I like to travel. If I’d won a million dollar, I’d use it to visit the countries I’ve been wanting to go to. Which mean all of the countries in the world! I’d love to see what’s out there. Out of my box called ‘home’ because I believe my ‘home’ is not the only place that has a lot to offer. My ‘home’ does not have pyramids. My ‘home’ is not inhabited by endangered species. My ‘home’ does not not have beautiful beaches. I want to see the world. I want to travel.

Besides, travel is fatal to prejudicing. I can’t tell you how many people think of my family is living in a hut and do not have TVs (I’m from the overly populated Jakarta, Indonesia). As much as I wanted to laugh out loud, I understood that it was not their intention to insult me; more like ignorance, maybe? Even Mark Twain had said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

So far, I’ve been very lucky to have visited these places:

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  • October 1999 : Malaysia (Sepang and Kuala Lumpur)
  • June 2001 : back home to Indonesia (Jakarta, Bali, Lombok, Yogyakarta), then a short visit to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • December 2001: Jamaica ( Negril, Montego Bay, Treasure Beach, and Mandeville)
  • December 2002 : Jamaica (Port Antonio), St. Martin/St. Maarten, Curacao, and Aruba
  • October 2003 : back home to Indonesia and Singapore
  • April 2004 : France (Paris and Nice), Belgium, Netherlands, Monaco and Germany
  • late 2004 : Jamaica
  • 2006 : South Korea and back home to Indonesia
  • 2007: Mexico (Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and Tulum)

Best one so far? All places have different feelings and memories. I did become more familiar and close to Jamaica (we don’t go to the touristy parts) because it’s closer from the United States than Indonesia and they have similar food, weather, and flora/fauna. Time differences is less than a couple of hours and the airfare is not bad either.

My top 5 of interesting travel quotes/sayings:

  • If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
  • In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children. ~Robert Benchley
  • Hitler didn’t travel. Stalin didn’t travel. Saddam Hussein never traveled. They didn’t want to have their orthodoxy challenged. ~Howard Gardner
  • Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. ~Maya Angelou
  • Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey. ~Babs Hoffman