All local people should have the opportunity to benefit from the tourism industry. In many countries, the opposite occures. Where just a few gain, many lose. And the tourists aren’t happy either. With huge prices, yet not contributing to local welfare. Also, the travel experiences are mostly not authentic, driven by money making… Which is no good either to both locals and tourists. We need sustainable travel!
Working on sustainable travel
Luckily we can all make a change and work on sustainable travel. Gladly, more and more people join the sustainability movement. Like our partner Better Places, who gives high priority in providing real local experiences to its clients. To show our newest local “meet and eat” experience at Lombok, we invite Better Places to join an Indonesian family for dinner. They accept the invite, so Daisy and Patrick are present at the kitchen table. Daisy tells about their experience:
We step out of our car. Father Abdul Kadir and mother Makiah welcome us. “Salamat malam”, which means “Good evening”. We shake hand and smile to each other. The oldest daughter Jasiah leads us to the bruga. This is a bamboo platfrom where the family always eats together. The youngest daughter Siti gets carried by her mother. Due to a disfuntional brain from birth, her muscles are poorly developed. Not knowing about possiblities to help, she lied a lot in bed and could only learn to talk by watching television. By the means of Lombok Care, she now gets help in training her muscles. Making it possible to walk for a short distance using support sticks.
At Lombok, ResiRest has a cooperation with Mindie and Apip of the Dutch Lombok Care foundation. They are present too tonight. Mindie explains how joining ResiRest helps local families: “We care about disabled children. At Lombok, therapy and education were not provided. Lombok Care made this possible. Healthcare is not accesable to many people on the island. The lack of money is a huge problem. By joining ResiRest, the locals can benefit from the increasing tourism.”
Talk talk talk
It is the first time our host family has foreign guests over for dinner by ResiRest. We can tell it is special to them. Apip translates the conversation with father Abdul: “Because of tonights dinner, they replaced the bruga this morning. It was full of holes this morning.” The family seems a bit nervous, like ourselfs. Than Jasiah point to the rough beard of Patrick, asking if he’s Muslim too. A real ice breaker, everybody laughs.
Non of the family members speaks English. We chat a lot though, by the help of Mindie and Apip. We tell about The Netherlands: bicyles, snow and windmills. And we learn about the daily life at Lombok. The youngest daughter Siti enjoys all the chatting. Also, we know some Dutch words that are used in the Indonesion language too. Abdul is impressed!
And food of course
At the bruga we eat fine food from many different bowls. It beats a restaurant, delicious flavors! After a tasty dessert it is time to leave. The family walks us back to our car. We roll down the windows and wave towards four happy looking people. “For them, this evening was very special,” says Apip. “I think they enjoyed it a lot.” We feel exactly the same. We laughed, learned, and went through an extraordinary experience. A fine project of ResiRest and Lombok Care at Lombok!
All day sustainable travel
Sustainable travel is all around. It is about making choices, but can be much fun. Daisy Scholte and Patrick Boone travel the globe and write about it on their website. Get your sustainable travel inspiration from alldayeverydaisy.com All pictures in this article are by Daisy.
Directly support a local family by sharing a meal. Since we are global, you can join almost everywhere. Check all places, famillies, and food in the free ResiRest app. Sustainable travel needs you too!