after travelling for three weeks in Borneo I noticed more and more differences in the ways people are travelling in South East Asia. As usual, that’s a very subjective text and everybody should travel the style he or she is enjoying. But sometimes its quite funny just to list some opposites between our style of travelling and of people you sometimes meet on your trips – and see everyday when you’re living between Seminyak and Kuta.
– advanced bookings vs. traveling spontaneously and chose accommodations, trips and transport from day to day
– booking “all-in-one” full package trips (transport, sight, meal, hotel) with travel agents or companies vs. reading some minutes in the travel guide and talking to some people to find out the best places and cheapest priciest by doing it on your own
– paying for overpriced “sight seeing” à la “Hop on Hop off Bus trips” instead of walking around a city by yourself and just go where you want, when you want and stop for something to see when you’re interested
– eating at McDonald’s and overpriced restaurant vs. trying the mostly very cheap and good local food at small markets, good stalls and Warungs
– taking taxis from the airport for 10 -12 Euros to the next city vs. using public busses for 50 cents and meeting friendly locals with insider tips directly
– accepting prices and always paying 10 times more than locals vs. bargaining everywhere – always friendly and with a smile, but staying hard.
– buying fancy souvenirs like “bintang” and “I love my wife”-shirts and “Jerry is Gay sticker” vs. finding interesting things for friends and family in local markets
As I said: everybody should travel like he/she prefers. But I’m sure, lots of people would enjoy an easy, spontaneous and relaxed way of travelling – but just don’t know how to start with that or aren’t brave enough.
So, book your flights, but not anything else in advance, come to South East Asia and try something else than the German called “Pauschal-Urlaub-im spanischen-3,5-Sterne-Hotel-mit-Pool-und-Animateur-und-mittelmäßigem-Essen-und-weißbäuchigen-und-tattowierten-saufenden-Briten-Style.”
Stay tuned! 🙂