Millennials love to travel but half the time, we’re also broke. Sure, we’ll get our bonus soon, but how can we possibly afford a lavish holiday after buying that bag we’ve been eyeing for a whole six months? The good news is, you can still have a great holiday on a budget. Here are some places in Indonesia to visit that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Popularly known as “jogja”, the bustling town is home to the majestic Borobudur temple. Another must-visit is the Hutan Pinus Pengger forest, which is filled with striking backdrops for your travel OOTDs, including a platform shaped like a giant hand and a gaping hole in a tree. The forest is located about an hour away from the city centre, and admission is free.
If you’ve always wanted to visit the Blue Lagoon but can’t afford a trip to Iceland, why not visit Bandung’s Kawah Putih? The volcanic crater, which is two hours away from central Bandung, has a stunning view with clear blue waters and white sand that’s screaming to be Instagrammed. Be warned that it gets really cold here (as low as 10°C!), so be sure to bring a warm jacket along. The entrance fee is 50,000 rupiah for foreigners (about $4.70), and you can only access the crater by taking a mini shuttlebus from the main carpark near the site, with a return trip costing 15,000 rupiah (about $1.40). And when you’re done, head to a restaurant to have gurame goreng (fried gurame fish), a local delicacy.
Bali is the place to go if you want a beach holiday on a budget. But there’s more to Bali than sunbathing and swimming. It’s also home to Instagrammable cafes and Bali Swing. The latter has you sitting on a giant seat—with safety harnesses, of course—and swinging into the horizon. You can choose from single swings, tandem swings and nests (where you get to sit in a round, nest-looking structure that doesn’t actually swing). Bali Swing is located in Ubud and package prices start from USD35 (about $48).
If you love walking in nature, Semarang is the place to be. Head to Dieng Plateau to see some of the oldest Hindu architectures in the area, as well as a beautiful lake that will leave you mesmerised. Do note that it takes four hours to get there, so plan your itinerary well. Another place to be is Karimunjawa, a beautiful island where you can enjoy the island life. Stay in one of the hotels there, such as Ayu Hotel, which will set you back 499,000 rupiah (about $47) onwards per bungalow per night.
Jakarta has its share of Instagrammable cafes and a bustling nightlife, making it a perfect destination if you’re travelling with your girlfriends. If you have dreams of becoming a barista, make it a reality at Ruang Seduh, a cafe at Kemang Raya where you can make your own cuppa, guided by the baristas there. Of course, you can also choose to have the pros make one for you. If you have a sweet tooth, visit Pipiltin Cocoa, a cafe that serves up chocolate-centric desserts and drinks (the chocolate coffee is a must-try!). They also have a dinner package that costs 275,000 rupiah (about $26) for two.
Want to save more money? AirAsia is having a promotion for flights to these cities! Book between December 3 to 9, 2018 to enjoy low fares, starting from $69 (all-inclusive) for a one-way ticket. Promotional fares are only valid for travel period from December 3, 2018 to May 5, 2019. Happy travelling!