Happy July, Y’all!!! It is hard to believe how quickly this summer has flown by. I am finally out of my house in Nashville and getting somewhat settled here in Memphis, my home for the next few weeks. I’m not gonna lie….I planned out a super productive week for my business in my new Erin Condren planner, and about 10% of what I planned has come to pass. Instead I’ve been skipping to the fun stuff – like buying everything I think I need for my travels, booking plane tickets and lodging, and patiently awaiting the arrival of my fancy (for me) new camera.
But all is not lost, as I have FINALLY been able to share with you the first stop on my year-long adventure: I will be spending the first month of my journey in Ubud, a creative paradise on the island of Bali. If you don’t know where Bali is, it’s an island in Indonesia, just north of Australia. A lot of folks around here have asked me why in the world I’m going there first, as it’s so far from home (38 hour flight itinerary, y’all!) and such a drastically different culture. Well, I’ve done a ridiculous amount of research and put a lot of thought into it, and I want to share with you the four main reasons I chose to make Bali my first stop.
1. BALI IS A HAVEN FOR DIGITAL NOMADS
So, if you don’t know what a digital nomad is, fear not. You are not alone. Before I started my travel research, I had no idea either. Essentially, digital nomads are people who uses technology to earn a living, giving them the freedom to work remotely and live a location independent lifestyle. When I ran across the term, I thought, Oh, my gosh! That’ll be me!
Upon further investigation, I found that digital nomads flock to Bali by the numbers because of the low cost of living, lovely weather, scrumptious dining, and friendly Balinese culture. Because of the large number of digital nomad inhabitants, there is an abundance of resources available to this community. I’ve actually booked lodging where I will be living in the same space as other digital nomads, which will hopefully allow me to make some meaningful connections. If you know me, you know I’m an extrovert, and one of my biggest fears going forward is leaving my friends and family and just being lonely on the road. Beginning my journey in a place where there are a lot of other people on a similar path has eased some of that fear. On top of that, I will have a dedicated workspace, which will be extremely beneficial in keeping me focused and productive.
2. I REALLY NEED SOME R&R
I’m not saying this in a complainy (why, yes, I did just invent that word) type of way, just spitting out the facts here, but I have spent the last four years working like a crazy person. Working a full-time job, and then creating a business on top of that, has made for a lot of 80+ hour workweeks. In the meantime, I’ve become pretty tired and neglected other areas in my life – my overall health being one of them.
Ubud is known as the “holistic heart” of Asia, and seems like the best place to focus on my physical and emotional well-being. Ubud is brimming with organic cafes, holistic spas, and wellness studios. Throw in the lush green jungle, cute monkeys, and nearby beaches, and I can’t imagine a better place to recharge.
3. THE WEATHER ISN’T TOO SHABBY
Bali is just a few degrees south of the equator, so you can expect tropical weather all year round. September comes just after the busy season, but is still during the dry season, making it the perfect month for my visit.
4. YOUR MONEY GOES A LONG WAY
Guys. The U.S. Dollar goes a long way in Indonesia. Think staying in a five star hotel for $40/night or spending a relaxing day at the spa for under $100. I’m not kidding. Clearly, I plan on taking advantage of this and having multiple spa days. Care to join?
I hope this gives you a little bit more insight of what’s up first for me this fall. I’m headed out in 7 ½ weeks, but who’s counting? For those of you who have trekked to that part of the globe, I would love to hear your must-sees/dos/eats in Indonesia!