Time to Travel: Indonesia
What are the things that hold you back from traveling? The answers may be varied, but most people will probably say it is either: a) money, b) time, or c) both. However, nowadays, many airlines offer budget and cheap flight tickets with the best deals. So, that means low-cost traveling is possible – even if you have to save some money and plan your travel fund for a little while. IT. IS. POSSIBLE. Anyway, time is nothing like that. You can’t buy time. Without you noticing, time has gone by frighteningly so fast for another year, two years, and three years… You can’t wait any longer because of time, apparently, does not.
There is never a bad time when it comes to traveling. If you don’t have the time, then make it. You should make the effort and have the opportunity to see the world in a new perspective. And now it is your time to change ”someday” into “today.” The best time to travel is today – no matter how spontaneous it is. And now all you have to do is plan your journey and look for some references for starters.
Where to Start?
You can start with, well, anywhere. This planet offers an endless possibility for you to explore and discover another culture from the other parts of the world. One of these amazing places is Indonesia. Surrounded by thousands of islands, it is named as the world’s largest island country in the world. If you want to have unforgettable experiences with ancient cultures, ethnic diversity, natural heritages, and rich local cuisines, Indonesia arguably is the reason why you should put it on your bucket list. Despite limitless choices the country has delivered, these two places are exceptionally popular as tourist destinations among travelers. You just can’t describe Indonesia without mentioning Bali and Yogyakarta.
Bali without a doubt has this magnetic effect that makes their visitors feel like home, as well as the need spending more days or simply going back there for another trip. To many people, Bali is more than just a place. The island is culturally rich in every nook and corner, making it a unique amalgamation with its contemporary lifestyle from all around Bali. On top of that, Bali has beaches, resorts, surfing, and diving hotspots, like Uluwatu Beach, Padang – Padang Beach, Dreamland Beach, Kuta Beach, Legian Beach, Tulamben, Nusa Penida, Sanur, Padang Bai, Menjangan, Amed, and so on.
While these tropical heavens simply fulfill those craving for sunburn pleasures, Bali is more than that. Bali’s hospitality is nothing without its genuinely kind and warm residents – they love to meet and interact with tourists. Not only that, Balinese people hold true their values and are still very proud of their traditional traditions despite the influences of modern life today. You can see it in their everyday life, like, they still wear traditional clothes around the house and when they go praying in the temple. Also, Balinese offerings can be seen everywhere – in all shapes and sizes.
Bali is also well known for their religious festival called Nyepi, a celebration of Saka New Year. When you come to Bali around this time (mid-March), don’t expect to have the kind of “new year” that you have in mind. Instead, it is the quietest holiday in your life – they call it “Day of Silence.” Make sure when you decide the time to travel to Bali, you don’t go on this occasion because all activities are halted during Nyepi for the entire day. This also includes restaurants, bars, and shops close. Even Bali’s international airport! Everyone must stay in their house or hotel for self-reflection.
Also, Yogyakarta, or mostly pronounced as “Jogjakarta,” is portrayed as Java’s capital of cultures and spirituals. The city is always filled with arts and cultural events, including puppet shows, traditional music shows, and art exhibitions. Also renowned as Kota Pelajar, or the center of education, many newcomers from outside Yogyakarta (including foreigners!) come to this area – as it is home to many schools and universities, such as Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. Fun fact: many students choose to study here for its low living cost compared to other cities in Indonesia. It is that cheap.
Asides from that, many travelers agree the best time to travel to Yogyakarta is because of its limitless offers of tourist destinations. If and when you visit Yogyakarta, Borobudur is a must. Located in Magelang, Borobudur – or mostly referred as Candi Borobudur, is an ancient, Buddhist temple and the largest one in the world. Not only served as a tourist destination, but also a pilgrimage for Buddhists in Indonesia to celebrate Waisak, Borobudur stands majestically as one of the greatest sites ever.
The religious ceremony attracts Buddhist monks all around Indonesia to gather on a pilgrimage journey in commemoration of the birth, death, and the time when Siddhartha Gautama attained the highest level of becoming the Buddha. Lasted for the entire day and night, the ceremony is usually finished after the praying and chanting, followed by the flying lanterns festival in the end. If you are interested in experiencing this one-of-a-kind journey, wearing appropriate and modest outfits is expected. Respect the temple, the monks, and the spiritual ceremony while you are here.
Do you think you will visit these places when it is time to travel to you? Or maybe you have any other recommendation to add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comment down below!