Now that our visa extension paperwork has been completed, it is official – we’ll be staying in Bali for another month.
I realize that back in Guatemala I mentioned we would not extend our stay in lovely San Marcos because there was so much more world to see. Yet here we are in Ubud, extending our stay. Whats up with that? Isn’t the point of our travels to keep moving? Have we decided to move to Bali permanently?
First and foremost, we are not moving permanently to Bali, but we do love it in Ubud. We have a great house, our own transport, perfect weather, delicious food, and so many things to experience…it would be hard to fit in everything we want to do in just one month.
Second, we needed a bit longer of a break than just 30 days. After traveling for five weeks through Guatemala, Belize, New Zealand and Australia, we needed a bit more time of simply being in one place. For the first 10 days we were in Ubud we did practically nothing. I didn’t leave the house for a week. It was awesome. We had been going and doing for so long, this was the first time we had to just sit and relax and not think about playing tourist or booking our next flight. It was a much needed break, but if we’d had to leave the country less than three weeks later, we would have missed out on a lot.
Third, and probably most importantly, we need to be in a space where John can do some work and replenish some of our travel funds. While he’s been working on his own projects the entire time we’ve been traveling, he’s had a harder time taking contract jobs when we keep moving from place to place. The ‘up in the air’ nature of it all makes it hard to make promises and sign contracts. With a beautiful setting and strong wifi, this is an excellent place for him to get some solid work done.
So you can look forward to more posts about the paradise we’re living in for the next month. Or, if you don’t find Bali as alluring as we do, feel free to tune out until March when we head to Singapore. :)