One of the questions I’ve had come up a lot from followers since being in Bali is, “Is there a way to do Bali on a budget?”
And the answer is, yes of course.
This trip I have ensured I am comfortable but have not spent a fortune.
So here are some of my budget tips, for a country where it’s easy to get carried away with your spending.
Tips for Doing Bali on a Budget
When it comes to accommodation you have SO many options. Homestays are very reasonable, some at between Â£5-10 per night so if you are coming here for a long time, that nightly fee adds up, but you can get something clean and comfortable.
Another thing to look at if you are coming for a long time are the community housing groups on facebook. There are so many postings of monthly rentals that are much cheaper than looking at airbnb or booking.com. You make a direct agreement with the person whose house it is and you 9 times out of 10 will pay cash.
Bali is a cash country so ensure you call your bank to inform them and that you have a few card options, because the cash machines can be a little tricky at times. For example, our favourite – the Revolut card.
Agoda is a great site for last minute and discounted bookings with a wonderful customer service team! We booked a few places on there and got some great discounted rates.
I would always look for accommodation with a kitchen so I could pop to the local market and whip up a meal myself, rather than eating out all the time.
Another way of saving money while here is to rent a scooter or motorbike to get from A to B. Public transportation in Bali isn’t great. I would recommend getting a lesson though just to ensure you are competent as the roads and the driving here can be a little wild. Of course, say yes to a helmet or ask for one if they don’t offer.
Gas is super cheap and it saves you ordering Gojek or Grab cars or bikes.
Food wise, if you want to eat cheaper, eat local. There are SO many restaurants here, it can be so tough to choose! But the local warungs are really reasonable and usually boast delicious Indonesian food. The less local the ingredients on the menu, the more you can expect to pay.
Entertainment wise, take full advantage of the beautiful nature that Bali has to offer.
Head to the beach, or explore the rice fields. Go chase some waterfalls. All beautiful and all (mostly) free.
(Bar perhaps a parking permit or small entrance fee for some of the waterfalls or a coconut while you watch the sun set – optional of course!)
Hope this helps any of our fellow digital nomads and travellers out there!
Have a great day!