Work in Bali

Ahhhh, Bali.

If a place can describe love with its energy and beauty, Bali is it.

I recommend visiting this heart-opening island for work, play, retreats, teaching, adventure, relaxation, healing, cleansing, and more.

I’ve chosen to settle in the central town of Ubud for a few months to work, write, and bliss out.

Nearly everywhere you go in Bali has stunning beauty and the locals are warm, friendly, and helpful.

Work in Bali, Balinese people, Balinese farmer

There’s free wifi in almost all cafes and the Internet speeds have gotten much better over the last few years (it’s 2017 as I write this). Many locations even boast fiber optic Internet.

Ubud is at the center of Bali, and a hub for the island’s yoga, health, spiritual, art, tech and entrepreneur communities.

Ubud’s town center is home to “Hubud“, one of the first co-working spaces in Bali, which was founded in 2013. The space is a welcoming, buzzing hub of techies, entrepreneurs, bloggers and more of all ages. Their Internet is fast and reliable, and they have free coffee, a helpful staff, printers, a conference room with air con, lots of work-spaces, and plenty of people with whom to connect. They also have a lovely outdoor area and yard with grass, tables, bean bags, and a cafe with deliciously healthy eats.

Hubud’s monthly memberships might be a bit pricey, but I find it to be worth it, especially to work around others who are also working. Connecting, collaborating, or discussing ideas with those at Hubud has its benefits if you’re in Bali to work.

However, if you prefer not to spend the money for Hubud’s membership, there are abundant cafes and warungs (traditional Indonesian family-owned restaurants) with decent-to-good wifi speeds and tasty snacks and entrées.

When I was in Bali two years ago, it was very hard to find an American-style or European-style coffee, cappuccino, latte, or espresso. However, I did a happy dance when I saw that it’s now available in a bunch of cafes (at least in Ubud).

Bali Warung Restaurant

food in Bali

From Wikipedia:

Balinese culture is a mix of Balinese Hindu-Buddhist religion and Balinese customs. It is perhaps most known for its dance, drama and sculpture. The island is also known for its Wayang kulit or Shadow play theatre. Even in poor rural and neglected villages, beautiful temples are a common sight; and so are skillful gamelan players and talented actors.

Work in Bali, Bali Temple

Bali ceremonies, bali dance, Balinese costumes

Balinese customs fill the island with gratitude, acceptance, intricate temples, frequent ceremonies, dance and spiritual offerings. One incredibly lovely custom of the Balinese is to lay out daily hand-made offerings of flowers, food, incense and plants. These small offerings, or “canang sari“, are offered to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer.

Canang Sari Balinese Offerings

The canang sari offerings are literally everywhere you go, in temples, on statues and shrines, on carved rocks, and on the street and sidewalk. Take special care not to step on these lovely gifts, as that can be quite offensive to any local who sees that happen.

Many resources have been created for working in or moving to Bali. Rather than write overlapping content, I’m going to point you to the best resources I’ve found for your journey.

Travel Guide to the Magical Town of Ubud (Vogue.com)

Hubud Co-Working Space (located in Ubud) (Hubud.org)

Hubud’s Living in Ubud Guide (Hubud.org)

Hubud’s Soft Landing Package (Hubud.org)
(This is for if you really like everything done for you). I like that Hubud offer this, but most of the stuff in this package is easily achieved yourself. Plus, taking care of it on your own is not only part of the experience, it helps you get faster acquainted with the culture. But I’ve included this for those who like a little extra assistance.

Bali Travel Resources (AlmostLanding-Bali.com)

Organic Living in Bali (RawFoodBali.com)

Bali Travel Guide for First Timers (ThePinaySoloBackpacker.com)

Bali Travel Guide (NomadicMatt.com)

21 Things to Know Before Moving to Bali (EscapeArtistes.com)

Expat Living In Bali (tons of resources, guides, phone numbers, addresses, businesses, organizations, etc.) (Expat.or.id)

Bali Travel Tips for First Timers (BaliExpat.com)

The 21 Best Things About Being a Bali Expat (WageFreedom.com)

 
Semoga beruntung! (Bahasa Indonesia for “Good luck!”)

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