What have I learned? This is the question that comes to mind when reflecting upon the year of 2020, a.k.a. the year of COVID-19, a.k.a. the year of work-from-home, a.k.a. the year of _______ (fill in the blank). As we were forced to spend more time indoors and inside our head, the yearning to be outside and away from our thoughts grew, until it became an almost tangible presence—a real elephant in the room taking up most of the available space.
While we might not be seeing a different horizon anytime soon, I like to think that we have been able to broaden our minds’ horizons by voraciously reading about far off places, its exotic inhabitants, and the many extraordinary cultural practices that define and differentiate, out of curiosity or necessity.
Imagine the elephant in your room lumbering about the open fields of Sri Lanka’s Gal Oya National Park, or the sanctuaries of Chiang Mai. The vineyards of India, the Huli wigmen of Papua New Guinea, and the curious Christmas traditions in Japan and Down Under—these stories create a virtual reality for us to indulge in bouts of healthy escapism, in bites of easily digestible culture tidbits.
You may have also been inspired to rediscover familiar locales—local neighbourhoods, overlooked hangout spots, and hidden nature nooks—adventure can be just around the corner, if you know where to look.
As we inch, stumble, or hurtle towards the edge of a year of beginnings, endings, and the neverending in-between, I would like to share with you with some of my favourite Localiiz Travel pieces of 2020. To me, it has been a year of plenty—singular, in hopes of it being only the start of exciting times for Localiiz Travel and many more inspiring stories to be discovered and shared with you all. Happy holidays, and stay curious.
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