City: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Time of year: February.
Stay: Indraprastha Homestay Ubud. An incredibly affordable and friendly place to spend a few days.
See: It’s not a proper trip to Ubud without a trip to the rice fields. The beauty of this attraction is that you don’t have to travel far at all to walk among them.
Save: Unless you’re planning to take a day trip anywhere, Ubud is very easy to navigate by foot despite being frequently asked on the street whether you need a taxi.
Splurge: I’ve established in the past that I love a good market. So naturally the markets in Ubud is where I’ll be spending the most of my money. Now markets are pretty stock standard wherever you go, often selling the usual crafts and textiles (but I love them anyway), but what I particularly enjoyed was the beautiful artwork and jewellery on offer. Needless to say this was where I splurged in Ubud!
Eat: Food here is cheap and delicious. I ate Mi Goreng every day I just can’t get enough of it. Ubud was also the first place I had ever tried rose petal ice cream. My advice is just to walk around and eat your way around the main streets and try everything!
Pack: A half-decent pair of walking shoes would make long walks through rice fields more comfortable. Then again I navigated them in a pair of flip-flops and was fine apart from a few mosquito bites but some proper shoes would have been better.
Good to know: I knew Bali would be hot but I was not prepared for just how humid it would be. Within 15 minutes of leaving my accommodation for the day I am covered in sweat so stick to light fabric clothing and forego the makeup as it will only slide straight off your face.