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. Over time, I’ve 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
Accommodation | Travel Gear | Travel Guides | Bali Itineraries
Photography | Travel Insurance | Travel Reading | Travel Credit Cards | Other
Our number 1 pick for finding the best accommodation in Bali would be Booking.com. They usually have an extensive list of properties at competitive prices. We book most of our Bali accommodation with Booking.com and have found them to be great. Booking.com has one of the easiest to use websites and booking apps.
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.
Read: The Ultimate Guide To Bali Accommodation
I’ve been using the Antler Juno Cabin Luggage for a few years and love it. We pack carry-on only and it’s all I need!
Packing cubes help me stay organised and everything’s easy to find.
I try to minimise my toiletries. I use GoToobs as it’s easy to get all your product out of them.
One plug is all you’ll ever need.
I love my Bellroy travel wallet. Beauty in simplicity.
Bali Travel Guides
Camera – Olympus OM-D Em-5 Mark II (Australian Link)
We currently use the Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II for our travel photo’s and video’s. 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
Lens – Olympus 12-40mm PRO lens (Australian Link)
We currently travel with one lens that can handle normal – zoom shots, which keeps travelling with camera gear simple.
We now also have a Olympus Pen EPL7 that we use as a second camera. Although our top pick is still the Olympus OM-D EM-5, if you have a good lens, the Pen is still pretty good for photos.
Travel Tripod (Australian Link)
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.
Bali By Design by Kim Inglis (Buy on Amazon or Booktopia) – A look at house and villa design in Bali.
Step By Step Cooking: Balinese by Heinz Von Holzen (Buy on Amazon or Booktopia) – Full of Balinese Recipes from the chef behind Balinese Restaurant Bumbu Bali
A House In Bali by Colin McPhee (Buy on Amazon or Booktopia) – The story of a musician who travelled to Bali and went on a journey discovering Balinese music and culture.
The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussmann (Buy on Amazon or Booktopia) – A novel about love and healing following the Bali bombings.
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. Most places have free wifi too, so it’s a easy and free way to call home. Also, if you purchase Skype credit to make phone calls, you can make really well-priced local calls for when you need to book a restaurant etc.
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.
Hi there, I am going to Lombok by myself in September, and can’t drive …. (thanks to the perfect mass transport system in HK) I am looking to hire a car with driver while I’m there, do you have any recommendations of which company I should go for please?
Thanks so much!
Hi Jamie, HK definitely does have great transport! When we were in Lombok we used a combination of Bluebird taxis and drivers organised through our hotel. Unfortunately, we don’t have a company to recommend from our time in Lombok. We would love to hear from you if you have a great experience with one. Have a great trip!
My wife and I are traveling to south east Asia from February 13 to March 5, 2016. We are going to be spending the first week in Krabi for a friends wedding. Our last two weeks is wide open and we have been wanting to go to Bali, however I am a little hesitant because of the weather in Bali that time of year. We have never been and are only basing our opinions on reports from the web. Can you shed some light on this in regards to weather and what it’s typically like that time of year?
Thank you very much for your time. By the way, I really enjoyed your blog.
Thanks Paul, Your week in Krabi will be amazing!
It will still be wet season in Feb/March, however, when it rains it’s usually in short bursts, not for the entire day. We are here now in wet season, and in the 4 weeks we have been here, it barely rained for 3 weeks, and then the last few days it’s rained everyday, in short bursts. It’s kind of the luck of the draw, but the rain has affected our trip, it’s just an excise to get a massage whilst it stops raining :) The weather is still pretty hot, and you should still get some sunny days.
Hope this helps and have a lovely time in Krabi & Bali :)