If you’ve been following my travels, you may have known that I actually settled into the Kuta – Seminyak area of Bali first. Then after a few mishaps, well… I’ll be honest; after seeing cockroach after cockroach for a week in my Airbnb, I decided to relocate. With the help of the wonderful customer service at Airbnb, I luckily was able to find an extremely relaxing villa in Canggu. At first, Bali wasn’t ideal for me, but living in Canggu definitely changed my opinion.
Meet Julio and Felix, My Airbnb Hosts
Checking into my accommodation was a bit of a struggle because I couldn’t even find the place at first! I don’t think it was an issue with the website or address, instead I believe that GPS maps in Bali aren’t accurate sometimes. Julio and Felix were such kind hosts, and their dog too, if he counts! Boli, the cute doggo, lived on the property with us. Julio and Felix are brothers and they stopped by every day, twice a day, and were very welcoming. They even own a local warung called ‘Venezuela Warung’. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to check it out, but I’m sure it’s delicious!
Sidenote: You can read more about my first day in Bali here!
Living in Canggu Compared to Kuta
I have a lot to say about Kuta… bad things. It is completely overrun by tourists. This wouldn’t necessarily be a terrible thing, however, this has led to it being one of the trashiest places I’ve ever visited. There is an insane amount of waste in the ocean, on the beach, on the streets, and basically every corner I looked! The traffic is ridiculous and it is so loud. I really didn’t understand what people saw in Bali with this being my first impression.
On the other hand, living in Canggu was the answer to my prayers. Solely just driving from Seminyak to Canggu, I noticed a huge different in the environment. Tourists suddenly disappeared from the streets, roads were less cluttered, and the trash wasn’t as noticeable. My Airbnb was tucked away in a neighborhood and it was dead silent through the night. Very peaceful.
About the Airbnb in Bali
This was my first time staying in a shared accommodation. I had a private entrance to my room, complete with my own bathroom. The common spaces were the kitchen, dining area, and front porch. After learning from what I was lacking in Bangkok, having a real kitchen saved my life. Eating out may seem convenient, but sometimes a girl just wants to cook her own dinner!
The place lacked amenities, such as a pool or even a washing machine; hello to hand washing clothes! However, the wifi was pretty great for Bali standards. Every now and then, there were power cuts. I don’t blame the Airbnb for that though, I think that is a common occurrence on the island in general.
Overall, I found living in Canggu to be quite relaxing. Especially after the cockroach fiasco. This is my third Airbnb that I have stayed in and I have nothing but good things to say about the service. I highly recommend the website, it’s so easy to find accommodation. If you book early enough, that is! If you’ve never used Airbnb, you can sign up with my referral link to get $40 off your first trip.
Now I can say that I’ve checked Bali off my list of places to visit in the world! It’s time to move onto Malaysia. First stop, Kuala Lumpur.