Why I Moved to Southeast Asia Alone At the Age of 22

I have recently moved to Bali, Indonesia from the United States (Michigan) and I feel inspired to share why I chose to make this move across the world alone at the age of 22.

Before the age of 25 I am highly prioritizing world travel and self-education. After age 25 our brains neuroplasticty declines, and our minds belief systems become more set in stone. I am going to places with drastically different values, cultures and lifestyles than my own so that I can learn from them and expand myself. I live with the belief that our environments greatly affect who we are. Becoming the best version of myself while having a high quality of life is why I moved to Ubud, the cultural and spiritual hub of Bali. It’s very important to me that I prioritize my self-education, my quality of life, my happiness, and my life’s purpose over anything else on earth.

While in Southeast Asia I am finishing my degree online part time and also making an income online through multiple streams.

I believe in an education system that helps people learn to make an income for themselves and then travel the world, rather than staying inside a few buildings for 4 years (just what works for me!:). I see many great people in my life who get a college degree and then don’t know what to do after graduation. I believe universities should place more of an emphasis on making an income in a practical way so that people can explore more freely while they are young. The world is the best teacher. I believe if you want to learn Spanish, go to Spain. If you want to learn ancient Egyptian history, go to Egypt. If you want to learn geography, travel. That’s real life to me. Thats my message. I moved to Southeast Asia because if I didn’t follow what I believe I would be a hypocrite. ūüôā

I am also moving because I believe procrastination kills dreams. Conditions are never perfect. Do it anyway. I’ve been wanting to travel around Southeast Asia for a while but I still have 20 credits left at Michigan State University to graduate. I told my university my situation and they are making accommodations for me to finish online.

If you want something, ask;)

I had a strong intuitive pull to come to Bali with a one way ticket and so far it has been an amazing journey. I have met a lot of great people and have learned more about myself and the world. Indonesian people are the happiest people I have ever met; I think it’s rubbing off on me (I hope).

Until next time, much love.

Alaina

 

Travel camera: Sony Alpha a6000

Lens: Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Lens for Sony E-mount Cameras (black)

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My first Day Around Ubud, Bali – Travel Vlog and Photos

I have finally arrived from Michigan to Bali after much anticipation. So far I am in love with Ubud, located in the heart of the island. Ubud is the spiritual and cultural center of Bali and I can certainly see that everywhere I look. Seriously great vibes all around. I am one happy girl!

Check out my first ever travel vlog and photos, both taken with my favorite camera, the Sony Alpha a6000. This is a great travel camera for vlogging and photography.

Here is my itinerary of a day tour around Ubud, Bali, which I booked through the Pillow Inn Hostel.

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The Bali Swing (There are TONS of swings all over the place in many different rice terraces. The price is around $15, and yes they strap you in.)

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balicooledit56Kopi Luwak-¬†Next to the swings was a coffee plantation where we tried the famous Balinese Coffee called¬†kopi luwak, which means asian palm civet; a type of Balinese cat. The coffee is made by the digested coffee beans of the cat. Gross right. ¬†Kopi Luwak is known as the worlds most expensive coffee, although we got it for free while visiting this business. It tastes like normal coffee to me…

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Rice Terraces –¬†Ubud is covered in rice terraces and wow, they are stunning. We hiked all over these babies and got quite lost. Local venders are ready to serve you fresh coconuts to drink on your hike. The views are spectacular.

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The Holy Springs – These springs are where sacred rituals are done for purification of mind, body and soul. We had to wear a sarong to enter. Women on their periods are not allowed to enter the temples. I am doing a full day healing ritual with a Balinese healer here next week so stay tuned.

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Waterfalls РWe were taken to see two waterfalls on this tour and they were both very accessible and swimmable.

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Ubud has my heart – In 2 weeks I will move onto Canguu, the Balinese surfing town. I am in no rush to travel. For now I am enjoying a slow paced life here with new friends from around the world. Until next time, much love.

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