I have been travelling through and photographing Sumatra for 3 years now and have learnt a lot in the process. Culture and community is big part of getting to know this island of Sumatra, but what I have discovered in among the rich beauty and culture is a distinct lack of connected resources when it comes to catering for visitors. My number one goal with mySumatra is to show off the beauty and attract tourists to help provide more sustainable incomes for the locals. There is a lot of beauty to experience and I hope to show that people can live more sustainable lives by relying on the tourist trade than pilfering the resources from this unique and diverse land.
mySumatra.com provides two avenues that will help connect local resources with visitors from outside of Indonesia. The english language version targets westerners wanting to visit Sumatra and the Bahasa Indonesia version allows for local businesses to place their business online. Be it a travel agent to a car rental agency. There are no exceptions and all businesses are welcome and there is a free model to allow all businesses to get online. The key factor is that if someone is searching for places to visit in Sumatra, for example in Banda Aceh. The content they view on tours or holidays in Aceh will also show the local businesses that are located in that city, in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. Allowing foreigners to plan their trip and contact local resources to help with logistics when they arrive. All available in map version as well.
Both language versions work individually but also compliment each other by relating content to specific locations. So if people are reading content and searching in specific cities you will see local businesses and also travel options and attractions to visit in those cities.
I developed this resource from my own experiences travelling through Sumatra when I couldn’t find reliably places to rent motorbikes or cars or various other resources that might compliment and help travelling through this amazing island.