When the time comes for me to pen down my thoughts for our annual Travel Issue, I always take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed and trace back where my work and holidays have taken me to in the previous months.
I’d call myself a frequent traveller, I consider KLIA to be somewhat my second home and as much as I hate saying it, at times I do feel like I’m living out of a suitcase.
I’m not one of those who saves their leave and goes for a long break around Christmas. In fact, I try to go as often as I can throughout the year mainly because I’m not a fan of crowds (and the long queues that result from it!), cold weather and the sky-high ticket prices for everything that comes with the peak season. In general, I make it a point to visit a new place every year, as recommended by Dalai Lama, and make time for an adventure-filled trip another day.
It is through my travels that I get to pick up new ideas, skills, lessons, hobbies and even friends. Of course, it’s not smoothsailing all the way. I’ve definitely encountered my fair share of misadventures throughout the years – from flying through the worst (and what felt like the longest) turbulences ever to missing connecting flights and luggage (oh, the horror and stress!), being stuck in insanely-long bus rides in non-English-speaking lands and getting stranded on holiday due to a volcano eruption (no kidding!) – that I’ve learnt not to panic but to quickly find alternatives and solutions in any kind of scenario, anywhere.
I know I’ve managed to push my luck one too many times but today, I live to tell the tale. What some people might cringe at, others might laugh at or get inspired by. Those are the exact sentiments I have with this month’s feature stories – To Berlin, With Love (page 116) and The Trip Of A Lifetime (page 125). On top of those, I enjoyed reading The Truth About Losing Your Friends (page 116) and The Best Way To Travel (page 122), and I’d suggest you take the time to read them too; perhaps they might help you decide on your next big adventure before 2018 ends – solo, or with some company. Enjoy!
Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.
– Jaime Lyn Beatty
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Yang Mei Ling Editor