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Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Culture - By Em­mi­lyn Yeoh.

UBUD, BALI with ... Tara White­man

Tak­ing a ride nearly 1,000 feet above Los An­ge­les on the Skys­lide, wak­ing up to the French Alps, hang­ing out with gor­geous rein­deers ... pretty much sums up Aus­tralian blog­ger Tara White­man’s life on-the-go. Es­cape to Bali with Tara, where she has been seen swing­ing high above the Ayung River be­tween co­conut trees. After you’ve had your ad­ven­ture fix, re­treat to the serene bou­tique re­sort ho­tel, Bisma Eight. Take a mo­ment to place a canang sari, one of the daily Ba­li­nese Hindu of­fer­ings, at the feet of the Lord Ganesh shrine in the lobby, be­fore set­ting off to a pri­vate For­est Suite, built to re­sem­ble a tree­house. As the hub of arts and cul­ture in Bali, Ubud also boasts in­ti­mate bou­tique gal­leries such as Naka Con­tem­po­rary Art and Tony Raka Gallery that are stylish and vis­ually ar­rest­ing. www.bisma-eight.com; www.naka­con­tem­po­rar­yart.com; www.tonyrakaart­gallery.com; @taramilk­tea

NAIROBI, KENYA with ... Jack Mor­ris and Lau­ren Bullen

When Jack Mor­ris and Lau­ren Bullen were spot­ted hav­ing a cup of cof­fee and tuck­ing into a hearty break­fast with gi­raffes peer­ing through the win­dows, we won­dered if it was real life. Lo­cated in Nairobi, Kenya, the Gi­raffe Manor is a manor-turned-ho­tel, which is now home to a num­ber of en­dan­gered Roth­schild’s gi­raffes. Just a stone’s throw away is the Nairobi Na­tional Park that is set to of­fer an ad­ven­ture of a life­time. For an eclec­tic mix of food and art, head over to The Tal­is­man, an el­e­gant restau­rant where the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is en­hanced with a taste­ful se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary African art that in­cludes Kathy Katuti and Luk­wago. www.the­sa­fari­col­lec­tion.com; www.kws.go.ke; www.thetal­is­man­restau­rant.com; @doy­outravel; @gypsea_lust

KAUAI, HAWAII with ... Se­lena Slaven­burg and Ja­cob Tay­lor One foot in Am­s­ter­dam, and an­other on the go, Se­lena and Ja­cob spe­cialise in cu­rat­ing travel guides to in­spire your next trip. With pow­dered shores, un­clouded wa­ters, and an abun­dance of coral reefs, it’s easy to see why Kauai is one of the cou­ple’s per­sonal favourites out of all the Hawai­ian is­lands. For a lo­cal favourite, Sushi Girl is a hole in the wall that helps cross out “eat poke in Hawaii” off your list. Then, there is Hanalei Bay, which is one of those places where you would sip on a trop­i­cal smoothie, let the salty breeze tease your hair, and watch surfers brave the tides at the largest bay in Kauai’s north shore. Feel­ing ex­tra ad­ven­tur­ous? Ride in an open-door he­li­copter and wit­ness the rugged splen­dour of Na Pali Coast.www. sushi girl kauai. fish; www.find­us­lost.com; @find us lost

JAIPUR, IN­DIA with ... An­drea Chong and Daryl Ai­den Yow

An English lit­er­a­ture grad­u­ate and guest stylist on How Do I Look? Asia, An­drea Chong has a knack for re­count­ing the world’s most pho­to­genic and ex­otic des­ti­na­tions to the dig­i­tal com­mu­nity on her blog. To­gether with her travel con­fi­dant, Daryl Ai­den, they have mas­tered the art of pic­ture-per­fect hol­i­days, most re­cently in the Pink City of In­dia. Kick­start your lit­tle jaunt with an ex­clu­sive stay at the 475-year-old Samode Palace, a splen­did ex­am­ple of re­gal Indo-Saracenic Re­vival ar­chi­tec­ture. A stroll through the palace grounds, lined with beau­ti­ful fres­coes, im­me­di­ately trans­ports one to a dif­fer­ent realm. High up on the hill, Am­ber Fort con­tin­ues to charm, with the re­flec­tion of the vi­brant mo­saics bounc­ing off the thou­sands of tiny mir­rors in the breath­tak­ing Sheesh Ma­hal, also known as the Hall of Mir­rors. www.samode.com; www.drea­chong.com; www.dary­laidenyow.com; @drea­chong; @dary­laiden

OREGON, US with ... Luke and Mal­lo­ryanne Lea­sure

Hus­band and wife Luke and Mal­lory’s pow­er­packed roles as a pho­tog­ra­pher duo have seen them cap­tur­ing life’s finest mo­ments in the most stun­ning back­drops. Based in Port­land, Oregon, the cou­ple has fea­tured rocky hills in the weird­est for­ma­tions, sur­rounded by the most oth­er­worldly land­scapes. Of­ten seen on their In­sta­gram pro­files, John Day Fos­sil Beds Na­tional Mon­u­ment is truly a sight to be­hold. A drive through all three units—Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and Clarno—will re­veal spec­tac­u­lar streaks of red, or­ange, and grey that form a sub­lime pat­tern. For a real vivid doc­u­men­ta­tion of this na­tional mon­u­ment’s beauty, the board­walk trail through Painted Cove is an ideal spot. With these al­lur­ing brick-red clay­stone hills set­ting the scene, Oregon’s epic sur­round­ings are sights to be­hold. www.luke­and­mal­lory.com; @luke­jlea­sure; @hel­loma­l­lo­ryanne


with ... Kier­sten Rich

If you’re lucky like Kier­sten Rich of The Blonde Abroad, you’ll most prob­a­bly find yourself sail­ing on a lux­ury Ecoven­tura yacht to the Galápagos Is­lands. As one of the few un­touched places left on the planet where the hu­man foot­print is kept to a min­i­mum, the wildlife crea­tures that call the Galápagos home are beau­ti­fully naïve. Get whisked away by the thrill of swim­ming along­side sea li­ons and sea tur­tles at La Lobe­ria on San Cristóbal is­land. Sun­bathe with igua­nas that don’t in­tim­i­date or hang out with blue-footed boo­bies ... they’re all part of the is­land’s rich ecosys­tem, which also helped Charles Dar­win de­velop his the­ory of nat­u­ral se­lec­tion. www.the­blon­deabroad.com; @the­blon­deabroad

#Cou­pleGoals in­clude ham­mock and chill time

Ex­plor­ing the en­chant­ing cliffs of Na Pali Coast

Break­fast with gi­raffes like it’s an ev­ery­day af­fair

Bisma Eight fea­tures fur­ni­ture made by lo­cal ar­ti­sans

From Bali to Cinque Terre, sea­soned trav­eller Tara White­man al­ways finds the cutest al­ley­ways

Soar to breath­tak­ing heights over the Ayung River in Bali

Oregon’s dra­matic land­scapes makes for stun­ning In­sta­gram mo­ments

Galápagos-ex­clu­sive sea li­ons are must-sees when on this is­land

Bar­tolomé Is­land in the Galápagos

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