There is no doubt – it’s with the motorbike. In the last six days, I was exploring the Island of Lombok (The Island next to Bali) and the Gili Islands. And all of that I did with a motorbike. It was not only the cheapest option but definitely also the most flexible option. The negative side is that it is slow, especially to travel from Bali to the Gilis and back takes a lot more time on this way. Therefore it’s also just a fraction of the cost.
I don’t understand the reason behind it, but in Indonesia, it is forbidden for Grab and Go-jek drivers to pick up people from train stations, bus stations, and other touristic hotspots. But there is a simple way to avoid to get ripped off and here’s what you can do about it
While traveling the accommodation in which you stay might be one of the most important things. It can change your travel experience from the best to the worse ever. Especially as a solo traveler Hostels will be a big part of your travel experience and it will change a lot. This is the reason why you should think twice before booking hostels and pay attention what you are booking. While I could write a whole book about the booking of hostels and which things you have to consider I found out one thing that might not be that obvious to everybody. And that’s what I wanted to write about here to inform you about that and make you think twice.
The activities next to the cities are amazing; there is no doubt – Volcanos, temples and more volcanos. But the towns are just unbelievably dull. Malang and Banjuwangi are now the most boring cities I’ve been in 4 months traveling. So my tip, do the designated activities and leave again as soon as possible.
At the end there were too many clouds to see the sunrise – However, I still had two fantastic days, saved money and went on a crazy adventure. It was the best decision to visit Mount Bromo without a tour, but I have to admit I would do some things differently. I’ll tell you how I did it but also directly recommend the better way.
Ok, I don’t tell you to spend two weeks there, and I also don’t recommend taking an extra step in your travels only to visit Jakarta. But if you happen to be there – because you arrive there or fly out from there – I recommend staying one extra day in there and see how crazy that city is.
South East Asia is just crazy, you can find everything here, and there are endless possibilities to have fun. It is mostly an up and down of your feelings – the one day you stand on top of a mountain and feel like a king, the next day you might want to die because the journey to the next city takes you the last piece of calmness and energy. In a town, you have so many good food choices you wish to get never full, in the next city you just want a burger because you can’t see rice anymore. Sometimes your heart beats faster because you get the warmest greeting from a young Thai woman in a restaurant, and sometimes tuk-tuk drivers attack you because you protect people from getting scammed. But after all, you’ll have the time of your life, and I’m sure you want to come back.
I traveled to all of the four countries one after another, and now on my way further down to Indonesia, I know that these countries – even though they seem similar – have huge differences. I can imagine living in Thailand and settle down in that country where I’m sure it was the first and only time I visited Cambodia. There were days of pure joy – reaching the top at a rock-climbing adventure or getting overwhelmed by the food choice on a night market in Chiang Mai. But also, days of pure frustration – while traveling for two days on shitty streets, in shitty busses, warm and with a headache only to make 400 km.
I traveled to all these four countries one after the other in around three countries, and it’s exciting to compare these countries to each other. You may think that these countries are similar to each other, but that’s not the case. There are vast differences, and one of these differences is the quality of Hostels. I think that’s a critical point when you are traveling for a long time and especially when traveling solo.
It’s time to see how much I spent in one day in Laos. I have to say, Laos is really cheap! Especially the activities are incredibly cheap, and the local food is also affordable. I spent a little bit more on that day because I had a private Hotel room. This has two reasons. First of all, I needed some privacy, and I found that the Hostels in Laos are just not as good as in the rest of SEA, so I decided myself for a private room and paid a lot more than for a Hostel room.