Vlog | $12 AirAsia Weekend Getaway to Medan

Vlog | $12 AirAsia Weekend Getaway to Medan

It has been years since I’ve taken a spontaneous — seriously spontaneous, as in RIGHT NOW — flight for a bit of weekend fun.  So when I saw the $12/RM49 AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Medan, Indonesia and knew I had no face-to-face appointments in the coming days … I took it.  I booked into the lovely little rural boutique Deli River Hotel that was also very much a budget option … and off I went.

This is a mega long 15-minute vlog from the moment I bought my ticket to my return home, complete with all of the tips and tricks I used to keep my expenses on the cheap this trip.

Here are the 2 links I mention in the video >> 1st TIMERS GUIDE to MEDAN VIDEO and the ARTICLE ABOUT HASSAN KONTAR I wrote.  Hassan is the Syrian refugee I spent time with who is living at the KLIA2 airport terminal: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/i-dont-want-to-be-killed-syrian-refugee-stuck-in-kuala-lumpur-airport-seeks-safety/#jsfH2mp50uRQMcuQ.97

Kuala Lumpur to Indonesia on a Budget

  • RM 49 flight with AirAsia with only carry-on luggage
  • RM 65 airport transfer from KLCC to KLIA2 and back again with Grab Malaysia (cheaper, more comfortable, and faster than taking a Grab to Sentral for the train)
  • RM 10 / day mobile service for 1GB of data roaming with special offer from Hotlink
  • IDR 125k airport transfer to/from hotel with Grab Indonesia
  • RM 212 / night at Deli River Hotel
  • Self-guided tour of Medan using Grab driver who will stick with you the entire route.  I did this using the historical book written by the owner of Deli River Hotel and it started out great!

As you’ll see, i’ve gained a new appreciation for travel size products I use every day.  Although I don’t want to travel this way every time, it was crazy fun to simply back a weekender and hop on a flight so spontaneously.  In Asia, especially Southeast Asia, it’s so easy to do and there are endless destinations beckoning us travellers to explore!


– RM 5,240, Leica V-Lux Camera with 4K video and 25 – 400mm zoom

– RM 430, RODE VIDEOMIC GO microphone

– RM 1,621, black on black Billingham Hadley One Bag

– Selfie moments:shot on my iPhone using a leather and gold MOMAX Selfie Pro stick

– Music: epidemicsound.com


Angela Carson
Angela Carson

I am Angela, a location independent single mom from California (AngelaCarson on YouTube). At 21, I dropped out of uni to travel Mexico solo. I’ve explored 37 countries, living in Spain and India with my daughter, then China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and currently Indonesia as an empty nester. For more, check out the About Me page.

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