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Today Julia from @Juw_dorange wants to tell us a little about her trip to Bali, Indonesia and give useful tips to take into consideration. Here we go:
Tell us about yourself, about where you come from and about how and when did your passion for traveling start?
Hello ! My name is Julia and I come from Paris in France. I’m graduated in Finance and I work at a bank. As far as I can remember, I always wanted to travel. My first great adventure was during my college years. I lived 4 months in Asia, with my backpack and I visited 4 countries. This experience has made travel my drug, and since that day, I have only one desire: to travel!
Today you are going to share your recent trip to Bali, Indonesia. How did you decide on this location?
Bali, it’s a tiny island on the map, yet I never found what I found there elsewhere.
Whether you love the beach, the mountains, nature, the city, the cultural visits, the fun evenings or the scenery, Bali had everything! That is the reason I decided to share my experience in there.
Tell us a little about your trip.
I went to Bali twice. The first time on my road trip of 4 months and the second time with my cousin. I almost went around the whole island. I wanted to see the touristic Bali but also the more intimate Bali. Both are very interesting. What is cool in Bali is that many places are accessible within hours by car. So it is very easy to discover many things!
I flew with the company Emirate Airlines from Paris. In Bali, the best option is to rent a scooter to discover places easily and be free. For the longest ride, I used private drivers for about $35 a day. I prefer to discover by myself the things to see. But on the spot, several agencies offer tours to discover temples and specific sights.
I generally stayed in guesthouses or small hotels. You should know that the hotels are very cheap in Bali and you can sleep for $10 for 2 people in a very good hotel.
In Bali, most people speak English, so it’s easier to communicate and travel alone. There are no problems of safety so you can travel by yourself.
Was the trip mostly sightseeing, or you enjoyed activities and shows as well?
Both ! There are a lot of touristy places in Bali, so it’s interesting to see them! On the other hand, I also walked through the streets, forests, surfing in Kuta, rafting in Ubud, cooking lessons and partying in Gili Trawangan, a small island next to Bali. I enjoyed drinking beers on the beach in the evenings because there are the most beautiful sunsets to see.
What did you learn from the culture and/or the locals?
People are very spiritual, they make offerings 3 times a day in front of their houses, shops, temples … it is very important for them.
I was surprised by the kindness of the people but also by the cleanliness and ecological awareness of the island. For example, a law prohibits the construction of buildings over 4 floors, the waste is burnt …
Did you enjoy the cuisine there? Which were your favorite dishes?
I loved the food!
I already loved Asian food before going there, but I found some really amazing dishes like Nasi Goreng which is one of my favorite.
What was your favorite sight/thing in Bali? / Why should people visit it?
My favorite place in Bali is Amed.
It is a fishing village in the northeast of the island. There is not much to do but the scenery is beautiful and the hippie atmosphere is great!
The should visit because Bali is a unique destination where everyone can find happiness!
Any tips for future visitors? Anything you would have loved to know/ been prepared for before arriving?
– Do not hesitate to negotiate
– Do not be afraid at the exit of the airport if 15 people jump on you to offer you a taxi.
– Party in Gili Trawangan
– Eat pineapples!
Do you have a bucket list? What are some things/places on it?
Yes always! I would like to visit Australia, Japan, Peru, and Iceland!
My next adventure will be Montenegro!
How can we see more about you and your trips? what is your website or/and social media?
You can follow me on Instagram: Juw_dorange
My future website (in French): Les Petites Valises
Thank you! 🙂