016 - 9:03 am

Loving all your outfits, thanks for the FW roundup! Can’t believe that Express had so many pretty jumpsuits and outfits! Also love all your backstage shots, wish I could’ve gone to some shows too!

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SherSeptember 21, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Ah glad you liked it! You should definitely come with me this winter

RachelSeptember 21, 2016 - 8:51 pm

Such a great post! Lovely outfits!


SamSeptember 21, 2016 - 9:01 pm

Looks like you had an amazing time!! I love that zara top!

xx Sam |The Heart of the House

Kara NgSeptember 26, 2016 - 4:22 pm

Day 3 and Day 6 were my favorite outfits 🙂
Seems like such a great experience, so jealous!!

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