Bali is one of the favorite destinations for solo travelers. This island is one of the world paradises. This island is blessed with beautiful nature. Gorgeous beaches, beautiful waterfall, astonishing terraced rice fields as well as indulging spas and villas and unique cultural events warmly greet those who come to Bali.
Those solo travelers who come to Bali are not only dominated by male travelers. Now, there are many women who come to Bali as a single traveler. A solo traveler to Bali is getting popular because Bali has made some improvements in transportation and accessibility. Moreover, with the flourish of budget-friendly accommodations attracts more solo travelers to visit this island.
If right now you are planning to have your first Bali solo female travel, there are some important issues that you need to consider. Here is the tips for you, solo female traveler, if you are going to Bali.
Create an Itinerary
Every satisfying trip is always closely related with good preparation. The most important preparation for people who are going to travel is to make an itinerary. It doesn’t mean that you have to rigidly follow the plan. It is open to some changes since it’s just a rough plan. Do some research about the places you want to visit. There are many blogs and reviews about tourist attractions in Bali that you can read on the Internet. Google Map can also be a great help to you in finding tourist destinations.
Preparing your travel plan is important, so you won’t get overwhelmed when you arrive in Bali. Create a short list of tourist attractions in Bali, where it is located, and how to get there. This will guarantee that you won’t get confused anymore.
If you come from one of the countries that are exempted from visa requirements, you won’t need to apply for a visa. You can enter Indonesia for free up to 30 days. However, if you come with this 30-day visa, you cannot extend your stay. If you want to stay longer, you can apply for a visa on arrival, but it is only up to 60 days. Once you arrive at the airport, you can buy it there.
If you decide to stay longer and buy a visa on arrival, you have to go to the immigration office in the country in order to extend your visa. Make sure you come seven days before the 30th day.
FYI: the departure and the arrival day are counted as one day. Be sure to count the days accurately. If you overstay, you will receive a fine of IDR 300,000 per day.
If you want to save your time in dealing with your visa extension, you can hire an agent. You will need to pay around IDR 650,000 or USD 50. If you use an agent, you will only need to go to the immigration office once. If you do it alone, you will save around USD 25, yet you will need to go to the immigration office three times. It’s totally your call, saving money or time.
Bring Less Bag
As women traveling solo, there is a lot of things to prepare. Make sure you do the packing well. Avoid bringing too many bags. Many criminals target victims who are struggling with their bags and luggage. Try not to bring too many clothes and makeup kits. Just bring the most essential ones. So, to avoid any misfortunes, try to pack your things in less bag. Pick which items you need to bring.
Dealing with Period
Well, women have a special moment of their own each month and to travel during that period of time is a bit nagging. So to avoid a worse situation, you need to prepare things. Most Indonesian women do not use, they use a sanitary pad instead. You won’t find tampon being sold in local stores. Mostly it is being sold in pharmacies like Kimia Farma or Guardian. You can find both stores in Bali.
Talking about the price of the tampon in Bali, well, you can’t expect it to be cheap since it is categorized as imported goods. The price of tampon in Guardian is around IDR 100,000 or USD 1 or more for 20 pieces while the sanitary pads around IDR 25,000 – 50,000 which is less than a dollar.
Yes, you are recommended to pack light but not when it is about monthly feminine products, especially if you visit the country that is not too familiar with the products you use, like Indonesia. So, if you use a certain kind of product and you know it will be hard or expensive to find in the place you are about to visit, pack some of the products from home. Or, perhaps you want to try a diva cup. It may cost you a bit but quite efficient and also environmentally friendly.
Try Not to Provoke the Criminals
It’s not about your appearance but it is about what you carry that make people notice you. The most obvious example is that some tourists will hang their camera on their neck or hold their cellphone instead of putting it inside the bag. Some women prefer to use a tote bag instead of a backpack or wear flashy jewelry. These usually invite criminals to do something bad. So, try to keep your gadget or wallet safe by putting them inside a much safer bag and avoid looking too striking. Read more here: Things to avoid in Bali
Be Careful Exchange Rate Scam
If it seems too good to actually be true, well, it probably is. If you notice any money changer that offers higher exchange rate compared to others than it may be a scam. So, don’t fall for this trap. Instead, choose a licensed money changer.
Also, you need to be alert with the staff behind the counter. Watch them carefully as they count the notes. They may drop some, you won’t receive the amount that you should get. Recount your money in front of them before leaving the place.
Avoid Shady Taxi Driver
Once you are leaving the airport, you may be swarmed by taxi drivers offering their service. Having a jet lag, you may be overwhelmed by them. To avoid shady taxi driver, you can hire an online taxi or choose a hotel private pick-up service although it may cost you, it is safer. If you want to use a taxi, use Blue Bird taxis since their taxis use a meter.
Write a Message
Always write travel notes on social media, diaries, or just tell friends. The contents of the note can be about the route of the day’s journey, so that if something happens someone else can easily find you. You can also inform your family at home about your activities while you are in Bali, so if something bad happens “God forbid”, they can easily locate you.
Talk to Hotel Staff
Talking with hotel staff is one of the best ways to get information about the surrounding area, rather than asking with strangers on the road.
Remove the Earphone
Try not to wear your earphone while you are in a crowd. Being in the crowd, you will need to be alert, especially if you are visiting a new place. By not wearing your earphone, you can make a quick reaction if an unwanted situation occurs.
Pack Some Toilet Paper
You may know that in Indonesia they don’t use toilet paper to clean, they use water instead. However, you may find some public toilets in a mall or tourist attractions provide toilet paper hanging on the wall. Just in case you can’t find a toilet that has toilet paper, make sure you bring some.
Another thing to remember is flushing the toilet paper. You may notice a sign saying you are not allowed to flush the toilet paper, so they place a trash bin inside the toilet. Make sure you don’t flush your toilet paper. Instead, throw them into the trash bin.
Respect the Local Culture
Going around half naked is okay if you are in other countries like Brazil or France. However, if you are in Bali, pay attention to what you wear. It doesn’t mean that you have to cover yourself from head to toes, it just that Bali is not the place if you plan to wear nothing.
The Balinese mostly are Hindu and they are modest and conservative. You won’t see Balinese people wear a bathing suit at the beach. They will be seen wearing a t-shirt or short that will not reveal too much of their body if they are in the water.
So, if you are in Bali, be sensitive to the surroundings and act accordingly. if you wear a bikini, put over it with a sarong.
What to Do if You Come During Nyepi
Nyepi is a religious celebration of the Hindu that happens annually. It is a huge religious event. During Nyepi, no activity is allowed for 24 hours. People will do a self-reflection or mediation. No power or electricity since it is forbidden. Some people will do fasting for the entire day to clean themselves.
So, if you happen to come during this event, you are not going to do anything or go anywhere since every place is closed, including, buses, airport, ferries, museums, day tours even beaches.
The event falls in a different month each year since the celebration follows the lunar calendar. So, check on the calendar before you plan your trip to Bali unless you want to experience in the event.
Coming to Bali as a solo female traveler is something that many long to do. Adventuring, wandering, purifying, shopping, eating, learning things on your own is the best present you can give to yourself. Doing a solo traveling in Bali will surely grant you a momentous journey, but do pay attention to all the things that you need to know before coming to the island.