Most of us would want to hire a travel agent instead of taking the effort of planning a trip from the scratch. I would rather do the latter. It’s so much more fun. On my recent trip to Bali, Sandy and I planned the entire trip from the scratch. This might seem like a lot of effort, but trust us it’s not. A little planning will result into an exciting trip to your most favourite destination.
Read on to become a profession in planning a trip to Bali:
#1 Start 3 to 6 months in advance
Spontaneous plans are fun, but expensive. Planning a trip ensures you stick to your budget and don’t go bankrupt traveling to your most favourite destination – Bali. The first step towards planning a Bali trip is to ensure you start early. Chances are you might get your airline tickets cheaper than what it would be a month before your vacation!
#2 Zero down on your vacation dates
A lot depends on your vacation dates – your flight tickets, your hotel bookings, your application for leave. Consider these things when you’re deciding your Bali vacation dates – is there a family occasion, will there be any office work?, will there be any reason why you shouldn’t book these dates? If everything is clear, congratulations, you’ve decided your vacation dates!
#3 Book your return air tickets
Book your return air tickets from Bali within a week of deciding your dates. Procrastination can turn out to be extremely expensive. Avoid it. Sandy and I decided our Bali dates almost 3 months in advance, but procrastinated buying the tickets. We booked the tickets almost a month before our dates, and we regretted immediately. We purchase unnecessarily expensive tickets to Bali. Nevertheless, we experienced a safe trip with Malindo Air.
#4 Decide where do you want to go within Bali
There’s a lot to see in Bali. Deciding the places you want to visit in Bali can help you book your stay easily. A blueprint or day-wise plan can help you plan your trip better and enjoy the most of this beautiful island.
#5 Start looking for resorts, villas, hotels or AirBnBs
Once your dates, air tickets, day-wise Bali plan is ready, stay should be your next concern. Start looking out for hotels, villas, resorts or AirBnBs at least 3 months before your trip to Bali. This will help you select only the best stay and at a cheap price. We made all our bookings through booking.com.
#6 Zero down on your stay choices
Once you have a clear idea about the places to visit in Bali, it’s time to zero down on your stay choices. By now you will have a clear idea about where will you go in Bali and when. Thus, decide a place that matches your day-wise plan. Google the distance between your hotel and your destinations of the day to avoid booking a far-away hotel.
#7 How do you plan to travel – Car, Cab or Bike?
When in Bali, travel is a big concern. Decide beforehand how will you travel within Bali. Most tourists prefer renting a bike, but this might not be a good option considering you’ll be out in the sun at all times. Sandy and I switched between private cabs and bluebirds depending on our distance of travel. Both the transports were extremely comfortable and not very cheap. We recommend private cabs for daily hire and bluebirds for short distances or while shifting hotels.
#8 Where do you plan to eat?
It’s absolutely okay to not know where to eat in Bali. We took it head on and Bali surprised us every now and then. We recommend you visit local markets and eat in whichever restaurant pleases your eye and your pocket. 😉 If you’re a vegetarian, Balinese food is not your best bet. Stick to what you like to avoid having an unpleasant experience in Bali.
#9 How much do you plan to spend?
A rough budget of how much are you planning to spend will help ease your spends. We had a basic figure in mind, and we managed to stick to it. A budget will help you decide what is worth spending on and what is not worth your penny. I kept a track of our expenses in Bali to avoid overspending and know where it all went. Moreover, when I look back at the spends sheet it brings back so many pleasant memories!
#10 What to pack?
Do not overpack. When in Bali, comfort should be your sidekick. You will not wear those heels, so don’t pack them! After coming back from my trip, I realised, I didn’t use 70% of my clothes. Thus, understand your needs and pack accordingly. When in Bali, less is merrier! 😉
#11 Plan your activities
Your Bali trip will be incomplete without adventurous activities. So, plan them! Want to do snorkelling? Plan it. Where do you want to do? When do you want to do? How can you go about doing it? If you leave this unplanned, half your Bali vacation will go in booking tickets for your activities. To avoid that and enjoy the beauty of Bali, plan ahead.
#12 Make copies of your Passport / ID card!
Honestly, we didn’t need them. But, that does not mean you wouldn’t. As visiting Bali does not require any visa, keeping copies of your passport / ID card will help you stay safe. Just keep the copies for the sake of it.
Do this and we assure you, you will have the most fulfilling trip to Bali. For any more details about our trip or to get any more queries about Bali answered, comment below!
Have a safe trip!