This trip took 9 months and while there are not a lot of information across this region, I’ve had the most fabulous time. I feeling like a curious toddler again, learning something new each day about the place, the history, food, architecture, culture, languages, religion and these are all intricately linked across the region. On top of that, I am meeting wonderful, friendly locals. Some days I am invited for tea more than 5 times a day and a number of times I have stayed in a stranger’s house who I have just had a great rapport during our bus ride. I enjoy waking up to an unknown exciting adventure daily.
What are you most looking forward to this trip?
I have been to Hong Kong and Macau before. I love the dynamics of the Hong Kong and I love the Cantonese cuisine. There’s always something going on, one’s always. Revisiting a place after a number of years still provide the exciting element, but with the previous understanding, one can often get some more in-depth perspective and changes.
Tell us about your love for photography.
I developed a passion for photography when I took 8 months off work for my first round-the-world trip in 2009. Being an optometrist, I guess the optics and interacting with people comes a little easier for me. I love interact and photographing people when I travel. Please check out my Instagram for more images @vonlin.
Why do you love travel so much/what does travel mean to you?
Travel is part of my life now. Other than doing the normal touristy sightseeing routines, I also like to get out of my comfort zone during my trips and try different things. I’ve got my scuba diving rescue license. I’ve trekked the Inca trail, Kilimanjaro, Annapurna circuit, Everest base camp, Kanchenjunga base camp, Chadar trek and the Camino de Santiago. I like to “experience” different lifestyle and cultures. It helps me really step in other people’s shoe and “see” things from different perspectives. I’ve had some humbling experiences that has certainly helped me to grow as a person in many aspects. So for me, traveling is often a self-reflect and self-discovery journey.
What does Life Well Travel mean to you?
Embrace and enjoy new experiences. Find something positive in every situations.
Tell us something unique about yourself.
I consider myself as a true global citizen, I have been living out of a suitcase for the last 7 years. When I am not travelling overseas. I work as a relief optometrist to stores all over Australia that needs temporary relief either when the store is busy or the optometrist is on holiday or maternity leave. I rarely stay in a town/city for more than 2 weeks!! So I really cherish the odd few days a year I spend with my families and friends between works/travels but I also enjoy that I often bump into old and new friends (thanks to social media) in different corners of the world.
How many cities have you visited?
Not sure… I’ve traveled over 100 countries, so I am guessing 4-500 cities.