BALI: Yoga. Surf. Healing.

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!

What’s Next?

  • 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.

  • Connect!

    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!

Travel Tips

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!

XOXO,

Samantha & Kat

 
 

FAQ: Bali

We know that planning for an international retreat can be overwhelming, and with that, comes a lot of questions. Hopefully these help! Have more questions? Head to the contact page to ask!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When is my deposit due?

Your deposit is due within 24 hours of submission of your registration. Should you have any issues, please let us know so we can reserve your spot!

Does my deposit go toward the final cost?

Yes! For example, if you locked in the early bird pricing rate, you would pay the $500 deposit, and owe $1200 after that.

Are there any additional costs associated with the retreat?

Any additional activities you want to do (that are not listed in the next question) will incur extra costs, such as surfing, lessons, restaurants/bars, shopping, etc. Additionally, your transportation from Kura Kura in Canggu to the airport is NOT included! Only your transportation from the airport to Kura Kura in Canggu is included. Should you like to arrange transportation for after the retreat, we are happy to help! We did this so that those who would like to continue traveling afterward are not responsible for paying for this fee.

What does the cost of the retreat include?

The retreat includes:

+ 6 Nights Accommodation at Kura Kura - Bali

+ 3 Vegetarian Balinese/Indonesian Meals per day

+ Ground Transportation from the airport to the retreat center

+ 2 yoga/meditation offerings each day

+ 1 Balinese Massage at Kura Kura

+ Purification Ceremony

+ Fire Ceremony (Agni Hotra)

+ Personal Retreat Time (freedom to participate in what you want, with plenty of time to explore, surf, relax, and soak in the magic of Bali.)

Can I get a refund?

No, all payments made are final. Please contact us directly should you have questions!

How much are flights to Bali?

Flights to Bali range from $500 to upwards of $1500 roundtrip depending on many factors, such as which airport you fly from, the time of year, how close to the date of your trip you book your flight, and what type of ticket you buy (first class, economy, basic economy, etc).

We recommend using flight tracking apps (hopper, momondo, skyscanner, etc.) to let you know as the price of your flight changes, and to keep you informed on when to buy your flights. Typically, the further from the date, the cheaper the flight, but that’s not always the case! Check out my blog post for more travel-related questions and tips.

What if I want to travel after/before the retreat?

Totally fine! You’re flying to the other side of the world, you might as well stay a while! Feel free to contact myself, or Kat, for travel advice, things to see, and other recommendations!

Keep in mind… the retreat begins on 11/25 and runs through 12/1. Should you decide to come late/leave early, we are unable to refund you for any days missed. If you arrive late to the retreat, you will be responsible for transportation to Kura Kura.

Do I need a visa in advance to travel to Bali?

No, everything is handled when you arrive.

NOTE: If you are traveling before/after the retreat, please do some research to see whether the nature/duration of your stay has different stipulations.

What if I can’t surf?

Surfing is 100% optional! We will help you facilitate lessons, if you’re interested, however, there is PLENTY to do without participating in the surfing portion of the retreat.

What’s the best airline to use?

It depends! If you have had good experiences with an airline, are a rewards member, or have a rewards card with a specific airline, it could benefit you to use them for this trip. Kat and I have used various airlines, and can give you some pros and cons if that would be helpful. Contact us for more questions.

Should I get travel insurance?

YES! Whenever booking internationally, I get travel insurance. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Luck favors the prepared…

What is Canggu like?

DREAMY, MAGICAL, PEACEFUL. I could go on. Canggu is located on the western coast of the island of Bali and is north of Kuta & Seminyak (popular tourist areas). Being that it’s north of the bustle of Kuta & Seminyak, Canggu has more of a relaxed, beachy, surf vibe. Kura Kura Retreat Center is even further north from Canggu’s center, giving it a secluded, serene, and detached haven to rest, restore, and rejuvenate. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of night life, restaurants, shopping, and surf nearby in Canggu.

Do I have to participate in everything?

No! Everything is optional, including the aforementioned activities. Please take care of yourself while on this retreat, and don’t push yourself to do things that don’t interest you, or things that you don’t have the energy for.

NOTE: Your price will not be adjusted if you do not to participate in the included activities.

What if I’ve never done yoga before? Or if I’ve only done it a few times?

All levels are welcome! Please let us know so we can be sure to explain everything appropriately.

When are the remaining payments due?

Remaining payments are as follows:

May 1: Half of the remainder of your retreat cost is due (early bird pricing will owe $600, regular pricing will owe $725).

September 1: The final payment of $600 for early birds and $725 for regular pricing is due.