If you’re fancying a trip to Bali but you’re on a tight budget this summer, you may be pleasantly surprised about how affordable it can be.
My boyfriend (Zak) and I were looking to go for a 7-night holiday to Europe this summer, with our top destinations being Mykonos and Rhodes but the prices were extortionate! We were very close to booking a 7-night trip to Mykonos, costing £650. Zak however being a true Yorkshireman was outraged at the price and managed to talk me out of it and looking back I’m very glad he did.
I have followed Holiday Pirates on Facebook for a while now. They post great holiday deals in and out of school holidays that usually seem too good to be true. When I saw ‘return flights to Bali for £390’, I was sure that this would be more of the same, but oh how wrong was I. After a little look at the accommodation prices in Bali, we soon realised that we could have a 14-night trip to Bali for the same price, if not cheaper, than a 7-night trip to Europe. So we were sold and our flights were booked!
The next step was deciding whereabouts in Bali we wanted to go and what route to take. I got lost very quickly when searching for information online, there was so much to take in! I soon realised that there was a place for everyone here and you couldn’t go too far wrong wherever you went. Recommendations from friends has definitely been the way forward for me. It’s much easier, less time consuming and you actually trust your friends opinions rather than a random person online. A worry of ours was squeezing so much into two weeks that we couldn’t actually relax, so we narrowed it down to just three locations; Seminyak, Ubud and the nearby island, Gili Trawangan.
Now it comes to which hotels to book. The accommodation is ridiculously cheap yet so nice, so we were spoilt for choice. I will go into more detail about the accommodation in a post Bali blog, but to give you a brief idea, we ended up paying just £200 each for two weeks worth of accommodation with Booking.com. This includes 6-nights in a villa with our own private pool. We would never have been able to get that kind of deal anywhere in Europe!
TOP TIP: If you have booked with Booking.com before, you may be classed as a ‘genius’ member like we are, whereby you are entitled to secret deals and 10% off every booking.
I would also never ever book a hotel before checking out their Trip Advisor reviews. A hotel can look absolutely incredible on professional pictures but in reality be shockingly bad, so you do have to be very careful.
Hopefully this blog post has made you realise that you don’t need to have crazy money, take a gap year or a ridiculous amount of time off work to visit a place like Bali.
I can’t wait to share my favourite moments from the trip with you when I get home!
What’s your top tip for booking a holiday on a budget?