Last May, I was fortunate enough to help Nat and her beautiful family make the move from Brisbane to Ubud. We chatted 6 months before their big move when they were in the middle of selling their successful photography business and family home. It is wonderful to see how well they have settled in to Bali life and love everything the Ubud community has to offer.

So whom am I talking to? Natalie, husband Dean, Atlas (4) and Pearl (2).

Originally from: Brisbane, Australia

Arrived in Bali: November 2018

Home in Bali is:   Ubud

How long do you plan to stay?   5 years

What made you move to Bali? 

A change of pace, more time with the family, cultural experience for the kids. We sold our photography business, our home and lots of our belongings before we moved.

What do you normally do back in Brisbane? We used to own a Wedding and Portrait Photography business.

What is a typical day here for you and your two children?

6am rice field walk or private yoga session at home.
8am drop kids off at Pelangi School.
9am walk across the road to Titi Batu (Recreational Centre) for an aerobics class/ swim.
10am Work on my online business from Titi batu in the restaurant.
12am Pick up my daughter from school, swim, lunch, put her to sleep.
3pm Pick up my son from school and come home for another swim.

Tell us about your food experiences living here:  

I am absolutely in love with all the vegan/ vegetarian restaurants. Never thought I could ever become vegetarian but I now love it!

What are you enjoying most whilst living here?  

Healthy lifestyle, time with family, meeting new people all the time, so many business opportunities.

What have you least enjoyed so far? 

Traffic and dramas with finding the best Pembantu!

What do you miss back home?  

My immediate family.

Have you experienced any “culture shock’?  

Shocked about how strong the culture is here but love it.

How has it been being part of an expat community? 

Great, everyone is always wanting to make new friends.

What is the best thing you have done while you have lived here? 

Been able to afford help in the home so I can have more time with my family.

If you had to describe Bali in three words what would it be?  

Spiritual, Healthy, Paradise!

What tips do you have to those looking at making the move to Bali:

  • Dont worry about finding a home before you arrive (twice as expensive than online). Just stay in a temporary villa and get to know the area you like and get talking to all the locals.
  • Always be weary of local people taking advantage of you. Always listen to your intuition.
  • Dont do anything dodgy regarding visas. Ive heard too many horror stories so if your going to work get the right visa.
  • If you have small children make sure you get a fence built around your pool, even if they can swim.

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