JBE Travel Update: Heading to Bali & Thailand for the Month of May!

Uluwatu, Bali

That’s right . . . Jenny Blake Enterprises is going rogue!

One of the big reasons behind wanting to work for myself was the freedom to travel and set my own schedule.

So when I found out that my blogging-got-me-a-best-friend Elisa Doucette landed a job in Bali, one of my big travel goals that I had been tip-toeing around became a must-do.

With a nervous feeling in my belly, I inched closer and closer toward making this trip a reality:

  1. I mentally (and a bit tentatively) confirmed that I’m ready to take another big trip, and that it’s worth spending my time and money on. Am I really doing this?? Alone?
  2. I marked dates off on my calendar. Gulp! What will it be like to be away from work for so long? 
  3. I booked the major flights (into Singapore, out of Thailand). There’s no turning back now! I’ll make it work…
  4. I signed up for a major life-checklist item (click here to create your own checklist)two-week Thai Massage Training in Chaing-Mai, Thailand to help advance my yoga teaching. For those who are unfamiliar with Thai Massage, it’s almost like facilitated yoga — using my body as a practitioner to move the other person’s body around in various shapes. They lay on the floor in comfortable clothes (as opposed to a massage table) and I do the work! This is going to be a great way for me to learn how to assist people during yoga classes, and I’ll have fun practicing on friends who are nice to me when I get home :)
  5. Squealing ensued over Skype with Elisa as we planned the details of our trip in a Google Doc titled, “Jenny and Elisa Do Thailand and Bali.” Hey — what’s the fun of planning a big trip if you can’t express your Type-A-ness in a massive Google Doc?!

Logistics

I will be treating this trip largely as vacation, responding only to urgent items. It’s nerve-wracking to imagine being mostly unplugged for an entire month, but mostly delightful! That means that things may be quiet around here for the month of May (with a few guest posts sprinkled throughout). I hope you understand :)

I’d love to hear in the comments:
Anyone got any recommendations or travel must-sees for these areas?

If you live in any of the cities I mentioned above, I’d love to meet up!

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Jeremy Orr April 24, 2012 at 5:52 am

Amazing. I know that leap into the unknown and it is no small task, so well done, JB. Go get em and have a blast!

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

Woo! Thanks so much Jay Oh! Will definitely try to call before I head out 😀 

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Clare April 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

Hope you have a wonderful time Jenny – you deserve it! C 

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

Thank you so much Clare!! Looking forward to coming back to LAC all refreshed with some new ideas 😀

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Kelly Studer April 24, 2012 at 6:56 am

That’s awesome, Jenny!  No doubt you will come back full of inspiration, new ideas, and feeling completely refreshed.  Safe travels. 

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:04 am

Thanks Kelly!! I’ve been loving your newsletters — it’s so fun to watch you get your business off the ground :) And yes — I’m very much looking forward to getting a creative jolt from taking so much time off. Big hugs!

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Elisa Doucette April 24, 2012 at 7:14 am

OMFG SPIRL I AM SO EXCITED!!!!

#thatisall

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:04 am

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :) SOOOOO GLAD THAT I GET TO SHARE ALL THESE AMAZING EXPERIENCES **WITH** YOU!! 

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Alexis Grant April 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

Good for you for unplugging for a bit! Can’t wait to hear about it :)

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

Thanks so much Lexi!! You lead by example :) This is my first big trip since becoming a solopreneur — really looking forward to the creative recharge :)

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DafraStar April 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

Excited for you!I actually emailed you this morning, and got the reply saying you were out… Great to relax for a while. Enjoy your vacay! A Thai friend of mine swears by scuba diving…  hey, you will be next to blue dreamy waters, why not give it a shot :)

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

Thanks so much Dafra! 

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Amanda @ Click. The Good News April 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

That sounds incredible- like the trip of a lifetime (but hopefully there will be many more like it to come).   I would love to hear more about Thai Massage / facilitated yoga- sounds fascinating.  

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

Thanks Amanda!! Yes — will definitely let you know how Thai Massage training goes — I’m really looking forward to having that in the yoga toolbox :)

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Casey Camilleri April 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

You deserve it! Have a blast.

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

Thanks Casey!! I hope all is well with you — sending big hugs from NYC :)

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Tharisi April 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I heard great things from my coworker who went to Thailand last year!  Enjoy!  

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:06 am

Thanks Tharisi! I’ve heard amazing things too — can’t wait! 

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Therese April 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

YAYYYY!!!!!!!!!

(That is all :-)

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:06 am

WEEEEE!!! Following in your international footsteps — though you actually lived abroad. You’re an inspiration, my dear! And I still have your flower on my desk — I love it :)

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devmills April 25, 2012 at 12:33 am

Yayyy, Jenny! Too bad it sounds like I’ll be just missing you in Thailand; I fly out May 9. Have a BLAST and don’t worry too much about meticulous travel plans — let the journey guide you! : )

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:07 am

Thanks Devin! I’m SO bummed I’m going to miss you! I get into Thailand on May 12. Your pictures have been gorgeous — incredible! Makes me so excited to get there…. see you in Portland for WDS, I’m assuming? 

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Alison Elissa Horner April 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hope you have a fun and rejuvenating trip!

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:07 am

Thanks so much Alison! I really appreciate it :)

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Cheryl Dolan April 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Sounds amazing! Enjoy it all!

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jennyblake April 26, 2012 at 2:08 am

Woohoo — thanks Cheryl!! I hope all is well with you — it always makes me smile when I see your name in the comments! Thanks for taking the time to leave a note :)

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Grace Boyle April 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

AH this makes me so happy. You go girl. So worthy! When I went to Thailand I loved http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattaya – it’s not as touristy at Phuket (where the beach was filmed) but is really beautiful. Be sure to hit those beach towns on the coast and enjoy the fresh seafood. Can’t wait to see pictures!

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jennyblake April 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks so much Grace!! I’m super excited — will definitely try to make it to Pattaya if we can :) Hope all’s well with you!! xoxo

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Barbara DiLisio April 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Wow, that sounds great! I’m sure you’ll come back with lots of knowledge and new ideas. My old yoga instructor had the opportunity to travel to India last year and she couldn’t stop talking about how great the experience was. I hope your trip is the same!

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jennyblake April 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks so much Barbara! Yes, very much looking forward to sharing the experience when I’m back :) Have a wonderful May in the meantime!

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Jozef Janosko April 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Have good trip :), I’ve never been to Asia, but I know that it is exiting to see those counties there . New worlds  and different cultures always caught my attention. Have a rich experience!

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jennyblake April 30, 2012 at 8:14 am

Thanks Jozef! I’m with you — new worlds and cultures are so rich with exploration. I’m really excited to have such a long time to explore (or at least it feels that way to me, but I’m sure it will fly by!).

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Financial Samurai May 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

Take lots of pictures and share them with us Jenny!  Enjoy!

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