Traveling to Bali is a dream journey for many people, but your dream Bali travel may end up in disaster if not planned well. The numbers of visitations to Bali is high every year, and even more during peak seasons such as Indonesian school holiday, Christmas, New Year and Muslim’s ‘Lebaran’ (Eid El Fitr). Many newbie travelers end up with some problems when they arrive in Bali, so they cannot enjoy their holiday in full. While solo travelers or backpackers may grudgingly welcome them as experiences, people who travel with families especially kids will not want to take that risk.
The common problems in Bali travel for newbie can be various: bad hotel service, bad tour guide or personal driver service, map that does not exactly show the right location, taxi drivers that raise the fare, until health problems that come from the tropical heat and insects (especially from people who live in four season countries). Newbie travelers, especially those with kids, must gather the most useful info to make their travel more fun and comfortable.
Bali Travel Information for Families with Kids
Travel plans can be different between people because you may also have different preferences during your travel, but some important information can make the difference between fun and unpleasant holiday. Here is some useful information that you may find useful for your first Bali travel with kids:
- Bali has two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season comes between October and April, and the dry season comes between May to September. However, sometimes you can experience periods of heavy rain during dry season, or days of no-rain at all during rainy season. Make sure you pack jacket or coat, extra towel, rubber flip-flops and clean socks, just in case.
- Bali has public transportation, but besides occasional Perama bus, making your way around can be difficult because the public minivans are rare and unreliable in their schedules. Holiday in Bali means two things: renting motorbike or renting car with private driver (usually you pay extra for more than 8 hours and for petrol). Luckily, a good car rental service usually has dedicated drivers that are good in English and understand Bali well.
- Unless you have money to stay at swanky hotel or resort, do not be surprised when you find out that the villa or cottage you order has slightly different condition from what the hotel booking website may show you. The room may be a bit aged and there are small faults in the shower caps (for example), but other than that, many cheap hotels, cottages and villas usually provide quite good place to stay.
- ‘Bali Belly’ is a term applied to people (especially kids) who experience digestive problems because of the climate, weather, or food (there are so many spicy foods in Bali). Handle the problem by bringing some probiotic supplements and drink from bottled water if you are not sure.
- Skip thick denims and high heels; you want something comfy for your Bali travel (unless you plan to hike). Bring summer dress, shorts, Bermuda pants, sandals and flats for fancy night at good restaurant. Prepare at least a pair of proper, covering clothes if you plan to visit temple.
This useful info will make your Bali travel easier to plan.