I am working on planning a (last minute) trip to Indonesia-- December and January, although I am free through February (was thinking maybe of visiting some other countries then, but who knows if I'll be able to drag myself off of Bali). I am in need of some restoration and change, and I think spending some time by the ocean will be just the trick! I have been to Bali once before, right after high school. I absolutely loved it, and although I don't remember all of the details of where I visited, I distinctly remember feeling like I was in the best place in the world and this funny feeling of being "home". Nothing has ever compared.
I am hoping to base myself out of Canggu where I can do Yoga, Crossfit, attempt to surf, eat some healthy food and read some good books. I would definitely like to do some excursions to some other islands and other areas on Bali as well and would love to hear any "musts" that you have. I did go to a lot of the typical spots in Bali on my last trip, so I would like to see some of the other parts of the country especially. I love hiking, beaches, and staying away from anything too chaotic or touristy (yes, I know Canggu is full of expats).
I am hoping to take advantage of the month-long discounts on AirBnB by staying in one place for at least a month or two. I've been reading that prices online are higher than in person. Would you reccomend just planning a few nights somehwere to start and then finding a rental while actually in Canggu? I'm definitely on a budget and am fine with something simple, but would like to be comfortable (I have about $5000 absolute max to spend over three months, but would prefer to spend much less).
I am trying to get a 60 day Toursit Visa, except that I live in Wyoming and am nowhere near the LA Consulate to which I am assigned. Not sure if I really have to mail them my passport but that's kind of what I am reading? I'd rather get a 60-day visa to start, and then if I want to extend, deal with the immigration stuff or making a visa run. If I were to leave the country after 60 days, would I be able to re-enter and get a Visa Free or do you have to do the visa application outside of Indonesia as a lot of people seem to do... I wouldn't need more than another 30 days at the most.
Do you have any reccomendations of how much cash one should bring initially? I know I need to look into money transfer/ATM/credit card stuff, but I am thinking of bringing a chunk of cash right off the bat...
I also need to look into unlocking my phone and getting a local sim, as I hear that this is the best way to be connected, although I wonder what happens when I come back to the US.
If anyone has any answers to some of the questions/ramblings I have posed, please don't hesitate! And any other advice, encouragement, tips or ideas are welcome! What do you wish you had known/done/prepared for before you spent time in Bali?
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