Bali was always place that I had always wanted to visit after reading Eat, Pray, Love (like three times). Not because I was recently divorced or experiencing a critical heartbreak in my life but my own curiosity was leading me to a place where I wanted to completely immerse myself and enjoy on my own, solo. Peace, solitude, and acceptance wrap up my understanding of how I felt l about Bali and still feel based on my immersion in the little gem of Ubud. For the curious solo travelers, Bali is a unique destination that I always recommend. Why? Because it is so easy to navigate your way around this small enough island with more than enough to do in a one week getaway. Did you know that Bali is one of the most saturated destinations for a solo traveler (mostly female)?
The heart of Bali, Ubud, is a peaceful playground that attracts the kind of people who practice yoga, create and practice artist, and those who are curious enough to leave the popular sites like surfing spot Kuta Beach behind to discover a layer of Bali that you cannot experience in an expat playground such as Kuta.
Of course if you read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love then you must be familiar with Ubud. Ubud is truly the heart of Bali located in the center of the island surrounded by rice field terraces, lovely nature paths, monkey forest, and pleasurable dining venues and cafes. You can’t miss Monkey Forest Road, a long road with local shops, artists, bistros, and cafes. For those in wanderlust mode you won’t fall short of pleasurable things to enjoy, even if that means enjoying smoothie overlooking the rice fields.
The sunrise is one of the coolest sights that you can’t miss to get your day started in Ubud. I took an early morning yoga class at the Yoga Barn where our class overlooked the rice paddies at the sun rose over the treetops. It was truly mesmerizing. It was a sight that for the rest of my life, I can never forget.
Bali is so dear to me because it’s the first place that I traveled to alone where I felt at home. I felt at peace navigating my way around while I was in search of beautiful spots to soak in. Away from the main drag of where expats like to hang out in and around Monkey Forest Road I always found myself on a long stretch of paths that led me to beautiful sunsets where I completely took in my surroundings of exotic flora, locals selling colorful fruit and it was here where I felt so lucky to witness what I had thought of the landscapes, a painting. For the curious traveler I hope that you day you too take home a piece of Bali for yourself.