For my 43rd birthday, I am going to Bali. Why Bali?
- I wanted to do something exciting for my birthday
- Escape To Shape was going to Bali around my birthday
- It seems like a magical, peaceful place where I can completely separate and get a different perspective on life
- It sounds really cool to tell people you are going to Bali (this is half the reason why I ever go anywhere)
I have traveled twice with Escape to Shape and it is now my favorite way to travel. (You can read about my trip to Sicily here). Erica and Francesco plan a perfect vacation so why would I plan one myself? It is just hitting me now that I am visiting my second Eat, Pray, Love location. Not planned.
My days will be filled with yoga, Pilates, cultural tours, hanging out by the pool, and delicious food with, most likely, single women about my age who can also afford to have someone else plan their vacations for them.
I am not a fan of the sun, sunscreen, sweating, bugs, disrupting my sleep schedule, or leaving the island of Manhattan. This trip is taking me WAY out of my comfort zone. That was the plan for 2012. Why not? Since I have spent most of this year working (in my comfort zone), I am glad I put something adventurous on my agenda, kind of. I am also a little scared.
I will be traveling for 24 hours to get across the world. I am a little bit nervous about this but I am borrowing a travel pillow and I heard my airline has a selection of 40 movies I can watch at my seat (score!).
I have, of course, been obsessively planning what I should bring for months. I have spent quite a bit of pre-vacation money on clothing and sun/bug protection. To my defense, what one wears in Bali is very different than what one wears in Manhattan and this is a complicated vacation. I need workout clothes, touring about the island clothes, and a clean, post shower evening outfit every night! I try to be flexible about re-wearing clothes, but I am expecting everything to be covered in sweat, sunscreen, and bug spray. I am a spoiled human being. See why I need some perspective?
I did have a mini freak out on Friday when I was reminded that there will be mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love me and they apparently carry Dengue Fever in Indonesia. I did not need to know this. I have since acquired an environmentally friendly-ish bug spray AND backup wipes with Deet in case I need to go hard core. I also spent about $75 on the most expensive sunscreen on the market, to avoid the sun poisoning I got on spring break on college, and a travel size aloe vera, just in case. I then obsessed over purchasing an official sun hat to backup my workout hat because, at times, need full 360 degree head coverage. It was a busy weekend.
In addition to running around acquiring things, I have been putting the many things I have acquired in my suitcase. My largest bag is filled to the brim so I have no room for anything I might buy (gifts for my family members for example) This is not good. I will have to obsessively think about what I can remove for the next four days before I leave (a perk of packing in advance.)