A life well travelled: Mel Wells

The British-born nutritionist, body coach and author, who lives in Bali, shares her most memorable travel gems


Last place you visited? 

I took a trip to Lombok island in Indonesia for the first time, for my best friend’s 30th birthday. Situated east of Bali, it is a popular spot among holidaymakers from Bali and it’s easy to see why – it’s an untouched paradise. I love being immersed in nature and feel at home in the ocean, so being able to go diving and see the coral, fish and turtles was like a dream come true for me.

A beautiful Bali sunset

Trip that changed your life?

It has to be moving to Bali from the UK about a year ago. I’m originally from Solihull, near Birmingham, and visited Bali to host a four-day retreat and loved it. The West Midlands wasn’t really for me! The grim weather made me want to sit at home and eat soup. When I returned to England after the retreat was over I cleared out my house and hopped on a flight back under a month later. It was the best decision ever. I have such peace of mind in Bali and get a lot more done. Being in the sun is good for my soul.

Do you like to travel alone or with company?

I have a few very close friends who I can be around all the time but spending time alone is important. Travelling solo is very empowering – I have learnt a lot from it and have got to know myself on a deeper level.

How do you stay healthy and grounded while away?

I practise yoga and meditate by the beach while watching the sun set. I always listen to my body and allow myself to gently adjust to the time zone. It’s easy when you’re away to eat whatever you fancy when your body is out of whack, but it is important to eat food that’s kind to your body. Currently, I am having lots of vegetable curries made with coconut milk, as well as raw fruit.

Favourite city?

I love the electric vibe of New York but I can only take it in small bursts. After a few weeks I tend to get burnt out and exhausted from being in a concrete jungle. I can be in Los Angeles up to three months at a time. I feel more grounded and peaceful there and love venturing to Malibu and hiking in the hills.

New York City

Action-packed schedule or go with the flow?

A bit of both. I like staying busy, but not for the entire holiday. I favour a ‘one week on, one week off’ approach. In Bali there is a lot to do, such as diving, yoga, surfing, skydiving and water rafting, as well as getting up close to wildlife. To relax, I would need to be somewhere super luxurious, where I could get a spa treatment, enjoy delicious food and top up my tan on the beach.

What destination is on your must-visit list?

Costa Rica – especially in order to spend some time at a mediation retreat there called Rythmia Life Advancement Center. The country itself looks like paradise and somewhere I can be at one with nature.