This is a post I had been meaning to write the longest time. I was going to include it in The Bali Series blog posts but I didn’t want to overkill the Bali content. So here we are, a few months down the line I’m finally going to sit and explain to you all if Bali is safe. So buckle up, let’s get into it.
When I told my friends and family I was off to Bali, each and every one of them had that look on their face. You know the one where they’re trying to be happy for you but really they’re thinking it’s a mistake or they’re worried. And not going to lie, I had the same feeling deep down. A whole new country, a whole new world. You hear so many stories, you can’t help but feel scared. But let me tell you, the moment I stepped foot in Denpasar, it put all them feelings to rest.
In short, yes I felt safe in Bali. The people are the friendliest I’ve ever met. They live in a country of extreme poverty in places. They don’t have that western world wealth. They don’t have the perfectly maintained roads, the buildings are built using bamboo as scaffolding and in some parts, the homes are built of corrugated iron. The wealth just isn’t there but you know what, they just don’t ask for much. It’s that whole thing of not knowing what they’re missing if they’ve never had it. Coming from the western world and going to a place like Bali, it showed my just how happy people can be when they live simply.
Because of this, because of the lack of wealth, people give off the impression it’s going to be dangerous. You could be in the richest country in the world and it’s still going to have crime. It’s all about being smart. Don’t show your wealth. There are going to be people who are going to want to take advantage of that. Especially as a creator, I was carrying a couple of cameras, my phone and obviously my wallet. So be smart with it, don’t get it all out at the same time. If someone clocks the belongings you have, you’re soon going to become a target. That said, this isn’t exclusive to Bali… this is anywhere in the world.
From the moment I stepped off that plane, everyone was so friendly, so warming and so willing to do anything for you. The people work for near enough nothing, they’re the hardest working people in the world and are more than happy to help you with anything. I think it’s so sad when the media portray a country as beautiful and breathtaking as Bali, as somewhere to be feared. It truly is a magical place and one that I would encourage everyone to visit.
Like I said, in short yes I felt completely safe in Bali. It really goes to show, those who have little, require little. They don’t want for more, they don’t have the level of greed I’ve witnessed in other countries and that in itself, makes you feel so at ease and so safe. So if you’re thinking of going, then I hope this blog post has somewhat put your mind at ease and given you that push you need to book your ticket.
| By Harrison |