My 2018: Yearly Travel SummarySo what did 2018 look like?

 

After over 3 years of being away from Asia, being based in North American and Europe, I returned to Hong Kong, to take the next step in my professional career. I enjoyed my life in Europe very much, and was already very familiar with Hong Kong, so was a bit worried how things would work out. Looking back at this year I can conclude this year to far exceeding my expectations. Both personally and professionally things turned out great. Travel wise, I have been able to see many more exciting places around the world and go on many new adventures. Being back in Asia allowed me to explore much more of the region, but also saw more of Europe during the summer.

 

Overall summary

This year I’ve explored more of my Hong Kong base, with revisits to mainland China (Yunnan, 2x Shenzhen , 3x Guangdong , Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing), South Korea (south, then 2x north), Japan (x2), France (x2), Italy, Israel (x2), Vietnam, Spain, and Portugal, with first visits to Sri-Lanka, Denmark, and Finland.

 

So, here’s a quick summary of my 2018 in travel…

 

January

This month was mostly reorienting in Hong Kong. Saw a few new places …

Visited Shenzhen a bit.

 

February

Spent Chinese new years in Israel.

 

March

First trip to Sri Lanka, had all kinds of strange adventures there…

 

And experienced my nicest trip to mainland China so far, to Yunnan province

 

April

Mostly in Hong Kong, with visitors coming in to see me and explore HK a bit more…

 

Did a quick trip to Shanghai, Suzhou, and Nanjing

 

May

Mostly in Hong Kong, wrapping up a very hectic semester, with only quick getaway to Guangdong.

 

June

Saw southern South Korea for the first time…

 

And started my European summer. First in Paris

 

Then the northwestern region, with Rouen

 

And my first visit to Denmark

 

July

Another visit to Israel, coming back to France and heading down to Italy

 

Then my first visit to Finland

 

August

Trip getaway to South Korea, mostly Seoul area.

 

September

Not much during September. Hectic work month.

 

October

Finally made it back to Japan, Fukuoka region…

 

With a visit to north-eastern South Korea

 

and a bit in Guangdong

 

November

A few new bits in Hong Kong…

 

Quick getaway to nearby Zhuhai

 

And a trip to Japan’s Kagoshima area…

 

December

Going back to visit Vietnam after 13 years being away, and wrapping up the year in Spain and Portugal.

 

Not a bad year (compare that with 20172016201520142013201220112010 and 2009). I hope 2019 will bring lots of new adventures and interesting travels.

 

What to expect in 2019?

Will continue the same gig in Hong Kong, and hope to explore more in the region. Planned trips coming up to Europe and Northern American, with more explorations in Asia. Hope to be able to venture to South America as well. Either way, new adventures coming up, definitely something to look forward to.

Have a great 2019!



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