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I’m a firm believer that travel tends to make us a lot more effectively-rounded men and women. It assists to create self-assurance, broaden our perspectives, teach us new factors and thereby, contribute to our common happiness. The International Day of Happiness got me considering about what tends to make me content, especially when I travel. Nicely, that led to this post! Haha! Right here are some of the factors and moments that normally bring a smile to my face anytime I travel.

Meals!

No matter whether it is a pasta in Italy, fresh sashimi in Vancouver or a hot bowl of noodles in Asia, meals (and exciting cooking courses) is my quantity one particular supply of content moments when I travel!





Cooking course in Bo Kaap, Cape Town.

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Wine

A close second, sipping on a glass of wine (supplied it is excellent!) has produced lots of joyful moments.


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A complete-bodied Pinotage and jaw-dropping scenery in Stellenbosch.

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A spectacular panorama

A spectacular panoramic view from an observation point normally tends to make me quit and appear in amazement. I normally pinch myself to make certain it is true, then have a excellent chuckle about it.





Me at the top rated of the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

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Beaches

Practically nothing is a lot more relaxing to me than standing ankle-deep in the water and feeling/hearing the waves gently lapping about my feet although the sand shifts beneath me.


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The remarkable beach at the St. Regis Resort Mauritius.

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Sharing a attractive moment

A terrific travel knowledge is considerably much better if it is shared – there’s (nearly) nothing at all that tends to make me happier than sharing a attractive or funny moment with my companion, household or good friends when we travel with each other.





Sharing a attractive moment – watching our paper lantern float away into the sky – with my greatest buddy Allan in Thailand.

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Carrying out anything I typically wouldn’t dream of performing

I appreciate utilizing travel to challenge myself. If I didn’t travel, I wouldn’t have gone on a skydive, zip-lined by way of a forest or abseiled down a waterfall! The immense excitement and adrenaline rush have been unforgettable! Hunting back, I can only be content that I had these possibilities to do anything diverse and difficult. And the experiences certain make for terrific travel stories!





My initial and only skydive! At Empurias Bravas in Costa Brava.

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Sunsets!

Yet another favourite of mine, some of my happiest travel moments have incorporated a sunset. The colours by no means fail to amaze me.


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Panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline at sunset.

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An ‘Aha!’ moment

That moment when I figure out what that individual is saying (in a foreign language) or how the public transport method performs, or I stumble upon a hidden gem, or discovering anything about myself, is one more supply of joy and fulfillment for me when I travel.





These locals introduced me to poutine in Montréal! A massive ‘Aha!’ moment for me!

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Nature

Strolling by way of the woods, walking in the mountains or snorkelling by no means fails to give me a sense of calm. I also appreciate safaris – watching the animals in their organic habitat is normally an amazing knowledge. Finding back in touch with nature, specially for us who reside in cities, is so essential for our common effectively-getting and performing it although travelling has produced lots of content travel moments for me.


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Reconnecting with nature higher up in the mountains in Austria.

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Unexpected encounters

Its these unexpected moments that make travel so enriching, such as meeting somebody inspiring, a wildlife encounter or an act of kindness. I’ll by no means overlook the kindness and generous hospitality I knowledgeable although passing by way of a village in eastern Turkey and falling ill. Or the time I met a lady on a flight from Australia to Malaysia – we talked non-quit through the flight, the get started of a friendship that has lasted a lot more than thirty years!





Renate and I met on a flight, when I was 14 years-old, from Australia to Malaysia. We hit it off and became immediate good friends. This is me and Renate when I visited her (as a 30-anything) in her hometown Canberra.

What tends to make you content when you travel?

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