Our original post about backing up is five years (!) old now, so it’s time for an update with our current strategy.
Backing up your data is important for everyone in the digital age, but for digital nomads it’s essential—there’s always the chance your laptop could be stolen or the hard drive fail due to the rigours of the road. We don’t live in constant fear of this happening, but it’s best to be prepared for the worst.
Ubud is yogi heaven. Despite its small size (it’s really a collection of villages) there are dozens of classes to choose from every day. You’ll find styles to suit everyone from spiritual practices to fast paced vinyasa and power flows. Studios are well equipped and make the most of Ubud’s tranquil beauty with views of rice fields and jungle. Classes are affordable, especially if you buy a class pass which can reduce the drop-in price (usually 120,000 IDR/ $8.60) by half. Starting your day with a yoga class is a great way to get into the relaxed, healthy Ubud vibe.
This isn’t a post about how to live in Ubud as cheaply as possible. We wanted to take advantage of everything the town had to offer—affordable villa rentals with private pools, delicious vegetarian food, a wide variety of yoga classes, and fun activities like cooking classes and bike tours. You can have a high quality of life in Ubud at a very reasonable price (read more about our Ubud life here).
After a few months living in Ubud we decided to celebrate Simon’s birthday with a long weekend on Gili Air, a small island off the coast of Lombok and just a few hours boat ride from Bali. The Gili Islands trio includes Gili Trawangan, known as the party island; Gili Meno where you go to escape it all; and Gili Air which is often described as “just right”. We wanted somewhere quiet but with a good choice of restaurants so we chose Gili Air.
Last night on the way home from dinner we got caught up in a parade. A mass of people took over the road in a slow procession—the men in sarongs, shirts, and white head cloths carried tall umbrellas and masks of the Barong, a hairy lion-like creature from Balinese mythology; the elegantly dressed women in fitted batik sarongs, lacy blouses, and brightly coloured sashes balanced pyramids of fruit offerings on their heads. The pling pong of gamelan music accompanied the parade, with musicians playing gongs and drums and cymbals as they walked.