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The Beach Is Not For Everyone

I was immersing into my own world, floating in the cold South China Sea water when two boys in their early 20s approached me. They were trying to stay afloat in their red life vests.

Cut to most “interesting” part of the conversation:

“Is there a club or a place to party on this island?” 

“No, it’s a really small island. No clubs, but you could get beers at this restaurant here.”

“So… What can you do here?”

“It’s the beach.”

“What do you usually do here?”

“It’s the beach. You can swim, can snorkel, sleep, read a book…”

“Yeah we’ve snorkelled. What else is there to do?”

“It’s the beach. You can just hang out.”

“Oh, that’s it ah?” They gave me a look of soul-crushing disappointment.

“It’s. the.  beach.” I flapped my arms up and down in an attempt to indicate how bloody  beautiful this damn beach is. Look around you! Don’t you see how breathtaking this place is!? Feel it, breath it, enjoy it!!! My arms continued to flail in exasperation.

“Ah, okay.. So that’s it…”

“It’s, the beach…..”

My flailing arms failed. So as it seems, the beach is not for everyone.

How I Accidentally Became A Cross-dresser In Somaliland

Guest Post: Zaina Brown

Crossing a border into someplace new always gave me a jolt of excitement. That first impression could be warm like a hug, polite like a handshake, or rude like a middle finger. Somaliland, however, felt like a punch in the face. Was this whole trip a big mistake? For the first time in my life, I considered flat-out giving up on a country – and it hadn’t even been 24 hours.

Why Egypt Should Be In Your 2019 Travel Plans

When Malaysia Airline’s inflight magazine Going Places asked me to recommend where their readers should travel to in 2019, I thought long and hard. Among all the countries I have backpacked, what is the one place I would recommend my friends and family to go? Where is the one travel destination that I would gladly return to?

Egypt. My heart is yearning for fascinating African nation of Egypt.