Well, I spent a lot longer in Indonesia that I had planned, and it’s been one hell of an emotional month! I spent most of that time with my friend who lives in Canggu, Bali and got to experience what it feel like to live in Asia. I also got to re-visit one of my most favourite places; Gili Trawangan. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that place is like a cross between an episode of Lost and an episode of Friends! If you haven’t already visited then put it to the top of your travel bucket list!!
So onwards to the detail..
Where I’ve been this month:
2 nights in Seminyak, Bali / Indonesia
7 nights in Gili Trawangan / Indonesia
4 nights on a boat visiting various islands including Lombok, Simbawa, Komodo, Rinca & Flores / Indonesia
14 nights in Canggu, Bali / Indonesia
On 8th June when my Indonesian Visa ran out I decided to fly back to London rather than go on to the Philippines like I planned. I wasn’t in the right mind frame to continue travelling and really enjoy it, and I knew moving to Thailand would need all my strength, so a few weeks at home is just what I needed. I plan to move to Bangkok with the bf at the end of June!
1. Re-visiting Gili T was as awesome as I expected, despite one drunken night where I lost half my stuff, including my £350 iPhone!!
2. Seeing my friend in Canggu who I met travelling last year…so good to catch up!
3. Experiencing what it might be like living in Asia by basically living with my friend & hiring scooter for 2 weeks…awesome!
4. Coming home and seeing family & friends
Unfortunately I got really bad travellers fatigue this month and seemingly terrible bad luck! After such a short time away I thought this was pretty pathetic which made me feel worse (I’m getting old!). I don’t handle this very well and seem to flee home every time it happens rather than just pushing through, BUT it was the right thing to do for me and as I’m moving to Thailand I wasn’t too worried as I knew I’d be back soon enough!
1. Losing my iPhone, flip flops, bank card and a large amount of cash on a drunken night out
2. Getting to Flores airport and finding out the plane ticket I bought wasn’t on the airlines system! A meltdown in the airport wasn’t my finest moment!
3. Breaking a rather expensive bottle of vodka before we’d even opened it!! Such bad luck :'(
4. Losing BOTH my bank cards meaning the effort & expense of having to transfer money via Western Union to myself (on the bright side it only takes a few hours)
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Things I’ve Learnt:
- I HAVE to stop running home every time I don’t feel 100%…I can’t afford to despite anything else!
- Losing things is part & parcel of travelling and will inevitably happen. I need to just accept it and move on rather than stress about it for weeks (I’m still stressing!!)
- I love living in Asia
- I DO prefer being around people rather than on my own so I need to accept to compromises that comes with it
This Months Travel Tip:
Ok so I didn’t realise that you still need a police report if you have lost your stuff (not just if it’s stolen!) for insurance purposes and it needs to be filed within 24 hours of the loss…don’t mention you were drunk!!!
ummm no idea to be honest!! Between losing my bank cards and so having some pretty high charges, and actually stopping travelling to stay in Canggu for 2 weeks I think my budget isn’t very reflective of a usual month travelling, but I estimate I probably spent circa £35 a day this month (which is about the same as the last 2 months!). Indonesia is not the cheapest Asian country and Gili T partying can drain the bank very quickly!!
Total budget for 3 months in Southeast Asia (excluding flight from/to home) – £4,200 (£1,400 per month / £47 per day!!!!)
All in all this year my travel budget has been much higher than last year as I’ve been travelling more expensive countries (Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia), I’m sure Cambodia & Thailand are a bit pricier than a year ago and I’ve also done a lot more in a shorter space of time, having less down time to save money.
BUT, the biggest reason I’m so over is down to not using my Trail Wallet app, where I recorded EVERYTHING I bought, this really kept me in check last year and allowed me to see when I was over my daily budget so I could adjust my spending.