Much more than just Bali, Indonesia is an outdoor mecca with thousands of volcanic islands, surf beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. Whether you’ve come to Indonesia to relax or explore, you’re going to need to budget, because all those activities can stack up quickly.
Are you one of those people that loves sitting down with a piece of paper and a calculator to come up with your travel budget? Or, is the word budget akin to someone dragging their nails down a chalkboard?
Either way, unless you’ve got a wallet full of unlimited Indonesian Rupiah I suggest you take the time to work out costs and come up with a budget.
What goes into a travel budget?
A good travel budget is like a good Nasi Goreng; it takes a bit of practice and a lot of research to get right, but the end result is worth it – Not having to sell a kidney for your airfare home is a positive too. But where to start?
Luckily for us Kiwis, we drew a pretty close lot to Indonesia which means we’re not facing the prospect of a whole 24 hours on a plane a $2000 down the gurgler on a single flight. Your flight is still likely going to be the biggest single cost of your trip but don’t forget public transport and the odd taxi ride.
Now you get to decide whether you want to live in luxury, or stick to budget accommodation. Luckily, the cost of living in Indonesia is considerably less than here at home so your value for money is going to be much better. There’s not many places in the world you can crash at a 4 Star pad for less than $50 per night!
Chances are you’re not going to be living off baked beans and spam, but good luck to you if your budget has you saving as much as you can on food. Street food and cheap eats galore fill the streets of Indonesia and your food expenses are going to get you good bang for your buck too.
I can think of plenty of free activities in Indonesia but if you’re looking at doing some diving lessons, island hopping, cultural tours or adventure treks, now is the time to add that all in to your budget.
This is where you tally up the cost of things like your travel insurance, visas and immunisations you may need.
How much does a trip to Indonesia cost?
So, just how many Rupees do you need for that Indonesian getaway? Strap yourself in and let our magic Holiday Budget Planning robot do all the hard stuff while you sip on a cup of tea. Using a super complex algorithm combining Numbeo data and our exchange rates, we can translate your budget into any currency with the click of a button.