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2021: Ultimate Northern Vietnam Bucket List.

The first time I stepped foot in Vietnam, I instantly despised with the country. The never-ending hustle-bustle of the city, the chaotic traffic, the scary motorbikes that swirl around you at the last moment, and the scams. I had every reason to leave the country ASAP, but for some unknown reason, I did not. Throughout my stay, I slowly started falling in love with the country or should I say Saigon, so much that I felt an empty space in my heart when it was time to leave. I love the South of Vietnam but I prefer the climate and the beautiful nature of the North. I was so excited for my two months trip to Northern Vietnam this year but with the current global pandemic, international travel is almost impossible.

I’m a bit saddened by this but I’m also happy that I could not visit this year because I’ve recently discovered a bunch of awesome spots that I would have missed out on.I’ve scoured the internet for the most epic spots and activities to do in Nothern Vietnam and put everything in a bucket list. Here’s my 2021 Nothern Vietnam Bucket list, let’s dig into it.

Hanoi
Hanoi,the capital of Vietnam,Known for its lively traffic, delicious cuisine notably the egg coffee and well preserved architectural buildings. Here’s what I plan to do here;

Hanoi
Hanoi
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  • Spend one month to catch the vibe of the city.
  • Drink Egg coffee at Cafe Giang(This cafe is the original creator of the famous coffee).
  • Visit train street and watch the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh train pass.
  • Chill at Hoan Kiem Lake
    The best time to visit is from Fridays to Sundays as the nearby traffic is banned from 7 pm to midnight.
  • Wander in the Old quarter
    The main attractions are the 36 themed streets, the Ancient house, and St Joseph Cathedral.
  • Watch the change of guards at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
  • Explore the Ngoc Temple(Temple of the Jade Mountain).
  • Watch a Show at Hanoi Opera House.
  • Watch the water puppets show at Than Long Theatre.
  • Visit Temple of literature.
  • Visit the Vietnamese woman museum.
  • Learn history at Hanoi Hilton.
    This place is intense and not for the faint-hearted.
  • Admire the city from the Lotte Observation Deck.
  • Chill at a rooftop bar.
  • Flower shopping at Quang Ba Flower market.
  • Visit Hanoi’s Mosaique mural .

Ha Long City
Halong City has so much to offer other than a Halong bay cruise. It’s unfortunate that most tourists visit Ha Long just for a 2-3 days Ha Long Bay cruise. Here’s a list of what the city has to offer ;

Halong Bay
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  • Spend 3 weeks here to catch the vibe.
  • Cruise to Lan Ha bay (because Ha long bay is overcrowded with tourists)
  • Visit the Sun world Complex.
  • Ride on the largest cable car in the world.
  • Chill at Bai Chay beach.
  • Visit Bai Chay market.
  • Hike at Cat Ba Island.
  • Visit caves ; Sung sot cave and Thien Cung Cave.
  • Cycle the city.
  • Shopping at Vincom Halong.

Ninh Binh Province

Ninh Binh is one of the hidden gems of Vietnam. It’s similar to Halong bay but it’s on land and more gorgeous. Most Visitors miss out on this place because it is not touristy. I myself would have missed out on it if I traveled this year.


  • Go on a boat tour in Tam Coc or Trang An (or both!).
    The incredible thing here beside the stunning Karst Landscape is that the boat guides row with their feet.
  • Climb Hang Mua Mountain.
  • Trek Bich dong Pagoda.
  • Explore Bai Dinh Pagoda-the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.
  • Hike Silver Cloud Peak in Cuc Phuong Jungle.
  • Eat as much Com Chay as possible. 😀

Lao Cai Province
This is where I’ve been yearning to go because I love places which are cold, foggy and full of greeneries. Here’s how I plan to spend my time ;

  • Ride the overnight train. (alternately there’s a bus)
  • Hike Fansipan Mountain.
  • Have a delicious Vietnamese coffee at Cafe in the cloud.
  • Chill at Sapa Town Park.
  • Catch some local vibe at the Sapa Market.
  • Explore Cau May Street.
  • Learn history at Sapa Museum.
  • Visit Silver Waterfall.
  • Admire the beauty of the Holy Rosary Church.
  • Cable ride to Fansipan Mountain.
    (I know I’ve said I’ll hike the mountain and now I’m saying I’ll ride on the cable car. Well,the views are different each way :D)
  • Visit Y Ty.
    Y Ty is known as foggy land, it’s not touristy at all and the infrastructures are bad but it’s still worth the visit as it is a heavenly location.

Further North

  • Ha Giang Motorbike adventure (End the Northern Vietnam trip epically)
  • Ba Be National Park.

Besides all these activities, I forgot to mention that I intend to eat as much local food I can and take a myriad of cooking classes. Use this bucket list as an inspiration for your next Vietnamese adventure.



 

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My Worst Travel Experiences


 

After publishing this blog post I’m probably going to hide in a haunted forest until I have the guts to come back. Traveling makes us wiser, broadens our mind, takes us new places, and gives a sense of freedom.When we set out for our traveling journey, we hope for a smooth sailing and good memories only.However, not every journey is a smooth sail, we occasionally experience some rough seas regardless of how positive we are about our trip. These moments of rough seas become either a minor issue in our travel experience or our Worst travel memories. 

Below I share with you my worst travel memories. Some of them make me cringe and call myself stupid. Others make me laugh at myself and a few of them infuriate me. Without further ado,let’s dig in.


 1. Not being able to retrieve my suitcase from the baggage carousel. 

Baggage Carousel
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This happened on my first trip to Hong Kong. I’m sure a lot of people laughed at me on that day. I don’t know if the baggage carousel was moving too fast or if I was exhausted from the flight. But when I grabbed the suitcase to pull it from the carousel, it carried me along. My baggage felt heavier than it was before I left for Hong Kong. Imagine how ridiculous that scene was: being dragged along trying to pull out my suitcase. That day, I told myself never again am I traveling with a 40kg suitcase. 
 

2.Trying to ascend a descending escalator .

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trying to ascend a descending escalator
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I don’t know how I could do such a stupid thing. I was extremely sleep deprived from work and I was jet-lagged as well (I was working on a cruise ship back then). I knew my body badly needed some sleep but I wanted to explore Singapore too. So I went to the harbor front, I was on the ground floor looking for a way to get to the shop upstairs, and as soon as I spotted an escalator, I stepped on it. Not checking if it was coming down or going up. I remember asking myself: ‘’ why is that thing pushing me down?’’. It was not until I spotted an elderly lady looking at me weirdly that I realized I was attempting to go up on a descending escalator. I ran away from the machine red in the face. This is my cringest travel memory. I still want to hide in a deep hole when I recall this moment
 

3.Being accused of carrying drugs by Singaporean ports Official. 
 

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This happened on my 2nd visit to Singapore, I was still working on the cruise ship. I bought a new suitcase on that day, because the one I had was damaged. As I was passing through the security, this grumpy guy blocked my way and started questioning me about my suitcase. He told me that he needed to check inside because I might be carrying drugs. Woah, this statement irritated me but I calmly said: ‘’This is a new suitcase, there’s nothing inside. You can see it through the scan’ ’But, this guy insisted that I open it because he had a doubt that I’d smuggled drug inside. This resulted in a heated argument and his colleagues had to intervene. But hey I stood up for myself and in the end, I did not have to open my new suitcase. After this incident, I swore to myself I will never put a foot in Singapore again. But later, I realized that the other Singaporeans I met, were friendly and welcoming people. Therefore I can’t blacklist an entire country because of the unpleasant attitude of one single individual. 
 

4.Wasting 15 minutes on a Pedestrian crossing in Vietnam. 

Traffic rules don’t exist in Vietnam. Pedestrian Crossings and traffic lights are just for decorative purposes. Well, I did not know this on my first visit to this country. worst travel memories
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Traffic rules don’t exist in Vietnam. Pedestrian Crossings and traffic lights are just for decorative purposes. Well, I did not know this on my first visit to this country. I ended standing on the pedestrian for a good 15 minutes, wondering why the motorbikes weren’t stopping at red lights and why they circled dangerously around people attempting to cross to the other side. After a while, my patience came to an end, I did as the locals were doing; crossing on a green light, moving slowly in the midst of this motorbike chaos and letting them swirl around me. Later, I felt so irresponsible for crossing the street this way. When I looked up online, I learned that’s the normal way of crossing the road in Vietnam; you just have to walk NEVER RUN! I would have saved my 15 minutes if only I’d researched about the traffic rules in Vietnam beforehand. Lesson Learnt!
 

5.Getting Scammed by a Tuk Tuk driver in Cambodia  
 

tuk tuk scam cambodia
Wat Leun Temple

I wanted to travel in a tuk-tuk on my visit to Phnom Penh. As I was trying to cross to the other side of the street, a friendly-looking tuk-tuk driver stopped by and proposed to take me to the nearby Wat-Leun Temple for $50.I told him it’s an expensive price and he dropped it to $35 to which I agreed. It was a short 30 min drive away from the capital. The place was really peaceful and the ride was fun. However, at the end of the trip, when I handed him the money, he told me that he had said $45.I argued with him but he kept insisting. Language being a barrier and also because I did not want to get into a fight in a foreign country because of $10,I gave him the $45 he was demanding My jaw dropped when I checked for the fare on TripAdvisor.The average price for a tuk-tuk ride is $20. I got heavily ripped off.
 

6.Getting yelled at by taxi drivers in India and being forcibly taken on shop tours. 

bad experience in india as a female traveller

This is one of my scariest travel experience. I promised to myself to never go to India alone again. This happened in Mumbai. I was walking outside near the Mumbai port, peacefully strolling through the streets. Suddenly, I felt a group of men following me; they were taxi drivers offering to take me around the city, I politely refused them. But they didn’t pay heed and kept following me for a good 10 minutes invading my personal distance occasionally. I was really annoyed and I coldly told them: ‘’ I’ve asked you nicely to leave me alone several times. I don’t want a taxi ride, Just go away please’’.One of them yelled in my face; ‘’Just go then’’ and continued on yelling in his native language. I was scared at this point but they eventually left.
Further down the street, I met a man as I was coming out of a restaurant, he looked friendly and knew a lot about my country, Mauritius. Foolishly, I trusted him and I confided to him, that I wanted to visit the gateway of India and told him the story about the taxi drivers earlier. He seemed to sympathize with me and called me a taxi(one of his friends) and said I had to spend 10 minutes in 2-3 shops so that he can park freely at the tourist spot.
This man was huge a liar: Taxi drivers get commissions when they bring tourists to the shops and not free parking spots! The dishonest taxi driver took me on 45 minutes shop tour and when we reached the gateway of India, he kept hurrying me up and I spent only 5 minutes at the place. I was so disappointed! When we got back to his taxi, I was really frustrated and wanted to cry as well. I told him I have other things to do and to drop me nearby a bus stop. He was annoyed and rudely replied; “Just sit down, we have other shops to visit”. But I kept insisting to be dropped at a bus stop. When I paid him the fare we’d agreed on. He had the audacity to ask me for ‘’gifts’’. HAHAHA! He wanted a tip for ruining my trip and wasting my time.
 

7.Getting quoted a higher price because I’m a woman.  

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I was in Sri Lanka. My colleagues wanted to visit a temple and they invited me to join them. Since we were far from the city Center, they hailed a taxi down. They were all boys. I was a bit away from them when they were negotiating with the driver as I was clicking some pictures. When everything was settled, they gestured me to hop in the car. Upon my arrival, he hiked up the price and he said it’s because I’m a woman. My dudes didn’t agree with him and we paid him the price he quoted before.

At the temple, we hired a rickshaw driver to take us back, we agreed to pay him $15 and we even tipped him $5.But boy! He was a greedy man! When my colleagues turned their back, he quietly called me and asked me for $5 more then changed it to $10. When I asked him why, he told me ‘’I was not included in the price quoted before because the pricing is different for a girl’’. I wanted to argue with him but noticed my colleagues were a bit far away and the place I was at looked sketchy. As I was about to hand him the money, luckily my colleagues came back and chased him away. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country but when you experience things like this and you end up hating the whole country itself. 
 

8.Flying through a Turbulence  
 

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flying through turbulence
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This happened exactly one year ago on this very date 27 July in Barcelona. It was raining cats and dogs in Spain on that day and several flights were canceled due to this. My flight got delayed by 2 hours. The plane took off without any problem but 30 minutes later, I thought the plane was going to crash. I remember seeing a flash of white light outside the window which engulfed the plane then the aircraft dropped down in altitude abruptly and the lights went off for a brief second and the flight attendants were telling everybody to remain seated and to fasten their seatbelt.Luckily,it was nothing serious but a lightening. I love flying through occasional turbulences but this one scared me out of my wits. 
 

That’s it for my not so glorious travel experiences, although they happened 1-2 years ago, they are still fresh in mind especially the escalator one 
 

What are your worst travel memories? Share them in the comments below. 
 

Easiest Coastal Walk:Trou aux Biches To Mon Choisy beach,Mauritius.

I went on my first coastal walk last week. It is a shame that living on an island, I’ve never thought about it earlier. But as we say better late than never. Initially, I’d planned to hike on the western coast, but I was uncomfortable adventuring alone in that location. Because the area is prone to unpredictable weather, so I opted for the North.

My adventure began in Trou aux Biches, a 30 minutes’ car drive from the capital city, Port Louis. Alternatively, You can catch the 82, Cap Malheureux Bus which takes around one hour. Trou aux Biches village is famous for its sandy beach, posh hotel resorts, and restaurants. I grabbed a steaming bowl of dumpling at Chez Meung, a traditional Chinese restaurant before the hike because I don’t start any adventure without a bowl of dumpling or noodles. After I finished, I crossed to the other side of the street, tightened my shoelace, and began hiking.

Bowl of dumpling

Difficulty level of the hike.

My itinerary was until Mon Choisy, another amazing beach. Google Maps claims the circuit takes 40 minutes but it is different when you are moving on the coastline. My time frame was 1 hour 15 minutes (honestly, I was lazing around). It can be more or less depending on your walking pace. The trail is beginner-friendly. The surface is flat with no rock climbing or steep slope. However, near the end, there is a rocky shore. The water level is shallow but the rocks are slippery, they are covered with algae, be careful there.

What to Expect on the track.

En route, a manifold of picturesque spots and deserted stretches of white sand await you; you can relax for a while or take a dip in the water. You will come across a few local fishermen here and there as well as tourists’ resorts,you’ll have to pass through one of them as there is no other way. to go forward.Nearing Mon Choisy, you’ll find a Volleyball court under construction and a beautiful Hindu Temple.

Activities in Mon Choisy

Once at Mon Choisy, You can settle down to a picnic, grab an ice cream, go for a swim, or if you are energetic like me you can continue to walk until Pereybere beach (this a post for another day). Conversely, You can indulge yourself in the water sports activities if you’d like some adrenaline rush. Among all the beaches I’ve been to, Mon Choisy has the shallowest water, on top of that, the water is always warm even in Winter.

What to bring

Don’t forget sunscreen!!!

For this hike, Sunscreen is vital unless you want a bad tan: I wore ¾ pants and did not apply sunscreen.Now my legs have two different shades.Although, this hike can be done barefoot I suggest you bring water shoes as I’ve mentioned the path is slippery in some area. Lastly don’t forget your water, snacks, and swimsuit because it’s useless to go to the beach and not take a good dip in the ocean.

If Mauritius is your next holiday destination and you want to enjoy the beaches to the maximum, then grab your flip flops and go on a coastal walk: it’s a cheap alternative to buses and taxis. And you will benefit from incredible views these means of transport don’t offer.

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Post Covid-19: My Travel Plans.

The CoronaVirus has not spared a single country in the world, from the rich countries to the poor Countries, It forced a state of lockdown upon all of them. Borders were closed, Airplanes were forced to stay on the ground and cruise ships forced to cancel their summer sailing season and harbor in the ports, empty!. With all this sudden and unexpected event, we found ourselves stuck at home, with our travel plans annihilated or for the lucky ones postponed.

Several months after this deadly pandemic, countries are preparing to go back to ”normal” (can things be completely back to normal?), some have already lifted up the lockdown and others eased the restrictions. For example, my Country Mauritius eased down the restrictions since the 1st of June; Shopping malls, cafes, restaurants are open again, however, beaches, National parks, movie theaters, and the airport remain close. Since then, I’ve started to draft my ‘post corona travel plans’, that’s how I called it and below I reveal it to you.

  1. Explore the central part of my country.

The central region of my country is known for its cold and rainy weather as well as it’s colonial buildings, the plethora of shopping malls, and the dormant volcano Crater named Trou aux cerfs.In my 22 years of life, I’ve visited this part of the country only thrice. That’s why, last week,2 days after the partial deconfinement, I took a trip there, only to be welcomed by a sudden heavy downpour of rain and a drop in the temperature. I could not explore the surrounding because of that, bought some wonderful flowers and came back home where a warm-weather awaited me but I’m going back there this weekend hoping for a better weather than the last time.

2. Hike The Southern Part Of My Country.

The Southern Part of Mauritius is home to many scenic roads, cliffs, and Nature reserves. It’s my favorite part of the Island and I’ve been there several times in the past. However, during the lockdown, I’ve been missing this area a lot especially the Black River Gorges National Park. The last time I hiked this place I was 18 years old. I would like to camp there on a weekend with my good friends before I resume work again.

3.Sail On The Rhine River.

Had Covid-19 not been a huge issue, I would already be sailing on the Rhine river. But with the situation right now, It’s better to wait for things to be safe again. I was due to join a river cruise as a crew member in April, but as you already know the disastrous impact Coronavirus had on the cruising industry and tourism industry in general. Henceforth, I’m here waiting for the season to resume to again.I’ve never missed work this much prior to the coronavirus. Weird!.

4.Move to Northern Vietnam.

I disliked this country so bad when I visited it for the first, I swore to never put a foot there again: The roads are chaotic, I was the victim of scams from greedy taxi drivers and tradesmen. Then, I don’t know why I went there for a second visit but it was a different and amazing experience from the first one. I experienced the friendliness of the people, the smiles, and some even helped me crossed the chaotic roads. Since my second trip there, my heart remained in this beautiful country for I’ve been yearning to go back again. Therefore, I’ve decided when my cruise ship contract ends, I’m moving to Hanoi. I chose Hanoi because of the beautiful nature of the North and the cool climate.

5.Visit Laos.

I always thought Laos was a boring and dull Country. Well, that was before I saw a documentary the other day on Tv. Oh dear, How I was wrong!. I wish I never listened to the hearsay of random people for Laos looked truly amazing in the documentary. On top of that, the flight time is around 1 hour from Vietnam. Hence. I will plan a weekend trip there once I’m settled in Hanoi.

6.Learn Asian Cuisine .

I like to cook, It’s one of my hobbies.I’ve always been fascinated by Asian cuisine and there’s no better place to learn about this cuisine other than Asia. All the necessary ingredients and spices are readily available so forget about the excuse that a certain recipe has to be substituted or cannot be made because certain ingredients are lacking.

That’s all about my future travel plans,at least for the moment.A lot of people are saying that traveling is dead for this year but I’m optimistic that we will be able to fly again before the end of 2020.CoronaVirus might change the way we used to travel but it can’t confine us forever in a single place.

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How 6 months of traveling changed my life.

One year ago, I was preparing for my first solo international trip. I remember how joyful I was to finally step out of my country and fly. Meticulously, I packed my stuff in my suitcase taking care to wrap my favorite local snacks in a towel and putting them in a secure spot to protect them from getting crush, as I folded my clothes, I already imagined myself wearing them in a particular destination. On my way to the airport, my dream plans played like a movie in my head. I was elated, the happiest girl on the planet, until I boarded my plane. From the moment the plane took off, all my joy and excitement vanished. I realized I was leaving the comfort of my country to an unfamiliar land. I was anxious, scared and I wanted to go back home but I’m glad I conquered these feelings.

1.I was forced to get out of my comfort zone.

Before this trip, I was this shy and unconfident girl, who did not dare to even say Hi let alone ask a stranger for directions. I could not even cross the street on my own. And above all, I was not comfortable with the English Language even though, I’ve studied the language since Kindergarten, because in this country where I live, We speak French despite English being our official language(Only on paper I guess Haha). But upon, my arrival in Hong Kong, I had to push beyond my comfort zone to ask unknown people for directions in a language which is not my mother-tongue to get to a taxi stand and in Vietnam, I wanted to cry when I had to cross to the other side but eventually learned to cross a busy and dangerous road like a real Vietnamese. Now, I no longer stutter when I have to converse in English, I’m no longer afraid to speak to strangers and I also miss crossing busy and dangerous roads, the ones with traffic rules seem to easy to cross

2.My Taste Bud Changed and I learned to enjoy Food.

In my family, they always said that Asian cuisine is dirty and disgusting, but as a person working in the food industry I could not accept this statement, because doing so, would mean disrespecting a particular cuisine. That’s why I decided to have an authentic Asian seaweed beef soup in Hong Kong, the dish was heavenly and after that, I introduced Beef again in My diet plan(after dismissing it for nearly a decade). I also discovered and loved the taste of street foods and roadside snacks, Food tastes better when it is simple and cooked with love. I found the combination of sweet&tangy taste delicious and my french fries are never fried without Oregano(thanks to Thai and Greek Cuisine).
Additionally, I learned new ways of eating such as with Chopsticks and with my hands(The curry tastes more delicious when you eat with your hands, so ditch the spoon). But most importantly, I learned to appreciate food without caring what will people say about my weight or my eating habits(I now have a tiny potbelly and love handles haha)

3.Coffee Culture,Floral Teas and Savoury Milkshake.

For the whole 20 years of my life, I thought that Coffee has the same taste around the world, well..until I ordered a coffee in Vietnam, it was love at first sight and first sip. The coffee came dripping from a device called a ”Phin” and was accompanied by Condensed milk. I did not know that condensed milk could be used to sweeten coffee, for me it was an unusual combination but incredibly delicious. There’s one more unusual combination of coffee in Vietnam that I found Weird ”The egg coffee”.Raw egg sabayon like texture and hot coffee, I thought I was gonna get sick from it but it was heavenly delicious. Vietnam has a vibrant coffee culture, There’s no time for coffee in Vietnam, and every time I had coffee there, I thought God made it himself.
Still Talking about coffee, I’ve always hated the taste of an un-milked coffee that was before I visited Greece, The greek Coffee has such an Indisinct granule texture and I don’t how but I fell in love with bitter the taste and the texture. I came home with a big packet.
Moving on to Tea, I discovered that some flowers can be infused like tea, it was a surprise for me, I did not know that flowers were edible, since then, my day is incomplete without my Jasmine Green tea.
Lastly, I also discovered that refreshing beverages can be salty thanks to a Syrian restaurant in Muscat, Oman. The drink that I was served is Called Aryan, it is made with Yoghurt, Ginger and salt. It was so flavorful, one day I’ll go back to Muscat just to drink this again. I felt so stupid for thinking all drinks are sweet haha.

4.Enhanced Social Skills, Improved Social Circle, and A wider Knowledge of the World’s Culture.

Before traveling, I did not have good Social skills, I did not know how to start and maintain a conversation with having a sudden awkward silence. But through my traveling journey, I learned through observations, my mistakes, and sometimes by jumping into the deep end. I don’t regret it. Because I met people who taught me and offered me their friendship. I had 2 close friends before leaving for my trip but now I have Twenty-something friends around the world.
Additionally, through my Spanish friends, I learned that they kiss-greet on only on one side compared to the French Way, where you kiss both cheeks. Through my French Friends, I also learned that Some Regions in France, People kiss-greet thrice.

5. Racism is still an issue in the 21st Century.

In the peaceful country that I live in, Skin Color or Religion is not an issue, no one cares actually, everybody is friendly. However, this was not the case in Europe, I’ve been to countries where people looked at me with disgust in their eye(as I was the only black person around) or made mean comments about my skin color. Some of the people I met throughout my journey, labeled me as ”antichrist” because I come from a Muslim family. It saddens me that people still think this way even today.

6. I started investing in My Self-Care.

Traveling, with changes in time zones and climate, takes a great toll on our body. I always thought I was superwoman because I could get around with only 3-4 hours of sleep every night, well, that was before I started traveling. At some point during my travel, I was extremely fatigued and my speech became seriously slurred, I had to come up with a sleep schedule and stick to it. Nowadays, I sleep 8 hours every night. Also, I started investing in my skincare for I started breaking out badly, before, I thought skincare and sunscreen were useless. Now I can’t live without my face masks and Sun Protection.

7.News Channels and Media 

The content that news channels broadcast to us are not objective. For example, the media portrays the middle east as a Patriarchal Society where women have no respect and rights, however, what I experienced is quite the opposite, from the 22 countries that I traveled to, The middle east countries were the only ones that I felt safer. I remember, in Abu Dhabi, I went to the cinema alone for the midnight session and the movie ended at around 3 am. I asked a security agent for the direction to a taxi stand, he accompanied there and hailed a taxi for me.

8. Traveling made a spiritual Person.

Five Years ago, If You asked me to visit a temple and participate in a meditation session, I would have made a sarcastic atheist joke at you. But every time, I visited a Buddhist temple, A mosque, a Hindu Temple, or a church, I found a sense of inner peace, I felt my thoughts quiet down and it was liberating. Nowadays, I meditate twice per day and I have a gratitude journal. Sometimes I listen to Buddhist Prayer Chants and Gospel Songs.

When I returned home after 6 months, I felt like a different person. I had more knowledge than before. I became more open-minded, wiser, compassionate, and more humble. Traveling gave me a lot and I’m eager to travel again once this Corona situation is over