Travel light Live light Spread the light Be light

I love this saying and how it plays with the word light. 

For me it is so important to feel light. I don't like to have too much stuff around me or too many things to carry around. Not at home and not when I go traveling. I like to feel free, I like simplicity and I absolutely love to travel light through life.

One of the most important things for me in order to stay healthy & happy in Shanghai is probably to get out of Shanghai once in a while. As most people I absolutely love traveling and I believe that no matter where you live it is absolute vital for your well-being to get a change of scenery. Also and maybe especially in Shanghai I find that this is very important. Just as exciting, amazing and fun this city is, just a draining, tiring and stressful can it be. And indeed after living in Shanghai the idea of "getting out of the city to get some fresh air" suddenly seems to have a very literal meaning...

This weekend the Chinese celebrate the Qingming Festival also called the Tomb-sweeping Day. This holiday is said to be a time of both happy and sad activities including tomb sweeping and flying kites. For us being a young expat couple the holiday means that we have some days off work and university and that equals: traveling. 

As a gift for me when I came back to China in February after having finished my Master's thesis at Copenhagen Business School Leon had planned a one week trip for this forthcoming holiday. Now it is happening.

Tomorrow we will travel to the Yunnan Province in South-West China where we will explore the city Kunming for a couple of days and then head to Xishuangbanna which is bordering Laos and Myanmar. Here our plan is to hike and explore this very unique part of China renowned for rural jungle areas, wild elephants and exotic snacks (exotic here probably means weird but anyway: YUM).

I have no idea what to expect and have no idea what to bring. But I know that I will be traveling light and that it is going to be such an adventure.

I can't wait 

To the Dai people, Xishuangbanna was known as ‘Mengbanaxi’ in ancient times, a name that means a miraculous and nice utopia