So rather than taking a week off, I’ve some how managed to not write a blog post for three weeks! How did that happen? To be honest, I think I probably needed a break from it. If you have read my last post then you will be aware that I was struggling with, what I’m actually planning to do with my life and the whole blogging world in general. But I’m lucky enough to have some super supportive friends that I had the best time with on holiday, so let’s get into that shall we!
I’d actually never really thought about going to Bali, until my friend Mel went travelling at the start of the year. Me and the girls decided to go out and visit her, and since she is now based in Australia, we figured Bali would be the perfect place. I’ve been to Europe and North America before, however Asia is somewhere I had never ventured to, so I was really looking forward to going. The only thing that really bothered me was the length of the flight and how far away it is from home, but once I was on the plane I was perfectly fine.
In total, the trip was ten days and we managed to get to experience two sides of the island, something I would definitely recommend if you plan on going. Buleleng in the north and Seminyak in the south. These two places were complete polar opposites to each other but both beautiful none the less. I loved the diversity and how we got to see both the rural local side of the island and the most touristy lively part.
For the first four days we stayed in a private villa resort. There were six buildings onsite but lucky for us, we were the only ones checked in that week! This was fab as we had all the facilities to ourselves including a gorgeous pool. There’s something about just chillin at the pool that makes a holiday for me. In the build up, I’m always thinking about lying next to the pool with a cocktail in hand and it’s just the ultimate relaxation for me. In the four days we were staying at the villa, as well as some well earned resting time, we managed to see a lot of the sights that the north of the island had to offer. The area we stayed in was so calm and peaceful, we were surrounded by farm lands, local residents and shops and it wasn’t too far from the beach either.
The beach was where we took a boat trip out into the ocean to see dolphins in their natural habitat. Something which I was looking forward to and it does sounds like a lovely plan right? That was until I saw the boat. Maybe I’m naive in thinking that I would be a big passenger cruiser with sides and a roof, maybe a few deck chairs I don’t know! Instead it was a little canoe boat with a hand powered engine. I know this sounds very cute and to be fair it actually was. It’s just the fact I have never been able to swim, so for me it was terrifying. I just kept over thinking that something bad was going to happen and got quite upset for a good half hour of the trip. All I wanted to do was get off and stay on dry land. Panic attacks are something that I’ve experienced in recent years, and while I don’t have them regularly, I like to think that, eventually, I can manage to control them. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve got some really supportive friends so luckily Alice managed to talk me round and I ended up having the best time ever! I’m so happy that I did it and proper felt like I had achieved something.
Dolphins weren’t the only thing on the agenda. Whilst staying in Buleleng, we went on trips round the jungle and explored a few waterfalls, some amazing temples and got to see some incredible views. I didn’t know too much about Bali before getting there so I didn’t realise how much jungle and greenery that there is over there, it really is breath taking! We travelled through the winding roads in the mountains, stopping every now and again to take in the view. All of the locals that we spoke to were so lovely and welcoming and I really appreciated their kind nature. Not once did I see anyone arguing or shouting or being rude to one another. The atmosphere was very relaxing and everyone seemed happy and content. I’m really glad that we got to see that side of the island as it’s something I’ve never experienced before and I really enjoyed it.
The second half of the holiday was spent in the south where we stayed in Seminyak. Like I mentioned before, this area was completely different to our earlier stay. Seminyak is a lot more touristy with plenty of bars and restaurants and huge beaches. Our room was a little more basic and not as fancy as the villa but it did the job for what we needed it for. We had been trying a lot of traditional food at the start of the week, so it was a nice change to have something a bit more familiar. One of our favourite places to go was Strawberry Fields, which was a short walk from where we were staying. They had amazing burgers and a cool indie atmosphere. One thing that stayed the same was the attitude of the locals, and even though we were in a busy area, I felt safe walking around, even late at night.
We spent a lot more time at the beach for this part of the trip. From watching the sunset with a few beers, to a day dodging the huge waves on the shore. We also had a lovely candlelit dinner on one of the beaches and even got serenaded by a group of lovely guys with a backdrop of fireworks. One of the main highlights for me was when we took a trip down to Kuta Beach and got the chance to release some baby turtles into the wild. Something I would never have thought I would get the opportunity to do. It was so rewarding and was amazing seeing the little guys make their journey into their natural environment.
Bali is a lovely little part of the world, it really is paradise. The weather, the nature, the people, just everything about it I fell in love with. I’ve definitely seen things and done things that I never have before which is definitely a bonus from this type of holiday. Overall I had an amazing time in Bali and it is definitely somewhere that I would consider exploring in the future. It’s definitely ignited my interest in that part of the world as it’s never really been an area I’ve thought about visiting before! I did come back with quite a few bites and bruises but that is a small price to pay for the amazing time that I had.
Thanks for reading!