Here's one for the "don't try this at home" files: A 12-year-old Australian boy took himself on a solo vacation to Bali without telling his family. After a fight with his mom, the kid got revenge, stole her credit card, “tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport,” and then booked a vacation to beautiful Bali. The Guardian reports that his mother told him he “couldn’t go to Bali" but he managed to book himself flights and get the heck out of town.
Look, we're not recommending anyone do this. Stealing is wrong, running away from home is problematic — I mean, we probably don't have to detail all the ways in which this trip was not advisable.
Still, we can't help but notice a few things: This kid had to do an awful lot of rather savvy planning and executing in order to get to his self-imposed time out in paradise.
Off the bat, it's kind of amazing that a 12-year-old kid (who goes by Drew) picked a destination and got there no problem (unlike many adults), and he had to be pretty savvy to actually get to his desired destination then chill for four days.
Here’s all the things he had to do to get away from his mom on his "I hate you, I’m going to Bali!" getaway that actually kind of impress us, even if we would never condone such behavior:
First, the kid knows his way around the Internet.
He researched an airline that allows 12-year-olds to fly unaccompanied and found a Jetstar flight from Sydney to Perth. He bought a ticket with his mom’s credit card and it was wheels up!
He lied like a pro.
“I’m going to school now,” he told his parents. No. No he wasn't. OK, kids lie — but not all of them do it so convincingly.
Got to the airport without attracting attention.
He hopped on his razor scooter and rode to the local train station. He purchased a train ticket there to the airport.
He packed light.
And remembered swim trunks!
He made the flight on time.
He did bring the scooter to the airport for easy breezy getting around.
He checked in for his flight using a self-service kiosk.
When he boarded he showed his school ID, proving he was 12.
He figured out how to transfer flights.
He managed to make a transfer flight from Perth to Bali without anyone asking questions.
He remembered to bring ID for the plane and the hotel.
“They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school,” he told A Current Affair in Oz. “It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”
He managed get to, then check in to a hotel in Bali.
He picked the All Seasons — and paid with his mom’s card. He told staff he was waiting for his sister, then went to his room to kick back while his parents lost their minds. He wasn't waiting for anything but a fun time.
He managed to feed himself... and party too.
He spent four days total in Bali, rented a scooter to get around and drank beers. He also tagged a video of himself on social media frolicking in the hotel swimming pool. According to Channel Nine, the trip cost his parents $6,100 in U.S. equivalent funds. When his parents shut off the card, he used the extra cash he had remembered to bring.
He’s in trouble — but he sure is independent.
His mother, Emma, had to fly to Bali to pick him up when she realized he’d been absent from school and using her credit card for his luxurious trip. She told local TV he hates when people tell him “no” so he decided to do what he wanted. What he wanted was to go to Bali.
“He just doesn’t like the word ‘no’, and that’s what I got, a kid in Indonesia,” his mother, Emma, told A Current Affair. “[We're] shocked, disgusted, there’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas.”
Look, we're shocked and disgusted too — but also, admittedly, kind of impressed.
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