Being a student isn’t so bad, after all, I get the entire summer free. This year I decided to take total advantage of this. My first stop being; beautiful Bali aka “The Paradise Island”. I went with my best friend for two weeks. After booking our first flight and accommodation for two nights we winged the rest of the trip, booking everything last minute whilst over there. Although at times that made us feel uneasy, I think we would both agree it worked out well in the end.
Our route: Denpasar > Gili T > Ubud > Seminyak
I really recommend using Airbnb for everything! Having the ability to use instant book means no waiting time which made our lives so much easier. We stayed in some unbelievably beautiful Villas for extremely good prices and the attractions were always close by, with wonderful hosts at hand to help.
On this trip, we decided on using suitcases, despite everyone saying that backpacks are better. We watched people struggle in the heat with them whilst we strolled past with our suitcase alongside us. In addition, it was so much easier to stay neat and organised.
During the day we would live and die in our comfy playsuits, shorts and T-Shirt with our Havaianas, and in the evening we always dressed up in cute dresses. Don’t bother taking heels, as you will never wear them. I’d recommend comfy flip flops for the day and sparkly sandals in the evening.
You can literally buy everything over there, so don’t panic about what to take.
We treated ourselves to fancy restaurants the entire time and it’s very easy to haggle the locals for souvenirs. It is safe to say that Bali and Gili T are very cheap places. Bare in mind, using Indonesian Rupiah; you may think that you are spending a lot at the time as its like monopoly money e.g 50GBP is 811931.22IDR. My best tip for this, is to download a currency converter. This way you always have an idea of amounts at hand, in order to get the best deals.
Bali is perfect for relaxation and admiring the beautiful greenery, we loved trekking through the beautifully scenic Rice Paddies, and hiking up Tegenungan waterfall to swim in the natural pools. Likewise, we had so much fun splashing around at the 2nd best waterpark in the world (Waterbom Bali; it’s a must)! During the day we would ride bicycles along the beach exploring and admiring all the little trinket and souvenir shops. In the evenings, we loved to get dolled up and party at La Favela and Potato Head Beach Club. On our way home we loved the thrill of mopeds instead of taxis because their driving is crazy over there!
In addition, I highly recommend the Luwak coffee tasting tour and visiting the adorable monkey families at the Monkey Forest. Followed by waking up at 3am to hike the volcano ready for sunrise. Lastly, the massages are cheap as chips and well worth treating yourself to.
It was really easy to get the fast boat over to Gili T and it was such a good atmosphere with the music and other travellers, if you’re lucky you’ll see the dolphins too! On the way home, we got the late boat, the sunset was really phenomenal, but it can get very choppy so avoid night rides if you suffer from sea sickness. Without a doubt, Gili T was the highlight of our entire trip. Intending to stay for two nights, we ended up staying 5, and would have stayed longer if we didn’t have to catch our next flight to Singapore.
It is my idea of paradise. A small, colourful island, surrounded with crystal clear water and white sand. There are no taxis as everyones uses bicycles, walking and donkeys to get around. We completely avoided using donkeys as they were working in the boiling heat for hours on end and I can’t even imagine how much their legs and backs must ache. It is also so fun exploring the island riding bicycles for miles along the beach. The restaurants are all so beautiful and the nightlife was wild. Scallywags seafood bar and grill and Naty’s restaurant is a must! Our absolute favourite place to chill out before the nightlife begins, was XL Shisha Lounge….and ask for Teddy! We would go to lounge around on the cushions which over looked the sea. Teddy was so sweet and helpful every time we visited, making sure we felt right at home. That reminds me – prepare for the power cuts. At first this was scary, but actually it made our evening all the more cute with candles and lanterns scattered around. Last but not least, visit the famous Gili T swing, we went during the day but we wished that we went at sunset.
Take a look at some of our photos in the gallery below. Feel free to leave a comment about any questions you might have.