LEARNING TO SCOOT SCOOT – Riding Scooter in Bali

A boy working on a scooter

I am going to warn you now, this post is going to involve a lot of SCREAMING. Because I am so over the moon and proud of myself. Why? Today I rode my scooter a long distance all by myself!!!

As I cross things off on my Ultimate Indonesian Bucket List– I want to add a post so that you guys can hear about my experience. AND THIS EXPERIENCE IS SO FAR THE BESTTTTT.

Tonight, I rode my scooter all the way across town (IT WAS REALLY FAR YO), all by myself. I followed my friend and took every turn, stopped for gas, and even passed a car! YUP! Tell yo friends, tell yo mom, tell my mom. I DID IT.

If you read my post about the struggles of living in Bali, you know already why this is so important.

I have officially had like 3 good scooter lessons. And driven the scooter several times with someone on the back. And then the other day I rode up and down the rode by myself (and that didn’t go too well…) So long story short I was terrified of my scooter. HOWEVER – I moved Villa’s recently, which meant I had to move my scooter to my new home.

So tonight – after some delicious cheesecake on the beach – I got to take my scooter from Kerabokan back to Canggu. I was pretty nervous because there were more cars on the road then I thought there was going to be. But riding this scooter is something that I need to do. SO BAD. So Dave helped me, we went for it. And I actually made it back to the Villa. I was over the moon. Jumping for joy. Still am. Can’t sleep. TOO EXCITED.

Do I have any tips for you, from my experience? Let’s see…..

First things first – the Scooter

Riding the scooter is hard. And down right terrifying. People ride these things like crazy here. They are just honking and racing about and the dogs run out in front of you and it’s madness. So just be careful. Always, ALWAYS wear your helmet. Maybe some knee and elbow pads too. Just get all the pads and wear them all. SAFETY FIRST. Also, make sure you get a good lesson about how to turn it on. Cause let me tell you a secret – mine sat at the villa for 3 days with me, frustrated and unable to turn the damn thing on.

Next up!!

Practice going slow first. Going slow is way harder than going fast. So go somewhere, where you can ride up and down the road at least 100 times, practice turning around, practice weaving, practice driving with your feet on the ground and with your feet up. My VERY patient, loving friend Alex watched me drive up and down the road for probably 2 hours the other day, jumping out in front of me, pretending to be a dog (yah know so I would be prepared and not hit any in real life). Β It was so helpful. I promise practicing all that will change your life. If you don’t have a friend that can help you, hire a Balinese person to help you. Cause they are amazing and they will teach you SO MUCH.


For your first long distance ride (or maybe your first 10) see if someone will ride their scooter with you. If you can follow someone, that will be really helpful. You will be golden then, because you can watch them, focus on the road, and someone will be there to help you in case you do something stupid.


Just try to ride comfortably and with confidence. This is hard for me, I basically went the whole time SO TENSE. My friend was making fun of me so much. But that’s okay, I made it home and that’s all that matters.

I will keep you guys posted, but I think I am going to be the scooter master in NO TIME!!! Woot Woot!!!!!!!!!! Seriously. Over. The. Moon.

Comment below your experiences riding a scooter for the first time. I want to know I am not alone!!

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  • Jen
    August 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Mom is glad that you are wearing a helmet!!

  • Kat
    August 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Ive always wanted to ride a scooter. When I was in Bali (and Phuket), I was so jealous of girls who can ride scooters. I kept thinking, why do these girls all know how to ride one? And the answer is all in your blog: Gotta take that first step in learning. Im planning to go back to Bali, and I promise to come back to this comment section when I have my first experience already!

    • justynjen
      August 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      YES! PLEASE let me know how it goes! Best of luck xxxx

  • Morg
    August 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    LOVE THIS! I can practically hear you shouting scoot scoot!!!

    • justynjen
      August 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you!!!

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