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Gap Year in Indonesia

Straddling the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean lies this Southeast Asian Nation, comprising of thousands of volcanic islands. Lying in close proximity to both Asia and Australia, Indonesia, quite evidently, is a popular gap year destination that offers numerous possibilities to comply with everyone's tastes and preferences. Whether you wish to go for a volunteering trip in Bali or just explore the islands of Java & Sumatra, or maybe you are in a mood to explore the rainforests and hike up Mount Bromo - Indonesia is the perfect destination for all kinds of travelers. If you are looking for a budget-friendly nation where you can spend a few months of your gap year abroad, then you must consider visiting Indonesia.

Gap Year in Indonesia

A cluster of volcanic islands situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Indonesia is a perfect gap year destination for students who wish to explore an offbeat Southeast Asian destination. Popular for its pristine beaches, volcanic mountains, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans, and tigers, Indonesia has nature's blessings. You can choose to spend your gap year across different islands, most popular of which are Bali, Ubud, Jakarta, Java and Sumatra. Your gap year experience in Indonesia will turn out to be one of the best chapters of your life.

Adventure Tours

Pump yourself up for a trek to the crater of Mt Bromo, go for surfing lessons in Kuta and stay with the locals in a Tengger farming community homestay. Go Discover Abroad has lined up some thrilling and adventurous trips for you in Indonesia, which will not only let you feel the adrenaline rush but also give you adequate time to spend with the natives of the islands. And in case you are seeking a retreat, we have that to offer you as well! So drop all your gap year worries and join us for a joyride.

General Questions

All travelers are required to be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 6 months post your travel date and a proof of your onward journey or return from Indonesia. Indonesia provides special short stay visa-free tourist facilities to nationals od a total 169 countries around the world who wish to visit Indonesia. The tourist visa-free facilities are valid for a maximum of 30 days and are non-extendable. Apart from these visa exempt countries, Indonesia also extends the service of Visa on Arrival to nationals of 61 countries that are also valid for up to 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days from the immigration offices in Indonesia. 

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Indonesia, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Typhoid, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis for traveling in Indonesia. If you’re traveling to Indonesia from a country that is at risk from Yellow Fever then you’ll need to show proof of your immunization against Yellow Fever.  

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Indonesia. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 35-45 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Indonesia, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises. 

The weather in Indonesia is split between wet and dry where the dry season spans from May to September and the rainy seasons spans from October to April. The climate in Indonesia is generally very hot and humid. Therefore, we suggest lightweight clothing in breathable fabrics and lots of cotton clothing items. An umbrella or rain protection gear is a must for the rainy months, but you can also consider buying it from Indonesia if you don’t want to pack in that extra weight. Dressing conservatively is a must when visiting the Hindu and Buddhist temple to show respect towards the culture of the country. 

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information. 


GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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