How well traveled are you in your home country?

In what country are you the most well traveled?

Are you well traveled in your home country?

Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand
Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand

My answer for the first question is New Zealand. We’ve traveled nearly end to end, and have experienced its beauty in many different ways. We also had challenging experiences, like the horrible storm and flood of 2010, being eaten alive by its fierce sandflies, and I even had fallen into its omnipresent sheep poop.

New Zealand is the country we are best traveled in, and we love the country to pieces. Now that we’re back in Canada to celebrate the holiday season with Ryan’s side of the family, a friend of mine asked, how come I haven’t traveled a lot here in Canada? Do I know my own country like I know New Zealand? My answer is regrettably, no.

Snowman and Christmas light on snow covered Victoria Park, London, Canada
Snowman and Christmas lights in snow covered Victoria Park, London, Canada

Are the countries we come from not worthy of travel? No, they are very traveling worthy! Both Ryan and I came from gorgeous countries with so much to offer. So, how come we haven’t traveled a lot there yet? Let me bring you to a little of our background.

I was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. You probably haven’t heard of it, but it’s Indonesia’s second largest city after the capital Jakarta, and it’s located on Java Island in the east. If you don’t know Java, it’s the long island west of world famous Bali. I was not a very adventurous girl when I was small, and as a kid I had only traveled around Java and Bali. At that time, you could find me easier at home doing my school work or reading some novels, at local malls, or at those places you do extra curricular activities. Even in holidays.

SCUBA diving at Bunaken's underwater paradise
SCUBA diving at Bunaken’s underwater paradise, Indonesia

One exception was when we went to Manado in a family trip after I moved to Canada. We went back for visiting my family in Surabaya, and together we went to Manado and surrounding, including the Bunaken Island, a heaven for SCUBA diving. In the same trip, we went to Central Jawa around Borobudur temple, enjoying the famous Suharti Chicken and witnessing the giant mud spurt in Bledug Kuwu. The best holiday I’ve ever had in Indonesia! However, other than that, I haven’t been around much at all. Indonesia is a very large, diverse country, with hundreds of cultures and thousands of islands to explore, and I’ve only really seen a few of them.

When we lived in  Ryan’s home country of Canada, instead of traveling in Canada itself, most of the time we ended up traveling in the USA. Everything in Canada is far away and flights are not very cheap among Canadian destinations. It’s easier and cheaper for us to cross the border to the USA, only 2 hours away from home, and from there either taking cheaper flights among USA destinations or taking a road trip. The only time we spent more than a week for traveling in Canada was when we explored the breathtaking Canadian Rockies in Alberta.

Valley of the Ten Peaks - Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies

When we finally decided to be a long term backpackers, our imagination went wild! We were thinking about faraway places. Places that we didn’t imagine we will get to know closely and thoroughly before. Far-flung places like Europe, South East Asia, Down Under, Africa, South America, Pacific and Atlantic islands, even Antarctica. And somehow in our excitement we forgot to include our own countries in the picture! I guess they’re just so close to us, we felt as if we knew a lot about them already. Even though in reality, we knew those places just from books, TV and internet, rather than actually experiencing it ourselves.

Indonesia is a very diverse country. There are approximately 18,000 islands, where only less than 1,000 being permanently inhabited, and over 300 ethnic groups, which some of them still live traditionally. Many different cultures, architectures, arts, foods and social lives to explore. There are untouched beautiful beaches, wild and active volcanoes, deep and wild forests with exotic animals and plants. Several world famous (or infamous) giant corpse plants that I’m dying to see are growing wild only in the deepest forest of Sumatra.

Prambanan Temple in Java, Indonesia
Prambanan Temple in Java, Indonesia

I’ve overlooked these things, and I thought I knew about Indonesia just because I was there for 22 years, in which I received education and heard news about those places. But now, as I traveled around the world, comparing what I know about New Zealand and Indonesian exotic places, I don’t know much at all. I read many travel articles from non-Indonesian backpackers that delve deeply into Indonesia, and I feel a bit ashamed  to realize how much these people experienced, and how little I experienced, about my own country.

Same deal with Canada. There are a lot of Canadian things that we haven’t experienced, that other backpackers that have explored Canada are more familiar with. Exploring the French side of Canada, checking out the tundra and forest of the northern wilderness, traveling the coast of British Columbia, learning and getting close with the Inuit and Native American culture, exploring the fishing villages of the Maritimes, trying adog-sled-ride with the Siberian huskies, witnessing the aurora borealis, and the list can keep growing forever.

Parliament House in Ottawa, Canada
Parliament House in Ottawa, Canada

So now we’ve put backpacking through Indonesia and Canada on our agenda. We still don’t know when, (it’s a very long to-do list), and we don’t usually carefully schedule where we go, just go where the wind blows us. But we are quite sure that one day we’ll be able to proudly say, we have explored our own countries.

So… tell us… In what country are you the most well traveled?

Are you well traveled in your home country? If not, why?

Monkeying around in Bali
Monkeying around in Bali

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57 Responses to “How well traveled are you in your home country?”

  1. Amanda
    6 January 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Like you, I think I’m most well-traveled in New Zealand.

    And I’m not very well-traveled in the U.S. But I’m planning to fix that this year! Most of my travel in 2011 will be confined to the U.S., because, like you, I’ve decided it’s time to get to know my home country a bit better.

    I think this is true of most travelers, however. We’re so used to “home” that we’re convinced other places are better and more interesting. That saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side,” rings true here, I think.

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 4:22 am #

      New Zealand too :) I love that place to pieces…

      Yeah, it’s silly that I don’t really realize that until I saw how some of the fellow travel blogger, non-Indonesian, know much more about rural Indonesia than me.

      Good pick on the saying, neighbour’s grass looks greener indeed many times.

  2. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World
    6 January 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Eeeek, home country? Indonesia — not much.
    My adopted home country, The US? — Lol, not much either. But both countries are huuuuuge. Even though I can comfortably say that we’ve been all over our ‘state’ — California… there’s still more to discover. And we’re thankful for that.
    Jill – Jack and Jill Travel The World´s last post…The Funniest Travel Writer and Blogger

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 4:25 am #

      Hehe, that’s true that Indonesia (and USA and Canada) are huge. It will take a long time to finish them. It’s funny, we were just in California a few weeks ago, unfortunately you guys were not there. In Indonesia?

  3. Rebecca
    6 January 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Great question and observation! Like you, I have probably seen more of NZ then the US on a per sq/mile/km basis. Mainly because it’s so tiny! And while we snub our American noses at those who do not have passports, it took traveling to Australia to realize WHY a lot of Americans don’t. We have so much variety in our own country, why leave? We are one the of the few you can hike a glacier, roll in a Zorb, surf, see iconic buildings, raft, drive for miles and not see a sole, etc etc etc. You would think I just described NZ! But you can do it all in the US. Plus, we have different accents, depending on the part of the country. Can’t say I heard that in Australia! I have more patience for people in the US that don’t have passports now then I did before.

    Great topic.

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 4:32 am #

      Thanks Rebecca! Yeah, it’s so easy to be well traveled in NZ. It’s small compare to our countries, and so easy to navigate. Just drive a little distance, another great scene pops up! (You’ve traveled in Australia too, were you driving/traveling by land there? Everything is so far away). It took me reading people’s blog about USA to realize that it offers so many. USA, Canada and Indonesia are huge. Maybe we need to consider talking about them in “state/province” units instead of country.

      • Rebecca
        7 January 2011 at 7:27 pm #

        Totally agree on taking states/province on as units. When driving around NZ, I was like, this is probably what California was like in the 1950′s, culture-wise:-).

        I covered most of Australia by land, either by tour (like from ADL to Uluru, SYD to BRI, MEL to ADL), bus (from CNS to BRI, 6 weeks! SYD to MEL, overnight) and a little flying (BRI to CNS, Alice back to MEL).

        • Dina
          13 January 2011 at 12:13 pm #

          Calif in the 50s, hehe :)
          We also mostly exploring Australia in the east. CNS to BRI in 6 weeks sounds wonderful. We were returning car from Sydney to Cairs (cheap relocation), but we were allowed only 5 days. We spent several weeks in Cairns, Atherton Tableland, and around though.

  4. Kieron
    7 January 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Our knowledge of Australia is poor, there’s so much we haven’t done but we hope to see a bit more over the next 6 months! It’s a generational thing here in Australia – most people our age would prefer to head overseas and explore while the people exploring Australia are typically older folk.

    Apart from our home town of Melbourne, the only place we’ve visited over the past 5 years is Queensland! Not good!
    Kieron´s last post…7 reasons why you should take that round-the-world trip and travel now!

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 4:36 am #

      Very true, I met a lot of young Australian traveler abroad, and elderly ones in caravans in Australia.

      It seems like we have explored Victoria more than you guys, but soon you will be the master of USA and Canada!

  5. Kim
    7 January 2011 at 1:02 am #

    It’s so funny that you said you’d come to the U.S. when you wanted to go somewhere cheaper. Clark and I did the same thing with Canada. I think lots of Americans (including Canadians) don’t travel much because it is so expensive and intimidating to make that long journey to another continent.

    We’re like you though, we haven’t seen a lot of some parts of our own country! Now that we’re nearly finished with our RTW trip, I think we’re going to make a goal of seeing more of the U.S.
    Kim´s last post…10 Must-Try Drinks Around the World

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 4:42 am #

      Hahaha, sounds like the case of neighbour’s grass looking greener, with our cheap shopping situation!.

      Good point on the cost and intimidation of long journey. Before Canadian is required to have a passport for crossing the USA-Canada border, I know many Canadians here that didn’t even have passport.
      Normally people here travel as far as Mexico and Caribbean, because it’s cheaper and easy to arrange. With all of those all-inclusive packages.

  6. Zablon Mukuba
    7 January 2011 at 1:26 am #

    i think the reason why we dont travel in our own country is because we take it for granted and our home countries are too familiar and its not a challenge traveling

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 4:43 am #

      Yes, I believe so. That’s how I feel/felt too…

  7. Sabina
    7 January 2011 at 3:56 am #

    I would looove to travel throughout Indonesia. Hundreds of cultures? That would be just fascinating. Canada? Sorry, but it seems like almost pure nature to me and, therefore, kind of boring. I’m not that well traveled in the US, I don’t think. I’ve only been to the West Coast once, the deep South once and never to the Pacific Northwest. Other areas, though, I’ve at least touched on. I did live in five different states throughout the country, so maybe that’s considered well traveled.

    I’m glad you’re posting again :)

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 4:51 am #

      Haha, I know you are big in culture :) You should try to travel in Indonesia. It’s very diverse, and it’s cheap too. I can speak Javanese (well, not that great since it’s a complicated language), but it’s not even useful in the west part of Java because the ethnic language there is Sundanese. And even when I speak in regular Indonesian, my Sundanese friends will laugh at me because of my thick Java/Surabaya accent in it.
      In Hari Kartini, one of Indonesian national day, school kids will wear traditional clothes from various different ethnicity (doesn’t have to match with their own). It’s a pretty cool sight. I don’t know these days they are still doing it or not.

    • Dina
      7 January 2011 at 5:02 am #

      This from the bottom of your comment just catch my attention, hahahaha:

      “I’m glad you’re posting again :)”

  8. Angela
    7 January 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Very good question, I’ve traveled a lot and last year I realise the place I had traveled less was my hometown. So I spent a year in Sardinia, the Italian island I come from, and visited as much as I could before moving overseas again!
    Angela´s last post…Looking back at my travels in 2010

    • Dina
      10 January 2011 at 12:23 am #

      So your moment of realization had come already last year :)
      I bet you had a great time in your Sardinia year. We had the chance to take a peek at Sardinia 2 years ago. We passed through Cagliari and visited Nora the historical site. I wish we had longer time there.

  9. Heather
    8 January 2011 at 1:52 am #

    Hey Dina!! I’m not well traveled at home…I’ve been to a few places, sure, but nothing out of the ordinary.

    I never had in mind to go on a proper American road trip UNTIL I got to Australia…I’m not sure when I’ll do it, but hopefully in the next few years :-)
    Heather´s last post…New Years Eve in Sydney

    • Dina
      10 January 2011 at 12:26 am #

      Hopefully you’ll get the chance in the next few years :)
      It takes us exploring abroad destinations first isn’t it, to realize that!

  10. Kirsty
    8 January 2011 at 3:22 am #

    I’ve hardly travelled within the UK, maybe day trips here and there or for work but nothing more. I think it is that age old thing you want what you can’t get! I can always go to places within the UK so I don’t really want to, however reading more and more about England has made me see it in a new light! Also I kinda miss some things, I guess I had to go away for me to realise that there are things in the UK that are worth more exploration. Maybe when we go back I’ll visit a few more places :-)

    • Dina
      10 January 2011 at 1:47 am #

      Yeah, it’s like that with me too. The things that are more difficult to get are more appealing. Isn’t it funny to hear from other people about our own country, and that they’ve seen much more than us… :)

  11. Earl
    8 January 2011 at 7:36 am #

    For me, it’s India. I feel more comfortable and more knowledgeable about that country than any other on the planet. As for the US (my home country), while I’ve explored it quite extensively, it has almost never been as an independent traveler, but instead, as part of family trips, to visit friends or on a short road trip. So in the end, I have only just skimmed the surface!

    One day I’m sure I’ll travel through the US more properly…but not before another visit to Indonesia!
    Earl´s last post…Visiting The Directorate of Residence In Kurdistan

    • Dina
      10 January 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      India, eh :) I did get the impression for a while back that you are most familiar with Indian food! Even though you are still not comfortable cleaning your ears Indian way? :D
      Yes, please explore Indonesia. Then you can tell me great places to visit!

  12. Suzy
    9 January 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Interesting question I asked myself when I returned from Italy this summer. Italy is definitely a country I know better than my own. I have spent a few years in the country, here and there. I love it so much that while I realize I should travel more throughout the United States, I figure why fight what you like. I have also traveled extensively throughout my home in the US, especially as a kid. We were always going on road trips, but many places I don’t remember. Italy speaks to me in ways the US doesn’t. I think that’s why I would rather be there than here, along with most travelers.

    • Dina
      10 January 2011 at 8:45 pm #

      Italy sounds like wonderful country to explore thoroughly. Last time I was there, we barely touched the surface. Only spend a few day trips from the ship. Next time though, I would love to explore deeply there. I like how you phrase “why fight what you like”. Sounds like for you, Italy feels more like home than USA :)

  13. Cheryl Howard
    9 January 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Great post! I’m Canadian and have traveled here and there across the country. I sometimes regret that I haven’t done more travel in my home country. I just think that I haven’t explored that much of the outside world just yet and off I go to South America or Europe! I like your goal to explore more of Canada – I’m doing the same and spending a weekend in Montreal next month. :)
    Cheryl Howard´s last post…Winnebago Man

    • Dina
      10 January 2011 at 8:49 pm #

      Hey Cheryl, yeah, we keep delay doing home countries, because now we have the chance to explore the world. Especially before we start having kids or when our health start failing. Hey, have fun in Montreal! Are you currently in Toronto?

  14. Andrea
    10 January 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Great idea for a post! I travelled a lot around the States before I became an expat. But many Australians I met have barely travelled around their beautiful country, electing to go overseas instead (usually because it is cheaper). I think it is important to travel in your own country so you can get a sense of where you come from.
    Andrea´s last post…Northland- New Zealand Part Two- The Bay of Islands

    • Dina
      10 January 2011 at 8:50 pm #

      Haha, indeed it’s expensive to travel in Australia!! I agree, getting the sense of where we are from. Hope someday I will fulfill that.

  15. Christine
    11 January 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    This has been on mind a lot lately as I plan my year in Australia. I’ll be traveling around the country extensively–and seeing a lot more than I’ve seen in the States! I try to have a “tourist” mindset when I’m home–checking out museums, new restaurants, etc.–but I still haven’t seen it all. And I’ve barely traveled on the East Coast (I’m from California) because tickets are about the same price to go to Europe–and Paris has always won out! One day I hope to travel all over the USA, but I’m trying to get the far-flung destinations out of my system first :)

    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      Yeah, when it cost the same to explore hometown/home country and faraway abroad, it’s more attractive to just go to the far ones. Plus we will more likely see different/unexpected things than if we stick with nearby destinations.

  16. Jennifer Barry
    11 January 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Hi Dina, I’ve traveled the east coast of the US extensively, and I’ve made a couple of trips to the west coast. I’ve never made it to Alaska. Now that I live in Texas I should make more trips in the state (which is huge) like out to the west, and more on the Gulf coast.
    Jennifer Barry´s last post…19 Things You Probably Don&8217t Know About Me

  17. Adam @ SitDownDisco
    12 January 2011 at 1:55 am #

    I think the problem when travelling internally within Australia is that I sometimes don’t allow myself to be a complete tourist and tend take some of the things for granted. On future trips, I intend to be the ultimate Aussie tourist! Woo!
    Adam @ SitDownDisco´s last post…Taxis in Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia

    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      True that. Australia has so much great natural beauty in it, many of them I’ve never seen (yet) in other places. But it’s a very expensive place to travel too, so I kinda understand if an Aussie, especially the younger one, chose to go abroad first – there are many cheaper travel option out there.
      When we were exploring Oz, we saw many mid-age to elderly Australia doing caravan/campervan almost everywhere in country side. One of our far relative in Australia had travel across Australia with their caravan for 3 years. It’s lovely to see :)

  18. Eurotrip TIps
    12 January 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I totally get your point!
    As I said in another blog, I travelled to Ottawa… to get my UK visa! Little bit ironic.

    But for us Canucks, it’s just as expensive to travel to the other end of our own country than togo abroad. Most people chose the latter, because it’s more exotic.

    BC and Alberta are definitely on list of places to go one day. But I have a slight tendancy to prefer international destinations.

    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 12:40 pm #

      Funny :) How far do you have to travel to Ottawa?
      I agree about traveling within Canada. Places are spread out and it’s expensive to get from a place to another, in general. If it was not for a conference I had in Edmonton, I probably wouldn’t have been in Canadian Rockies either. I’m very thankful that I’ve been there though, it remains one of the prettiest place I’ve seen.

  19. Samantha Dermot
    13 January 2011 at 5:24 am #

    The only time we spent more than a week for traveling in Canada was when we explored the breathtaking Canadian Rockies in Alberta.

    With the view from the picture, I bet is worth every dollar spent to get there! Now I am in love with the Canadian Rockies though I’ve never been there :)
    Samantha Dermot´s last post…Night Mouth Guard For Teeth Grinding

    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      Totally! That remains one of my favourite place on earth. We went there before the high season hit. Not only it was cheaper, but also it was not crowded with human.

  20. Emily
    13 January 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I know we already chatted about this on Twitter, but yes, it’s so easy to have your sights set on international travel and enjoy what’s at home! When I was younger, my family primarily stuck to US travel (NYC, DC, all over Colorado and California, etc.). But as I got older, I became fixated with Europe, and my last few major trips have been to Europe. But I also realized I was totally ignoring the US! I’m trying to change that. In February, I went back to Boston for the first time in high school. In November, I went to New Orleans for the first time. I also just went skiing in Colorado in December. While there are TONS of countries still on my list to visit, I definitely try to balance that with exploring my own country.

    Indonesia sounds amazing!!! I can’t wait to go there someday.
    Emily´s last post…Submit Your Travel Videos to Nomading Film Festival

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:29 am #

      It sounds like wonderful childhood! Your country is huge, there are so many national parks that I want to visit from the pictures and stories that I read from other travelers. It’s so easy to became fixated to different part of the earth, we are so curious of what’s going on right there!
      I almost didn’t go to Alberta if I didn’t have a conference there. But now I’m so grateful, it’s one of the most beautiful place I’ve seen!
      And yeah, please visit Indonesia someday!! And I can recommend bunch of my favourite foods, if you happen to go around where I’m from!

  21. Josh
    13 January 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I would agree that New Zealand is the country that I’ve traveled the most in and I was always struck by the similarities between my home state of Oregon (and the rest of the Pacific Northwest) and New Zealand. I’m not as well traveled in my home state as I am in New Zealand, but this is the year that I stay home and see the rest of the Pacific Northwest rather than getting out of the country and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s a trip that is long overdue.

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:34 am #

      I had several days in Seattle and Portland several years ago, and from a little that I saw, I think I know what you mean by the similarity with new Zealand. The Columbia river gorge near Portland comes into mind. We were hoping to have the time exploring the mountainous area, but our time was too short. I’m happy for you that you will have the chance to explore this region more soon!

  22. Ashley
    14 January 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Hmmm, I’m definitely the most well-traveled in the US, but only the West Coast…and that’s due to family vacations when I was a kid. If it was up to me, I’d know Japan or Italy more than the US…haha. In the last year I have really started to appreciate local travel and have been spending a lot more time just exploring the Bay Area. 2011 is probably going to be a strictly domestic travel year, but I am hoping to get out to the East Coast (I’ve only been there once!).
    Ashley´s last post…The Golden Gate Bridge is Going High Tech

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:39 am #

      Haha, maybe your parents were not exposed to manga and anime when you were a little kid! But about Italy, you have visited Italy several times, right? I’m jealous here! I’ve only been there for 2-3 days (without the nights). Visiting Vatican without entering the Sistine Chapel…
      So Japan is your dream destination, eh, so happy to hear that you might go there next year!! Japan is where I met Ryan, so obviously we love that place. We wish to go back there someday! Hmmm…. I miss the food so much…

  23. Chris Walker-bush
    14 January 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    Prior to 2010 I’d have said that Korea had my most experience, but I made a pretty solid effort at exploring Australia last year thanks to my American girlfriend.

    There’s definitely still a lot I need to see though.
    Chris Walker-bush´s last post…Missed Opportunities at Mango Bay

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:44 am #

      Thanks to your American girlfriend :) Australia is a huge country indeed, it’s its own continent. Huge. We feel it so much when we did the road trip there, and comparing with the distances we did in NZ, to get from a place to another.

      It’s a lot of fun to hear your Korean story in Sydney Travel Tribe, and hey, are you going back to Korea?

  24. Samantha Dermot
    24 January 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I haven’t explored all the wonderful places here but I’m planning to at least start it this year. I have lots of good places in mind so I hope I could go there as soon as possible.

    • Dina
      28 January 2011 at 11:04 pm #

      Sounds exciting! DO you know where are you going to head first?

  25. Nancie
    6 February 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I’m pretty well traveled in Canada. I traveled for work, so I a lot in the evening and on weekends, when I was on the road. I haven’t been to Saskatchewan or the territories, but that’s about it. Canada is an expensive country to travel in, and the distances are great. I meet people all the time in my travels who haven’t made it east of Montreal. I’m always thrilled when someone tells me that they have been to Nova Scotia.

    • Dina
      25 March 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      You are so well traveled in Canada! One day we will do that too. I hear Nova Scotia is very beautiful.

  26. Peter Heck
    21 March 2011 at 1:57 am #

    What a beautiful post. I love Canada and especially the mountains. This past summer we spent a couple month exploring our own backyard and loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to get to Indonesia, that photo of the Prambanan temple is amazing!

    • Dina
      25 March 2011 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks so much, Pete! You were super lucky to live near Canadian rockies, my fav spot in Canada.
      When you reach Java, I will load you with must see information, as a local ;)

  27. Bama
    6 October 2012 at 2:02 am #

    I can totally relate to this. The same like you, when I was a kid my parents didn’t take me to faraway places in Indonesia. The only ‘exotic’ destination that I remember was Jogja. Even it took me 26 years to finally go to Bali. But I’m planning a two or three months trip across Indonesia in a few years’ time with a fellow travel blogger from Hong Kong. I hope after exploring a significant breadth of the country, I can be more confident when talking about Indonesia with foreign travelers. Nice article, Dina!
    Bama´s last post…A Taste of Home

  28. Chrissy
    18 April 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Yes… Indeed, Dina. I am an Indonesian myself and I was somewhere in-between proud and ashamed when my foreign friend was already “done” travelling every corner of Indonesia. Meanwhile, my travel destination these past years were always abroad. Anyways, you gotta follow your heart on where to go right? LOL, so consider I am redeemed for that.

    But for sure, I am on my way to exploring our beautiful Indonesia. Good luck on your journey!

    btw, you are very welcome to visit my blog, too! Cheers~
    Chrissy´s last post…Photo Tale: The Castle Garden

  29. Monnette
    23 September 2013 at 6:46 am #

    I may have traveled more in my home country than in other countries but after just a few years, things have often changed in places where you’ve been before. So, I guess, go where the wind blows.

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