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The Eudaimoniacs 2018 Travel Bucket List


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Wooosh! 2017 was a rollercoaster y’all. We covered the beautiful country of Japan (which is totally a random trip), as well as the much-awaited Machu Picchu which Linda has been dreaming of setting foot on since she was 13 years old. Let’s strike that off from our bucket list, shall we?

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There are however, other amazing countries that we have visited along the way. We have met alot of new friends, went to the depth of Earth, got stuck in a strike in Turkey and a natural disaster in Philippines, bask in the beauty of Mother Nature, learn about humility and respect. You will learn more about yourself as you open your mind to unfamiliarity. So try not to limit yourself to just your bucket list.

To add to this, if you feel like travelling solo, just go for it! Don’t wait for anybody. You will be able to meet new travel companions who will turn to lifelong friends throughout your destination. That’s an opportunity for another post. We’ll leave you tips on travelling solo in the next article!

As for now, here’s our recommended places to go for 2018.

Numero Uno

GREECE

Santorini. Athens. Mykonos. Rhodes. These are the favourite places that one will visit when in Greece. No doubt you have to see those majestic ancient Greek temples. However, Eudaimoniacs recommend something, abit more ‘off the beaten track’.

METEORA

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Yes guys, this is in Greece. Looks like a painting isn’t it? Wait till you go there and see it for yourself. The landscaping in Meteora is exquisite. Be sure to visit the monasteries that are perched high up on some of the rock formations.

Fun facts: For our Singaporean readers, do you know that our 11-hour flight from Singapore to Athens, is only SGD 245 (all-in)? Check out SCOOT!

Numero Due

EGYPT

Sail around the river Nile and explore the chambers of The Great Pyramid of Giza. There are alot to do and see in Egypt than just the pyramids. Check out the Library of Alexandria or the Temple of Karnak. Wherever you are in Egypt, it will take your breathe away.

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If you are in Cairo, there will be chaos. You just cannot escape it. But what you can do is enjoy the experience, find your zen which you’ve been practicing during your yoga sessions. You are surrounded by hoards of touts. As long as you don’t take out your wallet, you’ll be fine. Use that moment, to talk to them. Learn more about them. You’d be surprise at how easy they will put aside their persistent-selling and have a conversation with you without trying to rip you off.

Egypt is mad cheap and the country is trying to build its economy through tourism again. So know that you are doing a good deed in contributing help and support towards the livelihood of the locals.

Numero Tre

JORDAN

The mystical land of Jordan leaves us speechless everytime we talked about it.

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That is a photo of the famous Treasury taken at Petra. Just like most of the ancient sites in Egypt, Petra showcases ancient architectural art etched into its reddish rocks. At night, this treasury is the backdrop of a candle-lit stage for a musical performance and stories on the origin of Petra and The Bedouin. Isn’t this just Instagram-worthy?

Numero Quattro

MARRAKECH

Get lost in the busy souks of Marrakech, as it’ll leave you with a sensory overload. Be in awe by this bustling market. You’ll be experiencing the smell of Moroccan spices and herbs, while intoxicated by the motorbike fumes under the hot sun. The shouts of stallholders will probably drive you crazy as you try to admire the potteries and woven baskets.

But hey, this is the Marrakech souk experience. You will actually find that there is peace in all those chaos.

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Don’t forget to try the plethora of flavorful local delicacies.

Just be wary of your belongings as you wander through its souk.

Numero Cinque

ARGENTINA

I mean c’mon. Just look at this photo. How can it not be in your bucket list? This is like the Mother of all waterfalls. It’s so big that it borders two countries: Argentina and Brazil. Iguazu Falls is taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide.

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Numerous islands along the 2.7km long edge divide the falls into many separate waterfalls and cataracts, varying between 60 and 82 m (197 and 269 ft) high. The number of these smaller waterfalls fluctuates from 150 to 300, depending on the water level. About half of the river’s flow falls into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil’s Throat.

3 ways to view the Iguazu Falls

  1. From the Brazilian side, you can take in better panoramic views of the falls from all directions. There are also lookout points from the Argentinian side as well.
  2. From the Argentinian side, you can literally walk into the heart of the falls at the Devil’s Throat and take a boat ride under the tumbling waters.
  3. Helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the massive waterfall.

 

There you have it. Our top 5 recommendation for places to visit this year. Share with us your bucket list. What’s YOUR Top 5?

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Eudaimoniacs RTW Series: Leg 1 India (Gokarna) Day 29 to 37 – Thosai and Chai


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We have finally reached the much raved about beach in Gokarna called Paradise. Instead of trekking the dangeorus terrain, we were offered a ride in an antique Volkswagon car. While going out for breakfast, we were invited by a Sadhu called Swami Giridar whom we met at a temple on a cliff dividing the Main Beach and Kudle Beach. He in turn was invited by the driver, an Australian lady, a Sadhu herself called Swami Yogaratna (obviously not her real name).

Cruising along the coast of a fishing village in a vintage Volkswagon, accompanied by two Swamis.

Swamiji Giridar from Rishikesh and Materji Yogaratna from Australia.

Finally, we reached Paradise.

They were planning to visit an old saint living on an island only reachable by boat and only during low tide for he sits in meditation in a cave conveniently carved off from a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea. We agree it sounds far-fetched because we ourselves took a few days to digest the overwhelming coincidences and timing of everything that happened.

When we reached the jetty, our noses were greeted with the aroma of diesel and drying fish. The jetty was primarily used as a fishing vessel berth and the fishermen were busy either refueling or doing maintenance works. The rest were occupied with laying dried fish leftover from the morning haul.

At the fishing dock, waiting for our ferry.

A 5-minute ferry crossed us safely to the fishermen’s village. We were surprised to learn that most of the island residents were Muslims and they spoke the best English I’ve heard so far in my short term in India. Another suprise, though unfortunate, was that the saint the two Sadhus intended to visit had passed away 3 years ago. The fishermen offered us a private tour around the island on their fishing boat for a small fee before returning us back to Gokarna.

From there we drove about 10 minutes to reach a dead end. A local told us Paradise Beach was only accessible through a 15-minute trek of which you need a guide (obviously he was making a rehearsed sales pitch but we had no regrets for we would really be lost without him).

The journey was extremely fun. Dangerously floored with dangerous red dirt, adrenaline was a constant companion during the trek. Tall bushes, coloured flowers, dancing butterflies and grazing cows added to the picturesque humid weather. Finally, we heard crashing waves and beneath a downhill slope lies Paradise Beach.

Frankly, we were disappointed. All we saw were dilapidated shacks and plenty of empty glass and plastic bottles. Our guide told us that the police banned any sort of business or residential property here for it used to be saturated with drug abusers from the West, polluting the holy vibe of this temple town. There we sat in silence digesting the isolation and the strong playful waves making a symphony by crashing onto the nearby rocks.

The infamous Paradise Beach

We left the place and received an inspirational quote from within about life:

“The experience of the journey is the Paradise. The destination is just an excuse”.