It’s been 17 days, but I am finally heading back to work today! Easing back into it with a mild trip, but I feel very rested and I am kind of ready to get back into the swing of things! Before I leave though I wanted to post all of the info from my Bali trip for anyone who is needing a little help planning their own trip, or for anyone who just needs a little virtual vacation!
&I know I have said this before, but its such a pet peeve of mine, for travelers to go to a place once and think that they can come back and tell you “the best places to go” or “the ultimate guide to …”. I don’t know if that bothers anyone else, but even though I had a great time in Bali and I want to share with you everything that I did, I also want to point out that there are many things that I did not do and many places within Bali that I did not visit, so if you do go, please do your own research as well and see if there are other things that are better suited for your vacation!
I am not actually including the real day 1, because all we did on that day was fly into Detroit and spend the night to guarantee we would make our flights the next day. So day 1 of the actual trip consisted of getting to our destination. Bali is not an easy place to get to by any means and it took us a total of about 23 hours of flying and that doesn’t include the layover times. We first flew from Detroit to Tokyo and were spoiled! I got a first class seat on a 747 and even though Marianne was in the back, she had her own row with some first class amenities from the crew! Later in the flight the crew gave her a tour of the aircraft and then let her come hang out in my first class seat and we basically had sleepover girl talk over endless wine and chocolates!
This was great because for those of you who don’t know this already, Marianne and I had never hung out before we decided to take this trip together! Her mom was one of my teachers in middle school and when she was applying with the airlines we got in touch a little bit and met one other time when I was her flight attendant from Detroit to Phoenix. I was so happy to have another flight attendant to travel with though and Marianne was a perfect travel partner! It couldn’t have worked out any better!
Anyways, we spent the night in Tokyo due to standby loads not looking great and it was amazing! We didn’t have a ton of time, but if you want to read about our 24 hour stay, you can find it here: 24 hours in Japan.
Another full day of travel was in store for us and this will be a short recap because all we did was sleep and fly on this day!
We went from the NRT airport (Narita, near Tokyo) and flew on Delta to Singapore! This time when I was cleared for first class, I gave my seat to Marianne so she could experience it and I went to the back to slum it in coach…just kidding! I will sit anywhere if it means getting on a free flight! So we slept basically the entire 8 hour flight and then hung out in the Singapore airport from midnight until 5 am and then we flew on a company called JetStar to Bali (DPS) which was about a 2 hour flight!
WE MADE IT TO BALI!!! The vacation officially began with our Airbnb host picking us up from the airport and getting us settled into our jungle treehouse in Ubud! I was so impressed with this place that I did a separate blogpost about it immediately after our stay and you can check it out here:Inside the Jungle!
After we unloaded our bags we went to the Tegenungan Waterfall which was beautiful but a little crowded. Even though its a bit touristy we still enjoyed it! Bring a bathing suit and if you have them, water shoes, and you’ll be good to go!
When we were finished, we hiked up the many stairs to get back to the top and then did a little shopping before lunch/dinner at a place in Ubud called Munchies! This is an affordable place with a little bit of everything for everyone.
Due to a little jet-lag, we headed back after that and just enjoyed the treehouse for the night.
This was a day of temples for us! After a homemade breakfast from our host, we headed to the Pura Gunung Kawi temple first which was a beautiful temple formed in the stone formations between rice fields. We were able to see a prayer ceremony while we were there and it was truly breathtaking.
After that, we headed to the sacred waters of the Tirta Empul temple where people come to bathe in the holy waters that bring health and good fortunate. I don’t know if it was the water per say, but I for one felt very honored and fortunate to be there.
This was the last day at the treehouse, so we enjoyed a little bit of a lazy morning and then we headed into town and went into the monkey forest! The monkey forest is owned by the village of Padangtegal and houses over 700 monkeys and 128 species of trees! Walking through this forest was such a cool experience but I will leave you with a few pointers if you are wanting to enter the forest.
- Do not bring plastic bags or water bottles. The shiny material attracts the monkeys and they will take these items from you and then liter the park with them
- Be careful around the babies because the mothers are very protective
- Do not look monkey’s in the eye as the see it as a sign of aggression.
- If a monkey climbs on you, do not freak out. I did a little and the monkey actually bit me. Luckily it didn’t break skin, but if it had that could have been very dangerous.
The most important thing is to have fun and respect the nature of these monkey’s in their natural habitat. They will act playful and let you take many photos, but observe without touching unless they come to you first.
On this day we gathered our belongs and switched airbnbs. This time we stayed in a nice open apartment with all the amenities, including a pool, which cost us around $30 a night. You can check out the exact place on their website.
We spent the afternoon lounging by the pool and getting our tan on and then we got ready and set off in search of the jungle swing. We didn’t book this in advance and decided to try our luck with just getting a taxi there. Unfortunately due to the language barrier not everyone knew what we were talking about, but we did find a ride and had a great time!
Be aware, this is only a tourist attraction. You have to pay to swing and snag a photo, but it was a lot of fun with the 3 different swings and a lounge style hang out with complimentary drinks and snacks while you are waiting for your turn. The staff here was also incredibly friendly and it was an excellent experience!
This day we set out at 2am to do a sunrise hike up Volcano Mt. Batur and had a BLAST! This was easily my favorite part of the trip even though it was a challenge, it will go down as one of the coolest things I have done. I had a lot to say about this hike and wrote a separate post about it! If you’d like to read it click here: Sunrise Trek up Mount Batur.
After our hike we returned around noon and took naps and then laid by the pool and grabbed dinner and then watched movies. I want to take this opportunity to remind others that vacation isn’t all about “go, go, go” and it is okay to relax! Marianne and I didn’t get to do everything that Bali had to offer, but we experienced a lot and still came home well rested!
We switched accommodations again and this time we UPGRADED! Thanks to Marianne’s discount hookups we got to spend our last night at the Ritz Carlton with a private beach in the southern part of Bali. We paid only $90 each and had incredible views, a luxurious room, fancy cocktails, and a relaxing beach stay while we were living it and pretending we are much fancier than we actually are.
I am glad we didn’t stay here the whole time though due to price and also due to the fact that we were able to experience so much by staying at the treehouse and the other apartment as well. Something I have learned while traveling is to breakup your accommodations while visiting so you get many different vibes during a trip!
This was go home day! We relaxed at the resort in the morning and then headed to the airport to begin our trek back to America. We ended up flying on Cathay Pacific and going from Bali to Hong Kong, laying over for a few hours, and then going from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. Here is where we parted ways. After almost 2 weeks together (and the longest first hang out EVER) Marianne slept in the airport and took a flight home to Texas a few hours later and I crashed at a nearby friends house until my flight to San Diego in the morning.
For me, vacation wasn’t over yet, and I got to spend a few days in California celebrating my 2 friends on their wedding day! Luckily my boyfriend was able to come out as well and spend the time with me and we had a blast! Trevin and Jenna, if you are reading this, thank you again for inviting us to be a part of your special day! We love you both and wish you the best in your new life together!
Overall, this vacation was one of my favorites so far! A week might have seemed too short considering how long it takes to get to Bali, but we felt like it was a perfect amount of time for us and feel like we accomplished a lot of what we wanted to do! Since we are flight attendants, this trip cost significantly less than it normally would, but for my flight attendant friends out there here is what to expect.
- Flights $350-550 roundtrip. Since I work for Delta it didn’t cost anything on those segments, but for my friend she had to pay about $200 for those zed fares.
- Accommodations ran about $195 for each of us and this included our splurge stay at the Ritz! If you are looking to book any stays with Airbnb, use this code to get $40 off your first stay! www.airbnb.com/c/jaylinp5 Airbnb is one of my favorite companies to utilize when I travel and I love all the creative homes that they have!
- Food will cost about $15-20 a day with snacks and drinks but this also depends on the person.
- Activities ran us about $100 for everything
- Transportation was always split and we didn’t keep track of this as well as we should have, but I’d say around $85-100 per person for the entire time, and many of the days we had a private driver who waited for us at each place we visited! Well worth the money!
If anyone has ANY questions at all, please feel free to ask in the comments! Also, for those of you who like visuals, you can click here to see our Bali Vacation Video