I am considering backpacking (train/bus/boat) from Jakarta to Bali during the few days before and after New Year.

In some countries that would not be a good idea as trains are fully booked (and most restaurants/attractions are close). How about this part of Indonesia? Are there things to be aware of during that period?

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    There's a volcano on... Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 1:34
  • @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas: Yes, that's another topic ^_^
    – nic
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 1:37
  • The volcano might make any answers based on previous experiences than accurate, tho. Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 1:39
  • @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas: 95% of the route is very far from the volcano, the biggest consequence I could see is more people using non-plane transport. I could just cancel the remaining 5% if there are still problems with the volcano in 3 weeks.
    – nic
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 1:47

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That's cool!

New year and Chrismas are not massive events in Java island. There will be more people than usual on the road, but nothing compared to the "Balik Kampung".

It will be school holiday and Chinese population might be in christmas holiday in their familly. But for most people, this is business as usual.

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