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by Steve Carrole

Cost of Living in Bali With Price Guide (2010)

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Moving to Bali

 
UPDATE: see the updated version for 2014 here
 

One of the main reasons people have for packing up and moving to the so called Island of the Gods is that you can enjoy a great lifestyle here at a fraction of the price that you can in your home country.

Although Bali is getting more expensive every year, it still has a whole lot of value to offer for the money.  What sort of budget you will need to live on will depend on your lifestyle, but it is possible to live both very cheaply and very lavishly in Bali.  

Here the guide will be focusing on the lower cost side , so you can tell what things are available for if you are willing to put in the effort to try to get them for that price. The thing about Bali is things will either take up your time or your money, your decision.
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by Steve Carrole

Making the Decision to Move to Bali

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Moving to Bali

After deciding what your reason is for making the transition to Bali is, you need to think long and hard whether moving there is really the right decision for you.  This section is in no way trying to convince anyone to not make the move, but it is a pretty big situation and one that needs to be taken seriously.

Most people that have been to Bali before on holiday are filled with beautiful memories of sitting around the pool sipping drinks, finding great bargains while shopping and living a carefree couple of weeks.  While all of those things are still more than possible for the expat lifestyle, things will tend to unfold a little bit differently for the long term resident here.  Many people fall in love with Bali during their initial visits, which could be referred to as a sort of honeymoon period.
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by Steve Carrole

Learning Bahasa Indonesia in Bali

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Bahasa Indonesia | Moving to Bali

One of the things that is so attractive about Bali is that it is so user-friendly in many different ways. Many people live long and fulfilling lives here without ever developing a grasp of Bahasa Indonesia, the country’s national language.

The fortunate thing for you is that if you have the desire to learn to understand and speak Bahasa Indonesia, it is one of the easiest languages out there to learn. The language is much simpler than English as Bahasa Indonesia has no tenses and the grammar is very simple and there is much less focus on the semantics.
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by Steve Carrole

Getting Your Stuff to Bali

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Moving to Bali

One of the questions that most people have about their move to Bali, is how to get all of their stuff over here.

Unfortunately, there really isn’t one simple answer to this question.  Of course the most popular method of shipping goods overseas would be to pack all of your stuff into a container and send it by boat.  If you choose to use this method then your goods will not be able to be shipped directly to Bali, as even though Bali is a popular tourist destination it is still not equipped to be able to handle that level of import and customs.  Your container will arrive (slowly) to the city of Surabaya, which is located in the eastern section of Java, the large island located to the west of Bali.

Difficult

Now most people will assume that since their good are already in the country of Indonesia that the hard part is almost over, but reality, the struggle is just beginning.  Indonesia has a notoriously corrupt government and this goes especially for anything having to with importing goods and dealing with customs.  Horror stories can be heard from many people who have spent thousands of dollars trying to ship their valuables in for their new life in Indonesia only to be faced with numerous problems.

One of the main problems is that customs and import laws in Indonesia are constantly changing and the process of getting your stuff to the port in Surabaya can take so long in itself that the laws often change within that time (or are said to have been changed).  Many people have tried to ship containers over, only to be met with problem after problem until they have just given up and decided to ship their container back to their home country.

Unfortunately there is no right or wrong way of getting all of this done and there is no way of knowing if things will go smoothly or not.  There are agents to smooth over many of these problems but some people have reported experiencing problems with customs that even the agents couldn’t get past.

 

Do you really need to bring everything over?

Things are not all bad though, because you may find it completely unnecessary to bring all of your furniture and personal effects to Bali in the first place.

Many houses and villas for rent in Bali will come completely furnished for you already which would mean all of that furniture that you brought from home would just be taking up extra space.  Also if the place you are interested in renting does not come furnished, it is quite cheap to furnish an entire house with locally made Balinese style furniture.

Of course it may not have some of the memories of your furniture from back home, most agree that living in a Balinese style house complete with Balinese style furniture really helps to make their stay here all the more authentic.

In actuality, it would generally be much cheaper to furnish your entire house with new furniture than it would be to ship all of your old furniture over.

Plus if your lifestyle leads you elsewhere and you eventually decide to leave Bali you can sell your furniture and get a large chucnk of that money back, and not have to worry about dealing with the hassle of shipping all your furniture back home, where it may not arrive for many months.

 

Continue on to What to Bring With You to Bali

 

by Steve Carrole

Getting to Know Your Bali Neighborhood

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Moving to Bali

Now that you have found your dream house it is time to start making things feel like home.  Even though you may be thousands of miles away from what you really consider to be home, the Balinese will generally do a good job at making you feel accepted in your new house and neighborhood.

One of the worst things that you could do if you plan on staying in an area for an extended period of time is to not get acquainted with your neighbors.  In many western countries your neighbors are simply the people that live next door to you that wave to once in a while entering or leaving your house.  In Bali there is a much stronger sense of community and that all works together to keep things running smoothly and keeping the neighborhood safe.
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by Steve Carrole

Getting Internet in Bali

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Living in Bali | Moving to Bali

Probably the most consistently complained about aspect of living in Bali, besides possibly the traffic, is the unbearably slow internet speed and the high price of such a slow service.  It can really be a thorn in your side especially if you are coming from a country that has blazing fast internet for about $30 a month.

The thing to understand is that Bali and for the most part Indonesia as a whole simply does not have the sort of infrastructure to be able to support many of these forms of internet that we are used to and that sort of technology is expensive.  While you may curse the high price of your slow internet compared to your home country, you must also think if the house or villa that you are living in would be available for such a low price in your home country as well.

Eventually the slower pace of things in Bali will set in and you will get used to it, but the good news is that Internet is getting better and better by the day in Bali.  Let’s take a look at some of the internet options available today.  Note that this only covers the provides for the southern area of Bali. (more…)

by Steve Carrole

Deciding Where to Live in Bali

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Moving to Bali

Location will be one of the biggest factors in determining the price of your new humble abode. Luckily, Bali is an extremely diverse island while at the same time keeping many constants throughout the island.

For anyone that is considering the move to Bali, there should be a region that is perfect for your needs, and also areas that you will want to avoid.

Here is a brief breakdown of the different areas on the island.  If you require any more information about a certain city, town or region within this article, if the name of the area is clickable, follow the link on to a more detailed overview.
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