Bali traveller lists why she didn’t want to come home to Australia

With international borders finally reopening around the world, Australians are flocking back to their most beloved holiday destination.

Bali has been waiting for its regular influx of Australian visitors ever since the pandemic closed the door between us and Indonesia.

If you’re in need of any further reasons to throw on your Bintang singlet and practise your scooter riding, an avid Bali supporter has shared not one but over 50 reasons she doesn’t want to come home from the tropical paradise.

Kay Ward, 31, from the Sunshine Coast, took to the popular “Bali Bogans” Facebook page to share her pros and cons list for returning home from her current holiday.

Camera IconAustralians are returning to their favourite holiday destination. Credit: istock

With only three pros – those being regular use of tap water, beloved pets and a lack of monkeys trying to steal things – Ms Ward had a heavily weighted cons list.

The negatives of returning to Queensland, she wrote, included general politeness shown in Bali towards visitors.

“Randoms on the street don’t say good morning to me, people don’t offer me a lift for $1, even though I only have 500m to walk to the pub,” Ms Ward wrote about Australia.

Others on her cons list included not being able to sit in a sunset bar pool while sipping on cocktails if she returned home.

“I have to go to the toilet and can’t pee in the pool (admit it, you’ve all done it),” she wrote as a con.

A stunning view secluded beach with palm trees
Camera IconMs Ward enjoyed sipping cocktails by the water. Credit: istock

She fondly reminisced about her experience on a “beer cycle” where she had one too many drinks.

“(In Australia) I don’t have a local Beer Cycle on a Thursday night that will drive me around for 2 hours while I drink as many drinks as I can, cheering at people on the streets, only to get off at the end of the tour and realise how many Bintangs and Smirnoffs I’ve demolished and realise how drunk I actually am,” she wrote.

“Then scootering all the way to Mexicola, only to realise the place is a sauna and all the unlimited Bintangs have gone to my head and that going home is probably the best idea I’ve had all night.”

Bali Schoolies and toolies
Camera IconTourists in Kuta, Bali. Credit: News Corp Australia
A drunk man too pissed to get on the back of a scooter in Kuta, Bali Friday night.
Camera IconA man gets onto his scooter in Kuta, Bali. Credit: News Limited

“Then the next day when you’re hungover as hell, watching the Beer Cycle do its next tour and seeing a bunch of drunks in Hawaiian shirts and Bintang hats yahooing and you’re that sickly ill from the night before you sit and think “what a bunch of bloody Bali Bogan drongos” forgetting that you were in that exact seat last night.”

Ms Ward, who first visited Indonesia pre-pandemic in 2019, has just returned from a three-week holiday and has mastered the art of being a Bali tourist, offering those planning their first visit some valuable information.

“Use reputable money exchangers, don’t drink water, use Gojek for taxis. Bag snatching is a big thing over there,” Ms Ward told NCA NewsWire.

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