2015 & My Travel Hopes

Slow Travel

I am terrible with new year resolutions. I stopped making them when I was 16, knowing full well I tend to break them faster than I can say “Happy New Year”. So, every new year is now greeted with hope and intentions for my travels – for a change, a new beginning, a renewed belief, a clean slate.

I approached the end of 2014 hoping that I could work on my intentions while on holiday in Bali; thinking it would be all calm and cool (as was the case on my previous trips).

What I didn’t expect was the massive crowd, migraine-worthy traffic, food poisoning and cranky weather. Ah, well. Things don’t always work out the way you want to and you just have to roll with the punches.

And that’s exactly what I did.

Whatever small bits of peace and quiet I wrangled out of that trip, I used it to think about the coming year – my hopes, dreams and intentions.

Slow Travel

Slow TravelSlowing down to hang out with a monkey who is hanging out by the cliffs of Uluwatu, Bali

I’m always faced with an itinerary that needs to be crammed in with activities, sights and must-try local food. There never seems to be enough time to soak it all in, to savour everything. I’ve always wondered how things would be if I just had that little bit more time; to slow things down.

What would I have discovered? What would I have tasted? What adventures would I have had?

I’m convinced that slow travel would answer those questions. And answer them in more ways than one.

Living Abroad

I have never lived abroad before. Malaysia has always been my home and I am forever grateful for it. But I have that niggling feeling of wanting to know how other parts of the world work.

I know it would never be perfect or what I expect it to be, but at least I get to experience a life that is totally unexpected, foreign and challenging.

Be Kind To Myself (And To Others)

We all make mistakes when we travel – inadvertently insulting a culture (even when we never intend to), getting the travel dates wrong when making plans, taking the wrong train from the wrong platform, spilling drinks on the passenger next to you (sorry, attractive French man) and a host of other travel mishaps.

Instead of letting it go, I tend to berate myself over the smallest of mistakes. I need to stop. Immediately.

Apologise, learn from it, breathe it all out and let it go. There’s no point in letting it take over my life for the next 10 minutes, let alone the entire day. Also, said French man lived. So there!

Facing My Fears

Facing my fearsThe sea looks lovely. I should just jump right in!

I fear swimming in the deep end. I fear cycling downhill (well, cycling. Period). I fear skating. I fear riding a motorbike. All fun things, I know. But, somehow, I fear them with every fibre of my being.

Maybe it’s time for the rebellious teen in me (I know she’s in there somewhere) to come out and be fearless, to do the things I’ve always been running away from.

To Explore With Heart

Explore with heartA beautiful sign to remind me of what is truly important – heart

Nothing beats seeing a new place with an open heart. We see things for what they really are, whether good or bad. We experience something uniquely ours, our very own take on a new surrounding.

I think it’s imperative that we approach a new place with a sense of wonder; all senses ignited. Ultimately, isn’t that what travel is all about?

I’m hoping for a great year ahead – one of wanderlust, one of kindness and all aforementioned elements rolled into one. I feel a sense of adventure for places I haven’t been to and I can’t wait to go out there and make those adventures come true.

And I wish the same for you.

5 Comment

  1. Hi, Kavitha! After reading this, I’m so glad once again we’ve connected because this piece spoke to me. It is as if I was reading something I would have written.

    Same here with NY’s resolutions! But I also view a new year as an opportunity to reflect and look forward. I have your same travel style and during my last few trips I’ve tried to slow down, but I’m trying to combat the feeling that If I do slow down, I will miss something – which is not true.

    I loved reading your words about kindness & opening your heart. These are also important things to me and I must always keep these thoughts and intentions present.

    Like you, I also have many fears, but I remember being less scared when I was younger. I agree that we have to try to face some of those things that make us feel insecure.

    Thanks so much for sharing! I really appreciated your words! Here’s to a fantastic year :)

    XO
    G.

    1. Hey G! Thank you so much for your kind words. Just like you, I am glad we’ve connected too :)

      You’re right. The new year is a time to reflect and look forward. That I can do. Resolutions, not so much. Haha.

      I faced my fear in Bagan, Myanmar once where I had to cycle for the entire day (and in complete darkness). It challenged me on so many levels, but I was so glad I did it. I know it sounds silly to a lot of people that I should fear something as simple as cycling, but I think I’ve come to a point in my life where I am not afraid to admit that.

      I truly appreciate your kind words and I cannot wait to read about your adventures for the year. Here’s to more travel, food and love xx

  2. Happy new year, Kavitha! They are all great resolutions! I’ve never lived abroad either (let alone another city in the same country), but lately I keep dreaming about what it would be like to live in another country. I suppose that one day it won’t be just a dream and I’ll have to actually consider it.

    Also, I looooove skating! I took friends skating and they’ve never done that before, but I made sure they didn’t fall. Shall we add this to the Iceland list? ;)

    1. Happy New Year to you too, Vlad.

      Yay! You can be my skating instructor in Iceland. Just promise me you won’t laugh when I fall on my face all the time.

      Honestly, I do hope you get to fulfill your dream of actually living abroad someday too. Imagine the possibilities :)

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