Like an angel from heaven my friend Antonio came to me with an amazing opportunity to become an independent travel agent. I’ll be up front, because of my love for vacations and blogging he had my ear as soon as he said travel. After hearing him out and going over the process I signed up and launched my own travel portal where you, your friends, and family can now book flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. That’s right! You can now book travel on caseynolan.com & booking is simple. Click on the Book Travel button on the menu bar above or click here to start planning your next trip. Also, please leverage the information and blog posts on my site to get ideas, and you’re always welcome to reach out to me by email to ask any questions. Happy travels!
Arriving at the Densapar airport in Bali, Indonesia gives you quite the feeling of tranquility as the facility is rather large, modern, and not as busy as many others throughout S.E. Asia. One thing I did love about this airport is that I was fortunate to meet a new friend, our driver Oka. Not only did Oka drop us off at our hotel in Seminyak, he was our guide during our entire trip. He drove us to the site where you can purchase the world’s most expensive Luwak coffee. Oka also took us on an ATV adventure ride, to the monkey sanctuary in Ubud, to the beach, golfing, and he even hung out with us at the clubs. I cannot tell you how grateful I was to meet him. My friend Hector and I stayed at The Haven Bali hotel in the Seminyak region of the island which included a daily breakfast buffet, wonderful all you can eat dinner options, an awesome pool, and a free shuttle to the Double Six beach located on the southwest side of the island. One of the most memorable moments was getting to the ocean and having a light rain cool us off, followed by a dinner and hookah at the La Plancha Beach bar and restaurant. We also went to the clubs in Seminyak including the famous and funky La Favela which is surrounded by other night venues like the Red Carpet Champagne Bar. I will not however, I feel the better night life options can be found in Kuta Beach. Finally, if you are a golfer like me I highly recommend playing the Bali National Golf Club near Nusa Dua Beach. Bali National is one of the best courses I have played on the planet and I’ve played some great ones. Whatever you decide to do in Bali let, please let me know if you need a driver as I am sure Oka would love to take you on a tour of this beautiful island in Indonesia.
The hidden jewel of Asia, Taiwan! I had the pleasure to spend 5 days and 6 nights in Taipei. Taipei is for the most part a bustling Asian city full of lights, exotic foods, and plenty of nightlife. I found myself in the Xinyi district home of the iconic Taipei 101 building that features many restaurants and high end retail stores. My first night however I stayed at the San Want Residences Taipei right across the street from Linsen Park and near the green line for easy subway access. The San Want is in an awesome neighborhood that features many Japanese restaurants, and karaoke bars that you can drink the night away at. I would recommend staying in this area for a few nights and then moving onto to Xinyi if you are pressed for time. I also had the unique pleasure of going outside the city for the festival of lanterns which was quite amazing and spent some time with new friends I met from across the world. My tour guide Jill who is native Taiwanese took me to all parts of the city and we had authentic Chinese dumplings, shaved ice, and went to an aboriginal Taiwanese restaurant for a massive seafood platter, singing and dancing. We also went to several markets, cultural buildings and the famous Mengjia Longshan Temple. Some other recommendations I would like to share are climbing to the top of Elephant mountain for a challenging nature hike and climatic view of the city. In addition, I highly suggest checking out Yamachan Izakaya near the Taipei city hall station for their fabulous chicken wings. Our group ate 135 of them. SOOOOOO GOOD! Enjoy my pictures below.
Watching this video brings back so many great memories. I am so honored to have spent a year in Seoul and to see life though a different lens. Taking a break from my career and spending a year teaching English as second a language to Korean students was simply amazing. I’ll write more about my experience later, but I just had to share this video. Click here to see Seoul