The Broke Undergraduate
I’m quite surprised that university is actually one of the greatest opportunities for me to travel. Granted, as an undergraduate, I’m broke (as hell). But I don’t see why that even with a meagre allowance, I’m not allowed to travel.
Since I’m already a sophomore (at the time of writing this) and have travelled to quite a few places either as full-out trips or day trips, I’d love to slowly write about the places I’ve been to!
Undergraduate Travel History
December 2015 – Indonesia (Jakarta, Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Lombok, Bali)
December 2015-January 2016 – United States of America (New York City, Delaware/Washington D.C., Colorado)
May-June 2016 – Vietnam (Saigon, Mui Ne, Da Lat, Hoi An)
December 2016 – Vietnam (Saigon)
February-March 2017 – China (Xi’an)
May 2017 – Japan (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Gifu, Matsumoto, Tokyo)
June-July 2017 – South Korea (Base: Seoul), Japan
October 2017 – South Korea (Daejeon, Chungju, Andong, Sokcho, Seoul)
January 2018 – Hong Kong
May 2018 – Jeju-do, South Korea
October/December 2018 – ???
What Does the Future Hold?
To be honest, I’m not sure. I guess I’ll slowly find my way writing about the travels I’ve been to and seek my own personal style to travelling.
Over the years that I’ve travelled either solo or with my family/friends, I realised that travelling is a privilege that I am thankful on having. It’s rare, especially for an undergraduate like me, to be able to travel a lot. In the news, it’s more frequent to hear of refugees and that is a forced type of travel. It’s migration.
Solo travelling has become more and more of a trendy thing, and while I covet the idea of being on my own, I know that I need that time to realise myself – strengths and weaknesses. Beyond the thrills of getting lost in a country where her lingua franca is not English/Malay, I feel that there is a greater sense of responsibility for me to understand another country’s culture.