With international borders finally reopening around the world, Australians are returning in droves to their favorite holiday destination.
Bali has been waiting for its regular influx of Australian visitors since the pandemic closed the door between us and Indonesia.
If you need more reasons to don your Bintang singlet and practice your scooter riding, one avid Bali devotee has listed not one but over 50 reasons why she doesn’t want to come home from tropical paradise.
Kay Ward, 31, from the Sunshine Coast, took to the popular Bali Bogans Facebook page to share her pros and cons for returning from her recent holiday.
With just three pros – regular use of tap water, beloved pets and no monkeys trying to steal things – Ms Ward had a heavily weighted cons list.
Among the negative aspects of returning to Queensland, she wrote, was the general courtesy Bali showed to visitors.
“Random people on the street don’t say good morning to me, people don’t offer me a $1 ride even though I’m only a 500m walk to the pub,” Ms Ward wrote of Australia.
Others on her negative list included not being able to sit in a sunset bar pool and sip cocktails when she returned home.
“I need to use the bathroom and can’t pee in the pool (admit it y’all did)” she wrote as a cheating.
She fondly recalled her experience of having a “beer cycle” where she had one too many.
“(In Australia) I don’t have a local Beer Cycle on a Thursday night that hustles me around for two hours while having as many drinks as possible, cheering on the people on the street, only to get off at the end of the tour and realize how many.” I’ve destroyed Bintangs and Smirnoffs and realize how drunk I actually am,” she wrote.
“Then pedaling all the way to Mexicola only to realize the place is a sauna and all the unlimited bintangs have gone to my head and going home is probably the best idea I had all night.”
“Then the next day when you’re hungover as hell watching the Beer Cycle on their next tour and see a bunch of drunks in Hawaiian shirts and Bintang hats yahoon and you’re so sick from the night before you sit and think.” What for a bunch of damn drongos from Bali Bogan who forgot you sat in that exact seat last night.”
Ms Ward, who first visited Indonesia in 2019 before the pandemic, has just returned from a three week holiday and has mastered the art of being a Bali tourist and offers some valuable information to those planning their first visit.
“Use reputable exchange offices, don’t drink water, use Gojek for taxis. Pickpocketing is a big deal over there,” Ms Ward told NCA NewsWire.
“Book a driver,” she said.
“I use ‘Like a Sunrise Transport’. The lady who runs this is Australian, she does everything. Just tell her where you want to go, what you want to do and she will organize the tours.
“See the sights. Tip everyone. Trade for anything. Respect the culture.”
Ms Ward said any solo travelers looking for Australians to ‘hang out’ with at night should head to Billy’s 69 pub in Legian.
“This is where all the Aussies go,” she said.
“Live music every night, great cocktails and everyone is super friendly and welcoming for solo travellers.”
Ms Ward ended her pro/con list with an urgent message for those about to travel.
She stressed the importance of supporting locals, who have been made difficult by the pandemic, and urged travelers to stop complaining about airport delays.
“They do everything they can. Everyone is understaffed, please just be thankful we can travel again. Don’t take things for granted. Life is way too short,” she wrote.
“If you can, please come back to Bali. Support the locals after COVID. If you can afford to tip $5 for every meal, do it. Tip when you can, shop as you please, book tours, see the sights, indulge in luxuries and understand the culture.
“Do what you can, say please and thank you, respect their culture, listen and laugh, be happy and enjoy everything Bali has to offer.”