If you’ve stepped into the new year feeling like a bit of a refreshment, or a ‘new you’ that actually works, you might want to throw yourself into a bit of an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ scenario. And no… that’s not to get divorced or move to an island halfway between Bali and the US. But more use it as a tool to see the most beautiful parts of the world and keep that wanderlust satisfied :)
‘Eat, Pray, Love’ – The Key To A Successful Travelling Experience!
To help you conquer a year of new experiences, I’ve put together a bit of an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ trail for you to follow, giving you the best in Rome, India and Bali.
It’s pretty common knowledge that when you go to Rome, you eat. Of course there’s sights and it’s the ancient city and all the rest of it… but there’s also pizza. And there’s also pasta. Just sayin’! Well I for one am keen to put myself in the mind of Julia Roberts and tick off some of the best food experiences in the Italian capital, so I thought I’d guide you to a few as well… you know, to get you started!
First and foremost is Pizza Zizza Caffetteria Birreria Desserteria. I mean, apart from the fact that you literally feel Italian just when you say the name, they’re said to serve the absolute best pizza in town… something you just have to witness if you’re gonna spend a few days in Rome. It’s quite close to The Vatican so if you fancy a little visit there while you’re at it that’ll be well worth it. The restaurant has been described on Tripadvisor as “super fun, high energy”, “possibly the best pizza” and “a real Roman experience”, so i’d be pretty confident it will do the job ;)
Next on the cards is definitely Pizzeria Loffredo. Although it’s not located right in the city centre, it’s just a bit out and is on a direct metro line from the Colosseum so you could tie it in nicely with a bit of sightseeing easily :) It’s recommended that you book in advance though as it tends to be quite busy and the space isn’t awfully big. It’s quite cheap and will give you a real sense of authentic Italian food so it’s well worth a visit!
Last on the food front in Rome is somewhere you can go to help that pizza go down – Le Gelateria Frigidarium! Everyone loves ice cream, so indulge in one of Rome’s best. It’s been rated 4.5/5 on Tripadvisor and received a certificate of excellence so there’s no doubt it’s worth it. Grab a gelato, probably the best in town, and just go all out Italian. And the choice you’ll have is just something else so you may need to head there more than once… if your decision-making is as tragic as mine!
When it comes to India, the whole vibe and appearance of the place would relax you really, leave you feeling fresh! And out of the massive array of things to see in the area, it’s really all about the spiritual destinations; those that set it apart from everywhere else on the map.
You might as well start with one of the best which is Varanasi. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, this city boasts a very old city and is well worth a visit. It’s known as the city of Lord Shiva and it’s believed that anyone who dies there will be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. It attracts many visitors as it’s just completely mindblowing to witness in the flesh. Take a walk along the river front or take a boat ride on the Ganges, whatever you choose to do, it’s bound to be an experience :)
My other recommendation for you in terms of spiritual destinations is Bodhgaya. This is the place where Gautama attained enlightenment to become Buddha after three days and three nights of meditation. It’s a seriously important pilgrimage location in India so it’s well worth a visit.
You’ll get to see plenty of important monasteries, and if you’re lucky enough to do on the day of Buddha’s enlightenment, you’ll see a very special celebration taking place.
Now, when it comes to Bali on the ‘Eat, Pray Love’ scale, we’re talking love. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not the agony aunt in ‘Pick Me Up’ or any of those… so we’re gonna stick with a few must see sights instead! ;)
First up would definitely have to be the Uluwatu Temple, essentially a limestone cliff boasting a temple. Not only is it a major cultural spot, but it will also give you breathtaking sunset views so it’s probably worth it just for that! other than that, I’d have to recommend dolphin sightings at Lovina… one of the best places to do a dolphin boat trip. It can get quite crowded with tourists, but once you actually do it, it’s well worth it… the sight of a school of dolphins jumping past your boat is enough to make the trip to Bali in the first place really… Dingle just won’t cut it after that!
Bali boasts plenty of sights and must-see cultural gems that will make a trip out there 100% worth it, so maybe start with those and move through a list from there. You’ll soon be well clued up on the beauties of the world :) Find Hotels In Bali Find Flights To Bali