So you’re thinking of retiring cheap in Bali, what’s the upsides and downsides? After one month in Bali I can tell you there are some great upsides. You can read my other articles on the full feel of Bali (under Bali in my travel blog), but it’s not all beaches and cheap food.

There’s 3 really good reasons why you might not want to retire in Bali. 

  1. Mosquitos and bug bites. Every day I’d wake up with new bites. Even with mosquito spray you’re a moving buffet there. If you’re allergic or just hate bug bites this place sucks.
  2. Extreme heat. I was in Bali in September, and it’s hot hot hot. Most days the weather was 30 degrees Celsius but felt like 40. This might be too hot. During the days you’ll find me in the pool, at the beach or hiding inside in my air conditioning.
  3. Motorcycle muggings. If you’re worried about safety you might not want to retire in Bali. One girl I met was on her scooter and another motorcycle literally slammed into her. They knocked her down, stole her purse and wound up dragging her by the purse strap for a half block. Scary, I know right? It’s a poor country and poverty is one of those economic drivers of crime. This mugging happened in a busy area during the day! 

Bali is a beautiful place with lots to offer, but these 3 reasons might be a good reason not to come retire here. I loved Bali but you definitely have some problems in paradise. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)