Gifting myself travel for my birthday!

Hey guys,

It’s scary to think that in 5 months I’ll be 30 years old. I am the oldest of my group of friends, which weird for me because I am one of the least mature out of everyone.

I’ve never really done anything for any of my birthdays, not even the milestone ones such as 16, 18 and 21 because I dislike being the centre of attention. As an ‘adult’ (I use that term loosely) I’ve usually celebrated by taking a day or two off work so I can have time to myself at home to relax and do nothing.

So for my 30th, I’ve decided to finally do something. I’m inviting my close friends and their partners to join me in Bali, Indonesia for a week! This is something I’m really excited about because I love to travel, obviously, and having my best friends with me to celebrate just makes it better. At the moment I’m just keeping an eye out for some reasonably priced flights for around May.

Bali is an extremely popular tourist destination for New Zealanders and Australians, as it’s reasonably close – 9 hours from Auckland and 6 hours from Brisbane – and it’s an affordable holiday destination.

Flights

I have finally joined an airports programme (Air New Zealand Star Alliance) so I’d like to be able to get points from flights to Bali, but I also want a good deal. I have airlines that I won’t fly purely from bad experiences – China Eastern and China Southern. Airlines that I prefer include Air New Zealand, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Emirates. I typically use booking sites like Webjet or Skyscanner to compare deals, but it’s a bit of a balancing act between airlines I would like to use and cost. I will pay slightly more (within reason) for flights that have shorter or fewer stopovers. 12 hours with a stopover in Brisbane vs 36 hours with 2 stopovers is a very easy decision for me.

Accommodation

I am wanting to stay at The Breezes Resort & Spa, as it comes highly recommended from one of my close friends who has stayed there previously. It’s a bit more expensive than places I have stayed at in the past, but it’s my birthday so I’m treating myself. Prices are around $160-$200 NZD per night, although booking websites like Hotels.com or Booking.com do have good deals if you get in early.

My other friends are also looking at staying there, or somewhere close by in Seminyak.

My lovely friend Krysti Jaims has written a spectacular review of The Breezes. Check out her travel blog too!

Culture and history

I know very little about Balinese culture and history, but I am definitely going to do a lot of research. I love to visit temples because they’re always so beautiful and awe-inspiring. One thing I’ve learned already is to cover your legs when visiting temples, as showing your thighs is more immodest that showing your breasts!

Pampering
This isn’t something I usually do for myself, mostly because of the cost. Following recommendations from my friend, I’m keen for a massage and a mani-pedi as they both cost under $10AUD. Her other glowing reviews included a spa and even a tattoo parlour. I’m always trying to think of new tattoo ideas, and I have a particular one that would be fun to get done while on holiday!

Food

My favourite part of every trip! I cannot wait to try a bunch of new dishes, and cocktails too!

Yum! Everything I look at looks incredible. My only problem is that I’m allergic to shellfish, so I have to be careful with some dishes 😦

 

Activities

Snorkelling of course! Just looking on Trip Advisor there are tonnes of things to do. If I had the money I’d be after the volcano treks and visiting all the nature parks, but realistically I’ll be spending almost all my time relaxing on the beach or by a pool, which is completely fine by me!

Other things I love to do include visiting historic sites and museums. I will probably look into hiring a driver for a day tour as they sound awesome as well. So there will be no shortage of things to do!

Relaxing

If all I can afford to do on a holiday is laze on a beach and drink local beer then I’m happy! I love to just chill out with a book in the sun. I have spent far too much time and money doing as many things as I can on a holiday, which is mentally and physically exhausting. Why not just relax and enjoy yourself?

 

Have you been to Bali? I would love to hear your recommendations.

Thanks for reading!

 

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