When it comes to planning a backpacking trip or a holiday, it is a common wish to know exactly how much to budget per day. That’s probably the reason you’re here, right?
That way you can know exactly how much to save for your trip and then it reduces the anxiety about ‘running out of money’. Totally understandable.
The truth is though, it’s very hard to tell you exactly how much you’ll spend a day because it depends on so many things.
All of the above will vary your spending quite significantly if you let it.
It also depends on how much you are willing to hunt down a bargain, haggle for a better price or sacrifice quality for money saving.
Sure, Bali can be done on the cheap, but it shouldn’t be assumed that Bali is cheap. It still has all your pricey hotels and establishments.
With tourism increasing and spreading throughout the country by the day, western establishments are popping up all over the show and setting an example as to what money people visiting, are capable of spending.
It’s becoming more and more effort to find the cheap homestays, the authentic experiences and the ‘real Bali’, though fear not it is still there.
If you decide to stay in local accommodation, for example a homestay, there is likely a deal to be found the longer your stay. As for the western hotels (e.g. W Hotel) the price is the price, just as you would expect.
Bali is definitely not as cheap as it was when I visited in 2013, but when compared to the likes of Europe and the America, life here really does come come at a fraction of the price.
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Always consult your GP or nurse about jabs you may need for your travels. The NHS has lots of information about getting vaccinated before your trip. A rough guide…
These vaccinations can be done for free on the NHS, but there can be a long waiting list. Going private is much quicker, but comes at a cost!
Also consider getting vaccinated against rabies (£120-£180 on the NHS) and taking tablets for malaria if you’re going to a rural/jungle area.
Transport in Bali is similar to the likes of the rest of Asia. The roads are pretty hectic and no one really sticks to their lanes… that’s if there are any lanes. The infrastructure isn’t like it is here in the UK or in the US and so taking to the roads with your own vehicle, as a tourist, is considered dangerous.
That’s not to say you should scrap the idea completely though. I for one have ridden multiple scooters in Asia. You will just need to be super switched on and maybe try and avoid the busy areas and peak times to make your life that little bit easier. After all, hiring a moped is the cheapest way to get about and explore.
Example transport prices in Bali:
Homestays are usually rooms / buildings located within the home or grounds of a local. They provide a cheap place to stay and are a great way to cut costs but remain with everything you need to be comfortable.
Price estimate £5 – £15 a night for a 2 person stay and most homestays won’t be advertised online. They are honestly everywhere in Bali though so it’s time to be spontaneous and just turn up to find one!
I didn’t find as many hostels in Bali as I did in the likes of Australia and NZ, though there are certainly a few to be found. I absolutely loved my stay in Umahku Hostel in Seminyak which was like £6 a night – nuts!
Price estimate £4-7 a night
You can get some great deals on stunning villas and hotels in Bali, take a browse on Booking.com or my absolute FAVOURITE accommodation source AirBnb. The AirBnbs in Bali are next level. You can get the most unique experience for a fraction of the cost of a western resort. Search here and get £15 off your first booking.
Price estimate £20-40 per night
There are western resorts just as there are in any other tropical destination in the world and of course these come at a cost. Don’t think that just because it’s Bali it’s cheap! Saying that, the resorts are beyond stunning and the nature and service of the Balinese people is just gorgeous so I can imagine these resort stays are worth every penny.
Price estimate £60-100 per night
Bearing in mind that 10,000RPH = £0.60
Bearing in mind… If you are travelling solo and don’t hunt down a hostel, the accommodation will eat into your budget as you’ll be paying for a twin or double room for just one person.
What are your top budgeting tips? I’d love to know!
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