The Art of Travel
We don't have to be rich or go to the ends of the earth to travel well. Our most memorable expeditions may often be the simplest and most humble, because though it may be exhilarating to swim with sharks, trek across the Sahara, or ski cross-country, it's usually the people we experience these adventures with or meet along the way who leave the deepest impressions and make the journey that much more special and meaningful.
I'm lucky to have had my fair share of sojourns for both work and play — from South Africa and the Middle East, to Europe and the US. Yet one of my most unforgettable trips was to nearby Vietnam years ago, where I had a short stint as an observer at a local hospital.
I met terminally ill patients so poor that two had to share a single bed, a cancer-stricken child who could bring cheer to others despite having lost his sight and witnessed the resilience of families who kept vigil night after night, making do with mere straw mats strewn across cold concrete corridors and helping other families who were strangers to them. It was an eye-opener that gave me perspective on what truly mattered, leaving me humbled and grateful.
According to Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”
So this month, we ask our society friends based in various cities across the globe to share with us their best travel experiences and favourite hang-out spots. We also take you off the beaten track to Iceland and the unspoilt Ngapali Bay in Myanmar.
Now, isn't it time to get on that plane?
Genevieve Jiang | MANAGING EDITOR
Magazine edition: 201510
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