For the past few weeks I’ve been sitting on some incredibly exciting news. At first I tried not to think much of it. When I was first contacted, it was actually 1 week away from my wedding and I had too many other things on the go. But I also didn’t want to get too attached to something that wasn’t a sure bet.
As each day passed, I would think about it for a brief moment inducing a flurry of butterflies taking flight in my stomach. My mind would start playing out future, potential scenarios and I couldn’t help but smile and do a little happy dance at the prospect of this possibility taking shape.
And now it has…
I’m so excited to share that I’m heading back to Malaysia!!!!
In fact, I’m flying out on Monday. Weeeeeee!
So what’s the deal? Why am I heading back? Firstly, it’s not the honeymoon. That’s on hold until the spring or early summer of next year (when we can decide on where to go, ha). Along with 5 other bloggers, I was invited on behalf of the Malaysia Tourism Board to experience the country for 10 days. We’ll be making stops in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, and Kuching on the Borneo side of the country. And of course I’ll be blogging and making videos of those experiences.
I’m so excited for a number of reasons. Malaysia was one of our favourite countries when Tristan and I backpacked through the region in 2011. It stood out in so many ways. There’s the variety of experiences within the country, from beach days to hiking in the jungle, the sprawling metropolis of KL to the cultural heart of Melaka. The people themselves were genuinely kind and helpful, we never felt like there were any hidden agendas in our dealings with them. And of course there was the food. Oh. My. God. The food! A melting pot of Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisine, it’s a gastropod’s dream.
I’m really looking forward to heading over to the Borneo side of Malaysia to visit Kuching. Tristan and I had originally intended to climb Mt. Kinabalu during our backpacking trip, but money and time prevented us from doing this. While I won’t be seeing Mt. Kinabalu this time around, I will be visiting an orangutan sanctuary and staying in a longhouse in Kuching.
I’m curious to see what my impressions of the country will be on this return trip. Whether it’ll reinforce my previous notions or change them in some way. It will also be a very different type of travel compared to my previous visit. I usually prefer exploring places and figuring out transportation routes on my own. But it will be a nice change to have all this planned out for me. Who knows, I might even do something I wouldn’t have considered seeing or trying on my own!
Throughout the trip I’ll be posting photos on Instagram and sharing some of our experiences on Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you’re following me on those channels so you can be along for the ride!
See you on the other side 🙂