Hello guys! This is so exciting for me, I officially have a blog. I cannot tell you how long I've wanted to do this. It's been years, so glad that I finally have the guts to do it. Hope you enjoy my posts. Ask as many questions as you'd like, I will attend to them. I will try post often and definitely keep it fun, sincere, informative and authentic.
I recently went on my first solo trip as part of my self-love journey. This is an important theme in my life right now. “The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.” — Diane Von Furstenberg. So I decided to take a break and go on a honeymoon basically hehe!!!. A solo trip had been on my bucket list and now was the perfect time. In the words of Thomas Jefferson; “I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.” I did find myself reflecting a lot on this trip and can confidently say that I was well acquainted with myself. I definitely recommend a solo trip, try it! Even if it is one time.
Bali was the perfect place for a solo trip. I won’t lie, the movie 'Eat Pray Love' inspired Bali in me. 'Eat' and 'Pray' scenes were nice but 'Love' scenes made me yearn for Bali.
My soulful honeymoon started in Kuta. I landed in Denpasar International Airport on the 26th June 2016 and made my way tohard rock hotel Bali. This hotel had a vibe I loved, I stayed in their double deluxe room. I enjoyed staying there for many reasons. It was right by the beach, the service was incredible, the food was good, it’s located in the heart of Kuta which means I could walk to a lot of entertainment places, my room was very spacious and always kept clean, their pool area massive and awesome, lots of complementary vouchers, free Wi-Fi, their cafe fun… I could go on for days. In a nutshell I would recommend it.
To sum up my Kuta experience. I pretty much lived in bathing suits, drank lots of strawberry daiquiris, read the untethered soul, took long walks, met lots of people, tried a few bars, shopped, rested and started working on this blog that I had been threatening to do for years. I just took it easy.
Surprisingly, Kuta was full of Australians I must say. Therefore lost the essence of Balinese culture a bit and very commercial. You will experience Australian influence more than Balinese experience in Kuta. The night life is lit though which is fun and bars great. I understand why people go there for new years eve beach festivals. It's that kind of vibe...
Here are some pics of my soulful Kuta honeymoon experience
The first time getting around the city, I used Uber which worked well. There are some areas that uber drivers just refused to take me. I would keep getting 'trip cancelled' messages when trying to get an uber cab, so I decided to find myself a reliable driver. His name is Bang Bang. Please write to me if you would like to have his number, I will send them to you privately. Try him if you're travelling to Bali soon. I highly recommend him. He drove me all over. We negotiated a fee, usually an equivalent of about R250-R400 since some trips were very far and he would have to wait for me with each excursion. He would not rush me at all and never got upset with me changing my mind in the last minute on certain trips.
I must tell you, I was very touched by how friendly, peaceful and kind Balinese people were. They are the most centered people I have come across. Whatever they are doing to remain that centered and joyful, I was adamant to find out and practice it going forward. It makes sense why service was great everywhere I went. The people are just so nice.
I enjoyed Kuta and would recommend that you try it. Just do not plan to stay there for long if you're planning a soulful honeymoon as well. If you are panning to visit Ubud, I suggest that you start with Kuta. Plan to stay in Ubud longer. If the purpose of your trip is a 'turn up' then spend more time in Kuta.
Check out the next post, it is a continuation of my Bali soulful honeymoon.
“I’d learned so much from traveling to familiar places that I figured I’d learn twice as much by going to a place I knew nothing about.” ― Gerry Abbey, Cheers, Beers, and Eastern Promise