Travelling non-stop for a month is always going to have it’s highs and lows. Overall, we had an amazing month in Indonesia and it’s definitely somewhere I’d jump at the chance to go back to. This wouldn’t be a personal blog if I didn’t share with you the bits that went wrong so that you can (hopefully) avoid them!
Double Bookings: The beauty of not having a solid plan means you can have the freedom of changing your plans. However, booking rooms as you go along is stressful when you’re somewhere like Asia which has questionable wifi connections. Having filled in the booking page for a room in Bangkok, the page crashed so we tried again, only to find out we’d booked the room twice. Normally these things don’t phase me but when you’re budgeting everything so you don’t have to live of fried rice for the rest of the month, it starts to get to you a little. After various emails back and forth to the hotel, who originally said we couldn’t have a refund, we got one eventually, but only after we’d argued about it for at least an hour with each other. Half a day slightly ruined and a lesson learned!
Card Cancellations: This happens to me every time I go abroad despite my attempts to prevent it. My bank (Barclays) state that now they are a Worldwide bank, you don’t need to inform them of when you’re going away. ‘Great!’ I thought, easy enough. Except it’s not when they block your card and you’re running out of cash. A pricey call later and everything was sorted.
Scams: We were aware of the common scams before we went to Asia so managed to avoid any major problems. When we were walking back from the Grand Palace in Bangkok, an elderly lady and younger man approached us and thrust corn into our hands. Pigeons came flying at us and I actually got smacked in the face by a pigeon. Seriously. I carried on walking as they demanded money and then checked to see if I still had all of my belongings. Scam avoided. I can’t say it’s one I’ve ever heard of before and it was a surreal experience!
Equalising Problems: I always have problems equalising when I go diving. On our first dive on Gili T we had two instructors to three of us so I didn’t feel as though I was holding everyone up as much when I took longer to equalise. I was in quite a bit of pain at first but my lovely instructor Cassie was really patient and after a while everything cleared up and I could enjoy the dive. The next two dives were much more comfortable so I have taken this as a sign that I need to go diving more!
In hindsight, we were lucky that these were the only lows of the entire month and we had some amazing highs to cancel them out. Nothing went completely wrong and I’m clutching at straws to say that some of these were lows.
Diving with wild Sea Turtles: This has always been a dream of mine and they are such amazing creatures in the flesh. We were lucky enough to see around ten on our dives and I was just as excited seeing the tenth as I was the first!
Seeing Orangutans in the wild: Orangutans can only be seen in the wild in two places now which made our encounter with them all the more special. After a brisk and sweaty jungle trek, it was incredible to see these creatures in their natural environment. Something I will never forget!
Eating street food in Bangkok: Bangkok is famous for it’s street food and we loved eating our way around the city.
Discovering the beaches in Kuta, Lombok: Kuta, Lombok’s beaches are endless miles of white sand and turquoise water and my idea of heaven! With minimal tourists and no development surrounding them as of yet, they were the perfect place to relax after the madness of Bali.
Climbing Mount Batur: This climb definitely challenged my physical fitness. I said in the post on it that I’m not sure I would have made it if we weren’t scaling it in the dark and therefore unable to see the way we still had to go. Nevertheless, watching the sun rise over Bali made every second of the climb worth it and I don’t think it would have been the same if we hadn’t have had to work for it.
If you want to read more about our travel highs, click on the links above to go to the full posts!
Have you ever had any major travel lows? What are your travel highs?!