Author Archive: The Imagination Trail

My name's Rachel and I'm a British twenty-something woman going (mostly) solo to places that intrigue and inspire. I'm a blogger, writer and dreamer.

The missed volcano: when Mother Nature says no

Jakarta Bandung Krakatoa Indonesia female solo travel

I remember one Saturday afternoon, shortly after I had graduated from university and got myself a “proper” job, flicking idly through the television channels and coming across an old black and white movie, Krakatoa East of Java. Krakatoa, a volcano…
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Holidaying in the supervolcano: Lake Toba, Sumatra

Lake Danau Toba Sumatra Indonesia solo female travel

After a busy week of running around North Sumatra looking for orangutans in the jungle and chasing a volcano or two, I thought it was time for a short break before making my way to Malaysia to begin my ten…
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Ten days to change your life: my time at a silent Vipassana meditation retreat

Vipassana Dhamma ten day silent meditation Malaysia

I think it was during my time in Japan, cross-legged on my futon in my little room in Kagoshima, that I idly Googled “meditation retreats in Asia”. I’d been trying to practise mindful meditation for just under a year, though…
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Sibayak and Sinabung: volcano-chasing in North Sumatra

Sumatra volcano Sibayak Sinabung solo female travel Indonesia

Sometimes a particular volcano will take a hold in my mind for some reason; perhaps because it was or is a significant one, like Mount Vesuvius and its surrounding legacies of Pompeii and Herculaneum, or Krakatoa, which I disappointingly haven’t…
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Close encounters: in search of orangutans in Bukit Lawang

Orangutan Bukit Lawang Sumatra Indonesia solo travel

I’ve always wanted to see the orangutans in Borneo (and still plan to, later on this year!), so when I discovered that I could potentially see them in Sumatra, Indonesia, too, it became one of my must-dos for my time…
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Blue fire and sulphur mines: the world of Mount Ijen

Ijen Java Indonesia volcano solo female travel

I never imagined I’d be happy to see Jakarta, but when the plane from Singapore touched down at Soekarno-Hatto airport, I felt glad to be back in Indonesia, and excited for the adventures to come. The immigration officer, glancing briefly…
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