Downsizing to village life

Written by Mike

Topics: General

I have just rented and moved into a small house in Lovina, Bali. Lovina is in the north of Bali and is much quieter than the southern the areas of Kuta and Seminyak.

I visited Lovina on my first trip to Indonesia around 18 years ago. At that time it was a bustling little tourist resort. The area took a hit after the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings and while tourism to southern Bali has recovered, Lovina is still pretty quiet.

The beach isn’t so great with black sand, but the water is calm and fairly clean. Some hotels and restaurants have closed down and only central Lovina is popular with tourists.

Some people might see this as an area to avoid, but I have met several people who are optimistic about the area, especially with retirees rather than the party animals and surfers that prefer the south of Bali.

I am renting a small house just outside of central Lovina in a small village. It’s away from the beach, but set amongst banana and coconut trees. The house is owned by a westerner, so it has all of the modern conveniences. The nearby houses are very basic, sometimes with just a small room for sleeping and cooking is done with a fire outside. People raise chickens and pigs. We have to wake up early to visit the market. A big bag of vegetables and meat cost just US$2.

Our neighbors are extremely friendly and have been very helpful. You can get almost anything you need for a simple life. The nearest McDonalds and Starbucks in Kuta are more than 3 hours away.

Land is still very cheap, so if the area does continue to grow, I am sure you could make some good money by buying up land now.

We don’t have a telephone line, but fortunately can still get internet. The internet is a little expensive but works well enough. If you want more info on living in Bali, check out my free ebook.

Here are some pictures of our house:

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kitchen

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