So this can be a little late on condition that it’s midway via January 2022 as I publish this, however nicely it’s been an odd 12 months proper? I had managed some travels in 2020 earlier than all of the COVID restrictions kicked in, however 2021 was a whole 12 months that I by no means set foot overseas. It will have been fairly unimaginable for me previously, however yup it’s been a bizarre 12 months.
The behavior of Journey
One factor it’s made me realised is that journey is a behavior. Regardless of being an occasional traveller travelling totally on my annual go away, that means of planning journeys and the logistics of going abroad had turn out to be pretty instinctive for me in any case these years. With COVID and this abrupt break in routine, immediately I’ve discovered it extraordinarily onerous to even take into account taking up a brand new journey.
There was a brief reprieve in direction of finish 2021 the place Vaccinated Journey Lanes opened as much as a number of nations in Europe, South Korea and North America with out the quarantine. One would think about that I’d be a kind of keen beavers on the primary flight out, however to my very own shock I discovered myself hesitating, ready to see what would occur due to the ever-changing guidelines and conditions. Too many tales of individuals getting caught in clampdowns, or simply the pure trouble of getting to check a number of instances earlier than, throughout and after the journey. 2021 handed by and I’m nonetheless right here in Singapore, ready and watching.
Is that this what it looks like for individuals trying their first journeys of their lives? This inertia in direction of journey has by no means been so sturdy, and I’m just a little unhappy that one in all my favorite issues on the earth is definitely placing me off. I believe that after I lastly make my first journey, these habits and instincts will come roaring again to life, however I have to get to that time of simply doing it first.
Digital Tour Information
An enormous a part of what I used to be busy with in 2021 was giving digital excursions of Singapore. Due to my good friend Jerome at Fourwinds, I’ve spent many an hour strolling round Singapore’s vacationer areas sharing with abroad people about my residence nation on a digital tour. In case you’re curious, the platform is on Amazon Discover which is at the moment in beta and solely open to the US marketplace for now (US readers go test it out!)
A number of the spots I cowl listed beneath. If you happen to ever need an precise bodily expertise, am pleased to point out you round myself!
Taiwan in Singapore
One other massive mission that occurred in 2021 was this collaboration with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau of Singapore. We had initially deliberate for Taiwan exploration in 2021 – my plan had been to move to Hualien and Taitung in Might, however clearly that didn’t occur, so what we ended up doing was a mission in Singapore the place I researched and explored all issues Taiwan in Singapore.
I spent a number of stable weeks consuming and searching down Taiwanese meals spots in addition to every other Taiwanese connections like paintings by Taiwanese artists in Singapore for instance so you possibly can have a pretend-trip to Taiwan with out pulling out your passport. It was a fairly enjoyable expertise total!
So what can we count on in 2022? I do know I undoubtedly wish to get again into that journey behavior once more regardless of all of the restrictions and trouble. The tentative plan for now could be to go abroad for my birthday – I’d began doing birthday journeys within the latest years and I wish to get again to that once more. Hopefully that kickstarts extra travels down the street!
I’ll nonetheless be giving on-line digital excursions of Singapore – am trying to develop new routes and spots in Singapore to share with those that can’t bodily be right here. Any concepts on cool tour routes? Drop them within the feedback.
I’m not going to dream too massive proper now and simply get on with life, let’s see what occurs subsequent and I hope all of you will have a greater 2022 forward.
Right here’s a have a look at a few of my previous 12 months spherical ups: