RÜCKKEHRUNRUHE, A WORD OR A TRAVEL MONSTER?
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.