Switzerland is the best place to live in the world: Keith Yuen

Turning negative into positive is the most important attitude as a Traveler.

 “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

TravelBrandsetc in conversation with Keith Yuen, a travel influencer and YouTuber:

Which the next best city you want to live in after Singapore?

Home is always the best! If I have to choose a city to live in besides Singapore, that would be Lucerne, Switzerland. My family loves Switzerland, hands down, one of the best place to live in the world. Beautiful scenery and nice climate. Need I say more?

How different are you planning to travel in 2019? Any unexplored destinations or perhaps out of your comfort zone?

My original plan is to cover Central America, but due to work commitment, I will have to push to 2020. So, later half of the year I would like to cover the Balkans (Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo etc…) It’s a big area with many diverse cultures and historical values. Also, if time permits, I would love to cover Central Asia, the stans countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). I’m very culturally incline to these former Soviet Union countries. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be exciting.

As a travel influencer, how do you deal with delayed flights and long stopovers at the airport?

I think this is part and parcel of travel experience and a traveller’s life. Positive attitude is important. The longest duration I was trapped in an airport/city was in Ushuaia Argentina. A heavy blizzard hit Ushuaia and all flights were cancelling for days. Even though sometimes negative thoughts were running in my head about being trapped in that city forever was scary. But I had fun meeting other travelers who also had the same mishap. Turning negative into positive I guess in important. Finding things to do, or people to talk to. Usually airport have wifi nowadays which is good enough. Otherwise my bluetooth headset be my best friend.

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We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. ❤👍🏻 . The people from the Dassanech tribe has shown me how rich they are. Even richer than some of us from the developed world. 😍👍🏻 . The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children is not money or other material things, but rather a legacy of character and faith. Children are not things to be moulded, but to be unfolded. ❤👍🏻 . Children are our living message we send to a time that we will not see. So start appreciating our life by doing the right things. 😍👍🏻 . Happy hump day! ❤👍🏻

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What are the best travel tips that you have got (and used) which has made your travels much efficient?

Always TALK to travelers. The more you ask, the more savvy you will have. People who you’re travelling around the area always offer best travelling tips and tales. Either warn you against somethings, or suggest an off beaten tracks that allows you to cover better or cheaper things/places. Depending on yourself will be boring and myopic. Travelling is about engaging people out of your comfort zone and cultures. So, always talk to other travelers or even locals.

We noticed that you follow a vegetarian diet. How do you manage that along during your travel journey?

(Laughing)GREAT question! Thanks for asking this. Well, a lot of people thought it is hard to be a vegetarian, the truth is, and it’s not really difficult. Many places such as US, and many countries in Europe and Asia offers scrumptious vegetarian options. But again, mindset and attitude is important in life. I am very clear about why I want to be a vegetarian. To practice a merciful diet. Some places e.g. in the mountains or extreme cold places in Russia finding vegetables are challenging, I experience few times before I survived with plain pasta or with tomatoes/cucumber for weeks. It’s about mindset, I know. When I travel I prefer not eating well in Singapore, familiar taste, where I am used to.

90% of my travel experience is a great package in itself. Check out the food column at Vegetarian Inspiration 360

 

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