IT IS time for me to pack my journey bag once more as my final abroad trip was greater than two years in the past.
My final journey was to Hanoi and Halong Bay in Vietnam in January 2020, earlier than our borders have been closed on March 18 the identical 12 months when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the nation.
All my different abroad journeys deliberate for that 12 months – to 4 Western European international locations, Mongolia and Turkey – have been cancelled due to the worldwide journey ban.
The European journey departure date was March 23, 5 days after the federal government imposed the primary motion management order.
I used to be trying ahead to the easing of the worldwide journey ban in June 2020 for a visit to Mongolia however the MCO was prolonged because the variety of Covid-19 circumstances had surged.
By then, I used to be not hopeful about my booked journey to Turkey, which was to happen within the final week of October till the primary week of November in 2020.
The cancelled journey to Turkey – once more attributable to the pandemic –turned out to be a blessing in disguise for my group of 10.
An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale occurred on Oct 30, about 14km north-east of the Greek island of Samos.
Though Samos is closest to the epicentre, it was the Turkish metropolis Izmir, 70km to the north-east, that took the brunt of the earthquake.
Greater than 700 residential and industrial buildings have been badly broken or utterly destroyed.
A complete of 117 individuals died in Turkey’s Izmir province whereas one other 1,034 have been injured on account of the devastating earthquake.
We have been dumbfounded when our designated tour information Muhamad Hazimin Sulaiman, a Malaysian residing in Istanbul, despatched us messages in regards to the earthquake.
The lodge the place we have been supposed to remain on Oct 30 was among the many buildings destroyed within the catastrophe.
That earthquake was the deadliest in 2020 and the third main one to strike Turkey that 12 months. It was additionally the deadliest one in Turkey since 2011.
Nevertheless it has not delay my want to go to Turkey as I’m now planning to go to the Aegean and Mediterranean areas this November and am in search of one of the best airfare offers.
Flight tickets are costlier now as extra individuals are travelling once more and that is compounded by the weakened Malaysian ringgit.
On the similar time cautious of worldwide financial uncertainties and recession forecast by economists, I should cut back my abroad journeys to twice a 12 months as a substitute of 4.
For now, I’m trying ahead to my first abroad vacation subsequent month to Danang and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam after greater than a two-year hiatus.