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, by partnering with local tour operators, trying and testing their tours, and connecting them with international customers.

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, by offering authentic experiences, uncovering destinations beyond the tourist strips of South Bali. 

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Fiona Bettesworth is the Founder of Real Indonesia. She’s a young Australian social entrepreneur passionate about building the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia through tourism. Fiona speaks Indonesian and has travelled expensively throughout the Indonesian archipelago. She wants to help travellers experience the real Indonesia.