Travel is one of the greatest and most rewarding things you can do in life. Millions of people, all over the world, live for their next big trip. In some cases, this trip is simply to another state or a city not very far away. Some people also travel to other nearby countries and they might venture across the sea to a completely different part of the world. Many people, however, long to visit an exciting and exotic locale but they’re afraid of facing trouble when it comes to getting around. Indonesia is a perfect place to visit and it’s actually quite easy to get around.
Indonesia is made up of many different islands, all varying in size. The larger islands, including Java and Sumatra, are home to fully developed and modern locations with large cities that include everything you’d expect from a major metropolis. On these larger islands, getting around is just as easy as it is at home.
Cars are a popular choice for many travellers because it allows them to see different sites on their own time. You can easily rent an automobile from any number of local rental companies. Public transportation is another great option because it is so affordable and frees you from the need to worry about parking and other car related concerns – you will see small minibuses called “Bemos” all over the country packed full of passengers, often colorfully decorated and filling the streets with loud music. Cram on board and enjoy the ride.
Tip 1 for travelling by Bemo: avoid the seats immediately over the wheel axle.
Tip 2 for travelling by Bemo: islanders on the more remote islands (Flores, Timor etc) tend not to be used to long journeys, so avoid sitting at the back where they often struggle with travel sickness!
Since Indonesia is an archipelago, you’ll need to take a boat to get to many of the islands as, like the tiny, Gili islands where you have to fly to nearby Lombok and then catch a boat, they are simply too small for a commercial airfield. In some cases, there are laws meant to preserve the tranquility of the island (Komodo with its world famous dragons is an excellent example) and so air travel is out of the question.
Fortunately, there are plenty of boats to be found. Ferries can take you from one island to the next for a very small fee. These are often very reliable modes of transportation and will let you see everything this country has to offer. If island hopping is really something you’re interested in, there are plenty of local cruises that will travel around a large number of the different islands.
If you only want to travel to the larger islands, or if you want to go from Indonesia to a neighboring country, travelling by air is often the best option. There are a variety of different airlines that service Indonesia and the countries that surround it. Many people, in fact, like to visit more than one country since they are so close together.
The best way to ensure an easy flight is to book ahead of time. You can book tickets on AirAsia, for example, on sites like Traveloka.com. You’ll also be able to get a much better deal by booking through a local company.
Indonesia is a wonderful country to visit. You’ll find nearly anything you might want, from lush tropical islands to fully developed urban centers. Getting around is just as easy as it would be in Europe or the United States, thanks to the variety of different transportation options. Remember to plan out your trip ahead of time to avoid any possible frustration or problems with overbooking.
Bio: Ardianto is a marketing supervisor in a technology company, avid traveler, and fan of AirAsia Airlines.
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