6 Budget-friendly Things To Do in Bali To Beat The Winter Blues

Experts estimate that 14% of Americans experience the winter blues, with another 6% suffering from a more serious related condition, seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

So, before a weather-related slump lands you in this statistic, book that flight and check out these things to do in Bali.

If Uluwatu doesn't ring a bell, this likely will: Padang Padang Beach in Uluwatu was the filming site for “Eat Pray Love.” Julia Roberts gave the okay to film onsite, so her family could move there during the shoot. Now, that's one lucky family.

Beach Hop in Uluwatu

The entrance fees to Uluwatu's beaches range from free to less than $1 per person. You can rent a scooter for around $5 per day plus gas or hop on the back of a Gojek scooter (Southeast Asia's version of Uber) to have someone drive you around.

The Uluwatu Temple is an excellent starting point because it sits between beautiful Suluban and Nyang Nyang beaches in the Bukit Peninsula. It's one of several sea temples on the island.

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Artists and souvenir seekers will want to allot time for the Ubud Art Market, an ideal place for stocking up on handmade woven bags and silk scarves.

Dedicate a Day to Ubud

It doesn't hurt that the rice fields are tropical eye candy. UNESCO World Heritage lists five of Bali's green rice paddies under their Cultural Landscape of Bali Province category, thanks to the island's use of the 9th-century subak.

Wander Through Rice Terraces

Because Bali is so hot, it's common for food markets to open in the wee hours of the morning, closing by 9:00 am. Cooks fire back up their kitchens-on-wheels in the evening, giving these lively locales their “night market” title.

Eat Your Way Around a Market

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