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First Time Traveling Abroad

Thursday, January 13, 2011 5 Comments

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First Time Traveling Abroad

As my innocent eyes carefully skimmed the feathery horizon, I saw my reflection on the plane's windowpane. A quiet smile glistening with overflowing gladness was staring back at me. I could almost touch the clouds. The sun was shining brilliantly amidst the sapphire sky, and I was finally living my dream, that's what I thought. I was on top of the world.

I was barely 21 years old when I had my first trip abroad. It was a week-long holiday trip to the city of Merlions. True enough, everything SG back then was first-rate. From transportation, to culture, to people, and food, Singapore did not disappoint my newborn traveling spirit. Seeing how things worked in a foreign place was fairly hard to grasp at first. We had the best highlights and the most shameful downers, but at the end of it all, we had quality fun. I felt lucky because not everyone living in a third world country could afford to travel abroad; and to travel with the whole clan was quite a feat. It was not grand, planned, or perfect, but the overall experience was meaningful. Indeed, this was one of the best first time experiences I shall forever reminisce.

Traveling abroad for the first time really enlightens a person: the feeling is like learning an exceptional talent or experiencing that authentic first kiss. It awards a person that tinge of wisdom and that sensation of unexplainable bliss. It gives a person an exhilarating sense that the world, as big as it is, is worth discovering.

Even after exploring countless countries, experiencing bountiful cultures, and going through numerous traveling fiascos, looking back, I still find myself revisiting that unforgettable epiphany slash first travel abroad experience. Everyone should seize that first windowpane moment.

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 55 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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