It's good to know at least a ballpark price tag for you next big trip, especially when you're traveling to the other side of the world. We didn't have much information about what prices to expect in Bali before arriving, so we thought we'd share our findings with you after the fact!
Food & Drink
Food in Bali is cheaper than what you might be used to from the states or Europe, but it's not that much cheaper unless you go outside the city center. While in Bali we experienced meal prices anywhere from 25,000 IDR ($2 USD) to 150,000 IDR ($11.47 USD).
But hey, no matter what you're paying you're bound to get something delicious. Our favorite dish was pork on a stick with peanut sauce. We also enjoyed munching on a traditional Bebek Bengil duck!
Souvenirs & Clothes
As for shopping for clothing items, don't expect any deals when visiting any of the cute boutiques in Bali's favorite tourist areas. We went out for a quick shopping trip one day and ended up spending over $90 USD on just two dresses and one shirt.
If you're looking for some cheap beach clothes try bargain hunting at any outdoor market or souvenir style shop. Even there it's normal to pay about $12 USD for a top and shorts.
If you're coming to Bali with Visa on Arrival you must have an address to put on your form. Before arriving we searched online for hours, hoping to land a pretty little villa, apartment, guest house, or hotel room in walking distance from any reputable beach for under $40/night with wifi, with little to no results.
On our first week we landed ourselves a comfortable stay at a villa in Seminyak, where we mostly stayed in working. For the rest of our stay we made ourselves at home in Ubud, the popular digital nomad city far away from the water. We picked a wonderful hotel, of course, with wifi and a hot shower. Where were all those "five bucks a night" places people talked about?
There are cheap options in Bali. There are hostels for less than $5/night, bungalows with thatched roofs and glassless windows for $7-15/night, guest rooms where you can make friends with locals for unbelievably cheap prices. Those are just not the kind of place for a digital nomad couple who prefers not to wake up to a frog landing on their bed halfway through the night.
This one's a hot issue for anyone planning to actually see some of the island's tourist attractions and landscapes. I'm going to make this short and sweet: by no means will you enjoy walking on foot. Sidewalks in Bali are all broken, unstable, and narrow... that is, if there even if a sidewalk.
Instead of walking we suggest you rent a bike. Prices usually go for a daily price of $3 USD. Renting a car is basically pointless since the traffic on the island is absolutely insane. Keep this in mind when getting back to the airport, too. Bikes can be filled up at pretty much any local souvenir shop - just look for the glass Absolute vodka bottles filled with gasoline.