Bali travel tips
- expect at least 22 hours of travel time (flight + layovers) over 2 - 3 flights
- your final destination is Denpasar (DPS) and, depending on which airline, you'll likely come from China, Australia, Singapore, Japan or the Philippines
- there should be many flights available, so pick the one which lands between 12 - 8 p.m. if possible (we understand price is a big factor) - while we will provide transportation to/from the airport, they must be at reasonable times
- don't dress on the plane as you would in Bali - you'll be on planes for over 20 ours and they'll usually have it really cool
- pack a lot of snacks with you as the airplane meals won't be enough to hold you over for long layovers or delays
- there's a 25% chance your check-in luggage won't make it with you on your flight, so pack at least 3 days of clothing, your toiletries, and other items (valuable or not) you'd want with you on carry-on (we have 2 separate occasions where friends brought luggage for us and it didn't make it on their flight)
- you'll skip a day on the flight over
- easiest way to tell Bali time is taking whatever EST is, then add a day
- you won't need a Visa if you're a U.S. citizen unless you plan on staying longer than 30 days
- make sure your passport doesn't expire within 6 months of entering Indonesia (go here for updates)
- use Kayak/Orbitz/Expedia, etc. to find the best price (we use Google Flights) but DON'T book through them, book directly with the airlines
- if you need to change your flight, it's a nightmare working through resellers to get proper customer service
- you don't get a better deal anymore because the airlines are price-matching these websites now
- as of July 11, we found RT flights from Boston on Google Flights for around $1100 all-in
- if you plan on leaving right after the retreat, then book your flight for the evening of March 11 to give you enough time
- from our experience, we haven't needed vaccinations at all
- while we don't have a crystal ball, nothing's happened to us since moving here in January 2018, but consult your doctor
- we highly recommend bringing the following: liquid/liposomal Vitamin C, Oregano Oil, probiotics, and "On Guard" by doterra. What we've linked to on Amazon is what we use for any illness whether a cold, fever, flu, or diarrhea.
- while we know CBDs have extensive benefits & no THC in them, we highly discourage bringing them even if you have a doctor's prescription! Here in Indonesia, cannabis/cannabidoil/canna-anything are bad words.
- if you're considering bringing family, look for a villa, not a hotel
- Airbnb or Agoda are the best sites to use
- Look for something in MAS or Sukawati that's north of Purnati retreat center as it'll be closer to Ubud
As we get closer to March 2019, we'll send out more tips.