I have never been to Bali. I admit my perception of Bali is based on the images and tales portrayed of places such as Kuta Beach and as a middle aged person I don’t see the attraction of cheap ( maybe not even safe ) alcohol, drunks wandering the streets and a culture of drug use by tourist and poor hygiene . I’ve also been reading on the sharing ( or lack there of) the tourist dollar and the huge disparity between rich and poor , tourism even perpetuating this and the corruption.
I understand travelling to experience new cultures. However , I see many in my age bracket and younger ones with families return to Bali on a regular basis. Those I know who frequent Bali often have homes there and Balinese friendship circles, sharing home ownership with a local. Some just travel to resorts. I understand repeat holiday spots. I frequent Hamilton Island. But , from where I live it’s a two and a half hour plane trip , needs no travel insurance for health / accidents and its the type of holiday I take when I want to do nothing but relax. Bali is a six and a half hour trip according to flight schedules, smart traveller lists it as exercise a high degree of caution yet people are still making there way there.
Never one to close my mind to hearing other people’s views I’m interested to hear what is the drawcard of Bali. Where do you stay, what do you do, what draws you back? Do you share wealth with the balinese directly to ensure they get the funds?
Give me a view from one who has actually been there. I look forward to your responses.