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How to Visit Bali for Cheapppp

How to Visit Bali for Cheapppp

You probably want to go to Bali. You’ve seen the Insta pics, talked to friends who’ve gone and maybe saw my Insta stories from my recent trip.

Let me tell you, it’s just as awesome as it looks.


The beaches are amazing.

The culture is incredibly energizing.

The locals are super hospitable.

And one of the greatest things is that it’s cheap af.

Over the course of my two week trip I tracked all of my spending to let you know exactly how much I spent so you too can make it happen.

How cheap?

  • I hardly spent over $5 on a meal

  • I got an hour massage for $7

  • $6 / day for a scooter

  • Hostels / Airbnb’s cost from $7 - $20 per night

  • Scuba diving for $68

So how much did the full trip cost?

Flights, two weeks in Bali, a 9 hour layover in Seoul, Ubers to and from the ATX airport, airport food and everyyyyything door to door cost $795.58 (click to check out the full breakdown)

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1) Credit Card Hacking

If you don’t read anything else, read this!!

One of my biggest keys to being able to travel for cheap is using credit card miles.

I didn’t pay for my flight to Bali which saved me $1100.

I have hardly payed for a flight in the last three years and it all comes down to credit card hacking.

Long story short, tons of credit cards offer sign up bonuses for using their card.

If you sign up and spend $Z in the first Y months, you’ll get XX,XXX points.

If you have a decent credit score and are financially responsible I HIGHLYYYYY SUGGEST DIVING INTO THE WORLD OF CREDIT CARD HACKING!!!!

The top card for this is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. If you spend $4,ooo in the first 3 months you’ll earn 60,000 points which are worth $750 in flights ✈️

For $750 you can get close to getting a free flight to Bali but that can def cover a free flight to Europe, Colombia or quite a few other locations.

Not sure you can spend the minimum? There’s services that allow you to pay rent with a credit card. Always shop at the same grocery store? Buy a gift card to cover the next month or so. Get creative with it, reach the minimum and get a free flight.

*****If you run a business you can super ninja with this, hit me up for more in-depth info.

2) Hostels

One of my favorite things in the world is staying at hostels. I spent 7 months sleeping in 12 person dorm rooms with bunk beds, rallying crews to mission to the grocery store for supplies to cook dinner and play drinking games with people from around the world.

If you’ve never stayed in a hostel, dooooooo ittttttttt

If you never stay at a hostel you’re missing out on life.

It’s super easy to book a hostel through Hostel World.

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Take a look. Those prices in my favorite area of Bali range from $4-$20 per night.

I didn’t book any hostels ahead of time.

Most of them were booked either the day before or same day. Same with Airbnb’s. There was tons of availability so having the flexibility to make on the fly decisions far outweighs the routine.

Even Airbnb’s were cheap, evening out to about the same price per person if you split the cost with your SO or homie or whatever.

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3) Eating and Drinking

Usually the biggest costs for travel are 1) Flights 2) Sleeping 3) Food

None of that was expensive in Bali and especially the food.

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Most of these delicious meals were under $4!!

One of my favorite meals was the traditional Mie Goreng noodles at the super rad Flying Pig Hostel for 30,000 rupiah which is literally $2.

Usually drinking is a huge cost but not in Bali 🍻

Bintangs, their local pils, are about 35,000 everywhere which is a bit over $2.

Most meals, which can definitely be very healthy, including a juice or coffee end up being about 100,000 which is $7-ish.

2 weeks in Bali for $795 = $57 / day

And it can definitely be done cheaper.

Not once did I not spend what I thought I needed to spend.

And for not that much more you can ballllll outttttt in Bali.

Or grab some homies and split some of the cost and spend less.

But regardless, all of this is to say GO TRAVEL!!!!!

Do it while you’re young, while you can still stay in hostels, while you can live out a backpack. It’s easier than you think and is literally the best decision you can make in your life, promise.

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9 Hour Layover in Seoul

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