The Real Cost Of Traveling ~ Bali


As part of my desire to show you all that long term travel doesn’t have to cost a fortune I am presenting you with the third part of this series….


Lazy Bali Beach Days

Bali the “Island of the Gods.” The mere mention of Bali brings images of bronzed surfers, beautiful sunsets, an endless stream of Bintang, and more shades of green than box of Crayola markers. You only get 30 days with a visa on arrival. Which for me was not nearly enough. I plan to return to Indonesia to explore more of the islands and to one day make my way to Komodo to see the dragons. The smile of the Balinese is contagious.



I spent a total of 30 days there and my total cost was $957.66 USD.  Average Daily Spending = $31.92 USD.



The Breakdown is as Follows (USD):

Lodging:  $238.14 / Daily Average $7.94

Food: $205.69 / Daily Average $6.86

Cocktails: $68.54 / Daily Average $2.28

Entertainment:  $5.88 / Daily Average $0.20

Activities (temples, clairvoyant, scuba, massages): $134.89 / Daily Average $4.50

Transportation (ferries, taxi):   $225.56 / Daily Average $7.52

Clothing:   $23.52 / Daily Average $0.78

Gear (cell phone):  $9,94 / Daily Average $0.33

Misc (beach umbrella rental & Incense): $2.59  / Daily Average $0.09

Visas & Exit Tax: $42.92 / Daily Average $1.43

How could I have done if for less?

The one major way I could have saved money in Bali was if I wasn’t terrified of driving a scooter. It is the main way of getting around the island. Unfortunately due to my fear I had to take more cans than was necessary. This added up quickly but the traffic in Bali is no joke so if you aren’t comfortable riding a bike than I don’t suggest it as a place to learn. Instead wait for the quite mountain roads of places like Pai, Thailand to hone your skills.

16 Responses to “The Real Cost Of Traveling ~ Bali”
  1. desisonia says:

    wanna try to go there…. 😦

  2. AKrygiel says:

    Awesome post! I’m currently putting together a trip to Asia with hopes to make it to Indonesia, great to see how others have done it! Thanks for this post!

  3. Lavonn says:

    Economies are in dire stairts, but I can count on this!

  4. Norm says:

    Kudos to you! I hadn’t thoguht of that!

  5. What kind of lodging did you stay in?
    P.S. I am absolutely in love with the name “Fluent in Frolicking.” Awesome!

  6. admin says:

    Thanks for all the info! That’s very helpful. Bali is a destination we’ve been talking about recently.

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