My Top 5 Bali Tips
I’ve shared some of my thoughts on Bali, what I liked and didn’t like so much in this post. Now I want to share some of my tips for travelling to Bali with you, so you can get the most out of your trip, if you decide to go (or maybe you’ve already booked a trip).
Don’t stray off the beaten path too much. I did this three times during my time in SE Asia (once in each country I visited), and after my third time I had finally learnt the lesson. Stray dogs and dangerous pet dogs seem to be everywhere. My scary Bali dog experience happened only a few metres down the road from Korurua, on what was meant to be a relaxing evening walk. I walked past a Balinese home protected by dogs and came seriously close to getting bitten by one (only rescued by a car creating some space between me and the dog). My adrenaline levels were rising high! After this near dog-bite experience I’d had enough and headed straight back to Kororua, my safe haven. You have no idea how good it felt to be walking through its doors and feel my body relax again.
‘Bali Belly’ is real. You might be lucky and your stomach won’t get too upset, but for those of us who already struggle with digestive issues, be prepared. Bring some camomile tea bags (most places you stay at have kettles and cups, but provide only green or black tea) and loperamide. Buy a pack at home, so you always have it handy, rather than having to go to the pharmacy first. I prefer to try natural ways to calm down my stomach before using pills, which is why I suggest you bring some camomile tea. But sometimes you just have to go for it - definitely be honest with yourself and don’t ignore or downtalk your symptoms, or you might end up in hospital like I did.
Drink lots and lots of water (I got quite a few headaches). This might seem like the most obvious thing, but it’s worth reminding yourself of.
Don’t eat anything big for two hours before getting a massage. Allow some time for digestion, it will make your massage that much more enjoyable.
Always bring something nice to remind you of home, that grounds you and makes you feel good, e.g. a beauty product, something simple such as lip balm.
I hope this guide and my recommendations come in helpful when you’re planning your Bali trip. If you’ve been and got anything to share/add to the list, please comment below. What’s your Bali experience been like?