The media blowing things out of proportion needs to stop. In the case of Bali, their click-bate constructed headlines are hurting millions of locals.
Last week, before we flew in, I was super worried about coming to Bali. That fear came from headlines like “locals waiting to die” and “thousands stranded while volcano threatens island”. Just total crap headlines that only tell a small part of the story. I didn’t even know if our flight would be cancelled.
But it wasn’t cancelled.
And the news made it look 100x’s worse than it really is.
And when we got here Dec 6th, the airport was empty. In fact, our flight that holds over 300 people was only 10% full.
As we left airport we saw nothing but blue skies and relaxed people.
No danger or impending doom. No madness or chaos.
But I soon saw something else. Locals worrying about their wellbeing because the tourists have vanished. Hotels that were between 80-100% capacity this time last year are at 15-25%. Shops are empty. Shifts are being cut in what is supposed to be one of the busiest seasons. And it’s heartbreaking! This is how they feed their children, pay their bills, and support their families.
I recognize that the locals who live near the volcano, and depend on the land surrounding it, are still in danger. But the rest of Bali is not.
Most hotels are over 60km outside the danger zone. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone in Bali who is directly affected by the volcano, as well as the locals who lives DEPEND on tourism. I also realize people did experience delayed/cancelled flights, but the news made it out like it was the end of times.
🌴Come back to Bali. It’s as beautiful, safe, and vibrant as ever. The Balinese people are ready to welcome you with open arms! ✌️✨
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