Traveling to the Next Level

I once post about my definition of traveling here. And now, I’ve gained another level in my traveling experience. We just returned from backpacking trip (2 of us, with 2 backpacks), to one of the most challenging part of Indonesia, with nobody we know, and most important, with no reservation (Except for the airlines ticket). We just returned from 6 days backpacking trip to the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam

No reservation means that we have a super flexible itinerary. When we found a place we love, we stay longer. When we running out of interesting attraction in one place, we move to another place. When we found out of interesting place from the locals, we put it in our itinerary.

The locals are also great people who made our trip much more unforgettable. We know nobody in the city, and the lack of information forced us to make new friends. Those locals are very wonderful, and welcome for an evening chat in all coffee shops, which is available in every corner. We even think that, if we spend 3 days in a coffee shop, we will know all the latest gossips in the area :D.

Not only the locals are wonderful, but also fellow backpackers we met along the road. We met traveler from Czech Republic, Spain (who has been 5 months on the road), Germany, and many more, which we don’t have the time for a long chat. Together with the locals, we have a communal dinner in one of the restaurant.

So yes, we have gained another level in our traveling. We have gained new philosophy, new values that would add to our old values

  • Talk with people. Not all people are honest, but the risk is worth taking for the information you will gain. Seriously, the information they have and gratitude they give well worth the risk. Not to mention the experience of making new friends πŸ˜€
  • Have an open mind. No matter how good your plan are, reality does bite. We did end up in a hotel below our expectation, or public transport that is canceled, or overrated attraction. But with an open mind, and talking to locals and fellow traveler, you might get a better option. And that bad experience will make a good story to laugh at home πŸ˜€

So, where to go next?

The trip report in Bahasa has been (finally) completed and uploaded at http://scalarae.multiply.com/journal/item/11. English version is still work in progress

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7 comments
  1. chocoholic said:

    Gosh… sounds like so much fun.
    Wish I could do that too one of these days….

  2. scal said:

    Yes…. you should try it sometime. Might help you to make peace with yourself :D.

  3. OMG, this is one of my dream ever: BACKPACKING! Sounds wicked! πŸ˜‰ The part I like the most is that we can socialize with strangers and end up fiends πŸ™‚ And exploring new place of course!!!
    Btw, I’ve been to Aceh ages ago. Did you get the chance to visit Sabang and Pulau We? And the 0 km point?

  4. scal said:

    Of course we did. We stayed 1 night in Iboih, 1 night in Sabang, and pay a visit to KM 0. We event stop by at Takengon :D.

    I will drop you an email once I upload all the photos…

  5. Gosh, it’s really been ages! I’m familiar with the names, but I totally forget the place… Except for pulau We!
    Sure, would be nice if you can mail me! Or just put it onto flickr, maybe it’s easier!

    P.S: I haven’t gone back to Flores my hometown for about 15 years??? and I don’t even miss it! What a shame! Haha…
    But I wanna see Danau Kelimutu and Kampung Bena. Been there?

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