Taking Indonesia by storm

Luxury hotels with feather mattresses softer than a baby’s bottom, languorous sightseeing in open-air buses and shopping extravaganzas—pretty much the standard for my vacations.

I traded that in for treks on an active volcano, 16 metre-deep dives, magic mushroom sightings, 5 km-long treks to get up close with Komodo dragons and living off a boat with questionable plumbing and lizard-sized cockroaches. The only constant? The copious amounts of alcohol consumed.