Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake. ~Edward Morykwas
It’s my (Carol) birthday today and the perfect time to announce our big news: We are FINALLY starting our big travel adventure! The last of the details here have come together as best they can and we have booked our first flights.
So where are we heading first?
[Insert drum roll here…] BALI, INDONESIA!
We’ve applied for 60 day visas at the Indonesian Consulate and we’ve arranged our first 5 nights of accommodations. We leave Canada on a one-way flight at 1:40 AM on Tuesday Sept 4 and we have no return date planned (a strange feeling…). To satisfy the Visa requirements, we’ve booked our onward travel to Malaysia on November 2 (59 days later). Beyond that, we have no specific plans. It’s exhilarating and terrifying all at once.
Today, I will celebrate my birthday with my family – Sushi dinner out and then a big family gathering at my Mom’s for cake afterwards – it will be bittersweet because it will also be my final farewell to most of them. Tomorrow we say goodbye to our beloved car (sounds silly but we got really attached to our car and we’re anxious about being without wheels). Friday we go back into Toronto to deal with final business and then we’re staying in a swanky hotel room downtown to enjoy the city one last time and we will drink a bottle of Champagne we’ve been saving to celebrate our new lifestyle. Saturday we have one last dinner planned with Al’s parents and Sunday will be all about packing and freaking out about what we might have forgotten. Finally, Monday will be about all the last minute things, final goodbyes and then heading to the airport. It’s going to be a busy week without much quiet time but that’s probably good because it’ll keep me from over-thinking and becoming paralyzed by anxiety!
We would love to hear from others who have been to or are in Bali or other parts of Indonesia – please pass on your recommendations of what to do/see as well as general insider tips on travel in the region. We also know we’ve got a lot to learn about how to travel slow and “travel as a lifestyle” instead of a vacation, so we would love to get some advice on this transition from all you experienced travellers out there!
Thanks always for reading, following and sharing. We look forward to reading your comments!