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So, what are your travel plans for 2018?
I should have asked this question in early January when most of us travel bloggers were writing our 2017 reviews and planning our 2018 trips. However, I have been busy with other priorities since the start of the year: establishing my content creation & consultancy business and catching up with outstanding blog posts from 2017 travels.
So far, I have only made one trip for a few days at the end of January – Bangkok and Kanchanaburi – and my next trip will be to Bali in early May. Despite the long gap, I haven’t felt the itch to get away for a trip (surprisingly) as the activities involved in setting up my business, acquiring contracts, networking and writing fueled my passion and desire to be self-employed – to have the flexibility and freedom to choose the clients and projects that I work on.
That said, I know that the restlessness will creep in eventually, thus I started thinking, where do I want to travel for the remaining months of 2018?
I’m counting down the days to my trip to Bali during the first week of May. I’m really excited about this trip for two reasons:
- I haven’t gone back to Bali since 2009. I made two trips to the Island of Gods within a few months that year – the first trip was just a short stay as my friends and I were en route to Komodo Island, and the second trip was climbing Mount Batur. On both occasions, I never had the chance to explore Ubud which is renowned for its rich culture and art scenes and beautiful countryside lush with verdant rice fields. As such, I’m looking forward to spending time in Ubud.
- One of our Bali travel gang members is getting married in Ubud 😊 The group is meeting again at the wedding and we are excited about this as all of us are living in different parts of the world now, so this will be a lovely reunion.
The original plan was to travel in Bali for a week and depart for home on 10th May but I had to cut short my trip by two days due to Malaysian Election Day scheduled on 9th May. It was announced a few days ago, so I changed my return flight (and incurred a fee). I’m a little bummed about it but I feel obliged to perform my duty as a citizen to vote. After all, this is THE chance to make a difference! 😊
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As you’re probably aware by now that I love travelling to India, therefore I’m thinking of exploring Kerala sometime in September. Those who have travelled to Kerala have waxed lyrical about this region which is South India’s most beautiful state of spectacular beaches and coastline, verdant hills of spices and tea plantations and languid network of backwaters in the countryside.
I met travel blogger, Johann Kuruvilla of Escaping Life in Mumbai last year at a heritage walking tour in Bandra. Johann is from Kerala and during our time exploring Mumbai city together, he had shared with me about interesting places, stories and photos of Kerala that I became quite intrigued about this destination.
I have always wanted to visit the seven “sister states” of North-East India – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura – simply because this part of India is DIFFERENT.
Well away from the beaten tourist track, completely different from the stereotypical India in terms of facial features, origins, cultures, landscapes, lifestyle and language. Those who have been to North-East India have mentioned that the region feels more like South-East Asia without mass tourism and backpacker trails.
I might not have the time to explore all seven states but I’m hoping to experience at least the highlights of what this region has to offer!
Apart from Bali, as of now, holiday plans are not exactly firmed up – it depends on my business and other projects. There will be domestic trips in Malaysia or regional trips within South East Asia in between the overseas ones – no concrete plans at the moment – but one thing for sure, I will be writing and sharing about them on my social media accounts. Are you following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? 😊
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So, have you ticked off the destinations that you have listed for 2018? Where will you be going next?
Do share with me your 2018 travel plans in the comments below for I would love to read about them. Who knows, it might inspire me to quickly book a ticket and start planning for the trip!
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