Medan is the largest capital city of North Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a regional hub and financial centre of Sumatra and regarded as one of the four major central cities of Indonesia, alongside Surabaya, Jakarta, and Makassar. Medan has a population of over 2.3 million within its city limits, and over 3.4 million in its built-up city area, making it the fourth-largest urban area in Indonesia. Medan is a multicultural city and a busy trading city bordered by the Strait of Malacca. An entrance to the western part of Indonesia, Medan is reinforced by the Port of Belawan and Kualanamu International Airport, both of which are connected to the city centre via toll roads and railways.
The best time to visit Medan, Indonesia is all year round as the temperature usually stays within the comfortably warm between 20 to 30 degree Celsius. It also rains nearly throughout the year but is the heavier during the autumn and winter seasons which is in September and December. Consequently, it is advisable to visit Medan in this timeframe, as none of the activities that are popular in the area would be likely in rainy time. During this pandemic of Covid-19, ensure always to stay safe and do not forget to wear a face mask and sanitized your hand regularly.
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Legazpi Airport - Legazpi Airport in the Philippines was a main airport in the Bicol Region, providing the area of Legazpi, the capital city of Albay. It has one runway with dimensions of 2280 x 36 meters, lengthier than those of the ex-airports of Bacolod (1958 x 30 meters) and Iloilo City (2100 x 43 meters). The airport can handle moderate-sized civilian jets and military aircraft all around the world. The airport will be substituted by the new Bicol International Airport.
Kualanamu International Airport - Kualanamu International Airport frequently misspelt as Kuala Namu. It informally abbreviated KNIA, is an international airport that served for the city of Medan and the rest of North Sumatra. It is located 24 km east of downtown Medan in the Deli Serdang regency. It is the third-largest airport in Indonesia after Soekarno–Hatta in Jakarta and Kertajati in Bandung. It is the fifth busiest airport in Indonesia in 2017, as well as a 4-star airport by Skytrax. The airport is opened to the public on July 25, 2013, managing all flights and services transferred from Polonia International Airport. The airport was built on the location of what was earlier an oil palm plantation of company Perkebunan Nusantara II Tanjung Morawa. The airport is supposed to become the new international transit centre in Sumatra and the western part of Indonesia. There is no flight available from Legazpi Airport to Kualanamu International Airport until the present.
The humidity is main even during the wet months in Medan. The rain, although, is frequent, it does not stay for all day long and therefore, it will not be a barrier for one to travel around all day. One must avoid the big public holidays while scheduling their trip to Medan as all reasonable accommodation's options get filled by that time. From May until September is considered as the dry season. If one needs to visit Medan during the warmest seasons, plan the trip anytime in April, May, and June. The place has hot and humid weather generally, but the least muggy month is June, and the wettest month is December.
Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni - Our Lady of Good Health Church, is a Marian sanctuary built in the Indo-Mogul style that started in 2005 in Medan, Indonesia. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health, a Marian spirit dating from the 17th century in Velankanni, Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is two floors high and has a small 7-floor tower in the Indonesian style.
Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery - Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery is a natural history museum located in Medan, Indonesia. The museum shows many collections of wildlife from the smallest to the largest according to the habitat. The Museum & Gallery has a space of 2970 m² building after the development was completed in October 2007. Its originator is a fan of pastime hunting and the protection of nature.
State Museum of North Sumatra - The North Sumatra Museum or in the neighbourhood recognized as Gedung Arca Museum, is a state-owned museum situated along Jalan H.M Jhoni, Medan, Indonesia. This museum is the largest in North Sumatra. It includes a variety of ethnic culture of Indonesia, as well as art and crafts from different ethnic groups in North Sumatra.
Planning is a good way to go traveling, be it domestically or internationally, but don’t disregard the fact that things can and most likely would not go as planned. This could either be due to suddenly the activity you want to do is unavailable or if more logistical issues force you to think of other ways to do things. Keep in mind that plan is a good base, but when you are traveling and there are a lot of external factors involved, it will be a different kind of adventure.
There is a saying that doesn’t keep all your money with your person when you travel, but that doesn’t mean you should not bring extra money at all. Keep extra credit and atm cards with you when you travel. This will help greatly when things go south and believe me, it probably will. Keeping cards instead of cash with your person is better and safer.
This will come in handy when you are traveling to a place where English is not their first, second, or only language at all. It is best to learn some local words that can help you through the trip, especially in terms of direction, transportation, medical, and such. Plus, it will open a ton of network opportunities with the locals to be able to be among them. You will be able to make friends and discover some hidden gems you never thought you would find.
This might sound ridiculous but it is important nonetheless. We tend to underestimate ourselves and assume we have it all in our heads. It is best to have it with you at all times because when you need a specific direction back, you can refer to it easily. It is best to keep it on paper as well because you will never know when the handy-dandy technology will fail you when you need it the most.
We are not going minimalist here, but minimalism can help you get more things done. In order to determine how many you should bring with you, you should always go back to the question of where and what. Where are you going? What will you be doing? This will bring you back to the consideration if you do a lot of walking, then it is best to bring something you are comfortable with. The key example is to wear your everyday clothes because you know what you are comfortable with to go about your day. Don’t overthink too much on a “just in case” situation because that is the number one trap to bring more with you and in the end, it will just make your bag heavier with things you can either reuse or get easier there.
Be it whether you are traveling domestic or international, it is important to gear yourself up with travel insurance. Traveloka itself provides travel insurance from Chubbs. This is pretty much self-explanatory because you will never expect what could happen when you are abroad. Even if you are traveling domestically, should things go out of your control such as accidents or sickness, you will have the leverage of insurance coverage.
Despite the beauty of the world, it is not necessarily a safe one. Even if you are doing a solo trip, always keep in touch with your family and/or friends. Let them have a copy of your itinerary so that they have an idea of where you are. Keep them close in contact each day and let them know when you are changing locations during your trip.
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