The Practicalities of Moving to Bali: A Primer for Life in the Tropics

The tropics. Paradise. Exotic. Asian women. Surfer boys.
Love in the tropics. Retiring in Asia. Mai Tais. Bali. What great images!
These words are some of the top search terms that people have used
on the way to accessing my writings, websites, blogs, magazine articles
and podcasts about life in Indonesia, Bali, Sumbawa, and Papua. Over
the past 19 years of writing about life in Bali, I’ve received thousands
of emails asking me about the practicalities of moving here. Some of
the letters have been quite specific like, “Can I bring my dogs to
Bali?” Some have been general like, “I’d like to move to Bali, please
tell me how to go about it.” Some have been vague like, “What’s paradise
like? I’m moving there.”

I’ve tried to answer all of these questions and queries,
but just as I answer one group of letters another group arrives with pretty
much the same questions. It’s this situation that’s led me to write this
eBook about life in Bali.

Why write an eBook about this?
There is an incredible amount of information floating
around both in print and on the Internet about living in Indonesia, but it’s
generally fragmented, and a lot of it is out of date. A popular website about
living in Indonesia has information from 2004. Things change quickly in Indonesia
these days, and if you’re planning on moving to Bali, it’s best to have the
most recent information available. I’ve chosen the ebook format, because
it allows me to collect everything in one place, and to publish it while
the information is still fresh.

Try using a paperback guidebook. They have a lot of uses:
they contain a lot of information about culture and background and
prices for hotels and transport and food; they give you medical information
and photos; you can carry them in your backpack. But, the main problem
with the traditional travel guidebook is that they age quickly, and
the information is written for tourists, not for potential residents.

I’ve had a home in Bali since 1989 and have lived on several
other islands in addition to Bali. During this time, I’ve built five
houses, had four children, and taught in three schools around the country.
The information in this book is based on my experiences over almost
two decades of living and working in Indonesia. In 128 pages, I cover
the basics of what life is like in Bali on a daily basis – health,
communication, finances, culture, visa regulations, the legalities of
purchasing property, education, shopping, love and marriage, and much
more. You will find:

  • Chapter 1: Moving to Asia: Why Leave Home?
  • Chapter 2: Living in Bali: The Practicalities
  • Chapter 3: Romance in the Tropics
  • Chapter 4: Children and Schools
  • Chapter 5: Housing
  • Chapter 6: Property Issues
  • Chapter 7: Visas
  • Chapter 8: Bali: The Regions
  • Chapter 9: Balinese Culture
  • Chapter 10: Employment
  • Chapter 11: Bali Resources

I’m continually amazed by the number of people that show
up in Bali and expect to live a life of ease in paradise all based
on one or two tourist trips. Daily life in Bali is far different from
the tourist experience: a lot better in many ways, but also hectic
and trying in others. If you are planning on moving to Bali, or thinking
about moving to Bali, you can buy this book for just $15.00 and find
out what’s in store for you before you move to Bali.

Once you read this book, you will be ready for the

big move to Bali. I thank you for the patronage. Click here and here

to get a free sample chapter.

Here’s what a reader has said about this book:

“Bruce Pohlman’s e-book has already been a godsend to my wife Elsha and me. He writes in an inviting and colorful way. He covers the GENERAL: culture shock, the wonders and risks of  living overseas, to the SPECIFIC – costs of living, housing, medical issues, visas, employment. He even includes much PERSONAL info: what expats are like, why he left a job in San Francisco and ended up in Bali, personal and family relationships. And much more; anything you might want to know is in his e-book, with links to helpful websites throughout. We’ve used it to guide us countless times; it’s like having a trusted uncle who’s an expert.This book should become a classic about Bali.”

The Practicalities of Moving to Bali

The Practicalities of Moving to Bali


If you wish to purchase a copy, click here



  1. Hi

    I am Putra the balinesse

    I really apreceate that you happy live in Bali, that’s my island.

    I’d like to introduce

    i am the teacher of SD 1 Seraya Barat Karangasem, looking for the forign friend while exercises my english, because I have teach Englis for SD.

    Great regard for you

    Don’t forget to reply to


    • Hi Putra

      I am Michael the Australian. Coming to Bali in April for a holiday. Thinking about living in Bali. I am an English teacher here in Australia. You can call me your friend if you want, I would help you with your English.

      Thank you

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