Among these are some of the most common blunders, which may appear inconsequential at the time but can have disastrous results. We’ve compiled this guide to help you make the most of your stay on the island by giving you a heads-up on typical problems and how to avoid them.
The development of Bali as a major island tourist destination has been fast. The traffic in Kuta a decade ago is unlikely to remain the same when you return. As a reminder, Bali is not just about Kuta and Legian; there is so much more to experience, and you might want to plan on staying in more than one place on your Bali tour package.
Plan your trip accordingly
People’s tastes in travel are as diverse as the people who take them. If you’re planning a trip to Bali, it’s good to know when the weather is most pleasant so that you don’t overheat and spoil your trip.
This period between May and August is ideal for overland touring because of the low humidity levels and beautiful blue skies. From October through April, the weather is most likely cloudy and rainy. The Bali Kite Festival, held in the breezy months of June to August, can only be seen if you plan your trip accordingly.
Overpacking is a typical blunder, especially when visiting Bali. It would be best if you don’t take your thick sweaters or expensive shoes because you’ll most likely not wear them while you’re in the country. If you need a new shirt, shorts, or shoes, Bali has a plethora of shops to choose from.
Haggling at Bali’s art markets and souvenir stores may be an enjoyable aspect of your vacation. On the other hand, traveling with small children necessitates bringing along additional items such as their favorite toys and books.
Improper Rupiah conversion before your travel
One typical blunder made by first-time visitors to Bali is exchanging huge sums of Rupiah at historically low rates back home. Since the currency rate in Bali is virtually always better, this isn’t necessary.
Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards in hotels and restaurants, and ATMs are widely available. You won’t have to lose your convenience or peace of mind by carrying a large wallet.
keep track of your money
Make sure you’re happy with the exchange rates before handing over your cash to a random money changer in Bali. Make sure to check your money again after swapping it.
If you don’t count your money in front of the money changers on the side of the road, you could run out of bills in the end. Be careful! Do not hand over your cash until after the recount has been completed.
Neglecting the influx of tourists in Bali
With each passing decade, Bali’s traffic has become more congested. Ask your hotel concierge about the best routes and travel times ahead of time when you’re planning a trip. Locals may be the only ones aware of a temple procession taking place along a specific route and at a specific time. In the same way, if you have to catch a plane, you should leave early.
When you call a cab, keep in mind things like traffic safety. Some drivers may stop at the most convenient location for you, but not all of them will do the same thing. When renting a scooter, bring your driver’s license and wear a helmet.
Being uninsured while on a trip
Traveling without insurance is a big no-no. The number of people who have to turn to Facebook or GoFundMe after an accident to pay their medical bills is too high. It could happen to anyone!
Being in the same place for too short of a time
Bali is more than just Kuta and Legian, as most first-time visitors should know. Besides the well-known tourist attractions in Bali, many other places are well worth seeing. The rugged east coast, the quiet north, and the central highlands are just a few examples of these exclusion zones.
It would be best if you plan your itinerary around the location of your hotel and factor in the estimated travel time by land. Alternatively, booking independent hotels may be a better option if you intend to stay for an extended period.
International mobile data and roaming calls are expensive. Your hotel has free Wi-Fi, but you’ll need to use smartphone applications like Google Maps or the latest currency exchange rates to get about during Bali’s rush hour.
Switching your home SIM card on your smartphone to a prepaid local network provider is always a good idea. Airport service counters, convenience stores, and supermarkets sell SIM cards with call and data credit.