Don’t travel to Indonesia. Here’s why:
Sure. The cost of living in Jakarta is only 100-300% cheaper than New York, Paris and Sydney. But still, Jakarta prices are 30%-100% higher than almost all travel-worthy cities in Indonesia combined. Travel-wise, it’s 30 days worth of saving your money and get something awesome in return: a travel to remember and a relaxed wallet. But surely, who need those?
Indonesia has everything from mighty volcanoes to pristine beaches; sand dunes to lush valleys, man-made wonders to divine creations and each one of them is a joy to behold. All of them paint Indonesia as a very beautiful place. Period. But you’ve seen better you said (but didn’t say where).
From Pulau Weh to Raja Ampat, a distance equal to three time zones and 12 hours flight, you’ll see nothing but cultural richness of Indonesia. But of course, it means nothing for you.
Just because you don’t like durian… doesn’t mean it’s not the king of the fruits as it is to many Indonesians and most Southeast Asians.
It’s funny how this one thorny-husked fruit divides the whole world into two: those who love them and those who hate them. One side describes it as a fruit from heaven above, while for the other it’s a biological weapon of mass destruction. Grey area? Close to zero.
Speaking of Indonesia’s fruit, scientists recently found that jackfruit, which is called nangka in Indonesian, is probably the only thing that can help us feeding future populations (the whole 8 Billions of us!). But you know what scientists? The people of my hometown, Yogyakarta, already did this for ages.
You see that brown substance on the middle of the gudeg picture? It tastes sweet and it’s made by slow-cooked young jack fruit’s flesh with plenty of herbs.
Lastly, let’s not forget, CNNGo crowned Indonesian Rendang and Nasi Goreng as the first and second most delicious food in the world according to its readers’ pick.
Indonesia has no less than 250 Million people spread in 13.466 inhabited islands, no less than 360 ethnic groups utilizing 719 languages.
13.466 islands, 360 ethnic groups and 719 languages
How homogeneous is that?
Our nation’s history spanned back to the time unknown to living men. The days of kingdoms that even history forgets. Claudius Ptolemy from the first century Egypt spoke of an island located due east of Indian sea named Labadius, which is likely a Greek’s rendering of Sanskrit’s Javadwipa, or Java as it’s known today.
Being a tropical country gives Indonesians strong communal spirit in every aspects of their life, working, gathering and even worshiping. Villages built, maintained and operates in this spirit. That’s why people are so friendly in Indonesia. But again, having strangers smile at you, willing to help, politely asking your stories out of genuine curiosity is too much for your individualism.
From the super cute orangutans, the scary komodo dragon and the beautiful cendrawasih of Papua, Indonesia is home to a diverse animal kingdom.
To sum things up, Indonesia has everything you look for in a travel. It has all the ingredients for a great trip: the people you’ll meet along the way, the diverse cultures you’ll experience, the culinary adventures, and of course the places you’ll find a hard time to forget, they all made Indonesia as the ultimate travel destination.