WELCOME. I'm Annika and the Midnight Blue Elephant is my blog. I travel between adventure and luxury and some of my favorite things are finding Nemo, noodles & champagne! Keen to come looking with me?

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A Foodie's Guide to Ubud Restaurants for the best Balinese and international eateries, from casual to fancy, for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

I did not stay in Ubud for very long and only realized that it definitely hadn’t been long enough when it was too late. Ubud is quite wonderful and despite being very touristy I immediately liked its vibe and its restaurant scene.
Honestly, I was not a big fan of Indonesian food in general, but Ubud may as well have been on a different planet – the food options were amazing and I was sad not to get to eat everywhere I wanted. Or to eat certain dishes again and again. Yes, I’m looking at you, Gado Gado!

Keen to go on a solo trip but something is holding you back? Good news, I wrote a book about solo travel to inspire you & answer all your questions.

I am sitting in the same spot I sat almost a year ago. It is one of my happy places, my cousin’s house in Hout Bay. I spent a few weeks here last year in this house that is always full and usually loud – I love it. I would curl up in the corner of her couch and write. I didn’t mind the background noises of 5+ kids, countless cats, and dogs including Lizzie, the bullterrier. In fact, the lack of solitude always seems to inspire rather than annoy me.
On January 26th, 2016 I received an email titled “Die Kunst des Alleinreisens” – The Art of Traveling Solo. An editor of the prestigious Rowohlt Verlag in Germany asked me if I might be interested in writing a book about solo travel for them. My immediate reaction was to send an email back titled “are you fucking kidding me?!”.

Looking for a little Cape Town weekend getaway? Drive up the West Coast and find sleepy Britannia Bay, perfect for doing nothing!

I think we can all agree that the world has gone a bit mad right now, regardless of which side of the political rainbow you stand. And with this mad world, the question comes up again and again if travel blogger should talk about politics or if it is none of our effing business. There seems to be no right or wrong… damn it if you do, damn it if you don’t.

I won’t talk about politics right now, though.

Want to know why the Amankila in Bali is such an amazing resort? The view, the beach, the infinity pool - as easy as ABC to fall in love with it!

Today I want to show you more of my recent favorite hotels: the Amankila in Bali. Here I got to spend a couple of nights and attend their on-site wellness retreat which was pure heaven. But honestly, even without the retreat a stay at this hotel would have been pure joy.

If you find yourself in Bali and want to splurge for a night or two, this is the place for you. Why? Glad you ask! Read on…the why the Amankila is so amazing ABC here.

Looking for the last secret Thail island? Look no further because today I am letting you in on a secret - now all you have to do is go there

Looking for a secret Thai island? Yes, indeed, one still exists and no, it ain’t Koh Phi Phi. And today I will let you in on its secret location. You are getting a real hidden gem here.

The reality is that we travel bloggers always talk about hidden gems, getting off the beaten path and like to pretend that THE beach is still new and exciting. Alas, in most of the cases whatever we write about is none of these.

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