Bali’s Sustainable Tourism

Bali’s Sustainable Tourism

Bali’s Sustainable Tourism Bali opened to domestic tourism on July 31. Supporting sustainable tourism is a way to give back to local communities in Bali and also, it puts you in touch with the local Balinese culture. Want to get close to the culture? Visit a...
Weaving your way through COVID – Bali style

Weaving your way through COVID – Bali style

Published Garland Magazine (17 July, 2020) Stephanie Brookes writes about Pejeng Kangin, a resilient weaving village just outside Ubud that has united the weavers of Bali and helped revive a long lost artisan craft. The weavers of Bali are dusting off their looms in a...
Exploring Aceh – the Central Highlands

Exploring Aceh – the Central Highlands

What’s on your bucket list for 2021? Does exploring Aceh in Northern Sumatra appeal? Once a traveler always a traveller, right?  When the world resumes and this pandemic passes, airlines will start flying again and my recommendation is for exploring Aceh.  When...
Life in A Boma

Life in A Boma

Life in a Boma Looking for a real African adventure, Anniina, a solo woman traveller left the comforts of home and ventured to Tanzania.  Going one step further, she decided to stay.  Anniina Sandberg is a bold, adventurous solo woman traveller from Helsinki who...
Spirituality in the Subak – Bali Rice Field

Spirituality in the Subak – Bali Rice Field

Bali Rice Feld – a Gateway to Balinese Culture and Spirituality The humble Bali rice field, since the 9th century, has used a sophisticated system of irrigation channels or “subak”, which distributes water across the island. In 2012, UNESCO gave the...
Blitar – Tales of Intrigue in East Java

Blitar – Tales of Intrigue in East Java

Blitar is a quiet, friendly town in East Java. From mystical lakes with god-fish legends to the stunning Bung Karno Museum honouring the founder of Indonesia, it is full of history and intrigue, as well as colourful characters. At the entrance to the Bung Karno Museum...
Makassar: A Living Maritime Heritage of Island Traders

Makassar: A Living Maritime Heritage of Island Traders

Walking towards a long line of tall traditional pinisi boats in the historic Paotere Harbour in Makassar, I caught whiffs of freshly cut timber. I watched strong, sinewy sailors navigating gangplanks with great agility, balancing neat stacks of wood on their...
Bali – Volcanoes and Beyond

Bali – Volcanoes and Beyond

The early morning light touches the rice fields with the stunning back drop of Mount Agung, the spiritual mountain of Bali I stood near the rim of Kintamani volcano, taking in the sweeping views of Mount Batur and its expansive crater lake shimmering in the early...
Beauty Unfolds in North Lombok

Beauty Unfolds in North Lombok

North Lombok combines a stunning coastline and beautiful terraced rice fields under the shadow of Mt. Rinjani, with plenty of wild spaces where you can get lost amongst nature. The road heading north out of Senggigi town hugs the ocean and winds its way around the...
Into the Wilds – West Kalimantan

Into the Wilds – West Kalimantan

Sitting on a woven mat, I listened as a Dayak Simpang elder explained, “Our history and our story are told through the old songs.” I was in Ketapang Regency, around four hours from Pontianak, the gateway city to West Kalimantan. I sat captivated as he continued, “We...