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For most of us, 2020 has been a year of kissing our travel dreams goodbye, at least for the time being. But not for 27-year-old Isabel Leong. The Singaporean travel blogger is currently in the U.S., after flying there from Singapore in October this year. But mostly wandering in nature, she tells us. She has camped in negative 12°C weather, rock-climbed on natural rock formations, soaked in natural hot springs and explored national parks. But why did Leong decide to leave Singapore, where strict safe distancing measures have kept Covid-19 more or less under control, to fly to the U.S., where the number of infections continues to climb daily? Over a Zoom call from her friend’s home in Los Angeles, Leong told me more about her unconventional travel decision. Developed passion for travelling while studying abroad in Europe Leong first caught the travel bug when she was on a university exchange programme in France in 2015, travelling around the continent since she figured it was the only break she would have before graduating from university and diving straight into working life. In those months, Leong travelled to 55 different cities in 16 countries, spanning from Lisbon, Portugal to Cappadocia, Turkey. As she wanted a way to document her travels and share her stories, itineraries, and photos, she started a blog — called Bel Around The World — which she now runs full-time. Returning to Singapore after her whirlwind semester in Europe, Leong continued growing and working on her blog […]