Travel resources

Here I share my favorite and useful travel resources which I use before or during my trips and while I’m living in Indonesia.

Travel resources guides

  • Lonely Planet – sometimes nice to have a paper guide to read it during travel, while drinking morning coffee. Pick one of paper book or e-version for your next destination.
  • TripAdvisor– before adding any “to see/do/stay” object to my travel plan I check here what other travelers say about those places.
  • Wiki voyage – the free, worldwide travel guide. Valuable that every traveler can edit newest information from their trips.
  • Bali survival guide – safety tips and everything you need to know before coming and staying in Bali
  • My travel stories, advice in Asia – check reviews, tips as well.

Travel resources accommodation

  • Airbnb – 1st place which I check. I can know better local people & sometimes it’s cheaper than stay in hostels ;). Register – get FREE CREDITS for next booking! Want host travelers? Get back money when you will host 1st guest. Check my tips for using Airbnb.
  • Agoda – I find here the most selection for low-budget accommodation in Asia.
  • Booking – is one of those resources that I can find low-budget accommodation outside of Asia.
  • Trivago  – here you can find 1.3 million hotels deals all around the world!
  • Hotelscombined – even if I found some good place with good price, I always check once more here. Sometimes they have even better deals.
  • Couchsurfing – one of most popular platform to search local hosts. But it’s not just free accommodation during your trip – it’s sharing and giving as well.

Cheap flights

  • Skyscanner – I love that I can choose “to” destination “flexible”. It helps me to find the cheapest destination from Europe to Asia (no matter Thailand, Malaysia or other, from there to go to Indonesia simpler).
  • Momondo – If my travel dates are flexible it’s great to see all prices in the chart by dates and choose the cheapest date to fly.
  • Nusatrip – here I find sometime cheapest flights inside Asia.
  • Tiket – one of the website that you can find as well cheapest flights tickets inside Asia. As well you can buy train tickets, rent a car, book the hotel in Indonesia.

Travel resources communities

  • Thorn Tree – many travel advice from local travelers and not only. I like that people most of the time gives exhaustive answers to questions.
  • Couchsurfing – people not only host you but share their experiences, advice. Often organize meetings with travelers and local people.
  • FB groups – you can find many travel groups by different regions, traveling types and etc.

Travel resources programs

  • Darmasiswa scholarship – possibility to study about Indonesian culture, live here for 6-12 months. I was selected to this program.
  • Internship in Indonesia – other possibility to stay in Indonesia and share your academic and cultural knowledge with Indonesian students.
  • Work away – voluntary program around the world and many possibilities for Asia as well. I already have several projects in my mind that would like to attend.
  • European voluntary service – possibility for youth to travel, learn and share their knowledges in many different projects. I was volunteer by this program in Greece.
  • GoAbroad – providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel resource. You can find study, internship, volunteering programs and more.

Travel resources traveling

  • Easy book – largest booking website in SE Asia: bus, train, car, ferry and local tours in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and more. Often suggest discounts for the online tickets.
  • Klook – car with a drivers rental, pick up/drop off from airport and much more. All around Southeast Asia and other countries. Prices are really good.
  • Indonesian railway – trains timetables in Indonesia. Online ticket reservations (in Indonesian language).
  • Tiket – train tickets, car rentals in Indonesia. Easier to buy train tickets here.
  • Uber – easy and cheap way to get a ride by the car to needed destinations in more than 58 countries around the world. You can use this app in main cities of Asian countries as well. Get first FREE ride with this code.
  • Blue Bird taxi – official taxi in Indonesia that you can order in Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Banten, Batam, Lombok, Manado, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Palembang, Semarang, Solo, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. Very easy to use their app “MyBlueBird” and if you will register via mobile, you can get discount on the first ride (or just use code “VPANOV”).
  • Viator – you can find local guides and see who is certificated, get quite full information about suggested routes, experiences.
  • Hendra Arkan – freelance certificated guide (as well driving guest in Yogyakarta, around), traveler, illustrator, good and helpful person.

Travel resources links

Travel resources

  • InterNations – making life easier for expats.
  • Expats blog – uniting expat bloggers site, with expats latest blog posts, blog reviews, expat interviews & contests.
  • Culture plate – connects people who love cooking & hosting dinners with people who love eating authentic home cooked meals.
  • Mekar Bhuana – family based Balinese gamelan music and dance center in Denpasar, Bali. Offers workshops, lessons, making documentation, reconstruction of rare and lost Balinese gamelan instruments and dance art-forms, sells gamelan and dance products.
  • WhatssApp – app that use most of Asian people. It’s more popular than call or text SMS
  • Here maps – app that I use during my trips. I love that the map works even when it’s offline, as well you can get information how to get to the place with walking, using public transport and much more.

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