It can be daunting to be a solo female traveller, especially if it is your first time. If you are from the west, a trip to Indonesia can be scary, especially if it’s your first time travelling alone. We’ve got you covered. Read our solo female travel guide for Indonesia.
WHAT TO BRING
Pack light. It’s easier to travel around the archipelago with a light backpack. Depending on how long you are staying where you are planning to take your Indonesian adventure, taking a few light tops and matching comfortable trousers or skirts, trainers, and flip flops should be enough. If you are visiting Bali and you love Boho fashion, then pack less as you will be off shopping.
Mozzy spray and sunscreen. Aside from the usual toiletries and waterproof cosmetics (that will keep your lashes in full bloom even after a swim), make sure you have what you need to keep the mosquitos away.
Waterproof and hoodie. In tropical climates, never underestimate the weather, especially the power of a tropical monsoon.
Passport and Travel Insurance. Aside from having the real deal and the digital version, it’s always a good idea to stash a few copies of your passport and travel insurance in a safe place.
TRAVEL SAVVY AND SAFELY
Book your taxi from the airport or make a beeline for the blue cab. As you leave the airport, you are sure to be overwhelmed by the sea of taxis waiting outside. Either book a taxi from Blue Bird, one of the most reliable and trustworthy operators in Indonesia, or find their blue taxis in the cue. As they are sure to charge by the metre, you will not be ripped off by the exorbitant prices that most taxi drivers will be asking from you.
Blue Bird, Grab, Uber, or Go-Jek. When travelling around the city, use reliable operators like Blue Bird or reliable apps like Grab, Uber, or the local version, Go-Jek.
Keep your backpack close. When travelling long distances, crowded shuttles may be your only option. As crammed areas may lead to possible groping and theft, keep your backpack on your lap and use to shield you from groping. During your wait in the station or while you are in cue, keep an eye out for promising solo travelling seatmates so that you can look out for each other.
Dress modestly. When travelling around a country with a conservative culture, you will need to go with the flow and dress appropriately. It does help not to attract attention from other passengers as well as blood-hungry mosquitos.
Ignore. Don’t let cat calls and lewd remarks ruin your trip. Keep yourself safe by avoiding confrontation and walking away.
Stay with the crowd. Avoid dark and isolated areas, especially back alleys. Make sure someone knows where you are going, especially if it’s late at night, and keep friends updated.
WHERE TO FIND OTHER SOLO TRAVELLERS
Hostels and homestays are great venues to meet people. You can also check out Couch Surfing Indonesia for some events or join some English-speaking tours where other solo travellers are bound to join. You can also meet up with some expats and locals by joining some groups on Facebook.
WHERE TO TRAVEL
Not all places in Indonesia are created equal. Of course, there is always Bali but if you need other safe, less touristy options, here are some areas that are suited for solo female travellers:
When Bali gets crowded by surfers and yoga fanatics, Lombok, Bali’s next-door neighbor can be your best bet. A popular location for solo
Like three sisters with different identities, the Nusa Islands just off the south eastern coast of Bali should definitely be in your list. You can choose among the popular Nusa Lembongan, the charming, blue-eyed Nusa Ceningan, and the rugged Nusa Penida.
This is where you should go if you need a break from all the honking. An island devoid of motor vehicles, explore this laidback island where you can truly be one with the sunset and the sea turtles.
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