Exploring Bali: A Student Guide

Exploring Bali: A Student Guide -christopher-alvarenga Photo by Christopher Alvarenga

Traveling as a student often requires one set aspect: a strict budget. Unlike older adults, the disposable income an average student has to play with is significantly lower, which means budget-friendly getaways are a must. Bali, in Indonesia, has a reputation as being an incredible location, with cheap food and affordable accommodations. Known as the ‘Island of the Gods,’ this incredible location has wonders and sights to delight and thrill all visitors. If Bali is on your would-like-to-visit list, below we discuss what you need to know before jumping on a plane.

Where to Stay

As mentioned above, Bali has cheap accommodation available, with a variety of options available throughout the island to make the most of your budget. Where exactly to base yourself while here is a tricky one to decide. Do you want to dance the night away? If so, Kuta is known as party central, with a wide variety of places to explore when the sun goes down. If you’re seeking a more relaxing break, Canggu is well-known for its surfer vibe. What’s more, Canggu has great internet connectivity, which is ideal if you wish to study on the go. As for accommodation options, you have a range to enjoy; luxury villa, resort hotel, hostel, or Airbnb. What you choose will depend on your budget, of course, with a villa costing around $500+ for a week.

What to Do

Bali is a diverse island with a lot of exciting, beautiful, exotic sights to see and activities to try. A few of the top treats you simply cannot miss include:

  • A Fitness Retreat: With health and wellness being at the forefront of society’s mind right now, a fitness retreat is an ideal way to treat both your body and your mind. In Bali, you can enjoy a fitness retreat abroad in a paradise location. Expect to take part in yoga, strength training, a customized exercise plan, and explore the healthy food options Bali has to offer.  
  • Visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple: An awe-inspiring temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple floats on Lake Beratan, right in the middle of the island. For those seeking a relaxing area to unwind and feel at peace, this temple is ideal. When you arrive, you can explore the area on foot, but you do have the option of taking out a swan paddle boat. However, do be aware, if the water in the lake is low when you visit, the temple may not appear to be floating. Nevertheless, it’s a must-visit location.  
  • Visit Monkey Forest: Animal lovers will love to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, located in Ubud! This beautiful forest is home to over 700 grey long-tailed macaques and is a natural sanctuary known for its conservation efforts. By visiting the Monkey Forest, you can experience the primates in their natural habitat, but you will also see several ancient temples.

Bali is a beautiful, incredible, wonderful location and one which should be on everyone’s list of must-visit areas. For students, especially, the low price of accommodation and food makes it a very worthwhile destination. However, be quick! With Bali gaining such a great reputation, prices may not stay low for long.