In Seminyak, Bali not only were we spoilt for choice in mouthwatering food options but we were also staying in a luxurious hotel for next to nothing. It was time to look onwards and book ahead though, as we had decided to hit Southern India after Thailand and Cambodia, before heading over to Eastern Europe for the summer. Some flights and accommodation needed to be booked whilst cheap options were still available but our budget didn’t stretch anywhere near to anything that could be construed as fancy in Goa, India and I was starting to have second thoughts from my lovely room in Seminyak. Oh why does full-time travel have to be so hard?
We had landed a pretty great Scoopon deal for our 8 night stay in Seminyak. For $37 AUD per night we were sleeping on comfortable mattresses with lovely soft, white linen, we had our own bathroom featuring hot water and a flat screen TV that our hard drive actually worked on – hello movies! Essentially it was a standard hotel room but to us after authentic Balinese home stays with glass free windows and ill-fitting mozzie nets around the bed as well as bunk bed dorm rooms the size of a bathroom with scratchy sheets, this was the ultimate in luxury. This price also included a choice of daily breakfasts, 4 x bottles of water per day, 2 x lunch or dinner Nasi Gorengs as well as airport transfers. The hotel also had two lovely pools with sun loungers surrounding them. We were pretty damn chuffed with our bargain of the trip so far.
But booking onward accommodation was not so easy when we were sitting pretty in our cushy hotel room. It was really hard to let go of the standard we had become accustomed to after our few nights here, only to have to book hostel rooms and Airbnb apartments that were nowhere near as nice, for more money than we were currently paying per night. These places to rest our heads for the night didn’t look that clean, we were going to have to go back to shared bathrooms with limited hot water which meant that if you weren’t the first one up you would have a nice wake up call from a refreshingly cold shower, and oh my goodness we have to go out and find, as well as pay for, our own breakfast. How on earth would we cope?!?
I realise that I may sound a tad ridiculous right now complaining about our full-time travel experience but I am ok with that. In all seriousness though, I realise how absolutely amazing this entire experience is and how blessed I am to be able to live this lifestyle for a year. I am not really complaining, I suppose you could say that I was having a little whinge but dammit every now and then a girl deserves to live in a little bit of (value for money) luxury! Now excuse me while I go and reserve my next bunk bed on booking.com.
xx Travelling Fresh