Planning your trip to Bali? I’m sharing my best Bali travel trips! Be warned, they are probably going to make you book your next flight a lot sooner than you planned.
✈ I bought my flights through the Jetstar free return sale so they were only $400~ return from Brisbane. Definitely a sale to look out for however, a few months out they changed my departure from 7pm to 7am that day and my direct flight home to go through Cairns – just something to consider when you are snagging those super cheap flights! I didn’t mind the extra day off work ?
? I waited in the immigration line at Bali for 1.5-2 hours. If you can get off the plane and get to that line quickly it can save you a heap of time. I made the mistake of dawdling down and joining the end of a already very long line.
? I had my suitcase wrapped in plastic both ways. It was $12 at Brisbane Airport at ~$8 in Bali heading home. It was piece of mind that no one had been in there without me knowing and also saved it from scuffing so it was a win win!
? We booked our resort stay through Luxury Escapes. It was $1000 each (two of us) for 9 nights at a 5 Star resort (The Trans Resort) with breakfast, afternoon tea and canapés/alcoholic drinks all included in the club lounge. We were super spoilt so this was definitely a luxury! I am determined to book through Luxury Escapes again as it was an incredible experience. We also spent 1 night at Natya Resort in Ubud (definitely should have made it two or three).
?♀️ We had a massage every day from Carla Spa near Seminyak Village Shopping Mall. It was ~$5 for a half hour foot/calf massage and ~$11 for an hour full body massage. We also got pedicures, blow-drys and braids there!
? Download the Go Jek app which is a like a version of Uber! You can also order food, massages and beauty treatments. I downloaded it and set it up in Aus and it worked perfectly when I was there. It’s nice to know how much a drive is going to cost before you jump in.
? We stuck to bottled water for drinking and brushing our teeth. If you’re going to eat food from street vendors don’t expect the same food preparation standards as home. The resorts provided more than enough bottled water so we didn’t purchase any while we were there.
? I organised a platter from Starlight Platters to come to the resort on our first day. We had WAY to much food but the platter was amazing (~$50) Probably more appropriate for a villa but we’d been eyeing off their platters for so long! We organised it over FB messenger, they delivered it to our resort and we paid them cash.
? We noticed that the toiletries in our room were being replaced TWICE a day. So we collected all of the hairbrushes, shaving kits, toothbrushes etc and left them with our driver to pass them on to local people in need.
? If the exchange rate is too high compared to others around then it’s probably too good to be true. Be the last person to count your money before putting it in your purse/wallet. Be vigilant if they are asking you for smaller change or to look away from the table for anything. We used BMC to exchange our money and were really happy with their service and security.
? I bought a cane bag (~$14) a straw visor ($5) and some wooden bowls and chopsticks (~$12 each) and took everything carry on in a shopping bag on the flight home. This made going through the customs/quarantine check so quick and easy!
So, what are you waiting for? Get booking! And if you need some more help, check out my travel toolkit blog post where I share all the tools that help me book my trips.