Can You Speak Indonesian

Orangutan

I’m sure that your immediate response was in the negative — unless of course, you’re Indonesian or have been living there a long time as I have. But you probably don’t realize that you already know at least one Indonesian word. What do you call the mother primate that’s pictured above? You probably knew that the mother […]

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Does Long-Term Travel Sound Appealing?

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Do you think that long-term or full-time travel is an extended vacation?  You’d better think again and approach the idea of traveling for a long time in an entirely different way. If you don’t, you’ll be setting yourself up for major disappointment. When you take one or two yearly vacations, you estimate how much you’re willing […]

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Fire, Death, and Rebirth

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Late October and early November 2010 was a time no one living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, will ever forget. Mt. Merapi, one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world just north of Yogyakarta, gave the performance of a lifetime – or as scientists proclaimed ‘a once-in-a-hundred-years eruption.’ People in the area were accustomed to […]

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Women in Indonesia

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I’ve been writing a lot of posts about Indonesia. That’s natural, right? It’s where I’ve made my home for almost all of the past 36 years.You may not know much about Indonesia other than the Bali bombing from 2002 or the tsunami in 2004. Or you might know that most Indonesians are Muslim. If you’re […]

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When Death Isn’t Goodbye

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I’ve thought a lot about death recently. My mom is 92 years old and has severe dementia. I realize that her time on earth is coming to an end.  I don’t think any of us like to think of our own death or the deaths of friends and family. But there’s a place in Indonesia that […]

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Scuba Diving in Indonesia

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If you live in the United States and you’re a scuba diver, the closest places for you to enjoy the underwater world are in the Caribbean. I’ve been diving in the Caribbean and loved it. In fact, I earned my PADI certification in the Caribbean waters just off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico. Yes, diving in […]

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Java Is My Home

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Travel can be so transformative. It can – rejuvenate you from your 9-5 job or your online work expose you to behaviors and thoughts different from what you know at home stimulate you to imagine how you can make your life better check help your spirit rise above your usual routine check even help you […]

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How About Traveling Long Term?

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Traveling long term is easier today than ever before in history. In the past, the only people who could afford to travel for extended periods of time were the wealthy. They’d pick up and take off for a year or even longer to see the world. Life for them did not mean going to a […]

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Freedom to Travel

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Do you wish you had more freedom to travel? Do you wish you didn’t have to be a slave to your 9–to–5 job? Many people say they want to be free. They say that they wish they could live on the beach drinking margaritas. Is that really what they want? I used to say that I would do […]

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