In the lead up to our Community Development Practice Exchange, we’re going to be providing some in-depth coverage of some of the hidden costs associated with tourism that may not always register on our radars. On the surface, it seems like tourism is a boon for cultural exchange. After all, there is no better way to learn or discover something than by seeing it up close. But, as beneficial as tourism has been in opening up new cultures to the wider world, there have been negative side effects.
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 we were lucky enough to be awarded our first ever third-party funding!
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!
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.
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 day of tours there.
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!
At the beginning of 2016, this riverbank village in Malang was named as one of the 11 most run-down villages in Indonesia. Three tons of paint and lots of volunteer hours later – villagers have a new, fresh outlook on life and this beautiful village has become a top tourist destination.
The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism (Wonderful Indonesia) is running Trip of Wonders, an online game where participants have the chance to win a trip to Komodo National Park, Bali or Malang (including visiting Mt Bromo). Read the article to learn how to win!