My Travel Wishlist and Plans for 2019

January 01, 2019


THE GATE OF HEAVEN, BALI. SOURCE
Oh, the places I’ll go...

MY TRAVEL WISHLIST 
AND TRAVEL PLANS FOR 2019

Optimism. Ambition. Hope.
The Holy Trinity of feelings that immediately preceeds a New Year, sometimes wrapped up in a post-celebratory hangover buzz from the night before. Whether you are still enjoying an extended break or already dreading the return back to the office, no doubt you’ve thought about all the things you’re going to achieve this year eg: taking up a new sport (I particularly enjoy jumping... to conclusions). I’m sure fantasising about exotic, exciting new destinations is on top of your list because the ‘holiday mode’ hasn’t quite worn off yet. In the spirit of that ‘let’s do this’ attitude, here is my Travel Wishlist and Plans for 2019. Happy New Year, you 
beautiful dreamers you.


SOUTHEAST ASIA
INDONESIA, TIMOR-LESTE, 
MYANMMAR, PHILIPPINES, LAOS


What is a New Year without unresolved and unachieved leftover resolutions from the previous year? One of my resolutions for 2018 was to visit all of South East Asia. After all, how can I call myself #YIPADVISOR if I haven’t already been to all the countries in my region? I had already visited Malaysia (my country of birth), Singapore (where I spent much of my childhood), Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. In 2018 I ticked Brunei off my list, but sadly the SEA project came to a standstill because I wasted too much of my time on a person in Melbourne that turned out to be an utter disappointment. No matter, you live and you learn. 

Without such distractions, I hope to this year complete my Southeast Asia project. Bali and Yogyakarta seem like the obvious cities to start with in Indonesia. The nearby and newly-independent Timor-Leste (East Timor) is a yet-undiscovered destination, one I am keen to see before it becomes overly developed. I’d love to see the sun rise over the temples of Myanmmar, as well as the Buddha garden in Laos. There are so many islands in Philippines to choose from, but Palawan and Komodo seem like good places to start. 

MYANNMAR BY DAWN. SOURCE.
L - R: THE STATUE OF CHRIST IN TIMOR-LESTE (SOURCE), THE PINK BEACH OF KOMODO, INDONESIA (SOURCE), BUDDHA GARDENS OF LAOS (SOURCE)
THE RUINS OF ATHENS. SOURCE
THE POSTCARD-PRETTY STREETS OF SANTORINI. SOURCE
LUXEMBOURG CITY BY NIGHT. SOURCE
EUROPE
ATHENS & SANTORINI, GREECE
LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
FRANKFURT, GERMANY


I am so blessed to call London home. Those who not only survive but thrive in this dynamic, cosmopolitan city are truly the cream of the crop, the likes of which I am lucky to call my friends, neighbours, and peers. Another reason to love living in London is how accessible the rest of Europe is, a mere few hours flight away (as long as drones don’t show up at airports).

I have already planned to visit Budapest, Hungary in April (what took me so long? You bet I’m Hungary for it) as well as Frankfurt, Germany. Greece is another country I’ve astonishingly not yet visited but have always been curious about, it is after all one of the seats of civilisation. I’m seriously contemplating treating myself to Athens and Santorini as a birthday getaway. Finally, Luxembourg; the likes of which became an idea when Luxy and I were thinking of our next city break. I suggested it HAD to be Luxembourg City, at least so we could fly Lux Airlines (the national carrier) and hashtag our trip 
#LuxyInLuxembourg.

IS SZE-CHENYI GOOD? I'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT THE SZECHENYI BATHS IN BUDAPEST. HUNGARY. SOURCE
THE ROMAN BATHS OF, WELL, BATH. SOURCE
THE PICTURESQUE STREETS OF ST IVES, CORNWALL. SOURCE
THE CROOKED HOUSE OF WINDSOR. SOURCE
THE APTLY-NAMED BRIDGE OF SIGHS IN CAMBRIDGE. SOURCE
L - R: THE CHARMING CLUSTER OF TOWNS THAT IS THE COTSWOLDS (SOURCE), OXFORD UNIVERSITY (SOURCE), AND THE INSIDE OF THE YORK MINSTER CATHEDRAL (SOURCE)



ENGLAND
BATH, ST IVES, WINDSOR, THE COTSWOLDS, CAMBRIDGE, OXFORD, YORK MINSTER

It seems like the theme for 2019 is to travel local, or at least regional. First, Southeast Asia for when I am in Malaysia, Europe for when I am in London, and of course, the country that I now call home - England. Although I’ve been to Windsor and Bath before, those were pre-Posh, Broke, & Bored days; so those trips don’t count. This year, I hope to get a car and drive up and down the country (or is that a terrible idea? Should I just take the train?). On the list are Bath, St Ives, Windsor, The Cotswolds, Cambridge, Oxford, and York.



If this story feels less like a travel guide and more like butterflies - fleeting, faint, touching-and-going; it’s because it is just that. Though this is just a list of places, I really do wish to turn these wishes into reality. So in a reversal of roles, I turn to you: Have you been to any of these destinations? Do you have any travel tips for me?

Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year full of travel, love, and joy. x

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