About The Travelling Squid
Many readers have asked why this blog is named after a Squid, and the reason has got to do with my childhood. In my teenage years, I fell in love with the animated series Spongebob Squarepants. In particular, my favourite character was the arrogant, pompous, socially-awkward Squidward Tentacles.
And that’s how I would describe myself, when I first started travelling in Jun 2009. I was a tad arrogant, thinking that I knew it all – only to find out that I knew very little about travelling. I stayed in India for six months, and had to learn many things the hard way due to inexperience. Some examples include getting a brain freeze after washing my hair in negative temperatures in Kashmir, or having to walk 5km to my destination because I alighted at the wrong bus stop on the same road name. It turns out – that particular road stretched for about 10km. 😐
Eight years later, I’m all for taking the taxi when possible, and staying in nice comfortable hotels with a hot showers. I’m all for eating at good restaurants, or simply have a sip of good wine or whiskey at a good bar. Saving money has become less of a priority when you can enjoy the moment. I’m not going to enjoy myself only after I retire. It would be too late.
Although I’ve gained much more travel experience since 2009, I am in no position to give expert advice about travelling. I believe everyone can and should travel. Be it in groups or even alone. You may have a bad sense of direction (me!), a low EQ, or may be a stickler for cleanliness and hygiene but as long as you have some common sense, (wads of local currency or a credit card), you should be able to survive.
Travelling brings you closer with (and sometimes further apart from) your companions and even helps you build friendships across the world. But most importantly, it brings a lot more meaning to the little lives we have grown so accustomed to.
The seasoned traveller will know, that travelling teaches us about humility, graciousness and patience. If I remember correctly, in a season of Spongebob Squarepants, Squidward left Bikini Bottom only to realise that home is actually the best place in the world. Maybe you’d agree with me too.
I hope the tips and tricks section will help you with your travelling plans. I have also shared a couple of tales – some good, some bad, and some just plain hilarious.
Travelling awakens the dreamers, thinkers and believers in us. And I hope The Travelling Squid can help you do that, in some way or another.
Updated: 4th June 2017
P.S) If you’re wondering what’s the significance of the date ’19 June 2009′ on the logo, it’s the date when I first arrived in India. That sparked off a lifetime of travelling.
P.S)) I’m happy to say that I’ve found a partner in this lifetime of blogging. She is none other than my friend Hui Ying who has contributed to many of my posts, like the ones on South Korea. Stay tuned for more!
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