Female (Malaysia) - - FEMALE NOVEMBER 2018 -

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

How to pack like a pro: pick fash­ion items in punchy colours and en­sure they’re comfy be­fore cool. Don’t for­get your pam­per­ing es­sen­tials too!

Fol­low our In­sta­gram @femalemag as we re­veal some of the coolest spots around the world on #trav­elthurs­day!

Yang Mei Ling Ed­i­tor

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