TRAVEL WARNING: INDONESIA
The big durian has always been an incredibly apt nickname for Jakarta. Those who are familiar with the city (this goes for the fruit too) either hate it or love it, while those who are unfamiliar with it are either intrigued or intimated. These people are also usually misinformed about both the dangers and the wonders of Jakarta and the rest of the country. In this day and age, where the collective wisdom of humankind is easily accessed on a device that fits in your pocket, it’s surprising that you can still hear the line, “Indonesia? That’s, like, somewhere in Bali, right?” This is uttered with alarming frequency. So, for those looking to travel to the archipelago themselves or who know somebody who might be heading to the big durian soon, here are some of the most pervasive myths and stereotypes regarding Indonesia that are plain wrong (or are actually a bit more nuanced).