It is really easy to travel cheap around Indonesia. The only thing it costs you is your time!
It’s crowded and traffic is mental. I thought Auckland peak hour traffic was bad! That’s a dream compared. Travelling Indonesia is very unorganised and there is a lot of waiting around. People are friendly but a lot of information is not communicated and processes can be very slack making you feel confused.
The cost of a taxi or compared to a public boat or shuttle bus can be as much as 10x the price. Don’t forget to always haggle the price from tour desks on the street. After a good conversation with DJ Tours he said he knows what they can get away with and unless you haggle companies will sell to you at the advertised rate. You would think people know but many times people offer to pay the price on display.
One thing people tend to forget when you plan a trip is to account for is travel days. Shuttles that are scheduled to take an hour can double and if your boat is to leave on time expect it to be late then you won’t be disappointed! Because nothing runs on time and everyone blames the busy roads but even on water the boats will operate on island time. I can say that from my own experience and others I have met on my travels that never accounted for long delays and have missed flights in the process!
So basically if you have a connection expect that to to be late. Somehow every trip you take manages to take up a full day. Funniest part is that the bus/ boats does arrive 3 hour late and the company say this is the 12noon bus but it’s 3pm already. It is normal here but not to us westerners with the tubes that run every 2 minutes back home.
RELAX YOU ARE ON HOLIDAY! Read a book, drink a beer, chill out in the sun or jump in the water or ask for the wifi. Almost everywhere has free wifi which is always a bonus and a way to keep us quiet!
Motorbikes are the definitely the quickest way to travel. If you are confident go for it. Many women have their new born babies placed on their laps and seem totally fine and unconcerned!
After watching the chaos on the roads and the many motorcycles go by I just had to get involved. I was too scared to go it alone so I got a driver and it is so much easier being in the craziness than watching. The locals know how to drive and I felt safe.
It is definitely the quickest way to travel around. A cool thing you will notice along the streets is that petrol is sold in vodka bottles.
I highly recommend if you want a driver to download Go-JEK – it is app like UBER and its the best.
Walking can be quicker than sitting in the traffic. Be careful though, there is not much of a footpath at all. Don’t freak out when you are an inch away from a moving car or motorbike.
Watch your step too. Canang Sari is an early morning daily offering all along every street from the Balinese Hindus for praise and prayer. It really is heartwarming and beautiful to see.