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Travelling is in my blood, I wish I could travel the whole world 195 countries in one go but that’s impossible unless a multi-millionaire who is retired, has this urge. A person need not just money and time but desire, courage and sacrifice as well to make it happen. A nonstop traveler usually has to miss having a family, a steady job or business, may not own any property etc. Considering myself lucky to be able to travel to 20% of the countries to date and 130 cities, although there are many people who travel to more countries than me why compare, just be contented with what we have achieved and be glad for what we have today. I have been dreaming of driving to the UK since 2018 but now with Russia is in war, forget it. Anyway, I have just done driving to Indochina recently from 15th July 2022 until 9th September from Malaysia to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia covering over 9000 km. Vietnam was very strict and doesn’t allow my car to enter so I just backpack in for 12 days from Laos, Tay Trang border. From Malaysia, I cross to Golok, the Thai border to Songkhla, Krabi, Phuket, Hua Hin, Chumphon, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang(Laos), Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Siem Reap(Cambodia), back to Hua Hin, Surat Thani and Penang in 58 days(almost 2 months) of driving, riding motor, ship, bus, train, sky train, tuk2, and walking. In Vietnam I visited Sapa, Hanoi and a 2 day 1 night cruise at Halong Bay
I am aiming to set foot in 50% of the world’s countries before leaving this world, my next bucket list would be driving a round trip in South America. Buy a car there and drive to all the 12 countries from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam,Uruguay, Venezuela It would take me 6 to 9 months , to travel over 30,000km. This coming 4 x 4 adventure would be a huge challenge for me as I believe there would be numerous obstacles encountered along the way, especially when crossing country borders or if the road is tough to navigate and also if the car breaks down halfway as this is my solo journey. After my South America planned journey, my next bucket list is over 20,000 km covering Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal and UK, a total of 35 countries of which 4 of them, I have been before. Counting the days when this could be a reality, the dream comes true. Luckily our Malaysian passport can go to 175 countries without Visa, the Henley Passport Index ranks the Malaysian passport as the 14th strongest in the world in terms of travel freedom.
I have lived and worked in 3 countries, besides Malaysia, I was in Germany for 4 years and the UK for half a year, so I have picked up their Deutsch language. For my traveling record so far, I had done is backpack covering 13 countries in Europe for a month back in 1992 when there are no internet connections yet for the public. That is when I bought a 1-month Euro rail Global Pass that allows me unlimited train travel to 33 countries in Europe for a fixed price, and at that time I am below 26, so I get a student price. You can take as many trains as you like and there is no limit on the distance you can travel within a travel day. I started from Germany, to Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Monaco, Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Yugoslavia (now Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia), Hungary, Austria and back to Germany. I can travel fast because I usually travel by night train, so even while I sleeping also is traveling and besides that, I can save on hotel charges as well. I can have my dinner in Barcelona and wake up for breakfast in Monte Carlo. Hotel stays maybe 1 week twice for bath or when the city needs 2 days to cover. Usually once get off the train, the first thing I would do is just go leave the backpack at the train station lockers and go to Tourist Information for City Map and start the tour. That’s a norm for all backpackers, I presume, if they are not staying for the night.
The second 1-month backpacking trip of 9 countries in 2016 was with my wife and 4 members starting from England to Ireland, then Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greece and Egypt by plane, train, ship hovercraft, metro, bus, taxi, cycling and of course walking using all kinds of public transport. This time is easier because of Airbnb have exist and we can rent the whole house instead of hotel rooms. More freedom than crammed in a hotel room and can even buy food and cook ourselves.
I believe there are many more things to learn and experience along the way when I start driving and I have been learning every day to prepare myself for this expedition. With the advance of the internet worldwide nowadays, traveling has been pretty easy for everyone, booking air ticket, train tickets, hotels, entrance fees, and of course with GPS which is available 24/7 so I can’t get lost in any country. The world has become a much smaller place with all these internet conveniences like video call/zoom meetings from any part of the world, bullet trains that cut travel time by 1/3 and the list goes on. And also with more drones that came out in the past 10 years, virtually anyone can get one for taking videos/pictures for their own collection, put their FB/Instagram for views, or make their YouTube channel whatever.
I have recorded and uploaded some Youtube travel videos. Feel free to take a look at Hinckley Choy Youtube channel. My future traveling video would also be uploaded there when I really start my long driving journey to UK. Hopefully it won’t be so long wait. Please do follow and like my FB page so you are inform when I start my expedition. If you are looking for flight, hotel or train, check out Trip.com
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