BALI: Yoga. Surf. Healing. Retreat is officially a GO for this November! Kat and I are thrilled to share the magic and tranquility of Bali with all 14 of our guests, friends, and fellow yogis. Whether you’re new to international travel (or travel at all, for that matter), or you’re a seasoned vagabond, I thought I’d put together a blog post to help you prepare, plan, and get stoked!
Save, Save, Save!
Indonesia is an inexpensive place to travel, but it’s always nice to have some extra cash while traveling abroad. I use the Mint app to help create budgets and plans to keep me on track. In addition, there are two more payment deadlines to be aware of:
May 1: Half of the remainder of your retreat cost is due (early bird pricing will owe $600, regular pricing will owe $725 on 5/1).
September 1: The final payment of $600 for early birds and $725 for regular pricing is due.
If you haven’t already, find us on Social Media and connect with us. We’ll also be creating a group so you can connect with your fellow retreat tribe.
Book your flights!
As far as booking flights goes, it’s always good to start looking sooner than later. I’ve added some Travel Tips below to help you in your search. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions!
After securing your spot and paying your deposit (check!), the next step is to start looking into flights. I recommend using flight tracker apps, such as Hopper, Momondo, and SkyScanner to help you lock in the cheapest rate you can. Of course, your flight costs will vary depending on where you’re flying from, which pricing options you choose, and how close you book to the date of travel, but these apps can help you take the guess work out of that. Hopper, for example, will let you know their predictions on how the price will fluctuate over the coming months, as well as let you know what date you should purchase by. It’s important to note that not all tracker apps include all airlines (like Southwest, Spirit, etc.), so research accordingly. Momondo and SkyScanner have similar functions as well. I like to use all three!
To save money, try looking at flights from popular urban, or coastal airports (i.e. Seattle, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Minneapolis, etc.) Most flight patters use main hubs like those to fly from, and by booking your flight directly from there, you may be able to save a few bucks. For example, I will be flying from Denver. The flights listed from Seattle instead are about $200 cheaper than if I book from Denver. If I shop around and find a cheap flight from Denver to Seattle at the beginning, and end of my trip, I have the potential to save money. Be careful doing this, as it may not always be worth it, however, it doesn’t hurt to explore. If you’re looking to pinch some pennies, you’ll need to do some researching like this, but, it can certainly pay off. Try to use large international airports, especially those that have cheap flights to/from your local airport. You may need to look at various airlines as well.
Which airline you use is entirely up to you and your preferences, however, I would recommend purchasing the bulk of your trip on the same airline (or airlines that are operated by your original airline). For example, last time I flew to Bali I travelled from Denver > Detroit > South Korea > Bali. I flew Delta for the entirety of the flight, but Korean Airlines operated the flight from South Korea to Bali. I wasn’t switching airlines, it was simply an automatic adjustment that is made on the airline’s part. This doesn’t mean you can’t book separate flights from your local airport to the main international airport, as I discussed above. It just means that switching airlines, or even airports once you’ve left the United States isn’t recommended. Yes, it can save you money, but it can create more chaos and delays with your travel. Switching airports mid-way isn’t an issue, as long as you have plenty of time on your layover, or you’ve intentionally chosen to explore in that country/city. Long layovers can be a great opportunity to get out and see a new city! Keep in mind that you will have to go through customs, and security again when returning to the airport…
In regards to travel insurance, I always recommend paying for this service. As always, read over the fine print so you fully understand what is and is not covered, but having travel insurance can really come in handy when dealing with any unexpected hiccups along the way. I always get travel insurance when traveling internationally to help protect my self in the event of an emergency, and I recommend you do the same. It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Luck favors the prepared…
Stay tuned for more information on things to see, do, and experience in Bali!
Samantha & Kat