Getting to Cemoro Lawang, the town closest to Mount Bromo, was the worst. The main reason for this is having to pass through Probolinggo, a town where pretty much everyone is trying to scam you. The best advice I can give about this journey is not to do it, just… Read more of "Climbing Mount Bromo"
Route planning becomes a little tedious when you're travelling. You want to enjoy the place you're in rather than reading the guidebook for your next destination. So we didn't spend that much time planning our route through Java, we had a couple of key places we wanted to visit and… Read more of "Java's cities"
By the time we got to Borobudur, we were exhausted. We'd only had a couple of hours sleep and been on the bike for hours. And then we pulled into Elo Progo Art House, a peaceful haven in the middle of nowhere, complete with a family-run warung (where we had… Read more of "Borobudur"
Yogyakarta was a game changer for us, we hired a motorbike for our week's stay and we loved it. Heading out into the countryside without a plan, getting lost in the villages, driving over rickety bamboo bridges, waving to all the smiling kids we passed. We had the best week… Read more of "Scooting, climbing and camping in Yogyakarta"
Jakarta gets a pretty bad rap, even the guidebooks advise you to skip it, so we weren't really sure what to expect. But actually, we kinda liked it. We stayed on Jalan Sabang, a busy road with lots of street food stalls and cute coffee shops, and after six weeks… Read more of "The 'hidden' Jakarta"