I did it, guys. I finally went to Bali, after years of pining over it. And, without sounding really corny, the experience has actually changed my life and broadened my mind, re-igniting my love of faraway destinations and long-haul travel. This idyllic Indonesian island is quite simply paradise on Earth, and spending three weeks there was an experience I won’t forget in a hurry. If you read my post on preparing for a South East Asia backpacking trip, you’ll have read that I was planning on heading to Thailand, too.
I loved Bali and the Gili Islands so much that I decided to spend the entire time there, instead.
The smiles of the locals, the stunning natural beauty and the abundance of things to see and do, as well as the laid-back, tropical vibe that’s unlike any other place I’ve been, were just a few reasons why I made the decision to stay on longer.
So, if you’re planning on backpacking around Bali on a budget, or if you’re just after some crucial tips on the island, read on to find out my 9 essential tips.
Being a Journalism Studies student at the University of Sheffield, I had the amazing opportunity of undertaking a work placement at the Press Association for a week towards the end of June. The experience itself was a whole host of things, positive and negative; liberating, scary, eye-opening, and stressful. All at the same time.
I’ve been to London countless times for sunny weekend breaks, but I’ve never had the chance to stay for longer than two or three days. So I got to see a whole different side of London during the week I stayed there – away from the bustling tourist hotspots to a vibrant, deadline-laden office next to Victoria Station. Long story short, it was pretty interesting.
Here’s a few things I learned.
In a couple of months I’ll be heading out to South East Asia to go backpacking around Bali and Thailand. It’ll basically be like a “gap yaaah” that’s condensed into three-and-a-half weeks and two countries. When I booked the flights in November it seemed like I had ages to go, but, time being what it is, it’s come around in the blink of an eye.
It’s been over a month since I got back from my little Christmas getaway to Berlin, and I’ve been so busy with exams that I haven’t had chance to write about it until now. Considering that, upon deciding where to go for a city break, me and my friend picked Berlin out of a hat (it was up against 10 other European cities), combined with the fact that not once have I considered visiting Germany before, the city itself was a pleasant surprise.
Following on from my first post about my trip to the Czech Republic, I figured that the time I spent in Prague deserved an entirely new post of its own.