[Wanderlust Tips October 2018] With the theme of “Mobile ladies”, the Share the love column in October issue of Wanderlust Tips magazine will tell readers the interesting stories of adventurous and challenging ladies.
1. NGUYEN THI NUONG, LECTURER AT HANOI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, HA NOI
TRAVELLING TO A NEW DESTINATION BRINGS YOU THE EMOTIONS OF ACHIEVING YOUR DREAM.
My passion for travel was inspired by books. Whenever I read an interesting book, the paintings of nature, scenes of living, and cultural identity leave a strong impression on my mind. Sometimes, a name of a flower or a few lines describing its colour and fragrance can make me feel like I am actually seeing and touching that flower. And when I am given the opportunity to visit those places and admire the real scenery, I am able to feel wonderful – just like a dream come true.
Every place I have visited has given me different precious feelings and experiences. But the land which was the most impressive to me was Tibet. There were many memories that will remain in my mind forever: the early morning when the sun rays shone on the snowy mountain; the afternoon rain when I walked under the double rainbow glowing like the arch of heaven; the July moon hidden in majestic mid-range clouds; the grassland filled with purple thistle flowers; the powerful, and strong voice of the Tibetan tour guide that took us back in time; the delicate prayer early every morning to start the new day with a peaceful mind.
Travelling enables me to experience the wonders of the natural world, humans, and life, and to discover and change myself. So I always feel more energetic, motivated, and love my life more after each trip.
2. DUONG THANH TU, CEO OF ACORN EDUCATION, HCMC
HIDDEN INSIDE A WOMAN WHO OFTEN GOES ON JOURNEYS IS THE BEAUTY OF INDEPENDENCE, SELF-CONTROL AND MULTITASKING.
Until now, I have been to 58 countries and I am planning to visit Kenya and Madagascar in the near future. I often travel alone or I am accompanied with someone depending on the circumstances. I like the flexibility and efficiency, so I normally try to limit the dependency on the plan or time of others. I think traveling is also a battle because of my tendency to be lazy, so I usually prepare carefully for my trip.
I think that women who love traveling often get a lot of recognition and admiration from others. They love freedom, have the ability to travel by themselves, and can make their dream come true. They deliver beautiful and inspirational messages. I am always attracted by the journey of these girls. They have the beauty of independence, self-control, and multitasking.
However, as women, when traveling alone they need to focus on many issues, especially regarding safety and health. Long trips to remote places that lack comfort may make them exhausted. In addition, they may miss out on a lot of nightlife experiences. And when alone, they can be lazy and just want to stay in the hotel or accommodation, and it will affect the results of their journey. I think this is how the journey can become ineffective. Therefore, I practice and maintain my discipline on every trip.
3. TRAN THI PHUONG, RETAILER, HANOI
SOLO TRAVEL IS INTERESTING AND ADVENTUROUS.
It has been six years after my first solo trip. At first, I wanted to travel with my friends, but our schedule and interest did not match, so finally I decided to travel alone. After a few solo trips, I am more interested in traveling alone, therefore, I travel by myself whenever I have time.
Being a girl traveling alone, I often encounter certain difficulties, especially with regards to expenses and safety. However, on each trip, I always focus on the cultural experiences with the locals, so expense is no longer my concern. I avoid traveling to remote locations where there are few people passing by, especially in the evenings. I also make sure not to carry any valuables with me, and I dress very casual. If you can abide by these rules, you can go anywhere at any time.
Ca Mau is probably the place that left me with the most unforgettable memories. Wandering along small hamlets, admiring the embankment and the cajeput trees grown to prevent sea waves from directly hitting the embankment, I realized the resilience of the people here as they had to fight against mother nature. And if you stand at the southernmost point of Vietnam amidst the sea, enjoy the salty atmosphere of the sea, and think about the history of this land, perhaps your eyes will fill with tears like mine.
4. KHIET, JOURNALIST, VINH CITY
MY TIPS FOR TRAVELING ALONE.
I really like clean and modern cities like Tokyo (Japan), which is a crossroad for many cultures. I also love to travel to destinations that bear the culture and arts that I love. For example, I want to go to Hong Kong to satisfy my love for its film industry, and Giverny in France as I am a fan of the painter Monet. For sightseeing, I usually prefer to go to mountainous areas or areas rich in forestation because my house is located near the sea, so I go to the sea quite often.
During my trips, capturing beautiful photos is an indispensable activity for me. I often find out information about the places, weather, and other factors of the place I am going to travel in order to choose suitable outfits. My secret is to take natural pictures of myself and others doing everyday activities such as running, dancing, and chatting with people. It is much more beautiful than just posing the peace sign.
Another matter that many women are concerned about while traveling is skincare. Instead of bringing along lotion and makeup sets, I just carry basic stuff. I often bring different types of sheet masks and wear them daily to replace skincare steps. They occupy less space but are still good enough for skin care. As for makeup, I just take one eyeliner, cream blush, and two of my favourite lipsticks. I also carry long-lasting low SPF sunscreen to replace foundation. It is not only timeefficient but also protects your skin all day.