Indonesia Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown


The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day.

This spending breakdown is really just of Bali since we decided not to leave the island. We split our time on Bali between the cities of Les, Ubud, and Pecatu. When we booked our flights into and out of Denpasar, we had the intention of leaving Bali and coming back, but our plans changed when we got a great housesitting job in Ubud. The timing of our housesitting gig didn’t leave enough time to book flights to another Indonesian island. However, we loved our time in Ubud and wouldn’t have changed a thing! We spent a total of 23 days in Indonesia; seven days in Les, thirteen in Ubud and three in Pecatu. After all was said and done, we tallied up our spending and we hit  $72.51 USD/day for 2 people. SUCCESS!

It was great to get back under our average spending goal of $100 a day, after we failed to do so in the Philippines. The biggest areas for our saving were lodging and sight seeing. With our housesitting job in Ubud, we had zero dollars going toward lodging for thirteen of our 23 days. And the sightseeing was minimal for us, especially compared to our previous stop. Our one splurge was hitting the spa for a full day of treatments with lunch included. This was 9am to 5pm and it cost us each about $90 USD, but a similar day of treatments back in the U.S. would easily go for $400. We couldn’t help ourselves. 🙂

Here we go…

Spending Breakdown

Accommodations: $308.41 USD (includes sign up fee)

Transportation: $552.41 USD (includes flight from the Philippines, scooter rentals (see image below) and gas, visa fees, departure fees and private transfer)

Food: $521.77 USD (we apparently like food and can’t seem to lower this number. Oh well.)

Sight Seeing: $43.96 USD (includes our hash run which was the best way to sight see ever!)

Souvenirs: $18.65 USD (Matt got some sweet new bro tanks (see image below) and we bought new wedding rings!)

Other: $222.43 USD (toiletries, supplies, spa treatments, getting shorted money at the ATM:/)

Total Cost: $1667.63 USD

matt scooter

Matt sporting his new bro tank, scooter and mustache. Thankfully the mustache is now gone:)

Other stats from our time in Indonesia

# of beds slept in: 3

# airports slept in: 0

# trains/buses/airplanes slept in: 0

Favorite Activity/Location: (Alana) While helping teach English in Les, Matt taught the fisherman the word ‘awesome’. He taught it by saying some things are good, some things are great and some things are AWESOME. One man clarified that awesome is when something is really, really, really, really good. They were super excited about this fun new word and it was a great end to the night. (Matt) This is tough as I loved Les and Ubud very much, but being in Les for a week and getting to know some of the local villagers was my highlight. They were all SO happy!

Favorite Food: (Alana) It was nice to have access to cheap and healthy food in Ubud. My favorite was the Rainbow Salad at a raw food restaurant. (Matt) Soto Ayam (Indonesian chicken soup) – specifically the homemade version Made (pronounced Ma-deh) made during our stay in Les. It was dynamite!

Favorite Beer: (Alana) We had a nice break from alcohol and enjoyed many smoothies and juices instead. My favorite was the Green Hornet at Clear Cafe. Unfortunately Clear Cafe burned down during our stay, the morning after we had just been there – so sad. (Matt) I’ll have to go with Bintang, although we took a break from drinking for the most part while in Bali.

Worst Experience: (Alana) Nothing to report! (Matt) Nothing too much, it was a great time in Bali.

Could we live here?: YES! Specifically Ubud. It has everything we would be looking for in a city outside of the U.S.

How do you think we did?! Did you think the daily average would be lower?

About Alana

Alana is one-half of Great Big Globe. She loves animals, the Wisconsin Badgers, exploring new countries and chasing the sun.


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  2. We loved Ubud too and also agree that it’s definitely somewhere we could see ourselves living! The food was incredible – we enjoyed so many of the restaurants… that is so sad Clear Cafe burned down during your stay. We read about that and were heartbroken for all those people and families affected.

    • Hi Anne- So many people were affected from employees to the families living nearby. It was really sad. We did read that they have opened a temporary location while they rebuild so that is good news. We’re planning to return to Ubud this fall and can’t wait to enjoy all the amazing food again!

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