MassageMNL Home Series: Travel Asia
It's been over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic started and has spread all throughout the world..
If it weren’t for the pandemic, where would you be right now? Would you be traveling? What would you be exploring?
For the past year I have been longing to catch a plane ride and enjoy the glorious view of the clouds along with the thrill of discovering new places, the transit flights and the waiting game that actually gave me peace and comfort. But then, traffic in the busiest roads, the airplane runway, even the ocean liners were forcibly stopped operation when the Earth took its pause and our appreciation for travel and just being able to enjoy the outdoors has forever been changed.
While staying in bed, taking a breather from your daily routine, or wherever you are.. Let us go travel the world virtually!
We have collated 3 countries from 7 continents that each you might want to visit. Countries that are not the usual tourist spots or the your first travel destination choice. It’s hard to figure out where to start when it comes to planning, so here’s a list you might want to add to bucket list..
Ready? Buckle up!
First stop: ASIA
The Earth's largest and most populous continent. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa.
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is an island country in the Indian Ocean, South Asia, south-southwest of India. It has a total land size of 298 km2 (115 sq mi) which makes it the smallest country in Asia.
They say this place is heaven here on earth…
I mean, it could be, right?
Doesn’t just seeing its dreamy name give you the travel bug? Maldives may be the buzziest honeymoon destination around the world. It’s a country that’s 99% water and only 1% land, made up of 1200 islands (only 200 of which are inhabited), and many thriving coral reefs. The ocean is a brighter turquoise blue than anywhere in the world, and the overwater resorts take luxury to a whole new level. There are over 200 resorts to choose from and each resort has different things to offer-- some are better for divers, some are better for surfers, some have better food, some have better overwater bungalows, etc.
Maldives isn’t just for couples, I personally would love to go here with my girlfriends for an ultimate all girls bonding.
With the Earth’s current climate change of historic proportion, with sea levels rising noticeably from the melting of glaciers and icebergs. If the trend continues, the Maldives will be completely submerged in 30 years, they said.
Well then, we better start planning soon as the Maldives disappears under the ocean. Can’t miss the Maldives!
is an inland country in South Asia. Lying in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan has land borders with Tibet of China in the north and India on the other three sides.
They call it “To the Land of the Thunder Dragon”. Nestled in the mountains is this beautiful Himalayan Kingdom called Bhutan. Popularly known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon and the Land of Happiness, Bhutan is indeed a gem hidden by mystical mountains and fog.
The beautiful valley of Paro in Bhutan. Where Bhutan’s only International Airport is.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery aka Taktsang Monastery is located just outside of Paro and is the most popular thing to do in Bhutan period. It was blessed as one of Bhutan’s most sacred sites and is not to be missed.
Archery is Bhutan’s national sport. Their skills are impressive. Would mind taling classes there right? Closest feeling to being like Merida (except that Merida is from Scottland and a princess)
Another must see is Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge. It’s a heavenly scene with prayer flags draped over the rails all the way along. Would love to say a little prayer and tie it here. After all, God has been blessing and sustaining me and the people around me.
Also,it is said that what makes travel so special to Bhutan are the people. Bhutan has a happiness index that has given it the distinction as the happiest country on earth. Because Bhutan has kept tourism to a minimum by imposing a $250 per day tariff, the people of the country aren’t jaded to tourists yet. They are still excited to see you and enjoy talking about life in Bhutan and asking about your home country. I wonder, what you’ll say about Philippines? hhmm….
Food travel is an important part of any cultural experience. Bhutanese food has a distinct flavour and you will have plenty of opportunities to taste. Are you a foodie and would be game to try new delicacies?
And last, but not least, when visiting Bhutan, you must trek into the Himalayas.Who would want to see this beauty, right?
No wonder, backpackers spent 4days in Bhutan. There is so much to see and explore. A refreshing sight of view and refreshes the souls. I definitely need to have a break here.
is located in the Middle East. Israel is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba; Egypt and Gaza Strip to the west, Jordan, West Bank, and Syria to the east, and Lebanon to the north. Israel is located in the Middle East.
Israel is an incredibly photogenic country where the famous biblical, religious and historical places are read in the Bible. Also known as the Land of Canaan, the Promised Land, the Holy Land, and Palestine. And most importantly, where THE chosen people live. Israel has a lot to offer. From historical stories to food, and to places to see.
The gaps between two walls in Jerusalem’s backstreet makes the ambience and an atmospheric shot.
Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park is a national park in central Israel, encompassing the ruins of Maresha, one of the important towns of Judah during the time of the First Temple, and Beit Guvrin, an important town in the Roman era, when it was known as Eleutheropolis. Archaeological artifacts unearthed at the site include a large Jewish cemetery, a Roman-Byzantine amphitheater, a Byzantine church, public baths, mosaics and burial caves. There are about 800 bell-shaped caves located in the area. Many of the caves are linked via an underground network of passageways that connect groups of 40–50 caves. There are numerous bell caves within the park grounds and events are held in one of them. They are large, airy and easily accessible.
Oh im trading my bikinis for this view. Like straight out of Mad Max movie! Timna Valley is another place to see. Fun fact: the real-life "King Solomon's Mines" in the biblical kingdom of Edom is found here, in Timna Valley. And is said to still be seeing some trails from the egyptians. WHAAAAT? Now that's a fun way to learn about the Bible.
Okay let’s move along….
Remember the famous Sea of Galilee?
this spot is both swimming in history (the caves carved into the hillside were used by Jews in the Second Temple period to seek refuge from Greek and Roman persecution) and natural beauty.
With views down across the sea, and on a clear day to Mount Hermon in the north, Arbel is a majestic spot for capturing a photo or two.
Fun fact: Sea of Galilee was where Jonah and the whale traveled from Zebulun to Nineveh :)
And of course, last but not the least, Dead Sea. Who wouldn’t want to experience floating in dead sea? Located at the lowest point on land that borders Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. It's 420 meters below sea level. The Dead Sea sits on top of the Dead Sea Rift, a tectonic fault line between the Arabian and the African plates.The land around the Dead Sea is also beautiful, filled with towers and other geologic forms, much uncovered as the water level has declined.
Care to visit the Lonely Tree at the Dead Sea too? I definitely would!
To cap off the this 1 of 7 blogs, wouldn't it be nice to end your trip or day in Galactic safari.
Once again excellent conditions in the Makhtesh, with very clear sky and zero airglow.
In order to catch the core of the Milky Way, it takes a lot of motivation. It only rises around 3am, hanging very low above the eastern horizon. There is about 1.5 hour to enjoy the Milky Way arching above the mountains of Jordan, before astronomical dawn kicks in.
Imagine the 3 kings travelling to Bethlehem. Seeing the brightest star. It’s the closest and most surreal feeling and adventure one can ever experience.
Let’s talk: There are more countries to explore in Asia. Which one would you like to see the most and why?