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solo girl travel in Indo« on: April 28 2005 22:04:00 »
Hey - I'm thinking of heading to Indo in September for a month long surf trip and so far, I'm going solo. Any advice on a girl travelling by herself? Places to definitely avoid or good spots to hook up with other chill travellers? Also, how's the surf at that time of year supposed to be? I'd greatly appreciate any info - thanks :)
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #1 on: April 29 2005 00:04:00 »
hey betty,you should be alright going solo in bali and lombok but the other islands like java and sumatra you would be more safe with someone with you.i just went on my 10th trip to indo but mt 1st solo and it was unreal ! coz your forced to make an effort to meet people.you end up meeting the most crazy peopleand you will get way more surf time with no-one holding you back.anyway i'm going back in aug for 3 months with some mates so i might see you there.good luck
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #2 on: April 30 2005 03:04:00 »
I'll also be over there this season, whats the recommendation for securing personal belongings like passports, bank cards etc whilst surfing and living in basic huts?
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #3 on: April 30 2005 23:04:00 »
mate the last few times ive been in have being staying in losmen and all you can do is put all your cash and cards in a small locked bag and hide it well !.some smaller places have safe deposit boxes, but if your going to remote parts of indo you should try to hide your stuff as best you can.most locals are trustworthy but its better to be safe than sorry.
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #4 on: June 10 2005 19:06:00 »
i'd say lock up your surfboard bag! dont know if u;ve heard of this schappelle corby case, wheer she allegedly smuggled drugs but thre's a baggage handler scandal going on in australia. Allegedly, baggage hadnlers put drugs in her boogie baord bag , as part of a smuggling ring.
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #5 on: June 23 2005 11:06:00 »
Hi, i'll be in Bali in Sept with my girlfriend, who'll actually be my wife then. We're 32 and 31, me being oldest. We'll be at Nusa Dua so if you wanna hook up and surf with us at some point or just chill with a cold one on the beach just drop me a line. Stay lucky,
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #6 on: June 25 2005 15:06:00 »
I am a surf guide, living full-time in Tuban, Bali, Indo. At the mo Bali is your best bet. You don't really have much to worry about there, in fact, your greatest danger will be the drunk ozzys slathering over you in the discos!! but, as for other islands, you must remeber that 88% of Indonesians are muslim. As you are a chickky it is considered VERY rude for you to show, pretty much, ANY skin. Arms and legs (and the rest!) should remain coverd at all times. No stipping off and changing on the beach. A Bikini wouldn't be a big look.
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #7 on: June 25 2005 15:06:00 »
I would suggest that you keep you travel plans to "the well beaten paths" of Bali. The Balanese are Hindus. They don't care how you dress, so long as you act with respect and live within the bounds of Karma. Heavy reports filter in from Sumatra, Java, and even lombok on a regular basis. Go do a google search. If you travel with love in your heart and a smile on your face you will have a great time. Rember to tip generously. Food is CHEAP, but by giving just a few extra cents here and there you can make a real difference to the lives of people who work for less than a dollar a day in some cases.
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #8 on: June 25 2005 15:06:00 »
As for theft? Unfortunatly, it is comon and only seems to increase. My jeep gets jacked regularly! even while being "watched" by the old women who charge 2 bucks for parking. Most Indo's live in crippeling poverty, so by nicking your camera they can feed their kids for a month! wouldn't you do it to?? there is bassically no secrity outside of Bali. Almost no police, and those that are there are corupt and VERY dangerouse. Don't let me put you off traveleing to indo... but remeber that your not at home and that the rules that apply outside your door don't apply down here. If you want we could meet up and I can show you some of the comon pit-falls and were to surf without the heavy crouds of drop-in's from the goldy. Don't forget FULL MEDI-VAC INSURANCE!! WITH SPORTS RETAINER!!
RE: solo girl travel in Indo« Reply #9 on: June 25 2005 18:06:00 »
hey i'm kinda in the same boat, my friends that were gunna go with me i think are bailing so i think i may be going by myself also in september... drop me an email if you wanna maybe travel a bit together... i've got a bunch of info from friends that just got back so let me know!!!