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Good to know: When traveling to Indonesia

April 19, 2017

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I’m sure you guys have already seen on Instagram that I’ve been traveling to Indonesia and had THE time of my life! It was the most amazing trip ever and now that I’m back home, it kinda feels surreal. Did all of this actually happen? Did I really fly over 11.000 km to a country I didn’t know much about and spend 24 h/day with people I hardly knew? Did I really have a monkey sitting on my shoulder, eating a banana? And – did I really bury my face in another women’s boobs?? Yes, it all happened and it was amazing!
Now that a lot of people are traveling to Indonesia, I wanted to share a few things that are good to know when going there. Just to avoid awkward moments or death penalty..

  1. Buy an Indonesian SIM card to have internet access wherever you go. It only costs you a few euros and it will make everything much easier.

  2. When walking, watch your step! Balinese people prepare offerings for the gods and place them on the street. Show respect and don’t step on it!

  3. Be aware of monkeys – they’re not only super cute but also very good thieves.. Take care of your bag, sunglasses, phone etc.

  4. Everything goes very slow in Indonesia – Indonesian people may take a little bit longer for everything than you’re used to. Be patient and don’t forget – you’re on holidays, no need to rush!

  5. DON’T do drugs! Indonesia has a strict law and taking drugs is penalized with death penalty.

  6. Before entering temples, you’ll need to wear a sarong. They usually have these at the entrance.

  7. Take off your shoes before entering a person’s house or a temple.

  8. When going to a market, haggle with the market owners; it is expected. Usually, you can haggle the price down to 50%.

  9. When driving, use your horn to honk a lot. It is a means of indicating that you’re overtaking or trying to get some type of attention.

  10. When traveling to Indonesia, don’t just stay in one place. There is SO much to see and domestic flights are really cheap (use the App Traveloka to book flights and hotels).

And most important: enjoy life (and don’t forget to stop along the way to take photos)!

Lots of Love,
– Kate

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