Another country down, another month of expenses to talk about. The last place I shared with you was Bangkok, which you can read about here if you’re curious. Today, I’m going to give you the insight of how much the actual cost of living in Bali was for me. My entire life I always thought Bali was a tropical paradise, which meant living there was out-of-my-league expensive. However, when I did some research before visiting, I found that not to be the case at all! Reading about other personal travel bloggers numbers showed me that it is actually affordable. I saw monthly average amounts being around $800, so let’s see how I compare.
Before getting into my expenses, I’d like to take this moment to announce that I was a millionaire in Bali. It was fun quoting Trump’s “millions and millions and millions” when I opened my wallet. In all seriousness though, their currency is just insanely large numbers for such low amounts. 1,000,000 IDR equals 70 USD.
The following is a list of all my expenses throughout the 28 days I spent in Bali:
- Restaurant: $57.69 (16 times)
- SIM Card + Data: $11.10 (2 times)
- Snacks: $13.66 (17 times)
- Travel: $15.36 (5 times)
- Household Items: $10.70 (6 times)
- Groceries: $31.94 (18 times)
- Alcohol: $16.93 (4 times)
- Entertainment: $3.70 (1 time)
- Accommodation: $395.99 (28 days)
Uh, what?! Not even $600 spent for a month’s cost of living in Bali? Seems impossible, but these numbers are as real as it gets. I remember when I visited Canada for 10 days back in 2016 and I spent $600 during that time. That was before I was travel savvy and knew how to cut costs. Like my pro-tip of staying in Airbnb’s versus hotels.
You might think that I was doing the bare minimum during this month, but that’s not the case. In fact, I discovered an app called Go Jek (trust me, you’ll love it) and ordered pizza and pasta quite frequently during my last week there. Now that I think about it, too much pizza. Oops. I even spent New Years on the beach, which was literally a blast. I have burn marks on my towel and legs to prove it. Anyways, that was a cost of 100% free. Best fireworks I’ve seen in my entire life. Oh, and those were the first fireworks that I’ve ever seen in person on New Years. Sounds a little sad, but it can’t get any more memorable than that!
My accommodation wasn’t fancy by any means, but the first place I lived included daily cleaning. I’m even embarrassed to say they washed my dishes. The second place had it’s own pros, you can read all about that Airbnb experience here. Both places were located about 10 minutes to the beach, in terms of driving. You really can’t beat that for the price!