Those who party hard and ugly in Bali could be partying hard in Engadine or St Kilda, except the drinks are cheaper and the waiters are too gentle to tell you to rack off (an expression from my youth, sadly not used much today.) It’s a kind of bullying, on an international scale, where those with disposable income, leisure time and a highly developed sense of entitlement lord it over those who depend upon their tourist dollars.
They can’t get away with it at home and they’re the bottom of the food chain here, so it’s the one place on earth they can behave like gods, even if they’re too pissed to know it. I’m absolutely sure we in Melbourne first coined the term “bogan” and now we have “boganaires” – bogans with money. It’s the rise of the uneducated and unsophisticated traveller who believes wealth trumps local customs and standards of propriety.
Most Australian “boganaires” are without real fortunes, just a healthy exchange rate on the dollar in a low-cost destination that allows them to feel like kings for a week. With them, we export our very serious national problems of alcoholism and hoonery. These low-rent boganaires may be only a small proportion of Australian holidaymakers who visit Bali and Thailand, but their impact is out of proportion.
– Lee Tulloch