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Posted On

16 Mar 2020

How to prepare for the flights to Australia?

I am so tired. Regardless of the comfortable seats, I am tired of flying from Nepal to Malaysia Airports, Kuala Lumpur, my 12-hour long transit. My walk has never been steady before. While walking through the airport, it's fascinating to watch people going here and there. I wonder... Where are these passengers from? Where are they going? Do they have their unique personal story like me? Suddenly, I feel very lonely, small, and almost insignificant in this vast world. Every moving person that I see here is a stranger to me. They are in a rush to catch something more significant; I guess. 

 

Thinking about that, I remember my struggle back in Nepal. Even though it was a hard decision to make choices between several countries, I got Australia as a preferred study destination. Do you want to know why I choose Australia? CLICK HERE for details. After selecting the study destination and completing the university, I planned the trip. From documents required for GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant), OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover), to ATMs, I prepared everything. I packed every -

 

Keepsakes and Necessities

 

- that I need during my flight, transit-time and when I land in Australia. 

 

Student Packing the bag for travel

 

My mother, however, wanted me to bring a variety of food items with me in anticipation of what I would need for the journey. I refused! But she still put it in my bag. Little does she know that Australian airport authorities will confiscate these items as per the rules. While travelling, regardless of the purpose, it's a crime to bring unfamiliar foodstuffs, plant seeds, and other things along with you in Australia. Australia considers these things a threat to the Australian natural environment. If you are planning your higher study in Australia, then knowing these rules are beneficial to you and your family. Even though I am displeased with my mother, I still understand the reasons she did that. And I can't explain her love towards me in words. But - 

 

Before I left home, 

 

- I told my family every single detail of my journey to Australia, where will be my transit, about my accommodation, colleges, and so forth. My family is my greatest supporter, especially my father. "Go for your life Simran and go to Australia. I will support you in every single way.", I remember his words. Every insignificant thing, success or failure, I tell it to my family. And going to Australia was the most significant decision of my life. And how can I miss telling them the details of my flights to Australia, where I will stay, and other things? Thinking about this, I feel a bit emotional. I can't imagine the pain of heartache back in Nepal at the departure gate. I can still feel the teary farewells, the laugh and cheerful greetings. Sometimes my heart seems to turn to water.

 

After all, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” 

 

As you know, I am here in Malaysian Airport, Kuala Lumpur. I have a 12-hour long layover before my next flight to Australia. Since this is my first time in Kuala Lumpur, it would be a waste of time if I do not walk around and explore. After all, I have enough time to examine every little nick and corner. I am going to make my first transit something worth remembering. 

 

Few hours of my life in transit?

 

As I look around, I see the collection of shops that exist here, the flight lounges, the chocolates, the perfumes, number of coffee choices, sleeping options, and many more. The good thing is that there is plenty of things to do here. Sleeping options in the airport hotel lounge, quite attractive right? Even though I am tired, I don't want to waste my time sleeping. So, leaving everything behind, I wander around the terminal. Trust me; it is a great choice. The shops here are way cheaper than shops outside the city since they are duty-free. Today, I am not ready to spend on anything. But if I get a chance again, I will surely buy things from the duty-free shops.

 

However, there are also some branded shops like Rolex, Not much fun. Like, who shops at Rolex at the airport? I bet someone does, so they have the stores. But it might be for marketing and branding too. There is also a cigar. It's a perfect gift for someone who smokes. While thinking something like this, I suddenly hear an announcement that my flight has been delayed. I am thrilled because I have a bit more time to continue my journey to explore Kuala Lumpur. Luckily, as a Nepalese citizen, I am well-prepared with a visa to get out of immigration. Thanks to the advice of my sister, who has have been through the same situation before. 

 

View of Kuala Lumpur city

 

Now, I am off to catch a quick glimpse of the vibrant capital city, Kuala Lumpur or KL as Malay's calls it. For my convenience, I rent a car even though there are lots of public transport available. With valid documents like passport, visa, I was able to catch a quick glimpse of the Kuala Lumpur city. After this, I went back to the airport as soon as possible for my next flight to Australia. To put the long story in short, the time during my transit was worth remembering. 

 

Spending time in transit alone turned my feelings of insecurity into feelings of excitement at my opportunities for change, future, adventure, exploration and glorious chances: the thrill and the challenge to be on my own.

 

Finally

 

Student waiting for the flight

 

The wait is over. The airline made an announcement informing us that the aircraft was going to take off. Aaah, it's just a nine more hours to land in my dream destination. See you soon, Australia!