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Living in Bali

Bali is an amazing place to live. Either solo, with a partner or with a family, Bali has options to fit any lifestyle. 

How to work LEGALLY in Bali

How to work LEGALLY in Bali

One of the most important things to consider for your life in Bali is how to make a living here. Finding a job in Bali is not easy, as the Indonesian government would rather give jobs to locals whenever possible. For the jobs that they will allow foreigners to do, it...

Bali cost of living in 2022 will surprise you!

Bali cost of living in 2022 will surprise you!

The Bali Manual 2022 Price Guide will provide you with a useful glimpse into the real cost of living in Bali. The Bali cost of living continues to rise. Some things have gotten very expensive while others have somehow gotten cheaper! But how will this affect the cost...

Learn how to text like a local

Learn how to text like a local

Check out this guide on how to text like a local with Indonesian. It might even trick people into thinking that you're a local, that's if your name doesn't give it away first!!! Bahasa Indonesia is said to be one of the easiest languages in the world to learn. In...

Getting Health Insurance for Living in Bali

Getting Health Insurance for Living in Bali

  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...

2014 Cost of Living in Bali with Price Guide

2014 Cost of Living in Bali with Price Guide

Note: there is a 2016 version of the price list available. I'll give you the link. But before I do, I want to say it's still interesting to read the introduction article here on this page. It's just the price guide itself that you better view here: 2016...

What’s So Bad About the Rainy Season in Bali?

What’s So Bad About the Rainy Season in Bali?

  Every year in Bali, usually somewhere in the months between December and April, rainy season hits. It is definitely not like clockwork and can fluctuate a few months in either direction or skip completely only to bring lots of rain during the months of June to...

Alcohol Banned in Bali? Say It Ain’t So!

Alcohol Banned in Bali? Say It Ain’t So!

  Just last week, many expats, tourists and local boozehounds received a big shock when it was announced that there is currently a bill in place to ban alcohol in Indonesia. While definitely shocking, it is important to take a look at the facts before we start...

Soul-Searching and Outdoor Adventures: Bali is for Everybody

Soul-Searching and Outdoor Adventures: Bali is for Everybody

  This is a guest post from Jason Lowder at Internations.org   Ever since Julia Roberts went soul-searching in Bali’s paradise and managed to snatch up Javier Bardem in “Eat, Pray, Love”, the destination has gained considerable popularity. But whether you...

Christmas Day in Bali for Expats

Christmas Day in Bali for Expats

It is the Christmas season again and just like every year, Bali is CROWDED. Hotels are full to capacity, traffic is congested (even more so than usual) yet somehow it just doesn’t quite feel like Christmas. For North Americans traveling to Bali for Christmas this is...

Moving to Bali Guide

EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Moving to Bali - Finally in One Place Note: ebook updated february 2018. visa section totally renewed updated all prices new chapters on residency /citizenship, taxes, ... more info on finances more info on looking for accomodation...

The Bali Balance – A Lesson in Instant Karma

The Bali Balance – A Lesson in Instant Karma

  The sense of balance that many people feel in Bali is one of the reasons that I would put above almost all others as a reason to be here. Despite the problems that affect Bali from all angles, the island is able to pull off an impressive balancing act that...

Masuk Angin – The Wind That Infected an Entire Nation

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...

The Quest for the Best Babi Guling in Bali

The Quest for the Best Babi Guling in Bali

Babi Guling is easily the most widely known Balinese dish and tourists have even been known to come to Bali just to sample it. The most famous place for Babi Guling would be none other than Ibu Oka in Ubud but it is it really the best? So far I have never known a...

5 Terrorists Killed in Bali Sunday Night, March 18th

Over the years Bali has certainly experienced its share of tragedies at the hands of terrorists, making people weary and on edge as to whether or not that sort of thing will ever happen again. While everyone prays that terrorists will stay far away from Bali, when the...

2 AM Curfew for Kuta Clubs – Is It Realistic?

A drunken, crazy night in Kuta until sunrise is some people’s idea of a great way to spend their time in Bali. Others though couldn’t think of a worse place to be, especially at night while trying to enjoy the serenity that Bali offers while on holiday. Most can agree...

Where are All of the Balinese People in Bali?

Where are All of the Balinese People in Bali?

  As traffic grows more congested and the air and level of noise becomes more polluted, people are often asking themselves why they come to Bali in the first place. For many people the answer is simple, the people and their culture. The Balinese people have probably...

A Closer Look at Inequality as it Exists in Bali

A Closer Look at Inequality as it Exists in Bali

  Many travelers have fallen victim to the overcharging or similar treatment that tourists receive when they are in SE Asia. It can be annoying but usually once you get your head around the language as well as the actual prices of things it can become much...

Blackouts to Begin Again in Bali Starting February 2012

Blackouts to Begin Again in Bali Starting February 2012

We aren’t talking about the type of blackout from too much Bintang, that one goes on all year round throughout Bali in the tourist areas. No, the dreaded electricity blackouts will be coming back again in February of 2012 and is just one of things that we as expats...

Large Earthquake Hits Bali on October 13th 2011

It happens all of a sudden with barely enough time for you to prepare anything before running out of your house. An Earthquake hits without warning and is finished almost as soon as it started. Such an earthquake hit Bali today and luckily it was not as devastating as...

Bali Apartments – Monthly Rentals for a Good Price

When most people make their initial move to Bali, they can be a bit confused about where they will stay while they are searching for their new dream home. Hotels can become quite expensive after a while for anything clean and decent, not to mention the fact that they...

Smartphones in Bali – Which One Will Suit You Best?

Smartphones in Bali – Which One Will Suit You Best?

  Although Indonesia is known for being far behind the rest of the world when it comes to technology, they are pretty up to date when it comes to mobile phones. Almost all Indonesians carry one, and a large majority of mobile phone users carry smart phones as well....

Legionnaires Disease, the Latest Health Threat in Bali

Legionnaires Disease, the Latest Health Threat in Bali

  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...

Extending a 30 Day VOA (Visa on Arrival) in Bali

Extending a 30 Day VOA (Visa on Arrival) in Bali

  Indonesia introduced the extension of the 30 Day VOA (Visa on Arrival) last year, which was to the delight of many travelers and people who come to Bali often. This can be very handy if you are making a last minute trip to Bali where you will be staying more than 30...

Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love vs. the Real Bali

If you take a walk around Ubud these days and pop into its many cafes, you will notice a trend. There are many women there who are on a similar journey as Elizabeth Gilbert took in her now famous book turned movie, Eat, Pray, Love. While Bali is certainly not an...

Goodbye Fiscal Tax, Hello Inflated Customs Tax

More so than most other countries, Indonesia is notorious for making people feel at ease by getting rid of rules or laws that most people don’t like, only to slip some even worse ones in there at the same time. Recently this happened when they announced they would be...

Bargaining for Goods in Bali

Bargaining for Goods in Bali

One thing that will need to become like second nature to keep your living expenses down will be the ability to bargain or haggle. Unless the price is clearly marked, like in a supermarket for example, just about everything in Bali is able to be bargained on. Many...