KUALA LUMPUR: We now have the freedom to travel after many countries, including Malaysia, recently eased their Covid-19 restrictions.

So Malaysians have started dusting off their bucket list and are all set to go on holiday with friends or family, or hiking alone.

You can feel the excitement in the air as some people have decided to spend the month of fasting and Eid with family overseas that they may not have seen since March 2020 when the pandemic has started.

Nur Khairunnissa Caroline Emban, who works in the private sector, said she planned to go on holiday to London, Paris and Amsterdam after Syawal.

“I want to go back to these cities because I visited them before the pandemic,” said the 30-year-old.

Entrepreneur Surati Sujor, 49, who led small groups on overseas trips before the pandemic hit, is offering a 10-day holiday package to Turkey in late September.

Turkey, which is rich in Islamic history and has a unique culture due to its location between the Asian and European continents, is a popular destination for Malaysian tourists, she said.

MyZarra Travel & Services Sdn Bhd director Zawati Talib said he has started receiving bookings for holidays in Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the UK, Morocco, Turkey and Thailand. from next month to January 2023.

She said in the post-pandemic era, their tour groups are smaller — just eight to 15 people — because they’re easier to manage and can help prevent overcrowding in vehicles and restaurants.

She said they needed to be a more considerate agency to prevent the spread of the virus.

Shira, who has often taken Malaysian tour groups to the Maldives, Boracay Island in the Philippines and Komodo Island in Indonesia, said she has not yet opened bookings for her holiday packages because she first wanted to observe the post-pandemic situation.

She said she would likely promote her packages to friends, acquaintances and former customers before doing all the promotions via social media as she used to. – Bernama