Manifestation Series: My First Trip to Bali

Ohhh, Bali. It’s so good to see you! Your beautiful island takes my breath away and makes my heart skip a beat. Being here makes me feel like I’m floating on air. It’s like a small piece of heaven on earth. Soooo magical! 

From the majestic mountains to the rugged coastlines to the volcanic hillsides to the black sandy beaches and lush rice fields, it’s no wonder that Bali is known as the Island of the Gods. It’s paradise my friend and an absolute MUST visit!

There is so much history here. Something I have always been intrigued by. I love learning where something came from or how it was developed. The locals here are your teachers and amazing guides – You’ll learn so much from them. Although, very few speak English but I already knew that so I made sure to install the iTranslate app before leaving. I also already have google translate on my phone so I was good to go. 

There’s no doubt that Bali is one of Indonesia’s most visited islands whether you’re a travel blogger, entrepreneur, digital nomad or maybe just someone looking to escape to paradise for a little while. It’s definitely the place to be and I am so excited to be here!!

Today, I’m taking you on a tour of what my time is looking like here in Bali and OMG, it has been like living in paradise!!😍🌴

Planning my trip 

I did my research before my trip – Something I HIGHLY recommend doing thoroughly before traveling anywhere. I haven’t traveled overseas in years so I had to make sure I was well prepared because once you take off, that’s it, you are gone and no way to turn back. 

I already knew that an overseas trip would require more than just a weekend or week so I planned for a month to really enjoy, explore and do everything I want to do. It’s the first of many trips to Bali so I don’t expect to do everything in just a month. I intend on savoring each moment of every day. 

Length of stay recommendations were 1-2 weeks but for me, that’s just not enough. This trip has been a long time coming so I want to make sure I make the most of it!

And since I’ll be here for a while, I wanted to make sure I had all my bases covered. Including travel insurance which isn’t something most normally think of but is quickly becoming the norm as most countries have made it a requirement due to Covid. 

Another thing you’ll want to make sure of is that you have a currency converter on hand and ready to go. You’ll need it.

Booking my flight

I booked my flight to Denpasar International Airport which is the airport you would fly into when booking your flight to Bali. I ended up using Skyscanner but not before comparing deals through the following apps:

Kayak 
Momondo
Skiplagged
Hopper
Kiwi

It’s all about price comparison and finding the best deal. The years of experience I spent sourcing and negotiating pricing for a living paid off!

Booking my stay

For this trip, I booked my stay at the Resort Bambu Indah through Booking.com and I’m staying in the Moon House. Bambu Indah is an amazing vegan and eco-friendly paradise nestled in a tranquil jungle setting just outside of Ubud. I wake up each morning to the sound of nature, crisp clean breathing air, and peace and serenity like no other. There are just no words to describe this serene and tranquil slice of heaven. I’m in awe at the beautiful, natural landscaping and setting. I’m in complete paradise my friend – It’s a dream come true!

I have everything I need at my fingertips – From a 5-star culinary experience serving delicious raw vegan food to exemplary service and earth friendly luxury. Life truly does not get better than this. 

Other sources for exploring and booking your Bali stay for price comparisons are:

Hotels.com 
Travelocity 
CheapHotels.com 

Getting around 

One of the most important things I looked into before coming to Bali is transportation and how I would get around. In exploring my options, I learned that GoJek is Uber on scooters! It’s like when you’re visiting the Florida Keys, getting around on scooters is the fastest, cheapest and most flexible way to get where you want to go without a doubt. 

The other apps for transportation are Grab and BlueBird but GoJek is the most popular one. You’ll also want to install Waze on your phone if you don’t already have it. Trust me, it will become your best friend. Be sure to also have WhatsApp installed to stay in contact with family and friends as needed. 

Places to eat

It didn’t take long to figure out that Bali is one of the most magical places on earth. There is so much to see, so much to do and so much to EAT. Lol… There are a ton of vegan and plant-based food options to choose from. It’s a vegan haven! 

Here are 5 of the most popular hot spots –

The Seeds of Life Cafe
Sayuri Healing Food
Kynd Community 
Peloton Supershop
Alchemy Bali

I am so amazed at the lusciousness and deliciousness of the food. It’s exactly how I imagined it – Clean, local, natural and straight from the earth from Bali’s backyard. 

I love how there are so many vegan options to choose from. You would think the island was vegan in itself. Just about anyone can come here and find a healthy, plant-based meal to eat without even trying and actually fall in love with the lifestyle. 

I can’t say this enough… Life is truly amazing and I feel extremely blessed to be amidst this beautiful paradise. I just may want to stay here and never go back! Lol

Places to see

The Mason Elephant Lodge Park and Monkey Forest was at the top of my list of places to visit while staying here and I have to say, it did not disappoint. Makes me so happy to be around happy and free animals. They are such a treasure and so full of kindness and love. It warms my heart to feel their warm and compassionate energy. It’s the BEST!

My trip to the Monkey Forest consisted of a bike tour. I love to bike but not something you want to do on your own in Bali so scheduling a bike tour is highly recommended. Another bike tour I have scheduled is to Mt. Batur. It’s perfect for photo ops and creating content. Although just about anywhere you go here in Bali will do the trick. 

The Mt. Batur tour is more of a coffee lovers tour because they take you to the rainforest plantation where you see how Balinese coffee is made. I’m not a coffee drinker anymore but I may just give it a try for the experience since it is all natural and made on Bali grounds.

I’m excited to see the rainforest and giant Bali swings though and cannot wait to get some snapshots… Gotta love a good photo op! 😬

Photo’s are from Bambu Indah and Google Images | Photo #4 is from The Nomadic People and Between Beds

Retreats and spas

There are so many retreats and spas here in Bali. It’s a mecca for wellness and a self-care dream! The Yoga Barn is amazing and a hub for all things yoga, meditation, and holistic living. With so many offerings, I want to do it all!

This morning, I started out with some yoga at Bambu Indah, here where I’m staying. It was one of the best yoga and meditation experiences I’ve ever had and has become my daily routine since being here along with the morning nature hikes which are breathtaking and meditation in itself. I’m loving every minute of it! 

Next, I treated myself to a traditional Balinese massage in one of their bamboo massage pods. AMAZING doesn’t even begin to describe this priceless experience. This is the most pleasurable, rejuvenating self-care escape I have ever experienced. Love, love, LOVE!

Bambu Indah is so magical and a perfect place to connect. They have a Balinese blessings ceremony that is part of their traditional daily, spiritual practice that’s held on their Sunset Deck overlooking the beautiful rice fields. Totally up my ally. 

There is so much to do here. I’m so glad I booked my stay for a month but I’m quickly learning that even a month may not be long enough! 

Next, I’ll be exploring the Bali Green School which I have been wanting to do since they opened and taking a Green Village TourI am so excited!

I’ll be back for the Bali Vegan Festival. Another trip to look forward to so stay tuned for more!

Xo,
Sandra

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