Within the meantime I’ve been on maternity depart for fairly a while, as a result of I’m now the proud mother of Sofie. I used to be solely anticipating a number of weeks once we launched into our second lengthy 3-month journey. We had not planned this surprise in any respect and it made our journey much more particular.
I’m swept away by all of the fantastic reminiscences of our final journey (Maldives, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bali) and it was a trip to remember, as a result of it actually surpassed the whole lot. I had agreed with my midwife that I might do the ultrasounds overseas and with a pregnancy declaration in our pocket we began our adventure.
eight weeks pregnant and 3 months touring
Firstly of December we left for the Maldives for two weeks. I felt incredibly good and had no problems with being pregnant illnesses. The Maldives have been still excessive on my bucket record and it turned literally the highlight of our journey.
I used to be simply eight weeks pregnant once we began our 3 month trip to the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bali and Malaysia. We had deliberately booked a one-way ticket to Asia as a result of we needed to launch the return date. This solely labored out properly, as a result of we have been versatile and we might fly back any time.
One-way ticket to Colombo and the Maldives
On December 5, 2016 it was time, we left with British Airways from Schiphol to London. From there we flew with SriLankan Airlines to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. I can advocate this airline to anybody. The flight from London to Colombo takes round 10 hours and 25 minutes.
The subsequent day we flew again with SriLankan Airlines to Malé, the capital of the Maldives. The Maldives consist of 1190 coral islands unfold over 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean southwest of India. You can even choose to fly instantly from Düsseldorf to Malé with Condor Airways for around 800 Euro return.
Maldives: the perfect honeymoon or babymoon vacation
The Maldives was all the time high on my record. I just couldn't imagine prematurely that there are such lovely places on earth, with pure white seashores and a clear blue sea that you simply assume are all photo-shopped. Nothing might be farther from the truth, the Maldives really surpassed the whole lot!
We have now been in the Maldives for a total of 2 weeks and have visited 2 local islands and 4 luxurious resorts. With a personal aircraft you’ll be dropped in the center of the Indian Ocean on one of the atolls that make up the Maldives.
Do you need to know where we’ve all been? Under my favorite prime 5 Maldives honeymoon / babymoon resorts:
1. Gili Lankanfushi
Did you know that Gili has one of the most important open water villas on the earth? Complete with slide, mega personal swimming pool and 2 own butlers at your disposal? Learn my in depth assessment right here about Gili Lankanfushi, one of the highest resorts in the Maldives and my favorite! You see me above (pink T-shirt) to the suitable of the swimming pool 🙂
2. Lux * South Ari Atoll
LUX * is a brand new lodge chain with luxurious resorts and resorts. I was allowed to visit the just lately opened LUX * South Ari Atoll within the Maldives. Learn my evaluation of this super-luxurious and fashionable resort here. LUX * Inns is a brand new lodge chain with inns within the high phase. Do you know that LUX * South Ari Atoll is the place within the Maldives where you possibly can swim with whale sharks? Here the whale sharks still swim in their natural setting and it’s a unique opportunity to admire these lovely animals.
3. Kanuhura: new gypset resort
Think about yourself in Ibiza on this lately opened gypset resort in the Maldives. Gypset is a mixture between a hippie gypsy type and the jet set luxury that you could anticipate from a 5-star resort. Do you know that Kanuhura has a personal island at its disposal the place you possibly can solely come by boat as a guest? On this island the hourglass birds hatch their eggs where these cute “Piper” birds hatch from the Pixar movie. Do you need to understand how I've had it and how is my very own fish caught? Learn my experiences here at Kanuhura, the nicest place in the Maldives!
4. Huvafen Fushi
Huvafen Fushi has one of probably the most lovely snorkeling spots in the Maldives. You actually only should swim 10 meters via the water and then the coral reef unfolds under you. You don't need to be afraid in case you come across small sharks as a result of they don't do anything.
I found it exciting the first time I saw 2 sharks swim beneath me, however they shortly swim away from you as you strategy. You will also find many at Huvafen Fushi stingrays towards. Not only throughout snorkeling, however it’s also possible to feed them every night time throughout sundown underneath supervision, which in flip produces lovely footage.
We stayed in the Ocean Bungalow villa with a personal swimming pool, see photograph above. You’ll be able to ebook this from € 2,000 per night time depending on the season. Do you need to see more footage of Huvafen Fushi? You can now e-book instantly on the resort via TravelandVisit.com, which provides you a greater worth than whenever you ebook via the opposite reserving sites, which move on their commissions to the final worth. Free tip from me 😉
5. Thulusdhoo: surfers island
In the event you don't need to deposit € 15,000 for every week in the Maldives in a 5-star resort, you possibly can all the time go to the Maldives on a low price range by visiting one of the native islands. Since a number of years it has been permitted for the local population to open guesthouses in addition to small-scale lodges.
I went on a voyage of discovery to Thulusdhoo (28 km north of the capital Male) and stayed on the Canopus Retreat visitor house. This local island is an actual surfers paradise and has 2 famous surf spots which might be recognized worldwide. From Thulusdhoo you may also make excursions to abandoned sandbanks for snorkeling and picnics. So you don't need to ebook a 5 star resort to expertise the last word Maldive feeling.
Canapus Retreat is true on the seashore and every afternoon a gaggle of dolphins come by, so special! Do you need to know the way it was there and how you bought right here? Learn right here my experience about the actual Maldives on a price range.
Pregnant whereas traveling by means of Sri Lanka
Once I was 10 weeks pregnant I had to make a deadline ultrasound appointment in a hospital in Sri Lanka. We had just returned from the Maldives the day before and the following day on Friday, December 23, I had already made an appointment for a being pregnant ultrasound in the Nawaloka hospital in Colombo.
A visit to a hospital in Sri Lanka could be very totally different than within the Netherlands. We ended up having to wait for hours earlier than it was our flip, nevertheless it was nicely well worth the wait once we saw our woman on the ultrasound and heard her coronary heart beating. At that second I used to be just 10 weeks pregnant and even if the sex can’t be seen but (the embryo was the dimensions of a cherry), the gynecologist predicted that it will grow to be a woman.
Mirissa, surfers paradise
We spent the Christmas days in a guesthouse in Negombo complete with a Christmas tree and Christmas dinner. Nowhere in Sri Lanka is Christmas celebrated extra exuberantly than right here because there are various Christians dwelling in and around Negombo. The individuals are tremendous nice and hospitable and you are feeling immediately at house in Sri Lanka.
After a couple of days we took the bus to Mirissa within the south of Sri Lanka. Mirissa is roughly a 3-hour drive from Colombo, east of Galle. You possibly can take a personal taxi, but you may as well take the bus that may take you throughout the highway to Matara. From there you’re taking a tuk-tuk that you simply drive to Mirissa seashore in 30 minutes.
Mirissa is located on an exquisite bay that’s in style with surfers and has a really relaxed environment. On the seashore one can find recent fish in all places. In the night all of the lights go on which provides a really romantic environment. Each evening individuals come together to enjoy the scrumptious food and to dine by candlelight together with your naked ft within the sand.
Digital Nomad Life in Unawatuna
Six years ago I was in Sri Lanka for the primary time and quite a bit has modified since then. I keep in mind that we arrived in Unawatuna and there were just a few guesthouses on the seashore. At that time you possibly can nonetheless stroll in all over the place when you hadn't booked a room prematurely.
In 2018, Unawatuna is a well-liked place with numerous hostels and cafés. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of this widespread seashore city you will discover an oasis of tranquility within the tropical garden of the Kahuna lodge. The French owner has even created her own French, beautifull “Le Café Français Bakery & Boutique” bakery with probably the most delicious desserts you might want for. Within the meantime I was 11 weeks pregnant and I had a great excuse, read guilty pleasure to order some goodies with the coffee day by day 😉
It was right here in Unawatuna that we have been referred to as by a journalist from the Telegraaf for an interview within the VRIJ complement. In fact we have been very honored that we might publish a pleasant publication about our digital nomad existence in the newspaper, but we mainly need to inspire individuals to pursue their goals and dare to take the step to freedom. It was not straightforward for me to give up my job 3 years in the past, but since I took that step I’ve created my very own movie and crammed it in so that each one my goals came true. Read all the interview under.
Babymoon spend the winter in Bali
If I’ll give a tip for an ideal babymoon vacation for an extended period of time then it is Bali. Five years ago I used to be here for the final time and I had not had such good reminiscences of it. It rained virtually continuous day-after-day and Kuta just isn’t exactly the place to put in writing house.
As “digital nomads” we have been on the lookout for a perfect residence base for a month by which we might first escape the chilly winter in the Netherlands and secondly work remotely in a tropical setting. Bali turned the right vacation spot for us and we began our stay in Bali in Canggu.
Canggu, the new hotspot of Bali
The surfers city of Canggu is the brand new hotspot of Bali. Canggu has it all, from hip tents, nice boutique outlets to healty food cafes and eating places. There is a entire lay-back environment and it is the place to be for surfers and individuals like me who love healthy meals. Canggu lies between the fashionable Seminyak and the touristy Kuta.
Canggu is definitely the world between Echo Seashore and Batu Balong Seashore. I recommend that you simply lease a scooter if you go to Canggu, because you’ll be able to go down all the hip food places on the lengthy Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong road. A shortcut by way of the rice fields will take you to Jalan Padang Linjong Road, which can take you to Echo Seashore.
In Echo Seashore one can find an incredible fish restaurant right by the ocean. Here at Echo Seashore Club you possibly can take pleasure in a delicious grill buffet (fish or meat) for a pleasant worth.
My favourite healthy meals cafe in Canggu for all wholesome freeks:
Motion Café (formerly Avocado Cafe)
Ubud, my favorite place in Bali
Apart from Canggu, Ubud is and remains my favourite place in Bali. It takes about an hour to drive from Canggu to Ubud if the visitors is sweet. Tip, ebook an Uber taxi. In the course of the drive to the north you will cross rice fields till you drive larger and greater into the jungle of Ubud. Right here it is all green and instantly a number of levels cooler, but tropical recent!
Do you need to know where I slept in Bali and what my favourite prime 10 lodging in Bali is? From the hip south like Seminyak and Canggu, to the inland with Ubud and environment to the relaxed Sanur and the top resorts in the south of Bali.
If you wish to read more about Bali what you are able to do there, click here on my other blogs:
Bali the pearl of Indonesia
Lively or travel in Bali
Ubud and surrounding area
Malaysia, best combine between seashore, culture and nature
If you assume of Malaysia, you instantly assume of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Towers, but in addition the bounty islands on the east coast of Malaysia and the spectacular nature in the inside.
From Kuala Lumpur you possibly can e-book a return ticket with Air Asia to Langkawi very cheaply. The island of Langkawi is an archipelago within the Andaman Sea and consists of 99 other islands. It is situated north of Malaysia, slightly below Thailand. From right here you’ll be able to simply take the boat (1.5 hours) to the idyllic island of Koh Lipe.
When you go to Langkawi then I like to recommend you to guide a room or personal villa on the Bon Ton Resort. The Bon Ton Resort is located in a very idyllic spot in the middle of the greenery at a 5-minute drive from the well-known Pantai Cenang seashore. That is the preferred seashore in Langkawi.
Malaysia is one of my favourite nations and I really like to return there. Ten years in the past I lived in Kuala Lumpur for a number of months and since then I make a stop in KL each time I am touring by way of Asia. For me, Malaysia really has all the things from bounty islands within the east, the cool tea plantations within the interior to the pristine Taman Negara jungle. In case you are planning a visit to Malaysia, I like to recommend you to seek the advice of the next blogs:
Malaysia the pearl of Asia
What to do in Kuala Lumpur and environment
The islands on the east coast of Malaysia
And right here she is, our little sweet Sofie. Born on July 9, 2017. The first months have been super intensive. Tons of sleep deprivation and it really took time to get a rhythm. All clichés are true, turning into a mom is probably the most lovely factor there’s and the love for baby can’t be expressed in phrases. Now 8 months later we are ready and we’ve got booked our first trip for the first time as a household to Ibiza! More about that in my subsequent weblog.
Only a choice of photographs from our final journey. An Instawall full of reminiscences from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bali and Malaysia. I was very completely happy that I used to be capable of travel by means of Asia for 3 months pregnant. I felt extremely good and was spoiled all over the place with recent fruit cocktails.
As well as, I can advocate everyone to escape the chilly here through the winter months, even when it is just for 2 weeks. This winter it was too early to go away with Sofie, but the plans have already been made for the approaching winter.
To be continued …