Getting to Bali

I can’t believe I’ve been in Bali for 4 days already! I haven’t done much, which is kind of the point really…

In my last post I mentioned that booking the flight and all that was a whole other story…

Getting a decent route from Dubai to Bali was a bit tricky. I checked Emirates, Malaysian airlines, Singapore airlines, and Qatar airways. Emirates flights were over 8000dhs, a total rip off in my opinion considering the ridiculous stopovers; flights to Melbourne didn’t cost that much! Sinagpore and Malaysian airlines were slightly cheapers, but like Emirates all of them had overnight stopovers, which meant I would lose a good couple of days out of my vacation. Yea, I wasn’t going to let that happen. Qatar airways had the more reasonable options with reasonable prices too, but I’m a Skywards member, so I really wanted to fly Emirates to get more miles and maintain my tier level. 
I decided to head over to Travelocity, Expedia, and Joob to check out what they had- maybe there’s a route I’d missed. Joob had an interesting flight route that didn’t show up anywhere else, and it was at a really good price too. The departure and arrival times were exactly what I was looking for, and the stop over was in Jakarta (which made perfect sense to me). I ran a check on Emirates for that same route, but it wasn’t there. So I decided to call Joob to double-check. The lady was very nice and helpful, but told me that the flight I’m looking at on their site isn’t showing up in their system. I decided not to take the risk and avoid booking it. Then I figured I’d go back to Emirates.com and try out the ‘multiple cities’ option and manually enter the stopovers. And sure enough, the route I saw on Joob was there! I called Emirates’ customer service to check if it’s considered a connecting flight or would I have to get out of the airport with my luggage and come back in again, or I’d go straight to the transfer desk; the first guy had no idea what I was talking about, but on the second try the guy that answered my call was very helpful and told me it was a connecting flight so there should be no issues.

And that’s how I got the route I wanted, with the price I wanted, on Emirates.

Fast forward to departure day….you read the post before I was about to jet off.

8 hours later- and probably the most pleasant flight I’ve ever had in my life (Indonesians are the nicest people! There were 2 old ladies, sisters, sitting next to me, telling me about their trip to Europe together visiting all their relatives. I hope my sisters and I can go on trips like that when we’re old. Oh, also, they too were surprised that I’m traveling to Bali alone…I don’t get it, am I missing something here?)- I landed in Jakarta. When I was booking my flight to Bali, I’d wondered why Dubai-Jakarta-Bali wasn’t one of the routes that automatically showed in the search results. Now I knew why. The airport was crazy busy- it took 2 hours of standing in line to get the visit visa (tip: make sure you’ve got exactly $25 on you with the forms filled out. Thank you Lonely Planet for that save!), and- surprise surprise- I then had to collect my luggage and go to the the domestic flights desk to check-in to the flight to Bali on Garuda Indonesia. I’m so glad I had 4 hours transit and packed light, or I would’ve missed the flight! Another thing I didn’t count on was all the people in the airport talking to me in their local language- they thought I was Indonesian! I had to keep explaining that I wasn’t, and they kept apologizing…

On the flight from Jakarta to Bali, I sat next to yet another nice old lady, who thought I was ‘brave’ to go to Bali on my own (yea, I still don’t get it). Straight forward flight of just under 2 hours. By the time I landed in Bali, it was past 10pm and I was exhausted. It took another hour’s drive to get to Ubud, where I was planning to spend most of my vacation. By the time I got to the hotel it was nearly midnight. 

Ubud was completely dark and quite; it really caught me by surprise…

In the next post, I’ll be writing about what I’ve been upto in the past few days, with pictures too! Right now, I have to get going to my yoga class. Later!

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