So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.

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Passion for travel

Why is it that I still haven’t travelled Bali? Is Bali a ‘no-go’ zone for me? I have a keen interest in for a number of reasons and one is because it’s the closest Asian holiday destination for Australians. Besides, I have a huge passion for travel.

I knew so much about this small and interesting island well before I’d decided on a career change to the Travel industry.

As a new Travel Consultant, one of my co-workers listened to me while I was talking to a client about Bali. Later she asked if I’d already travelled there because I spoke about it like I had. I was a wealth of information even though I hadn’t. Plus, my knowledge made for a very happy traveller.

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
Bali Boats

Mix of culture

Between the mix of culture, coastal activities and mountain views I was extremely keen to go to Bali but it seemed that I was always re-directed to another holiday option so the dream would just remain on my list. The culture of this island held me in what seemed like a spell as I always looking at brochures so I continue to ask myself, ‘Is Bali a ‘no-go’ zone for me?’

There’s no use sulking and waiting. Besides Bali wasn’t the only nearby holiday destination that I constantly researched.

The South Pacific islands had just as much of my attention.

Do you know how many islands there are to explore in the South Pacific Ocean? Literally hundreds! So, I was kept extremely busy deciding where to go next.

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
Bali Monkey

The bonus was that from home, Brisbane Australia, there were 3 island nations that were only a couple of hours flight away. Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Flavours of island life

An alternative to a flight; I could’ve taken a cruise as it’d only be a couple of days before I was exploring uninhabited islands, snorkelling pristine reefs or tasting the unique flavours of island life.

And while I waited for the next port of call, I wouldn’t have to lift a finger except to pick up the recently served Banana Daiquiri.

Plus! The big bonus on a cruise is no constant packing & unpacking – just unpack once until it’s time to disembark.

Australians have the fortunate opportunity to take off to a South Pacific Island getaway for a few nights or longer as the flight is only a few hours away.
Looking Across Mamanucca Passage

Anywho, to sooth my itchy feet, it was time to lock in another trip and decided to go back for another taste of the Fijian experience but this time at a different island resort and location to any previous trips – of course. I just larv Fiji!

Click here https://donjonjourneys.com/australia-south-pacific/ for some info and Tips N Tidbits.

Beachfront bungalow

The plan for this vacation was to experience 2 different styles. The first one being a family resort that was located on the main island of Fiji and then finish with 4 days on a more exclusive 5-star, cute, little Fijian island staying in a beachfront bungalow.

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We wanted to leave in a couple of months’ time but nothing suited. Our preferred dates or resorts were already booked so we began flipping through the travel brochures, island after island and resort after resort.

I could’ve done the 5 star first and the family resort second but that wasn’t what I wanted. I had this vision of going home feeling spoilt and relaxed so it had to be in my preferred order.

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
Beachfront Bungalow

Plan B

Another option was to shorten the number of days during the 5-star portion but that was not happening either, so I went to plan B.

It was at this point I discovered that I have 2 clear types of fears. A fear that is immediate and seems to come from nowhere (click here https://donjonjourneys.com/the-stingrays-made-me-do-it/ for this story) and the other fear that comes from deep within. It’s a lot slower and it cannot be explained but I’ve learnt to listen to it when it rises.

After throwing multiple suggestions around and coming up blank, it was decided. We’ll go to Bali but within a few short minutes of reaching for the Bali brochures, I began to feel a bit strange, but just brushed it off.

That ‘strange’ feeling then became more of a sickness in my stomach so I thought about coming back to do it later; no! The holiday was going to be booked and a queasy stomach wasn’t going to put me off.

Bali Structures

Something wasn’t right

The sensation was now a strong nervous action where I could feel my stomach constantly, literally jumping!

It felt like there was a hundred pieces of corn popping in my stomach. And, I had no idea why but it couldn’t be ignored any longer so I surrendered. Something wasn’t right. Is Bali a ‘no-go’ zone for me?

It just wasn’t sitting comfortably with me at all. I can’t go to Bali and with that, I swapped the brochures back to Fiji.

Why is Bali a ‘no-go’ zone for me?

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
Balinese Terraced Rice Paddy Fields

Nervous kicks in my stomach

As strange as it was, the minute I’d decided NOT to go to Bali, those strong nervous kicks in my stomach stopped. Instantly!

The holiday was booked for the 2nd week in October 2004.

After returning from Fiji the news was constantly full of headlines about an Australian woman who had been arrested in Bali for attempting to smuggle a large amount of marijuana into the Indonesian Island.

This happened at the the same time to when I was away.

She pleaded innocent and still does, 19 years later – as I understand. Was it really hers? Who would be silly enough to try to smuggle such a large amount in a boogie board? It was quite obvious the lump wasn’t part of the boogie board.

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
Behind Bars

Constantly searching

For the following 10 or so months leading up to her trial, the media was busy searching for a story using every angle. One of those stories was about a couple who went to Bali around the same time.

Once they checked into their hotel, the couple opened their suitcase to find a foreign package. They knew, it didn’t belong to them. How did it get into their luggage?   

After a closer inspection of the contents of the package, they chose to flush it down the toilet.

Not only were they perplexed as to how it got there, they were mortified at the fact that someone had opened their suitcase.  What was going on?

This was around the same time that luggage locks and luggage wrapping at airports became popular.

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
Lotus Flower

Similar stories

Based on similar stories coming to the media’s attention, some believe that the young lady was NOT guilty and there’s a suggestion that there may have been a bungle in an organised drug smuggling operation. Who knows?

Whatever the truth is, I believe that my intuition was working OVERTIME that day because I was considering a trip to Bali in the same week.

I could’ve been caught up in something that would’ve been out of my control. Something that was not meant to be on my agenda for this life or at that time. Perhaps I’m not meant to go to Bali at all?

Villa Pool

By-pass Bali

It’s been over a decade since the decision to by-pass Bali and since then a couple of invitations from friends have been offered to go and I seriously considered going.

On both occasions those feelings that I recognised from so long ago came back and continued to get stronger so once I realized it was a repeat pattern, I changed my mind about going and everything stopped.

I’ve now resigned myself to the fact that Bali is not part of my journey.

In regards to those fears, I’ve now observed the differences.

  1. I’m aware when the fear is in my head and although it is real enough at the time, it disappears through some self control and no harm comes to me.
  2. When the fear is deep within, my intuition/gut feelings are signalling for an immediate change of mind.
So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
A Pagoda in a Rice Paddy.

Sensations arose

Over the past few years, whenever major personal or business decisions have had to made I’ve taken notice just in case those sensations arose again. Sometimes they have, so I’ve re-considered and looked for alternative options.

To date they haven’t steered me wrong.

LESSON: Sometimes you can’t see a logical reason as to why you shouldn’t choose to do something so if your experiencing a nagging ‘don’t do it’ feeling, there’s usually a reason. It could be that you may never know why but just trust it.


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