We met Gary and Donna on the plane to Bali. They are a couple in their late 70’s from Newcastle, Australia.
After chatting away for hours, I was so inspired by them. They travel to Bali every second year with a group of five couples. And they have no intentions of stopping anytime soon. They love Bali and travel, and we want the world to know why.
Enjoy our Bali traveller Interview with Gary and Donna…
Q. On your first trip to Bali, what was your first impressions?
It was 18 years ago. We love it. The friendliness of the Balinese, the weather, and everything was so affordable.
Q. What has kept you coming back all these years, and what has changed?
We keep coming back because of the weather, the people and it’s so affordable. The main change in the last 18 years is that the locals are much more acclimatised to tourism and tourists.
Q. What are your favourite places to visit in Bali?
Nusa Lembongan. It’s quiet, away from the hustle and bustle.
Q. What are your favourite things to do in Bali?
I love to laze around on the beach, go and grab some lunch and come back and do the same. We can do this at home but enjoy this more in Bali. The food is great and we love the restaurants.
Q. What would you say to people who think Bali is just for young people?
Definitely not, Bali is for people of all ages.
Q. Some people are concerned about safety in Bali. Do you think Bali is safe and what advice would you give people to stay safe?
These days, it is a concern, especially after the Bali Bombings. If you go to the right areas, It’s not a concern. If you are going to mix with a young crowd and alcohol is consumed beyond what it should be, there will be trouble. We bring the trouble to Bali.
Q. For people over 50 who are thinking about coming to Bali, what final words could you leave with them?
Do it, come to Bali. What more can you say. Take life as it comes.
Bali Traveller Interview – The Wrap
I hope you enjoyed our Bali Traveller interview with Gary and Donna. Gary and Donna are a great example of people who live life to the fullest.
We were actually on another plane the day before with them as well. That plane few for 2 hrs then got turned back to Sydney (4hrs total). They probably would have spent the rest of the night re-organising everything (as we did) and got up early again the next day for the flight back to Bali. This new flight ended up going Sydney to Melbourne, stopping in Melbourne for a few hours, then onto Bali. And the photo we took was at the end of all this, at Bali Airport, and they look amazing!
Gary and Donna, thanks so much for the interview and the outlook on life :)