Indonesia is the perfect budget travel destination. It’s a much loved holiday destination for Australians, and no wonder. It’s one of the only countries that Australians can fly to on a budget, and once you arrive it is pretty easy to stretch your funds.
Like any place, there are aspects of Indonesia which can blow the budget if you are not careful. So what can you do to plan a budget holiday in Indonesia?
Budget Accommodation in Indonesia
Indonesia is one of those places where you can either spend a little, or you can spend a lot. You can spend just a handful of dollars on a fan cooled room, or you can splurge for a resort and spa. It’s up to you. Luckily, even the relatively nice hotels in Indonesia are still relatively good value when compared to hotels in nearby Australia.
The cheapest accommodation options are not often listed online. If you want to find these it might be a good idea to check a guidebook or online forums. Or better yet, just go for a wander in the “backpacker” area of town and start comparing prices.
We now travel with a toddler, and he comes with a lot of extra luggage, so we tend to try to book our accommodation in advance. This limits us to what we can find listed on internet booking websites.
For example, we decided to opt for comfort and raised our budget a little. For around $40 Australian dollars we were able to book a large hotel room with free airport transfers and best of all – a pool. But if things like a pool were not important to us, then we could have easily gotten a better deal than that.
Eat on a budget in Indonesia
It’s easy to eat on an extreme budget in Indonesia. The most budget savvy and culinary adventurous will find the best deals at the little street food carts characterized by their brightly coloured plastic chairs and tables.
We stuck to the types of restaurants geared towards foreigners and even then were able to get great authentic meals for around 3 – 5 dollars each per meal.
Budget transport in Indonesia
The cheapest way to get around Indonesia is by public bus or train. Don’t expect much personal space though. Travelling by road takes a long time in Indonesia, and you will understand why when you see the traffic and urban sprawl. The cities seem to expand forever into the distance, with no end to the traffic in sight.
The easiest and most adventurous way to get around Indonesia is to hire your own motorbike and travel like the locals do. Just make sure your travel insurance will cover you in case of an accident.
Most hotels offer free airport pickup and drop off, so make sure to ask as this will make your arrival and departure a lot less stressful.
The least budget option of transport in Indonesia is by private driver or by joining a tour. While this is much more expensive than the other options, it will give you a much higher degree of comfort. Hiring a private driver and car will cost you between 30 – 50 dollars per day, but when split among several people may still work out to be the best option depending on your needs.
Budget travel in Indonesia
Indonesia is a fabulous budget travel destination in South East Asia. Even with the increasingly rapidly developing tourist industry, it is still possible to travel on a budget.