All posts tagged: journey

China Trip

When I told my friend that I’ve bought return ticket Jakarta-Shanghai departing in less than a month, he told me I was ‘sick’. I, surely, had asked for permission from my husband and my parents after doing quick research about how safe China is in general. After convincing everyone that it is pretty safe (at least by my standard who lived more than half of my life commuting from Bekasi to Jakarta), I purchased the promo ticket from Garuda Indonesia. So far, it was the most impulsive trip I’ve ever done (well, err, maybe number 2 most impulsive after the Lucy Rose & Young Dreams concert last year) and I guess it’ll be my favorite to tell in the future because: It wasn’t that well-planned (by my standard, which means I still put my itinerary in table format and maps printed) My first solo trip with hijab My Chinese is limited to “Ni Hao” and “Xie Xie” (and “Wo Ai Ni” which is useless anyway) because “Cap cay” and “Puyung Hai” surely didn’t work in China. …

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Menabung atau Traveling? 10 Hal Kenapa Saya Pilih Traveling

Sebelumnya, saya mau minta maaf kalau belakangan isi blog ini kebanyakan tentang traveling. Ini bukan travel blog, namun dua tahun belakangan ini saya cukup banyak jalan-jalan. Ikutan tren? Bukan. Duitnya ya memang baru ada dua tahun belakangan sejak saya mulai kerja, Bro & Sis. Semalam saya lihat Ariev nge-twit sebuah link yang berujudul “Godaan Traveling dan Kesadaran Investasi“. Ariev bilang dia ‘kesentil’ sama artikel ini. Ternyata tulisan tersebut merujuk ke sebuah tulisan di Tempo yang berjudul “Menabung, Berlibur, atau Gadget?” Bukannya kesentil, saya malah tertarik untuk menulis tulisan ini. Tulisan yang sebetulnya pernah saya post 2 tahun lalu ini. Saya senang banget karena tulisan tersebut (setidaknya sedikit) menginspirasi salah seorang teman yang saya kagumi, Prisanti Putri, untuk mewujudkkan mimpinya pergi ke Jepang. 2 tahun berlalu sejak saya menulis itu, bepergian ke luar negeri rasanya semakin in vogue. Many people travel abroad. Many people write about it. Some even got into hot debate about calling oneself a ‘travel writer’. Some just love to brag about it. Some call themselves ‘traveler’ or ‘backpacker’. Apakah saya ada masalah dengan …

The Curse of the Traveler

… Also, have you ever heard of The Curse of the Traveler? An old vagabond in his 60s told me about it over a beer in Central America, goes something like this: The more places you see, the more things you see that appeal to you, but no one place has them all. In fact, each place has a smaller and smaller percentage of the things you love, the more things you see. It drives you, even subconsciously, to keep looking, for a place not that’s perfect (we all know there’s no Shangri-La), but just for a place that’s “just right for you.” But the curse is that the odds of finding “just right” get smaller, not larger, the more you experience. So you keep looking even more, but it always gets worse the more you see. This is Part A of the Curse. Part B is relationships. The more you travel, the more numerous and profoundly varied the relationships you will have. But the more people you meet, the more diffused your time is …