Playdate with Your Soul

Bali & Lombok Retreat with

Valerie D’Ambrosio & Kristina Italic

April 21–May 2, 2017

Trip at a Glance

  • April 21 to May 2, 2017
  • Daily practice with Kristina Italic & Valerie D’Ambrosio
  • Escorted by BJ & Lauren, owners of RetreaTours
  • Rejuvenate in magical Sidemen, Bali
  • Visit the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud
  • Explore the world class beaches of Lombok
  • Limited to 20 guests
  • Early bird price of $3999 per person (based on double occupancy)
  • After January 1, 2017 price is $4799 (based on double occupancy)

Imagine…

Waking up to the sound of luscious waves crashing against the shore. Intoxicated by the breeze blowing across your chest, you inhale the salty freshness and exhale pure pleasure as you bask in the mystical magic of your most picture perfect paradise, uninterrupted. Just YOU. Your dreams. Your desires. Your silent soul whispers getting louder and louder with each sigh as you take in the breathtaking ancient ocean views.

Did your imagination light up like the Empire State Building? Did your body slink and slither into surrender as you let out a deep exhaled sigh? Did the fire of your soul begin to stir?

Ours sure did! And, that is exactly why Kristina Italic and Valerie D’Ambrosio INVITE YOU to join them on this journey of a lifetime.

Think…

Soul Food + Play + Connection = Playdate With The SOUL, Bali.

While you are at Playdate With The SOUL you will…

Rejuvenate your spirit

Bask in the Bali magic and sunshine

Immerse in pleasure and let your inner child out to play

 

Allow yourself…

To be pampered

Permission to play. Let go. Unwind

A break from your never-ending “gotta make shit happen” list

To RECEIVE

 

Expect to…

Detach from your daily duties

Let go of all your stresses and overwhelm

Let down your guard

Turn off your “must do” switch for 12 incredible days of abundant self care, fun, play and pleasure

 

There will be…

NO rules. NO pressure. NO obligations.

Simply put…

Come. Receive. Replenish. Indulge.

Be the ONE you tend to while experiencing and embracing abundance in Bali and Lombok.  Surround yourself with other amazing women to connect, chat and celebrate with in an ENCHANTED + EPIC destination.

We believe every woman deserves time, space and permission to unapologetically INDULGE in the Seven Guilty Pleasures Of The SOUL.

Are your DESIRE taste buds busting at the bit already???  Just wait!

 

We are all about spoiling you with the Guilty Pleasures of the SOUL in Bali & Lombok. You will be showered with plenty of time and space to satisfy your craving with…

 

The Seven Guilty Pleasures of the SOUL

Recommit to self-care

Rest your mind

Revive your spirit

Rejuvenate your soul

Relax your body

Reignite desire

Reward yourself

 

 

Let go of logic. Embrace DESIRE.

Say YES to you. Say YES to being pampered. Say YES to giving yourself permission to play. Say YES to letting go of roles, responsibilities, worries and stress.  Say YES to letting down your guard and just be. Say YES to connecting with other fiery, intoxicating, inspiring, heart-centered and SOUL-stirring women who are just like YOU. And, say YES to RECEIVE.

Grant yourself permission to break the rules and indulge in YOU, your dreams, your desires, your SOUL.

Rest. Be. Play. Ignite.

Sidemen

Senggigi

Ubud

Take a day trip to Ubud, including a traditional Balinese dance performance.

Kuta, Lombok

Take a day trip to see the STUNNING beaches of southern Lombok!

Gilis

Take a day trip to go snorkeling around the picturesque Gili Islands

Playdate with your Soul Itinerary

SIDEMEN

Days 1 – 6: Sidemen

Welcome to the Island of Gods! You’ll be picked up at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and brought straight away to our retreat location in rural Sidemen, Bali (about a 90 minute scenic drive). Sidemen is a hidden gem in Bali, a thick carpet of verdant rice fields nestled between holy Mount Agung and the sea. Many say Sidemen is reminiscent of Ubud 50 years ago, before it became a bustling international hub and tourist playground. 

Our retreat accommodation in Sidemen is truly a sacred, magical place. You’ll be able to unwind in peace (maybe at one of the three pools on site?), listening to the magnificent songs of Indonesian birds and taking in the fragrance of the frangipanis. Go ahead and pop one of those behind your ear—you’re in Bali now!

One of the most special things about this location is that is owned by a Balinese priestess and her loving and devout staff. If you desire, you can take place in a very special Purification ceremony on your first full day in Bali. This ritual has undoubtedly set a positive, transformative tone for all of our guests, and we are so honored to share this opportunity with you.

We have our choice of yoga and meditation spots on the gorgeous grounds, depending on the time of day and the vibe we’re hoping to inspire. We can have sunrise practice on our private deck and watch Mount Agung emerge from the mist, or we can bask in the sunset sunlight on on open air terrace facing the distant sea.

Between our meditation and yoga practice and planned activities, you have lots of options. Included in your retreat is a Balinese Temple visit, and a morning visit to the local market and cooking class.

In addition, we can help arrange for you:

  • a river rafting trip in a stunning gorge
  • an offering-making class
  • a visit to the affiliated non-profit after-school culture school for local children, where they keep alive the Balinese arts of dance, music, and art

Included in your stay is one fabulous full body massage at the onsite-spa, but we have a feeling you’ll be back for seconds (and thirds!)

We have the option of taking a day trip to Ubud, as well.  A beautiful 60 minute drive away, Ubud is Bali’s cultural capital, artistic heart, and shopping paradise. As the central portion of Ubud is very walkable, we’ll give you some options as to what you may want to see or do and then you can set to exploring!

You can stroll through the magical Monkey Forest, a lush hideaway in the middle of the city full of gigantic trees, mischievous monkeys, and a sense of well-being. Many people like to get their souvenir shopping on, everywhere from the sprawling Ubud market to the chic boutiques up and down Dewi Sita and Jalan Hanoman. Ubud’s cafes and restaurants are second to none, from local Balinese and Indonesian dishes to authentic pizzas and pastas from a sizable Italian expat community. That evening you can even take in a traditional Balinese dance performance, always a gorgeous and mesmerizing experience.

LOMBOK

Days 7-12: Lombok

On the morning April 27th, you’ll head out after an early breakfast for a 2-hour fast boat to the neighboring island of Lombok. There is a saying, “You can see Bali from Lombok, but you can’t see Lombok from Bali.” This is true literally—as you’ll see during the fantastic sunsets—but also culturally. Although Lombok is only 10 to 15% Balinese, the unique culture is still visible, particularly at our retreat location.

Our accommodation sits directly on the west coast of Lombok, allowing for some of the most amazing sunsets in the world. The evening sun retires behind Bali’s Mount Agung, allowing you to appreciate this holy volcano in a whole new way as it is silhouetted across the sea. Allow the ocean breeze to cleanse you, whether you are lounging in one of the many sea-side bale huts or taking a dip in the oceanfront pool. Our guests go ga-ga for the spa here, as well, with some enthusiasts getting as many as three treatments in a day! The spa is located a brief shuttle ride up the hill, allowing for a whole new environment, complete with exotic birds, another pool and a revitalizing tub with water that’s specifically engineered to refresh and moisturize your body.

We have a number of day trips planned for you, should you choose to participate (although no one will judge if the only thing on your agenda is “lounge, lounge & lounge.”) Included in this retreat package:

  • A snorkeling day trip to the Gili Islands.  “Gili” is the local Sasak word for “small island,” although you might think it means “paradise.” The northwest coast of Lombok lays claim to three such islands, with some of the prettiest snorkeling you’ll experience. The clear, warm waters around Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan are home to sea turtles, coral reefs, and all manners of vivid tropical fish. If you’re not sure if you like snorkeling, this trip will make a believer out of you. And even if you want to sit on the boat and soak in some rays, it’s still worth the trip
  • Southern Lombok beaches & Sasak Village. The beaches of southern Lombok are straight out of a travel magazine: wide, white, crescent shaped bays with aquamarine water. Whether you want to sun yourself, do some laps, or splash around in the crystal clear water, there’s more scenic place to do it than here. (See the side bar more more!) On this trip you can also stop at a traditional Sasak Village that has opened itself up to tourists so they can better understand the local culture.

In addition, you can take the hotel shuttle to nearby Senggigi Art Market, a collection of local vendors selling a mix of gorgeous handicrafts and your typical tourist fafe. There is also a Pearl Farm & Showroom a bit farther north on the coast, if that catches your fancy. You can also arrange snorkeling or surf lessons directly from our beach, depending on the surf conditions.

We’ll have a closing ceremony and a final group dinner together on May 1st, and reflect on what already seems like a lifetime of memories. On the morning of May 2nd, we’ll head out to Lombok’s new international airport and head back to Bali for a 25 minute flight that gives you a fantastic bird’s eye view of the coastline.  Our trip ends when we get back to Bali, where you can remain at the airport for your trip home or your next destination. Next destination, you say? Read on…

Extend your stay–let us help!

If you’d like to extend your journey before or after this retreat, we would be more than happy to help you plan your stay!  We can advise you on hotels, flights, and itineraries, whether you want to arrive in Bali early, stay afterwards, or venture to somewhere else in Southeast Asia at the end of the trip. We offer our retreat guests free travel consulting, normally a $200 value.

Some ideas to get you started:

  • Continue on in Bali and stay in the lush central highlands, explore more of Ubud, or stay on the relatively untouristed black sand beaches of the north shore
  • Consider a long layover in the always amazing Singapore or lively Bangkok
  • Visit Bhutan, a well-loved and well-protected travel destination often referred to as the “Last Shangri-La”
  • Anywhere else in South or Southeast Asia that your heart desires!
About Valerie D'Ambrosio

Valerie D'AmbrosioFor over two decades, as The Connection Coach, Valerie has been guiding people to create extraordinary, conscious connections. She believes that ultimate joy is directly correlated to the kinds of relationships that you choose and nourish.

Her infectious ‘living-large’ nature encourages people to discover their greatness and play big. Working with Valerie will broaden your relationships with self, health, wealth, intimacy, friendships and Spirit in order to create the thriving life you desire.

Learn more at vdacoaching.com.

About Kristina Italic

Kristina Italic bio picKristina Italic is an Occupational Therapist MS, OTR/L, International Speaker, Author, and Performing Artist. She is the Creator of The You Can Do It Diva “Queen Be” Experience where she guides women to unapologetically express their deepest desires, create from their souls and celebrate their ALLness to become QUEEN of their world. She speaks to audiences worldwide about the power of being BOLD enough to own it, COURAGEOUS enough to do it and AUDACIOUS enough to be it, no matter what.

Her “You Can Do It DIVA” movement is a bold new attitude for the dreamer-doer brand of woman who wants to connect, create and live fully alive + expressed. Kristina is a fiery + edgy trailblazer who breaks the rules creating new roles for women with her captivating style to living life + leading business as a muse for modern-day art. With her extensive professional and clinical expertise creatively wrapped in a bow of artistic expression, she will take you on a hip new journey to artfully infuse ALL of who you are – leaving nothing to the side – gracefully integrating your ALLness into becoming the QUEEN BE of your world.

Learn more at YouCanDoItDIVA.com

About RetreaTours

BJ & Lauren at Georgetown, Penang muralWe are so excited to be joining you on this journey with Valerie and Kristina!

BJ & Lauren created RetreaTours in 2010 with one goal in mind: to make world travel accessible, authentic, and astounding.  In order to focus fully on this passion, they moved out of the U.S. in January 2013 to reside full-time overseas. Each day is spent exploring new destinations, strengthening local ties & relationships, and creating memorable and transformative retreats and tours (aka, RetreaTours™!)

BJ & Lauren take great pride in the itineraries they plan, as they can personally vouch for every hotel, every restaurant, and every activity that you will experience. They craft each element of the trip with intention, and they understand that it is this careful attention to detail that sets them apart.  Fueled by their passion, armed with know-how, and supported by knowledgeable local professionals in all of their destinations, BJ & Lauren set the scene for the vacation of a lifetime.

The dynamic duo are available to answer any and all questions before the trip begins. From giving advice on the best flights and travel insurance to providing a packing list, FAQ, information about local food, and even a tiny “phrasebook,” BJ & Lauren pride themselves on these ‘nuts & bolts’ of personalized service.

In addition, as a guest, you receive free travel consulting services (normally a $200 value) should you choose to extend your travels. As one of their most ‘frequent fliers’ put it recently, BJ & Lauren make everything easy for you. Once you arrive in your destination city, your trip is all-inclusive—your meals, transportation, lodging, site fees, donations, and tips are all taken care of.  The research has been done, the itinerary carefully laid out, the reservations made, the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted. All you have to do is show up and take in all your destination has to show you!  So….let’s get going!

(Pictured above: BJ & Lauren play on an interactive street mural in Georgetown, Malaysia.)

What to expect from us…

A team pouring their HEART + SOUL into serving you
All your meals prepared and provided to you with LOVE
All your transportation is PROVIDED + taken care of.
Experiences to ACTIVATE play, exploration and pleasure
A GIVE-BACK gift to the local community
Time + space for your own SELF CARE
Your very own DESIRE DIARY filled with tips + tools
INTEGRATION check-in +  follow-up

What will be offered…

All level yoga
Meditation + mantras
Visualizations
Ritual + Ceremonies
Discussions
Creative time + exploration
Group gatherings
Activations +Journaling
Soul Spa time
Dance + Movement
Creative expression

The early bird price for this 12 day/11 night all-inclusive journey is $3999 per person (double occupancy rate), before January 1, 2017. After January 1, the price is $4799.

If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $599 and will be added to your last payment. (Click here to understand why this single supplement is necessary). Please note that we cannot guarantee you a roommate for this trip, and if you room alone, you will be responsible for the single supplement.

A $1000 deposit holds your space.  The second installment of $1499 is due by December 22, 2016 (120 days before start of trip) and the balance is due on February 20, 2017 (60 days before start of trip).  Single supplement is due along with the last installment.

Price Includes:

  • All meals, and all the water, tea, and coffee your heart desires
  • All accommodation
  • All local transportation and transportation between Bali and Lombok
  • One delightful massage
  • Balinese cooking class and market visit
  • Snorkeling day trip to the Gili Islands
  • Day trip to the beaches of south Lombok and Sasak Village on Lombok
  • Day trip to Ubud
  • Traditional Balinese dance performance
  • Daily practice with Valerie D’Ambrosio and Kristina Italic
  •  All site entrance fees

 

Price does not include:

  • International airfare (although we can and will be more than happy to help you decide on arrangements)
  • Indonesian Visa Fee ($35 USD upon arrival at the airport)
  • Alcohol, specialty beverages, and desserts
  • Yoga mats and accessories are not included in this journey.
  • Travel insurance (required)

 

NOTE: 

  • There is a minimum of 6 guests that must sign up in order for this trip to take place. We will hold your deposit & payments until the minimum number of guests have signed up.  Please do not purchase any airfare until you get the go-ahead from us that we’ve reached our minimum number of participants.  
  • If the minimum number of guests have not signed up 3 months prior to the departure date, we’ll give you the option to transfer your reservation to another tour or fully refund your money.

Please refer to the Price tab for specific information about price & what is included on your journey.

We accept payments via check (which we prefer) and credit card (via PayPal). For our international guests, we can accept wires, which we find is the most economical solution for everyone; please contact us for wire details.

  • Paying by Check: Checks can be made out to Insight Travels, LLC and sent to 8821 NW 14 Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.
  • Paying by Credit Card or PayPal balance: You can pay with credit card or PayPal balance through the following links in blue below.  Please click the appropriate button below to be taken to PayPal’s homepage to complete your transaction. All PayPal transactions must be in USD.

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We require that our guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense.  It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind for very little cost. When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We also recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

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    PASSPORT & VISA

    • What do I need to know about the visa?    

    First and foremost, your passport MUST be valid at least 6 months beyond the end date of the trip, and you’ll need two empty pages in the Visas section of your passport.  You will receive your Indonesian visa-on-arrival at the airport for $35 USD; please do bring US dollars for this (exact change) to make the process as smooth as possible.

    FOOD

    • What about the food? I don’t even know if I like Indonesian food!

     This seems to be a common concern amongst our guests, although no one ever goes hungry in Indonesia! Quite the opposite!   Sometimes the dishes often sound exotic (like Mie Goreng) but are usually quite accessible (Mie Goreng = “Fried Noodles.”)  CLICK HERE for an Indonesian Food Primer that Lauren prepared. 

    Even if you don’t want to venture into local fare, almost every single restaurant in Bali & Lombok have Western food on the menu, everything from pizza to French fries to spaghetti carbonara (we maintain that Bali has some of the best Italian food in the world!)  No worries (and no judgment) if you’re craving comfort food—it’s available!

    •  I have food allergies/intolerances or I’m a vegetarian/vegan—will I be OK?

     One of our Registration Questions you’ll answer when you sign up for a trip asks about any food allergies or intolerance you may have, and we will communicate that to the hotel staff, the local guides, and your instructors. We’ve had celiac guests successfully navigate Indonesia (including Bali and Lombok); vegetarians should have no problem anywhere on our travels. Vegans will have to work slightly harder to ensure that no fish sauce is used in their dishes, but it is entirely possible.

     Celiactravel.com has GREAT printable cards in local languages to present to restaurants and hotels about your intolerance of gluten. Click here for the Indonesian version.  If you have multiple dietary needs, it may be worth your while to check out these specialty cards, available in 60 different languages. 

    • Can I drink the water?

     In a word, No. Although many cities around the world are getting more advanced public water systems, we don’t recommend it.  Not only from a pathogen standpoint, but it’s a different set of bacteria than your body is used to. Why risk an upset stomach if you don’t have to? We recommend drinking only bottled water, and you will want to rinse your toothbrush off in bottled water.

    HEALTH

    • What vaccines do I need?   

    No vaccines are required for entry, but we encourage guests to work with their own physicians or their local health department’s travel vaccine department about these choices.  The CDC’s site (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/indonesia) is also a good thing to check, but know that they tend toward the overly cautious side. As a blanket statement, though, we recommend all people traveling in Asia receive a Hepatitis A vaccine, Typhoid vaccine, and make sure their Tetanus vaccines are up to date.

    • What about malaria?  

    When people envision traveling in Asia, they almost certainly imagine a landscape thick with killer mosquitoes; we’ve found that couldn’t be farther from the truth. CLICK HERE for an in-depth blog that BJ prepared about malaria and dengue.  While you need to discuss this question with your doctor, we feel that the minimal risk of malaria only warrants “bite-prevention.”  Use common sense approaches to prevent being bitten, including long sleeves/pants at dawn/dusk, mosquito repellant, and mosquito nets at night when necessary. There is no vaccine for dengue fever, which is also transmitted via mosquito bite, so taking the above precautions is important all around. 

    • Do I need travel insurance?  

    We require that all guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense.  It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind!  When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We also recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances. We like World Nomads, but ultimately you have to choose the one that is right for you. If you’re 70 years old or older, you’ll have to use a different company; we like Travel Guard. We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance 60 days before your departure. Please click here to get a quote. We love the services of these companies so much that we became affiliates, so we would ask that if you do choose to purchase these policies, you do it through our links.

    MONEY

    • How much money should I bring?  

    That is entirely up to you and how much shopping you want to do, as well as your love for extras like massages, alcoholic beverages, etc.  All of your meals and transportation is covered, so you just have to gauge how much you want to spend on extras. And don’t forget your $35 Visa Fee.

    • How do I get the local currency?  

    You can either exchange cash in Bali or Lombok or use a local ATM (which we prefer). You can even use the ATM in Denpasar, Bali at the airport as you enter the country. Just make sure you call your bank and credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling in Indonesia, so they don’t put a hold on your card when they see it being used halfway across the world!   Note: ATM fees can be high (although some banks, like Charles Schwab, refund all foreign ATM fees) so plan to get out a large chunk of money instead of getting a lot of small withdrawals.  ATMs are a very convenient way to get local currency, though.

    • Can I use a credit card on the trip? 

     For large purchases in Ubud, many shops will take credit card (although they might charge a percentage on top of your credit card company’s international fee). For smaller items or smaller vendors, count on using cash only.

    ACTIVITIES

    • Can I opt out of activities?  

    Absolutely! Nothing on these trips in mandatory. In fact, we build in a bit of downtime most days for self-exploration or rest, depending on how you’re feeling that day. We can help you build in extra activities, too, if that is your style

    COMMUNICATION

    • Should I bring my mobile phone?  

    Many of our guests choose to purchase an international plan for their phone, but it’s okay if you don’t. All of our hotels and more restaurants will have wifi, and there are plenty of ways to stay in touch that way (FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, etc). If you do not purchase an international plan, please make sure your phone is in “Airplane Mode” to avoid any accidental activity!

    • Will I be able to charge my electronics (phone, iPad, etc)?   

    Yes, just be sure to bring along a 2-pin European style converter. Better yet, grab a Universal Travel Adaptor that can go with you anywhere in the world!

    • How can my family get ahold of me in an emergency?  

    Before the trip we will give you a list of our hotels and their phone numbers, in addition to our local Indonesian phone numbers and an American number for texting and voicemail. 

    GENERAL 

    • How will I get by without knowing the local language?

     If English is your first language, you are truly in luck.  We are constantly amazed by how much Asia speaks English—and relatively well, considering it’s usually they’re 3rd or 4th language!

     That said, we always like to provide you with a few words that will go a long way, including the local greetings and words like “Delicious!” (Enak Sekali!) and “See you later!” (Sampai Jumpa Lagi!)  It’s not required, but it always elicits a smile and we think it’s only right to learn at least a few local words.

    •  How do I get there?

     Read this blog by BJ for a better idea of how to fly from Bali to US: http://www.retreatours.com/2014/05/flying-from-the-us-to-bali; this articles covers travel time and route options. We can help you select a flight that suits your needs when the times comes.

    First things first, we know what your burning question is: yes, you will be able to have laundry done and/or wash small things or undergarments by hand in your room.

     

     

     

     

     

    We’ve designed the following recommendations with these facts in mind:

    • Temples require that legs and shoulders be covered (which can be done with scarves/sarongs)
    • Although very touristed and Westernized, Indonesian culture is still relatively modest.
    • Whenever we have specific recommendations, we’ve included a link so you can see what we are talking about.
    • We adore packing cubes like these from Eagle Creek. If you roll your clothes, then you can put them into different mini bags within your suitcase: one for tops, one for bottoms, one for undergarments, etc. It makes your luggage very organized and easy to manage!

    “The List”

    • Undergarments (up to you, but we’d recommend at least 6 pair)
    • One pair of athletic shoes & socks should you decide to participate in some hiking
    • One pair or more of sandals/flip-flops
    • 1-3 pair modest shorts (around the knee or not too much above), skirts, or capri pants
    • 1-3 pair light pants or long skirt to cover up at night (added mosquito protection) or when going to temples
    •  3-5 lightweight shirts, short-sleeved or sleeveless/tanktops
    • 1 light to mid-weight sweater for potentially nippy mornings or evenings (it’s been known to happen!) Also, it will come in handy on the international flight. You may also want to consider a cozy scarf!
    • 1-2 swimsuits, as both hotels have at least one pool or ocean within a stone’s throw!
    • While there’s nothing too fancy on the agenda, feel free to bring any sundresses or lightweight dresses you enjoy wearing!
    • Whatever you like to sleep in (especially for those of you with roommates!
    • Some cozy clothes to bum around in by the pool or in your room, if that wasn’t already taken care of above.
    • Rain is unlikely, as we’ll be entering Indonesia’s dry season, but a lightweight rain jacket is always a good travel companion.
    • Hat with a brim for sun protection
    • Preferred yoga clothes; it will be warm & humid, so base your decisions on that. If you want to participate in yoga more than once a day, you might not want to put on the same sweaty clothes, so consider bringing 2 to 3 sets of “yoga friendly clothing.”  (What is “yoga friendly clothing”? Basically any clothes you feel comfortable stretching and moving in.  That could mean shorts and a shirt, or that could mean a sports bra and yoga pants.

    Non-clothing items:

    • PASSPORT!   Please also have 2 copies of your passport, as well, and keep one in your suitcase and one in your carry-on.
    • Medical Insurance Card & Health Summary Card: type your own list of allergies, special medical conditions, routine medication/supplement, blood type. It’s a good idea to have your insurance card and number with you as well, as well as your travel insurance information.
    • A yoga mat is provided, but if you prefer your own may or want to bring a travel mat for extra cushioning, you are more than welcome.
    • Sunscreen; although you can buy it in Bali, it’s MUCH more expensive there. Lauren prefers mineral-based ones like Devita: good for you, good for the environment. How do you know if it’s mineral based? If the active ingredient is either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide—that’s it. They might be a little pricier initially, but a little goes a long way.
    • Insect repellant
    • Sunglasses
    • Prescription glasses and/or contact lenses & solution
    • Feminine hygiene supplies
    • Eyeshades or ear plugs, vital for coping with jet lag (please see our jet lag article here); there are also more than a few eager roosters around!
    • Plug adaptor for Bali & Lombok (they use the 2-prong European-style one there): here is a nice basic one and here is one with USB charging inputs, as well, for your phone and tablet needs.
    • Notebook or journal & pen
    • Alarm clock of some sort, be it a watch or your phone.
    • Camera, camera battery charger & memory cards (If you’re in the market for a new camera for this trip, we can help advise!)
    • If you bring your phone, don’t forget your charger!
    • ATM card for any money for optional activities or souvenirs; please call the issuing bank beforehand to let them know you will be traveling in Indonesia (and any other layover stops) so they don’t put a hold on your card. (Looking for a great bank that doesn’t REFUNDS overseas ATM fees–we’re obsessed with Charles Schwab!)
    • A couple small packs of tissues, whether for running noses, sweaty foreheads, or emergency toilet paper.
    • Travel bottle of hand sanitizer
    • “Wet wipes” for your yoga mat after class–you’ll be thanking yourself the next time you open the mat! They even make specific Yoga Mat wipes nowadays.
    • Small flashlight or flashlight app on your phone if you go exploring after dark (or just for walking back to your room some evenings!)
    • Any prescription drugs you may need; although there are pharmacies available around the cities we will be staying in, we’d prefer you are well-stocked on both prescription and over-the-counter products you anticipate needing, including things like over-the-counter painkillers. Pack them in your carry-on, not your suitcase.
    • Speaking of over-the-counter drugs, you may want to bring melatonin and/or Benadryl to help you fall & stay asleep the first few nights due to jet lag.  If you have a sensitive stomach when adjusting to new food, some Imodium might also be a good idea.
      • Speaking of drugs, we just want to reiterate that Indonesia has a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs!
    • Sea sickness prevention, since we are taking two 2-hour boat rides and also spending a day snorkeling: we like to use nature’s own anti-nausea meditation: ginger! Ginger capsules or ginger candy are great to hand on-hand; even Dramamine is getting in on the ginger action. Barring that, traditional Dramamine is effective although it does make you drowsy. We also recommend SeaBands (or a generic equivalent), which press on a very powerful anti-nausea acupressure point.
    • TSA-approved locks for your suitcases
    • Preferred toiletries; all of the places we will be staying have soap and even shampoo in the bathroom, but you may want to bring a small bottle of conditioner. Don’t forget the nail clippers, tweezers, razor!
    • Reading material (print or electronic!) for the plane and lazy days by the pool
    • Your favorite protein bars or trail mix for snacking, if you desire

    We invite you to check out our “How to Stay Healthy While Traveling…Naturally!” article for tips on how to prepare for your trip and keep yourself well abroad. (Obviously you don’t need to worry about the Altitude section!)

     

     

    How to Stay Healthy while Traveling…Naturally!

    A big part of any travel experience is the local cuisine, and this trip is no different!

     

     

    We’ll be asking you about your food allergies and preferences in the registration questions for this journey, so we can start making plans as soon as you register! Vegetarians & celiacs typically have no problem in Indonesia, and we will provide guidance along the way.

    Along the way, plenty of fresh and local fruit will be readily available. Perhaps some of them will be new to your palate, like mangosteen, rambutan, and salak (or “snakefruit.”) While Indonesian food, much like other Asian cuisine, utilizes noodles and rice, there are plenty of lean proteins and beautiful vegetables dishes to be had.

    In addition, our restaurants always have a number of “westernized” menu items, if you’re craving comfort food or a taste of home. In addition, one of the restaurants in our Sidemen location specializes in Thai food, as well!

    If you’re interested in what Indonesian food is like, feel free to click below to check our our Indonesian Food Primer.

     

    A Brief Indonesian Food Primer

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