12-year-old boy steals family credit card to book Bali vacation after fight with his mom

A 12-year-old Australian boy gave his mother a scare after reportedly booking a secret trip to Bali, Indonesia with the family credit card.

The boy, called Drew by A Current Affair, got into an argument with his mother, Emma, and was allegedly told the family would not be going to Bali for vacation.


The Pantai Jimbaran, or PJ's, beachfront restaurant looks out over Jimbaran Bay at the Four Seasons Hotel on Bali, August 13, 2003. With room rates from $575 to $3500 per night, the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay occupancy rate in August 2003 was approximately 51 percent, down from 85 percent during the same period in 2002. [Last year's deadly bombing attacks dealt a body blow to a tourist industry that provides a livelihood for 70 percent of the 3 million people living on this island of surfing beaches and lush rice paddies. In the first half of this year, only 411,864 tourists came to Bali, down 39.77 percent from the 683,765 in the same period last year, according to Indonesia's bureau of statistics.] - PBEAHUONNEA

The Australian pre-teen booked a flight and a hotel all without his parents knowing.  (Reuters)

Drew apparently did not like his mother’s response and decided to go on the trip anyway – by himself.

The tween started by researching airlines that allowed 12-year-olds to fly without parental supervision or a note and then booked himself a flight. He also found a hotel room for the four days he planned to stay and researched how to get there from the airport.

After Drew finalized his plans, he convinced his grandmother to give him his passport, A Current Affair reported. The day of the flight, he jumped on his razor scooter and told his family he was going to school. However, he headed to the Sydney airport instead.

Once at the airport, Drew utilized the self-service kiosk to check-in to his nearly 7-hour flight. Though, an airport employee did ask to verify his age.

“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.

A Gojek driver pillions a customer as he rides his motorcycle through a business district street in Jakarta, June 9, 2015. Jakarta's traffic jams are a constant vexation for the city's 10 million residents. The Indonesian capital's glaring inefficiencies have also created opportunities for the likes of Makarim, who has launched a smartphone app, GO-JEK, that lets users summon a motorbike rider to weave them quickly through gridlocked traffic, deliver a meal or even get the shopping. Picture taken June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta  - GF10000123496

When the boy touched down in Bali, he rented a Go Jek scooter to get him to the hotel where to he lied to staff about meeting his sister.  (Reuters)

When he landed in Bali, the resourceful pre-teen rented a Go Jek bike at the airport to get himself to the All Seasons hotel, where he told staff he was meeting his older sister, but had arrived early and was checking in, News.com.au reported.


However, his four-day vacation was not as carefree as he planned. Soon after he left, his school reported him missing and his mother quickly discovered he had traveled to Bali alone. Emma immediately jumped on a flight to go get him.

“Shocked, disgusted, there’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas,” she told A Current Affair.

Though Drew did not seem to mind his getaway came to an abrupt end.

“It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure,” he told A Current Affair.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.