Ultimate Travel Guide: Be One with Bali

Bali, found at the heart of Indonesia, is a great place to relax your body, mind, and spirit. Though this might be a small island, it has a lot of oceans, volcanic mountains, and rich rain forests. You could learn a lot of Balinese culture through your stay here.

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Here, we will be listing down some activities for you to enjoy your stay at Bali, Indonesia.

Relax at Jimbaran

La Joya, found in Jimbaran, offers the best spa experience throughout Indonesia. You can have the best sea experience while you are relaxing. You can rest on the open air villa that will release your stress and finally free your body and mind through looking at the grandest scenery.

Sleep at a theme hotel

Sleeping at a hotel is customary if you are visiting a foreign nation. But, Indonesia offers quite a unique experience for their guests. You can book budget hotels, majestic villas, to crazy themed hotels! You can sleep with the animals in the Mara Safari Lodge if you like to.

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You could also stay at water villas such as the Bambu Indah, Villa Seminyak, and Villa Laksamana if you would want to see fishes every day, all day long.

If you are an environmentalist, you can stay at the Sharma Springs Bamboo house is known for their environmentally friendly hotel.

Drink while having a haircut

If you missed out on your monthly haircut, why not try one in The Sintesa Jimbaran Hotel? This offers quite a unique experience. From exquisite tunes from their local artists, up to the Happy Hour everyday!  You can even get a free gin tonic if you have your hair shaved during the Boys Night Out. You can meet new people, chill, drink, and have an amazing haircut for a cheap price.

Dine with whoever you want

Known for their imaginative culture, Bali offers unique and unimaginable dining experiences! You can dine at amazingly interesting themed restaurants. You can eat with Frankenstein, lions, pirates – name it, they have it!

Futher, they also have restaurants atop a live volcano! The Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant is found on the edge of crater on Mount Batur – it is an active volcano! Imagine the thrill of having an exquisite dining experience alone or with your loved ones.

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Other than that, you can also dine in solidarity. Some restaurants, such as the Pomegranate, offers a ‘me-time’ experience for their guests. You can dine in their man-made paddy fields to have that nature experience we are craving for.

What a theatrical performance

Indonesia is known for their great theatrical performance, what better way to know the country than to watch at the Devdan Show.

The show offers a traditional yet unique theatrical tribute to Indonesia, you just sit back and relax – and they will take you to an amazing Indonesian culture tour!

These are just some of the ways to enjoy your visit in Indonesia. There are still tons of things that we miss out, but we prefer you to do these things first.

What to Pack: Your Travel Check List

You might be on your fifth trip this year or your very first for a long time, it is always best to have a checklist on the items that you might want to pack.

Here, we will rundown the essentials and it will help you make sure you have everything ready before the big day.

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Luggage

You need to choose that is lightweight but still ca manage to hold all your essentials. Further, you might want look for a luggage that offer excellent warranty for repairs and replacements. You should find a luggage that is versatile, enough to carry all your stuff but still easy to carry.

There are different luggage to choose from:

  • Rolling Luggage – this might be the most convenient luggage that you would own. You don’t need to carry it on your back or shoulders when travelling.
  • Duffel Bag – this luggage is best when you are just travelling overnight or for a few days. Carrying it is easy, slight it over your shoulders and you are good to go.
  • Wheeled Backpack – if you are travelling on different pavements, from airports to rocky terrains, it is best to have this one ready. Although this might weigh more, you will have the convenience to carry it easily.

Organize your things

If you have a lot of activities planned for your trip, you need to have a lot of things ready before the big day. If you need a lot of stuff, you might need to use organizers to pack your things conveniently.

Using organizers will not just organize your things, your clothes and things will be arranged and compressed and you can fit a lot more in your bag.

Further, your outfits can be planned using packing cubes. These organizers will keep your luggage neat and you will have easy access to your things.

Essentials:
  • lightweight clothing
  • long-sleeved shirts
  • sweaters
  • T-shirt
  • Pants/shorts
  • Belt
  • Socks
  • Walking shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Swimsuit
  • Cellphone and chargers
  • Travel pillow
  • Adapters
  • Travel Apps
  • Travel speakers
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Toiletries

You might be staying at a fancy hotel in your journey, but it is still best to pack your own toiletries for the trip. Remember to keep your toiletries bag compliant. Put it on a clear, plastic, zip-top bag.

Basics:
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditoner
  • Sunscreen with SPC
  • Face wash
  • Hair brush
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Extra contacts, solutions, and contact case
  • Glasses
  • Medication
Not really essentials but you might want to bring:
  • Cologne
  • Mini-mirror
  • Hair products
  • Shaving Kit
  • Sewing Kit
  • Travel Towel
  • Facial Tissues
  • Nail clippers
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First Aid Kit

Always remember that you need to take care of yourself during your trip, if you get sick and you are travelling internationally – the hospital bills will bombard you and you might not even understand what the local doctors are telling you.

You could have a check up with your doctor and have yourself vaccinated before your travel. Further, it is best to bring your first aid kid wherever you go.

 

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Tips to Travel at Ease with Your Kids

Travelling with kids can be difficult. It can be compared to bringing your hyperactive pets to a soiree.  If they are your own or you are just babysitting, it is best to be ready for the worst case scenario, we would not want people to be angry at us due to our kid’s behavior.

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TIPS AND TRICKS TO CONTAIN YOUR KIDS

Let them explore

Kids love to look around and explore new scenery. Let them have time to look around and see new wonders for their eyes.

Plan everything ahead

You might get used being spontaneous and taking risks – this must change if you are travelling with your kids. Travelling without a secure hotel room is a sure recipe for disaster, you would travel over and over again with your kids constantly crying and having a meltdown.

Have fun activities

This might be your child’s first out of town trip, so you must prepare a lot of activities to entertain your child for the whole trip. If you have a long trip towards your destination, it is best to have puzzles, coloring books, stickers, portable games ready for your kids to enjoy.

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Prepare a variety of snacks

It might be easier to pack chocolate and sweets for a long journey, it is best to avoid these to your kids – you might arrive to your destination during their sugar rush and you might not be able to control them. Plan their snacks beforehand and pack them in Ziplock. It might include bread sticks, fresh fruit, bagels, and etc.

Keep your First Aid Kit near you

Travelling with kids means carrying a fragile being with you. You must carry a first aid kit that includes plasters, painkilling syrups, antihistamines, their vitamins, and etc. Although it might be bulky for your luggage, it is best to be prepared than be sorry later.

Write simple notes for your fellow passengers

This is best applicable if your travelling in an airplane or any public transportation. But remember, writing a note for your fellow passenger will not give you a free pass to let your child be rowdy. You will just be given more time to control and calm down your child.

Wet wipes and tissue papers are your best friend

Even if your child is potty trained, it is best to pack wet wipes and tissue papers for unforeseen events. You can never tell how long the line is to the rest room.

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Pack extra clothes

This is a no-brainer tip, but we will repeat this one. If you are planning to stay for five days, pack at least eight to 10 days worth of clothes. The extra clothes are meant for unforeseen accidents due to food, poop, and other stains during the trip. You would not want your kids to have a big stain over their shirt/dress during your journey.

Let them be creative

Let your kids have fun and let their imaginations explore. You can bring notebooks, pens, pencils, Kindle, iPad, headphones, and other leisure devices suited for them.

 

These are just some tips and tricks to have a fun-filled travel with your kids.

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