Moving to Bali, Indonesia
Last updated on May 08, 2023
Summary: Many expats are drawn to Bali, Indonesia for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and laid-back lifestyle. The cost of living is relatively low compared to other parts of the world, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their budget. The warm climate and abundance of outdoor activities, such as surfing, diving, and hiking, make it a great place to enjoy an active lifestyle. Additionally, the friendly locals and welcoming atmosphere make it easy for expats to settle in and feel at home.
What do I need to know before moving to Bali?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bali, they said:
"Expats should be aware of the visa requirements and options for staying in Bali, such as tourist visas, social-cultural visas, and retirement visas. They should also research the cost of living, which can vary depending on lifestyle choices and location within Bali. It is essential to understand the local customs and culture, as Bali is predominantly Hindu, and respecting the local traditions is crucial. This includes dressing modestly, especially when visiting temples, and being mindful of local ceremonies and rituals. Expats should also be prepared for the tropical climate, which can be hot and humid, with a rainy season from October to April. It is essential to stay hydrated and protect oneself from the sun and mosquitoes. Healthcare facilities in Bali may not be up to the standards of Western countries, so expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance and consider getting vaccinations before moving. The official language in Bali is Indonesian, but Balinese and English are also widely spoken. Expats should make an effort to learn some basic Indonesian phrases to help with daily interactions. Housing options in Bali can range from traditional Balinese homes to modern villas and apartments. It is essential to research the different areas and neighborhoods to find a suitable place to live. Transportation in Bali mainly consists of motorbikes, cars, and taxis. Expats should be cautious when driving, as traffic can be chaotic, and road conditions may not be ideal. The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is the local currency, and expats should familiarize themselves with the exchange rates and local banking options. Finally, expats should be aware of the potential natural hazards in Bali, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and take necessary precautions to stay safe," said one expat in Bali.
How do I find a place to live in Bali?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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