What better way to celebrate Independence Day other than to have a fun chit chat with the one Indonesian youth who happens to follow his passion by conserving Indonesian tourism. Yes, I’m talking about the daring Febrian, or you’d probably know him as @_febrian on Instagram. Here’s a recap of our chat with Febrian about his passion, his adventure and his love for the beloved country, Indonesia.

 

 

"When I travel, I’m happy. When I travel, people happy. I only want to be happy and make others happy too,"

 

 

WHAT WOULD YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF AS TO THE WORLD, IS IT AS A TRAVELER?

As a travel enthusiast. If people ask me, why not introduce my self as a travel blogger or travel Instagrammer? That’d be because I do take pictures, I write articles and I share my knowledge and experience about traveling. That combines makes me a travel enthusiast.

 

WHAT MAKES YOU INTERESTED IN TRAVELLING AND BECOMING A TRAVEL ENTHUSIAST?

If you ask me about my goal in being a traveler in general, it is actually really simple. When I travel, I’m happy. When I travel, people happy. I only want to be happy and make others happy too.

 

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WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN CURRENTLY WORKING ON THESE DAYS?

I’m currently hosting a web series on Youtube with Indonesia Kaya, it has been running for almost two years, called Jurnal Indonesia Kaya. Every two or three times in a month we travel around Indonesia to discover new tradition and culture, film it, and put it on Youtube. Other than that, we also made a new web series called Goresan Jejak, where it tells my story during my time hosting Jurnal Indonesia Kaya.

 

SINCE WHEN DO YOU TRAVEL REGULARLY AND DECIDED TO BE A FULL TIME TRAVELER?

Before I became a traveler, I actually used to work in music industry. I used to sing, I had an album but it didn’t work out, ha ha. Before going all in into the travelling world, I used to sing on weekdays and travel on weekend. At last, I realized that my true passion is in travelling. Then decided to quit everything else and travel instead while blogging about it. After a year of doing that, Indonesia Kaya called me and offered my current job now.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOST UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE IN TRAVELLING? EVER EXPERIENCE SOMETHING SCARY OR DANGEROUS?

I experienced dangerous and near death experiences plenty of times, ha ha. Once I jumped from 10 to 15 meters hill to high seas. I didn’t even know at the time was it safe or not, it was probably not. There were a lot of sharp corals nearby that could potentially stab me. In fact, my friend who also jumped got stabbed multiple times by those sharp corals. It was pretty scary and unforgettable.

 

AFTER EXPERIENCING MANY NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES, HAVE YOU EVER DECIDE TO QUIT BEING A TRAVELER AT ALL?

No, I never decide to quit travelling. Every bad or dangerous thing that I experienced from travelling is a lesson learned for me to be more careful in the future. But I never wanted to quit.

 

WHEN TRAVELLING, DO YOU PREFER PLANES OR TRAINS?

Depends on the distance of the place that I want to visit. If it’s too far to travel with trains, I will choose planes. Also, it depends on what I was looking for. If I seek fun experiences, I choose trains. And if I don’t have much time, planes would have to do it.

 

WHERE ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO TRAVEL TO IN INDONESIA? POINT OUT FIVE!

1. My number one pick must be Flores. Because I think Flores is a complete packet of Indonesia. You could find anything from scenery to culture.

2. Next, Wakatobi. It’s perfect for those who like to dive or snorkel.

3. But the number one place to visit if you want to dive is Gorontalo. The visibility in the seas to dive in Gorontalo is so clear. And the scenery is so beautiful.

4. And then, Toraja. Because Toraja is so rich of culture, it’s perfect for those who seek to explore cultures.

5. Last but not least, Bengkulu. You could find Bung Karno Seclusion House there, many waterfalls or Rafflesia Arnoldii. Fun fact, Rafflesia is not as stinky as people thought it would be.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE MOST REACHABLE PLACE FROM THE CITY TO TRAVEL TO FOR A DAY OR TWO?

That would be Sukabumi. There are a lot of beautiful waterfalls there, and isn’t sudanese foods just the best?

 

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YOU TRAVELED TO A LOT OF PLACES IN INDONESIA, DISCOVERED MANY INDONESIAN CULTURES AND FOODS. WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE FOOD YOU EVER CAME ACROSS WHILE TRAVELLING?

My most favorite must be Padang cuisine and Makassar cuisine.

 

IS THERE ANY WHERE IN INDONESIA THAT YOU WANT TO TRAVEL TO AND HAVEN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO?

Of course, there are many of them. One of them would be Mentawai, Padang. What makes me interested to visit Mentawai is their tribe.

 

HOW IS INDONESIA FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW AS A TRAVELER?

I see Indonesia as a place that I could always call home. No matter how far I traveled, as long as it is still in Indonesia, I will always feel safe knowing that it’s still my home.

 

IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUINITY TO BE A MINISTER, WHAT MINISTER WOULD YOU BE?

I actually want to be minister of education. Because I’m so concern with the children that I often came across when I traveled who doesn’t have the privilege of education. I think they could be the start of something big if given the opportunity.

 

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE STYLIST AND FASHIONABLE WHILE TRAVELLING? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS OR TRICKS?

I like to look into fashion reference from Instagram or Pinterest. My tip on being stylish is that what attracts your eye probably would attracts most people eyes too. So, just go with your guts. For travelling I usually pack t-shirts in several basic colors, one pants, one shorts, one swim shorts, sunnies is a must, a hat, and several scarves, that’s it.

 

WHAT DO YOU PREFER, BEANIE OR SUNGLASSES?

Sunglasses, because it could protect me from UV rays.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY MUST HAVE ITEMS OR ESSENTIALS TO BRING WHILE YOU TRAVEL?

A camera and an earphone. I am glued to my camera and I could not left my earphone behind. I listened to music everyday.

 

IF YOU'RE LOST IN A DESERTED ISLAND AND YOU COULD ONLY BRING THREE THINGS, WHAT WOULD YOU BRING?

I would bring a knife to survive. And then maybe, pillow? Ha ha, to sleep of course. Maybe I could use it to float in the sea too. And towel, to use as its purpose and to use as a blanket, he he.

 

BESIDES TRAVELLING, WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

Enjoying my time with family.

 

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DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTION FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE A TRAVELLER OR TO TRAVEL MORE?

First, you have to save your money to travel. If you really want to buy something, you’d surely save your money for it right? Likewise with traveling. And do your research before you travel.

 

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL IN BUDGET?

You can, you definitely can. I did it all the time back then, but it is not as fun as when you save money to travel so you don’t have to think about money while travelling.

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, IF YOU HAVE A PRIVATE ISLAND OR MOUNTAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME THEM?

I would name my private island… Febrian Island ha ha. And my mountain would be named Chillax Mountain. So you can chill and relax when you trek my mountain, ha ha.

 

Apa lagi cara yang lebih baik untuk merayakan hari kemerdekaan selain ngobrol – ngobrol dengan pemuda Indonesia satu ini yang mengejar passion nya dengan melestarikan pariwisata Indonesia. Yup, siapa lagi kalau bukan Febrian, atau yang mungkin kalian kenal sebagai @_febrian di Instagram. Ini dia isi obrolan kami dengan febrian tentang passion, petualangan dan kecintaannya terhadap Indonesia.

 

KAMU LEBIH SENANG MENGENALKAN DIRIMU SEBAGAI APA, SEBAGAI TRAVELER KAH?

Sebagai travel enthusiast. Kalau ada yang nanya, kenapa gak travel blogger aja atau travel instagrammer? Karena kerjaanku motret foto, nulis artikel dan bagi – bagi pengalaman dan info tentang travelling. Jadi semua hal itu digabung membuat aku jadi travel enthusiast.

 

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APA YANG MEMBUAT KAMU TERTARIK DENGAN TRAVELLING?

Kalau ditanya goal ku sebagai traveler apa, sebenarnya jawaban nya simple banget. Saat aku travel, aku bahagia. Saat aku travel, orang lain juga bahagia. Aku cuma pengen bahagia, dan membuat orang lain bahagia juga.

 

SEKARANG LAGI SIBUK NGAPAIN NIH?

Sekarang sih lagi hosting web series di youtube bareng Indonesia Kaya, udah berjalan kira – kira hampir 2 tahun, namanya Jurnal Indonesia Kaya. Setiap 2 atau 3 kali dalam sebulan aku travel keliling Indonesia mencari tradisi atau budaya baru, film it, terus ditaro di youtube deh. Selain itu, kita juga lagi buat web series baru judulnya Goresan Jejak, ceritanya tentang pengalaman aku selama hosting Jurnal Indonesia Kaya.

 

SEJAK KAPAN RUTIN TRAVEL DAN AKHIRNYA JADI FULL TIME TRAVELER?

Sebelum aku jadi traveler, sebenernya dulu sempet kerja di industri musik. Aku dulu nyanyi, sempat punya album tapi gak berjalan lancar, ha ha. Sebelum benar – benar all in di dunia travelling, aku biasanya nyanyi pas weekdays terus weekend nya travelling. Tapi akhirnya aku sadar kalau passion ku sebenarnya di travelling. Terus berenti deh dari semuanya dan mutusin untuk travel aja dan blogging tentang travel. Setelah setahun blogging, Indonesia Kaya ngehubungin aku dan nawarin pekerjaan ku sekarang.

 

ADA GAK PENGALAMAN YANG PALING GAK BISA DILUPAKAN SELAMA TRAVELLING? PERNAH NGALAMIN HAL YANG SERAM DAN BERBAHAYA?

Kalau near death experiences gitu sih banyak, ha ha. Pernah waktu itu aku loncat dari bukit ketinggian 10 sampai 15 meter ke laut lepas. Waktu itu aku gak tau deh itu aman apa enggak, kayak nya sih enggak ya. Ada banyak banget karang – karang tajem di deket situ yang bisa nusuk. Bahkan temen ku yang loncat juga ketusuk – tusuk karang itu sampai berdarah – darah. Itu serem sih, dan gak bisa dilupain.

 

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SETELAH BANYAK NGALAMIN NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES, PERNAH GAK MIKIR INGIN BERENTI AJA JADI TRAVELER?

Enggak, gak pernah mikir untuk berenti. Setiap hal – hal buruk atau bahaya yang kejadian selama aku travelling aku jadiin pelajaran supaya besok – besok lebih hati – hati. Tapi gak pernah pengen berenti sih.

 

SAAT TRAVELLING, LEBIH MILIH PESAWAT ATAU KERETA?

Tergantung jaraknya, kalau jauh ya lebih pilih pesawat. Terus tergantung apa yang aku cari juga. Kalau cari pengalaman seru gitu, pilih kereta. Dan kalau lagi keburu – buru waktu, ya mau gak mau pesawat.

 

DIMANA TEMPAT YANG PALING INDAH DI INDONESIA UNTUK DIDATENGIN? SEBUTIN 5!

1. Yang pertama pastinya Flores. Karena menurutku Flores itu udah paket lengkap Indonesia. Kamu bisa nemuin apa aja dari pemandangan sampai budaya.

2. Terus, Wakatobi. Cocok banget buat kamu yang suka dive atau snorkel.

3. Tapi tempat yang harus banget didatengin kalau mau diving sih Gorontalo. Visibility di lautnya untuk dive jernih banget. Dan pemandangan bawah laut nya juga indah banget.

4. Setelah itu, Toraja. Karena toraja kaya dengan budaya banget, cocok untuk kalian yang mau explore budaya – budayanya.

5. Terakhir, Bengkulu. Kamu bisa nemuin rumah pengasingan Bung Karno, banyak air terjun dan Rafflesia Arnoldii. Dan Rafflesia aslinya gak sebau yang orang – orang pikir loh.

 

KALAU TEMPAT YANG PALING DEKAT DENGAN JAKARTA UNTUK TRAVEL SEHARI DUA HARI?

Itu sih Sukabumi. Banyak banget air terjun yang bagus – bagus disana, dan makanan suda tuh paling the best gak sih?

 

KAMU UDAH SERING TRAVEL KELILING INDONESIA, MENEMUKAN BANYAK BUDAYA DAN MAKANAN KHAS INDONESIA. APA MAKANAN INDONESIA FAVORITE KAMU YANG DITEMUIN PAS TRAVELLING?

Makanan indo favorit ku Padang dan Makassar.

 

ADA GAK TEMPAT DI INDONESIA YANG BELUM KESAMPAIAN UNTUK DIKUNJUNGI?

Ada dong, banyak banget. Salah satunya Mentawai di Padang. Yang bikin aku tertarik tuh suku Mentawai nya.

 

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BAGAIMANA INDONESIA DARI SUDUT PANDANG KAMU SEBAGAI TRAVELER?

Aku melihat Indonesia sebagai tempat yang aku anggap rumahku. Jadi, seberapa jauh aku travelling, selama masih di Indonesia aku bakal tetap merasa aman karena merasa masih dirumah.

 

KALAU DAPAT KESEMPATAN JADI MENTERI, MAU JADI MENTERI APA?

Aku sebenernya pengen jadi menteri pendidikan. Karena aku concern banget dengan anak – anak daerah yang sering aku temui yang belum punya kesempatan lebih dalam pendidikan. Menurutku mereka bisa jadi bibit dari hal – hal besar nantinya kalau diberi kesempatan.

 

MUNGKIN GAK SIH TETAP TERLIHAT STYLISH DAN FASHIONABLE SELAMA TRAVELLING? ADA TIPS DAN TRIK GAK DARI KAMU?

Aku sering liat – liat referensi dari Instagram atau Pinterest. Tips dari aku paling yang menurut kamu enak dilihat pasti enak dilihat juga buat orang lain. Jadi go with your guts aja. Untuk travelling biasanya aku pack kaos basic beberapa warna, satu celana panjang, satu celana pendek, satu celana renang, kacamata hitam harus banget, topi dan beberapa scarf, udah deh.

 

LEBIH MILIH MANA, BEANIE ATAU KACAMATA HITAM?

Kacamata hitam, karena bisa melindungi mata dari sinar UV.

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PUNYA MUST HAVE ITEMS ATAU ESSENTIALS YANG HARUS BANGET DIBAWA PAS TRAVELLING GAK?

Kamera dan earphone. Aku udah lengket banget sama kamera ku dan gak bisa banget ninggalin earphone. Aku benar – benar setiap hari dengerin musik.

 

KALAU MISALNYA KAMU TERDAMPAR DI SUATU PULAU DAN KAMU CUMA BISA BAWA 3 BARANG, APA YANG BAKAL KAMU BAWA?

Aku bakal bawa pisau, untuk bertahan hidup. Mungkin bantal kali ya? Ha ha, buat tidur pastinya. Atau mungkin bisa buat mengapung juga di laut. Dan handuk, untuk dipakai sesuai fungsinya dan buat dijadiin selimut, he he.

 

SELAIN TRAVELLING YANG KAMU LAKUIN UNTUK SENANG – SENANG APA?

Menikmati waktu bareng keluarga.

 

ADA GAK SARAN UNTUK ORANG – ORANG YANG PENGEN JADI TRAVELER ATAU SERING TRAVEL?

Pertama, harus nabung untuk travel. Kalau kamu pengen banget beli suatu barang, pasti nabung dong? Sama aja dengan travelling. Dan research dulu sebelum travel.

 

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MUNGKIN GAK SIH TRAVEL DENGAN BUDGET YANG MURAH?

Bisa sih, bisa banget. Dulu aku selalu kayak gitu, tapi gak seseru kalau ada uang nya jadi gausah mikirin uang pas lagi travelling.

 

YANG TERAKHIR NIH, KALAU PUNYA PULAU PRIBADI ATAU GUNUNG PRIBADI, MAU DIKASIH NAMA APA?

Pulau ku bakal aku kasih nama… Febrian Island ha ha. Kalau gunung bakal aku kasih nama Chillax Mountain. Jadi kamu bisa chill dan relax selama daki gunung ku, ha ha.

 

LOCATION:

CONCLAVE Wijaya

Jalan Wijaya 1 No. 5C (Tendean-Wijaya Intersection), Petogogan, Kby. Baru

Jakarta Selatan

+62 21 27510329

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6AM–12AM

 

 

Written & Interviewed by Feybien Ramayanti (@feyramayanti)

Photographed by Faisal Abdul Muhsin (@dado_bedul)

Editor by Nesya Dwiriyanti (@nesyadwr)