I have decided to go backpacking around Indonesia for about a month, using up the 30 days visa requirement and be in time to come back and celebrate New Year with family and friends, to bring stories and experiences into this blog. I am so excited thinking about this! I do hope that my travels and solo backpacking this round would bring lots of stories and information for sharing. So please do stay tuned for my backpacking travels across Java, Bali, Lombok and beyond (where I haven’t decide yet, any suggestions?)
But once I told them about my idea to backpack solo in Indonesia, I have a wide mixture of responses. Most of them are used to me backpacking alone, even my sister asked “Only one month?”. But there are a few, inclusive my dear parents of course who are very concerned. They have preconceptions and gave comments like “It is dangerous in Indonesia”, or “Indonesia is not safe for solo woman”, or “I heard there are some terrorists activities in Indonesia”.
Of course going to popular travel places like Bali would definitely garner more peace in them but for me, I do want to go off the beaten tracks a bit while covering the important must see places. I also want to experience people and culture in depth, like the other time one of my favourite experience in Cambodia was when I went off the tangent to a remote Kampong (village) on the way to the touristy Siem Reap and enjoyed myself immensely, even getting to know a local brother and sister that went around with me for a day. These are the things that truly make a travel special for me.
So what do you think? Is my travelling solo as a woman across Indonesia for a month safe? Any Itinerary suggestions?
Tips: Get a Travel Insurance just for the peace of mind, especially when you are travelling solo because you need all the help you can get if anything happens.
Update: Read about my solo travel account in Indonesia here – Me, the Solo Female Traveler in Indonesia