Reality Bites: Living and Working In A Vacation Spot

Everyone loves a good holiday. What with the amazing beaches, great food, chill atmosphere and of course not to mention all the different activities and adventures available.

But what happens when that little slice of paradise becomes your new home base?
Can I still get a four-hand massage every two days?
Can I go jet skiing whenever the weather is “jet skiing” weather?
Can I have that delicious nasi goreng with a (couple of) cocktails at the restaurant with the beach views?

Where do you draw the line between living on a holiday and living at home?

First and foremost, budget. You’re no longer living on holiday mode, so even though everything is dirt cheap (except Western goods, butter, cheese, etc.), the fact of the matter is, everything adds up. $2 here, $4 there, $10… Next thing you know, you’re bankrupt and eating cup noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Always think long-term and not just for the next 2 weeks. Remember, this is your home now. Time is a luxury you can afford, so pace yourself… you’re here for the long run.

Second, getting around. Save that cab money and walk. Get to know your surroundings and familiarize yourself with your neighborhood. This will not only help you settle down faster, but it’ll also allow you to discover hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall bars and restaurants that might be a local secret. If you’re the more adventurous kind, rent a moped/scooter and zoom off to picturesque beaches and rice paddies that are beyond walking reach. Get away from the expensive tourist routes and really get to know your new hometown without burning a hole in your pocket.

Third, know where to shop and learn your local brands. Befriend the locals and educate yourself to avoid the dreaded bule (foreigner) prices! Sure the minimart across the street is convenient and easy to get to,  but keep in mind that most of its contents are imported which means prices are higher. Hypermart and Carrefour in Bali are great places to get groceries and homeware. As for fresh produce, wet markets are your best bet for the lowest price. Soon you’ll see that you’ll be whipping up delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals in no time… for half the price!

Fourth, learn the language. Not only will it help you get around easier, but it will also help you make friends and ground yourself more in your new environment. Locals LOVE  and appreciate it when you try to learn their language — some will even help you out! Embrace everything about your new home and immerse yourself in an exciting new culture.

Fifth and lastly, you’re here for a good time AND a long time… so make sure you find that balance between work and play. Learn to say no to temptation from time to time and don’t feel pressured to have to keep up with your friends visiting on holiday. Schedule, prioritize and meet your deadlines before frolicking off with your friends on the beach. Remember, you’re on two different agendas, so stay focused and make sure you’re still getting work done. How else are you supposed to fund this lifestyle?

Living and working in a vacation spot definitely has its pros and cons. Just always try to remember your end goal, which is to continue living THE LIFE… THIS LIFE.

Peace Love and Lipgloss,


About morenabeachbum

i love the beach--sand--sun--waves--tan lines--the sound of the waves--the feeling of sand slipping through my toes--i love the OCEAN!--i am an island girl through and through--i LOVE the PHILIPPINES--i am a FILIPINA--i love the smell of fresh cut grass--i love being outdoors--sitting or lying down on the grass is fun--soaking up the sun is even better--i love FOOTBALL--best sport in the world!--i like to think about the good times and smile about them--i wonder a lot about the could have beens in my life but i DONT REGRET--im secure with myself--i say what i wanna say--i'm liberated--i hate people who are "fake"--i'm very straight forward--i am vain--i love taking pictures of myself #selfie--im MORENA (Spanish for tanned/dark (dark hair, eyes, skin)) & i love my skin color! #notowhhiteningproducts #blech--i love love LOVE to shop--i'm actually an impulsive buyer *cringe*--i love learning about other people's cultures--i love traveling--wanderlust--i love learning new languages--im thirsty for adventure--i also love gummy bears, almond snickers and gushers--cheerios is the best breakfast cereal ever--i love green apples dipped in peanut butter or cookie butter from Trader Joe's--i also love peanut butter sandwiches with slices of banana in them--random... very random I am--i love looking for the best bargain places--i never hold back when it comes to love--i love with both my heart & my soul (take it, just take it all! LOL)--im a hopeless romantic--i can be pretty moody at times so i suggest you steer clear of me when i'm at that point (just sayin... you have been warned)--i miss playing football (aka soccer) regularly--i miss my college football team and my teammates (hey guys!)--i am enjoying my life--i'm crazy--hyper--im short--im talkative--i'm real--i'm a bit of a neat freak--bossy, too at times (oh well, just keepin' it real)--i am ME-- xoxo, morenabeachbum
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3 Responses to Reality Bites: Living and Working In A Vacation Spot

  1. littlewelsh says:

    Hey! I found your blog via Sketchpacker and I’m immediately jealous 🙂 I’ve always dreamed of packing my bags and living life outside the 9-5, but worried about this very aspect so this post was really interesting. It must be tough to choose work over jet skiing any day of the week! Who knows if I’ll ever make the leap, maybe I’ll just live vicariously through you guys in the meantime, if that’s ok? 🙂


    • Hi there! First off, let me apologize for this extremely delayed response. I have been MIA from my blog due to personal reasons and am now only getting back to it. I hope you can stay tuned for what’s to come. 🙂

      Also, thanks so much for taking the time out to write that lovely note — really means a lot to me. And yes, it is VERY hard to not be out sunbaking and on the jetskis when it’s practically in my backyard! But hey, at the end of the day it’s still ok because when you sit and think about it, you realize what a good life it STILL is… living in an island paradise.

      I hope you find the courage soon to chase after your dreams and just finally do it. I promise, it’s not THAT scary… Cheers! 🙂


      • littlewelsh says:

        That’s perfectly fine- life has to come first! Hope all is well again and you can get back to exciting sun kissed adventures 😊 don’t worry, I’ll definitely be hanging around, living vicariously off you (for now at least 😉). Ciao for now!


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