go site Most of you know that I began this month with a 10 days trip to BALI. To be honest, Bali was never on my bucket list until I joined Instagram and started seeing Bali pictures all over the gram by influencers and bloggers. Being a lover of tropical destinations, I instantly got attracted towards Bali and bookmarked so many places I wanted to visit in Bali at the beginning of 2018. I never knew that I would visit this place so early.
Coming from a middle-class family, I have never had the luxury of going on overseas vacations. But travel has always fascinated me. I have always cherished being in nature. I started earning last year but I never spent too much on myself because my basic motive right now is to support my family in whatever way I can. Splurging on an overseas vacation seemed like a really tough decision for me. I was very apprehensive, questioning my decision to go, but I finally gave in and booked my tickets to Bali. It’s just money — at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is how happy you will be.
I literally cried happy tears when I sat on the plane to Bali. 12 hours later I landed in Bali. I had goosebumps when I saw the tiny island surrounded by water from the plane. But I was nervous BECAUSE this was my first solo international trip. I had a driver (sent by the hotel I stayed at) waiting for me at the airport and he drove me from Denpasar to Ubud, which took around 2 hours. I found the streets quite similar to those we see here in the northern part of India full of traffic and lined with shops.
On reaching Bali, I stayed with one of the sweetest bloggers I know, Jia Singh at the Ubud Aura Retreat. I started my Bali trip with the Water Purification Ceremony – Balinese method to heal and cleanse with water at Tirta Empul.
We spent our first two days visiting the famous Yoga Barn, having vegan Indonesian buffet meals, exploring the Ubud street markets, trying each and every cafe on the street and ending our days with a massage. For anyone who loves massages, Bali is a heaven. Every street is full of massage parlors giving massages at just 10 dollars (around 600/- Indian rupees) or less. Honestly, those massages helped heal my body and I slept so well after each massage.
On day 3 we were joined by other girls who flew in from India. Being an introvert meeting new people is actually a task. But I really wanted to put myself through this to gain confidence, get to know more people and learn to be social. We spent the rest of our days exploring Canggu, Ulluwatu & Ubud, swimming in the blue oceans, eating smoothie bowls, doing yoga, going for massages and discussing Balinese culture, food and healing. On the last day, we took a Sound healing session at the newly opened Pyramids of Chi. You can read about my Sound healing experience here.
I flew back to India on 11th April and I had bittersweet feelings. Leaving Bali http://jeffharpole.com/?p=774 was hard… not only did I fall in love with the stunning scenery and living in the middle of paddy fields, but I also fell in love with the food (especially the vegan desserts and smoothie bowls) and the Balinese healing culture.
But the sweet part of this was..coming back to home cooked food and my work after such a long break.
So yeah, I feel like a lucky girl. Being away in one of the most gorgeous locations in the world was amazing and so awe-inspiring, and coming home is equally special and incredible.
Things you must experience in Bali (apart from the touristy places of course):-
- Smoothie Bowls
- Sound Healing
- Visit a healer (I missed it this time)
- Yoga Class
- Vegan Indonesian buffets (they are the best..how much I miss Tempeh)
- Water Purification at Tirta Empul
- Visit tea and coffee plantation
Bali has surely motivated me to eat more intuitively, to travel more, to spend some me time and to focus on my thoughts & my body. I loved Bali for reasons that I can’t convey through pictures or blog post. This trip has in a way changed me as a person. It has made me more comfortable in my own body. I wore a bikini for the first time in my life without feeling awkward. I overcame the fear of swimming in the ocean. And most importantly it made me believe more in myself rather than being dependent on people.
Yes. I definitely want to visit Bali again that too for a longer duration because I want to see all of it. I really want to spend a whole month their to visit each & every beach, hike to waterfalls, do yoga, have a massage every single day, eat without any guilt, experience Balinese healing and watch sunsets. I barely saw enough. You will see me there soon.
Special thanks to Jia Singh for having me in Bali, pushing me to book my tickets, taking me to the best cafes and showing me the real Bali.