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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bali Travel Tips

Bali Travel Tips 

My last morning in Bali was spent on a very relaxing time by the pool. I had a delicious breakfast of Balinese fried rice with banana pancakes, and my all time favorite watermelon shake. I had to do a high jump in the pool to celebrate my first ever solo trip. The feeling was overwhelmingly sweet and satisfying. The happiness I acquired made me formulate a few travel tips for solo backpackers out there. 

1. Research ahead of time. Read blogs and forums with like-minded people. Consider your budget, the currency versus your money, the weather and what activities you're planning to do. I already know what I wanted to see the mountains of the Gods and swim with the marine animals of Bali. 

2. Watch out for promo fares. These are usually available during holidays or on weekdays. They said its better to watch out for low fares around tuesday and thursday. Be flexible with your travel date. Check out tigerairways, airasia and jetstar for low fares. 

3. Make a travel Itinerary. A well planned out travel is better than a wasted day of getting lost in a foreign land. I do still believe that getting lost is an adventure as long you know where you're going to. It's important to know your night bus schedules, ferry rides and alternative routes for your travel. 

4.Book your accommodation. Backpackers usually say they will just find the nearest available place in the area, "come what may huh?", i don't think so you want sleep in an alley. This is a wrong mentality, it's careless and irresponsible, especially if you're a female backpacker. I always make sure I'm staying in a clean and safe place. Have some time to check tripadvisor comments on your accommodation. Consider how far it is from the airport and how near it is to your designated activities. I personally email my desired guesthouse and even try to ask for a discount. Everyday should be a lucky day and surprisingly if you believe it that way it does happen. When I booked my sunrise trek the owner of the organizing committee offered his guesthouse to me for free. It never hurts to ask. 

5. If you're planning for a hike or trek book your activity ahead of time. You will need a local guide for this kind of trails, and even permits that allows you to climb. When it comes to Diving it should be book ahead of time. If you're just looking at fun diving then a 2 days early booking should be fine. I was a bit careless with my trip good thing there was an available slot the next day for a dive. However, there was no chance of haggling to get a good price. If you're planning to take a dive course at least inform the dive center with your plans. While for day to day activities like kayaking, water rafting and snorkeling should be book one day before, you can find it everywhere there and even can bargain with the prices. 

6. The most important thing jot down your Vacation Checklist. You don't want leave anything important behind. I travel a lot but I always make sure that I have a list to double check all that i needed for my travel, especially when you're going on a solo trip. You have to watch out for yourself and try to save some money too.  The penny you spent on a toothbrush left in the sink is equivalent to a tasty street food in the corner. For instance, things travellers always leave behind: medicine, tissue, slippers, a spare memory card, one more battery for your camera and the list goes on. Make that list! 

7. Learn to be flexible. Sometimes you have to take some detours with your travels . Allot some extensions with your travel time and make room for adventure mixed with a tinge of patience. They are instances that thing don't go accordingly to plan, don't let this ruin your travel instead find ways to enjoy each moment.  During my trip I wasn't able to fulfill one activity so instead I had a massage, it was all worth it. 

8. Keep in mind to take care of yourself, the things you've read in the forums, all those do's and don't were written down not to spoil your travel but to serve as your guidelines. I still believe in safety first, I don't want to leave a country with a traumatic experience. Avoid dark alleys, be home before midnight unless you're in a resort and always keep your head above waters for scams out there. 

9. Be open-minded. Embrace the wonders that you see and respect the locals around you. If you show kindness they will be your friend. Trust me, I'm a skeptical kind of person but sometimes you just have to let go of your boundaries and learn to connect with people. They will take care of you as if you were part of their family, Balinese people were born to be hospitable people. We are all indeed intertwined with something that makes us care for each other. Love. Spread the love and be loved. 

10. Lastly, feed your soul and share your travelsTravel is not just about escaping work and the daily responsibilities of life. It's learning that they are more people out there whose different from you, with distinct cuisine, culture and tradition. Let your wandering feet see the explicit beauty of other countries. Be enlightened how we are all living in this so-called life, full of mystery and love.

I've got really attached with the people who took care of me during my first solo trip. They've even personally handed me down their calling cards and I'm more than happy to share their wonderful services.

Shopping for Cheap Souvenirs in Bali

It's a tourist infested island so expect the goodies there to be expensive. Good thing the locals told me where to shop.

Nusa Indah Jl. Nusa Indah No. 77 Denpasar Bali, Indonesia

Oleh-Oleh Khas Bali 
Jalan Gunung Salak Denpasar, Bali 80119, Indonesia

A few things I've bought in my trip from Bali. The flower painting was given to me by my hired driver who send me off to the airport. He was so kind to drop by a souvenir shop so I can have a quick buy before we head straight to the airport. I'm such a fortunate person to meet such kind people in Bali.  

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