Third Time’s A Charm?

My travel plans over this summer have been ridiculous. Cancellations and last minute flights home have meant that I feel a little unsatisfied. This part of me that wants to see new horizons before uni kicks off again was not happy with just staying at home. The whole thing has been bizarre. Normally I’m an incredibly organised person and have trips planned months in advance, so all of these spur-of-the-moment shenanigans are driving me insane.


Here is the recap of what happened in case you missed it…


Two months in South America cancelled due to break up [icon color=”#efb237″ icon=”icon-close” size=”14px”]

European winter adventure through Eastern Europe and Russia ended prematurely [icon color=”#efb237″ icon=”icon-close” size=”14px”]

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All of this happened in a blur. One minute I was planning dream holidays (and paying for them!!) and the next minute they were being cancelled. This ended up being a massive ball of stress for months rather than the relaxing world exploration that it was meant to be. So now I’m sitting at home without much to do (anyone who knows me will know how crazy having nothing to do drives me). And I thought to myself “what is the point in sitting home doing nothing when I can do this somewhere else?”.

And then this happened…


My Plan


I booked flights to Bali. 


Yes, the very Bali that I have always thought was a tourist trap. I don’t know. It might be. But now I am going to find that out for myself. There aren’t many places you can get to from Tasmania when you have sweet sh*t all in your bank account. It was the only escape I could really afford and it seems to be the relaxing atmosphere I’m craving. There has to be a reason so many Aussies flock there every year, right? Pools, rice fields and ridiculously cheap resorts. My plan is 12 days around the island soaking up the beaches and culture, and perhaps even “finding myself”. But let’s not get too ahead of things.


Then my journey home is two days before my hospital placement commences so let’s hope there are no spontaneous volcano eruption/flight disasters again. As much as that would make a riveting blog post.


On that note, if anybody has recommendations or tips for Bali, I would love to hear them! I have done less research for this whole trip than I did for my Year 5 project on Ancient Rome (and I only read one 10 page book for that).


Leave your comments below (pls help me plan this trip) [icon color=”#efb237″ icon=”icon-arrow-down3″ size=”25px”]


Lucy Owens Travel Textbook


My name’s Lucy and I’m the jetsetting student doctor and travel writer behind the blog. If you’re a fan of scratching beneath the surface of travel, visiting interesting destinations, and exploring ethically, then you’re in the right place. Focusing on purposeful budget and solo travel, Travel Textbook hopes to inspire more young people to seek meaningful adventure.



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3 thoughts on “Third Time’s A Charm?”

  1. Bali is great! Sure, Kuta/Legian are super tourist trappy but it’s a lot of fun. I went in February 2016 for a week and a half. I did two nights in Kuta (went to some crazy clubs and my friend got pickpocketed) then spent 4 days in Ubud (so beautiful- hired a scooter to see Lake Batur and it’s such a good way to explore- except I crashed, doh) and the rest of the time was spent on Gili Trawangan. Definitely head to the Gili islands if you can, Gili T was the absolute highlight for me, it was a mixture of relaxed beaches and spas plus awesome nightlife. I’m going back in March and planning to stay in Seminyak as a base and actually do the Mount Batur sunrise volcano hike this time. It’s meant to be amazing 🙂

    1. Thanks for those tips Imogen that has helped a lot!! Yeah, I have heard good things about the Gili Islands so would love to check them out ? And the Mt Batur hike does look amazing! I’m really looking forward to finally exploring Bali ?

  2. I didn’t love Bali, but I know I’m in the minority. The island itself is beautiful but I don’t like how touristified (?!) it is and I don’t like the gaggles of drunken Aussies and their disrespect for the local culture. BUT get off the beaten track and you might love it. Good luck!

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