31 Jul 2017

The Pursuit of Happiness

What makes one happy? It’s a simple question but interestingly brings about a variety of answers. While some might find pleasure in activities that challenge them mentally, others delight in the simpler things in life, such as a home-cooked meal or a warm, relaxing bath at the end of a long day.


Italy’s happiest island

For Vincent Chew, our #TravelEasywithMSIG contest winner, he found happiness on an island in northern Italy. We’re referring to Burano, a small island in the Venetian lagoon, also known as the happiest island on Italy. An archipelago of four islands linked by bridges, Burano is also famous for its brightly-coloured homes. Naturally, Vincent recommends bringing along a camera to capture all the beautiful sights. “You must take photos of the colourful homes in Burano,” he adds.

When it comes to food, Vincent recommends the ‘bussolà’, a typical doughnut-shaped biscuit originally baked on Easter Sunday. This mildly-sweet, buttery treat is available all year round and is still made according to tradition. ‘Bussolà’, which means compass in Italian, explains the ‘O’ shape of these biscuits.



How to enjoy the best of Burano

If shopping suits your fancy, Vincent suggests getting your hands on the famous Burano lace. An antique art that still fetches high prices in Venetian shops, it’s an intricate craft passed down from grandmothers and mothers to their daughters. Vincent recommends a trip to Museo del Merletto for a quick lesson about the history of lace-making.

Despite Burano being a small town, there is plenty to see and do. Vincent’s advice: “Set aside lots of time to take in all the colourful sights and scenery. Don’t forget to have your camera’s battery and smartphone fully charged to capture the beautiful landscape.” He also recommends wearing comfortable shoes as one will be doing a lot of walking. Last but not least, their local risotto di gò, made with flavourful broth from the tiny goby fish, is a must-try.


Enjoy peace of mind with travel insurance

For Vincent, travel is more reassuring when he purchases travel insurance. That’s because it’s designed to protect travellers against unforeseen circumstances, such as a flight cancellation due to severe weather or stolen or lost baggage. “It is worth to invest in the premium, especially when you are traveling abroad, as you will never know when you might need some form of emergency assistance.” Good advice and here’s to many more happy travels, Vincent!



A HR practitioner by day, Vincent Chew spends his free time in the pursuit of travelling and photography.