These days, reading about the resurgence of racism in many parts of world often makes me wonder what went wrong since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, the election of the first African-American president in U.S. history, and other milestones which showed that more and more people had embraced tolerance and inclusiveness.
1,200 years ago in the heart of Java, Buddhism and Hinduism grew as the dominant religions of the people, signified by the construction of a multitude of temples in the island’s mountainous regions as well as the vast plains overlooked by mighty volcanoes
Bali, the Gili Islands, Lombok … When you think of Indonesia these destinations probably pop straight into your head. And why not? With their beautiful beaches, paradisiacal infinity pools and lush green rice paddies its clear to see why they are at the top of most Indonesian travellers bucket lists. But those looking to escape the tourist haunts, you only have to look a little further to the island of Flores.
I understand why some people are disappointed with Bali. The touristy, over-developed, and traffic-clogged beach towns in the south aren’t quite the tropical paradise they were expecting. We felt the same at first and haven’t had particularly good experiences outside of our beloved Ubud.
It’s perilously close to Australia, although the majority of my countrymen never venture far from the overcrowded beaches of Kuta, Bali when they do make the journey across.
I speak, of course, about Indonesia – a criminally underrated and oft overlooked destination whose thousands of islands offer up something for everybody.
With significantly fewer tourists and less commercially developed areas, Lombok offers adventurers a far more peaceful travel experience.