We’re excited to announce our next pilot tour, An Adventure in East Java featuring Bromo Sunrise! Read all about the vibrant cities of Surabaya and Malang, two of the stops on our new authentic Indonesian experience!
Want to know how you can help Bali’s plastic problem? RefillMyBottle is a co-operative, community effort aimed at supporting a straight-forward solution.
Ubud is about to be home to a truly global event!The Indigenous Celebration is going to be the world’s largest gathering of indigenous cultures ever held. It’s running from the 11th to the 13th of May, and includes guests from Australia, New-Zealand, Indonesia and Nagaland.
Bali is in crisis and Mt Agung hasn’t even fully erupted yet. Some are claiming that the impact of the minor eruptions and threatened eruptions is worse on the tourism industry than the impact of the Bali Bombings in 2009, with around 80% of Bali’s economy is related to or reliant on tourism. But there is hope, and the strong local community is coming together to support each other.
THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY AS COMPANIES CHANGE THEIR TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICIES REGARDING THE VOLCANO. Mt Agung began erupting since November 2017 and continues to have the potential to erupt again, potentially causing closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Since it has become a “known event” many travel insurance companies have stopped covering for delays and cancellations due to volcanic ash. As the situation evolves and Bali struggles with the loss of tourists, some companies have changed and amended their cover. Please see below a list of companies and their relevant cover (if they offer cover at all).
It’s been a stressful and anxious past week or so for travellers in Bali and those with an upcoming trip to Bali – not to mention what it has been like for the hundreds of thousands of Balinese who rely on tourism to make a living. While no one can accurately predict if or when Mt Agung is going to erupt, for travellers there are things you can do to prepare: here are our Top 3 Tips.
Speaking even a little Indonesian can go a long way. Indonesians are generally very impressed when foreigners can speak even a tiny bit of Indonesian and they are very forgiving if you make a mistake with the language. Being able to use basic Indonesian words and phrases will open endless possibilities of communication with local people and will enrich your travel experience.
We are very excited to announce our first destination and partnership – Real Indonesia is partnering with Five Pillar Foundation to offer not one but four (4) unique travel experiences in West Bali & Ubud!
I’ve travelled a lot in Indonesia and I want to help other Australians do the same.
Here are 3 reasons why you should book a travel experience with Real Indonesia:
1. Amazing travel experiences – we market authentic travel experiences, delivered by locals, which have been tailor-made, tried and tested, for Western travellers. We’ll help you experience the real Indonesia.
2. Feel good about your trip because so many local people benefit – be confident that you’re supporting local economic development. Real Indonesia is unlike other international travel companies who sell tours to Indonesia. We don’t just employ local tour guides. We partner directly with local Indonesian tour operators (small businesses) throughout the archipelago. Rather than the money going directly to one person (just the tour guide), when you book an experience with Real Indonesia, the whole host local community benefits – you’ll be shown around by the local tour operator, you’ll eat at authentic restaurants and stay at hotels owned and run by local Indonesians.
3. The convenience and security of booking with an Australian company – yes, we’re bound by Australian consumer law (so you’ll be protected) and our information won’t be in broken English! We’ve done the hard work for you – our travel experiences are all inclusive, so you don’t have to keep digging into your pocket while you're enjoying your authentic experience in Indonesia.
After living in Indonesia for two months, as a 17-year-old on my first trip alone, I wanted my family to come on a holiday to Indonesia – to visit some beautiful destinations that I had heard of and to meet the lovely host families who I had lived with. The 4 of us had an amazing two-week holiday in Indonesia, we visited pristine islands, bustling cities, ancient temples and natural wonders.
But they couldn’t have organised the trip without me, they wouldn’t have known where to start. They wouldn’t have known where to go, how to get there or who to book with – they had never been beyond Bali before.
There are so many beautiful destinations in Indonesia, with so many beautiful local Indonesians, ready to show off their part of the world. Many of them speak English and are experienced in hosting international tourists. But they don’t have the capacity to market to Australians. This is where Real Indonesia can help.
There are so many Australians traveling to Indonesia, but most of them just visit South Bali. There are some who love it in Bali, but there are many Australians who see the problems that mass tourism in Bali is having and who want to experience Indonesia beyond Bali. But, like my family a few years ago, they don’t know where to start. This is where Real Indonesia can help.
If there’s anything related to travel in Indonesia that you’d like to learn more about, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll aim to write a post about it!