IndonesiaIn recent years, Bali has appeared very high in the rankings of the best destinations for digital nomads, those workers who travel with computers. The island offers many advantages: reasonable cost of living, beaches, welcoming population, good Internet connection, numerous WiFi cafes, multiplication of coworking spaces, proximity to the rest of Asia to continue your journey. Vietnam, Thailand and Mexico are also popular destinations
The weather: Dry season is between April and September. Bali receives the most visitors during July & August. Temperatures are pretty steady all year round. During Bali's dry season beaches are generally clean and Bali has a chance to show its pretty side. One can still expect occasional rainfall though, sometimes even the locals are surprised how dry a week during the rainy season can be and the other way around.
The average year-round temperature stands at around 26-27°C with a humidity level of about 85-90%. Water temperatures are always pleasant. The two seasons are not clear cut and fully predictable. During the rainy season which is typically from October to March Bali becomes quieter. The sea is rougher, the beaches and the sea in the south (Kuta, Legian, Seminyak) can be quite dirty due to debris washed onto the shore during January and February. It's not happening always, but it can happen and depends on wind conditions and currents.
Internet: Bali is well-known among tourists for its sheer natural beauty and wild touch, is well connected nowadays. Many coffee shops within the area provide free access to WIFI, with a decent range of speed from 100-200KB/s. Besides, you'll be able to get yourself a prepaid SIM card at an affordable price since Bali have wide 3G coverage, though it's going to be slow occasionally.
There are quite a number of coffee shops offering Free Wifi in the Legian / Seminyak area and Kuta area.
Safety: It’s relatively safe in Bali, however, we need to be highly aware of thieves and robberies. Pay attention to your bag, do not tempt thieves, make sure the house is supervised and properly closed, secure your objects and valuables, etc. The roads are in fairly good general condition but often poorly maintained, with many potholes, very busy, crossed by cows, squatted by dogs ... It should be considered that road traffic, even if it is regulated, is organized in a rather chaotic way.
Cost of living: Indonesia’s official currency is Rupiah. 1$= 14,843 Rupiah. You should know one thing, in Bali, it is often more expensive to cook than to go to the small Warung (bistro) on the corner.
A single person will be able to be satisfied with an income of 1000 to 1700 dollars a month, without great luxury and with resourcefulness. It’s estimated that one has to spend from $300 – $1000 for rental during a month, excluding the amount spent on food, health care, and other expenses.
A little advice: if the prices are not displayed (which is often the case in small Warungs, ask for the price BEFORE ordering. Otherwise, seeing that you are not local, they tend to charge a little more the price at the end.
As a matter of fact, imported goods are quite pricy, but many people are happy to generously spend their money on the few products they might miss from back home. You’ll find all the fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, and fish at the local markets, and a ride to the local shops for other basics like coffee, milk, and cheese, will stock the cabinets nicely. Cars are imported in Bali, so you might want to choose to buy a scooter to comfortably drive around.
When the island opened up to tourism in the 1970s, the majority of visitors were surfers, which contributed to the rise of the Kuta district. What was once a tiny muddy lane laid out for a horse rickshaw has now grown into one of the busiest, bustling, and noisiest places on the island. A must-see for arriving tourists, Kuta is a lively area with restaurants and shops. Traffic jams are constant there, as are the noises coming from the many clubs that line the streets.
Its nickname is “Kuta's chicest sister” since the region first established itself as an extension of Kuta, welcoming those who could not settle there. Although located just 15 minutes from Kuta, Seminyak has a more upscale lifestyle, and therefore more expensive. From sumptuous hotels and gourmet restaurants, via highways and great choices of designer boutiques, Seminyak is decidedly a class above its “sister”.
Canggu is the rising star of the moment. Only six years ago, the district was just a humble seaside village surrounded by black sand beaches and less than 10 expatriates. Today, this sleepy village has awakened to become such a vibrant residential area that it may seem too westernized for some people. Moreover, it is nicknamed "Kampala Bule" or village of foreigners. This is reflected in prices, which are slowly approaching the European level. And if you want to mingle with Indonesians by moving to Bali, the operation may be difficult in Canggu.
Considered as the capital of Yoga ... Ubud is the preferred destination for those seeking tranquility and proximity to nature. Located in the Gianyar area, Ubud is surrounded by a lush forest where the Ayung, a sacred river flows. If the district is congested with the massive influx of tourists, it has retained its charm. Ubud is generally quieter than its southern counterpart, with plenty of vegan/vegetarian restaurants, a yoga studio, and meditation and healing spaces. A perfect place for those who want to relax.
Outpost– Canggu & Ubud
Kinship Studio – Berawa
Hubud – Ubud
Dojo Bali – Canggu
Cafe Vespa- Ubud
Caramel Patisserie and Cafe
Tuck & Trap, Kerobokan
Buro Concept Store & Coffee, Petitenget