Living in Bali on a Budget: Week 4 (Lovina Beach)

Lovina Beach is an excellent budget getaway in North Bali. It is easy to live on under $50 per day for two people, and enjoy sunshine, the calm beach, local food, and excellent diving and snorkeling. There are even dolphins that you can go and see in the morning or evening!

Plus, the sunsets are great :)

Our goal: $50 per day total, including transportation, accommodation, visas, and bills back home. For two people.

In every budget update I will add a prorated estimate of our bills back home (loans, phone plan, etc. which may vary slightly by month), to include in our $50/day travel budget. I am not including travel insurance -- this would add about $5.75 per day to our total.

  • Days: 7
  • Location(s): Lovina, Bali, Indonesia
  • Avg. spending per day: $28.12
  • Splurges: Pants, bank fees :(, and more cat food
  • Avg. spending per day incl. bills back home: $31.05
  • Avg. spending per day overall in Asia: $39.11 

Lovina Festival decorations

So what are our living expenses in Lovina Beach for a week?
  • Conversion rate: 10,000 Indonesian rupiah (IDR) = US$0.75.
  • Accommodation: $81.50
    • Riktiga Bali in Lovina is still amazing. Check out the video tour in our Bali Week 2 budget.
    • Remember, our AirBnB has a four-week discount of 38% off, so our nightly rate is very affordable.
    • Only downside, I have become quite familiar with this particular huntsman spider who keeps crawling on me...

You have missing legs because you don't leave people alone
  • Transportation: $0
    • I bundled our previous costs for the scooter into last week, so nothing this week! 
  • Food and drinks: $94.65
    • We have continued eating eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, as well as smoothies most days around "lunch" time (as described in week 3).
    • Our beer budget remains high (relative to food, not Western costs!) but we also got to share some of that beer time with our new friends from -- check out their blog about traveling with adorable little ones!
  • Misc: $20.63
    • Cool pants: 100,000 ($7.50) because they're awesomeeeee:

    • Bank fees: We couldn't find a Visa ATM so we used our Australian Commonwealth Bank card to withdraw some money to tide us over a few days. The fees for US $38 were around $6. Preposterous!
    • Entertainment: The nearby Banjar Hot Springs cost 20,000 ($1.50) for two, plus a donation to park our scooter (I think we left 10,000).  

Warm but still nice!

    • MORE CAT FOOD (65,000 or US $4.88). Turns out, Penyu has kittens, and a boyfriend:

Thing 1 and Thing 2 are finally nearby and I can sneak a picture if they don't notice me!

Dad is not very social but still sneaks a bite

Travel budget saving tips:

  • Make friends with other bloggers who rent amazing houses with pools. Thanks again ;) !
  • Enjoy your surroundings. There are wonderful views all around, and interesting wildlife (alive and dead) just waiting for you to find it!
 Dead Green Pit Viper. Over 90% of people survive its bite. Classic Bali!

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North Bali has been a wonderful place to relax and visit the beach, eat good local Balinese food, meet the locals, try the fruit, and generally enjoy the slower pace of life.


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