Updated: Feb 26, 2020
Planning a trip can be stressful for most people, but fun for me on the other hand. I am very organized and I do not like to fly to a foreign country without any knowledge of what to do and where to stay and go. I actually plan and organize all of my trips on an Excel spreadsheet in Google Drive to share the document with everyone who is traveling with me. The Google Drive is absolutely amazing for planning with your friends and family. Everyone can contribute and view live changes made to the document. It is also great to keep track of all costs involved. If you would like a tutorial on how to plan and organize on an Excel spreadsheet in Google Drive, let me know :)
Before you depart for your journey, here is what you'll need:
Change currency at your local bank or airport. Cash is mostly recommended when dining and shopping in local markets. Credit cards are accepted at most shopping boutiques, hotels and restaurants.
Download the Grab app onto your phone. This app will save you time & money from calling a taxi.
Unlock your phone. This will allow you to use any SIM card while you're traveling. For me, I always need a SIM everywhere and any country I travel to. Data is life! It will save you so much time to navigate around foreign areas (GPS is major!), research, stay connected with other people traveling with you (in case you decide to part ways to do your own thing), and update your socials (LOL, living that influencer life y'know)!
Pack comfortable, lightweight clothing. It is very, very hot and humid. So don't forget to bring sunscreen with UVA & UVB protection. I use Vichy Sport, it is water resistant and can be applied on wet skin too! P.S. also pack two handkerchiefs. (I will tell you why later!)
Make sure your passport is up to date and proper Visa is there if you need one. I am Canadian so no visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days. You must hold a passport valid for at least six months with at least one blank visa page. You must also hold proof of onward and return flights.
Print out a copy of your itinerary. You will need to present this when you check-in to your flights.
My 7-Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Settling in! Pick up SIM Card, check into Airbnb or hotel, rent a bike, & grab a bite. Wherever you're flying in from, I am sure you've had a long and rough flight like I did from Toronto. My flight was 25 hours long with a layover in Taipei.
Day 2: Explore the town of Ubud via motorbike, visit the Saraswati Temple, stroll through the Monkey Forest, walk through the bustling shopping market, and uncover a magical sunset in a hidden rice paddy field.
Day 3: Instagram Tour - The tour guide will pick you up at 5am to begin the tour. First stop is the