So a funny thing happened today. As I was uploading a file to my Google Drive I noticed I’m almost out of space. A little alert at the left of my screen was prompting me to update my storage.
I started searching through my files to see what I could delete. I stumbled upon a file from three years ago titled “Bali Spending”. As procrastination starred me dead in my face, I decided to stop what I was doing and finally…FINALLY write a blog about our spending in Bali.
Three Summers ago our family of three went on a Summer Vacation to Southeast Asia. We visited multiple countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, and Cambodia (I think I’m missing one). I had a plan to share EXACTLY what we spent while in Bali. Everyday I wrote in a little notebook every meal, activity and taxi ride. To the point where David was annoyed and Levi would remind me, “mom are you going to write that down?”. It was so tedious, I think once we left Bali and I uploaded the numbers to a Google Doc, I was over it!
So here we are, three years later and I’m sharing what we spent. Why?
Well, I’m in a Facebook group called Wandering Moms. It’s grown SO much over the past few years. But one of the many questions moms ask is…How Much?! They want to know how much they should budget for travel? What’s the REAL cost of international trips with kids? Once it’s all said and done, how much are people actually spending? I figured I’d help answer this question in Bali! I’d take one stop on our 2 month vacation and share what we spent.
We spent just under three weeks in Bali, here are a few disclosures:
- Two of our accommodations were split with a friend. She had one villa and my family had the other. I can’t remember if the price includes that split or if it’s the full price.
- I tried to find the price of our flights from Hong Kong to Bali, but failed. We flew Air Asia that Summer and David definitely remembers our flights were super cheap!
- The only hotel we booked in advance was Seminyak Lagoon All Suites. I wanted to wait until we arrived in Bali to book the rest of our accommodation. With that being said, we didn’t get the best deals because we booked the day of or the day prior to arrival.
Alright, so here is a quick glimpse image and below that is a more detailed breakdown of what we spent along with a few links!
|Seminyak Lagoon All Suites||$4,424,996.00||$313.64USD|
|Pandawa Beach||$180,000.00||12.76 USD|
|Eternal Homestyle Dining||$182,000.00||12.90USD|
|Bamboo Beach Bar||$125,000.00||8.86USD|
|Room Service Tip||$7,000.00||0.50USD|
|Legian 27 Cafe||$30,000.00||2.13USD|
|TJ’s Mexican Restaurant||$144,400.00||10.24USD|
|Black Pit Coffee||$40,000.00||2.84USD|
|Legian 27 Cafe||$370,000.00||26.23USD|
Cafes, Groceries, Laundry, Miscellaneous:
|Food Mart Groceries||$160,000.00||11.34USD|
|Turtle Island & Boat||$850,000.00||60.25USD|
|Finding Dory Movie||$120,000.00||8.51USD|
|Sanur Beach Boat||$30,000.00||2.13USD|
|Lumbung Sari Coffee||$300,000.00||21.26USD|
|Galuh Art Shop Souk||$728,000.00||51.60USD|
|Mt. Batur Hike||$1,200,000.00||85.06USD|
|Smart Salon Spa||$415,000.00||29.42USD|
So there it is!
We spent $2,096.32 USD.
I possibly missed a coffee here and there or, some random purchase.
We spent more than we planned (#happenseveryvacation) and a few activities we decided to skip. We can always go back! Malachi needs a chance to visit some Bali beaches!
Your family can spend a lot less in Bali than we did. And, obviously you can spend a lot more!
Bali is a very affordable place to visit solo or as a family. Getting there is usually the dilemma for people in North America. If you’ve been thinking a lot about visiting Southeast Asia, GO! It’s a wonderful experience for families and it’s possible to do it with a conservative budget if needed.
A few things I wished I knew:
- Find a local driver you like and stick with him!
- Decide on the total cost of your drive in advance with your driver!
- Don’t count on taxis or Uber being readily available. When going to a beach or activity 30 minutes or more away from your hotel, hire a driver for the day or half-day. It’ll save you so much worry and stress!
- The mosquitoes are ridiculous!! Buy mosquito repellent in Bali. I feel like the spray I had from Hong Kong was like Bath & Body works candy lotion for them and they bit right through it. Get you some LOCAL bug spray!
- Hotel and Villa bedroom doors don’t really close. That’s it. I wish I would have prepared my mind for that reality. I don’t do spiders, I don’t do bugs and I’m seriously allergic to mosquitos. There is some type of crack or opening somewhere – just be prepared!