I started my travelling journey on the 23rd of June 2018. I have always wanted to be the type of person that left everything at a drop of a hat and travelled around the world – a free spirit. Unfortunately, that’s never really been me. I’m an over thinker, over worker and I have fear in everything that I do. But, in my recent years I have learnt to not let my fear get the better of me and despite feeling like I’m going to throw up every time I do something I’m completely scared of, I still go ahead with it, and I never actually throw up.
I decided at the spur of the moment that I wanted to go away for a while. I was feeling tired from everyday life and when my boyfriend (Albi) came up with the idea one evening (when we were driving from work and I was talking about my stressful day), I decided to hell with it….what’s the worst that can happen. Well, I made sure that not a lot could go wrong by deciding to keep my current job and work whilst I travel. Lucky for me, my workplace were happy with the agreement.
And so we headed to South East Asia at the end of June, starting off with Bali (Canggu).
Bali – Canggu
Canggu is a really young, cool area that is filled with lovely cafe’s and hangout spots.
If you’re looking for a place that isn’t as upscale as Seminyak but still has a young crowd and nice places to go out, then this is for you.
It was a perfect place for me to star the trip since it has a lot of co-working spaces which makes working when travelling really easy and enjoyable. The views from the cafe’s are also spectacular!
Where to stay:
You can rent some really beautiful villa’s in Bali for a very reasonable amount. I was happy with my choice but I do wish I had picked a better location as it was difficult to walk everywhere – just so you know, there aren’t any sidewalks in certain areas in Canggu which makes walking a little bit dangerous!
If I were to go again, I would definitely stay on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong (on the beach end) since thats the busiest strip and is super close to the beach. There are a load of nice restaurants, shops and bars around and there are side roads with villas that are a lot quieter so that would be the ideal location for me.
Places to eat:
The food in Bali is amazing overall. We’ve been to some great restaurants, most of which were in Canggu.
Warung Dandelion – lovely atmosphere and if you are lucky, you get to see bunnies running around
Pizza Fabbricca – Deep fried pizza – that’s all that needs to be said
District Canggu – Great for working and eating
MyWarung Canggu – they have a few of these around Bali – the food is lovely and cheap
Indigo Canggu – if you like sushi Cinta Cafe – lovely views
Places to drink:
Old Man’s – hint: if you wait until late, the party moves on to the beach!
La Brisa – chilled atmosphere, good food and cocktails Finn’s Beach Club – a bit pricy but it’s a must if you want to go to a beach club
The Plumbers Arms – great food and good place to enjoy a quiet drink
Walking on the beach – we walked from Canggu to Seminyak. Look out for the surfers and the incredible waves.
Shopping! – Bali has some great clothing stores and the prices are quite reasonable
Tanah Lot Temple – we didn’t actually get to go but if you are in the Canggu / Seminyak area, the temple is really close by
Get on a scooter – if you can’t ride, you can get a Grab scooter to drive you around. It’s definitely a fun experience.