Bali is an excellent destination for most Ozies. It’s not far (relatively speaking), it’s cheap and you get good value for money. For me, the biggest challenge in going there was the bartering!
Coming from a nation of fixed pricing, it can be a bit daunting going somewhere where bartering is not only the way of life but almost a sport! A novice to Bali and be forgiven for converting the price they’re being asked for back to their currency and thinking what a bargain it is. In reality, it’s an over inflated price they ask for and only the initiated knows to barter. You can pay a premium (by their standards) whilst still thinking it’s cheap compared to the prices back home. They’re smart. They have colour coding for their shopping bags so, as you’re happily swinging your ‘bargains’ around, you’re advertising to other store owners what an easy target you are!
Once I got into the swing of it, I found myself bartering and refusing to budge for the sake of a couple of cents. It wasn’t the cents, it was the principle 🙂
Good sport though!