Like most of you I'm always on here reading about Bali (when I can't get there) amongst my friends I'm the Bali expert :)
I have found over the years peoples reaction to holidaying in Bali has changed.
When I first went 30 year ago people acted like we were very brave and crazy.
20 years ago I remember almost having to drag my hubby over, we had travelled a bit and I really wanted to show him Bali before we settled down. He went, but it was only to keep me happy he thought every yobbo went there and that it would be a real dump. Now in his defence this was at a time when the songs 'I've been to Bali too' and 'I come from the land down under' were still getting air play . Needless to say even at that age we didn't stay in Kuta any longer than we had to and he fell in love Bali.
10 years ago it seemed everyone I meet had been to Kuta
......................and then the bombs.
8 years ago I was again considered crazy for going to Bali but this time I had kids, many people thought poorly of me for going over, I didn't take the kids.
.................... 5 years ago more bombs in Bali.
At home we had some terrible deaths in our family and decided the kids don't need to be travelling to be hurt so we took the kids, again we were judged.
Last time we took the kids no one said anything besides have a good trip :)
My next trip is in July and Bali is once again becoming the common place to travel to, most people know someone who just got back or is leaving next week.
Happily most of them go to Kuta and leave the rest to me:):)
So after all that I'll get to the point, what I was wondering was for those of you that travel to Bali regularly do you find people react to your destination choice in any particular way?
I find that when we travel somewhere else everyone is excited for us, but when we go to Bali everyone has an opinion!
What got me going on this was Happynoddleboy and other regular posters/travellers who live so far away. I was wandering are you guys considered to be travelling to some far flung exotic island while those of us down under are one of the crazy people or one of the masses, depending on the current situation?