If you don’t know much about South East Asia, you might not know that with the American dollar exchange rate, it’s a pretty cheap destination over all (other than the initial plane ticket). When I was searching for places to stay in Ubud, I found hostels that were only FIVE dollars a night. Yes, you read that right. But if I was going to fly 24+ hours to get to Bali, I wanted to stay somewhere a little nicer than $5 a night. So began the search of where to stay in Ubud on a budget.
If I had a dollar for how many times I got asked how I afford to travel I could probably fly around the world for free! I get it – travel seems expensive. It doesn’t have to be. I spent a week in Bali and only spent $1,000 including my flight. Want to know my secret for going to Bali on a budget?
If you’ve ever been thrown out of your comfort zone in another country, you know it’s not always an easy experience. When in Bali, we stayed in Ubud but knew we had to make it to the beach at least one day of our trip. The problem? The coast can be over an hour away from our hotel and there was no way we were going to drive that. Luckily, hiring a driver for the day in Bali is not only super easy but very inexpensive in comparison to the US. We hired a driver the morning of for a total of ten hours at only $40.00 for the whole day. Now that we had the driver, where did we end up? The Sundays Beach Club in Uluwatu for an easy beach day in Bali.
By far one of my favorite things we did in Bali was take a cooking class. It really allowed us to speak with Balinese people about their culture, ask questions and experience the class from the chef’s home. Plus, we made some really delicious food. There is not a shortage of cooking classes on the island but we picked Lobong Culinary Experience and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
It would be impossible for me to tell you about my trip to Bali in one blog post. It might even be impossible for me to tell you about my trip to Bali in five blog posts. But Bali was a 2017 goal for me and I want to share it with you – so the first way I’m going to do that is by giving you snapshots from Bali.