Former President Barack Obama appears to be on a quest to add as many stamps to his passport as he can in 2017.
Obama, along with former First Lady Michelle Obama, have been jet-setting ever since leaving office in January. The pair have been spotted on yachts in French Polynesia, dining with Bono in New York City, on Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean, lounging at a private Italian estate, and more.
And while Michelle and Barack have most certainly been making the most of their post-presidential lifestyle, they usually leave their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, behind. Thankfully for the two teenagers, their parents decided to bring them along for the ride on their travels to Indonesia.
One of the world’s most powerful families was spotted over the weekend white water rafting together down the Ayung River in Bali.
While the former first family appeared to be enjoying their daredevil travels down the river, we are sure they also enjoyed their stay at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, where villas cost upwards of $2,500 a night, according to the Daily Mail. However, the villas may be well worth the price tag, as they each come with a private pool and sun porch overlooking the Ayung River.
Prior to their river adventures, the family was also spotted touring the Jatiluwih rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The trip is especially significant for the former president, who lived in Indonesia as a child in the 1960s with his mother, Ann Dunham, and her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. Obama is expected to travel to the island of Java to speak at the 4th Indonesian Diaspora Congress in Jakarta on July 1.
“We don’t know what the theme will be of Obama’s keynote speech, but we have proposed two main themes to him: globalization and pluralism,” Chairman Dino Patti Djalal told reporters.
Regardless of the contents of his speech, the people of Indonesia already appear happy that the entire Obama family was able to make the trip.
“One of the best endorsements you can get in marketing is from celebrities,” Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Arief Yahya told the Jakarta Post. “They could be an artist or a political figure, and Obama is an international figure. It will have a positive impact.”