Bali for the Nervous Traveller

a year ago 5
Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama
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It has to be said, that I am a bit of a nervous traveller.

Although I like the *idea* of visiting other countries and cultures, the reality is I'm still relatively new to travelling, having devoted the past twenty odd years to raising a family rather than pleasure-seeking and taking holidays! 

Bali was one of those destinations that I was hesitant about visiting. Combine the thought of terrorist attacks, volcanoes erupting, the infamous "Bali belly", and high profile drug smuggling cases and you can easily see why.


Sunset in Nusa Dua, Bali
Yet at the same time, I didn't want to let my fears get in the way of travelling and exploring an area that many people rave about, agreeing with the Balinese people that it is indeed heaven on earth!

If you have been feeling the same, I have two words for you: Nusa Dua.

The good news is: it *is* possible to enjoy the delights of Bali, and your creature comforts as well.

Welcome to Nusa Dua, Bali

Nusa Dua is a gated community, and home to a number of resorts and hotels.

Yet despite being a 5-star tourist destination, the prices are surprisingly affordable.


All vehicles entering Nusa Dua must pass through a security checkpoint, which helped to allay our fears about terrorist activity.

We were also reassured by the presence of security guards patrolling both the private beach, and the hotel grounds.

You are also protected from the hawkers that pounce on you everywhere else, offering a "free meal" (don't be fooled, it's time share), tourist items, sightseeing trips, and even drugs. On our visit to Kuta, for example, one local hawker harrassed me so much that I tripped and hurt my knee, as I stepped backwards to get away from him.


Relax with a drink at the swim up pool bar
Although you will still find hawkers – approved by the hotel – on the private beach, they are definitely not as “in your face”. 

Enjoy Your Creature Comforts

It is very hot and humid in Bali, so air conditioned accommodation is a must. This is practically a given in Nusa Dua.

The hotels cater to your every need, with room service, swimming pools, spas, gymnasiums, restaurants, bars, and various activities available.

Now, I am the first to admit that I am not very adventurous when it comes to trying different foods, and not being able to eat the food I like can have the potential to ruin my vacation.

So I was delighted to discover that most of the hotels and resorts in Nusa Dua provide a full buffet breakfast, featuring everything from bacon, eggs and toast, to waffles, toast, cereal and fruit.


So many desserts to choose from!
However should you be feeling brave, there are plenty of opportunities to try local cuisine. I surprised myself by trying many different foods - seaweed pudding anyone?! - and enjoying them, but at the same time I was glad that I didn't have to rely on them entirely for sustenance!

You may have heard that it is important to be vigilant about what you put in your mouth, if you don't want to come down with Bali belly. This is a lot easier to do in a 5 star resort in Nusa Dua, where you are not only supplied with free bottled water everyday for teeth brushing purposes, but the ice is also made from bottled water. 

Experiencing the Local Culture

Although you can be assured of all the creature comforts, one of the great things about staying in Nusa Dua is that you can still experience the local culture.

Many of the resorts host special meals or performances, to introduce you to Balinese cuisine, music and dance.


Dinner and a show by Balinese dancers in the hotel amphitheatre
Or, you can arrange a tour to Ubud, home to many temples, or one of the other towns, from the comfort of your own hotel. 

Having had such a positive experience in Bali, I am looking forward to spreading my travel wings and heading to other exotic detinations in the months and years to come!

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