5 reasons to love :
1. Bali is so close to Australia compared to many other warm and tropical places like Hawaii and the Bahamas. This is a total bonus because it is a direct and easy flight that goes by so quickly that you forget about the plane ride because once you arrive, you are soaked, literally, in the hot and humid weather
2. There is never a cold day. While in Bali it rained twice and only did the weather drop a degree. The coldest day I had in Bali was 27° and it wasn't even raining. So if you get to Bali and there is unexpected rain you will no doubt find the heat exhaustingly nice. Even the rain in Bali is warm.
3. The people in Bali are so nice! Every street you walk down you will see smiling faces and welcoming hi's and hello's. Not once did I encounter a rude local or hotel guest and that makes the whole atmosphere of Bali so much nicer and welcoming. Bali is so diverse and everyone is always ready for a chat!
4. Wherever you dine in Bali you will never be disappointed! The food in Bali is so amazing and diverse, every restaurant and cafe has a different flavour or culture to offer, you are always surrounded by wonderful smells and culture!
5. It is sooo relaxing. I found myself multiple times throughout my trip doing nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, just soaking in some vitamin d and founding a new admiration for palm trees. It is so nice to have a break from a busy city life style and to purely go sit and be with your thoughts!
Reasons against :
1. Bali is actually badly polluted. Walking down the street to get the the shopping areas is not so pleasant (Seminyak) because you walk past polluted rivers/streams that run into the ocean that are filled with rubbish and it is a horrible sight to see locals throwing rubbish into them like it is a tip. Not only are the rivers and stream polluted but sometimes you will get a whiff of sewerage and it is no surprise to see open sewerage pipes… It definitely puts you off
2. A tip for Bali is to avoid taxis as much as you can. There is an unthinkable amount of traffic constantly blocking the roads of Bali and you will often find yourself in a standstill realising that it would probably be faster for you to get out of the cab and walk. But a plus of being in a taxi is that most of them have very efficient air conditioning so if you go out in the middle of the day, get a taxi to avoid over heated.
3. Being on the street of Bali is dangerous. It is rare to find a proper sidewalk where drivers are fully aware of the pedestrians. When walking on the street you always have to be so aware of your surrounding because there is always that motorcyclist or driver who doesn't really know what their doing that will come hurdling down the road.
4. You can't go out at night alone. Upon arrival at your hotel or villa you are advised not to go out at night but if you are to do so then to go in a group. As the side walks of Bali are basically non-existent it makes pedestrians invisible to drivers and the last thing you want is to be injured on your holiday. Not only is walking on the streets dangerous but foreigners are often targeted for robberies so you are recommended to always have a tight grip on your bag. But be reminded that not every local is out to get you!
5. You can't drink tap water. It is very dangerous to drink the tap water in Bali because it is not always filtered properly so this means that there is all kind of harmful bacteria in the water which can end up giving you the infamous 'Bali belly'. It is annoying always having to get bottled water or carry it around but it is a safety precaution that everyone should take
So this leaves you with an important question; is it really worth going to Bali?
Well, yes! Living in Melbourne means living in cold conditions so it is nice to go into a nice tropical place with great food and without the price tag of a trip to Europe!