Spread over a whopping 17,000 islands, spiked with smoking volcanoes, washed by glassy surf swells, and sizzling with the scents of peanut and soy and ginger, Indonesia is real bucket list destination if there ever was one. Adventures here can take you to old-growth rainforests where Orangutans swing in the teak trees. They might be about mystical Hindu fire dances on Bali's clifftop temples. They could mean intrepid outings to Komodo and Sulawesi, where ancient dragons stalk the dunes and shimmering coral reefs rim the coast. Thankfully there are oodles of cheap flights to Indonesia from countless carriers. Deals will typically whisk you into the buzzing capital of Jakarta, but can also jet into surf-mad Denpasar and happening Surabaya.
The fabled Isle of the Gods, Bali is a mecca for surf lovers, but also comes with emerald rice paddies and enthralling Hindu shrines.
Venture to this far-flung archipelago in the Nusa Tenggara, where pink-tinged beaches and crumpled mountains host the iconic Komodo dragon.
Watched over by the brooding calderas of Merapi and Merbabu, the ancient Borobudur Temple is a glimpse into the age-old Buddhist cultures of Central Java.