Bali packing list for girls

The BEST Packing List for Bali – Solo Female Travel 2021

THE SOLO GIRL’S PACKING LIST FOR BALI

Packing for Bali takes finesse, girls! You need to be prepared for a wide range of Bali adventures from swimming on some of the world’s best beaches to taking Instagram photos in Bali’s most Instagrammable cafes. The key to packing for Bali is balance!

In this packing list for Bali, I’m going to show you what to bring on a proper Bali vacation. Follow this solo female travel guide – and you won’t have to worry about over-packing or underpacking.

Here we go. Here is the ultimate packing list for Bali for solo female travelers.

A Quick Guide to this Blog

#1 – CLOTHING

Girls, Indonesia is hot. Like HOT HOT. And while in an ideal world, we’d be running around in a tank top and shorts, we can’t do that because #Indonesia. We’ve got to keep in mind that Indonesia is a relatively conservative country – both on the streets and in the temples.

So trust me when I say that balancing your India wardrobe is an art form.

LETS START PACKING

✔️ Two Capri Pants

For plane rides and car rides…and whatever else you may ride (that sounds accidentally dirty so I’m just going to leave it).

OALKA WOMEN’S YOGA CAPRIS (IN 2 COLORS)

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Three Maxi Dresses or Wrap Dresses

Maxi dresses are the most versatile articles of clothing in your bag!

Dress them up for a night out, cover your knees for a day of temple hopping or throw one on to look airport chic.

Here are a couple of my maxi dress picks…

✔️ Breezy Tropical Maxi Dress

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✔️ Much Obliged Golden Yellow Wrap Maxi Dress

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✔️ Heart of Marigold Rust Red Floral Print Wrap Maxi Dress

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One Midi Dress

For our nights out…we’re getting super sexy by showing our ankles LOL

✔️ Postcards from Positano Blue Tie-Back Button Front Midi Dress

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Two Long Skirts

When you enter temples in Bali, its always a good idea to have a skirt that covers your knees.

✔️ Samoa Blush Midi Skirt

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✔️ Doublju Womens Waist Strap Tie Up Point Long Skirt

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✔️ One Throw-Over or Shawl

Ps. You can buy beautiful shawls in Indonesia!!!

This baby doubles as a temple shawl and an airplane blanket!


The Wayfarer Wraps and Blankets Collection

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One Pair of Flowy Pants

These pants are very Ubud…and photograph really cute. I love these for those long cross-island car rides.

✔️ STARBILD Women’s High Waist Palazzo Wide Legs Yoga Pants Layered Flowy Loose Flared Pants

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Versatile Tops

Bali is so chic and fashionable that you will want to have outfit changes from day to night. Pack some tops that work for both.

✔️ YunJey Round Neck Triple Color Block Stripe T-Shirt

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✔️ Women’s Solid Open Front Tie Knot Crop Top Long Sleeve Deep V Neck Ruffle Chiffon Short Blouse Shirt

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✔️ BLENCOT Women’s Button Down V Neck Strappy Tank Tops Loose Casual Sleeveless Shirts Blouses

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Comfy Travel Undies

I love lace undies and thongs…but when I’m traveling, I got the practical route!

✔️ Warm Sun Women’s Bamboo Viscose Fiber Panties

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✔️ REI Co-op Active Bikini Underwear- Women’s

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Light Sweater or Windbreaker for Nights and Travels

Amed. Ubud. Sidemen. These areas tend to get a bit chilly at night. Bring a light jacket.

✔️ SweatyRocks Women’s Casual Color Block Drawstring Hooded Windbreaker Jacket

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✔️ Amazon Brand – Core 10 Women’s Soft Cotton Modal French Terry Fleece Yoga Wrap Sweater

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✔️ Milumia Women Color Block Drawstring Hooded Zip Up Sports Jacket

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Active Wear/Workout Shorts: https://amzn.to/2HrwCCH 

Bedtime Nightie: https://amzn.to/2UO0vAd

SHOES

I have a holy collection of shoes that I always travel with:

  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of walking sandals
  • 1 pair of cute sandals
  • 1 pair of running shoes

Make sure you tick each box.

Flip Flops

(I’ve been wearing these travel flip flops for 10 years – replacing them every 2 years)

✔️  Sanuk Women’s Yoga Joy Flip-Flop

Best Flip Flops Ever:
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Walking Sandals

I love a pair of travel sandals that are cute to pair with a dress but are also comfortable enough that your feet aren’t sore by the end of the day. 

✔️  Merrell Women’s Around Town Arin Backstrap Sandal

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✔️ Teva Original Universal Black 7

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✔️ Cute Sandals

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✔️ Tennis Shoes or Running Shoes

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Swimsuits for Hotel Pools

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✔️ CUPSHE Women’s Smocked Green and Monstera Ruffled High Waisted Bikini

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✔️ CinShein Women’s Bikini High Cut Leopard Print One Piece Monokini Swimsuits Backless Thong Bathing Suit

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✔️ Tempt Me Women Two Piece Swimsuit High Waisted Off Shoulder Ruffled Bikini Se

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ESSENTIALS

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✔️ 1. Travel Insurance

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WORLD NOMADS
SAFETYWING

✔️ 2. Travel Wallet

Krosslon Rfid Passport Holder Wristlet Travel Wallet

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✔️ 3. Travel water bottle

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

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✔️ 4. Electronic Adaptor

SAUNORCH Universal International Travel Power Adapter

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✔️ 5. Travel Towel

Black Hills Off White Multi Print Travel Towel

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✔️ 6. TSA Locks

ZHEGE TSA Lock 2 Pack

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✔️ 7. Hand Sanitizer

Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel 5-Pack PocketBac Sanitizers

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✔️ 8. Packets of Tissue

Kimberly-clark Corp 11975 Kleenex White Facial Tissue

You won’t find much toilet paper in Indonesia.
Fun Fact: Indonesians interact with food and humans using their right hand, as their left hand is used for bare wiping – as in water + hand = tissue.

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✔️ 9. Menstrual Cup

Saalt Soft Menstrual Cup

You won’t find much toilet paper in Indonesia.
Fun Fact: Indonesians interact with food and humans using their right hand, as their left hand is used for bare wiping – as in water + hand = tissue.

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Platinum Venus Razor: https://amzn.to/2Hrx57V

BAGS AND PURSES

✔️ 1. Main Travel Backpack

Osprey Fairview 40 Women’s Travel Backpack
With the uneven roads in India, I recommend that no one brings a rolley suit case.
The BEST travel backpack I’ve ever used is this Osprey Farpoint.

And because we’ll all have the same backpack…customize yours.

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✔️ 2. Jewelry Organizer

Jewelry Roll Clutch- Travel Jewelry Case

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✔️ 3. Passport and Money Belt

Large Fanny Pack with 4-Zipper Pockets

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✔️ 4. Bra Pouch

Braza Secret Bra Stash

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✔️ 5. Laptop or Carry-On Bag

Hap Tim Laptop Backpack

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Anti-Theft Backpack: https://amzn.to/35X9R30

Travel Wallet: https://amzn.to/3pRX3CG

✔️ 6. Anti-Theft Over the Shoulder Purse

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag

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✔️ FANNY PACK (IF YOU’RE SUPER COOL LIKE ME)

iAbler Holographic Fanny Pack for Women and Men

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✔️ FOR NIGHT

MINICAT Women RFID Blocking Small Crossbody Bags Cell Phone Purse Wallet With Credit Card Slots

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Small Day Purse: https://amzn.to/3kTpP23
Large Day Purse: https://amzn.to/3pOqWnH

BATH AND BEAUTY

✔️ 1. Cosmetic Bag

Relavel Travel Cosmetic Bag

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✔️ 2. Toiletry Bag

Portable Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag

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✔️ 3.Dirty Laundry Bag

Miamica Laundry Bag

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✔️ MAKEUP AND FACE PRODUCTS

Watch my Best Makeup For Traveling video here:

LIST OF PRODUCTS I USE:

✔️ 1. Lip Balm with SPF

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm

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✔️ 2. Brush on Sunscreen for your face and decollete

Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen Powder

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BATH & BODY

PRO-TIP , TRAVEL SIZE EVERYTHING IS THE WAY TO GO

✔️ 1. Travel-Size Silicone Jars

Travel Containers, Silicone Cream Jars 

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✔️ 2. Sunscreen

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion

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✔️ 3. Shampoo & Conditioner

Love Beauty and Planet Shampoo and Conditioner

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✔️ 4.Dry Shampoo

Batiste Mini 1.6 Ounce Variety Pack

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✔️ 5. Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

ZeroSweat Antiperspirant Deodorant

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✔️ 6. Travel Hair Brush

Travel Brush All-in-one with Compact Mirror Case

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✔️ 7. Body Wipes

Bliss – Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes

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✔️ 8. Makeup Remover Wipes

Olay Cleanse Makeup Remover Wipes Rose Water

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✔️ 9. Toothbrush with Case

4 Pack Travel Toothbrush Case

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FOR THE TUMMY

When you travel, your tummy is introduced to foreign bacteria. You’re bound to get some weird stuff happening in Indonesia, so let’s prepare…

✔️ Charcoal Tablets

Organic Activated Charcoal Capsules

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✔️ Imodium

Imodium A-D Anti-Diarrheal Softgels with Loperamide Hydrochloride

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CAMERA AND ELECTRONICS:

✔️ Electronics Organizer

Electronics Organizer

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✔️ HERE ARE ALL THE ELECTRONICS I TRAVEL WITH:

DJI MAVIC Air Fly More Pack: https://amzn.to/35T0XTS

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo: https://amzn.to/3fpWJ9v

iPhone 11 Max Pro (unlocked): https://amzn.to/335mjLV

MacBook Pro: https://amzn.to/35T8UZd

Xiaomi Ear Buds: https://amzn.to/397yxHV

GoPro Hero 8: https://amzn.to/33EBJI6

Canon G7x Mark II: https://amzn.to/39Zhnum

✔️ FOR YOUR GLOW UP

GoBabyGlow Playlists

Glow Up Official
Packing Playlist
The Day Before you Fly
Airplane

TRAVEL DAYS IN INDONESIA DOWNTIME

✔️ Travel Bucket List Journal

Travel Bucket List Planner & Journal

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The Solo Girls Travel Guidebook for Bali
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✔️ Travel Journal

Refillable Handmade Travelers Notebook

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✔️ Travel Journal

Lock Diary Leather Locking Journal Writing Notebook

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pool at Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Bali

The Best Bali Hostel and Hotel for Solo Female Travelers

Hotel Review: Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Bali

I recently took a break from the beach (rough life) and traveled up to Ubud, Bali for an island getaway at the lush Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Bali.

In this video, I give you a total hotel tour and I take you to my secret healer in Ubud. For all the deets, keep scrolling…

 

Puri Garden has Hostel Dorms for Backpackers and Private Rooms for Solo Female Travelers

I stayed in a private room overlooking the rice field (not me pictured…duh). I was supposed to stay for 2 days and had such an amazing time that I ended up extending my stay for an extra night.

private hotel room at Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Bali

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My friend, Hope, stayed in the dorms. The nice thing about the dorms at Puri Garden is that they are small. Her dorm had the capacity for eight people total. The dorms also have a little porch where you can sit and people watch (my favorite hostel activity).

A Social Hostel with Activities Every Day

Puri Garden has thought of a brilliant way to make it easy to meet people. They pull their guests out of their beds with free activities. Yes, fee.

  • Every day at 7am: Sunrise yoga 
  • Every day at 1 pm: Free massages, free pedicures, and free manicures
  • Daily events such as movie night, game night, quiz night, BBQ, karaoke, and puppy therapy!
yoga at Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Bali

Daily yoga at Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Booking.com

What to Eat in Ubud?

Puri Garden has a cafe on-site called the Ubudian Cafe which offers a mix of western food and Indonesia food. Pro Tip: Try the pizza. The cafe is right next to the pool and is usually the main hang out area for travelers. 

When you want to mix it up, you’re within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in Ubud. You must try Taco Casa, Monsieur Spoon, and Habitat Cafe (just watch out…the monkeys will steal your purse it you leave it on your chair).

cafe at Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Bali

Ubudian Cafe

Visit My Secret Healer

Yes, my secret healer. I don’t give her information out publicly, as she’s not a tourist healer…she’s literally a traditional Balinese healer that speaks just a little bit of English, located in a small village outside of Ubud, not too far away from Puri Garden. There is only one way to see her, though, through my driver, Wayan. You can contact him via Instagram. Tell him Alexa sent you. 

What to expect: My Bali healer starts every session by basically doing an audit of your body through your feet. She can tell if you have digestion issues, back issues, high blood pressure – just by the reflexology points in your feet. She then gives a healing massage or manipulates your organs to get your body aligned. What you didn’t see in the video was that I basically got topless and she did the full-body audit. This is normal.

The first time I saw her, I was a skeptic. Wayan brought me to her because I had tremendous pain in my hip that wouldn’t go away. I tried yoga, physical therapy, and acupuncture…nothing worked for months. I laid down in her hut and she told me my hip hurt because of my digestion and inflammation in my stomach. I thought she was crazy. She then rearranged my organs. Yes, you heard that right. It was so painful…but when I stood up, the pain was gone and it has been gone ever since. I looked at her in shock and she just gave me that universal “told you so” look.

Cost: 150k IDR offering (Wayan will help you prepare this).

So if you have chronic pain or a new travel pain, go to her for relief of physical pain. And then, she will perform an aura cleansing on you as she chants this beautiful song to the gods in Balinese.

Additional Ubud Travel Tips

  • If Wayan is booked, use my other driver, Arta.
  • Puri Garden has a sister hostel called Arya Wellness Retreat which is one of the first all-inclusive-style hostels ever. Free wellness classes, breakfasts, and more.
  • Connect with me on Instagram @sologirlstravelguide for more travel tips.

To book Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, click here. 

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HONEST REVIEW – 5 Most Instagrammable Places in Bali (2020)

Where are the best places for an Instagram photo shoot in Bali?

Do a quick YouTube search and you’ll find HUNDREDS of Bali travel vlogs and Bali travel bloggers who have flooded the internet with promises of THE BEST this and THE MUST that. And honestly, I’m over it.

I’ve stopped trusting other influencer’s opinions or reviews. On any given day, you have 50 influencers in Bali telling you “OMG THIS PLACE IS AMAZING” – just to show up to a tourist trap with long lines and overrated Instagram vs. Reality photo ops. STAWP. Please. Be honest.

So in this video, I take you to the “most Instagrammable places in Bali” and give my live reactions and reviews.

Fun Fact: We shot this video on a whim. While doing a road trip up to Sumberkima Hill Retreat (actually a must-visit) in the north of Bali, I realized we’d be passing all of these iconic spots. So quickly I told my photographer to grab his camera, we’re making a video! And here it is.

 

Northern Bali’s 5 Instagram Spots on the way to Sumberkima Bay

 

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Spot #1) Twin Lake Bali

A beautiful photography spot to fly your drone! There is also a man here who has bats…yes, bats. And you can take pictures with them. 

Mavic drone

Spot #2) Feeding monkeys

On the way to Wanagiri Hills, you’ll start to pass a lot of monkeys! Your driver will know where to stop. Buy a little bowl of fruit for 20k IDR ($1.30 USD)

Monkey in Bali

Spot #3) Hidden Hills Wanagiri

Seven photo spots for 70,000 IDR ($4.50) including the famous Bali nest. 

Spot #4) Handara Gate

One of the most iconic Instagram spots in Bali. You get 5 minutes to take photos. It costs 20 IDR per person. 

Spot #5) Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

 

A major Hindu temple in Bali built in 1633.

 

To find out my opinions and to see if these Bali Instagram spots are worth it or not, watch the video!

What’s next? Check out the 10 best things to do in Ubud. 

Don’t forget, I write the #1 best selling travel guide book series for women – called The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide.

Get your guide for Bali and places beyond like Japan, Thailand, and Singapore here.

Visit me on Instagram @sologirlstravelguide

 

xoxo,

Alexa

 

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Bangkok Temple

The Best (and Safest) Bangkok Tours for Solo Girls (Sept 2019)

Bangkok is full of tourist traps disguised as day tours

From “floating markets” that take you to a canal with literally 3 boats selling touristy shit to “private bus tours” that drop you off at Bangkok’s public bus terminal for you to fend for yourself…many popular Bangkok tour companies are actually just greedy assholes.

So Many Day Tours in Bangkok…

〤 Don’t give a shit about your safety
〤 Are only in it for fast money
〤 Don’t care that they have 1.2 stars on Google or TripAdvisor

The good news? It’s SO easy to avoid those nasty tours and experiences by taking 5 minutes to choose a reputable tour ahead of time….and that’s what we’re doing here & now.

The Best Bangkok Tours for Solo Girls…

✶ Are offered by reputable companies who LIVE to provide amazing experiences
✶ Are run by hosts or tour guides who love what they do
✶ Are created to connect YOU with Thai culture
✶ And some even offer the chance to meet other travelers from around the world

And to make things even simpler – I’m going to show you the ONLY two tour companies in Bangkok that you need to get a total culture, food, and fun balance.

PS. I receive absolutely ZERO commission from these tours. I’m telling you about them because this is the way that I travel and explore the world as a solo female traveler.

#1 – AirBnb Experiences in Bangkok

Psst. Sign up to Airbnb using this link and get $15 off experiences + $40 off accommodation. 

The best thing about Airbnb Experiences is this: Each tour is HONESTLY reviewed by unbiased guests who have taken these tours. Unlike TripAdvisor where companies hire their friends to leave fake reviews (it’s a rampant problem, don’t trust TripAdvisor blindly) – Airbnb Experience Reviews immediately show you which tours are worth your time.

The tours are easy to book before you travel. Some are private for a personal experience. Some are in a group giving you the chance to make new friends.

Best Bangkok Food Tours on Airbnb

Cycle and Snack through Hidden Bangkok: Burn your calories while you stuff your face via an active food tour through the back streets of Bangkok.

Street Food 101 in Local Bangkok: Your host, Dwight, is a foodie legend in Bangkok who will take you on an epic food tour Bangkok’s best markets and street stalls.

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Best Bangkok Culture Tours on Airbnb

Bangkok Boat Tour – Living Along the Canal: See how locals live by exploring local life along the canals in a longtail boat, hidden local temples and when the tides are right, through a small floating market.

Cook a Thai Feast: The Courageous Kitchen is a non-profit cooking school here in Thailand inspiring marginalized youth through the power of food! Shop at a local market then back to the kitchen for a Thai cooking class!

Cooking Class

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Best Bangkok Tours for Solo Travelers on Airbnb

Sukhumvit Bar Crawl with Petz: Want to explore Bangkok’s nightlife with rooftop bars and fancy cocktails, but don’t want to do it alone? This is that.

Bangkok Tour + Photographer: The least touristy tour there ever was through hidden alleys and local temples…plus a professional photography session for the gram.

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#2 – Bangkok Urban Adventures

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Guaranteed, the most professionally executed tours in Bangkok to make you feel safe, special, and treated like a travel princess…all while learning 5 days-worth of Thailand culture in one balanced day of adventure.

The tour guides from Bangkok Urban Adventures are locals who can give you a unique insight into Bangkok culture, history, and food.

The Best Bangkok Tours Offered by Bangkok Urban Adventures

Bangkok’s Chinatown Sights & Bites: One of my faves! Take a guided tour through “old Bangkok” while eating authentic Bangkok street food and visiting ancient temples.

Temple & River of Kings: The ultimate Bangkok tour and one of the best temple tours in Bangkok! See the Grand Palace, The Reclining Buddha, and experience a long tail boat on the river with a super friendly Thai guide!

Bangkok by Bike: Get off the beaten tourist path as you cycle through Bangkok’s back streets, visiting temples and passing smiling locals who are happily surprised to see you!

Tuk Tuk Experience: The best way to sightsee throughout Bangkok without having to walk in the heat for hours at a time.

Thailand Tuk Tuk

 

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Can’t decide which Bangkok day tour to take?

Lemme help ya. 

To see the best of Bangkok in one day…

take the Bangkok Temples and River of Kings Tour.

It’s one of the top tours in Bangkok, especially for solo travelers. 

You get temples, boats, and an authentic peek into day-to-day Bangkok life – all from a local English-speaking Thai guide.

This tour offers a calm break from the bustling city with a peaceful long tail boat ride through the Choa Phraya River canals, enjoy the beauty of the statues, murals, and Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace, and marvel at the size of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho!

Wat Pho

Here is what to expect on this unforgettable Bangkok Temple Tour, plus some tips on how to get the most out of the day!

 

Meet your tour guide at 8:30 am at the lobby of Nouvo City Hotel, 2 Samsen Rd, Soi 2

Plan to leave the hotel by 8:45 am, after a friendly briefing, and walk to the pier to hop in a riverboat!

 

How to get to Nouvo City Hotel in Bangkok:

Option 1: Take the BTS to Phaya Thai or Ratchathewi Station (26 – 44 Baht), then hop on a motorbike (80 baht/person) taxi or order a GrabTaxi from the BTS to Nouvo City Hotel.

Option 2: Order a GrabCar from Khao San Road to Nouvo City Hotel (about 80 Baht)

 

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Part 1: River of Kings Canal Tour

A quick walk from the hotel will take you to Santi Chai Prakan Park, home of the Phra Sumen Fort. Here you will board a colorful long-tail boat in Bangkok’s the Chao River! This river is used as a highway for Bangkokians headed to work and into the city to play…as many locals live along the canals.

You’ll pass residential life through narrow channels where you can see Thai-style houses on stilts, temples, and locals. You’ll then visit a small floating market, all from the comfort of your boat!

You’ll also make a quick stop to buy a loaf of bread (10 baht) to feed the massive catfish that rise up from the depths of the river. 

  • Canal Tour: About 1 hour
  • The Thai longtail boat is covered to protect you from the sun, but it’s still important to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!
  • Look for Thai locals fishing from the docks and try to spot some monitor lizards.

Part 2: The Grand Palace

Grand Palace

Your longtail boat will arrive Chao Phraya River Port where you’ll disembark and start your Bangkok walking tour! To exit the pier, you’ll walk through an old local market built on wooden stilts over the river. This is a great spot to grab a water (or beer), buy some postcards and of course, use the bathroom!

Once outside, you’ll start your journey to the opulent Grand Palace – formerly home to King Rama I – King Rama V, and is now used to host royal ceremonies and guests!

  •  Walk from port to Grand Palace: 10 minutes
  •  The Grand Palace Tour: 1.5 hours
  •  Drink at the market: 10 – 20 baht / Restroom: 5 baht (10 baht if you need tissue)
  •  Visit Wat Phra Kaew, which is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand and see the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of jade. *Must remove shoes*
  •  Take a rest at the Golden Place to get coffee and snacks (30 – 100 baht), where the food has been grown by local Thai farmers to be sold at the shop

Part 3: Wat Pho

Wat Pho

You’ve got to see it to believe it. Photos will never do this 46-meter long reclining Buddha justice! Wat Pho is the only Buddha of this size, covered in pure gold leaf with the mother-of-pearl illustrations decorating Buddha’s feet.

Purchase a bowl of coins at the entrance of the temple (20 baht), dropping them into the 108 bronze bowls along the walls – making a wish with each drop.

Outside, You’ll wander into the 4 chapels with over 300 golden Buddha images and see lines of Buddha statues from other parts of Thailand. Stop at the small museum just inside to view the model of Wat Pho, (softly) hit the ancient gong, see the prayer area, and place gold leaf on the Buddha statues.

  •   Walk from Grand Palace to Wat Pho: 10 minutes
  •   Fruit from street vendors: 20 – 40 baht / Drink at Cafe: 45 – 65 baht
  •   Wat Pho Tour: 1.5 hours

The tour will finish after Wat Pho. Stay and get a massage at the temple (which was also Thailand’s first public university, now known as a center for traditional massage and medicine) or allow your guide to direct you back on track towards your hotel. 

OR if you’re hungry, head to Baan ThaTien Cafe and try the green curry (60 – 80 baht) and the Thai tea with lime (60 baht).

Best Travel Tips for the Bangkok Temple Tour:

    • Wear sunscreen
    • Stay hydrated! Bring a collapsible water bottle and fill up at the temples
    • Dress Modestly: No bare shoulders, tank tops, or short shorts. If you prefer to wear shorts & tank tops on your adventure day, that’s okay – wraps can be rented from the Grand Palace right when you enter.
      • Dress requirements to enter the Grand Palace are very strict. Please ensure your clothes cover your shoulders and waist (scarves or shawls worn over sleeveless tops are not permitted). Trousers must be ankle-length, and skirts below the knee. Please do not wear ripped, torn or see-through clothes or items that are very tight fitting such as yoga pants or leggings. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot and humid Bangkok climate. -BANGKOK URBAN ADVENTURES

    • Be prepared to take off your shoes before entering the temples
    • Wear supportive walking sandals!
    • Bring a bag that’s comfortable to carry all day.
    • Remember flushable tissue for the restrooms (not provided in many Thai restrooms)
    • Ask your Thai tour guide for food recommendations in the area!

Total Cost: Around $80 USD – Cost includes boat ride and tickets for temples. Bring extra cash for drinks and food plus, transportation to and from the tour!

Total Tour Time: 4 – 5 hours

 

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19 Genius Safety Tips and Travel Hacks for Solo Travel Girls (2019)

19 Genius Safety Tips and Travel Hacks for Solo Female Travelers in 2019

I joined the Peace Corps when I was 21. I was assigned to move to Bulgaria where I lived alone in a post-communist block apartment building at the edge of town…all by myself with no English-speaking neighbors and tons of cockroaches. I loved it. THIS was hands-down the BEST life choice I’ve ever made and has since shaped my entire life…but I almost didn’t go.

I come from a smallish town full of people who rarely travel beyond North America but sure do watch a lot of CNN. Naturally, many travel opinions are created by sensationalist media stories. And so, I had more people than not trying to convince me not to travel because it was dangerous. Stories about kidnapping, shootings, and stolen purses were the topic of conversation the months leading up to my departure.

My favorite phone call of all? “God told me that you’re going to die”. Not kidding.

Ten years later, I have not been kidnapped or shot. Although I did have my purse stolen (see tip #5). And hey, I’m still alive. I often imagine what my life would look like if I listened to those friends and relatives. But I chose do my research instead.

Don’t let fear dictate your life, girl. Don’t listen to the fear mongers.

Instead, read this blog. Buy an anti-theft travel purse. Pick your travel destinations wisely. And you’re ready to travel solo.

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🌺 Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers 🌺

#1 – Find the Safest Places to Travel Alone 

Bali girl

Bali, Indonesia

Seriously, a quick Google search with keywords like “best countries for solo travel” and “safest countries for solo female travelers” will show you where to go and where not to go.

You’re going to see a similar pattern in travel blogs in which the same countries are always recommended

  • Bali
  • Thailand
  • Iceland
  • Vietnam

And you’re going to see countries that are on the no-go list

  • South Africa
  • Iran
  • Venezuela
  • Brazil

You will see the same countries over and over. Trust these patterns. The research has already been done for you. Tested, loved, and approved by travelers across the world. These places are up to date and change naturally over the years.

#2 – Plan the First 5 Hours of your Travel 

Plan exactly how you’re going to get from the airport to your hotel. Use a vacation planner like this to clearly map it out.

Know how much cash you’re going to take from the ATM or exchange at a counter in the airport.

Choose a hotel that is in a safe, walkable location. You’re going to be hungry after that flight; choose a hotel with food options nearby.

Once you’re at your hotel – safe and sound – you can wing the entire trip, if you please.

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#3 – Check Travel Advisories for your Vacation Destinations

Hong Kong is one of the safest countries on Earth. No one expected a round of violent protests to break out during the summer of 2019. Shit happens.

So before you go, double-check the current status of a country before you travel so that you can decide how to handle protests, military coups and all that might interfere with your travel safety.

#4 – Buy Affordable Travel Insurance

Mandatory for solo travelers. Don’t be a cheap ass fool. You are not invincible; especially on vacation where you’re snorkeling, island hopping, jungle trekking, scooter riding and eating weird food that your stomach has never met before.

✓ Motorbike accidents happen.

✓ Cutting your foot on coral is common.

✓ Drunken face plants are a rite of passage out here.

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#5 – Wear a Crossbody Travel Purse at all Times

Crossbody Purse

Your purse should go across your body and have a decently thick strap!

Only carry a purse with a zipper or snap closure. Fanny packs are also awesome.

The best way to avoid getting robbed? Don’t make yourself a target. Thieves are opportunists who look for fast money and easy prey! When you are wearing a crossbody travel purse, thieves look at you and say, “Nah, not worth the trouble”.

Pro Tip: Also bring a small travel purse that is so slim & comfortable that you won’t need to take it off and put it on the table like we often do at bars and restaurants.

#6 – Don’t Stash all your Travel Cash in One Place

What happens if your purse gets stolen with your credit card, passport, and cash? You’re screwed.

Instead, divide your belongings. Put your passport in your backpack. Stash your cash in your cross-body purse. Put whatever credit card you’re not using in your hidden travel bra pouch.

For total anti-theft protection, visit my article, 20 Ways to Hide your Money and Jewelry While Traveling.

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#7 – Carry a Solo Travel Guide

Blogs are suggestions; Travel Guides are bibles. Travel blogs are best for finding WHERE to travel. Travel guides are best for WHEN you’re traveling.

Travel guides have the nitty-gritty details that will help you navigate a country or city like a local. The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide was written for women traveling alone. Check to see if there is a guide for your vacation spots.

#8 – Buy a Local SIM Card When you Land

Sim Card Asia

I hear it all the time: “When I go to Thailand, I’m just going to use Verizon’s international plan for $10 a day.”

No. Your Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile plan will be weaker and more expensive than a local SIM plan. A local SIM card is 10x cheaper AND has 10x better coverage outside the big city (which will account for 80% of your trip).

A SIM Card will keep you safe. 

♡ Use Uber or GrabTaxi instead of getting in a random car

♡ Access GoogleMaps so you’re not getting lost in a foreign country

♡ Call the local 911 in case of an emergency

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#9 – Don’t Be Flashy

Rings on Girl

For a safe trip, the name of the game is Keep a Low Profile. When traveling alone as a woman, you want to deflect attention and blend in as much as possible.

For example; There are some destinations – like South Korea or Singapore – where walking around with a $1500 camera strapped to your neck is okay. But in many foreign countries (hell, even your own country), you’re putting a target on your back when your flash your fancy stuff.

♡ Put your camera away when you’re not using it.

♡ Leave your fancy jewelry at home (many women don’t wear their wedding ring while they travel).

♡Avoid dressing in super sexy outfits that draw attention.

#10 – Don’t Party like an Idiot

Girls at a bar

It’s so easy to fall into that “nothing bad ever happens on vacation” mode. You reach a tropical island with white sand and coconut cocktails and you just want to live it up. News Flash: Bad things can happen anywhere.

Just like back home, you need to use common party sense and know your limits.

〤 Don’t accept drinks from strangers.

〤 Limit your alcohol intake by alternating cocktails with water.

〤 Don’t decide you’re tired and walk home alone at midnight.

〤 Set a bedtime plan, including how you’re going to get home.

〤 And DO NOT blindly trust cute guys on vacation; snakes are everywhere.

#11 – Keep your Friends and Family Updated

Whether it’s a simple, “Hey mom, I’m traveling to this ancient city tomorrow” or a similar post on your Instagram story – you should be leaving a trail for your loved ones to follow in case something goes wrong.

Have your fam download Line or Whatsapp (a free international messaging app).

Not only will this act as an extra insurance policy for you…your mom will also really appreciate it.

 

🌺 Safety Travel Hacks for Solo Female Travelers 🌺

#12 – Don’t Travel with JUST One Bank Card

You guys! The biggest mistake solo travelers can make is this!

The most common travel problem I see is this: Solo travelers traveling halfway across the world with only ONE debit card…which inevitably gets flagged for fraud, blocked by the bank and rendered useless for 48 hours. No cash = stuck and stranded.

Travel with 2 Bank Cards + 1 Travel Credit Card. 

  • 1 main ATM card (for cash)
  • 1 travel credit card (for hotels and flights)
  • 1 emergency travel credit card (to fly yourself home in case of emergencies or bail yourself out of jail…yes, I’ve seen it)

Here I explain the best travel credit cards and debit cards for solo travelers.

Quick tip sheet: Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Platinum, and Charles Schwab Brokerage.

#13 – Download GoogleMaps Offline

Don’t have data? No wifi? Signal out of reach? You can still use GoogleMaps offline if you pre-download your maps!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do that.

#14 – Carry a Portable Battery Charger 

The scariest situation I ever found myself was in Vietnam after sunset with a dead phone and no sense of direction. It took me over an hour to find my way back to the hostel. And it started raining because that’s how my life goes.

Don’t be lost in the dark rain in a foreign country! Carry a phone bank, especially for those long days of exploring new cities and restaurants. Just make sure you charge that baby, too.

✓ Charge on the Bus

✓ Don’t run out of juice after a long day of sightseeing

✓ Don’t worry about your phone dying when you need to call an Uber at 3am.

 

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#15- If Someone Tries to Steal Your Purse, Sit Down

Scenario: Mr. Thief Man comes up to you from behind, grabs your bag and tries to run away with it.

The moment you feel him tug, sit down.

Sit down. On the ground. Curl your body around your bag.

This is going to surprise the thief and throw him off his game. It will also change his physical center of force giving him less leverage to yank and run. Practice this with a friend…cause it’s kinda funny.

#16 – Pack a Doorstopper for Safe Sleep

This weird but genius method will help you sleep better at night by giving you extra safety and assurance that you’re door can’t and won’t be popped open by some weirdo. When you’re traveling on a budget through guesthouses and hostels…you stay in some humble abodes with less-than-secure doors and locks.

So here’s what you do: lock your door and then stick this baby at within 3 inches of the opening corner. Now your door has extra fortitude.

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#17 – Carry a Shawl or Sarong

Travel Shawl for Women

You’re in a tropical country. It’s hot. You’re exploring. You want to wear a breezy outfit. Go for it.

But once you step into a local neighborhood – BAM – shawl. Cover up around locals, around men, and around religious areas.

Modesty is important. And to be blunt, bare shoulders or thighs can often be taken as an invitation for promiscuous activity. That sucks, but it’s just a travel fact. This travel shawl is also a sweater and a blanket. Highly recommend.

#18 – Eat Street Food Where the Locals Eat

Street Food Asia

You can avoid food poisoning by avoiding street food and stalls with slow turnover. Slow turnover means that the ingredients are sitting out all day, collecting all sorts of icky bacteria. Thailand Blogger, Jess from ImJessaGirl.com says, “If there’s a line of locals waiting, it’s safe to eat!”

#19 – …but Be Prepared for Travel Food Poisoning

Sometimes, you’re stomach just needs a couple of days to adjust to new bacteria…but as you’re traveling from city to city (home to new types of bacteria in each one), you’ll find your stomach upset during your whole trip.

Easy fix: Activated Charcoal serves as a gentle detox BEFORE and AFTER bad tummy bacteria.

Activated Charcoal Pills absorb the bad bacteria that causes nausea, vomiting, and the runs. They don’t stop you from….going. Rather, they wrap the bacteria up and escort it out of your system.

Take 2-4 capsules with 8oz of water either before a street food adventure or once your stomach starts acting up.

In Conclusion: Lazy Bitches Get Travel Stitches

OMG I’m kidding. Really though, it’s so easy to stay safe and avoid dangerous situations by taking an hour to research where you’re going and how to prepare. Once you’ve put your plans and prep in place – let go of all that travel anxiety and fear. Trust yourself. Have confidence that you can do this. And if you’re still no confident – fake it cause’ you’re going.

Below, I’ve put together a travel checklist for easy travel prep.👇👇👇

The Ultimate Prep and Pack List for Travelers

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20 Ways to Hide your Money and Jewelry While Traveling

Let me scare you with some travel truth. Your shit can get stolen while traveling!

We’re usually talking about credit cards, cash, passports, cameras, and purses (very rarely do big backpacks get stolen).

Thieves go where the tourists go. Stealthy pickpocketers + bag snatchers = What YOU need to prepare for BEFORE you travel. You need to come prepared with ways to hide your money and jewelry while traveling.

Thieves are looking for tourists who have their guard down in that “nothing bad ever happens on vacation” mode. Whether it be gracefully sliding your phone out of your pocket at a bar in Bali or stealthily stealing your purse while you’re sleeping on a bus in Vietnam…they are good at what they do.

The good news is this: Thieves are opportunists. Don’t give them the open opportunity to take your shit…and they won’t. It’s sincerely that easy and once you’re prepared, there’s no reason to be scared.

So, listen up while I spit some travel safety tips and wisdom!

Travel Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

  1. Only take cash out to the bars – not debit cards.
  2. Don’t set your phone on the table while you eat.
  3. Don’t set your purse on the ground or hang it on the back of your chair.
  4. Carry these TSA-Friendly Locks for hostel lockers and to lock your luggage during transit.
  5. While on overnight buses, sleep with your cross-body purse on your body + your purse zipped.
  6. Don’t store your purse or laptop bag in under the bus (in the luggage compartment) on long-distance buses.
  7. Wear your concealed money pouch under your clothes (you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t understand this).

For country-specific safety tips, get your copy of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guidebook before you go!

Now, the best ways to hide your cash and credit card while traveling!

 

#1 – A Scarf that Doubles as a Travel Pocket for Cash and Keys!

 

Scarf

Promising Review: “This is the best purchase I have made in a while! The pocket fits my Galaxy S8 phone, 2 passports, long wallet and camera AND there’s still room.” – Bubbie5

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#2 – A Functional Hair Brush with a Hollow Handle- Roll the Cash and Hide

 

Brush

Promising Review: “HIGHLY RECOMMEND, especially if you are traveling and need to carry a large amount of cash. I could fit about 12-15 bills in it.” – Pinky

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#3 – A Speed Stick to Camouflage your Money from Thieves.

Safe Stash

Promising Review: “Clever!!! I have taken it with me on a few trips it is a great place to hide a little emergency money or small jewelry.” – C. Villarreal

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#4 – Staying Stylish, Keeping Fit and Safely Storing Jewelry Comes Easy with this Running Belt

 

Travel Money Belt

 

Promising Review: “I bought this belt for running and hiking, but mostly to take with me to Mardi Gras this year in New Orleans so I have one less thing to carry, and I don’t have to worry about being ripped off.” – Kate

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#5 – This Bra Stash Accessorizes your AND Stashes Your Cash!

Bra Stash

Promising Review: “I have a great travel bag, but I like to keep my money directly on me when I travel. This is the most comfortable and secretive way to do so that I’ve found yet.” – Samantha.

Ps. I’ve been carrying the SAME one of these for nearly 8 years now. Best investment!

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#6 – Travel with your Money Safely in your Underwear – Ultimate Privacy

 

Pocket Stash

 

Promising Review: “The underwear was comfortable and gave me peace of mind that I had money stored in the underwear while in Paris with pickpockets.” – Linda A

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#7 – Traveling Tank Top with a Hidden Front Pocket

 

Travel ShirtPromising Review: “I purchased the black version and stored 1 passport, 1 credit card, 1 license, and cash in the pocket.” – KS.

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#8 – A Water Resistant Pouch with a Lock Closure

 

Money Bag with Key Lock

Promising Review: “Great buy, feel much better about carrying cash or checks when traveling.” – PlayGirl

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#9 – An Ordinary Marker Turned Cash Hideaway

 

Secret Stash Can

Promising Review: “This is exactly what I was looking for to clandestinely stash things. The best thing is it’s an actual working marker I can use to write with!”- Mary A

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#10 – Wherever your Travels take you- Keep your Cash Conveniently at Arm’s Length with a Travel Neck Pouch.

 

Travel Neck Pouch

 

Promising Review: “Used it as my wallet during the entire 10-day trip so that I wouldn’t have to worry about pick-pockets snagging my passport/ID/credit card/debit card/cash/train tickets, etc out of my shorts pockets.” -Oakley

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#11 – Get a Credit Card Holder to Store your Debit Cards AND Prevent Electronic Skimming

 

Pocket Wallets for Men & Women

 

Promising Review: “I can put my driver license, work ID card and several credit cards in this small leather wallet. It can be kept in my pocket but almost cannot fell it when I was jogging outside.” – Chris

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#12 – An Underwear Girdle that’s Stylish and Hides Way Your Cash!

 

Travel UndiesPromising Review: “Your money and passport are always comfortable with you and so easy to access. I can even sleep safely with my money with these cool panties.” – Kathryn G.

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#13 – A Clever Way to Conceal Valuables Right under your Boobs

 

Tank Top

Clever Travel Companion Unisex-adult Tank Top with Two Secret Pockets

Promising Review: “With this tank tops side pocket design, items are not visible. A passport and extra currency can be kept well hidden during international travel.” – Bubbly.

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#14 – A Belt with Hidden Compartment- Perfect Place to Store Quick Cash

 

CASH BELT

 

Promising Review: “While you can always replace your license and credit cards are protected against fraud, if you have cash stolen while you travel you are out of luck. This is a great way to safeguard from theft.” – E. Spalter.

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#15 – A Money Belt to Deter Quick Fingers

 

Day Tip Money Belt

Promising Review: “This product allowed me to travel with $7,000 cash without being noticeable. It did not even beep in the metal detector, just make sure not to put metal in it.” – Melinda Vazquez

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#16 – A Wallet to Slim Clip to Discretely Carry Your Cash & Cards- Great Way to Frustrate Pick Pocketers

 

Money Clip Wallet

 

Promising Review: “This is hands down the best Money clip/wallet that I have used in 17 years. One of the keys to its success is the center pocket for items that are irregular in size.” – GJL

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#17 – A Roll Bag to Stash your Jewelry in Your Purse – Not your Checked Bag!

 

Jewelry Roll Bag

 

Promising Review: “I had a horrible system of traveling with my jewelry, so this is a true life saver! It is compact and fits practically anywhere. Especially if you travel with necklaces, GET THIS!” – Mai Tai

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#18 – A Garter Hoslter for the Most Descrete Hiding Spot Ever

 

Garter Purse

Promising Review: “I recently used this at a rave/concert (jumped a ton and bumped into a bunch of people constantly) and it held up without re-adjustment.”- Bittenapples

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#19 – A Back Bra With a Back Pocket! Talk About Carrying Your Money On Your Back, Is There Any Place Safer? 

 

Sports Bra Phone Pocket

Promising Review: “This sports bra is very practical. It fits very well and looks great. It’s made very well, great material. My phone actually fit in the back pocket too.” -Bird Cwynar

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#20 – Everyday RFID Blocking Wallet for Anti-Theft Credit Card Protection

 

Anti Theft WalletPromising Review: “I have a card in every pocket, and 2 IDs in the ID pocket for a total of 7 cards. Even with all of these cards, I was able to comfortably fit $300 worth of $20 bills (15 bills total) in the middle cash slot with plenty of wiggle room.” -AC

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Conclusion – Ways to Hide your Money and Jewelry While Traveling

I see it all the time. Solo travel girls walkin’ round big cities or sipping cocktails in crowded bars with their purse gently dangling by their side, either half-zipped or no zipper at all. I SEE IT and the THIEVES SEE IT. Don’t be that girl. Don’t make yourself a target and follow my simple tips above.

Oh, and once you’re done reading this article – let your anxiety go. You are officially more prepared than most travelers which means, you’ve officially not the target anymore.

 

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Pool Villa Bali

47 Best Private Pool Villas in Bali (September 2020)

This sexy island is full of exotic private villas

…but not all villas come with a private pool!

Skinny dip under the stars. Have a floating breakfast in the pool. Tan with no tan lines! Get a lil’ romantic. And do it all to fit your budget…because this is Bali where you can get a private pool villa as cheap as $33 per night.

BUT, Keep in mind!

Half the private pool villas in Bali are in shitty locations. So don’t go booking the first private pool villa you find! You need an expert to find the best private villas that are worth your time. Hi, that’s me. 

I’ve been living in and traveling around Bali for nearly a year now – finding the BEST private Bali villas on the island.

I’ve handpicked 47 of the Best Private Pool Villas in Bali – in the best locations with the most incredible staff – to make you feel like god damn royalty.

In this list, you’ll find affordable private pool villas for solo travelers, romantic private pool villas for couples, and apacious private pool villas for families. Private villas in Bali are much much cheaper than private villas you’d find on most other exotic islands in Asia or The Caribbean. So YES, you can afford this.

 

Pro Tip

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Keep in mind that the prices of these villas fluctuate based on the time of year! Before you pass on a villa that’s too expensive, check to see the price on your ideal dates in Bali! 

 

Okay, let’s get naked.


 

Quick Bali City Guide for Reference

  • Canggu – Beachside town with Instagram-worthy cafes, sunset beach parties, surfing, and the most mind-blowing food on the island.
  • Seminyak – The best shopping in Bali, plus gourmet restaurants, the best spas in Bali, sexy beach clubs and the best boutique nightlife.
  • Ubud – Jungle paradise with waterfalls, temples and monkeys, about 1.5 hours from the beach
  • Sidemen – Like going back in time 20 years with rice fields and local culture – great for motorbike adventures
  • Kuta – Australia’s version of Cancun, Mexico with cold beers, wild Bali nightclubs, and the best surf spots for beginners.
  • Uluwatu – A surfer’s paradise and some of the most beautiful sunsets in Bali, best for people who can drive a motorbike to get around.
  • Amed – A quiet fishing village with incredible snorkeling on the east coast
  • Nusa Lembongan – A tropical island with beautiful beaches just 30-minutes from the shores of Sanur, Bali.
  • Nusa Penida – The less-developed sister island to Nusa Lembongan, also just 30-minutes from Sanur, Bali. Come to Nusa Penida for hiking to stunning National Geographic-style beaches.


Private Pool Villas in Canggu

 

#2 – COMO Uma Canggu

Canggu Villa

A 3-bedroom penthouse suite overlooking the ocean with sunset views and marble floors, here is the fanciest & most expensive 5-star private pool villa you’ll find in Canggu. This is how the big ballers vacation at $1,848 per night; split this between two other couples for a bill of $616 per night for a vacation you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Just steps away from Echo Beach, here is the best beach to spend the day with cocktails, surfing, and tapas.

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Best For: Celebrity Vacation
Where:
Canggu
What’s Around:
Steps away from Echo Beach & La Brisa Beach Club
Price in November: Around $1,800 per night

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#3 – La Luna Belle

La Belle Villa

The #1 best private pool location in Canggu. You’re close enough to walk to the beach and all the best shopping + bars; but far enough from the music to have a peaceful night’s sleep.

This 3-bedroom private villa in Bali is a steal…so it often books up quickly.

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Best For: The Best Beach Vacation
Where:
Canggu
What’s Around:
The #1 party beach & beginner surfing beach called Batu Bolong Beach + shopping, eating, and massages
Price in November: Around $314 per night,

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#4 – Ametis Villa

Bali Villa Canggu

It doesn’t get sexier than Ametis Villa. With a deep-soaking tub overlooking a massive pool with a 24-hour private butler with the famous & fabulous Billy Ho restaurant on-site…you’ve just woken up in a fancy-ass island dream.

Ametis is one of the most glamorous villas you’ll find on the island. The best of the best, this is the villa you book when you want to impress.

Choose from a one-bedroom private villa, two-bedroom private villa and a three-bedroom private villa.

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Best For: The Most Glamourous Canggu Vacation
Where:
Canggu
What’s Around:
Ametis Villa is a 3-minutes drive from Echo Beach in Canggu.
Price in November: Starting at $593 per night

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#5 – Canggu Beach Break Villa

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Brand new. 3 bedrooms. 6 guests. Plenty of beach lounge chairs, bean bags and hammocks. Welcome to paradise. Canggu Beach Break Villa checks all the boxes for a group vacation in Bali with modern amenities and spacious private pool.

Located on the main road which leads down to Batu Bolong Beach, you won’t have to deal with the trials and tribulations of organizing group trips. Just meet each other at the bar or beach for a low-key group vacation.

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Best For: Group Vacation by the Beach
Where:
Canggu
What’s Around:
Batu Bolong Beach + all the Shopping, Massages & Restaurants
Price in November: Starting at $397 per night

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Private Pool Villas in Seminyak

#6 – Javana Royal Villas, Seminyak

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My #1 pick for private pool villas in Seminyak is here! Start your morning in your private swimming pool with a full floating breakfast delivered and assembled by staff (who are more than happy to help you with a quick mini photoshoot).

Each private pool villa comes with your choice of a giant pink flamingo pool floatie or a massive unicorn pool floatie for 1 afternoon of play time and selfies. The bungalow is so spacious that a full-on dance party is necessary.

After your private pool extravaganza, hit the streets of Seminyak for a fabulous dinner and sexy nightlife scene – you’re walking distance to the very best of Seminyak.

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Best For: Shopping & Eating
Where:
Seminyak
What’s Around:
You’ll be close to the popular Ku De Ta, Petitenget Temple and the Seminyak Square Shopping Mall. Or take a short drive and check out Seminyak beach!
Price in November: Around $257 per night

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#7 – Villa 007

Bali Villa Seminyak

A 12-minute walk to Batu Belig Beach…but you might not ever want to leave this 3-bedroom private villa in Seminyak! The photo says it all, right?

This is the ultimate photoshoot villa in Bali with so many cute spaces to lay and play. Villa 007 has high ceilings, bright lighting, tropical decor and so many places to lounge! It has been designed as a total vacation dream come true!

This baby books up fast, so I recommend snagging it as quickly as you can!

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Best For: Groups of Girls on Vacation!
Where:
Batu Belig Beach (my favorite)
What’s Around:
707 Beach Berm Beach Bar (literally my favorite sunset beach bar in Bali) and Tropicola Beach Club. 
Price in November: Around $217 per night

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#8 – Lloyd’s Inn Bali 

Seminyak Villa

Location, location, location. Party girls, beach babes, and shopping queens – you’re going to want to get over here. Lloyd’s Inn is just a short walk to Double Six Beach — one of my favorite beaches in Bali for cocktails at sunset — and 5-minutes to everything else that both Seminyak AND Legian has to offer.

Llyod’s is famous in this area for their breakfasts, architecture, and staff. Bougie babes will not be disappointed.

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Best For: Beach Days and Party Nights
Where:
Double Six Beach
What’s Around:
Double Six Beach & Cocoon Beach Club
Price in November: Around $237 per night

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#9 – Airbnb – Affordable Private Pool Villa, Seminyak

Skinny dip in your private pool villa. Lounge on a poolside daybed. Enjoy your meals in the open-air dining room. Soak in a deep bathtub big enough for two. This contemporary 3-bedroom villa will transport you into vacay mode from the moment you arrive. 

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Best For: Family Vacation in Bali
Where:  Seminyak
What’s Around:  Located walking distance to the beach! Don’t forget to mosey on to Oberoi Street, also known as “eat street” for famous food, shops and nightlife.
Price in November: Around $207 per night

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#10- Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali

Bali Villa

Choose from a 2-bedroom Private Pool Villa or a 4-Bedroom Private Pool Villa at Amadea Resort in Seminyak.

Come with the fam or a bachelor party weekend in Bali, and book this private Bali villa near the beach!

The whole crew will be entertained with the best market shopping, most Instagram-worthy restaurants, and the sandy shores within walking distance! Party it up at the swanky beach clubs nearby, then cure your hangover in the spa with a Bali Bliss Massage.

Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali also offers airport shuttles!

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Best For: Bachelor Parties in Bali
Where:  Seminyak
What’s Around: Walking distance to Seminyak Beach, Double Six Road…and Hank’s Pizza!
Price in November: Starting at $654 per night

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#11 – Airbnb – Kuta Utara Villa, Seminyak

Nothing says “Bali” like a traditional teak bungalow and private pool where you can soak up the Bali sun. Lounge poolside with a cool beverage as you indulge in freshly picked fruit from the trees that surround you! An outdoor kitchen and terrace breakfast bar make this airy oasis an easy-living option for week-long stays.

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Best For:  Exploring the Best of Seminyak by Foot
Where: 10-minutes from Seminyak Beach
What’s Around:  Seminyak Square & nightlife/Seminyak Beach is walking distance
Price in November: Around $95 per night

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Private Pool Villas in Kuta & Legian

#12 – The Bandha Hotel & Suites, Legian

The Bandha Hotel & Suites, Legian

The Bandha Hotel has two kinds of rooms that offer this dream-come-true water access: the Lagoon-Access Room with a little patio that lets you jump off into the pool and the massive Private Pool Villa with a huge private pool and garden! This trip is once-in-a-lifetime. Just do it.

Ps. Book on Booking.com and you’ll often get a deal like free airport drop-off, free massage, or free beers!

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Best For: The Most Badass Villa Ever
Where: Legian Beach, Bali
What’s Around: Double Six Beach and the Cocoon Beach Club are just hundreds of feet away! You’re also close to Legian Art Market, Beachwalk Shopping Mall, the Sky Garden, and Ku De Ta. Rent a bike and explore!
Price in November: Around $134 per night

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#13 – Airbnb – Kuta Private Pool Villa, Kuta

Villa In Kuta

Located right between Kuta and Seminyak, Bali – foodies, shopping addicts and party people will love this Bali Airbnb. You’re a quick 4-minute walk to the main road, and just a 20-minute walk to the beach and Potato Head Beach Club.

When you return from Seminyak shopping, enjoy the beauty of nature from your private pool and peaceful garden – which can be seen from every room.

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Best For: Beach Babes
Where:  Between Kuta & Seminyak, Bali
What’s Around:  You’ll be located in peaceful privacy, but just minutes from cafes, boutiques, beaches, and bars! You’re a short ride from awesome surfing spots and a one-of-a-kind Dream Museum.
Price in November: Around $185 per night

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#14 – Cempaka Villa, Denpasar/Kuta

Cempaka Villa, Denpasar

Bring some buddies and relax in this two-bedroom villa! Featuring spacious rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and private outdoor pool (seen from all rooms in the house), you’ll find all you’ll need right here!

Soak up the Bali sun and lounge poolside, take a stroll through the garden, or rent a bike to cycle to nearby beaches. Enjoy a piece of privacy, yet be close enough for fun! 

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Best For: The Day Before Your Flight
Where: Denpasar – 15-minute drive to the Airport & 15-minute drive to Kuta Beach
What’s Around: The villa is located close to rice fields, beaches, and temples such as Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Check out nearby shops and supermarkets.
Price in November: Around $185 per night

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Private Pool Villas in Ubud

#15 – Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’OCCITANE

Private Pool Villa

Suspended above bright green rice fields and a babbling river below, your traditional Balinese villa gives you panoramic views of lush tropical greenery – from both your private infinity pool and your luxurious four-post bed.

Daily afternoon tea is served in your villa every day, brought to you by your own butler.

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Best For: Celebrity-Style Luxury Vacation
Where: 15 minute-drive to Ubud Center
What’s Around: Walk to the main road to explore nearby restaurants, art museums, and temples!
Price in November: Around $200 per night

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#16 – Adiwana Dara Ayu

jungle resort ubud

Okay listen. There is no resort on Earth as special as Adiwana Dara Ayu — a secluded mountain resort that throws you into Bali-mode. 

Take a bath in your huge stone tub surrounded by a fish pond and palm trees. Dip in your infinity pool overlooking rural land. Leave the breakfast table and go on a 1-hour nature walk through rivers, farmland, and local villages. Then get a massage in the zen Buddhist spa.

There is nothing else around…except maybe some monkeys.

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Best For: Exploring Rural Villages
Where: Payangan, North of Ubud
What’s Around: Only an 1-hour long rice field path through Ubud farmland 
Price in November: Around $239 per night

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#17 – Airbnb – A Hidden Oasis with Stunning Views

Wake up slowly and enjoy the morning sun from your open-air living room overlooking rice fields just past your infinity pool.

There’s a private tropical cinema and a deep granite-carved bath hidden in nature with views of palm trees and temples.

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Best For:  Big groups looking for a tropical escape
Where:  Near Ubud Monkey Forest
What’s Around:  Tucked behind high walls, you’ll feel a million miles away as you overlook jungle and rice fields. BUT you’re less than a mile from Ubud’s center where you’ll find shops, cafes, art galleries, and more magnificent scenery.
Price in November: Around $189 per night

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#18  – Ubud Valley Boutique Resort

Ubud Valley Boutique Resort, Ubud

Talk about jaw-dropping views! This 4-star resort, situated atop a valley, allows guests to observe the surrounding Bali beauty from a luxurious and relaxing environment.

An infinity pool with breathtaking jungle views, a stunning tropical garden, and a delicious on-site restaurant (offering continental breakfast) off you a sprawling slice of vacation paradise. 

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Best For: A romantic getaway + special occasions
Where: Ubud, Bali
What’s Around: A short 20-min ride from Ubud Centre, you’re in the middle of rice fields, rivers, and small villages! Venture to nearby temples, caves, botanical gardens or markets.
Price in November: Around $200 per night

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#19 – Samkhya Villas

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Enjoy your own private villa complete with garden terrace, lounge chairs, gazebo, private pool, and rice paddy views. A perfect getaway to escape city life and relax in privacy or bathe in a bathtub full of flowers.

Enjoy a fresh Balinese meal at the on-site restaurant or order in and enjoy room service from in bed! Concrete bathrooms, wooden finishings, jungle views, and outdoor spa treatments will leave you feeling refreshed and enculturated. 

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Best For: Honeymoon Villa in Bali
Where: 15-minute drive north of Ubud Center
What’s Around: Art museums, white water rafting, temples, waterfalls, and the Campuhan Ridge Walk.
Price in November: Around $172 per night

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#20 – COMO Shambhala Estate, Payangan

COMO Shambhala Estate, Payangan

Choose from a 1-Bedroom Private Villa, 2-Bedroom Private Villa or a 3-Bedroom Private Villa. 

This privately located tropical Estate will completely submerge you + the crew in zen environment to help heal your mind, body, and spirit. The resort offers yoga and pilates, an ayurvedic doctor, a dietician, and an acupuncturist to help realign your being!  Enjoy natural spring pools, world-class views, and rooms adorned with beautiful Balinese wooden furniture. 

You’re just a short drive into Ubud Center for the best shopping, eating, and massages.

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Best For: Detox Vacation for the Whole Crew
Where: Payangan – Just 20-minutes South of Ubud
What’s Around: Surrounded by tropical Forest you’re away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a short shuttle ride to Ubud Centre or enjoy close-by outdoor activities and rice field terraces.
Price in November: Starts at $712 per night

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#21 – Ubud Heaven Penestanan 

Ubud Heaven Villa

In Ubud, there’s this hidden pocket of farmland where cars aren’t allowed, called Penestanan. Ubud Heaven Penestanan sits on a rice field, accessible only by footpaths!

Right outside your private pool villa, you have access to a small collection of zen cafes and one of the best yoga studios in town, Intuitive Flow. 

Spend your morning in a yoga class followed by getting lost on long walks through rice fields. In the evening walk down into town for dinner and a drink along the river.

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Best For: Yoga Addicts
Where: Penestenan
What’s Around: Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio, Yellow Flower Cafe, Bintang Supermarket, The Bridge Restaurant
Price in November: Around $151 per night

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#22 – Alam Ubud Culture Villa And Residence

Alam Ubud Culture Villa And Residence, Ubud

Welcome to the jungle! You’re going to love the views from your spring-water swimming pool as you overlook the valley below. Escape into a tropical paradise with a floating breakfast in the pool. 

These spacious villas are hidden in a hillside forest, offering you the ultimate relaxation music…aka pure nature! Unwind at the spa or yoga studio, dine at the delicious on-site restaurant and gaze at the glittering stars in total jungle darkness.

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Best For: A Jungle Getaway
Where: Tegallalang Village, 20-minute drive from Ubud Center
What’s Around: Nearby to the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces + temples, botanic gardens, markets, and museums.
Price in November: Around $131 per night

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#23 – Kawan Antique Ubud VillaKawan Antique Ubud Villa, Ubud

Picturesque privacy in a traditional teakwood villa – this is the exotic vacation getaway you came here for. The craftsmanship of the all-wood villa and traditional Balinese design catapults you into travel mode, while the full-sun infinity pool surrounded by lush tropical foliage melts your stresses away. 

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Best For: A couple looking for a private tropical escape
Where: Ubud Center
What’s Around: Situated in Ubud you’re close to the Ubud Market, Ubud Palace, Saraswati Temple, Neka Art Museum and more!
Price in November: Around $149 per night

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#24 – Airbnb – Rustic Pool Villa

Villa In Ubud

Enjoy a rustic, yet cheerfully sunny Balinese Villa with an artist’s touch. Finished marble floors offer a cool retreat for your feet. The traditional teak roof brings a fresh Bali breeze circulating through the house. Pick fresh passion fruit from the vine while you sit poolside. Get ready to indulge all of your senses here.

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Best For: Artists and nature-lovers
Where:  Penestenan
What’s Around:  Near cafes, yoga studios, spas and plenty of art galleries! Only a 5-minute scooter ride to Ubud’s center.
Price in November: Around $80 per night

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#25 – Goya Boutique Resort, Ubud

Goya Boutique Resort, Ubud

Traditional meets contemporary – step into lavishly decorated rooms at this luxurious resort where nature & design meet . Enjoy Bvlgari body care products, outdoor pampering massages, and floral baths to rejuvenate the soul.

This boutique resort pays close attention to detail when offering you a welcoming slice of paradise — meant to rejuvenate and revive you fully by the time you conclude your extravagant adventure.  

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Best For: A memorable honeymoon or romantic getaway
Where: Ubud Center
What’s Around: Short walk from Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Palace,  Blanco Renaissance Museum, temples, caves and waterfalls. A nice, central location!
Price in November: Around $276 per night

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 #26 – Ubud Heaven Sayan

Ubud Heaven

Go ahead and take the name literally. Ubud Heaven Sayan is one of my favorite properties in Ubud. I stumbled upon it one day while trying to get lost in the rice fields and jungle, along the river.

Ubud Heaven Sayan offers you a solid 45-minutes of exploring by foot through cobblestone paths that line hidden guest houses and tiny coffee stands in the middle of nowhere for a pure nature escape.

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Best For: Forgetting the World
Where: Penestenan
What’s Around: Firefly Bnb, Oasis Yoga N’ Cafe and the main road, Jalan Raya Sayan
Price in November: Around $191 per night

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#27 – The Payogan Villa Resort and Spa

The Payogan Villa Resort and Spa, Ubud

Get pampered in a private villa in Bali with your own pool and views of the Oos river. Surrounded by tropical gardens, enjoy Balinese-style villas doting semi-outdoor bathrooms with a sunken bathtub, allowing you to slowly absorb the Bali of beauty from the tub.

Unwind with a relaxing massage or beauty treatments from the hotel spa, or meditate on a private outdoor terrace to reconnect with nature. Be sure to indulge in the complimentary afternoon tea also!

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Best For: Private jungle feels without breaking the bank
Where: 15-minute ride into Ubud Centre
What’s Around: Head over to the Ayung River or Purnama Beach for some outdoor fun!
Price in November: Around $152 per night

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#28 – Adiwana Arkara Villa, Ubud

Welcome, Queen. You are about to understand what it feels like to be treated like royalty at Adiwana Arkara Villa in Ubud. The private pool villa is constructed in true Balinese fashion with hardwood floors and tall teakwood roof with grass overlay.

Enjoy a floating breakfast while submerged in the refreshing private pool or soak in your Terrazzo bathtub. Your wish is your command.

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Best For:  Temple Vibes and Jungle Views
Where:  South Ubud
What’s Around:  Ubud Monkey Forest, the Blanco Renaissance Museum, Ubud Market and Ubud Palace. Enjoy cycling or take the free shuttle to Ubud center.
Price in November: Around $140 per night

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#29 – The Udaya Resorts and Spa, Ubud

The Udaya Resorts and Spa, Ubud

 They’ve thought of everything!

When you stay at Udaya you’ll find large rooms decorated with traditional Bali artwork, warm colors and wooden furnishings, a large stone terrace around a relaxing infinity pool, fire pits for guest use, yoga with forest views, and an on-site restaurant. 

All bathrooms come equipped with bathrobes and slippers, so slip into comfort and enjoy a resort rated for the best value in Ubud!

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Best For: A Sexy Vacation 
Where: 20 minutes north of Ubud Center
What’s Around: Located amongst lush greenery, you’ll feel farther away than you really are! Within walking distance, you’ll find Botanic Garden Ubud, art museums and various temples.
Price in November: Around $215 per night

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#30 – Amora Ubud Boutique Villas

Amora Ubud Boutique Villas, Ubud

A private infinity pool overlooking the tropical valley near the heart of Ubud, Amora Ubud Boutique Villas are my #1 choice for Solo Travel Girls. Resembling traditional Balinese village houses, admire the wood craftsmanship, creative concrete finishes, and panoramic views of Campuhan River Valley, you can be totally independent as you explore your surroundings on foot. 

Bathe in an outdoor floral tub at their spa, or indulge in fresh fruit from a floating tray while you bask under the Bali sun. 

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Best For: Solo Girl Travel
Where: 10 minutes north of Ubud center
What’s Around: Located hilltop over a river valley, you’ll find nearby activities such as rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and cycling. Or opt for local museums, galleries, shops, and markets!
Price in November: Around $221 per night

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#31 – The Ubud Village Resort & Spa

The Ubud Village Resort & Spa, Ubud

Find yourself surrounded by rice paddies when you opt to stay in one of these luxurious villas. Each suite features a private pool, fish pond, indoor/outdoor shower with a sunken tub, kitchenettes, and a veranda with daybed– offering you a tranquil atmosphere.

Treat yourself to a dip in the main outdoor pool and enjoy picturesque views or destress with a relaxing massage at their outdoor spa. 

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Best For: Ultimate Balinese hideaway in a resort setting
Where: Located on the hillsides of southern Ubud
What’s Around: A short walk to Monkey Forest and The Yoga Barn
Price in November: Around $268 per night

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#32 – Sankara Ubud Resort

Sankara Ubud Resort, Ubud

Some of the biggest private pools in Bali, Sankara offers the most spacious private pool villas – perfect for couples on their honeymoon. The staff at Sankara go above and beyond to make your stay special, including flower baths, romantic dinners, floating breakfasts and champagne brunches. 

You’ll stay in large rooms blending both modern and traditional Bali culture into one eye-catching experience. Enjoy yoga under a teak roof, Balinese cooking classes, or learn to weave like the locals at some of the resort-guided activities that you’ll never forget.

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Best For: Honeymoon in Bali
Where: South Ubud
What’s Around: A 25-minute walk to The Yoga Barn and Monkey Forest
Price in November: Around $320 per night

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#33 – Chapung Sebali

Chapung Sebali

Why chase the social scene when the social scene can come to you? Chapung Sebali is home to the famous Jungle Fish Day Club and Restaurant which welcomes international sunbathers and swanky day drinkers – creating a mellow social scene (with part of the pool reserved for guests so you won’t have to fight for spots).

Not feeling social? Retreat to your private pool oasis with sun lounge chairs overlooking green jungle as far as the eye can see.

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Best For: A Balance of Private Time & Social Vibes
Where: North Ubud
What’s Around: Rent bicycles or trek around the property to enjoy Bali views. You’re also close to the Botanic Garden Ubud, Neka Art Museum, Tjampuhan Bridge, Mt. Batur & Batur Lake, and Saraswati Temple.
Price in November: Around $320 per night

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#34- Ulun Ubud

Ulun Ubud, Ubud

Feel lost deep in a Bali tropical forest as you wander past Tjampuhan River and terraced rice paddies on your way to Ulun Resort. Each room features its own balcony so you can enjoy breathtaking views of the local Bali landscape while relaxing in an exceptionally clean environment.

An on-site restaurant offers both Western and Indonesian specialties along with views of the valley down below. 

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Best For: Zen Relaxation
Where: 15-minutes north of Ubud Center
What’s Around: While the resort may make you feel remote, you’re only a short trip away from Ubud Market, Ubud Palace, and Ubud Monkey Forest.
Price in November: Around $179 per night

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#35 – Natura Villa Ubud Bali, Ubud

Natura Villa Ubud Bali, Ubud

Enjoy a slice of natural beauty when you head to these villas in a secluded oasis. Equipped with two pools, one is spring water near the spa for relaxing vibes while the other is an active, lap pool for more fun.

The spa overlooks Petanu River so guests can fully unwind with a variety of body treatments while their minds focus on nature. When not in your cozy villa utilizing 24-hr room service, head to the on-site restaurant and grab a drink at their lounge!

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Best For: An escape into a natural oasis
Where: 15-minutes north of Ubud Center
What’s Around: Pure jungle
Price in November: Around $199 per night

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#36 – Tejaprana Bisma, Ubud

private pool villa

The Bali villas here are decorated with a contemporary funk; rooms are large and vibrant, feature lots of wooden crafting, and versatile furniture. The modern decor is just icing on the cake of all the natural amenities you’ll find.

Every room has jungle views, there’s a common-area sun terrace and infinity pool for memorable sights, and cycling is one of the most popular activities to enjoy. Feel pampered with an on-site spa and restaurant to fulfill all of your senses!

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Best For: Exploring the Best of Ubud on Foot
Where: Ubud Center
What’s Around: Walking distance to the Monkey Forest! You’re also close to yoga studios, museums, rivers for rafting, and temples! Anything you need, the hotel can help arrange.
Price in November: Around $290 per night

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Private Pool Villas in Uluwatu

#37 – Villa Karma Kandara

Villa Karma Kandara, Uluwatu

Private beach over here! Private pool villa over there! Karma Kandara is truly the best of the best of luxury Uluwatu hotels. After you’ve pampered yourself in your private villa, come sink your toes in the soft powdery sand overlooking the turquoise blue ocean.

This beach is perfect for swimming, has corals for snorkeling, and offers stunning sunset views from the shore. Kick back with live international DJs every Saturday-Monday!

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Best For: Celebrity-Level Vacation
Where: Karma Beach, Uluwatu
What’s Around: Ocean, sand, sun + other world-famous beaches.
Price in November: Around $558 per night…and worth every damn penny

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#38 – Secluded Vintage Timber Cabins by Surfing Beach, Uluwatu

Secluded Vintage Timber Cabins by Surfing Beach, Uluwatu

Welcome to luxury on a budget. There are only 2 bungalows on the entire property, which means that you only share the pool with one other villa. And if there are no other guests, then guess who’s got a private pool?! Split this villa between 8 people and now you’re living the dream without breaking the bank.

Walking distance to the gorgeous Balangan Beach, this modern-rustic 2-story bungalow is a rare find in Uluwatu. 

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Best For: Big Groups & Families who Love the Beach
Where: Near Balangan Beach
What’s Around: Other than the beautiful Balangan beach for some rideable barrels on your surfboard, there’s Balangan Temple nearby, Pantai Tegal Wangi, and New Kuta Green Park.
Price in November: Around $133 per night

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Private Pool Villas on Nusa Lembongan

#39 – The Acala Shri Sedana

The Acala Shri Sedana

The Acala Shri Sedana is one of few private pool villas on Nusa Lembongan. Wake up to views of the ocean from your bed, then enjoy a floating breakfast in the hotel’s infinity pool.

The hotel is located in the hills, away from the center of town, giving you stunning island views. And when you’re ready to explore, The Acala Shri Sedana has a free shuttle to drop you at various spots on the island and also has scooters to rent.

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Best For: An Island Vacation for Couples
Where: Nusa Lembongan, Bali
What’s Around: The stars. You’ll need to hop in the hotel shuttle for a quick ride to Sandy Bay Beach club, Blue Lagoon, and Mangrove Point. The hotel offers free shuttles to Yellow Bridge, Mushroom Bay, and Jungut Batu.
Price in November: Around $187 per night

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#40 – Airbnb – Kemiri Villa, Nusa Lembongan

A 3-bedroom private pool villa on Nusa Lembongan, just a 7-minute walk to the beach! Yes! Enjoy an impromptu pool photoshoot from the privacy of your living room!

Bring some friends, split the tab and live your best life under the sun. You may be close to beaches and restaurants, but the comfy beds will make it hard to leave Kemiri Villa! Ps. The fridge is full of beers.

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Best For: A Group who likes Pool Photoshoots
Where: Jungutbatu Beach
What’s Around: Mini markets, delicious food, and beaches within walking distance
Price in November: Around $131 per night

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#41 – Adiwana d’Nusa Beach Club and Resort

Adiwana d'Nusa Beach Club and Resort, Nusa Lembongan

Looking for Bali beach vibes on a budget? Head on over and stick your toes in the ocean then jump in the pool– get the best of both water worlds at this resort.

Offering daycare services and spacious rooms, feel free to bring the family if needed! Or don’t and enjoy a private pool in your romantic villa. Or how about an oceanside dinner followed by a beautiful sunset while you pose for photos from a wooden swing.

Oh, and did I mention guests receive 10% off meals and non-alcoholic beverages?

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Best For: An Affordable Private Pool Experience
Where: Nusa Lembongan, Bali
What’s Around: Located on the white sands of Jungutbatu Beach, enjoy water sport activities, snorkeling, canoeing, and more! Venture to nearby beaches, lagoons, and bays.
Price in November: Around $103 per night

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Private Pool Villa in Amed

#42 – The Kampung, Amed

The Kampung, Amed

The whole property is yours with 5 separate villas and a big ass pool on the beach. Enjoy a traditional Javanese village house with tranquil beachfront views and a rugged mountain backdrop when you stay here.

The villas are remodeled wooden houses that dote restored original craftworks and antiques while giving the modern touch of A/C, equipped kitchen, and private swimming pool.

The rustic design sweeps you into a simpler time and helps take you a step away from the complexities of modern living. Come enjoy tradition and a true Balinese lifestyle!

Ps. Your hosts can arrange snorkel trips, fishing trips, and rice field walks!

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Best For: Bali off the Tourist Path
Where: Amed, Bali
What’s Around: Away from the touristy parts of town, the best things do are snorkel and dive right off the beach! Or explore some of Bali’s oldest villages and see ancient temples, rituals, and music. The Kampung is available to help book any excursions.
Price in November: Around $520 per night

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Private Pool Villa in Sidemen

#43 – Villa Sidemen, Karangasem

Villa Sidemen, Karangasem

Sidemen is one of my favorite get-aways in Bali – No tourists here!

Surrounded by tropical gardens and decorated with local art, get lost in a taste of Bali while enjoying updated amenities and an outdoor living space next to a private infinity pool. 

You and three other friends can rent out this whole house villa and enjoy panoramic views of Mount Agung, overlooking a jungle valley and rice paddies in the distance.

Bring your camera. The rolling hills of Sidemen are just begging to be photographed.

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Best For: National-Geographic-Esque Vacation in Bali
Where: Sidemen
What’s Around: Rolling hills, temples and local villages. Hop on a motorbike (beginner-friendly) and just drive. I spent two days just exploring the hills, meeting locals, eating homecooked meals and taking gorgeous photos.
Price in November: Around $337 per night

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Off the Beaten Path in Bali

#44 – Villa Treetops, Tabanan

Villa Treetops, Tabanan

Continental breakfast, an outdoor infinity swimming pool with a BBQ grill, a gorgeous garden to lounge in, and a balcony overlooking the river are all reasons to check out this treetop villa! 

Off the beathen path…but just slightly. This surreal jungle villa is tucked away amongst tropical trees and lush greenery for that peaceful, detox retreat you’ve been craving, but just a 20-minute drive to Canggu.

Spend you day in the modern villa with updated amenities and river views. Spend you evenings at the beach for sunset. 

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Best For: Groups of friends looking for secluded fun in the heart of nature
Where: Tabanan, Bali – 20-minute drive to Canggu
What’s Around: Although you may be surrounded by a river and rice fields, the staff can help accommodate groceries and/or scooter rentals to check out Tanah Lot Temple, Kedungu Beach, Canggu Club or Bali Museum.
Price in November: Around $337 per night 

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#45 – Samsara Villa – Joshua District, Tabanan

Samsara Villa - Joshua District, Tabanan

A private Bali villa you can split between 8 of your friends and family. Possibly the most glamorous private villas on this list, Samsara Villa has been built in complete harmony with nature, while also proving state of the art features like the brand new kitchen, family-style dining area, chic overhead lights, and hardwood floors.

Eat a delicious dinner while gazing out to the distant sea, soaking up the Bali sunset from your private pool amongst the rice fields. 

This place is perfect for a group with a car or motorbikes, looking to get away from the crowded tourist path. No one will find you here…but you will find everything you need for the best Bali vacation.

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Best For: A Glamourous Stay with Privacy
Where: Tabanan – Just an 8-minute drive to Kedungu Beach 
What’s Around: Kedungu Beach, Tanah Lot Temple, Nirwana Golf Course and Canggu Club are a few things to check out near the villa.
Price in November: Around $337 per night 

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#46 – Kampi Villas by Premier Hospitality Asia, Nusa Dua

Kampi Villas by Premier Hospitality Asia, Nusa Dua

Head over to a secluded, sleek, and modern complex offering two-story villas featuring an unmatched view of the Indian Ocean from your balcony.

Relax in your private pool or soak in your large bathtub and unwind from life! Enjoy a living room with comfy and contemporary furniture, cook up some food in a fully-equipped kitchen, or enjoy continental breakfast or room service for less effort!  

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Best For: A Modern, Comfortable Stay
Where: Nusa Dua, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
What’s Around: The villas are situated adjacent to Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club and the hidden gem Gunung Payung Beach boasting a quiet setting with great seascapes. You’re only minutes from other beaches, museums and Bambu Bali market.
Price in November: : Starting at $275/night

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#47 – Sea View Villa Bloom Bali, Lovina

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Talk about an all-inclusive option for the family! Head on over to Sea View Villa and create unforgettable memories with those you love. Greeted by the manager and chef, you’re given priority from the get-go to ensure your vacation is tailored just for you.

This spacious villa offers an infinity pool, a spot for a BBQ/fire pit, large lawn for sunset yoga or morning strolls, professional massages & peace of mind. Bring a family of up to 8 and enjoy each others company in this updated Bali home.

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Best For: Family Vacation in Bali
Where: Lovina, Bali
What’s Around: If you even need to leave the villa… there’s Krisna Funtastic Land and Krisna Water Sports a couple of miles out for more family fun. You’ll also find nearby waterfalls, temples, and a Secret Garden Village!
Price in November: Starts at $505 per night or $860 per night w/ All-Inclusive

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Conclusion to the Best Private Pool Villas in Bali!

In a private pool villa, photoshoots are inevitable. So is skinny dipping, dance parties, naughty sessions, floating breakfasts, no tan lines and flamingo pool floaties. You are officially living your best life and you didn’t even have to take out a second mortgage to do so.

Don’t travel without a travel credit card!

And don’t forget to tag me in your travel photos on Instagram @SoloGirlsTravelGuide

 

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8 Best Scuba Diving Courses in Southeast Asia (July 2019)

Mermaids, come hither!

Swim deep where the wifi, traffic, gossip, and pressure of human life will never exist.

I’ve got 8 Best Scuba Diving Courses in Southeast Asia – all of which are located in the best destinations for solo female travelers.
Becoming Scuba Certified sounds intimidating…but the courses are just 4 glorious days of learning, practice, and diving which anyone with two legs (and zero inner ear problems) can do.

As Southeast Asia is a tropical region with islands and beaches…you can obviously expect to find hundreds of dive schools in Asia where you can get PADI or SSI certified.

But wait! Not all scuba schools are created equal!

Beware of Scuba Schools that are “the most popular”. I made the mistake of diving at the trendiest scuba school in Koh Tao where they valued quantity over quality. This resulted in improper instruction + me having a busted eardrum that stopped me from diving for years (don’t worry, it’s all better now).

From the most cost-effective and SAFEST courses that offer some seriously gorgeous dive spots, get scuba certified with one of these highly-reputable scuba diving schools in Southeast Asia.

Let’s dive right in … (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

#1 –  The Cheapest – Bali, Indonesia

scuba bali

No surprises here – Bali is one of the most fun/beautiful/tropical islands in Southeast Asia…which also offers cheap open-water diving courses.

Adventure Divers Bali, located in Amed, gives you the opportunity to dive amongst some of the most gorgeous corals I’ve seen in Asia + WWII shipwrecks. Enjoy the underwater coral gardens and the abundant marine life where new species are discovered each year!

Called “the island of a thousand temples,” there is so much culture and history to absorb – both on land and in the water.

Bali is located in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, with an easy-to-access international airport!

And Bali is one of the safest places for solo female travelers.

How Long is the Class:  4 days
How Much:  4,661,000 IDR ($330 USD)

Before you go to Bali, get your copy of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide: Bali

#2 – The Second Cheapest – Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao Island in Thailand is famous for offering the lowest prices for scuba diving courses + stunning dive spots. This is where I did my Scuba Training, and I loved it!

Crystal Dive offers a certification course which won’t cost you an arm and a leg – just $352 for the Full 4-Day Beginners Course.

Koh Tao is home to an abundance of marine life and kaleidoscopic of corals with a diverse collection of dive spots meaning…every dive is different! Koh Tao also offers frequent sightings of the largest fish in the world – the whale shark!

With clear water, white-sanded beaches, cheap food, and tons of shopping… spending 4-5 days on Koh Tao is a dream come true!

Once your scuba course is finished, you’ll want to blow off some steam! Move on to nearby Koh Phangan or Koh Samui, which are the better party & nightlife destinations (Koh Tao nightlife I don’t recommend for solo girls anymore – read my Thailand Islands and Beaches travel guide for more on that).

How Long is the Class:  4 days
How Much:  11,000 THB (352 USD) + 400-800 THB ($6-$26 USD) /night for accommodation

 

Before you go to Thailand, get your copy of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide: Thailand 

 

#3 – The Most Exotic – Lembeh Island, Indonesia

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Lembeh Straits is a resort located on Lembeh Island and operated by Two Fish Divers. Popular for being the muck diving capital of the world, Lembeh Straits will take you on an unforgettable underwater journey that won’t break the bank.

Muck diving features sandy slopes and limited visibility for a thrilling adventure. Get a peek of what to expect via this amazing underwater documentary here!

Lembeh Island is one of the rare spots with sightings of critters like pygmy sea-horses, hairy frogfish, and dazzling cuttlefish PLUS shipwrecks.

The resort is located on a private beach which opens up onto breathtaking tropical vistas. The bungalows are spacious and comfortable. The dive sites are nearby.

All of this makes Lembeh Straits an idyllic and relaxed spot to learn to scuba dive + is one of the best scuba diving spots in the world.

How Long is the Class:  4 days
How Much:  5,250,000 IDR (369 USD) OR 7,500,000 IDR with accommodation (526 USD)

 

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#4 – The Most Convenient – Phuket, Thailand

Thailand is one of the best countries to travel alone; and Phuket is one of the most convenient islands to reach from the US.

The island of Phuket is the biggest in Thailand with an international airport, making it an easy island to fly in and dive ASAP.

Racha Noi Island and Racha Yai Island are the most visited islands for rookie drivers. Both of these islands swarm with wildlife – you can see manta rays, stingrays, garden eels, and many more.

In Siam Bay, in the north part of Racha Yai, you can also spot some statutes beautifully overgrown with sea-weed and marine life. A truly eerie and mystical experience!

Sunrise Divers is one of the best dive shops in Phuket, offering a wonderfully-balanced 3-day and/or 4-day dive course for beginner open-water divers.

How Long is the Class:  3 or 4 days
How Much: From 14,900 THB (477 USD) for a 3-day course to 17,900 THB (573 USD) for a 4-day course.

The above prices vary depending on the number of open-water dives. The prices mentioned are the lowest and the highest for both courses.

Before you go to Phuket, get your copy of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide: Thailand Islands and Beaches

#5 – The Least Tourism – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang has been gaining popularity in recent years but it’s still not as densely crowded with tourists as other diving destinations in Southeast Asia.

The coastal city of Nha Trang is home to some fascinating on-land history – so fascinating that most tourists don’t even think about jumping in the water. This is great for you if you want a more personal dive experience.

Rainbow Divers Vietnam will offer you a unique and intimate dive experience in their Nha Trang Dive Center.

Newbie divers can expect to see cuttlefish, octopi, and lionfish during their course.

Your PADI Open Water Diver course makes for a refreshing escape away from the big crowds, while giving you the pleasure of hanging with super cool and friendly dive instructors.

 

How Long is the Class:  3 or 4 days
How Much:  Starts from 400 USD

Before you go to Vietnam, get your copy of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide: Vietnam

#6 – Best for a Quick Trip – Singapore + Tioman Island

If you’re looking for a quick and easy course to wedge in between other traveling, ScubaDo has you covered. They organize shorter diving courses in Tekek Jetty, Tioman Island; an area you can access from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

Tioman is the biggest island in the Malaysian Peninsula which is regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia. Its rainforests, beaches, and crystal water will give paradise a new dimension.

Ps. Singapore is also one of the safest places for solo female travelers (on this planet)!

How Long is the Class:  2 ½ days
How Much:  From 459 SGD (337 USD) without accommodation OR SGD 589 (433 USD) with accommodation.

The price with accommodation also includes 5 meals a day. The price without accommodation has no meals included. Transport services can be purchased additionally.

 

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#7 – Most ‘Off the Beaten Path’ – Mojo Island, Indonesia

One of those solo travel vacations that you’ll tell your kids about.

Pulau Moyo Island is a mostly uninhabited island with a rugged coastline. It is home to pristine beaches, lush forests, and dramatic waterfalls. The life on the island is extremely simple and self-sufficient and you can truly enjoy your escape from a bustling city routine.

Davy Jones’ Locker can offer you exclusive diving courses in this best-kept secret of Indonesia. You will enjoy encounters with macro critters and splendidly colorful coral seabed. Pulau Moyo is an experience that not many have tasted. The diving center can also offer transfers from Sumbawa airport to the island and back. Accommodation is not included in the prices.

How Long is the Class:  3 days
How Much:  5,700,000 IDR (400 USD) without accommodation and transfers
Transfers:  1,600,000 IDR (112 USD) in each direction
Accommodation:  Starts from 200,000 IDR (14 USD) per night in Maleo Moyo resort; free breakfast included

YES. You do need travel insurance.

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#8 – The Best Instructors – The Gili Islands, Indonesia

The Gili Islands are one of the best diving destinations in Indonesia. Located in the famous Coral Triangle, they are also home to the largest diversity of marine creatures on the planet. The Gili Islands are called “the turtle capital of the world” as you can spot green and hawksbill turtles on almost every dive.

There are also more rare creatures to be seen, such as reef sharks or ghost pipefish. Whale sharks, mola mola, and manta rays are also known to swim around, so keep your senses sharp.

With Blue Marlin Dive you’ll be in safe hands since they sport award-winning instructors who teach in multiple languages. As a popular diving spot, The Gili Islands attract only the best in their field.

Accommodation is not included in the price, but Blue Marlin Air can offer dive & stay packages at discounted prices for students.

How Long is the Class:  3 days
How Much:  5,500,000 – 6,000,000 IDR (385-420 USD) without accommodation

*Accommodation varies between 550,000 IDR (39 USD) and 950,000 (67 USD) per night depending on the season.

 

Conclusion – 8 Best Scuba Diving Courses in Southeast Asia

You can easily spend under $500 for your Scuba Diving Course + accommodation in Southeast Asia by diving with one of the 8 scuba schools listed here! Each scuba school is located in a safe area, staffed by licensed professionals, offers the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful nature in the world…and has you walking away with a Scuba Diving Certification which you can use to scuba dive all over the world – forever!


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Psst. Don’t pay cash/debit for big-ticket items like Scuba Courses!

Read my “3 Best Travel Credit Cards & Travel Debit Cards” before you spend on travel!

 

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Travel Credit Cards

The 3 Best Travel Credit Cards & Travel Debit Cards

When I was younger, I was taught that credit cards were bad.

When actually, it turns out that spending like an idiot is bad.
AND buying flights with cash/debit cards is the REAL way to spend like an idiot. 
 
Don’t spend $500-$1600 on a plane ticket and get nothing in return! 
Repeat after Me: Never pay cash for airplane tickets or hotels.
If travel is a part of your life now OR you want to go on the best trips for solo travelers next year – you need to apply for the best travel credit cards ASAP.
This isn’t clickbait. This is my true, honest, urgent advice for any person that wants to travel more and spend less. 
 
For example; if you buy a $500 plane ticket with American Express, you’ve now got 25,000 travel miles – which equals a free one-way ticket to Thailand or free hotels while on your trip. 
Get it?
 
Your spending directly converts to travel points. 
Besides travel points, these travel cards come with powerful travel benefits like this…
 
  • Airport Lounge Access around the World
  • TSA Pre-Check
  • Miles and Points Used for Free Flights
  • Free Hotel Upgrades
  • Business Class Upgrades on Flights
  • Insurance (Purchase Protection) on Gadgets
  • Coverage on Lost Baggage & Delayed Flights
  • $200 of Free Uber Credits

Ya’ll, I could keep going.

Let’s just get into it and I’ll show you how to travel like solo female traveler queen (or king, hey!).

This is how I travel every month for pennies. 

 

Best Travel Credit Cards

If you’re not cashing in on travel points when buying flights, staying at hotels, and eating at restaurants…you crazy.

Here are the credit cards I use every day AND for all of my solo female travel trips…

 

#1 – Chase Sapphire Preferred 

Best for Overall Travel, both Domestic and International, and for Everyday Spending

 

  • 2x points when used on flights, hotels, Uber, AirBnb, and restaurants
  • Trip Cancelation Coverage (weather, sickness and other causes)
  • Baggage delay insurance
  • Purchase Protection Insurance on items purchased with your Chase card
  • Primary Rental Car built-in insurance
  • 50,000 point sign-up bonus (that’s enough for a 1-way ticket to Asia) after spending $3k in the first 3 months

How Much: No sign-up fee and free for the first year. 

I use this card for everything in America, online, and abroad.

AND when I was in Indonesia, my phone was stolen at a bar. But because I bought my phone with my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, the full amount was totally covered and back in my bank account within a week.

Travel girls, take note from my situation: Solo trips for women require a safety net when things go wrong – and Chase Sapphire travel credit card acts as your safety net.

This is my referral link. When you use it, I get 15k points. Let me know if you do, so I can thank you!

 

#2 – American Express Platinum 

The Most Powerful Travel (and Every day) Credit Card Ever

 

American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card

  • 5x points on flights and hotels
  • $200 in Uber Credits per year
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit per year (aka money back)
  • Baggage delay insurance
  • TSA Pre-Check / Global Entry
  • Airport Lounge Global Access with Priority Pass
  • Elite Status with Hilton and Marriott
  • Purchase Protection Insurance on gadgets purchased with this card
  • Trip Cancelation Coverage (weather, sickness and other causes)
  • 60,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $5k in the first 3 months

How Much: $495 per year…BUT BEFORE YOU PASS realize that your $200 Uber Credit + $200 travel reimbursement takes that down to $95 per year…which is more than made up for with free alcohol & food in airport lounges and those 60,000 travel points.

This is my referral link for American Express. When you use it, I get 15k points. Let me know if you do, so I can thank you, again!

Note: AMEX is best used for flights, hotels, and all online tour bookings/shopping – but isn’t accepted in stores in Asia.


Best Travel Debit Card

#3 – Charles Schwab Brokerage Account

Did you know that foreign ATM fees can charge as much as $8 per transaction? You’re literally paying to withdraw your own money from your own account. And when dinner is $3…that shit don’t make no sense.

On top of that foreign ATM fee, your bank will likely charge you a fee for using an ATM other than your own.

That’s two fees and if you ask me….that is some bullshit.

But ya know what bank doesn’t charge you ATM fees? Charles Schwab.

They don’t charge ATM fees AND they reimburse you – every month – for the ATM fees that foreign ATMs charge.

 

I opened a Charles Schwab Checking Account in 2014 and I’ll never change.

Ps. When you open an account with this link, you get $100 deposited (free money) into your new account.

So, a Charles Schwab card gives you:

  • No ATM penalty fees abroad or at home
  • Reimbursement on foreign ATM fees
  • Official Visa-exchange rates when you withdraw cash abroad
  • Amazing coverage in case of fraud
  • Also, a built-in brokerage account for trading stocks and investing in EFTs (I’ll save this topic for another time)

Update: My credit card information was hacked while I was in Bali.

Charles Schwab came to my rescue with just one phone call. 

  • They put the money back into my account within days (even before the investigation was complete)
  • They sent me a new card TO BALI via FedEx Priority. 

Wells Fargo won’t do that. 


How to Use Travel Credit Cards

 

1. Spend with your Travel Credit Cards Every Day

These cards are a full replacement for your everyday credit cards.

  • Book your flight with these cards
  • Book your hotels with these cards
  • Pay at restaurants with these cards
  • Go shopping with these cards

Why?

  • Travel Credit Cards collect travel points when you spend on flights, hotels, Uber, restaurants, and more. These points add up for major travel benefits.
  • Travel Credit Cards come with purchase protection (example: I bought a phone with my travel card, it was stolen in Indonesia, and my travel credit card reimbursed me)
  • You don’t have to exchange/carry huge amounts of cash when you travel
  • And much, much more

2. Optimize your Travel Benefits

Once you get your card, it’s time to start setting up your rewards

AMEX and Chase Sapphire partner with different programs to give you discounts on spending like,

  • $200 Uber Credit
  • 5% back at Starbucks
  • Get $30 off at LuLus

You’ve got to remember to go online and sign-up for whichever deals you want!

Don’t forget to apply for TSA-Precheck, and order your Airport Lounge Pass!

 

Conclusion to the Best Travel Credit Cards and Debit Cards

Save money. Protect your electronics. Travel more comfortably. Travel Credit Card

If you plan to get on an airplane sometime in the next 5 years…start collecting those travel points on day-to-day purchases for some amazing travel opportunities.

Ps. Traveling with a lounge-access Priority Pass literally changes the entire trip from headache to play-time!

Thank you American Express Platinum for free Business Lounge Access.

 That’s it!

If you use my referral links, don’t forget to tell me so I can say thank you!


Safe Travels! And don’t forget to tag me in your travel photos on Instagram @SoloGirlsTravelGuide

 

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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel somewhere without moving your feet.” -Jhumpa Lahiri.

Most of my travel journey has been shaped by books. I bought Eat, Pray, Love in an airport before I flew to Hawaii; that book inspired me to travel to solo. I was gifted “The Art of Asking” by an Airbnb host in Dallas; that book gave me the courage to start house sitting in Mexico. I’m currently reading “Wild” and am I’m planning a trip totally unplugged & off the grid.

Books are magic. The best books inspire you to travel solo – still with fear and anxiety – but a good fear and anxiety. The kind of feeling you get before a first date. 

Find your inspiration, your courage, your next wild idea…between the pages of your next travel book. 

Whether you’re leaving for a single girls trip to Thailand next month or you’re on the hunt for the best solo destinations – here are 13 travel books to steer you in the right direction. 

Ps. Most of these books are available as Audiobooks.
Sign-up to Audible here and you get 1 free audiobook.

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#1 – Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

 

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

How do you do it? How do you leave everything behind and jump into the world unknown?

Being away from your friends and family for an indefinite period of time, leaving your job, and there’s also that itsy-bitsy problem with the money.

The “father of vagabonding” will teach you how to maneuver around these and many other on-road obstacles, how to financially support yourself, and shape yourself into the “long-term” traveler living life to the fullest. 

 

Genre: Solo travel guide

Price: $9.45 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Planning your escape

 

#2 – Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Carrot Quinn

 

Thru-hiking Will Break Your Heart

Carrot is a long-distance hiker and blogger who leads you through her adventures of hiking while totally disconnected from the online and outside world.

Her adventures along America’s Pacific Crest Trail are relatable and inspiring, while also emotional and captivating. 

In her book, she shares how she got her start to thru-hiking and outlines how an expert thru-hiker prepares for the task at hand. Outdoor adventure seekers: start here.

Genre: Travel Diary

Price: $9.41 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Girls who just want to disappear for a minute

 

#3 – The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

 

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The art of asking has turned me (and thousands of women around the world) into a person who is no longer afraid/shy/embarrassed to just ASK for what I want. 

While “The Art of Asking” is not travel book, per se, Amanda’s bold and vigorous message shows you exactly how to turn your wishes into your realities (travel included).

Amanda is innocent, worldly, and experienced at the same time – a heady combination which every woman can relate to right now.

Genre: Memoir

Price: $9.33 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Making the big moves needed to change your life

 

#4 – The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

 

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

Where is happiness? Is it a place? A condition of the spirit? Or a meaningful relationship? Weiner travels the globe searching for what defines the elusive enigma of happiness. Follow him through Qatar, Bhutan, England, Switzerland, Iceland, or Morocco to discover the secrets to happiness around the world.

 

Genre: Travel guide; Self-help

Price: $9.91 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Redefining happiness…and possibly traveling to find your new “happy”

 

#5 – The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

 

The Nature Fix

Nature is an essential, not a commodity.

Traveling far and wide, Florence Williams explores the ticklish issue of nature’s interwoven existence with humanity; and the great benefits of living in unison with our environment.

From the west coast in California to the Korean peninsula, Williams shows you how to find happiness, soothe anxiety, and rediscover yourself as you rediscover the world around you. 

 

Genre: Environmental science

Price: $10.84 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best For: Understanding your unbalanced emotions…and how to balance them NOW

 

#6 –Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

 

Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Easier said than done; tracing the steps of an Indiana Jones’ prototype as he winds and climbs to the top of Machu Pichu. Luckily, Mark Adams has brilliantly recreated the famous tales of renowned explorer, Hiram Bingham, through his  (before Google maps and guided tours) search for Inca ruins!

“Turn right at Machu Picchu” is a brilliantly amusing mash-up of unfortunate setbacks, whimsical archeological finds, and some of the world’s most entrancing landscapes in incredible written detail. 

 

Genre: Travel guide

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: The best plane book ever

 

#7 – Ant Egg Soup: The Adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos

 

Ant Egg Soup The Adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos

Now, doesn’t that sound delicious? While traveling through Southeast Asia, you will be exposed to ways of eating that have never crossed your mind before. Starting here – in Laos, just north of Thailand.

The art of eating has always been a five-sense experience – starting with your imagination. Natacha will make you salivate (and cringe) while exploring the exotic foreign foods in Southeast Asia.

 

Genre: Travel guide

Price: $5.17 on Amazon

Best for: Overcoming gourmet prejudice

 

 

#8 – Queen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Georgina Howell

A woman born more than 150 years ago, Gertrude Bell was one of the first fierce female travelers in history.  

queen of the desert

She was many things in one: a scholar, a Renaissance woman, a feminist, and through her travels…a justice fighter. Voyaging through the harsh conditions of the Arabian Desert, Bell’s love for the people she met turned her into a champion of the people’s independence.  

A tale so moving, Queen of the Dessert was made into a (terrible) movie staring Nicole Kidman…which reviews so terrible that I urge you…just stick to the book.

Genre: Biography

Price: $11.25 on Amazon

Best For: Finding your Fire

 

 

#9 – Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse

 

Passionate Nomad

Just like the bellicose goddess, Freyja in Norse mythology, Freya Stark caught wanderlust when she was a little girl. By the time she grew up, she was beyond all recovery from this life-long addiction to the open road.

Her insatiable thirst for adventure took her to lands where stories waiting to be told. Traveling across the Middle East in the 1930’s – in countries like Syria, Kuwait, Iran, and Yemen – she documented what she saw and the stories local people shared, one of the first to shed light on this then-unknown part of the world.

 

Genre: Biography

Price: $11.92 on Amazon

Best for: The Journalist Within You

 

#10 – Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

 

Eat, Pray, Love

As cliche as it sounds, this is the book that changed my life. Eat, Pray, Love opens with Elizabeth Gilbert sobbing on a bathroom floor in utter despair at the lowest point of her life. In a time of rock-bottom hopelessness, all she has left to do is just say ‘fuck it’ and travel the world in hopes of finding…something. What she found was gourmet food in Italy, her soul in India, and a spiritual for herself and the universe in Bali. 

This book is equal parts travel inspiration and how-to. 

Genre: Memoir

Price: $9.98 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Painting a picture of what your life could be, truly, if you just say ‘fuck it’ and go.

 

 

#11 – Bali: The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide by Alexa West

 

Bali The Solo Girl's Travel Guide by Alexa West

You didn’t think I was going to leave this one out, did you!?

“Eat, Pray, Love” meets “Lonely Planet”, The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide series act as your guidebook, your inspiration, and your entertainment all in one go. Find the best street food, book your boats with ease, and figure out what to order at an Indonesian restaurant that won’t be filled with mystery meat. From the best hotels for your budget to the best place to find Nasi Goreng in Bali, The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide is the #1 travel guide series for women today.

Traveling outside of Bali? There are more Solo Girl’s Travel Guides for Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia.

Genre: Female Solo Travel Guide

Price: $24.99 on Amazon

Best for: Planning the safest, most exciting, and least scary solo trip ever

 

#12 – The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

 

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

The BEST audible travel book that is 100% guaranteed to awaken your travel soul!

De Botton is famous for his introspective essays that have the miraculous ability to ignite a fire in previously still, bored, and uninspired brains – particularly when it comes to the art of traveling.

When you need a shake up. When you feel hopelessly lost. When you are looking for purpose, “The Art of Travel” will tell you where to go, why and how. 

 

Genre: Essays

Price: $7.00 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone

 

#13 – Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life by Arlene Blum

 

Breaking Trail

The first American woman to attempt Everest, Blum has many other firsts establishing a firmer ground for women’s place in society. She also managed to challenge the conservative scientific circles and shaking bad legislation. Blum relates her way up (literally and figuratively) with a generous sprinkle of candor and wit.

Genre: Memoir

Price: $13.19 on Amazon

Best for: Courage to just go!

 

#14 – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

This one doesn’t sport a woman protagonist but stay with me. Harold is an elderly and shy gentleman and he’s on a mission. And that’s a must if you want to keep going. What Joyce’s novel is most remarkable for are the people Harold encounters. They are strangers, but they’re always kind to him.

Sometimes fears are just in your head and the world is often a far friendlier place than we imagine it to be.

Genre: Novel

Price: $9.33 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Tackling fear of strangers on the road

 

#15 – A Dip in the Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian Ocean by Sarah Outen

 

A Dip in the Ocean Rowing Solo Across the Indian Ocean by Sarah Outen.jpg

“Wisdom comes through suffering,” Aeschylus famously said. Bereaved by her father’s death, Sarah embarked on a perilous journey. Many chocolate bars and salty waves later she became the first woman and the youngest person to cross the Indian Ocean rowing solo, setting three world records in the process.

Genre: Memoir

Price: $14.55 on Amazon

Best for: Becoming fierce

 

#16 –  In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

 

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

Patagonia is almost synonymous with “in the middle of nowhere.” It’s also a renowned sportswear brand which sort of dusts off its geographic oblivion. Nonetheless, Patagonia has this whiff of farawayness about it that gives it a mysterious halo. With an indisputable knack for adventure, Chatwin is a hearty storyteller that pulls out from the limbo this slightly neglected “uttermost part of the earth.”

Genre: Travel notes

Price: $11.05 on Amazon

Best for: Searching for hidden gems

 

#17 – Wild Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Live Her Best Life, Escape Traditional Parenthood, and Travel the World by Carrie Visintainer

 

Wild Mama

Something for you, traveling mamas! I see you.

How do parenthood, postpartum depression, diapers, and traveling get along? Carrie is here to teach you exactly that. The mind-boggling questions in her head are on many adventurous young parents’ list, so descend into the rabbit hole with her and she’ll show you that you don’t need to give anything up.

Genre: Travel notes; Self-help

Price: $14.99 on Amazon

Best for: Dispelling the myth that you can’t travel with kids

 

#18 – The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asiaby Paul Theroux

 

The Great Railway Bazaar By Train Through Asiaby Paul Theroux

Saving the best for last; a travel adventure story that every wanderlust woman must read. Traveling by train has a quaint romantic undertone about it. And crossing enigmatic Asia by its mythical trains is surely a dainty to be savored by any self-respecting traveler. Theroux is a dexterous narrator who will generously accompany you along the “hippie trail” to India, en route passing through Thailand, Japan, and Siberia.

Genre: Travel notes

Price: $11.44 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Getting to know Asia

 

 

#19 – Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile by Sara Wheeler

 

Travels in a Thin Country

Sara Wheeler’s compelling account of her journey through the rough but mesmerizing terrain of the Chilean desert – the driest in the world – to the southernmost unhospitable wastes near the Antarctic. Wheeler’s book is an amalgam of political feuds, history, and fascinating landscapes unfolding through her witty narrative.

 

Genre: Travel notes

Price: $14.16 on Amazon

Best for: Solo Travel Ideas

 

 

#20 – The Virago Book of Women Travellers by Mary Morris

 

The Virago Book of Women Travellers by Mary Morris


A precious little gem of collected writings by exceptional women, passionate observers, and chronologists of the world.

The geographical diversity and journey through various decades and generations are a sincere reminder of the power of women all over the world.


Genre: Collection of Memoirs

Price: $12.61 on Amazon

Best for: Finding your travel role model

 

 

Conclusion to the Best Travel Books to Inspire you to Travel Solo

Your book will be your best travel friend. It will give you courage to go. It will keep you entertained as you fly. It will keep you company at a quiet cafe. And (for me) it will help you ease yourself into new situations, letting you hide behind the cover until you’re ready to come out and play. 

 

I’m curious to know which books caught your eye.

Write me on Instagram @SoloGirlsTravelGuide and tell me what you’re reading.

No. I’m dead serious. WRITE ME AND TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE READING, DAMNIT.

Love you.

 

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