A Place: The How and The Why

This series of posts follows Fi and her family as they plan a 6 month family getaway to Uluwatu, Bali. If you want to know more or catch up on previous entries, visit the first post in the series here: Family Tropical Adventure in Bali.

Guest post by Fiona from Destination Bali

It’s sorting out the practical aspects this week. The official bits and pieces. I am trying to space things out so a little more is sorted each month. Many people are asking me more about the how, rather than the why.

The How

The accommodation is booked. It’s not as rustic as we thought it would be. But it’s beautiful. Definitely a gorgeous little spot.  Here it is:

Accommodation Bali Family Getaway

Organising this family getaway is a lot like organising a wedding: you make a list, work through it all, and become very educated along the way. It’s a steep learning curve.

Much of the details can be sorted out online, and I like that because it means we can deliberate a lot longer and really think things out.

I can’t believe how reasonable the accommodation is. We have a tight budget (more on that in another post) and there is a lot to consider. There have been many, many emails full of questions.

  • Is it possible to call a car if needed?
  • Do you accept 4 children?
  • Push bikes would be good.
  • Can the TV be removed before we arrive?

There are so many options!

A List

  • I booked the accommodation through Airbnb. Do we want to stay in a treehouse, aircraft hanger, loft or fire station? Airbnb has it all. All over the world! We chose Bali as we have been there before and it’s close to Australia if we need to come home for any reason. Also, the visa time frame works for us, it’s the right price…and surf is a must.
  • Passport photos for the kids this week.
  • Looking into vaccinations.
  • Next month we will get signatures for passports.
  • Next month we will start sorting out things at home to make way for the people who will live in our home while we are away.

The Why

When I think of simple, I think of something out of Nims Island, with hammocks, outdoor cooking and lots of space.


Then, when I started to look, I found there were so many beautiful places and choices. We knew the key items we wanted; it’s a simple list:

  • Suitable for 6 people
  • Inside plumbing, cooking facilities etc.
  • Outside cooking facilities
  • Close to the break so my husband can surf daily
  • A possible walk or bike ride to buy fruit and vegetables
  • Tank water

I didn’t expect to have to battle wifi and cable tv (which we would like to get away from).  It’s a really simple list for a simple and uncomplicated time with my family. The why: I want our family to enjoy and discover life together without distraction.

Previous Posts

A Walk — 6 Months on a Tropical Island

A Tree: The Journey Begins

Family Tropical Adventure in Bali

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  • Reply
    August 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I am starting to get excited for you and your family now!
    (so much so, I can’t wait for your next post..)

    Good luck with the list xo

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    julie wilson
    August 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    how did u get 6 month visas for bali? we looked and could only find a 3 month visa at the most.

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