An adventurous (and mischievous) 12-year-old boy stole his mom’s credit card and booked an escape to Bali for four days.
After getting in a fight with his mom, the boy — identified by the pseudonym Drew — stole her credit card and booked a spiteful runaway flight from his home in Australia to Denpasar.
Drew planned it all out: He tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport and packed a backpack with some t-shirts and shorts. Instead of going to school in the morning, Drew took a train to the airport. He checked into his Jetstar flight through a self-service kiosk, and passed through security without any problems.
“They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school,” Drew told the Australian television show “A Current Affair.”
The only time Drew was questioned about traveling alone was at Bali customs. But he told the immigrations officer that his mom was waiting outside — and off he went.
Once in Bali, Drew rented a motorbike and scooted around town (despite not having a license) and bought beer (though he says he didn’t like the taste). He was staying at the four-star All Seasons Hotel, where he checked in by telling staff that his sister would be joining him later.
Meanwhile back in Australia, his family was frantic. They alerted police who tried to track Drew down. Like most kids with a smartphone, Drew took videos and photos of his spree. When he posted one online, police were able to track his location. His parents flew to Bali to retrieve Drew and bring him back to Sydney.
In total, Drew spent more than $6,100 (8,000 AUD) on his adventure.
In an interview, Drew said he now regrets his Balinese jaunt and the drama it caused.
This isn’t the first time Drew has run away, according to 9News. At the age of two, he packed his bags and made his first attempt. He was apprehended in the neighborhood park.