After over 8 months of preparation I have finally arrived in Bali to start my travels.
I always knew that Bali was going to be the first step in my journey, whether my boyfriend decided to join me here or not (he isn’t).
I needed to spend time in the peace and tranquility of Bali and do some relaxed soul searching before moving on and embarking on our world travel adventure.
Being a vegetarian who also loves yoga, I am here looking for the Eat Pray Love type of experience which hopefully I will find in the lush Ubud area.
Without much of a plan I have booked my first two weeks at an Air Bnb in the south of Ubud, surrounded by vibrant green rice paddies. I have now been staying here for a week and I love the calm that this environment brings to me.
Ubud is filled with beautiful cafes and restaurants, perfect for the nomadic yogi, with so much vegan food everywhere, I am in love. My guide to Ubud including the divine restaurants is another story.
Ubud is filled with great markets and many yoga studios, while everything is reasonably compact, in the heat and humidity even short distances can be a tiring walk.
Despite my hesitation in hiring a scooter (learning to ride it, insurance issues etc…) it is making life easier for getting around and I have now have many more choices of where to go to.
My first attempt to ride was not pretty, I literally had the man that was renting me the scooter standing next to me while I had to firstly work out where to put the key and then couldn’t figure out where the brake was – I hurtled straight into a rice paddy! My clothes were a mess, my skin scraped, it’s not a great way to start a day.
All it takes is a little practice though and then I am off.
After being alone for about a week I am starting to form routines and to be happy with my own company.
I have come from a busy life in New Zealand, hectic work schedule with gym time to fit in as well, there wasn’t a whole lot of downtime so it is certainly a big change to have so many hours in the day to do whatever I feel like doing.
Travelling solo is definitely something a little different and it’s not for everyone.
I’m not even sure it’s even right for me but I want to give it a go anyway.
1 week down, 7 to go, before I meet up with Sam in Kuala Lumpar.
Anyway, this is my first update from Bali and I will write as my travels continue.
I found it super helpful when I was planning my travels to read over other blogs and get real recommendations from people similar to me, so I will make sure to write out all my tips and tricks for life in Bali.
Oh and do feel free to comment, ask questions etc…