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When Your Shoes Want to Take a Walk

By 21/04/2012travel
Singapore Skyline

Singapore Skyline

I live in a country I could walk across, end to end, in less than a day. All twenty-two kilometers of it. If I were fitter, I’d probably do the other way across: 44 kilometers.

Living in a tiny young country like Singapore makes me want to step out every so often, take a flight to a place where the beaches are not man-made, where the history is longer than 200 years, where culture is not a mishmash, where the food is cooked with more emphasis on the quality ingredients than the procedure of cooking.

Travel is irreplaceable when you’re looking for a certain buzz of the body and mind, when you want to be relaxed and enriched at the same time.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

How often does the travel bug bite you? Do you go on yearly breaks, or take a vacation whenever the mood takes you?

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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6 Comments

  • olbigjim says:

    Before I moved from the US to Jordan, three years ago I traveled internationally for two weeks every year. That, and the Navy have allowed me to see a great portion of the world. Now, I travel regionally about once a month. Soon, I hope to begin traveling internationally again. Meeting new people in new (to you) environments is an astonishing learning experience. I think I’m a far, far better man because of my far-flung contacts.

  • I am not a traveller. If I could skip the driving/airplane part, I wouldn’t mind going out and seeing other places, but I can’t.

  • Rebel Sowell says:

    When I was younger and still had children at home I couldn’t afford to travel very often or very far. Now that I’m older and the children are grown and gone I have to leave town at least once a month or I would go stir-crazy. I live in a not so pretty or inspiring part of Texas, so I try to travel across country or overseas once a year or every other year. I want to see as much of the world as I can before I get too old to go anywhere. I wouldn’t mind visiting Singapore.

  • I didn’t realize Singapore was so young.
    Sometimes I just crave smart culture.

  • recoverythrumylens says:

    I can relate…although the US is more than 22 kilometers…it’s very young and I often yearn for more history, more culture…I get to travel overseas about once a year…so blogging is an exciting way to travel virtually and share with others like you….

  • mel says:

    Dear D, this is why I travel almost every month – yes most of it is for work, but it’s really because I NEED to get out. Miss you!

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