Trip to Bali – Traveling Solo for 1 Month
– Week 1 –
Are you planning a Solo Trip to Bali soon? Then allow me to say that it’s going to be the best experience you had in a very long time!
My name is Ivan and I am a full time Travel Content Creator. In case you haven’t seen my Travel content on Instagram, head to over to my profile to see all the adventures I lived! @acecoolture
PLANNING THE TRIP
Alright, before you start planning a solo trip to a place like Bali, there are a couple things you need to know.
The first thing is, when to visit Bali. Bali is located in the tropic zone of the planet, therefore, it has a dry season and a wet/rain season. We can consider the dry season the high season and the rain season the low season.
Low season goes from November to March. Prices during this season are low, but there isn’t a huge gap with high season.
High season goes from April to October. This is when most people visit Bali, therefore, it is quite crowded.
Bali has been on the top of the wave, in terms of tourism destination. The thing is that, the cost of anything in South East Asia is so small, that many Freelancers, Youtubers, Instagramers, Bloggers and Vloggers have stablished based in Bali.
So you might be thinking, okay, then everything is well prepared for tourism and there isn’t anything to worry about…well, NO!
The truth is that the Balinese culture is still a very modest culture and there are places in Bali that are considered of stream poverty. But, of course this is not a reason to not travel to a country. It just means that don’t expect everything will be as perfect as a typical touristy country.
Another thing to consider is language. Although there are very popular areas in Bali, like Canggu, Ubud, Seminyak or Uluwatu, that speak decent english, other less known regions don’t speak any other language than theirs – Balinese.
In terms of Money Exchange, I find best to change part of your money right at the airport when you arrive. The rates are pretty decent and in line with what you find on google.
Apart from this, be prepared to receive a lot of bills. The currency in Bali (IDR) or Indonesian Rupiah, is well devaluated. As a result, you’re going to end up with millions of them in your pocket.
1€ = 15.000 IDR
Another thing I wanted to warn you about is scams. Unfortunately, in Bali there is a money exchange scam very popular. It occurs in the street stands that usually offer higher rates than the normal exchange.
I haven’t experienced it myself, but here are two blogs that talk about it.
It’s worth being informed, not that it’s going to happen to you!
Okay, you’re going to Bali! Let’s prepare the trip!
TRIP TO BALI WEEK 1 – ESTABLISHING A BASE
So, wether you’re staying for 1 month like me, or longer, you want to secure a couple important things:
- Where to sleep at at reasonable price
- Money Flow
Where to Sleep in Bali?
In Bali there is plenty of room for every type of traveler. Wether you’re looking for a boutique hotel, an Airbnb, a Hostel or a Guesthouse, Bali has it all. It’s just a matter of your budget.
In my case, I decided to keep the costs low while being in a popular area like Canggu.
As a result, I found the best deals on Airbnb and Booking. Note that, if you’re considering staying longer than 1 month or just 1 month, the rates will be more attractive than staying 15 days.
I found a nice Airbnb in the area of Canggu that costs 250€ / month. But, other areas are also very attractive in terms of price, given they are not as “trendy” as Canggu.
This was my Airbnb / Guesthouse. It was called Omah Bin Suites.
Here is the link if you want to check it out: CANGGU AIRBNB
Depending on what things you’d like to visit, I would recommend staying in an area close by. Or, considering moving around, but as I said before, rates are best if you book 1 whole month.
After all, you can ride your scooter around the island in just 2 hours.
Apart from this, there are many local places called Guesthouses that will give you a decent room at a very attractive price. If you’re not in the need for anything fancy, this is a great option!
I found this website that can be useful for booking a guesthouse:
The traffic in Bali can get really tough, specially, in popular areas like Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud. Therefore, the most popular transport is the Scooter.
Some people have never rode a scooter before and they don’t feel comfortable with this idea. But, in Bali, you can get people to take you around on scooter at a decent price. The service is called GoJek.
Now, if you decide to ride a scooter, I have to warn you that, it can be quite challenging.
First of all, you drive on the left lane instead of the right like other European countries.
Second of all, people tend to communicate with their eyes or by beeping.
As an example, in an intersection, everyone will dive in at the same time and you need to negotiate your position making eye contact with other riders or by simply predicting their way.
Yes, it sound tricky! but it’s much more simple than it sounds.
Also, if you want to pass someone, it’s best if you beep once or twice to let them know you’re passing.
Now, you might be wandering: Okay, how much does a scooter cost?
I found out that, when you rent a scooter for 1 whole month, it is cheaper than to rent it for 15 days. Here are the rates where I rented the scooter:
|Number of Days||Cost per Day||TOTAL|
|15||50.000 IDR (Rupiah)||750.000 IDR (Rupiah)|
|30||23.000 IDR (Rupiah)||700.000 IDR (Rupiah)|
This are the types of scooters that you can get:
EXTRA TIP: Besides renting a scooter when you get to your place, I’d like to let you know the cheapest way to get from the airport to your destination.
When you arrive at Denpasar Airport, you will see a lot of taxi services. They are called Blue Bird. This is the most expensive option you can get.
However, if you download an app similar to Uber called GRAB, you can reduce the cost almost 30% of the taxi rate! To do that, you have to go to the third floor of the parking and order a Grab. It will arrive in seconds!
A taxi from the airport to Canggu was quoted to me at 250.000 IDR (16€). But, I ordered a Grab and I paid 150.000 IDR (9€).
Moving on, now that you have the transport set up, and your on your way to your place, you might want to grab something to eat!
So, when I arrived to Bali, I was impressed by the beautiful cafes you find there! Everything has a kind of aesthetic that, invites you to go and and chill.
The first couple of days, I was spending almost 200.000 IDR / day (12€). As a result, I decided to investigate a little bit to lower my expenses.
These is the typical avocado toast that ruined my budget! ????
If you want to stick to that level of spending, it’s fine! Bear in mind that, this will mean a budget for food of 350€ per month.
In my opinion, I definitely wanted to lower that!
Thanks to the lovely community here, I found out that Warung Food, which is the local food, is actually really good. Healthy and very cheap.
Right now, I’m spending around 30.000 IDR (1,90€) per meal, which cuts in half my initial spending.
Also, you can use the GOJEK APP, which is something similar than Uber Eats and has amazing deals on every type of food and delivered to your place.
Usually, I use GoJek for lunch and dinner. While for breakfast, I go to a caffe called Duatiga in Canggu, with good wifi speed and decent prices for breakfast meals.
As per Warung food, here is a list of good Warung Restaurants in Canggu:
This is what a dish looks like at a Warung restaurant
Moving on, now that you know where to eat at reasonable prices, you might want to start posting things on the gram! ????
By communications, I mean usage of data or wifi!
Since I wanted to book a Grab service, right at the airport, I decided to buy a SIM card right there.
So, I decided to buy an unlimited data sim card, which costed me 250.000 IDR (16€), for one whole month.
I’ve heard, that some people recommend to buy sim cards directly at the area where you’re staying. Apparently, this can save you some money versus the airport sim cards. I don’t know and I haven’t done the comparison.
Just note that, the offer on these products in South East Asia is so big, that there is always going to be a better offer around the corner.
In my experience, I choose the company that appealed more to me and that on a quick comparison had attractive prices.
Apart from this, in Canggu, Uluwatu, Seminyak and Ubud, there is pretty good wifi connection in the cafe bars. Even at your airbnb or Guesthouse you can have decent connection.
The telephone company I used is called: Indosat Ooredoo. My overall experience was good. I never had any issues and I’ve traveled all over the island. Okay, one day in the middle of the jungle, the signal was low, but this also happens in Central Park!
Right now, you have a nice place to stay, you’re moving freely on your scooter like Peter Pan in Neverland, and your stomach is full is healthy Warung food. But, are you managing your money the best way?
In Bali, it is important that you know how are you going to withdraw your money and not get abusive atm fees or bad exchange rates.
Although, there are plenty of places that take credit cards, it is always best to carry cash with you.
In my situation, I will be doing regular trips to Bali, therefore, I decided to open a bank account at Permata Bank. Usually, you require a working permit, but at Permata Bank you don’t.
Consequently, I transferred my funds from my European bank to paypal and from paypal to the bank in Bali. This way you have no transfer fees.
They gave me a visa card to withdraw money from the local ATMs and I haven’t had a single fee whatsoever.
But, you don’t need to open an account to avoid fees. I suggest, you speak with your bank before you leave, in order to see if you’re going to get charged abusive fees.
Then, just decide if you need to bring more cash or less.
This is the Bali life my friends! My diary on my first week in Bali ends here. I hope this has been useful to you in any way!
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Trip to Bali – Things to do as a Content Creator (Week 2) will be ready really soon!
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