Travel Tales and Trails
Travel involves journeying from one place to another, whether for leisure, exploration, business, or personal reasons.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to travel to Indonesia is during the dry season! From May to September the days are hot, dry, and there’s not a rain cloud in sight. You’ll have excellent weather for scuba diving, hiking, and lazy days at the beach.
Indonesia’s wet season is from October to April, but it’s still a beautiful time to visit parts of the country. While there are intense tropical downpours almost daily, the showers only last an hour or two and won’t ruin your entire day. If you don’t mind the less than perfect weather, you’ll find cheaper hotel rates, airlines drop their prices, and there are fewer crowds at the top attractions.
As with any vast country, climates can vary in different regions, so always research before you start your trip!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The official language in Indonesia is Indonesian.
Currency: The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah.
Credit Cards and ATMs: You’ll be able to pay with your credit card at upscale restaurants and hotels in tourist areas. However, if you’re going shopping at the local markets, the vendors only accept cash. There are plenty of ATMs in popular destinations like Bali and Jakarta, but you’ll struggle to find machines in more remote areas.
Plugs: The plugs in Indonesia are type C. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Indonesia is one of the safest Southeast Asia destinations for solo female travelers. But it’s always a good idea to take extra precautions and keep your eye on your belongings. You’ll also want to avoid buying arak, a locally produced alcohol. It can contain poisonous methanol so only buy your drinks from reputable bars and resorts.