What do you think of when you hear the word travel? Amazing experiences, fun, culture, relaxation? These are all a part of travel, but at some point you had to sit down and do the booking, researching, planning and packing to get there. I’m a self-confessed travel nerd and I love everything about that process, and over time I have found the stuff I love to use, like websites, travel companies, travel gear, travel guides etc. Using the right travel resources can save you time, money and help you to plan a better trip. Happy Bali Planning 🙂
Our Favourite Bali Travel Resources
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When we go to Bali, the majority of the time we book our accommodation through Agoda. Why? They have plenty of options for accommodation in Bali, they have competitive prices, they have been easy to get in contact with and have provided great customer service.
The Beginners Guide To Bali eBook has all the information we wish we knew before our first trip to Bali. Click here to find out more and buy our eBook.
Our number 1 pick for finding the best accommodation in Bali would be Agoda. They usually have an extensive list of properties and in our experience we have found them to be the most competitive prices. We book most of our Bali accommodation with Agoda and have found them to be great. One time we went to Bali, our flight got turned back to Sydney 2 hrs into the trip (Volcanic Ash Risk), and we managed to adjust or get refunds with all our bookings through Agoda. Another perk is Agoda is partnered with Singapore Airlines Frequent Flyer Program (Krisflyer), so you can earn Krisflyer miles through booking with Agoda.
We used Airbnb on our trip to Europe (we are yet to try in Bali), and loved the change between staying in a hotel vs staying in someone’s home. It gives you a different perspective on a place. It’s also a great way to have a local contact and recommendations. The only downfall is it can be a little more tedious than booking a hotel.In Bali, this could be great for families or groups looking to stay in a villa/home together. You can also get $32 AUD Airbnb credit by signing up here.
If you are just starting out on your hotel search, hotels combined compare all the best hotel deals through different booking sites, to make sure you get value for money.
We now travel carry-on only (it wasn’t always the way), and for the last year I have been using the Antler Juno Cabin Luggage, and have loved it. Very sturdy wheels, protective case, TSA combination lock (no need for keys) and a 10 year warranty.
Packing cubes really help me stay organised throughout my trip, and everything’s easy to find.
Toiletries are always a pain, I try to minimise the amount I really need to take. I use GoToobs to put my toiletries in, and have found them by far the best in terms of being able to get all your product out of them.
I never want to think about which plug I need, so a universal plug means one plug is all you’ll ever need.
I’m all for less is more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of overpacking everything from a bag to a travel wallet, but I’m learning the beauty in simplicity.
Bali Travel Guides
We currently use the Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II for all our travel photography. It’s a mirrorless camera so it’s not as bulky/heavy as a DSLR, which makes it the perfect option for travel. Camera + Lens together
We currently just have the one lens that can handle normal – zoom shots, so we can save on space by just having the one lens.
Although there are many compact travel tripods, they do vary in size quite a bit. We wanted the smallest folding length we could get without compromising on extended length. We ended up with a folding length of 30cm, yep, the length of a ruler!
We usually travel with a 64GB San disc extreme memory card. This way we don’t need to worry about space (and we always back up our photo’s as we go too).
Good2Go Travel Insurance is what we have been using for a few years for our travels to Bali. I first chose them through lots of research as health and travel are two very important things to me. But it wasn’t until this year that I have ever had to actually use travel insurance and make a claim. I have now made two claims with Good2Go Travel Insurance, and the process was simple. One of these claims was in Bali. And if there is one thing I learnt from this incident is that any situation and any trip could result in the need to use your travel insurance.
On a beautiful morning in Ubud in a stunning hotel… I walked straight into the corner of a hotel safe. Yes, you heard me right, a very adventurous accident 😉 What I first hoped was just a really painful knock, actually ended with a long deep cut in my head, 5 stitches and multiple follow up visits. All I wanted was to get medical care and knowing I could get the care I needed and claim back my expenses with Travel Insurance gave me peace of mind.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Buy on Amazon or Booktopia) – This one doesn’t really need explaining, people flocked to Bali after the movie came out, but just don’t expect Bali to be exactly how it’s depicted here.
Citibank Plus Visa Debit Card
This is the card I use if I want to withdraw cash overseas. It has no ATM fees (unless the local ATM imposes one) and no percentage of your transaction is taken by Citibank.
Skype is such a great way to stay in contact. On my last trip my sister had just had a baby, so being able to Skype and see her was such a perk. Most places have free wifi too, so it’s a easy and free way to call home.
I love using trello to organise my trip… all the things I want to see, eat and do go onto the trello board. Super easy to use and it’s free.
Please note that some of the links mentioned above are affiliate links, all of the links are things I use and love. This means that if you purchase something through these links, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission. Parts of this page are in collaboration with Good2Go Travel Insurance, a company we use and love. All opinions are 100% Mandy and Chris.