Tips for Solo Travel in Bali
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
When out and about, follow the basic solo traveler rules: Be aware of your surroundings, don’t stay out to the point that you’ll be walking home on empty streets, avoid getting drunk, be cautious about letting people know where you’re staying, and always follow your instincts. If something feels off, don’t worry about being rude. Just leave.
GENERAL SAFETY FOR WOMEN
As a woman following the safety rules above, I never felt unsafe. Balinese society is too polite and friendly to catcall as a general rule. You’re more likely to get harassed by other westerners than by the Balinese.
I avoid resorts when traveling solo. Resorts are full of families and couples and I find it a bit lonely. I’ve also found it’s easier to meet/socialize with both fellow travelers and locals when staying at smaller establishments. This is certainly true in Bali, as homestay owners are happy to sit around and chat with you.
SHOP FOR REASONABLY PRICED YOGA
Bali is home to dozens (if not hundreds) of reasonably-priced retreats offering yoga, meditation, surf lessons, SCUBA, photography, and more. Retreats run anywhere from 3 - 30 days, and can be a great way to be a part of a group, meet fellow travelers, and learn new skills. The Blooming Lotus Yoga retreat I did was fantastic.
MEET OTHER TRAVELERS
The Yoga Barn in Ubud, in addition to classes, also hosts events, movie nights, and more for both travelers and residents of Ubud. If you want to meet fellow travelers obviously the hostel route is an option. If you’re not into hostels, check Facebook groups and travel forums to see who else is going.