One of the main features in my blog will be the series of articles called My Week In. It’s a work in progress as blogging is currently still a part time thing for me and my work keeps me busy most of the time (I’m a writer at my national broadcasting station you see). So what is My Week In all about and how did it come about? Well, here’s the story.
My last visit to New York City was a work trip and not too long ago. And although I was physically in New York City for more than a week, I really only got to explore the place for a week. And I was thinking, I have 21 days annual leave, I can afford the time to make 3 to 4 trips anywhere in the world if I wanted to. Money is another matter, but I don’t have to travel to exotic or expensive places for all 3 trips.
“One week is not enough to do justice to any country or city” I hear you say. And I agree wholeheartedly. But, if I can only afford the time and money to conquer a place one week at a time, then so be it. I used to think it was more worth my while to go to one region of the world then hop from country to country for a whole month. Because that way, I saved on having to buy the expensive air ticket it would cost me to fly to a region further away from home (Singapore) more than once. Well it does make sense to do that.
However, I find that I become greedy and eventually, I will put more and more places I want to cover on the trip and end up only going to places for less than a week. I did that in 2011 with my Mother and visited 5 countries in a month – Spain (Barcelona), Italy (Capri, Florence, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Pompeii, Rome, Sicily, Sorento, Venice, Verona), Vatican City, London, Paris. And true enough, I was never in Paris or any of the Italian cities for more than a week.
So from here on end, even if I do a month long trip, I’m going to explore one city or one country for at least a week before moving on to the next place.
Here are my favourite 3 My Week In entries: