“Three years ago, I was sitting with my mate in the yard enjoying a beer when we looked at each other and said, ‘Why not go to Bali?’ We checked the airline schedule and realised we could be sitting on the beach in four hours. Neither of us had been abroad before, we didn’t even have passports,” says Bill Sauer.
Just over a year ago, Marie Bell decided it was high time to make a change to her hectic life in Sydney and get away from the fast pace and stress. “My heart had left Australia; I just reached the point where I felt I had to make a move” explains Marie, 53. “I put my house on the market and sold it. Six months after making the decision to move to Bali, I put any belongings that I didn’t sell or give away into storage and away I went,” says Marie.
Towering volcanoes…world-class surfing…superb beaches…fiery Indian Ocean sunsets…. Bali is a feast for the eyes. Adding to its appeal is cheap and tasty cuisine…a super-low cost-of-living…amazing nightlife…and locals whose friendliness borders on legendary. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more alluring destination in Asia. I’m not the first to notice. This Indonesian archipelago welcomed over a one-and-a-half million international visitors in the first half of 2015. Point is, it can get crowded — especially in Kuta, the main resort town.
I had already made a few short trips to Southeast Asia, so I knew that was the place where I wanted to start a new, stress-free life. Plus, the low costs of living meant it was easy to work less and explore more. I travelled to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and finally Indonesia. Along the way I met my wife in Sumatra and we moved to Bali.