Its nearly a week to the trip, and I am uber-excited on my trip to the continent of Sumatra. Plans have been developed and reached its final stage where what it needs to be done is to pack my bag and head off.
Before I bring you on to the journey of 2018, I'd like to share with you our itinerary. Here it goes -
Medan - Mt. Sibayak - Samosir Island - Gunung Pusuk Buhit - Holobung Hills - Pematangsiantar - Tangkahan - Medan
All, in 14 days. I'd say, it also includes 4 nights camping in the wilderness in a tent and the rest of the days in hostels/hotels. Though camping outdoors wasn't necessary, It practically saved lots in accommodation, especially in mid-end hostels in and around Lake Toba.
The highlight of the trip I would say involves the cross-island trekking between the eastern and western end of Samosir Island. Honestly, I don't know what to expect. Despite the dangers imposed and the risks involved, I sure hope we'd be fine. Though safety seems to be the highest of the risk we are taking, any trip wouldn't be as safe as we are even if we're in an urban context. In cities, the risk of theft, robbery and muggings (omgard), are too simply hard to ignore, let alone areas with pickpocketing and scams. We have been pre-warned, per se, by Google, and the many travel books I've read so far.
I believe the only reason why people get into tough situations abroad may be due to a few circumstances, that is - They dress simply too 'Tourist'
Dressing plays a huge role in crimes abroad. Personally, I've observed several tourists dressing in the high-end fashion, or protective clothing such as being fully clothed in Khaki with the pants for 'you-know-what-purpose', wearing a cap, sunglasses and a VISIBLE money wallet on the neck.
Falling prey, I insist. When travelling, it is key to read up and understand the host nation's cultures and customs. Without doing so, they risk being a person totally unaware of the context and allow themselves to fall prey to un-imaginable situations.