Presentation of the trip to Indonesia

I won’t be the one to deny that luck exists, but I think it can be attracted on many occasions. Some good things happen to us without looking for it, by pure chance, but most strokes of fortune are a direct cause of the work and attitude with which we face our lives. Today I travel for free to Indonesia thanks to a contest I won. Some may think it was luck, but I think it’s a reward for things well done.

Paisaje de Bali - Indonesia (foto pxhere)

Paisaje de Bali - Indonesia (foto pxhere)

Most likely when you read this article I will be flying or new to Indonesia. A trip that began to take shape in November 2018 in Barcelona, in talks on sustainable tourism organized by the airline KLM. There we were invited a few travel bloggers to give our vision on travel and sustainability, being able to participate later in a contest on this subject. The prize: two plane tickets to any destination on the KLM network. The “lucky one”: the one who writes to you.

Sergio Otegui, autor del blog Nada Incluido, habla en las charlas KLMvuelasostenible en Barcelona

Sergio Otegui, autor del blog Nada Incluido, habla en las charlas KLMvuelasostenible en Barcelona

A prize that fell on me at a time of many changes and that would lead me to share it with Alberto de Mochileros TV, a good friend and travel blogger. Who if not another blogger could easily fit a trip of 3 weeks?

Selfie en unos viñedos del Alentejo (Portugal)

Selfie en unos viñedos del Alentejo (Portugal)

Possible itinerary through Indonesia

Indeed, a little more than 20 days we will be mochileando Indonesia, a destination infinitely larger than what we will get to see. And it is that, of the 2 million square kilometers and more than 17,000 islands that compose it, we will hardly see 3 of them: Java, Bali and a piece of the island of Flores.

Possible route through Indonesia.

Well, I think so today, but you know how my trips are: modifiable every second. And it is that, although in our head there may be something similar to a route right now, the reality is that, as always, the only plan we have is that we want our plan to change continuously. Nevertheless, we are sure that we will dedicate a few days to Bali, where our plane lands…

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan - Bali (foto Wikipedia)

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan - Bali (foto Wikipedia)

… and to Java, from where we will return some time later.

Calle de Yogakarta - Indonesia (foto de Wikipedia)

Calle de Yogakarta - Indonesia (foto de Wikipedia)

We also have the idea of visiting Komodo National Park, one of those unique places on Earth that we don’t want to miss.

Parque Nacional de Komodo - Indonesia (foto Wikipedia)

Parque Nacional de Komodo - Indonesia (foto Wikipedia)

Komodo Dragons on the sidelines, we will try to make the most of every second we spend in that remote country, combining as best as possible a good handful of beaches …

Atardecer en playa de Indonesia (Foto Wikipedia)

Atardecer en playa de Indonesia (Foto Wikipedia)

… volcanoes…

Volcán de Java - Foto del Flickr de Mararie

Volcán de Java - Foto del Flickr de Mararie

… temples…

Foto de Wikipedia del Templo de Prambanan (Java, Indonesia)

Foto de Wikipedia del Templo de Prambanan (Java, Indonesia)

…and any of its many attractions.

Buceando en Indonesia - Foto de Flickr de Ilse Reijs

Buceando en Indonesia - Foto de Flickr de Ilse Reijs

However, I can tell you that this trip is not just going to be touristic. And is that, going back once again to the sustainable tourism event in which we participated in Barcelona, I was talking there …

… about a behavior that I have been observing for some time in the field of bloggers and online content generators: we only talk about the good things about the destinations we visit.

Doesn’t garbage give likes?

I’m the first one to greatly enjoy every place I accumulate in my backpack, and I don’t like to criticize and kick about what I see. However, where we go is not all perfect, and it should be part of our responsibility to focus on some of these negative aspects. For example: garbage.

Restos de basura en la arena de las playas de Mui Ne (Vietnam)

Restos de basura en la arena de las playas de Mui Ne (Vietnam)

Whether we like it or not, garbage is a global problem that is increasingly present, with plastic as a great representative. Many of the places we proudly teach on our social networks accumulate “shit” a few meters beyond the typical photo.

Mucha basura acumulada en la arena de la playa de isla Colón (Bocas del Toro, Panamá)

Mucha basura acumulada en la arena de la playa de isla Colón (Bocas del Toro, Panamá)

And with this I don’t want to invite you to go beating around the bush wherever we go, far from it, but we should be fairer with what we see: for ourselves, for our readers and for the destiny in which we are. By giving visibility to problems, we can help solve them.

And with this idea that we will gather in networks with the hashtag #labasuranodalikes, we will give visibility to everything that we find related to this problem during our stay in Indonesia. But not everything will remain empty images and words, but we plan to collaborate with some of the many organizations working on it.

Río Citarum - Java (Indonesia) - Foto de RedditRío Citarum - Java (Indonesia) - Foto de Reddit

It is no coincidence that Indonesia is the destination of choice for this type of trip, as it is one of the populations that generates the most uncontrolled garbage. Nor is it by chance that Javi Godínez, one of the most conscientious bloggers there is, has joined Alberto and me in this adventure. As it is not the case that KLM takes us there, an airline with a clear sustainable project.

Javier Godínez - Vivir para viajar

Javier Godínez - Vivir para viajar

Between normal tourism and sustainable tourism, it seems that the 3 weeks that we dedicate to the archipelago are going to blow us away. The only thing I know for sure is that we’re going to make the most of every second there and try to show as real Indonesia as possible. No filters.

Niños vietnamitas se bañan en Tam Coc, Ninh Binh (Vietnam)

Niños vietnamitas se bañan en Tam Coc, Ninh Binh (Vietnam)

I am especially excited to think that this is going to be the first trip that I collect in full on the new website of Nada Incluido, although I don’t think I can publish on the blog until I return to Spain. What is certain is that both in my networks and those of my two adventure partners, we will do a coverage of the day to day, so do not lose sight of our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Now that the trip has been presented, all I can do is encourage you to get on the plane with us, fasten your belt and open the vents because, I think, what you’re going to see you’re going to like very much. Take off!

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