Yui is an educator, writer, and accomplished traveller who has been to more than 200 countries and territories, including Antarctica and the Arctic.
In 2017 she made history by becoming the first Asian woman to visit every sovereign country in the world. She also holds the record for being the first Singaporean to have visited all United Nations member states.
Her work centers around the use of language and she has a particular interest in world language families and comparative linguistics. She has knowledge of over twenty world languages, many of which are written in a non-Latin script.
A keen advocate of education as a means of empowerment, Yui is also the founder of a non-profit that supports education and other causes in developing countries.
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Who is Yui
Her early life and family travel trips
Being encouraged to try adventure sports
Having a desire to explore the world
Working with languages
Starting to travel while at University
The goal of travelling to every country in the world
Wanting to see as much of the world as possible
Being motivated by curiosity
Planning trips around time and budget
Being self funded
Making travel a priority
Travelling solo and the lessons learned
The more challenging countries to travel to
Being mindful of the more high risk countries and taking appropriate precautions
Wanting to spend more time in Iceland
visiting the DRC - the Democratic Republic of Congo
The issues of getting a visa
Travelling on a Singapore passport
Finishing the challenge
Starting a non-profit
Travel post covid
Future travel goals
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Words of advice for future travellers