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2021 Spherical up – The native Traveller

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.

A tortoiseshell cat sprawled out inside an otherwise empty polybag mailer
Is it secure to exit but? One beneficiary of all my time at house is my beautiful little cat who will get a bit bewildered and now misses me after I exit for too lengthy

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!

Me holding a gimbal and mobile phone in front of a colourful mural in Kampong Gelam
That is principally what I appear like giving excursions (with the masks on in fact, that is only for the pix) – strolling round with a gimbal and speaking to myself like a livestreamer influencer. Kampong Gelam is one in all my favorite spots for road artwork, however studying in regards to the Malay and Arab historical past on this space has been fascinating. See Kampong Gelam tour on Amazon Discover.
Sentosa's Fort Siloso Skywalk, a high bridge at the canopy level linking Siloso point to the barracks deeper in
This was in all probability the primary time in eons I had been again to Fort Siloso, and this skywalk presents an awesome view of southern Singapore
Singapore Street Art Chinatown Amoy Street YipYC Pano
This mural by Yip Yew Chong on the again wall of Thian Hock Keng is a very good technique to discuss how the Chinese language got here to dwell in Telok Ayer and Chinatown. See Telok Ayer tour on Amazon Discover.
Little India Garland Making Workshop At Work
This Indian garland making workshop isn’t part of the tour, however I attended this occasion organised by My Neighborhood Competition with famend garland maker Mr Selvam to be taught extra in regards to the significance of all of the flower garland retailers that I noticed on my Little India stroll. See Little India tour on Amazon Discover.

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!

Kusu Island Statues Temple
Singapore’s Kusu Island could not have as spectacular a panorama as Taiwan’s Guishan Island, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an fascinating offshore island to take a look at. Learn extra about my Taiwan in Singapore concepts

In 2022

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:

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