How to move to Bali?

Although we’ve experienced so much this year, from dirty rooms in India, trekking in Nepal and Mentawai jungle (and we love the challenge!) it’s also nice to settle down for some time. If we had the money, we would probably stay for a longer period in Ubud. Bali is a country within a country. It’s small and you don’t need much time to go somewhere, roads are good, petrol is cheap, nature is beautiful, people are friendly, religion is Balinese hinduism which is very open, beaches and mountains are close, Lombok, Flores, Australia and all other interesting destinations are close. Food is good and coffee is even better, the air smells of incense and clove cigarettes. Who wouldn’t want to live here? πŸ™‚ But how?


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1. Visa.
2-month visa, that you arrange before your arrival (in your home country or other, we had ours done in Thailand), can be extended four times for one month, altogether that means 6 months (extension cost: 50 eur). Then you need to do the visa run, which means you just need to leave the country and get another 2-month visa (whatever round flight is the cheapest).
Visa costs for 1 year: 500 eur.

2. Accommodation.
Sounds complicated but it’s not. You can find apartments, small houses, villas and even hotels to rent here. Monthly cost for a small, one bedroom house is around 400 eur, all costs included (even weekly cleaning).

3. Job.
Ideally, you would have a job at home, working online, European salary, Indonesian expenses πŸ™‚ Mist of the time, that’s not possible. They’re looking for people who speak good English because of the many tourists, yoga and meditation are very in or even something else.

4. Expenses.
Let’s calculate the expenses for one year, living in Bali with a mid-range budget.
– house rent: 4800 eur
– visas: 500 eur
– visa run: 100 eur
– food (400 eur/month): 4800 eur
– motorbike, car: 1200 eur
– extra: 1200 eur

Alltogether, 13000 eur, which is a bit more than 1000 eur/ per month with a mid-range budget. And if you have someone crazy enough who would go with you, are the expenses even lower, 7800 eur/person or 650 eur/month.

Now, that’s something to think about πŸ™‚

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2 Comments on “How to move to Bali?

  1. Hi guys, I’m a fan from Italy (but I’m living in Germany now). I and my gf found your blog in february because we were about to go in Sri Lanka and we were looking for information/reviews/tips about from other tourists. The name “I need toilet paper” is great and it’s also an evergreen tip! I just wanted to tell you that we follow you in your travel and that your blog and the articles are outstanding! All the best! Daniele

    • Hello Greg and Daniele πŸ™‚ Yaaaaaay! Thanks so much for your kind words. We’re happy that you like it! We love making it and it’s good to hear that we have some fellow supporters. If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to stop by πŸ™‚

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