Travel to Indonesia or Not (1): That Is the Question

Indo girls

It’s that time of year once again–time, that is, to plan my summer trip. In about 2 months I’ll be off from work for the summer, which means I’ll have a nice chunk of time to travel.

Of course, and unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of money to do it, so the trip will probably be for 4 to 5 weeks. Also, I’ll have to plan this just right to make it work. I love the idea of Indonesia, but I’m not 100% sure at this point if that’s where I’m going or if the plan will come together. Here’s why:

1. I may not travel solo this time

I’m used to traveling on my own and do quite well with it (prefer it for the most part), but I may be going with a very good friend of mine who’s itching to take a trip with me. She like the types of adventures I tend to have and would love to have one, too; she’s not sure how to do it on her own. I’ve said a sort of conditional ‘yes’ (see #2).


2. My travel companion has never taken a major trip abroad

Yup, she’s a newbie. Never been to Europe and certainly not a developing country. Wouldn’t touch a hostel with a ten-foot pole (and that’s OK because I generally only take a private room or share with one other person at them these days).

She’d like to have her own room for most of the trip (and I think I might want that too this time around), which means we’ll lose the savings from sharing. Also, I’m not sure she’ll like basic low-budget rooms (as I define that category). And I know how challenging it can be to find the right place to stay.

Because of this, we’re giving things a trial run. She’s arriving today, from Atlanta, to spend several days with me in my small apartment in NJ with one bathroom (and you have to walk through the one bedroom to get to it). I may take her somewhere a bit adventurous and even borderline dangerous (details later) right her in NJ to see how she handles it.

Not quite a low-budget/backpacking/adventure travel simulation, but good enough to serve as a testing grounding before a possible month-long trip. If for some reason we don’t get along or don’t agree re: how to approach the trip, then we just won’t take it and nothing will be lost.

3. She’s recently recovered from a serious illness

For privacy reasons, I’d rather not say what the illness was. But let’s just that somehow, by doing exactly what her doctors told her–and going way beyond–she has made a recovery that’s nothing short of miraculous.

I think she’s quite healthy (works out more than I do at this point and is a healthy eater) and has gotten the OK from her doctor as far as taking a trip, etc. She can walk just fine, but probably wouldn’t be able to take on serious hiking. And that’s OK; if I want to, I can do that on my own.

Ijen Volcano / Indonesia, East Javaphoto © 2008 flydime | more info (via: Wylio

4.Airfares are running high to many countries, including Indonesia

I don’t want money to be such a major factor in this decision, but…it does play a role of some sort. I’m a professor at a 2-year college, after all, and not made of money. The same is true for her. She’s also an underpaid professor.

And while I know that Indonesia is relatively cheap once you’re there, the problem is the…getting there. I’ll have to figure out the land costs and then see if this is workable or not.

5. It’s hard to find a good alternative to Indonesia.

If we determine that the trip is going to be too expensive, we’ll have to consider an alternative or two. We’re also looking at Colombia and Panama (I’m pretty fluent in Spanish, by the way, and used to live in Ecuador and have seen a lot of Central America) or maybe Namibia, countries I haven’t been to. They’re also appealing for certain reasons, but I must admit that I’m sort of smitten with indonesia at the moment.

6. I’m slightly freaked out by the earthquake/tsunami in Japan

Up until last week, I hadn’t thought much about earthquakes and tsunamis. Sure, what happened in Indonesia was in the back of my mind, but I wasn’t actively thinking about it. Also, I tend to visit countries in serious earthquake zones, so me going to a place like Indonesia almost makes sense.

But after the recent events in Japan, I started thinking about Indonesia’s location on that very same “Ring of Fire” and got a little bit freaked out. While I would still go, of course (I don’t let fear control me), I’m just a tiny bit weirded out right now.

And so…I must say…despite all of the above, I’m still feeling pretty smitten with the idea of this trip to Indonesia. I can’t imagine what else would do it for me now.

What do you think?

Costs

Have you been to Indonesia? How inexpensive is it once you’re there? Even if the flight is expensive, could this be a decent low-budget destination (without having to rough it too much)?

Alternative trips

Any ideas for alternative destinations in the event Indonesia proves to be too expensive/complicated? I’m thinking that I’d like something beautiful and exotic, with indigenous cultures, a beach, etc.

Traveling with a friend

Any tips? I’ve had some success with this, but one time I did not. The friendship ended as a result of the trip. I don’t want that to happen this time. Any advice re: what we should be talking about now? What should I be asking her? Also, what can we do later to ensure that we get along?

Thank you.

Thanks for any and all help. I appreciate it! Hopefully, over the next few days, I’ll make a final decision and begin looking at plane tickets and dates.

Photo credit (two girls) goes to  John Y Can.

53 Responses to Travel to Indonesia or Not (1): That Is the Question
  1. Michelle B (shutterbuk)
    March 16, 2011 | 9:29 am

    I don’t have any advice but I think your idea of having your friend come stay with you for a bit and do a trial run is genius! I can’t wait to hear how that turns out

    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:00 am

      Thanks, Michelle. I hope the trial run goes well. Will let you/everyone else know in the next post! :)

  2. Jeruen
    March 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    If Indonesia is too far, why not try Central America? I do share the worry with the steep airfare, which is why it’s not the case that I find myself visiting my family (I’m originally from the Philippines). Instead, since I find myself living in this hemisphere for the moment, I’m exploring places that are near, such as Latin America.

    You mentioned exotic, indigenous cultures, and a beach. Mexico comes to mind. I was just there last January, and definitely enjoyed it. If the size of the country is a little too big, then try Guatemala, which I think has all three of those things but on a smaller scale. I myself haven’t been, but is perhaps next on my list.

    And regarding the traveling with a friend thing. That’s tricky. I think a match in personality is very crucial. I’ve traveled with 2 people so far, and both still are friends of mine. With one, this person is also an INTJ (ever heard of the Myers-Briggs Typology of Personalities?) like me, and we definitely matched up. We were both planners, we the aspects that we were good at were complementary to each other. The other person was more passive, and I ended up being the one in control of almost everything. That was okay, but I didn’t like that too much. I needed feedback, and I wasn’t getting it. After all, it’s a trip for two, not one plus a caddy. Overall, I think communication is essential. Tell the other person what’s in your mind more often than usual, because in a foreign environment, it pretty much amounts to sharing a time capsule with your friend for the duration of the trip.

    Good luck! I’ll be curious to know what your plans end up being. Keep us posted.
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    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:05 am

      Thanks for the advice, Jeruen. Appreciate it! Central America is a real possibility, but I’ve been to many of its countries at this point. I would definitely consider Panama since I have not been there. (Have been to Guate a few times and love it!)

      As for Mexico….I simply adore it. It really would be an easy option. It’s so big that even though I’ve been there a few times, there’s always something new to see. I won’t rule that out (although Indonesia is very tempting.)

      Interesting re: Myers-Briggs… I don’t know what my friend is, but I tend to be ENTJ. I would imagine she’s an IN + something, but I could be wrong. Maybe we should test and compare results. I hear you re: too much passivity. I think that would bother me; I don’t want to have to run the show. I think the idea of speaking your mind more than you normally would makes sense. It’s easy to assume things and then get into trouble.

      I really appreciate your ideas/insights and will definitely keep you/everyone else posted. Thanks!

  3. sysilia
    March 16, 2011 | 9:56 am

    Hi, Lisa.

    Maybe you should talk to your friend first. let her know about Indonesia (the condition, hostel, budget, culture,earthquakes, everything you know), your traveling style and how you both can get along together.
    Ask her also what she wants and make sure whether she will be fine with Indonesia condition if you both finally visit Indonesia.
    About tsunamis or earthquakes, we can’t control them, just be careful and hope for the best :D

    Well, not because I’m Indonesian and I say this Indonesia is too beautiful to be passed but that’s true :) . I try to explore to whole country till now and I’m lucky enough that I met bunch of kind hearted people along the way and make me love my country more and more .
    Good luck, Lisa. All the best for you.
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    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:07 am

      Hi, Sysilia. Thanks for your advice…it’s very good! I have a feeling that you’re right about Indonesia..that it’s simply too gorgeous/wonderful to pass by. Where are you, by the way? If we do come, perhaps we can meet for a day or something.

      Re: the natural disaster issues….you’re right. Will keep that in mind. Thanks, again!

      • sysilia
        March 16, 2011 | 11:32 am

        :) just let me know. If you come, I can suggest some places here especially Flores or Yogyakarta.
        I live in Jakarta but will move to Bandung in next few months after I finish study.
        I would be very happy if we can meet someday! have a nice day, Lisa!
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  4. Tran
    March 16, 2011 | 9:58 am

    Tough situation. If price becomes your primary factor, a trip to Colombia or Panama should be pretty cheap from Atlanta or NJ. We were just there a few months ago and can’t imagine that you wouldn’t have a good time there. As for your friend, if she has an inkling of adventure in her, and she has already expressed an interest in having the kinds of adventure you have, why not take her along? We found that meeting up with friends and family in Panama and Peru was a trip highlight and something we can talk about for years to come….
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    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:26 am

      Hi, Tran…yes, it is tough! True re: Colombia/Panama. The prices would be just fine, I think. And I’m sure we’d love it there. Also, I’m relatively fluent in Spanish, which would help a lot. Both countries appeal to me for different reasons and could be a nice combo.

      Sounds like you had a great time in Panama and Peru–awesome! I’ll come check out your blog and see what it was like.

      Muchas gracias!

  5. Gray
    March 16, 2011 | 10:03 am

    Ooh, I love seeing your thought process for this trip! Kinda can’t blame you about being freaked out about earthquakes and tsunamis right now, and even if you were willing to risk it, as an experienced traveler, what about your friend, who is a newbie? And amen on the airfare. It’s brutal right now.

    I do have advice for traveling with a friend: When she comes to visit, sit down and interview each other thoroughly about your travel styles. Include budget, are you a night owl/morning person, what kinds of things do you each like to do, do you need some “alone time” every day, is she independent enough to go off and do her own thing for an afternoon while you do something different, are you willing to split meals to save costs, what sorts of situations makes each of you cranky, etc. Best get all of these things out in the open now so there are no surprises. I did that before traveling with a friend and it worked out beautifully.

    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:09 am

      Hi, Gray–and thanks so much. I like how practical you are. Those are excellent questions/points to focus on when we’re chatting re: our styles. I’m glad to hear that learning about that made for a successful trip with your friend.

      So…re: the natural disasters….you get it, huh? Good…I feel better. I honestly wasn’t thinking about Indonesia’s experience, but in the context of Japan, it’s hard not to…

  6. Geoff
    March 16, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Indonesia is incredibly cheap while you are there, and internal travel by bus and by ferry is very cheap. Even internal flights can be pretty cheap too. It’s a beautiful country too, with rich local culture that varies quite widely from island to island, and some of the best beaches I’ve ever seen, too.

    It’s also an incredibly friendly country too, and people are always warm and welcoming. I spent more than two months there and had an incredible time.

    However…the country is huge, and bus and ferry journeys can be very long, and not always that comfortable compared to some countries. Accommodation of a good standard can be had in many areas for a good price, but in some of the more out of the way countries I went to the cheaper accommodation was pretty basic, which was fine for me, but might be harder to deal with for someone who hasn’t travelled so much.

    It sounds like the country would be perfect for you, the big deciding factor for me would be how much your friend can cope with sometimes less than comfortable transport and occasionally basic accommodation.

    Having also travelled in Colombia and Central America – I would say that costs in Indonesia once you’re there are a fair bit cheaper than most of Latin America. If you do end up in Colombia…I can heartily recommend that too, I loved it there as well!
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    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:16 am

      Hi, Geoff! So…you were there for 2 months? Great. You’re an excellent resource then. I appreciate your taking the time to share info with me.

      First, thanks for reminding me about the inexpensive internal costs. That does make a difference when you’re considering the flight.

      Second, I totally hear you re: the transport/basic accommodation. That’s where I think my friend might not do so well. If you’ve never sat on a rickety bus for a few hours with no AC or slept in a bed that’s a little too soft, it might be a bit shocking.

      BTW…how much would a decent room cost for a night in Indonesia? What I mean by that is basic, clean and comfortable and possibly with its own bathroom. Sort of low budget, but not bottom of the barrel. Do you recall? I have other questions re: specific locations, etc., but I’ll save them for the next post, which will focus on that.

      I’m also a fan of Latin America. Have not been to Colombia..yet. Cool that you’ve been there. Did you spend time in cities and the country? Were there any safety issues that you dealt with? Just wondering…

  7. Julia
    March 16, 2011 | 10:57 am

    I’ve never been to Indonesia (although it’s on my list) but from what i can see it shouldn’t be a problem to get a decent hostel / hotel with single bedrooms for a very reasonable price, so hopefully you’d be able to fulfil your friend’s wishes on that one. I know exactly where you’re coming from on the airfare issue, this is also a biggie for me when deciding where to go, but I would say that certainly Namibia, if you chose that instead, would probably work out more expensive while you were there (just from what i have read and heard). But I would say that if you’re really liking the idea of Indonesia then go with it, please don’t let the recent tsunami issue affect you at all. After all, bad things can happen anywhere in the world at any time.
    As for the friend thing, maybe you should just both discuss exactly what it is you want from the trip. Does she want different things from it than you do – culture / beach / nightlife / museums, etc. If you both want to see and do pretty similar stuff there shouldn’t be an issue. Also, if you are both very clear on budget expectations from the beginning at least you’ll know the kind of trip it will be.

    Hope I have helped in some nonsensical way! lol
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    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:22 am

      Hi, Julia. Your advice is excellent! I think you’re right re: Namibia and re: knowing what we want out of the trip. I think my friend and I should go to B&N and check out some guide books to get a better idea of what we’d like to do. Perhaps we can choose our faves without discussing them first and then compare. If we want pretty much the same, it’ll be easier. If not, then we’ll have to be more creative and compromise a bit. Agree re: the earthquake/tsunami issues, too.

      Thanks so much….you have helped!

  8. jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World
    March 16, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Well, you know what my answer is going to be on this one :) In terms of your friend, it’s a toughie — Jack’s very first time abroad was to Indonesia. Talking about a culture shock. He always says that without my family around, he’d hightail it back to the states after the first 2 hours. Then again, he went to Jakarta.

    I’m assuming if you fly somewhere like Bali, it would be a much better introduction to the country.

    If you did decide to go, don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
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    • CB Driver
      March 16, 2011 | 11:35 am

      Hi, Jill….I appreciate your help. And interesting re: Jack and Jakarta. Will keep that in mind!

      I may have some specific questions for you in my next post re: open jaws flights, possible itineraries and transportation within the country.

      Thanks so much!

  9. Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_
    March 16, 2011 | 11:38 am

    You have a world of options my friend. I would go to the Philippines if it were me, but I have no idea how much that would cost. I wish I could give you more advice, but all I can say is YES YES YES. Yes to Indonesia or wherever. DO IT…. and bring me with. :)
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    • CB Driver
      March 17, 2011 | 12:53 am

      You’re right, Lindsay, and that’s a good thing! The Philippines is appealing too….could be v cool–especially knowing some Tweeps from there. Hmmm. Anyway, thank you and PS: I’m saving room in my backpack for you! :)

  10. Sabina
    March 16, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    Vietnam as an alternative? Aside from its distance from the US, which might make airfare a little steep, I think this would be a great, inexpensive, exotic locale. I just left a few days ago after spending a month there. It’s cheap, the tourist towns have tons of wide-ranging accommodations from hostels to five-star hotels, and to get from one location to the other you can fly on Vietnam Airlines for maybe $50 per flight. I took one flight with them and the coach class was the nicest I have ever seen, with huge, comfortable seats. Other forms of transport in Vietnam would be dirty and uncomfortable, which is why I’m suggesting flying. There’s many, many interesting towns and cities and your four to five weeks would allow you to see most everything pretty thoroughly. It’s really a pretty developed country with actual highways and tall buildings, and it’s exotic enough to be thoroughly entertaining every moment.

    • CB Driver
      March 17, 2011 | 12:55 am

      Hi, Sabina. Funny that you should mention Vietnam. It’s a country I’ve definitely considered. Thanks for sharing that info about it. Always nice get an idea about the specifics. Sounds pretty cool.

      Tomorrow, my friend and I are going to go to B & N to look at guidebooks and to chat. I’m sure we’ll look at one for Vietnam. Shookran! :)

  11. flip
    March 16, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    hi lisa,

    fly to london/paris from usa and then check the london/paris-KL airfare via airasia and then hop on another airasia flight to indonesia… its the only low cost carrier that i know that flies near you…
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    • CB Driver
      March 17, 2011 | 12:57 am

      Hi, Flip. Interesting possibility. Do you think that it could work out to be less money? I’ve heard that you can get some sweet deals out of the UK.

      PS: How hot is it there by you in the summer? :)

      • flip
        March 17, 2011 | 2:08 am

        sometimes 30 degrees celsius… i think you’ll get good deals to uk or france from us… compare the prices esp now that air asia has current promos
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        • CB Driver
          March 18, 2011 | 5:59 pm

          30′s not bad. Thanks for sharing that info!

  12. TraceMyTrip
    March 16, 2011 | 9:04 pm

    Go for it. Vietnam and Indonesia are both great locations, cheap food and accom, full-on culture. I think the trip would mean a lot to your friend if she just recovered from a serious illness and needs to reaffirm her life. Seeing as you’ll have separate rooms and can do different activities now and then, it shouldn’t be a huge strain on the friendship. Jakarta can be crazy, but Bali is lovely. I think go, and then you won’t have to wonder “what if.”

    I think talk about what each of you wants to do on the trip. If you want to do different things, cool, maybe you can spend time apart. Talk about jet lag culture shock and let her study the culture before going, so she’s a bit prepared for it all. But when you’re there, just have a good time and don’t worry too much about whether she’s okay. It will be an adventure.

    • CB Driver
      March 17, 2011 | 12:59 am

      Hi and thanks for the info/advice. Great point re: my friend. I agree that the trip would mean a lot to my friend. It does sound just right.

      PS: Your plan is perfect! Tomorrow, we’re going to check out the Lonely Planet, etc. to see what we want to do and then we’ll compare notes. She’s said that she might want to focus on Bali. Perhaps I’ll go first and have some adventure on my own–then meet up with her for the chilling out phase. Something like that.

      Thanks!

  13. Dina
    March 16, 2011 | 11:28 pm

    It’s interesting to read this post, about traveling to Indonesia or not, since I’m Indonesian. Flight is indeed not cheap. I lived in Canada for several years, and very rarely come back home for that reason. I’m in Central America (Honduras right now), I think it’s a good alternative considering the cheap flight going here.
    But outside the flight (cost and length of time), I think you and your friend will love it there. Once you get there, things are cheap. Food is amazing too. Bali is really great for a beginner. Temples, beaches, rice fields, monkey forests, sunsets, traditional ceremonies, it’s a wonderful and easy place. Yogjakarta in Java is a popular destination too, it has plenty of amazing temples nearby, including the Borobudur (Jill from JackAndJillTravel commented earlier, there’s a link to their Yogyakarta post).
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    • CB Driver
      March 17, 2011 | 1:03 am

      Hi, Dina. Nice to meet you!

      Yes, Central America is cheap–a great deal. I love it there. But now I’ve got this craving for your fascinating/exotic country. Looks so amazing. And the way you described it, I’m ready to buy my ticket now. I’d love to see those temples and the traditional ceremonies. How hard is it to see authentic cultural stuff? My friend is a sociologist and would love to see the ‘monkey chant.’ So would I. I thought it was incredible the first time I saw the film Baraka.

      Anyway, I’m so glad you commented and I hope I can ask you questions in the next post, where I’ll be focusing on flights/itinerary, etc. I’m confused re: the size of the country and the distances from and to the various locations.

      Thanks so much!

      • Dina
        March 17, 2011 | 7:12 pm

        Ah, I see! Sounds like you need to go ahead going there :) People in Bali (probably except in some of the too touristy area) are still living their traditional life, so ceremonies are quite authentic there as far as I know. Besakih temple is usually great to see ceremonies. But I’ve seen ceremonies in different temples too for example “Tanah Lot”, a temple on the rock on the beach. I love this one from the exotic looking temple, sacred snakes, and amazing sunset. If you love sunset, Uluwatu is also the way to go. Uluwatu combines temple, monkeys, high cliff, with sunsets over the sea. Temple silhouette looks majestic.
        http://www.vagabondquest.com/greece/sunsets_from_around_the_world_part_1/

        Monkey chants, eh. Not sure which one is called monkey chants, but sure they are noisy. If you are lucky (or unlucky), they’ll jump to your shoulder or even head! (And the chant will be loud and clear, :D )

        Would love to help you with any questions! Just let me know! If you want to email me, here’s my address:

        (I haven’t seen Baraka yet, but now that you mentioned that and I read up about it, I want to see it!)
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        • CB Driver
          March 18, 2011 | 6:01 pm

          Dina–thanks so much for the info. If you’re in Bali, is it possible to get away from super touristy areas? It does sound like a great place and I’m sure we’ll spend a good chunk of time there if this comes together (which it may). Tanah Lot sounds great! Funny re: the moneys!

          Thanks for your e-mail; I appreciate that. And I hope you get to see Baraka…I’m sure you’ll love it!

  14. Aaron @ Aaron's Worldwide Adventures
    March 17, 2011 | 12:49 am

    Regarding the threat of tsunami/earthquake, I am of the opinion that unexpected things can happen ANYWHERE (including at home) and there really isn’t a whole lot you can do to stop them. So why live your life in fear? What will happen will happen. (A lot about this in my post linked below)

    Regarding Indonesia vs elsewhere, considering the huge expense and the fact that you’re friend hasn’t done extended traveling, you may be better off going somewhere closer to home and a bit more familiar.
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    • CB Driver
      March 17, 2011 | 1:04 am

      Good points, Aaron. I agree re: fear. I haven’t let it rule me before, so why should I now? As for the cost and my friend’s lack of experience, something cheaper and closer would make sense. But we just can’t figure out an alternative that gets us excited enough.

      Will keep you advice in mind, though. Thanks!

      • Fearful Girl
        March 21, 2011 | 10:24 pm

        Fear shouldn’t rule you, but I do empathise. There’s something about major natural disasters that make me want to nest. Must resist, though. We’re all going to die somehow anyway, right?
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  15. Tropic Jeff
    March 17, 2011 | 1:29 am

    Go for it CB ! I like the idea of taking your friend along, and seeing her experience everything for the first time. A “trial run” weekend is a smart idea! Who knows where your life will be next year…. take on Indonesia this year!

    • CB Driver
      March 18, 2011 | 5:59 pm

      Hi, Jeff–and thanks! It can be fun to see someone experiencing something for the first time. The ‘trial run’ has been going pretty well. I think we’re close to making a decision!

  16. Bluegreen Kirk
    March 17, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    You plan more for you friend coming than I do to go on an actual trip. I say if you can make it happen go for it you and your friend are looking for an adventure so do it.
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    • CB Driver
      March 18, 2011 | 5:59 pm

      Thanks, Kirk. We may just do that! :)

  17. Kim
    March 18, 2011 | 12:12 am

    I think you should go for it and I think you should go with your friend. Even if it isn’t the very best travel experience you ever have it might launch your friend to a whole new level of existence and help her find her own travel bug. I also hear you about the Japan tsumani and earthquake, but life is risky, you know? You can’t let the fear stop you (and I know you won’t… and aren’t planning to let it stop you).
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    • CB Driver
      March 18, 2011 | 6:02 pm

      Hi, Kim. Thank you…good point re: my friend and helping her get bitten by her own travel bug! Good point re: risk… Right now, it’s starting to look good. We may go for it!

  18. Charu
    March 18, 2011 | 12:25 am

    I am of the opinion that a destination really calls out to you. If Indonesia is really where you have your heart set, you need to fulfill it, costs/newbie/ tsunami fears all aside. I think later down the road you’ll be playing a game of what/ if. You certainly don’t want to feel that way–EVER!
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    • CB Driver
      March 18, 2011 | 6:03 pm

      Hey, Charu…..yes re: a place ‘calling to you.’ I think I know what you mean. That’s what usually happens to me and once my mind is made up, then I really do have to follow that feeling.

      And no, I’d rather not play ‘what if? So….thanks for your advice! :)

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  20. German Dominguez
    April 2, 2011 | 2:06 am

    Lisa, hello… it’s German (from Zaadz / Gaia)…
    My advice about going to Indonesia or NOt….
    JUST GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love… G

  21. German Dominguez
    April 2, 2011 | 2:08 am

    if you wanna go there,,, talk to me… lived there for 6 months… love it!!!

    • CB Driver
      April 2, 2011 | 9:24 am

      Hola, German! Yes, we must talk. I’m starting to get cold feet. Click here and you’ll see why…

  22. Matt
    April 25, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    I can’t say enough great things about Indonesia. I love that country and the people. I’ve been there 3 times now and we plan on moving there at the end of this year. I’m a bit biased though ’cause my wife is Indonesian. Incredibly beautiful place that is totally affordable.
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    • CB Driver
      April 25, 2011 | 11:35 pm

      Hi, Matt. I’m sure it’s wonderful…it really looks like my cup of tea. And I will be going–but not this year. If you read the later posts, you’ll see how/why I made my decision. Right now, it makes sense to go to Latin America. But Indonesia is still up there, pretty much at the top of my list. Thanks and when that comes together, I may have some questions for you!

      • Matt
        April 26, 2011 | 12:22 am

        I hope when you decide to visit Indonesia that we will be there as well. We leave in September/October.

        • CB Driver
          April 27, 2011 | 12:00 am

          I hope so, Matt. Would be great to meet you! If I go next year, it’ll probably be in May. We’ll see what happens. Thank you.

  23. tempo dulu
    June 22, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Indonesia is a very safe country – just use common sense. The most dangerous thing is the transportation – especially the roads. Motorcycle accidents kill a tourist a day in Bali, but you never hear about that.
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    • CB Driver
      July 3, 2011 | 12:45 pm

      Wow….very interesting. Had not idea about the motorcycle accidents. Shame. Anyway, thanks for sharing the information!

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