I am well aware that we are very lucky to have the incredible holidays that we do. Trust me, I am. It blows my mind on the last day of term, the last day of every term when my Facebook feed is frenetic with all the incredible places around the world that our expat friends and colleagues are heading off to. Every break I thank my lucky stars that we decided to take a risk and emigrate.
After spending quite a bit on our Australia trip at Christmas, I sat down at the weekend (with a large G&T) to try and plan our upcoming holidays, both logistically and financially. Planning the financial aspect of travel is something we’re not always great at – damn you Agoda book now pay later! I also know that part of the issue lies in my love of a beautiful hotel and a beachfront location and this is something I will also try to work on…
Our next trip is at Songkran when we head to Bali, Lombok and Gili Air. We really were spoilt for choice with what to do and where to go in Bali, and whilst I know we are hardly scratching the surface, in 10 days I think it will be plenty! We are spending one night in Seminyak (paid for) before heading over to Gili Air for a few nights (paid for), then onto Lombok (booked before my financial responsibility epiphany so therefore booked but not paid for) to meet up with my cousin and other family members before our trip culminates in Ubud (not booked despite evening after evening of research and watching Eat Pray Love).
We have already booked hotels in Seminyak (£35 a night), Lombok (price doesn’t count yet if it’s not paid for right?!) and Gili Air (£55 a night) but are struggling to find a hotel in Ubud – a combination of overwhelming choice and reading too many Tripadvisor reviews. This is where I need your help; if you’ve stayed somewhere fabulous in Ubud, please let me know! Likewise, I’d love to hear if you’ve been to any of these places and have top tips for things to do when we’re there!
In the meantime, I’m going to go back to reading far too many Tripadvisor reviews and drinking copious amounts of gin.