RÜCKKEHRUNRUHE, A WORD OR A TRAVEL MON­STER?

Escape! Malaysia - - Editor’s Note -

Dear Reader,

While try­ing to find the per­fect words to de­scribe the emo­tions I as a travel writer feel, I stum­bled upon this seem­ingly apro­pos word cre­ated by writer John Koenig who came up with the “The Dic­tionary of Ob­scure Sor­rows” (www.dic­tio­nary­ofob­scure­sor­rows.com) The term Rückkehrunruhe (I apol­o­gise as I couldn’t find an ac­tual way to pro­nounce it) de­scribes the feel­ing of re­turn­ing home af­ter an im­mer­sive trip to find it rapidly fad­ing from your aware­ness. Be­ing a wanderlust travel writer, this quickly cre­ates a sense of dread as we rapidly strug­gle put our thoughts on pa­per and to cre­ate an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for you, our dear readers. My col­leagues and I are re­lieved that Rückkehrunruhe had not struck us be­fore we had the op­por­tu­ni­ties to pen our ex­pe­ri­ence down. Now that you men­tion it, the term does sound like a mythical mon­ster when you pro­nounce it. I di­gress. On­ward to our high­lights this cur­rent is­sue, you will find a jour­ney worthy of roy­alty in the lux­u­ri­ous and self-in­dul­gent at­trac­tions, restau­rants and ho­tels of Ma­cao (pg 19), a jour­ney of nat­u­ral beauty across Si Chuan (pg 29) and a tran­quil jour­ney across Ja­pan on the Tobu Rail­way (pg 36). Re­mem­ber to check our pro­mo­tions page for an op­por­tu­nity to win a glamp­ing trip for four to the Lost World of Tam­bun (pg 88) and a two nights stay for two at Oa­sia Suites Kuala Lumpur (pg 89). Those look­ing for a short trip to Jakarta may find some ‘haunt­ing’ gems in South Jakarta. (pg 71). Let your eyes take a break af­ter all that read­ing with our res­i­dent pho­tog­ra­pher and de­signer Ilona Chin in the photo jour­nal sec­tion of our mag­a­zine with the won­ders of Nepal (pg 80). Happy read­ing and don’t let the Rückkehrunruhe mon­ster catch your travel ex­pe­ri­ences.

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