A world traveler who has been island-hopping in Asia while working from a laptop. Experienced living in the most remote locations.
Pack Up and Move to Bali—Yes, It's That Easy
It's always a good idea to research a place before you commit to moving there. A new place can be a place of adventure and excitement, but it can also be overwhelming. Today I would like to tell you more about Bali, a beautiful island in Indonesia, and how moving to Bali could be the best decision you ever made.
Bali is a small (ok, not that small) island located in Indonesia. Bali has beautiful beaches, lush forests, and rich culture that will make your experience of living in Bali extremely rewarding.
The Balinese are welcoming people who enjoy life to the fullest. They are dedicated to the well-being of their environment and are very conscious of what they are consuming.
If you are a digital nomad or working online, I want to tell you: pack up and move to Bali; here's why . . .
The Advantages of Bali as a Digital Nomad Destination
Bali is a digital nomad dream come true! I mean sipping coconuts while working from the beach? Yas!
The Balinese culture encourages work-life balance. Therefore, yoga is a lifestyle, and sleeping late is a real thing!
Working from Bali can save you some pennies, and those pennies go a long way in supporting the community.
Let's dive right in; here are three significant advantages of Bali as a digital nomad destination:
1. Bali Is a Tropical Paradise With a Thriving Digital Nomad Scene
Picture this, blue waters, white sand, and the wind blowing in your hair. No, this is not just another beach holiday; this could be your life!
So why not work from a beach club or cute warung (a small local restaurant) with the waves crashing in the background? Not only will you support the locals, but you will feel more relaxed during "working hours."
2. Bali Is a Cheap Place to Live
Bills, bills, bills. Aren't we all trying to run away from those nasty adulting activities? Well, unfortunately, I can't tell you how to undo adulting, but I can tell you how dirt cheap it is to live in Bali.
Decent rent starts from $190 a month—if you know where to look!
The local food like nasi goreng (fried rice), mie goreng (fried noodles), nasi campur (mixed rice with meat, veggies, tempeh, and tofu), and ayam bakar is super cheap- like $1 cheap! Don't forget to add the famous sambal, a local spicy sauce!
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Bali has many cafes and restaurants that have food from all over the world, and you will never run out of ideas for dinner.
3. Bali Is Healthy
Yoga is a serious lifestyle in Bali—or so some believe; however, it's a great way to decompress after a long day of working in front of a laptop. If you are not into yoga, there are many other ways to stay healthy, including pole dancing, MMA boxing, and Crossfit. The possibilities are endless.
Where to Stay as a Digital Nomad in Bali
As a digital nomad, you will find making friends, meeting your needs, and continuing with your career is easier than you expected. You will be able to enjoy everything that Bali has to offer.
Bali has several places you can stay as a digital nomad. A shortlist would include Canggu, Seminyak, Ubud and Uluwatu. These are the most common places with a big ex-pat community.
Canggu is the party place. Every day you can find a party happening somewhere. There are tons of foreigners from all over the world, and it seems like the hotspot for digital nomads.
Seminyak is right next to Canggu but is way quieter! Less traffic and great cafes.
Ubud is usually seen as a hippy village. However, it’s way more spiritual than that.
My favorite spot in the whole of Bali is Uluwatu. Surfers Paradise! I don’t know why but everyone in Ulu is so handsome, long hair surfer vibes. Don’t worry; there are still ex-pats that work online, and you will not feel alone.
What About the Local Balinese People?
As a digital nomad in Bali, you will find the locals are extremely friendly. They will make you feel welcome and provide you with every service available—with the exception of being shy trying to speak English most of the time. Need a driver? Your neighbor will probably be a Grab (similar to Uber) driver. Need a tour guide? Ask anyone in the street!
The best way to get around in Bali is with a scooter. You can rent these on all the street corners, or once again, just ask your neighbor.
Even though the Balinese people are friendly, you should respect them. They are huge on respect. Most Balinese people are Hindus, and they are very proud of their daily offerings and temples. Do not disrespect these, or else your face will appear on “Canggu Pole” (must follow account IG if you are in Bali) or Canggu Facebook groups.
How to Get a Visa for Bali
If you're looking to escape the rat race and start your life over in a new country, then it's time to pack up and move to Bali. The island of Bali in Indonesia is always a good idea for those looking to live in an exotic locale with a tropical climate and top-notch tourist amenities. But if you want to experience the culture and see life the way the Balinese do, then taking the time to get a visa in Bali is one of the most critical steps.
Gaining a visa in Bali is much easier than many people think, and at the same time, you'll get a chance to immerse yourself in Balinese culture. I would highly recommend you apply for a visa through an agent. But make sure the agent is legit; many scams have been going on. You can easily find agents on Facebook and check-reference them in the Canggu Facebook groups.
There are some rules and laws about working in Bali, but technically as a digital nomad, you are safe if you earn money in another country. So, for example, if you work for a marketing agency in the States, get paid in $ and spend all the money in Bali- you should be fine. But don't take my word for it, do your research because there is a big grey area!
On that note, I want to ask—why are you not in Bali yet?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Ilse