Going Solo in Indonesia: Trip Preparations

Ten months ago, I booked a P2.00 flight to Jakarta from a Cebu Pacific sale.  I was planning on joining Travel Factor’s Surfvivor Bali tour.  They were going to Bali by way of Jakarta but joiners must arrange their own flights.  Because of that, I booked a flight to Bali via Air Asia and I thought that I was all set.  But then, Cebu Pacific started offering direct flights to Bali and all my plans changed.  I suddenly had to travel to Indonesia all by myself.  I wasn’t planning on traveling alone to Indonesia but I already had plane tickets and I couldn’t put them to waste.  Thus, my adventure of going solo in Indonesia was born.

Read about the first time I traveled alone.

Eight months later, I started writing an introduction to this post which detailed the progress of my research.  I started narrating about how I finally finished reading Eat, Pray, Love hoping to gain wisdom from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Love journey, about how I even considered retracing her footsteps throughout the island and about how I ended up scrapping the whole idea because lots of other women were already doing the same thing.  Pretty lame if you ask me.

And with that, I moved on and read as much as I could.  But it really wasn’t much.  I did some reading on how to move around Bali, on which area to stay (a tie between Kuta and Ubud) and some of the things to do.  However, I spent most of my time reviewing the various budget hotels listed in Agoda.com (I had a very tight budget because I was just recovering from our Singapore-Malaysia trip).  Meanwhile, I found a Tripadvisor review of a fantastic driver in Bali.  And that pretty much describes the entirety of my research.

I booked the hotel a month in advance and the driver a couple of weeks after.  And with that, my preparations for going solo in Indonesia was half covered:  I would tour Bali with a fantastic driver and later check in at a hotel in Kuta Beach.  The other half of my stay?  I would have to play by ear.

Read about my hotel in Kuta Beach

Meanwhile, I have pretty much kept my trip hush-hush.  I have this history of jinxing my plans whenever I am loose-lipped about them.  So, the only people who I told were those whose advice I asked from, like my friends who have lived in Indonesia and those who have gone there for vacation.  Other than that, I put off letting people know up to the last minute.  I was both excited and terrified of the idea of traveling by myself but I would like to have a choice on the matter.  I would rather not jinx it.

Watch out for the next installment of my Going Solo in Indonesia series!

Read the next part here

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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