When I decided a year ago to go travelling around SE Asia, I never quite realised just what was involved. I had assumed it was just a matter of getting my passport, packing up my things and leaving but how wrong was I!
What with the Visa’s (both Thai and Indonesian), renting our house whilst we’re away, securing cat sitters, vaccinations, flights and accommodation, it has taken us a full year to get everything lined up. And then there’s the danger element posed by a location such as this – the stinger suits for box jellyfish and super strength mosquito repellent for the Zika, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis and Malaria carrying mossies. The vaccinations for the Japanese encephalitis alone cost an eye watering £170. The travel clinic also suggested that we get a Rabies injection but at £150 and no intention of going anywhere near stray dogs, that wasn’t gonna happen.
I guess it hasn’t sunk it just yet that I’m off for 4 months to an exotic and strange locale but that might just be because I’ve still got so much to do!
Here are a few things I’m taken with me from England that I just can’t live without:
Liz Earle, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – this cleanser keeps my skin soft, supple and clean. It also is made using natural ingredients which is very important to me.
Lush, Rose Jam Shower Gel – an absolutely beautiful smelling shower gel made with Turkish Roses. It smells heavenly and usually only comes out at Christmas so I made sure I got the biggest one I could find!
Yogi Flow, Shower Foam – because I’m going to the spiritual home of Bali and this is something the God’s would surely approve of.
Australian Gold, Sun Cream (30 SPF) – I love the coverage of this product and it smells pretty good too!
Ben’s 30, Insect Repellent – Following some intensive research, this brand of insect repellent was thought to be the most effective in repelling the dreaded mossies and since I am particularly susceptible to their bite (don’t ask me why!) I thought it best to pick up a few. This one has 30% DEET in it but I also bought a natural mosquito repellent.
Stingray Australia, Stinger Suit – I bought this suit after finding out that the deadly and almost transparent creature the Box JellyFish are in the waters of Thailand and Bali. There have been a number of deaths over the past couple of years from this creature and no doubt even more then what has been recorded. Swimming Without Stress seem to be the only company in the UK that stock this suit, which has been specially designed to withstand the deadly sting of the jellyfish. Since there is no way of preventing the jellyfish from stinging, and you can hardly see it in the water, I decided that in order to preserve my life (or just feel at ease whilst swimming in the sea), I would wear one.
Laura Mercier, Tinted Moisturiser – I stopped wearing about 10 years ago and only wear Tinted Moisturiser now as I find it doesn’t clog my pores and keeps my skin looking and feeling healthy. This one from Laura Mercier has an SPF of 15 which means it’s great for wearing in the daytime also though I don’t really wear makeup on a daily basis – I keep this for nights out instead.
Superdrug, Cocoon Perfume Mist Spray – since there’s not much point wearing heavy perfumes which you’ll just sweat off in the Bali heat I thought that this mist spray, which is an intoxicating mixture of Jasmine & Musk would be a good idea to wear instead. It’s really cheap (only £3.99!) and has surprising sillage (a fancy word for ‘throw’).
Sunday is the day I’m flying out via Singapore and my first stop is Ubud! I look forward to updating you on my travels as I go and who knows, I might even try some surfing while I’m there?!