Our greeting into Myanmar as we get off our ship
Our greeting into Myanmar as we get off our ship

This is the first part in Caitlin Martin’s series on her Holland America adventures in Southeast Asia. Check out more here, here and here—and stay tuned for more next week!

Since we live on opposite sides of the country and work a lot, my little sis and I couldn’t even recall the last time we spent two weeks together. In March, we finally made it happen: 14 days in Southeast Asia on a Holland America cruise. We sailed on the Volendam to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Our goal was to see and do everything we could. But it turns out we got much more.

Riding the elephant up to the top of Phuket
Riding the elephant up to the top of Phuket

We became friends with elephants in Thailand and protected ourselves from crazy monkeys in Malaysia. We gobbled down some of the best street food in Singapore after running (and dancing!) through the pouring rain to the food stall. In Myanmar, we stood in awe directly underneath one of the world’s most beautiful gold pagodas at sunset.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar's capital city, Rangoon, as the evening twilight sets in
Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar’s capital city, Rangoon, as the evening twilight sets in

We chatted with local people—whether it was in the market, while riding a rickshaw, or during a walk through a village. On sea days we took morning tai chi, relaxed at the ship’s pool, ate great food, made friends aboard, sang with the piano man, and shared laughs with the awesome Holland America crew.

Sis made friends in Thanlyin, Myanmar
Sis made friends in Thanlyin, Myanmar

Those moments and experiences shared are really why we went.

Cruising can really show you another beautiful side of a person—even when you think you know all there is to know. The challenging part remains making time to get away from our 24/7-connected, busy lives.

While I travel a lot as it is, sharing wonderful moments with people around me, this experience was unique because of the person I shared it with. So now I tell all of you, even amid the hustle and bustle of life and work: Take the time to go somewhere with someone you care about, whether you see them everyday or once a year—no matter what you do and where you go.

Just make the time to find new experiences.

The first sight of our ship!
The first sight of our ship!

Sis, next item on the itinerary is to figure out how we get your amazing boss to let you do this more often.

This is the first part in Caitlin Martin’s series on her Holland America adventures in Southeast Asia. Check out the next part here—and stay tuned for more next week!

Advertisement

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

recommended-cart-post-image
APPLY NOW
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy new benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5X points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3X points on dining and 2X points on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

0 Comments On "What cruising in Southeast Asia taught us about travel"

    Leave a Reply

    Required fields are marked *