Being exposed to different cultures and cuisines is something that most people aspire to achieve. Though it may not be easy, but as the saying goes, “When there’s a will, there’s a way”.
According to Mekanika, Nursulhi Rahim, 43, and his 15-year-old son Muhammad Aidil did something no one could ever imagine – a journey spanning from Malaysia to France, they travelled through 22 countries and regions with their 2004 Perodua Kelisa!
They once travelled amidst a -32°C weather too!
Their adventure started from November 4, 2019 to March 8, 2020. Nursulhi said that the Kelisa gave him many precious memories, such as eating and sleeping inside it as the hotels were too expensive. However, the most memorable moment of their journey was when they had to endure freezing temperatures as low as -32°C while travelling through snowy terrains as the Kelisa did not have a heating system,
The entire journey spanned from Malaysia to France.
Starting from Malaysia, they had the opportunity to visit 22 countries and regions, including Thailand, Myanmar, India, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Italy. While they had planned to visit more countries, the Covid-19 pandemic and car issues forced them to shorten the journey.
Because of their inexperience, they encountered lots of challenges but learnt a lot of things in the process such as applying for a visa, auto insurance, and online banking. They also had the rare chance to witness the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) phenomenon in Sweden, help a few people in Syria, and be honored guests of a village in Turkey.
By the way, do you want to know how much they spent for this trip? According to Nursulhi, the trip costs around RM120,000. Although it was expensive, he said that he has no regrets as he had unforgettable experiences along the way.
Is the travelling bug biting you hard now? Let’s hope that we will be able to travel like them once the pandemic’s over!
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