*These are indicative prices and are subject to change over times*
WHAT ABOUT INDONESIA
Largest City: Jakarta
Official language: Indonesian
Population: Over 261 millions as of 2017
Political system: Constitutional democracy
Currency: Indonesian rupiah
Time zone: UTC+7 to UTC+9
WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING INDONESIA
Wet season: November to March
Best season to travel: April to October
Visa: It depends on your nationality. There is a 1-month exempt visa for most nationalities. Make sure to check out the latest info on the Immigration Website.
Hostel: Usually as cheap as 2.5€ to 5€ (3$ to 6$ USD) for a bed in a dorm. It does not make sense to recommend a hostel for each destination. Prices change on a daily basis. Make sure to check out the latest price on Booking, Agoda or Hostelworld.
Food: Usually as cheap as 0.50€ to 1.5€ (0.755$ to 2$ USD) for a basic streetfood meal (Fried rice, fried noodles and cheap food specials).
Food specials: Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng, Beef Rendang, Chicken Sate and many more!
Transportation: Trains are usually as cheap as 5€ to 10€ (6$ to 12$ USD). The train infrastructure of Java is good and fits long journey. There is no need to book economy trains in advance. If you want to get comfortable trains, you need to book it in advance as they get booked quite fast. There is no train on Bali, Gili, Lombok or Komodo islands. The bus system is badly managed on the islands since scammers are owning the place. Your option is to wait a few meters out of the bus station and wave at the bus driver. This trick was given to me by a local and it worked fine. Shuttle buses range from 8€ to 15€ (10$ to 18$ USD). If you can spend a little bit more on transportation, flying is a much better option. Indonesia is huge therefore transportation is the biggest pain point of traveling the country.
Bargaining: As long as you feel you are not paying the right price, you need to bargain. Use your common sense! Bargaining is usually needed for taxi, buses, tours and markets. While you can bargain shuttle buses, it is going to be a challenge to do it in Bali, Gili or Lombok.
Budget: From 500€ to 700€ for a month (600$ to 850$ USD). Your travel budget for Indonesia can vary a lot depending on your travel itinerary.
Hello: Selamat Pagi (good morning), Selamat Petang (good afternoon), Selamat Malam (good night)
Thank you: Terima Kasih
Goodbye: Selamat Tinggal
TRAVEL APPS AND WEBSITES
GPS: An amazing offline GPS application that highlights hostel, food and even the tiniest hiking paths in your area (Maps.me )
Hostels: Use filters to sort out the cheapest price of the day. There is usually no need to book in advance. You might find cheaper accomodations on-site. In some remote areas, these are not advertised online. (Booking, Agoda, Hostelworld)
Meeting people: Couchsurfing integrate a new ‘people around me’ feature. You will usually meet plenty of people at your hostel but it does happen sometines that you are the only one there. Tinder is not ‘only’ what you think! More and more people use it to meet locals or travelers to explore a destination (Couchsurfing, Tinder)
Money sharing: If traveling by group, Tricount is an amazing application for organizing group expenses (Tricount)
Backpack: Pack as light as you can. Ten kilos should be a maximum. You won’t need these 15 tshirts and 5 pairs of shoes, will you? Remember that you will carry all this weight on your shoulders. There is one more thing. Checking in with a carry-on luggage only is way cheaper!
Cash: Always keep a 50€ or 50$ USD banknote in your wallet. You never now what might happen. It can be really helful in case your credit card get blocked for a few days. Never ever wait to run out of cash before withdrawing in a local currency! Before leaving a country, try to get rid of coins and small banknotes. You won’t be able to exchange them later!
Toilet paper: Yeah, you can laugh at this one. However, be aware that most Asian countries do not use any. You better get one roll in your backpack!