Travelling can be exciting, but it can also be dangerous. When you embark on your trip to Bali, there will be certain risks or dangers that you'll have to learn how to avoid if you want to have safe travels. Doing proper research before you set out is essential, and you'll find that some of these tips can be applied to any trip you take, while some are specific to Bali. Use these tips to have a safe trip, and enjoy yourself along the way.
1. Technology and WiFi
Particularly if you're planning to do work on your trip, there are a few technology safety rules that you should follow to make sure your private information is being kept safe. This means making sure you have SSL encryption on whatever WiFi connection you're using. You might be wondering "what is SSL?" An SSL or TLS is a security protocol that will essentially keep your information safe and secure while browsing the internet.
It's invaluable for trips where you'll have to be creating accounts or paying for things over the internet, so you'll want to make sure you have them in place before you hop on the plane. And make sure you're only using the internet in safe places, like your hotel, and don't try to hop on the neighbor's network just to save some money.
2. Transportation and Navigation
Whenever you travel to a new country, especially where another language is spoken, taking to the open road on your own can be dangerous. It's easy to get lost when you don't know the area and can't read the road signs. Luckily, Google Maps and other travel apps can easily be used in Bali. Make sure to download your map before leaving so you won't get lost if the app doesn't work. You should also try to learn some of the language spoken in Bali, Bahasa Indonesian, so you can ask basic directional questions if you do get turned around.
It's also wise to check where the gas stations are located along your route. Frequently in Bali there will be long stretches of road before you'll be able to fuel up again, so make sure the tank is full before you leave. You might even consider buying an extra gas can to take long with you if you're going a long way.
If travelling by taxi, look for the Bluebird taxis and avoid any others vying for your attention. Bluebird taxis are known for reliable service and consistent pricing, whereas others will overcharge and might not get you where you need to go. Just look for a blue taxi with the bird logo on the roof, and you should be fine.
It's very important to make sure your accommodations on your trip will be sufficient, both for safety reasons and for practical purposes. Look at the reviews and look for reports of theft or other crime in the area before making your choice. If you're travelling alone, you may want to find a hotel or villa that is right off a main road, so you won't have to walk along an empty street to get back to your room. You can find this out by looking at the street view for your hotel on Google Maps.
Wherever you stay, it's important to keep any belongings you leave behind locked up. If the hotel provides a safe in your room, take advantage of that, or bring a portable one along with you for your passport, wallet, keys, and anything else you can't live without. Lock your room door behind you, and try to avoid telling anyone where you're staying or what room you're in.
This list isn't intended to scare you away from a trip to Bali. Being prepared and keeping yourself safe will make the journey ten times more enjoyable. You'll soon become a travel safety expert, and these tips will be second nature in no time at all.