On the 12th of October 2012, it will be the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombing, a sombre day for many Australian families.
Despite this tragedy, Bali remains one of our nations top holiday destinations.
Due to the strong Australian dollar, and the fact that 2 weeks in an exotic clime can cost you less than a week at Surfers, there is a darker side to our favourite party spot.
On average, one Australian dies in Bali every nine days.
Dept Foreign Affairs statistics show that in the year 2011 – 2012 , 39 Australians died in Bali. Whilst they do not release details showing cause of death, you can bet your bottom Rupiah that alcohol, drugs and traffic accidents would have a strong representation.
Bali has long been popular with groups, like end of football season break ups. High spirited young men and women must be aware that, even though they are having fun, Indonesia is a foreign country, with its own laws and justice system, often very different to Australia, and these differences must be respected.
You may have saved hard for 12 months to have this dream holiday, but in Bali you may be perceived as a wealthy tourist in a friendly, but poor country. You could end up in a situation like my mate did a few years ago : Dominic, like many young tourists in Bali, hired a motor scooter, probably had never ridden one before, and went of puttering around town. He had the misfortune to clip a pedestrian, and while no harm was done, the pedestrian was a policeman!
“Dept Foreign Affairs statistics show that in the year 2011 – 2012 , 39 Australians died in Bali. “
Dominic, at least had the presence of mind to give the man every Rupiah he had on him, and full of apologies, quickly disappeared.
Even though you are out with mates having a good time, and you don’t think you are doing anything wrong, have respect for other cultures, watch each others backs, and be mindful that alcohol and drugs can quickly turn a party scene into a nasty situation.
Finishing your 2 weeks in a Bali police cell can turn your dream holiday into a nightmare and it might be a long time before Mum and dad pick you up at the airport.