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Hello! Tell us a little bit about you and where you traveled to?
Hey! My names Alisha and I’m 25 years old and from The United Kingdom.
In 2022 I spent 10 months travelling South East Asia. I went to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Lombok and Malaysian Borneo. I traveled with my boyfriend, my best friend and her boyfriend and we all had such an amazing time and shared many exciting experiences together.
Out of everywhere we visited, Bali holds such a special for us and it’s always the place I recommend to fellow travellers, family and friends.
How great was the trip?
Bali was the trip of a lifetime. We spent 2 months travelling this amazing island and seeing everything it has to offer plus being immersed in the culture.
We done so much in Bali, we watched the sunrise from Mount Batur, took and extreme ATV course, visited many temples, relaxed on the beaches, snorkelled with the turtles on Gili T, took a traditional cooking class, took a silver making class, went strawberry picking and took in the beautiful landscapes all over the island.
We spent 2 months in Bali, this included visiting Gili T, Gili Meno and Gili Air as well as the Nusa Islands. Out of all the countries I’ve visited, Bali was one of the easiest to navigate. There is something so special about this place, you feel it as soon as you leave the airport.
Everyone is so kind, helpful and wants to talk to you.
What did you do while you were there?
We done so much in Bali, we watched the sunrise from Mount Batur, took an extreme ATV course, visited many temples, relaxed on the beaches, snorkeled with the turtles on Gili T, took a traditional cooking class, took a silver making class, went strawberry picking and took in the beautiful landscapes all over the island. A lot of the tours can be found on Airbnb, this is where we booked our cooking class, silver making class, Mount Batur Climb and ATV. Everything is super family friendly, except the ATV’s as we found this to be a high adrenaline activity.
Our budget was £1500/monthly for a couple (two people) and we managed just fine in Bali and we got to see and do absolutely everything we wanted.
How did you learn and prepare for this trip?
I watched countless Vlogs on YouTube, do’s and don’ts of each country and what to expect when I arrive. These vlogs were so helpful in preparing me for each country I visited. I also read lots of articles and had a strong idea of what activities I wanted to do while I was in Bali.
You will learn that not everything you read or watch online so exactly true so I would say go to Bali with an open mind, travel ethically and give back to the locals where you can.
How did you get there?
I flew to Bali from Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Airlines.
I wouldn’t recommend Malaysian airlines for longer flights as it’s not very spacious and the seats can be very uncomfortable. Kuala Lumpur airport was perfect. If you’re needing a taxi from Bali airport you can head straight outside to the Grab stand and they will help you if you don’t have internet or connectivity.
Immigration into Bali was straightforward as a British passport holder you purchase your 30 day visa for $35 USD and then head to the immigration desk where they may ask you a few questions about your visit and why you’re there.
Where did you stay?
We stayed in many hotels, villas, hostels and Airbnb's. The accommodation options are endless in Bali and are relatively affordable.
We never spent more that £45 per night and we stayed in some unforgettable places with the most amazing views. My advice would be to try and stick to a budget of £30 per night, you’ll be pleasantly surprised what that can get you in a special place like Bali.
Where and what did you eat?
While travelling I think it important to support the country and community you’re in.
I know what it’s like and how easy it is to just get McDonald’s but my advice to you is just don’t! (Or try not to do it often)
Supporting small local businesses benefits the community and it benefits you! You get to meet so many amazing Balinese people with fun stories and advice for you.
You get to experience their culture through their food. I have fond memories of sitting in a traditional Balinese family compound eating some of the best food I’ve ever tasted!
How much did it cost?
In Bali for 2 months we spent around £3000 for absolutely everything. Accommodation, food, transport, activities, alcohol.
This price is for a couple (two people) and I do believe it can be done for even cheaper! Bali is very easy and cheap to travel!
It is very family friendly, there is something for everyone!
Would you go back and do it again?
I would absolutely go back and do it again, I already have plans to be back In Bali. Before I left I already said I can’t wait to come back😂
What made Bali so special was the people, the culture, the life and the true nature of the place. I’ve never been the sort of person to like a place just because it’s popular. It’s important to say this and Bali is so very very popular and I never understood why… until I went and experienced it for myself.
It’s a once in a lifetime sort of place and you absolutely have to get out there and see it for yourself. 1000% worth all the time and money.
Advice for people planning to do something similar?
We moved around the island every 3-5 days, I would say find a good home base an explore the island that way.
Make sure you visit Lovina and Amed!! And get yourself over the Gili Islands and the Nusa Islands. Respect the culture and be willing to learn about it.
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