An Ode To Missed Travels from McDonald’s Indonesia

As the world opens up, a different kind of craving emerged: the need to travel again.


McDonald’s Indonesia


Leo Burnett Indonesia

Directors Think Tank, Malaysia

One of McDonald’s most popular menus – Taste of the World – features different flavors from different parts of the world. This year, McDonald’s Indonesia took the menu to the next level by introducing two new burgers from different parts of the world.

But there was a problem. As the world was opening up, a different kind of craving has emerged: the need to travel again. How could McDonald’s convince people to taste a burger from a different part of the world, when they were focused on going there instead?

“This was the challenge posed to the team at Leo Burnett. A couple of brainstorms later, we stumbled upon an insight. Indonesians too were bitten by the travel bug,” said Ravi Shanker, Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett Indonesia.


“However, not everyone can travel because life in the form of financial constraints, work pressure, family commitments or climate change was getting in the way. While traveling was a possibility in the future, right now many were missing out.”

This led to the latest campaign, An Ode to Missed Travels, a film that features real, relatable moments in a witty and heart-warming manner.


Dedicated to those who are left behind, stuck at work, nursing injuries or grounded by inclement weather, the campaign is created by Leo Burnett Indonesia and directed by Kiran Koshy of Directors Think Tank in Malaysia.

“‘Taste of the World’ has always been a great platform for McDonald’s and we always look for fresh, new ways to drive relevance. We are all observing how after two years, everyone really wants to experience the true flavors of the world by traveling – but for those of us stuck at home due to practical realities, we really wanted to establish that this delicious menu is available from the comfort of your homes,” Michael Hartono, Director of Marcomm, CBI & Digital, McDonald’s Indonesia.


Client: McDonald’s Indonesia

Director of Marcomm, CBI & Digital: Michael Hartono

Associate Director of Marketing: Caroline Kurniadjaja

Managers of Marketing: Rio Hastowo & William Karmawan

Marketing Supervisor: Widya Novianta

Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Indonesia

CEO: Sony Nichani

CCO: Ravi Shanker

MD: Mudit Trivedi

Sr. CD: Thomas Vito

ACD: Netra Natarajan
Sr. AD: Patrick Van Diest
Creative: Asyifa Aufalida
Ass. Account Director: Bayu Fachran
Head of AV Producer: Budiarto Lambot
Sr. AV Producer: Anti Istianti

Production Company – Directors Think Tank, Malaysia

Director: Kiran Koshy

DOP: Kenz Koh

Editor: Daz

EP: Pete Singh, Pat Singh

Line Producer: Suraya Rezal

Production Manager: Ain Nasir

Post Producer: Sivagamy Jeevapragasam

Colorist: Katelyn Tan

Online: Sara

Post: Kyrin

Sound: Rodney Thomas

VO: Matt Bull

Production Design: Rachel Chong

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