Traveling inexpensively and healthy, is to ride the bike!
Indonesia is a country that is known to have so many outstanding natural beauties, with not a few forests that are still virgin; the mountains are also beautiful though sometimes they threaten with their activeness, and the dazzling blue seas with stunning coral reef gardens. Overall they are the charms that have strong magnet, which have made a lot of tourists from foreign countries came to visit, and even some were willing to settle down.
From all the matters, then comes the community of Bikepacker Indonesia (BPI), which is the community that likes to travel by bicycle. Why bicycle? Well, due to cycling, the community members feel it will make them become closer to nature that they enjoy much. “With cycling, we could actually have direct contact with nature, of which we enjoy much. This, of course, will be different if we are traveling by car,” said Hendra Revellino, one member of Bikepacker Indonesia.
This community was established on April 14, 2009. Starting from a cycling hobby of one of them, namely Daus, then popped the idea to create a special community of traveling by bicycle, as the means of transportation. Then, over time, this community has also grown and evolving, and their members have become more and more – which consist of various professional backgrounds. “Our members in Jakarta alone, at this time, have reached up to 400 people,” said Hendra.
Like the backpacker’s way of life in general, this community also tries to minimize costs while traveling. The tricks are, by doing a wide range of efforts. Starting from the use of public places to rest, such as mosques, gas stations, even police stations, up to bring along their own food supplies, in order to save expenses. “In addition, to reduce expenditures, we also often stay with our friends around the visited area,” said Herman.
Then, where are the areas that they have visited? Well, it turns out to be quite a lot. Because, almost all regions in Indonesia have been visited by them. Starting from Sumatra, Komodo Island, to Borneo; mostly have been ‘conquered’ by them. And incredibly, the came to all of these areas by their bicycles. Whoaa, aren’t they tired?
“If talking about tired, it is tiring for sure, but the thing is, the fatique will certainly be relieved when we see and enjoy the beautiful scenery,” Herman explained.
According to Herman, BPI also has several annual and monthly programs, such as ‘Bikepacker Pulang Kampung’ (‘Bikepacker Homecoming’, ed.), which they usually do ahead of the Eid al-Fitr Day. In the homecoming activities, they also provide information about the routes that are safe for traveling by bicycle.
So, if you are someone who likes the adventure – thus, also like cycling, you should join the Bikepacker Indonesia community, and enjoy the exciting adventures with fellow members here. Well, what are you waiting for? (ms)