Acclaimed filmmaker Royston Tan travels regularly for major film festivals across the world, and counts KL as one of his favorite cities.

What inspires you to travel?
For me, its to escape after a big project, the pace of life is too quick in Singapore; going overseas allows me to have some quiet time to reflect on myself.

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?
Planning the itinerary; I'm an impulsive person who moves with the flow.

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
Hmm i don't, holiday is all about letting loose!

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
Friendship, people who are also travellng on their own.

Describe your most memorable holiday.
My last trip to Bangkok, I was on an ecape from work. I was eating alone in a noodle house and met another Taiwanese tourist who was also escaping from her relationship. We had a great time sharing our stories and we travelled together it was all unplanned.

Which restaurant or bar in which foreign city would you go back to again and again, and why?
NO BLACK TIE in KL, it’s just a stone’s throw away from Singapore. I love the jazzy austostic in the place and the cripsy soft shell crab taste great!

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
Cuba because of its culture and colors.

Who is your favorite traveling companion?
Myself

What is your ideal holiday?
No itinerary, just taking my own time off.

What is the one item that you never travel without (and we don’t mean your passport or iPhone)?
Hmmm my toiletries. Am pretty anal abt it.

What is your best tip about packing?
Pack your essential items, the rest you can buy when you arrive.

What is your best tip about choosing a hotel?
It’s best checking out from friends; I don't really trust Internet.

What is your best tip about getting to know a new place?
Talk to the locals.

Which place have you visited and never wanted to leave (and why)?
Brastislava! It’s a simple town in Slovakia where the weather is great and you can't help but taking your time to scroll on your own looking at the old archietechture.

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Fashion designer Jo Soh travels regularly to Australia and China, the former where she had a head start in fashion, and the latter where her clothes are being produced.

What inspires you to travel?
To explore, to be inspired, to remember that the world is a lot bigger than my everyday reality.

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?
Looooooooooooooong travel time, be it on the plane, train or car. Not being able to physically move around is just as tiring as moving around!

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
That’s a tough one as most holidays are about indulgences! I have no idea!

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
A black nylon multi-compartment travel sling bag that I bought in London over 15 years ago. I have been using it for each and every single trip since then!

Describe your most memorable holiday.

It would have to be my 5 days out on a yacht in the Andaman Sea on a sailing course. We’d sail from island to island during the day, then drop anchor, relax and crack open beers surrounded by glorious sunsets. Pure bliss!

Which restaurant or bar in which foreign city would you go back to again and again, and why?
I had the yummiest lunch of grilled chicken, papaya salad and beer from a beachside stall at Surin Beach in Phuket. No names nor a specific address – it’s the very first stall on the left as you head down the street to Surin beach!

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
I am eyeing Sri Lanka at the moment.

Who is your favorite traveling companion?
It would naturally have to be my boyfriend. 

What is your ideal holiday?
Something along the lines of my sailing course/holiday would be pretty ideal. I get to work out and pig out and still feel pretty good! Being away from people and busy cities is great too.

What is the one item that you never travel without (and we don’t mean your passport or iPhone)?
LIP BALM.

What is your best tip about packing?
Go minimal and bring things that double up (or triple up!) as something else. For that purpose, a sarong or shawl always comes out as a winner for traveling.

What is your best tip about choosing a hotel?
Definitely research online and read all the reviews and comments before you book!

What is your best tip about getting to know a new place?
To not have an expectation about a new place!

What is your best tip about navigating trains, planes and automobiles?
Research and plan but don’t worry if you get it wrong sometimes and just see it as part of the journey!

Which place have you visited and never wanted to leave (and why)?
Being a Tastemaker for the Mr & Mrs Smith hotel guide, I have had the privilege to stay at delicously luxurious resorts but I would have to say that my nights at the Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa took the cake! I loved the private villa that I stayed in, especially for its outdoor bath and pool—all under the open sky!

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One of the most popular DJs in town, Hong is a big fan of house, techno and trance, and regularly trawls Europe and the US for musical inspirations.

What inspires you to travel?
Experiencing foreign cultures, food and music

What are some of your favorite destinations?
Ibiza, Bangkok, Tokyo

What are your travel essentials?
Music, RCA cable, melatonin

Favorite travel tips?
Don't forget the toothbrush

What do you miss about Singapore while you are away?
Makan, basketball and Zouk

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?
Filling up immigration forms

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
Walk to every destination possible

What can’t you leave home without?
My lucky seeds

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
Some rare records

What has been your most memorable holiday?
My first trip to Ibiza a very long time ago

What is the best restaurant, café, bar that you have visited while traveling?
Cafe Mambo in Ibiza

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
Berlin

Who is your favorite traveling companion?
Mrs. Hong

What is your ideal holiday?
Great food, parties, clubs, people, weather and experiences.

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The affable musician travels regularly to Vietnam and India for meditation, where he also trawls for second hand clothes and vinyls

What inspires you to travel?


Travel to me is like a leap into the unknown. An experience that breaks the monotony of everyday life.
Traveling totally tickles all my senses and heightens my awareness of varying cultural perspectives
Around every corner is bound to be a surprise.

What are some of your favorite destinations?

Berlin, Barcelona, Mumbai, London, Varanasi, Stockholm, Oslo.

What are your travel essentials?

My passport, everything else I don't really need and I usually end up buying so much in a city that i don't bother bringing much.



Favorite travel tips?

Get lost in a city. One of my favorite things to do in a foreign land is to walk from one street to the next without any specific plan or destination. I try and let my instincts guide me and take me in all kinds of directions. Usually I make more startling discoveries this way as opposed to having a fixed agenda.

What do you miss about Singapore while you are away?
What I miss most are the scents of food; the comfort and familiarity of our Singaporean cuisine always make me homesick.


What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?

Jet lag and having to waste a couple of days in bed sometimes dampens my mood. I usually try and overcome this by spending more time in the sun to get acclimatized.



How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?

Yoga, I practice Ashtanga Yoga on a regular basis and when I'm away I always have my magic mat to put a little spring in my step.


What can’t you leave home without?

My yoga mat.


What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?

Great friendship. I love meeting and speaking to people while traveling.



What has been your most memorable holiday?
In Varanasi, one of India's most holiest cities that sits on the Ganges River. It’s a breathtaking place seeped with so much of history and culture. There is an air of mysticism to the city and its inhabitants.



What is your ideal holiday?

One that involves a good dose of soaking in of a foreign culture, but also the space to unwind and to take it slow.

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Singapore’s premiere DJ is one of the most sought after in the world, having played in the world’s major clubs and cities. You name it—the guy’s been there.

What inspires you to travel?
Discovering the rest of our world! Meeting new people, learning new cultures, experiencing great cuisine... and the opportunity & challenge to entertain a totally foreign crowd!

What are some of your favorite destinations?
London, Tokyo, Ibiza.

What are your travel essentials?
My laptop, my iphone, my Senheisser HD-25.... and the aircraft adaptor for my headphones to connect to the in-seat entertainment system! I tend to catch up with movies only on flight!

Favorite travel tips?
Dress simple, like any other person on the street. There's really no need to flash your wealth, unless you intend to get mugged.

What do you miss about Singapore while you are away?
The convenience, cleanliness & safety. All too often, we take it for granted.

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?
Getting to an airport, and waiting for your flight. Unlike Changi, many airports take hours to get to, traffic along the way can be horrendous, and the airports facilities usually can't cope with the actual number of travelers.

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
I don't drink or smoke, so that already helps quite a fair bit. I don't bother about gyms, but if time & weather permits, maybe a few laps in the hotel pool. Other than that, I guess eating proper meals as opposed to junk food makes a difference as well.

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
My Nespresso Coffee Machine which I had hand-carried back from London in 2006, which it is still rocking out the expressos all these years!

What has been your most memorable holiday?
My first time to London when I was 17. Growing up on British pop culture and being right smack in the thick of the action is overwhelmingly different!

What is the best restaurant, café, bar that you have visited while traveling?
Balafia in Ibiza. A very down-to-earth family-run restaurant that's off the beaten track for most tourists. Famous for their grilled meats & fresh tomatoes, both raised and grown right out of their family farm by the restaurant.

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
South America!

Who is your favorite traveling companion?
I normally travel alone, but I guess it is always nice to have that special someone for that special trip.

What is your ideal holiday?
I've always been more of a city person, and I usually double up work & holiday into each trip, but over the last few years, I've learnt to appreciate a nice quiet break from work, and from city life.

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Fashion designer Wykidd Song travels regularly around the globe, notably the US and Europe, where his loved ones are based as well as for creative inspiration.

What inspires you to travel?
To escape, to relax, to indulge, to learn, to experience, to play, to rest, to romance.

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?
Nothing really. The most difficult is maybe trying to figure out the underground railway system but even that can be exciting.

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
When I’m away for business, and if there’s a gym in the hotel, or a pool, I’ll use that, or if it’s a long trip, especially if it’s a temperate climate country, then I’ll bring my running shoes. Best way to know the city is to run around it. However when I’m on holiday, I’m on a break. Exercise comes in the form of play.

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
Making friends from the travels, and staying in touch with them.

Describe your most memorable holiday.
I’ve not been on an extended holiday for sometime now, but back in 2006, I had 3 weeks off and I travelled to Japan, New York then UK. I was by myself but met caught up with dear friends from each city and the moments were priceless. And having the time to discover new places to see, hang out and eat, when I have been to these cities on many previous occasions made the trip even more special.


Which restaurant or bar in which foreign city would you go back to again and again, and why?
There are lots of cafes and restaurants that I keep going back to once I am in that particular city, but one that springs to mind is definitely Café Havana in NYC. Its been around for a long time but the food there is just so special. Its Cuban, very simple but so unique at the same time, very cool people but be warned, there’s always a queue to get seated.

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
Maldives for the clear water and diving, Mongolia to ride horses in the open plains, Arizona for the breathtaking canyons and valleys.

Who is your favorite traveling companion?
My future wife…Don’t know who she is yet..she’s out there, cleaning her climbing equipment maybe.

What is your ideal holiday?
Travelling with someone I love, anywhere.

What is the one item that you never travel without (and we don’t mean your passport or iPhone)?
And we’re talking about a non-business trip, Used to be my Walkman, then my Discman, and then my Ipod, and now, Just my credit cards.

What is your best tip about packing?
Starting from the bottom of the case, shoes, pants, folded shirts and tees. Fold and roll up underwear and slip into the sides, then toiletry bag and if any blazers,3 pull sleeves inside out and place on top, then close case, simple.

What is your best tip about choosing a hotel?
Best reference is from a friend who has stayed there. Nowadays I usually book through Hotels.com. The price and proximity to convenient transport is important, after that is the look of the hotel.

What is your best tip about getting to know a new place?
Have a good map and Walk everywhere

What is your best tip about navigating trains, planes and automobiles?
Really basic when sorting out and knowing where and when everything run, study the route and times.

Which place have you visited and never wanted to leave (and why)?
Bali, it’s the most spiritual and serene place I know. The local people are beautiful and sincere and the I can just hang out and just look out at the ocean forever. There’s every type of cuisine and you just get around on your bike. True island living. I think I’ll retire there.

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The owner of BlackMarket, a fashion boutique that specializes in emerging Asian labels, travels regularly across Asia for inspiration as well as to source for new brands.

What inspires you to travel?
The need to break the routine, to reinvent myself, to see what’s going on beyond our comfort zone and tiny little dot.

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?
Spending time to source for the cheapest ticket to the place you want to be at the specific timing you want. It’s not difficult, it’s just annoying.

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
There’s no way you can avoid illness when it strikes. Be sure to drink more water and bring lip balm. That’s what I’ll do.

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
A silver ring with a huge black stone created by a local designer from Paris.

Describe your most memorable holiday.
Most recent one at Villa Mary Bali. Besides sharing good times with friends at the most beautiful villa, I got to go skinny dipping when I spent my last 4 hours alone. It's heavenly.

Which restaurant or bar in which foreign city would you go back to again and again, and why?
Trump room in Toyko. Amazing interior, amusing crowd, out of the world sound. I want to go there to be intrigued all over again.

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
Antarctica, Greece, India

Who is your favorite traveling companion?
My lover or anyone with an open mind.

What is your ideal holiday?
One that is unplanned. Spontaneous.

What is the one item that you never travel without (and we don’t mean your passport or iPhone)?
My shades.

What is your best tip about packing?
It's advice passed down from my friend's sister: take away half of what you've packed.

What is your best tip about choosing a hotel?
Location. It should be convenient. You don't want to waste time getting lost.

What is your best tip about getting to know a new place?
Print a map. Get lost. And then find your way out with the map.

What is your best tip about navigating trains, planes and automobiles?
Check with a local who speaks English.

Which place have you visited and never wanted to leave (and why)?
Bali. it's a place of healing.

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The latest face for MTV is a bundle of energy who travels regularly to KL, Taiwan and Bangkok for both work and play.

What inspires you to travel?

Discovering new people and looking at life through their way of life. I love watching how people in different countries interact.

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?

Difficult—unless there is intense climate change, I have few difficulties. I absolutely love travelling.



How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?

I don't. I go a little bit crazy and jump around and into the pool! But then again I guess that does constitute as exercise, no?

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
The experience of meeting a person abroad, someone from a completely different mentality and path is definitely what I treasure most, and to converse and exchange views on the world.



Describe your most memorable holiday.

Cambodia. People enjoy such simple pleasures and smiles are everywhere! The food is also delicious and road food in particular- is my personal favorite!



What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
London please! I have been there for 3 hours or so- all I saw was Starbucks.



Who is your favorite traveling companion?
Someone who cannot talk but just enjoy the ride with me.



What is the one item that you never travel without (and we don’t mean your passport or iPhone)?

An open mind! Any way else and I would end up finding fault with what should be beautiful.



What is your best tip about packing?
Pack light—you never know if you'll have to end up running!!



What is your best tip about choosing a hotel?
Don’t trust the pictures—use Trip Advisor!

What is your best tip about getting to know a new place?

Keep walking. That's what I do. And I remember little details that amuse me, like lampshades with too much graffiti.



Which place have you visited and never wanted to leave (and why)?
Paris. I fell in love with the city and pace of life. Being lost in translation also made me like that all the more.

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This happening girl about town, who runs creative agency Present Purpose and owner of hip lifestyle boutique A Curious Teepee, travels regularly around Europe, Asia and the US to recharge and to source new finds for the store.

What inspires you to travel?
The instant shift in perspective and the inspiration gained from immersing in a new culture.

What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult?
Jetlag. Period.

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
Choosing walking or cycling over other modes of transport to get around.

What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?
Openness and adaptability.

Describe your most memorable holiday.
It’s a tough tie between trips to Bhutan and Ibiza. I loved everything about Bhutan, the people, its history, culture and ancient spiritual sites. Hiking up to Tigers Nest, a temple carved into the mountains was out of this world. And a beautiful cliff top villa with 14 of your close friends on a magical island like Ibiza is bound to be pretty unforgettable too.

Which restaurant or bar in which foreign city would you go back to again and again, and why?
I always crave Prune in NYC for simple food done beautifully.

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?
Cuba, Brazil, Iceland, in that order.

Who is your favorite traveling companion?
Depends on where I’m going and what I’m doing.

What is your ideal holiday?
A city with close proximity to nature, so that I can find inspiration and recharge from the mix of environments

What is the one item that you never travel without (and we don’t mean your passport or iPhone)?
A book, I bore easily.

What is your best tip about packing?
I don’t understand the science behind it but rolled clothes actually do take up less space so if you’re pressed for luggage room, roll.

What is your best tip about choosing a hotel?
Know how you’re going to get around the city and pick a location that works, i.e. near a train station, or close to places you want to see if planning to do city by foot. Read reviews online, check various sources and always ask your friends.

What is your best tip about getting to know a new place?
Research places you want to visit & make friends with the staff where you’re staying.

What is your best tip about navigating trains, planes and automobiles?
Download apps, maps and schedules into your phone for easy referral and buy a data plan so google-mapping wherever you are doesn’t require taking out a loan when you’re home.

Which place have you visited and never wanted to leave (and why)?
I’ve fallen in love with a few cities but I’ve yet to find a place that I would want to settle forever. I think that’s part of what keeps my travel bug alive.

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