Greetings from the Island of the Gods! I am back in Bali again – yes that’s twice in a year. I was here earlier in February and I find myself back under the southern cross.
I spent the summer in Europe touring France, Spain and Portugal in a campervan. It was great fun and I set up a Youtube channel to film my adventures. Here is my first #vanlife video.
I sold the van back in England and pretty much got what I paid out for it initially. I will definitely be living vanlife again but it will be in a larger vehicle. My work kind of suffered as a result of being in a small van although I did find some good cafes to work out of.
So I will be in Bali for a few more weeks before heading up towards Thailand via Malaysia or Singapore.
The onward ticket dilemma for nomads
I don’t have an onward ticket because I like the flexibility. Many airlines now insist on proof of having onward travel but there are airlines where you can buy a ticket without having to pay the full amount. Thai Airways allows you to book a seat and gives you up to 48 hours to pay. If you don’t follow through with the payment the ticket is cancelled.
They have been allowing this for years now and I am surprised they still let you get away with this.
Another useful way of getting a ticket for proof of travel is to use expedia.com (has to be the US site so dot com). If you book any flight with a non-budget airline e.g. Garuda, Thai, Singapore Airlines etc you can cancel the ticket within 24 hours. You have to pay for the ticket when booking this way but you get a full refund and it can be done online so there is no need for call centers or anything like that.
That’s all for now from Bali! See you in November 🙂