Hey you guys are you planning a trip to Bali ? with so many destinations, restaurants and accommodation options to consider it can be totally and completely overwhelming but don’t worry that’s why I am here to help you. Here’s everything I know on how to plan the epic Bali holiday of your dreams Bali is a tourist haven with loads of visitors flocking to the beautiful island destination year after year this means you can often scoop up a great deal on really cheap sale fares I would recommend figuring out roughly what time of year you plan to visit then putting on an email alert so that you get notified anytime there is a sale fare or anytime an airline has an amazing sale if you are up for the challenge a lot of airlines offer really cheap rates for those that just go with carry on only and I can vouch from personal experience it is definitely possible to do at least a week in Bali with only carry on Now you know what time of year you are going to be visiting and hopefully, you’ve got your flights booked you can start to have a think about where you want to spend your time.
Bali has grown a lot over the years so it is more than just Kuta and each place in Bali is totally different Ubud offers more of that earthy, leafy green, lush, jungle, tropical vibe so it’s perfect for anybody that wants to get away to nature and immerse themselves in absolute relaxation the food in Ubud is fantastic and there is no shortage of amazing organic, vegan and vegetarian produce but don’t let that turn you off if you’re a carnivore they’ve got you covered too you can spend your days doing adventure activities like hiking, white water rafting you can attend yoga class do some pottery, maybe some painting learn to cook some traditional Indonesian dishes or you can simply bliss out in your beautiful lush tropical retreat Seminyak is home to a myriad of sprawling beach front resorts it’s home to amazing and iconic bars like Ku De Ta or Potato Head or Cocoon and Seminyak is a great spot to base yourself if you’re looking to stay in a private villa there’s also no shortage of fantastic restaurants so you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food I am not entirely sure whether you say Canggu or Canggu I’m going to roll with Canggu the vibe in Canggu is really laid back you can go down to the beach and mix it with the local surfers catch a few waves just relax on the sand and watch some local dogs play then you can walk up and grab a couple of cold beers from somewhere like Old Man’s and a delicious bite to eat there’s loads of great local food in Cannguand also some really yummy bites like acai bowls, pink Pattaya bowl, smoothies all that kind of healthy, beachy, summery food that you can’t wait to get your hands on you’ll find no shortage of homestays and low key accommodation options that are perfect for the budget traveller if you are dreaming of about holing up in a beautiful luxury beachfront resort Nusa Dua is your spot you can get really comfortable inside a gorgeous resort and spend your days swimming, enjoying breakfast buffets getting massages, and just living your best life once you are in your resort, everything you need is there so you kind of tend not to wanna leave I would just say, make sure you take the time and make the effort to leave your incredible resort and get out on the streets and really experience Bali culture if you are keen for more of an island escape but don’t really have a lot of time to go too far Nusa Lembongan is perfect this was once a really hidden spot and now it’s become more popular there are now loads of amazing restaurants bars, cafes, beachfront, cliffside swimming pools all things like that personally, I love Nusa Lembongan because it feels like its away from everything I also love snorkeling and the waters around that area are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving if you love to party? Like you are still 19 years old then, by all means, you should go to Kuta personally, I am way too old for that I just can’t recover, I don’t have time for it people like my brother in law absolutely love it he loves going out, meeting new people being around everybody, he loves the noise the chaos, the sights, the smells it’s just one of those things that’s going to come down to personal preference So now you know when you’re going and the kind of holiday you want to have you can start to put together your itinerary and figure out how long should I really be spending at each place if you are thinking about going up to Ubud I would probably recommend 2-3 nights the transport from Denpasar airport up to Ubud can take a couple of hours so you don’t want to get up there only to turn around and come back the next day if you are thinking about staying in Seminyak I would probably recommend 3 nights you’re most likely going to fall in love with the beaches, the incredible sunsets, the cocktails the shopping, the food and you might find you need a little more time than you first suspected In Canggu, 2-3 nights should do you just fine that’s enough time to really experience the area find some places that you love enjoy the food, enjoy the beaches but then maybe move on out and get back to where there are a few more people if a Nusa Dua holiday at an incredible resort is really what you crave, then you are probably going to want to do 4-5 nights there so that you can totally relax and unwind in your super resort If you are going to make the journey out to Nusa Lembongan I would recommend 3 nights because you do have to catch the ferry over there and that time over and back will take up some of your holiday time and if you are thinking about staying in Kuta good luck to you Now you know when you are going where you want to go and how long you want to spend it’s time to start looking for the perfect accommodation for you and here’s the thing about Bali it caters to every budget so whether you are a broke backpacker or a luxury traveler you are going to find something for you one thing that I was really surprised about was the cost of private villas now my friend and I got the chance to stay in one and it was just the two of us it could easily have fit 6 or 8 people and that cost per night split among a group like that is ridiculously affordable and it was so nice having our own place to base ourselves if you are there for a special occasion like your honeymoon, birthday, anniversary or celebration there are no shortage of absolutely jaw dropping luxury resorts just waiting to have you stay on the other end of the spectrum if you do need to save some cash look into homestays Matt and I often stay in homestays especially in Ubud each one is different, you get to know the staff the breakfast is usually fantastic and it feels a little more personal if you are one of those people that like towing it Bali is the place to do it don’t feel like you have to have every single night of your accommodation booked in advance there are some amazing things you can do in Bali Whitewater rafting, you can climb Mt Batur and watch the sunrise from the top of a volcano you can do cooking classes, art classes the options are endless but don’t over pack your days you want take some time out to really unwind and relax and experience that amazing Indonesian hospitality you can organize activities as you go either through your hotel or from a dude on the street go with your gut instinct and you should be fine food is life, I think we can all agree on that so do some research and try to find really good foodie spots where you are going to be staying I’ve eaten some incredible Indonesian food while I’ve been in Bali but, I’ve also eaten some incredible international food the best arancini balls and pizza of my life an insane 7-course degustation in Ubud that I just didn’t see coming if you are on a budget you will have no trouble you can get meals cheap as chips a couple of dollars should do you an expensive dinner in Bali was kind of the same price as a regular dinner out here in Australia now that you’ve got everything sorted there are just a few other things that you might want to think about I’d start putting together a packing list do you need to get some new swimmers a new sarong, new flip flops? Should you get your prescriptions filled before you go all of those types of things One thing I like to do before I go somewhere that I haven’t been before is to check out the Instagram hashtags cause I just like to see what are people doing what is the vibe like are there some cool places that I have not heard of that I want to visit? arriving in Denpasar airport can be really overwhelming when you walk through the last doors at the arrival hall there will be a throng of people there holding up signs screaming transport, transport, transport I would probably recommend that you try organize an airport transfer for when you arrive many hotels will offer an airport transfer so if you can get one, absolutely do if you are going to catch a taxi from the airport make sure you go to the proper taxi stand be sure to check the visa requirements too and last but not least you should really research anything you absolutely must know before you go common scams to be aware of how much should you be paying for transport thank you so much for reading I hope you found this article useful.