Read Ummi Haslinda incredible travel stories!
T: A short bio about yourself, A 3-4 lines that best describe you, what you do for living and so…
U: My name is Ummi Haslinda Mohd. Rosli, from Petaling Jaya, Selangor. I’m an event manager for a travel association. I love to travel, scuba dive, bake and test my patience with jigsaw puzzles.
T: Where have you been?
U: I recently came back from a 4 months backpacking trip around Europe. I went to 18 countries – Turkey, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, United Kingdom (Scotland and London), France and Spain – in true backpacking style; with a backpack and staying in hostels. I have also been to Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and New Zealand.
T: What’s your favorite place so far? Why?
U: Can I state more that one place? I have to say Bosnia, Italy, and Norway.
T: One unforgettable travel experience or incident that sticks in your mind…?
U: Hiking Ben Nevis, Scotland. There was no plan to hike, but I ended up doing it. I was the last person to reach the top and bottom, and I was really lucky because I bought a bit of food supply and my life-saving; raincoat. Without these, I don’t think I could survive the freezing cold. And it was already dark by the time I reached the bottom. It was a scary experience but I survived it. At least I can tell people that I’ve conquered Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Another experience will be skydiving in New Zealand.
T: What was the most challenging thing about traveling?
U: Weather! It’s unpredictable, one minute it’s sunny, then it’s hail storm. Happened to me in Istanbul, Turkey. ..Once bad weather happens, everything else will be chaotic.
T: What place is top of your bucket list?
U: As of this moment, it will be South Africa because I would love to scuba dive the Sardin Run, where you’ll have the dolphins, sharks, birds, and whales feeding on billions of sardines! Also to experience the safari ride, the mountains, wildlife and the people.
T: One advice for travelers?
U: Just go out there and explore, appreciate nature and make new friends! The more you see the world, the more you will learn. You will start to be more grateful for what you have. I like this quote, “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”.
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