By far, one of the most common questions I receive about living in Bali has to do with health insurance. It’s a great question too - when you’re living in a new, fun and sometimes strange country it’s only natural to wonder how things might unfold in a medical emergency.
In the West, we have become quite used to having our health insurance taken care of for us. Whether you get health insurance through your job, or you’re lucky enough to live in a country where you get free healthcare, it’s possible you’ve never had to put too much thought into your health insurance plan before.
When you’re living in Bali though, either by yourself or with your family, not having any coverage can be quite dangerous and even downright foolish. While we would all like to believe nothing bad will ever happen to us, and we would certainly hope that’s the case, it’s always wise to be prepared for anything.
That’s why today we’ll be discussing health insurance options for expats in Bali, and how to make sure you’re covered in case of something unexpected. (more…)
Warning: Despite any comments in this post, whether positive or negative regarding arak, it is largely unregulated in Bali and should be consumed at your own risk.
Have you ever wondered how they are able to sell cocktails so cheaply in Bali while liquor prices are through the roof? Or have you ever seen a group of men gathered on the street drinking a mysterious liquid in shot glasses and wondered what it was? The answer to both questions is arak - the traditional Balinese liquor that derives from the palm tree. It has been described as strong, foul, great for a night out but also -- deadly. Is it really though, or is the media getting people all worked up over nothing? (more…)
After several years in Bali learning about the language and culture several of my friends like to joke that I’ve “gone native”. Everyone has a different definition of going native and whether it is a positive or negative thing but that’s all relative.
Sure, I eat rice with my hand (right hand only) most of the time. I also don’t bat an eye anymore as I hear someone talking about mystical events while they grip the latest model Blackberry. I have been here long enough to understand exactly why the Balinese and Indonesians do a lot of the things that they do. There is still one thing that I just can’t wrap my head around (or refuse to) and that is Masuk Angin. (more…)
Dengue Fever, Rabies, Bali Belly and Typhoid all seem like enough things to worry about in Bali already but it looks like one more is going to be added to that list. Legionnaires Disease is the latest thing to cause people to get a little weary of their holiday, but truthfully it really shouldn’t get you too paranoid. Most people make it out of Bali without ever catching any of the other nasties and this one is a bit more rare. Some precautionary measures can still be taken though.
Before you get on the plane you know that there are already a whole bunch of things that need doing first. The most common question that people ask is about vaccinations, which ones are required, which ones are recommended and which ones are not entirely necessary.
The answer is different for different people and will end up with what you feel comfortable with. Many people have lived for years in Bali and Indonesia without ever having a single vaccination or a single problem related to not having one. Your health is important and if you feel that you are better safe than sorry then you should start your vaccination regimen at least a month before departing.