What I Learnt After Travelling to 8 Countries in a Month

Travel , September 10, 2015

Last November, I decided to give myself a treat of travelling to 8 countries on the month of my birthday.

It was one hell of an experience spanning from the majestic temples of Bagan all the way to the people’s protests in Hongkong. If I have to summarise my trip, there were a few things that I learnt along the way.

1. Quality beats Quantity

8 countries in a month meant that I had to hop on a plane every 4 days. Although it meant that I can see a lot of things on a short span of time. I just wished I could enjoy things a little bit more. 4 days in a country such as Myanmar doesn’t really give it much justice, and heck it was just super tiring.

2. Myanmar, a hidden gem in Southeast Asia

Regardless of it’s beautiful temple and breathtaking landscapes, the innocence of the people there and the willingness of people to be friendly in front of camera was a surprise to me. In a sense it felt like Indonesia probably 20 or 30 years ago. People wore sarong as a daily attire, people approached me for the sake of learning english. It was the highlight of the trip.

3. Be Curious before Snapping

I took the most portraits of different people in a month then I ever did my whole life I think. Yet what’s interesting was that for a few portraits, I had to converse for at least 30 minutes before even pointing the camera. It’s that “love the people you photograph” (or at least be interested) philosophy.

4. Travel to the Road Less Taken

If your purpose in travelling is to experience or observe locally, heading off-shore to a non-touristic place is the way to go. I took my favourite photographs going into smaller temples, local markets, walking along the smaller streets and renting a car to literally get lost.

5. It improves my Wedding Photography

Most experienced wedding photographers say that they seldom look at other wedding photographers and rather find inspirations elsewhere. Travelling was one of them.

and also, one of the best wedding photographers in the world told me that being a professional wedding photographer was like being a professional athlete, we need to practice our craft every single day.

Here are my favorite images from the trip.

All images below were edited with the new Blacksmith presets from the Redleaf Tribe and captured with the Leica M240 + Fujifilm X100T(courtesy of FujishopID)

1234567891011121314151718201921222324252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464849515052535455565859606162636465666768697071727374the 8 countries were (Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Hongkong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore)

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