Travelling solo in Java

“Hellllllo mister!” (The ubiquitous greeting in Indonesia)

“Where are you from?”


“Are you travelling on your own?”


“Do you not have any friends?!?!?!?!?”

This was the oft-repeated exchange I encountered during the two weeks I just spent traversing the Indonesian island of Java, from the sprawling capital of Jakarta on the western end to the port of Banyuwangi on the eastern point, tantalisingly in clear sight of Bali. Indonesians really don’t understand the concept of travelling solo, and I was continually asked in puzzled tones like this where were my family or friends!  (more…)