Thoughts from my travels so far

I love taking photos but hate editing them, procrastination has left me with 100gb of travel photos to go through. Two years worth of travels so far.

Since 2008, I started visiting the different places using Singapore as a base.

Not really a well-travelled person, in the past I did the occasional independent trips around, spending one month at a time.

The year 2007 came to me, I’m not getting any younger, many at my age have already travelled the world. I guess its my time now.

At one of those workshops where you get to plan out your life according to timelines, I decided that I should start travelling and it should be somewhat intensive. I gave myself three years, to travel as much as I can and perhaps maybe stretch that three years to five. Its only two years, I don’t want it to stop.

My plan was to do the whole world, visit as many places as I can, but after a few months, it hit me. I was a little too ambitious.

The world is a huge place and I didn’t want to be one of those competitive travellers who needed to put a stamp of every country on their passports just to proof that they can. I wanted to experience the world, the people, its cultures, the personal lives. This takes time, I slowed down and started spending one – three months at just one region.
You can call me a rather unproductive traveller wannabe.

They say travels change your life, and it really does. The experiences I had made me humble, especially so in India where I made frequent trips to, throughout these two years. The people I met have been tremendously generous and friendly. Some parts especially in the Himalaya region amazes me, there are other places where basic resources like water and electricity, is hard to come by. How would you cope with only one- three hour of electricity a day, and only if you are lucky.

To travel independently takes a little courage on my side, I love my creature comforts, back home I was the official couch potato in my community. I hardly get out to explore my country let alone the region. I am a extremely introverted person, and found it difficult to communicate with others.

Secretly I admired those who did long haul travels and wondered if I could do the same.

All it took was me buying that travel ticket, single way and getting to the plane.

I am truly blessed to be living in Singapore, one of the greatest transport hub to the rest of the world. You can hop back home after a long travel stint, rest and travel again.

A lot have changed in these two years, my beloved grandmother had passed away and fortunately I was with her during her passing, all thanks to my indian visa which expired.

How travel changed me?

I have grew more mature emotionally, a little braver, more confident, and a little less introverted

I am also truly humbled by the experiences I had, the opportunities I have been given, deeply in gratitude with everyone especially my family who made it possible for me to take off to visit this beautiful planet.

Thank you Universe

I have in gratitude always.

More places to discover, and many happy travels ahead

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One response to “Thoughts from my travels so far

  1. It’s so true, only if you spend long enough in a place, spend long enough with the locals, you get to see what’s behind the mirage. A French lady who travelled around the world when she was young said: “I thought I’ve seen all, but I’ve seen nothing”. So she start to travel again after retirement, but in a much slower pace.

    The world has been highly commercialised, huge parts of it is due to tourist. I must say it’s unfair that we asked the local to stay the way they lived, just to satisfy our fantacy of the untouched world. They too have the right to enjoy the conviniences of what the commercial world bring about. We can only blame ourselves for not picking up our bags and start travelling, before it’s too late.

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