Living in Bali on Less than $28 per day - Indonesia

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We are a traveling nomad family that lives on a budget of $1,000 per month per adult - which is roughly $32.88 per adult per day. The expenses outlined below are for 2 people and are in United States dollars (USD). So, as a couple our budget is set for $65.75 per day or $2,000 per month. That number is a LOT to some people, and almost nothing to others - but it’s a decent budget for us to show you that traveling forever really is possible, even without a million dollars!

  • This isn’t money that we’ve saved up to travel the world either - it’s money that we earn each month from methods that we teach in our Nomad Guide. So, as the money comes in each month, we use it to pay for our travels - and you can do it too!

We learned a lot during our first year of travels, which is probably the best year to reflect upon if someone is trying to transition to a nomadic lifestyle themselves (the transition is more in-touch with where you are now).

  • You can learn more about the years that follow by checking out our “Living in…” series which cover our budgets and a few interesting stories that we’ve had while traveling in these countries.

Apart from earning money from blogging and investment dividends, we also earn money from a few social apps and have learned how to save money quite well while traveling. These methods can be learned here:

Without further ado, here is our Bali, Indonesia budget breakdown and how we lived on less than $28 USD per day per adult. Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions.

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Bali, Indonesia

June 30, 2019 - July 29, 2019

Total Number of Days

29 days (29 nights, technically that means we had 30 days)

Total Expense

$1,840.80 USD
NOTE: $1,589.90 not including airfare to Malaysia - why mention this? Because everyone’s airfare to Malaysia will be dependent on where they are from. The other expenses - while in Malaysia - should be comparable for everyone.

Average Daily Cost per Adult

NOTE: $27.41 per adult WITHOUT airfare to Malaysia.

If you’re considering a trip to Bali for the first time, we recommend reading 14 Important Things to Know Before Visiting Bali - Indonesia before you go!



Because we spent most of our time in Ubud, most of the things that we did are based around the Ubud area this time. However, there were a few things that we did out near Kuta as well.

Transportation (airlines, taxis, trains, subways, buses, etc.)


  • Airlines: $250.90
    The airline tickets to get to Bali from Singapore was fairly cheap, but they still took up 56% of our total Bali transportation costs.

  • Personal Driver: $193.59





  • Groceries: $115.95

  • Fast Casual Type Restaurants: $142.48

  • Dine-in (table service) Restaurants (including Warungs): $351.42
    Some of our favorite restaurants are listed here: Where to Eat in Ubud, Bali. However, we also listed our favorite restaurant in Kuta in our Western Bali Temple tour article below.

  • Pastry Shops / Cafe’s: $29.42

  • Convenience / Street Food: $9.44



  • Local Attractions: $77.65
    This included Balinese Massages, a Legong Dance at the Saraswati Temple, and a Kecak Ramayana & Fire Dance at Pura Dalem in Ubud

  • Cultural Sites: $46.69
    This included entrance to Goa Gajah, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, the Pura Tirta Empul Water Temple, the Pura Mengening Water Temple (donation), the Blangsing Waterfall (Tegenungan Waterfall), and the Western Bali Temple Tour which included Alas Kedaton, Taman Ayun (Mengwi), and Tanah Lot Temple.



  • Travel Patches for Bali, Malaysia, and Singapore: $11.20

  • Hygiene items / Bathroom supplies: $18.19

  • Laundry Machines & Soap: $16.63

  • Phone SIM & Data: $14.21

  • Donations: $1.57

  • Other Items: $10.38


What does this not include?

  • Life Insurance 

  • Berkshire Hathaway Travel Insurance + Medical (annual cost of $328 for a family of 3 - ask us how)

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card Annual Fees for additional Insurance & Airport Lounges (annual net cost of $150 annually - ask us how)

While these are costs associated with our travels, they are not country-specific, which is why they are not included in this expense report. 

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