Location: Just outside of Kuta Lombok, Lombok Island, Indonesia
Lombok is a small island between East Java and West Nusa Tenggara in the Southeast Asia country of Indonesia. It’s approximately the same size as Bali, it’s neighboring island. Although not as developed and tourism-driven as Bali, Lombok is known for its natural scenic beauty. Many of its coasts are untouched by globalization influences.
The conditions of the 8km dirt road to this particular remote coast made me think we were probably the first car driving down for months. It was a little scary thinking if we got stranded here no one would ever find us… but so worth it; no shops, no corruption, no technology, no marketing, no pollution of any sort.. just nature how nature is. Unfortunately, areas like this are increasingly rare, even the most natural locations have developed into tourism hubs as means to make money.
When you’re there, it feels like you’re off the grid in every way, detached of any reminders of how hectic and fast-paced the outside world is. Driving by locals and witnessing their expression upon seeing a white family enhanced the notion that we were somewhere very, very remote.
I knew I wouldn’t be ever coming back here and maybe in 20 years globalization would destroy this natural beauty; so I took a walk along the picturesque coast alone. After clicking away a few pictures, I tried soaking in as much as I could. It was my last day as a teenager and I felt so free. For a brief moment I was completely detached from anything and everything.