Welcome to Indonesia

I’d like to wish you a very happy new year and a happy fresh start. New year is always a time for positive thinking and for putting plans into action: life plans, business plans and, without a doubt, travel plans.

I also think that the first day of the brand new year is a great time to embark on a new adventure: a new Destination of the Month.

And the new Destination of the Month is… drumroll… INDONESIA.

Bali Mount Bromo at Sunrise Kanawa 2013

A country diverse with stunning beaches, amazing sea life, jungle, mountains, volcanoes, rainforest and busy cities. An exotic destination made up of 18,000 islands, where there is only dry season and rainy season, and both are scorching hot.

A place where the smiling people are welcoming and friendly and genuinely curious about the pale-skinned visitors. Where Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and everyone else in between live together in peace and harmony, sharing each others customs and overlapping in beliefs.

welcome to indonesia

Welcome to Indonesia

I spent a month backpacking around the world’s largest archipelago. And this exciting group of islands with their exotic-sounding names: Java, Bali, Borneo, Kanawa, Flores, is the destination for our next set of adventures on the blog.

On this trip I took more flights and boats than I’ve ever taken on a one-month backpacking trip. I travelled by mini-bus until I couldn’t feel my butt-cheeks. And yet I still only saw a fraction of this incredible country.

From the rainforests of Indonesian Borneo, through the cities and towns of Java, to the breathtaking live volcanoes, the first half of our trip takes us on innumerable adventures full of first time experiences, such as meeting orang-utans, staying on a klotok, making street food in the street for real customers, discovering the ruined temples of Yogyakarta by motorbike and standing on the rim of a live volcano staring into the crater.

The second half of our adventure began on the colourful Hindu island of Bali and just got better and better the further we travelled, including sheer paradise on the Gili Islands and on white-sand Kanawa Island and also involving a run-in with komodo dragons.

So are you up for it? Do you fancy taking a journey in my shoes? Is your backpack ready? If you’re having trouble deciding what to pack, have a look here. Let’s go!

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