Among the popular backpacking destinations in Southeast Asia, Indonesia ranks as one of best and cheapest countries to visit. With thousands of volcanic islands, unspoiled beaches and lush jungles, Indonesia is a tropical paradise that’s begging to be explored.
One of the most highly recommended places to visit is of course Bali, but due to the all the luxury resorts that have taken over the island, many budget travellers avoid it. Sure, it might be more expensive than the other islands and less populated by tourists, but it doesn’t mean that you need to spend thousands of dollars to have a good time there.
You can’t really blame backpackers for travelling to other parts of Indonesia given all the tourist hype regarding Bali. Travelling, in every aspect, has become rather expensive these days, from airline tickets to transportation to and from the airport. This is why numerous aviation hubs, from Indonesia’s airports to London Stanstead, have had to expand airport transport options as well parking lots with shuttle buses running every few minutes taking passengers from parking compounds to airport terminals. So many people are willing to cut corners wherever they can to maximise their budget, but for an amazing holiday in Bali, you might not have to, as long as you do your research and manage your money properly.
With the five-star hotels and stunning resorts sprawled across the island, Bali upon first glance appears to cater to those that live a lavish lifestyle. There are actually a multitude of hostels that your disposal, all of which are $15 or less per night. If you’re willing to shell out a few more bucks for comfort, there are also a wide selection of boutique hotels that are $50 or under for one night’s stay.
Once you’ve got your flights and lodging sorted, the rest of your expenses will be quite small. Bali has so much potential for scenic adventures, and for the most part, at no charge (or for a small fee) you can visit beaches, hot springs, waterfalls and such. In terms food, dining at warungs (the name for local eateries) will save you a ton of money, as each meal only costs around $1. Unfortunately, beer and liquor don’t come quite as cheap as the food, as the prices for alcoholic beverages are disproportionately expensive. To make the most out of your budget, try to limit the booze intake.
By scoping out all of your options, you can easily be one of the many travellers that spend less than $500 for a week long stay in Bali.