Moving house has never fazed me and neither has moving interstate. So when the opportunity came up to move to Bali I was mindful to see if that would be pushing any of my boundaries. We are still in the planning stage and there is a lot to learn and consider, but it’s hasn’t seemed to faze me in the least. There is a lot of research and note taking going on so I thought I’d to share with you my thoughts and findings for two reasons:
- If I document everything now whilst it’s still fresh I can one day refer back to it if need be
- It might help you if you ever decided to move to Bali
So here is how I started:
What do we want:
When considering a move, think about what you want. What kind of lifestyle, what activities or services do you want close by. Really work out what’s important to you for your lifestyle and location?
- Beach or mountains – for us it was the beach. We are all water babies and even if we don’t swim in the ocean we need to be by water.
- Schooling – what type of schooling do you want for your child(ren). For us one of the key reasons we wanted to go to Bali was for the Green School in Ubud. The challenge for us is that it is in a mountain setting and also around an hour drive away from the beach.
- What do you want to do regularly – For me it’s yoga, and cooking classes for my hubby it’s learning to surf, martial arts and easy access to cafes.
It’s really good to have a list of things that are important to your day to day life style so when you get to the next point it will help guide you
Location, Where to live:
When we started down this path we had no idea of areas as neither of us had been to Bali. We had only heard of places from friends’ travel stories or the media. The thing with it is, where you might go for a holiday (eg. Nusa Dua, Kuta) might not actually be the place you want to settle down long-term. Every place will have its pros and cons and every family will want something different, so there is never going to be a right or wrong answer.
For us the places we picked to investigate further were:
- Seminyak – From all the research I did there was a common theme about Seminyak, that being it is a bit more up market. This means it’s a little bit pricier but it is also a bit nicer and quieter and better shopping & cafes than the infamous party capital Kuta. (Legian is physically in between Kuta & Seminyak and is also in between when it comes to prices and the hustle & bustle that comes with being in Bali)
- Sanur – A family friendly area, with a beach protected by a coral reef meaning the kids won’t be knocked over by waves. It is also said to be more low-key compared to Kuta/ Seminyak (that has the night life).
- Ubud – We picked Ubud mainly because that is where the Green School is. Ubud also has organic markets and is more health conscious and said to be more spiritual and holistic.
- Canggu – Canggu was a late minute entry and I didn’t look into it too much, but did hear that it’s like Sanur being lower key than Kuta and Seminyak. It also has nicer beaches like Sanur but it’s more upmarket and ‘trendier’ like Seminyak.
Schooling is at the top of my priority list and I spent a lot of time looking at schools for our children. Our kids currently go to a Steiner school so making the transition into a new school and in to a new country was always going to have its challenges. Steiner have different philosophies and focuses than that of a main stream school especially in the early years of childhood. So regardless of country our children would have a culture shock if they were to change schooling types. In all honesty I think that I would not be able to move anywhere, interstate or overseas unless I was confident in the education option for our kids.
There are no Steiner schools in Bali, however the schools we narrowed it down to were:
An interesting point to make about schooling is the large range in fees due to the type of schooling. Families have the option to put their kids in the local Indonesian primary schools, or can put them into top-end international school. These international schools can vary from a few thousand dollars to upwards of twenty thousand dollars.
In the end for us we felt that a reconnaissance trip was going to be the way we would work out where to stay in Bali. There is only so much reading you can do about schools and areas and the best way to really know is to see and experience it for yourself, so that is what we are doing next!
Want to know how to plan a reconnaissance trip to Bali? Including accommodation options, visas, vaccinations, taxis, drivers etc. Find out right here!