My Experience Traveling around Bali has taught me many things. We delay making important choices when we’re on the edge of uncertainty. Whether it’s a last-minute trip, a move abroad, or a new job. Those who stand on the edge of that uncertain cliff, and take that leap of faith, are those whose lives are brimming with happiness.
They are staying true to their hearts, despite what they hear at the back of their minds.
There will always be doubts, but if it feels right, then we have to go for it – whatever it is. We don’t know what to expect when we visit a new country, or take on a new opportunity. A few online searches don’t suffice – we don’t find the longing of comfort we’re looking for.
Still, we have to take that leap.
Living in London, my original plan was to go to Europe – somewhere close and safe. But when the chance to go on an exciting adventure in Bali came around, I felt ecstatic. I’d be visiting Asia for the first time; but I hardly knew anything about Bali, and that made me apprehensive. But people who’d been before would tell me that it was a paradise, and that I’d have an incredible time.
After days of procrastination, I booked my flight for the two-week trip. My itinerary was simple. Four peaceful days in Sanur, and eight exciting days living it up with the TATWT 8 Days Bali Tour – hopping between Kuta, Ubud, and the Gili T Island.
This is my story of my time in Bali.
Planning a Trip to Bali; Getting on the Flight to Bali
I checked in early at Heathrow Airport, but there was an unexpected hold up at the security area with a few passengers. So, planning a trip to Bali was easy. My flight was set to depart in only 15 minutes by the time I finally passed through. After a long sprint session, and to my relief, I made it onto the plane in time. I couldn’t help but realize how lucky I was…
The first flight was fourteen hours, and I passed the time with a couple of movies and lots of sleep. After arriving at Singapore Airport, there was a subsequent three hour flight to Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Within minutes of me coming out of the airport gate, taxi drivers looking to make a quick buck saw me as their new potential customer.
“Taxi? You want taxi?” asked one after the other. It was hectic, and kind of funny – you’d never see something like that back in Europe. In any case I told them I was still waiting for my assigned taxi driver, who still hadn’t arrived.
So I spent my time with this little fella. Random cats here let you pet them. Back home they usually run the moment you get near.
My first four days in Sanur
I reached the Hotel Taksu, strolled past the mesmerising pool, my key card in hand, and took the lift up to my room. A huge king bed, a mini-bar, and a balcony facing the pool welcomed me. I unpacked, made myself at home then tried my best to fall asleep. But the jet lag kept me up…
After sunrise and barely any sleep, I made my way out of the hotel with nothing on me, excited and curious about traveling Bali. The moment I walked out, I felt so alert and out of place. As I milled through the town, masseurs would try to invite me into their parlours. People offered me travel guides and activity brochures. Motorcycles whizzed past me, taxis wouldn’t stop beeping.
The energy here was different, people’s expressions were unlike those at home. The vibe was something like I’d never experienced – and I felt like a new person the moment I walked into it all. I was untethered from everything. Layers of my past and future, disappeared into an abyss.
That felt so freeing.
To make the best use of my time here, I planned a range of activities on-the-go. The cost for a massage was the equivalent of £3, so I certainly got a few. But the most notable experiences I had were composed of: Jet-skiing, Parasailing, visiting the Butterfly Park, and Quad-biking.
Besides that, I enjoyed reading, writing, and mingling with the locals. I’d be talking to strangers like I’d known them for ages, and that was so refreshing to experience. To sum things up, every day I was in Sanur, felt like a gift. I made the most of my days, alone on the other side of the planet, far from home.
When my time in the town approached its end, I knew there was even more to look forward to. After four days in Sanur, I arrived in Kuta to begin the Travel to Bali adventure tour and meet the twenty people I’d be sharing an experience with. As much as I enjoyed my time in Sanur, I looked forward to meeting everyone.
When I reached Kuta, it was clear that it was the opposite of Sanur; demonstrated by the overflowing amounts of people and traffic. Everyone from the group tour met up at the accommodation that night, and from there we had a welcome dinner at the nearby restaurant. Slowly, we started to build the foundation for our adventure together. It is hard for me to understand why people are looking for things to do in Bali alone. You will now see why…
The bunch of us all clicked. There were travelers from Brazil, France, Australia, England, Ireland, America, Norway, and India – so it was definitely a varied group. Even though we only spent seven days together, we got to know each pretty well. It was fun sharing stories, jokes, and picking up so much from everyone. The tour kept getting better and better, ending spectacularly on the Gili T Island; and the level of positivity that I experienced was extraordinary.
One of the most important truths I learned was that you can learn something from everyone. With a lot of the conversations we had, I definitely felt like I gained new perspectives and gems of wisdom. Everyone had something unique to share, and it wasn’t always beamed through with what they said, but sometimes just through their attitude.
While no one may be perfect, there’s an inner-world to everyone, brimming with wonder. Sometimes there are so many layers, both in ourselves and in others, that it can be quite difficult to connect with new people. But I think as a group, many of us did.
The nature of our surroundings opened us up. In a city, people can be a little more tense and suspicious, which can be a contagious mentality. Here, happiness was everywhere; the people in Bali are some of the joyful people in the world. We rode that same wave of happiness during our time there. An epiphany I had after returning was that we divert so much of our attention on the little stuff. We forget that: there are opportunities waiting for us, that have the potential to enrich us in ways we can’t see.
Thank you to: Dimitri, Alex, Rachelle, Satee, Alan, Iago, Vinny, Aivon, Kevin, Marione, Anne, Cameron, Rachel, Jayanthi, Jayan, Orlagh, Amar, Killian, Ruth, Therese, and Emilie.
Realisations and Lessons from My Experience Traveling around Bali
Now that I’ve returned, it’s clear. These past two weeks have been incredibly fulfilling. With that said, everything wasn’t blissful all the time. There was one day, where the heatwave hit me like a hammer to my head, and dropped me out for a full 24 hours. That made me realise that no matter where you are in the world, health comes before anything. However trite that might sound, it was enlightening to experience. Other than that, most of the time, I was feeling grateful. Glad. Happy. My Experience traveling around Bali made me feel so deeply.
When we see the same people, speak to the same faces, follow a regular schedule – our reality can gradually become more bland – unless we make a consistent effort to break out of our comfort zone. But many of us don’t; we’re too attached to our way of living. That’s why taking holidays are so vital; they break the cycle of monotony and you come back restored, having learnt more about yourself and the world.
Life is most certainly about new experiences, sharing, and learning. But it’s also about creating a life you don’t want to take a holiday from. We can travel wherever we want. But I’ve realised that it should never be done to escape. Otherwise, when you come back home, the holiday-blues will eventually start kicking in. Ideally, you want to be just as happy as you are at home, compared to when you’re on holiday. I hope, overtime, that I will be. Life is a slow journey, and the things that are meant to happen will take time and work.
While the adventure is over now, the experience has most certainly opened my eyes to travelling more often. If you go in with the right frame of mind, you will have an experience worth treasuring, especially if you go to Bali. I hope this peace epitomised the essence of taking that leap of faith to travel somewhere new – and being open to discovering what awaits.
So, this was my experience traveling around Bali. And what about you? Take your own trip to Bali. What are you waiting for?
Author: Sam Feliz