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Bali, Indonesia, known as the Land of the Gods, is full of rich culture and offers warm hospitality, breathtaking scenery, and activities to suit any traveler. 

Embarking on my first solo trip, I chose Bali after extensive research, deeming it a perfect destination for solo female travelers. The journey began with my mom, sister, and niece dropping me off at the airport. A layover in New York provided me with a precious opportunity to catch up with family. I shared the news of my upcoming adventure with my aunt, who responded in her distinctive Trinidadian accent, “You see me, hi.” If you’re familiar with the phrase, you know exactly what it means. Despite her reservations, she lovingly packed me some snacks and freshly baked bread, a gesture that turned out to be a literal lifesaver during the lengthy flight. I mean, that bread never tasted so good, I savored every piece. After almost 29 hours of travel, I finally arrived in Bali, ready to embrace the solo journey and the beauty and wonder of the island.

It took a couple of days to adjust to the 12-hour time difference, but once acclimated, I found myself fully immersed in exploring the diverse regions of the island. My journey took me through Ubud, Uluwatu, and Kuta, where I experienced three distinct types of lodging, each contributing to a unique adventure. For more details on locations and accommodations, check out the ‘Planning a Trip to Bali, Indonesia’ blog. The genuine warmth and friendliness of the locals instantly made me feel at home, while the tranquil mornings and serene nights only added to the island’s irresistible appeal. 

Activities and excursions filled my days, from the Elephant Safari which is the highlight of my trip to exploring the Ubud market, Nusa Penida Day Trip, and indulging in a traditional Balinese cooking class. The list of activities seemed endless, including ATV riding, watching a traditional show, visiting temples and the Holy Water Temple, and enjoying a sunset at Tana Lot. The vibrant culture and stunning landscapes made each day so memorable.

Exploring Bali during the dry season meant warm mornings and blistering heat during the day, with occasional short showers. Staying hydrated was crucial, given the intensity of the sun. The local cuisine was a highlight, with fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Rice, a cultural staple, was a delightful part of every meal, even served as dessert.

Dining experiences ranged from local eateries to franchise restaurants, offering a taste of Bali’s diverse culinary scene.

My Experience

Traveling solo in Bali was a liberating experience. Despite initial nerves, the friendly locals, delicious food, and plethora of activities made it an unforgettable journey. Bali left a lasting impression, and returning to the States left me with a case of the “Bali blues”—a longing for the beauty, adventure, and tranquility of the island.

Tips

Tips for travelers to Bali include packing and applying sunscreen, carrying insect repellent, having extra cash for tips, staying hydrated, and using resources like the Klook website for activities. It’s essential to check excursion details, avoid drinking tap water, and be mindful of taxi rates. Packing snacks for long tours and flights is also recommended to ensure a comfortable journey. 

My solo adventure in Bali remains my favorite travel experience to date, and I can’t wait to return to this beautiful and welcoming island paradise.

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