Excited about what to do in Indonesia as you explore its enticing destinations? Take inspiration from these trip ideas. Feed your wanderlust, but at the same time play your role and contribute to responsible tourism.
Yes, choose to travel responsibly. Familiarize yourself with Indonesia’s basic tourism guidelines. Garner respect by showing respect to the locals, their culture, and their environment. These simple rules can help create a positive impact as you interact with the locals in Indonesia:
Pay attention to the local dress code and dress modestly. Carry a sarong or a scarf with you to cover up when away from the beach or when visiting religious sites.
There are certain rules to capture the authentic gesture of Indonesian people through your lens. First of all, ask for permission from the locals before taking pictures. Gain their consent and thank them. Respect their wishes if they turn down your request.
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Try to learn some basic phrases in Bahasa, the national language of Indonesia. It will make communicating with the locals easier who’ll admire your effort to speak in their local language.
Do your research on Indonesia’s cultural etiquette, values, and practices. Learn about the local customs of religious celebrations, especially Nyepi in Bali or during Ramadan. Earn respect by showing respect to the basic rules while moving through public areas.
Respect the places and things that are considered sacred by the locals. Make yourself aware of the code of ethics to be observed at such places. Expect to hear prayer calls five times a day when you’re traveling through Indonesia that’s home to more than 800,000 mosques. Avoid visiting a mosque during prayer times.
Be considerate of the environment and help keep it clean. Opt for eco-friendly and sustainable options. Don’t litter and dispose of trash properly. Stay away from activities that disturb the wildlife, disrupt their habitats, or exploit the animals. Avoid buying souvenirs made from endangered species.
Refrain from picking up things that don’t belong to you. Don’t try to sneak away things as souvenirs. Do not harm or abuse the places you visit during your travel. Be kind towards the environment, the people, and the heritage.
You can do your bit to support the local economy by buying local products. Buy locally-made souvenirs and eat local dishes.
Avoid trouble by staying sober and alert. Be safe and have fun.
Whenever you are not sure, ask your trusted guide for local insights.
Be humble and smile to be readily welcomed by the locals.
Looking for authenticity? Venture off to the traditional villages and experience the local culture and lifestyle. Befriend the locals to learn about some unique local wisdom.
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Open your mind and experience how exotic Indonesia can be. Travel, but do it right. It doesn’t take much to be a responsible tourist and understand the beneficial impact it leaves on the host destination’s economy, society, and environment. So prepare yourself beforehand by learning as much as possible about the Indonesian culture and respect the dos and don’ts to make a good impression on the locals. (HR)
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