RTW Destination Announcement: Sanur, Indonesia
Now that I've put in my resignation at work and can finally be public with my travel plans, I'm excited to roll out updates on my destinations. I'm booked with locations through January 2016. In these last few weeks leading up to me leaving the country, I'll let you in on all the wanderlusty details!
When I first started dreaming of my solo 'round-the-world (RTW) trip, I pictured my first locations as Iceland, Greenland, all over Scandinavia, Ireland...anywhere cold and comfortable and easy. You know, cute scarves and all. Yes, I know most people fantasize about leaving their jobs for life on a tropical beach, but heat and humidity are difficult for me. I was planning to save SE Asia as my last pit stop, once my solo travel moxie was firing on all cylinders. Well, so much for that. The Universe had other plans for me. I'm spending nearly three months in SE Asia straight out of the gate. Go with the flow, y'all.
For the first three weeks I'll be in Sanur, a beach town on the south eastern coast of Bali. I'll also spend time in Lombok's Gili Islands, a 6-hour + $4 freight ferry ride east of Bali. Oh, the adventure of it all. I booked a bungalow on the beach in Sanur (naturally) and have since been chatting with Eleanor, the British expat who owns the property and lives next door.
Managing my Hashimoto's requires a specific diet called the Autoimmune Protocol. It's intensely restrictive and while there's no way to be 100% on point while traveling, it's ideal if my lodging has a kitchen. These two little gas hobs and a dorm fridge are good enough for me! The pure joy of this place is that a year ago I found it in my daydream google searching and posted it to my Facebook wall. I said that I could see myself sitting at that table, writing blog posts, and Skyping with friends back home. Fast forward a year later and I actually will be sitting at that table, writing blog posts, and now also Skyping with coaching clients and people enrolled in my e-courses. It gives me chills.
Can you see the altar on the left, near the blue bench? Eleanor was very clear that while I do have a private entrance and the garden is all part of the bungalow's private property, her Hindu staff would be there throughout the day tending to their offerings on the altar. It sounds awesome to me. I plan to spend a lot of time meditating and also, if they say it's okay, contributing to the altar for my own prayers. One of my primary motivations for this epic RTW adventure is to heal my fried out adrenals. If it doesn't heal my adrenals to wake up in this space, meditate in that garden, and enjoy that my biggest decision that day is whether to swim in the ocean or in the pool, then nothing will.
Speaking of the pool, that's one of the doors to my bungalow, tucked away in the bushes. That lounge chair right there...if we end up on Skype together it's highly likely you'll see it again.
I mean, seriously, that pool. I know I'm spending all this time in Sanur writing, teaching my e-course, working with coaching clients, Instagramming photos of my adventures eating street food in the market, and otherwise running an online business and such...but that pool!
I was also advised by Eleanor to not be startled by the little tree frogs who like to play in the shower water with me. Yes, the shower is outside. The whole bathroom is outside, actually. Frogs I can handle. Tree spiders frolicking in my suds? Hell to the no.
Seeing this shower makes me look forward to another intentional piece of my trip: No makeup, no four-product hairstyle, no underwire bra if I can help it. It sounds like a small thing, but I assure you, three decades of a 90-min morning ritual is exhausting. And not really me, so I'm over it. The Real Gail is out to play.
After Sanur I head northwest to Ubud, i.e. the iconic terraced rice fields and wild monkey forests. I have two plans in Ubud, one woo woo retreat with 15 other women and one very special appointment with a medicine man that you'll just have to wait to hear about.
Stay tuned! I'm rolling out travel details, but I'm also stiff riffing on my usual topics of adventure, healing, designing a life you love, and other assorted badassery.
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