”The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Really, where’s the fun in that?
I enjoy reading a good book, entering that world the author, with so much effort and excitement, created for us. Same way I enjoy visiting new cities and countries, and absorbing their culture.
To me, traveling has always been exciting, something I crave but, a friend just made me realize, it’s an extraordinary thing if you think about it… not that long ago, traveling “around the world” was not possible, not even thought of. Now we have the possibility to go just about anywhere in less than 24 hours. Yes, the long flights are a pain but, once you get to your destination, that is forgotten and you get to enjoy so many new things or revisit favorite spots.
There’s always something new to see, new experiences, memories, people… Every trip is a new book in your life, for you to cherish and share.
Mine, this time, was to Hong Kong, and some parts of China. Yes, my trip was for work but there’s always ways to sneak in some fun times and experiences.
For example a late night at Lan Kwai Fong, where the party never ends and they celebrate every holiday or festivity you can imagine. Full of people, decorated all the way, cheap drinks and amazing music for you to dance the night away.
Dinner right in front the water (like at NOBU) where you can enjoy the nightly “symphony of lights” show, as if you had front row seats to the show, or enjoy them from the 18th floor (at TAPAGRIA) or higher at one of the many incredible restaurants HK has to offer. Another good spot to see the light show, Felix, and try their Spring Passion Cocktail.
Take a stroll along the “avenue of the stars” and take in HK’s marvelous skyline
Go to the Peak where you get a full view of HK, or go to their most recent attraction “Sky 100” where, from the 100th floor you get a 360° view of HK (you can even have some drinks at the bar up there).
Shopping is spectacular – you can find any designer and then some small shops for more unique cute things.
Go to Sai Kung for some fresh seafood, and go to Repulse Bay, to visit the Tin Hua Temple (dedicated to protect the fishermen). There you will find the longevity bridge, it is said you will add 3 more days to your life each time you cross it (of course I went over it a couple of times).
As for work, I got to meet so many people I usually email and Skype with making our business relationship easier and stronger… another great reason to travel! I was able to visit my first factories, see the process of how our products are made, which was very exciting and interesting (almost like a tourist tour for me). Also met other people in the industry… it’s always good to network!
Regardless of where you go, the one thing I know for sure is that a smile, and good attitude, is universal. No matter the language barrier, if you keep a smile on your face and a good tone, you’ll be able to go anywhere!
So go ahead, “open a book”! It does not have to be a long trip, it might not even require a plane… just go somewhere new, add experiences to your life, enjoy them, and share them so others go do the same.