Stephanie Brookes

Stephanie is a professional travel writer and co-author of 'Indonesia Hidden Heritage'. To catch Stephanie's journey please visit www.travelwriter.ws.

Bargaining in Bali

There is no doubt Bali is a shoppers’ paradise, but how do you know if you are getting a good deal? Many people feel awkward bargaining with the locals, especially if...

Setulang – A Stay in the Forest, North Kalimantan

When I arrived at Setulang Village, I noticed there were no supermarkets to be seen anywhere. The village is located miles from any major town.  It is nestled along the...

Delightful Derawan Islands

The coral reefs that surround Derawan Island are bursting with colour and life. In fact, over 870 fish species live in these waters, from pygmy seahorses to giant manta...

Nusa Penida: Angels and Nature

Nusa Penida is a beautiful, rugged island, just a short 30 minutes by boat from Sanur in Bali. Angel Billabong, a natural wonder, is one of the island’s main...

Gluten Free – What’s It All About?

When my young daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of ten, I had to learn all about gluten. The test to diagnose the disease was in itself a major...

Romancing the Stone

When I arrived at the Hotel Tugu in Blitar, a three-hour drive from Malang, I felt like I was taking a journey back in time. The pages of history opened before me as I...

Do You See What Eye See – A “Photo Voice” Project for Children with Special Needs

Writer Stephanie Brookes shares a heartwarming tale from Bali about a couple of university grads from the Netherlands who are helping special needs children find their...

Sustainability, Permaculture and Organic in Bali

Ever wonder where your organic food products are grown or made, distributed or sold? Stephanie Brookes looks into the local farming practices and organic trade in Bali....

Exploring the Butterfly Bounty in Buton

Exploring obscure islands in Indonesia can bring the traveller face-to-face with extraordinary travel experiences. Luckily, expats can now take advantage of the...

A Deeper Look Into The Languid Lake Toba

Lake Toba is surrounded by highlands and jagged peaks on the island of Sumatra. The lake spreads out to meet dramatic cliffs and forested slopes, which extend to the...

Wild Rivers and Wildlife – Gunung Leuser National Park

A Wilderness Escape A trip to the Gunung Leuser National Park in Southern Aceh is an authentic wilderness experience. Your accommodation choices are limited to budget...

A Jungle Adventure With Kalimantan’s Orangutan

I spotted my first orangutan high up in the trees in the early morning. I heard it before I saw it, awaking to branches cracking and some furious tree-shaking. Luckily,...

Bloo Lagoon – A Quiet Hideaway in Bali

Padangbai is a small, friendly Balinese seaside village and a great little getaway about an hour and a half from the airport. Tony and Marita, the visionary owners of...

Vibrant Jakarta – Alive and Kicking

Jakarta is full of colour, vibrancy and life.  At first glance it looks like a huge modern city with a towering skyline, however in the backstreets you will find a...