2019 has just begun and many travellers will begin their journeys to find happiness and meaning in life. At this time, famous personalities share with us their passion for travel and plans for the new year.
QUANG DAI TRAN – MODEL, TRAVEL BLOGGER – TRAVELING CHANGES YOU AND HELPS YOU GROW
I’ve had a passion for travel for such a long time. Since I was a child, I had a hobby of watching foreign films and cherished the dream of visiting the places in the movies. Places like Juliet’s Wall in Italy, the crowded streets and bustling boulevards where people start their dreams in New York, the gleaming lights of the highways in Wong Karwai’s movies which were an integral part of my childhood, or the scenery of a forest covered in white snow in the Norwegian Forest film directed by Anh Hung Tran evoking in us a sense of loneliness and sadness that I believe many young people experience.
When we get older and have chances to travel to where we want, from the provinces of Vietnam to countries in Asia and Europe, we experience more emotions and feel life more fully than we have ever felt it before. It is not just about the beautiful scenes, but also the life, people and cultures of different countries. I realize my childhood dream of travelling is always there, and it grows even stronger through journeys and gained experiences.
TRAVELLING TO MANY REGIONS OF VIETNAM AND MORE THAN 25 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
I feel like when every day passes, every country that I have travelled to has helped me grow up in very different ways. You can find out how many fine wines there are in France on Google, or how majestic Myanmar temples are through photo pages, but when you really arrive in these places, you realize the grandeur and romance of a country that never can be fully expressed in a few simple words. I still remember the hustle and bustle of the trendy stores on the boulevards of New York, the peaceful tranquility in Bhutan, or a moment of absolute silence while watching the stream of people crossing the U Bein wooden bridge in an afternoon in Myanmar, where I sat on a small boat and felt like I was melting into the peaceful and gentle atmosphere of Taungthaman lake and my Traveling changes you and helps you grow heart was released of burden in the red sunset. Every place has left me with so many emotions from different beautiful and authentic experiences, so choosing the place I like most is so difficult.
However, perhaps after all, Saigon is always the place I choose to return to. Although I was not born and raised in the city, like many other people who have the opportunity to visit and grow up there, Saigon to me is always the closest and the most familiar of cities. It is where I feel: “Finally, I’m home” after every long journey when I see the sparkling lights of Saigon from the window of the aeroplane.
EXPECTATIONS IN 2019
Currently, I am nurturing many new projects which will be soon released. In 2019, I hope to visit more places and discover more interesting things which make life more worthwhile and complete. Thanks to everyone who always supports my new products as well as my trips and I hope I will have the opportunity to tell you many more interesting stories!
VY HUYNH – MISS TOURISM QUEEN WORLDWIDE 2018 – EVERY DAY I ALWAYS MAKE MY BEST EFFORT AS MISS TOURISM QUEEN WORLDWIDE
TRAVELLING MAKES LIFE FLOURISH
Like many other people, travelling around the world is my dream. When visiting different destinations, not only can we admire the fantastic landscape, learn about their unique cultures, but also enjoy many attractive local specialties, which make our lives flourish.
When I had just left Dong Thap to seek a career in Sai Gon, I was still young and didn’t have much money. However, I always took time to travel and explore the many regions of Vietnam. With a limited budget, I often travelled by myself and tried to manage to have economical yet enjoyable trips. Then when life got better and due to nature of my work, I had more opportunities to visit more places, not just in Vietnam, but many other countries around the world.
Up until now, I’ve visited more than 50 provinces in Vietnam, as well as some countries in Asia and Europe. Every place has left a different impression on me, however, the Philippines brought me the most cherished and beautiful memories. The Philippines is where I took part in Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide and stayed the longest in a foreign country. At first, everything was really new to me, but I realized the Filipinos were very kind and friendly. And of course, the Philippines was the place where I achieved my dream, where I had a chance to express myself and all my efforts were rewarded by the title of Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide 2018.
THE ROLE OF A NEW QUEEN
As I’ve only held the role of Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide 2018 for little more than 1 month, I’ve only just begun to make a contribution to the tourism industry of Vietnam and the world. However, before participating in the contest, I always took advantage of every opportunity possible to introduce Vietnam to international friends and learned about the culture of other countries to share with Vietnamese people. I think these were just small and simple acts yet they carried great meaning behind them, and though we won’t see the effects of these actions immediately, I believe when I stay patient and persevere in my role as an ambassador of Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide, these will bear fruit in the near future.
BEAUTY TIPS AND SECRETS
I don’t have many secrets (said with a smile). I’m quite busy and travel frequently, but I still spend 1-2 hours every day doing Yoga or going to the gym. I also choose a high-protein diet including chicken, beef, salmon and vegetables, limit my intake of sugary and starchy foods, and drink 2 litres of water per day. And you should make sure you get enough sleep instead of staying up late to keep your skin young and healthy.
PLANS FOR 2019
I always work with detailed plans, therefore, I have quite a lot in store for 2019. First of all, in my role as Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide 2018, I will continue to undertake work relating to tourism promotion as well as sustainable tourism development, and promoting Vietnam Tourism to the world is definitely one of those activities. Along with this, I want to develop myself and try to become an MC, it is really new and appealing to me. I also want to say thanks to everyone I get support from when I undertake any endeavor and I will always try my best to accomplish my mission and complete my responsibilities.
KHAC TIEP VU – BUSINESSMAN – I WILL TRAVEL TO MANY BREATHTAKING AND LUXURIOUS SIGHTS IN THE WORLD
A PASSION FOR LUXURY TRAVEL
At present, luxury travel is one of my priorities in life. I dearly love this travel trend and I even have a plan to pursue this passion. I often don’t choose easily accessible and popular destinations, and instead I love to conquer challenging ones, and of course, luxury is a must and fashion is also a priority.
PLACES I ALWAYS WANT TO COME BACK TO
I’ve visited and explored all the famous and beautiful sights of Vietnam. I have also travelled to about 50 countries including many famous tourist attractions in Europe.
Every city has its own unique beauty, but the land that left the deepest impression on me was Cappadocia in Turkey. The weather, the nature, and the local people here were so beautiful and harmonious, which touched my heart so deeply. In particular, the picturesque scene of hot air balloons floating up into in the sky at sunrise made a lasting and unforgettable impression in my mind. I hope to come back to Cappadocia once again and admire its scenery when it is covered in white snow. Besides Cappadocia, the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia and the tranquil country of Switzerland are where I would love to revisit in the not so distant future.
PLANNING FOR JOURNEYS
Fortunately, I can run my business from a distance, so I have much more time and opportunities to carry out my travel plans. I always do careful research about the best time to visit, the location, and the most beautiful moments of the day in a different destination to make detailed plans for every trip. All of this I do to achieve my goals to enjoy, relax, and capture the rare and beautiful moments of where I visit. I love to keep these images as beautiful memories of my youth that I will be able to look back on.
PLANS FOR 2019
On 9th March 2019, I will hold the 12th Viet’s beauty on Sentosa island, Singapore. This is also the last show marking the ending of my evergreen youth, and that is why I’m pouring all my heart and soul into it. Everything promises to be truly spectacular and worth the wait as it has received the largest ever investment in comparison with previous shows. Then in May, I will organize the second Vietnam Night at the Cannes Film Festival. This is one of the major events I’m devoting my time to develop, with the expectation of building a new image for the Khac Tiep Vu brand.
Besides my work, I’ll spend time on my passion for travelling to explore the world. Every day, I search for special tourist attractions on Instagram and update my list of upcoming destinations. Every month, I plan to visit two places, one in Europe and one unique remote location. I hope to be a Vietnamese person who makes a lasting positive impression when travelling to beautiful and luxurious sights across the globe.
HA TRUC LE – MODEL, TRAVEL BLOGGER – LOVE OF BEAUTY AND PERFECTION
I HAVE A STRONG DESIRE TO BEAUTIFY MY SURROUNDINGS
There are 3 reasons which drive me to do a fashion photo shoot. First of all, I have admired some international travel bloggers for years, especially the way they adjust a picture’s colour and tone to make it more beautiful. They have both good taste and greatly invest their time and energy. Secondly, I pursued a major in art at university as I have a strong passion for colour and composition, and I wanted to indulge in the creation of art. And finally, I have a passion for making my surroundings more beautiful through every frame.
The first motivation which drives me to do fashion photo shoots is to satisfy my passion for beauty. Every single place I visit, the clothes that I choose or items I use, are all important elements in creating the most perfect pictures. I believe in order to satisfy others, we must try our best.
FAVOURITE FASHION STYLE FOR TRAVEL
Maxi dresses are always my first choice as they are made of thin and light weight material which will lend you a beautiful and gentle look to have the best photos in any location. Also, I often mix bright-coloured clothes with accessories. Before travelling to any destination, you should do your research carefully, especially about the main colour of the background so you can choose the most suitable outfits with more outstanding colours. For example, in a location where there are many green trees, you should choose yellow and red clothes. And don’t forget to choose suitable accessories, as for me, the beauty of an outfit depends 70% on the accessories. If you don’t want to bring too many accessories, you can simply take wide-brimmed hats and a variety of bracelets, with these two accessories you will always look outstanding whether in a close-up or wide angle shot.
MOST IMPRESSIVE DESTINATION
When anyone asks me about this, my answer is always Japan. I really admire the culture, people, art and cuisine of this country. In the past, when I got to know about Japan through newspapers, books and films, I fell in love with the country and its people. And when I actually got the chance to come to the land of the rising sun, I was even more surprised and fell deeper in love. Japanese people are really hard-working, patient, and have good taste in fashion.
In Vietnam, Ninh Binh is where I want to come back to the most. Even now, when closing my eyes, I still remember the sense of happiness when exploring Trang An by boat and admiring the majesty of the breathtaking Bai Dinh pagoda.
NEW DESTINATIONS IN 2019
I’ve always wanted to discover many other cultures. And in 2019, I will try to travel to more places to capture their beauty in pictures. One of the destinations I’m hoping to visit in 2019 is Mongolia, home of yurt and vast green plains.