12 Dec Bali Blog with a Shanghai Cameo
Hey Guys! I hope my video inspired you all to book the next affordable flight you find! Check out some of my travel tips along with my detailed program for Bali:
Best Time to Visit Bali — Bali is hot and humid all year round, but if you want to avoid rain visit during dry season October through April
How to fly-– Check out Secret Flying. They have daily deals on flights from well know, well reviewed airlines. I like to book my flights far in advance so airfare is out of the way so I can finance and budget the rest of my trip later. Try to book on a major credit card instead of a debit card. Your credit card company will serve as a source of insurance for canceled flights and lost luggage. Review the airlines on your own and see what the reviews say so you can properly prep. When I flew to Bali, I flew with China Eastern for $450 USD round trip. It was far from a luxury experience, but it got me there safely and comfortably!! I read many reviews so I came prepared with all the essentials for my 13 hour flight, with a connecting 6 hour flight. These essentials included books, a neck pillow, an eye mask, ear plugs, snacks, my own heavy blanket, compression socks and sleep aides. If you get the opportunity, try to get a layover for over 24 hours so you can explore a new city!
How to pack– Bali is super laid back with bohemian vibes, so “No, girl! You don’t need the 6 inch heels!” It’s also HOT AF so try to skip the full face of make up. Bali also has amazing textiles for CHEAP, so come with an empty suitcase and fill up. Modesty also goes a long way when traveling solo.
COINS– The total cost of my 2 country trip was around $1,600 USD. I suggest bringing your countries currency in cash because there’s no need to exchange before you go. There are currency exchange places literally on every corner, but I suggest exchanging at the airport . Balinese Currency: Rupee. Rupee is $13.50 for every $1.00 USD. My American dollars went a long way! In 7 days in Bali, living my best life, I spent $500 USD on everything except for lodging.
DO IT FOR THE GRAM– Want an awesome photo while traveling solo? ASK!! I am quite selective about who I ask to capture my perfect shot… Normally, I look for someone with the same phone as me who is taking another person’s photo and getting the ANGLES. To make you feel better I’ve never been told, “no, I can’t take your picture.” so just ASK !
Hotel Hopping— My bestie Ami traveled solo prior to my trip and she inspired me to hotel hop! I definitely suggest mixing up your vacation by changing lodgings. PS *Book refundable hotels in advance.*
As said in my video, I like to make mini vacays out of my layovers. On this journey, I stayed in four different hotels and they all gave me totally different experiences. I found, researched and booked all my hotels on booking.com, tripadvisor.com, expedia.com and Airbnb.com.
I chose Sofitel Shanghai Hyland because it was in the center of downtown and I could explore the most territory before my connecting flight. This hotel was super luxurious and the perfect balance of rest and exploration between long flights. Cost: $175 USD for one night.
A Room fit for a Queen
FIRST STOP IN BALI made me feel like royalty. I chose the Golden Tulip Semiyak Bali private pool suite. 900 sq ft of total luxury! Why not live like a queen? Cost: $300 USD for two nights.
I took a boat to the beautiful Gili Trawangan Island where life is simple and there are no cars, taxis, or motorbikes. They did have lots of PARTIES though. I was dropped off on the beach and had to drag my luggage about a half mile on foot. Not so glam and an extreme culture shock coming from my room with a private freakin’ pool. I stayed at a small hotel, Gili Trawangan Dive Resort which was a cozy room only 500 ft away from the beach. Cost: $80 USD for two nights.
Private Villa Ubud is oh so magical! Ubud is filled with rich culture and fresh energy. It was well worth the boat ride and 2 taxi rides I had to take to get there from Gili. In Ubud, I stayed in a private villa with a gorgeous outdoor bathroom oasis. The outdoor private patio overlooking the pool and rice fields was the best way to wake up and indulge in the complimentary breakfast that was served daily. There was an on site temple for prayer, they offered amazing spa services, and a FREE shuttle to the Ubud Center. Cost: $180.00 USD for 3 nights.
On some of the days, I made a list of things I wanted to see and used taxis, but for 2 days of my trip I had a private tour service through Nicki Bali Tour Services . It was around $40 USD per day. I had a private driver and tour guide for the entire day.
Check out some of the AMAZING photos I captured during my trip: