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Travelling sustainably in Indonesia

Tripfuser’s EILIDH WILSON tells us why Australians should choose Indonesia for their next sustainable holiday.

The fantastic, pristine beaches, fascinating culture and some of the largest, best-preserved temples in the world makes Indonesia top of the bucket list for many. 



With a great desire to witness the paradise country that is Indonesia, comes great need to accommodate it. With millions travelling there every year, there has been a drastic impact on the environment: freshwater reserves have been cemented to create platforms for international hotels and wild animals are captured and tranquilised captured for entertainment and photo opportunities. 


As one of the most popular destinations in the world, a turn towards ecotourism was essential. With millions travelling there every year, there has been a drastic impact on the environment. However, travel is both the problem and the resolution;with a swift movement towards purely local, sustainable tourism, there is hope yet.


How does sustainable travel stop this from happening? 

Indonesia has committed itself to environmentally and culturally sustainable tourism, meaning that tourists will be able to enjoy Indonesia in all its beauty for longer.

To encourage and continue the effort to commit to sustainable tourism, operators can work from the ground up; working with locals and tourists to follow a more ethical, environmentally safe way of travelling and entertaining.



Why travel Indonesia sustainably? 

Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth

We are consistently seeing big hotels and international tourism companies taking the lead, declaring countries as tourist destinations. By choosing to not only travel with a local, but to stay with locals, you're effectively contributing to the local economy. The success and popularity of strictly local experiences can cause a rippling effect, resulting in more local experiences and a variety of them in the future.


Travelling sustainably includes every being and every thing. Indonesia’s darker side of tourism was recently highlighted through the Australian media. Videos and photographs exposed the devastating truth of markets that have hundreds of caged animals (everything from birds to bears) ready to be sold to the circus and cats and dogs, to be eaten. For the latter, this is not something that is exclusive to Indonesia but is a known problem that many countries in Southeast Asia face. Fortunately, thanks to media and the development of societies, there is an increasing awareness of the implications of eating dog and cat meat, while the younger generation are disgusted by the thought of it.


Tourism cannot change the societal problems that developing countries face, however, the market is advertised as a tourist attraction, something that, for many, would seem like walking through hell. As travellers, we help by simply not going.



Resource Efficiency, Environmental Protection and Climate Change

With the world reaching a climatic peak, travelling wisely can preserve the stunning locations that are on offer today. This can be done through planning: opting for overland travel as opposed to flying and reminding travellers, as the saying goes, to leave nothing but footsteps. 


Working Towards A Plastic-free World 

Finally, while travelling, remembering environmentally-aware practices, particularly around rubbish, will preserve the land you travel to in the long-run. 

While not all countries are aware of plastic pollution, remaining conscious of the environmental implications of using single-use plastic can ensure that we enjoy stunning crystal clear waters, such as those in Indonesia, for years to come. Using alternatives, or politely rejecting the use of single-use plastic, can help to spread awareness when possible. By putting your litter in the bin and taking a reusable bag with you, you'll encourage other travellers to do the same. Spreading a message that promotes practices that will take us towards a plastic-free world.


The Endangered Orangutan 

The endangerment of Indonesia’s Orangutans comes down to deforestation to make room for palm oil plantations. However, local projects and communities are actively working to stop palm oil and protect the king of the swingers through sustainable tours; using the profits to buy the land before the big companies do. It’s genius, really. Doing a little research beforehand will allow you to gain an insight into the sanctuary’s work and how your visit can help, this process is made a little faster through getting in contact with a Local Travel Agent on Tripfuser’s platform.



Research Cultural Values, Diversity and Heritage

While you’re thinking about what to take with you, one of the most important parts of travelling is taking some prior knowledge; researching cultural values and approaching the world with an open-mind is one of the most valuable parts of travelling.

A little knowledge in displaying signs of respect and appreciation can transform your holiday from a few days basking in the sun to a cultural experience that will change your life. 


The best way to do this? Have a local show you around!

To help you to plan your adventure, Tripfuser has Local Travel Agents in Indonesia ready and waiting to make your completely local dream trip a reality. Through a simple process of customisation, your Local Travel Agent can help you to curate your trip to meet all of your expectations, helping you to see a different side of Indonesia that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Start designing your trip.


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Written by: Eilidh Wilson
Published: 8 January 2019

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