The last place we travelled to as a family was to Singapore and ever since that trip I’ve been regaling our son with stories of what we discovered there. I tell him about his look of awe underneath the Supertrees at Gardens by The Bay, his first cautious bite of roti prata in Joo Chiat, the stall holders who cooed over him at Hawker Centres.
I do my best to bring the magic of travel to Singapore, the gateway to Southeast Asia, alive for him but, let’s face it, he’s two – there’s only so long my stories can hold his interest.
That’s why I was so excited we got to watch a preview screening of the brand-new Disney movie Raya and The Last Dragon this week.
Raya and The Last Dragon (available to stream on Disney+ with Premier Access, from today), is an epic fantasy-adventure which is deeply informed by the cultures of Southeast Asia. While my son is too young to completely follow the plot line, I love the idea of introducing him to Southeast Asian culture through the fantasy world of Kumandra, where the movie is set.
Singapore is one of the Southeast Asia destinations which filmmakers took inspiration from when creating the fantasy world of Kumandra and its characters. Raya’s passion for exploration, how she bonds with new friends over their shared love of food, and overcomes obstacles are evocative of Singapore’s Passion Made Possible spirit and are qualities I’d love to foster in my little one.
Ultimately, when international travel resumes, nothing would make me happier than to return to Singapore and show him in person the architecture, cuisine and customs he will now recognise from repeatedly watching the Raya movie.
(He’s only requested it three times since Wednesday 😛)
Share your travel inspirations
During the challenges of the last few months, movies, books, food and even social media, are where most of us have been finding travel inspiration. I’d love to know what sources have inspired you to reimagine and want to rediscover destinations, like the Raya movie did for us with Singapore.
We’ll also be discussing some of the unique experiences you can enjoy as a family in Singapore, as well as why I personally found Singapore to be super child-friendly.
So pop Wednesday 10th March in the diary and log onto Twitter at 7pm to share with me (@jayneytravels) and Visit Singapore (@VisitSG_UK) all the different ways you’ve reignited your passion for travel recently.
As an extra bonus, we’ll be choosing one participant at random to win a box of Singapore treats!
Disclosure: This post has been written in conjunction with Singapore Tourism Board and Disney UK.