Posts by Fiona Bettesworth

Japanese Encephalitis in Bali; What to Know Before You Go

JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS IN BALI; WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO By Fiona Bettesworth | 13 November 2018 Last week reports emerged of a recent outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in Bali. Japanese encephalitis is a serious condition that can prove fatal, so it’s important that travelers are aware of the preventative measures they can take to…

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Hidden Costs of Tourism; The Resource Strain

HIDDEN COSTS OF TOURISM; THE RESOURCE STRAIN By Fiona Bettesworth | 20 September 2018 Real Indonesia is passionate about tourism that supports and builds local communities. As the dates of our Community Development Practice Exchange draw closer, we’re continuing our investigation of the hidden costs of mass tourism, and the impacts it can have on…

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Hidden Costs of Tourism; A cost to culture

HIDDEN COSTS OF TOURISM; A COST TO CULTURE By Fiona Bettesworth | 29 August 2018 Here at Real Indonesia, we’re not just passionate about tourism. We’re passionate about doing it right. Which is why we’re so excited to team up with both our local partner, Five Pillar Foundation in West Bali, and the International Association…

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Real Indonesia Recognized at Social Impact Festival!

REAL INDONESIA RECOGNIZED AT SOCIAL IMPACT FESTIVAL! By Fiona Bettesworth | 3 August 2018 Recently, Real Indonesia attended Impact Seed’s third annual pitch night, an event as part of the Social Impact Festival. It was a fantastic night, full of great pitches and worthy causes. But it was an extra special night for Real Indonesia, as…

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Experience an Adventure in East Java!

EXPERIENCE AN ADVENTURE IN EAST JAVA! By Fiona Bettesworth | 1 May 2018 The province of East Java sits just a short distance to the west of Bali, across the strait. Most famously known as home to the magnificent Mount Bromo, during the 14th Century, it was home to the Majapahit kingdom, one of the…

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Ubud to Host Global Gathering of Indigenous Cultures

UBUD TO HOST GLOBAL GATHERING OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES By Fiona Bettesworth | 27 April 2018 Ubud is about to be home to a truly global event! The Indigenous Celebration is a truly unique gathering of the world’s indigenous people. 34 Indonesian tribes and 7 countries will share the wisdom, art, music and dance of their cultures…

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How you can help Bali’s plastic problem!

HOW YOU CAN HELP BALI’S PLASTIC PROBLEM! By Fiona Bettesworth | 26 April 2018 If you’re a frequent traveler to Indonesia, or even if you’ve only been once, you’d know to stick to bottled or filtered water to avoid getting struck down with a case of ‘Bali belly.’ Indonesia is one of the world’s largest…

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Connecting with the Community on our Pilot Tours

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY ON OUR PILOT TOURS By Fiona Bettesworth | 9 April 2018 We’ve been riding the high of our successful pilot tours in Bali for the last week now, but I wanted to take some time to share my thoughts about a very special experience I had in Ubud on our first…

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Stunning & Sustainable; Bali’s newest eco-friendly development

STUNNING & SUSTAINABLE; BALI’S NEWEST ECO-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT By Fiona Bettesworth | 28 March 2018 Want to own a sustainable slice of Bali? Well you’re in luck! Our friends at Five Pillar Foundation are working on an exciting project, pioneering an eco-friendly bamboo village in Tabanan! The Bamboo Village project will be developed over two hectares…

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