Origin of my Interest
21 year-old journalism and anthropology student in Iowa, ‘Murica. I dedicate this blog to my travel experiences and photos as I begin my journey to become an expert globe trekker. My interest in travelling began with my family as I boarded a plane for the first time at the age of five, going to Bangkok, Thailand and later that year to Queensland, Australia.
Slowly Covering the Globe
As of right now, I have been to 28 countries throughout the world. Only recently have I discovered the joyous experience of travelling alone as I am away from my family in Malaysia. I solo traveled for the first time in the Summer of 2016 when I took a 36 hour bus ride to Boston and then a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. It was the experience of a lifetime and I decided to turn my travels into stories, writing journals about little anecdotes, people I met, food I ate, embarrassing things I did and much more. I acknowledge my privilege of being able to afford to travel and do what so many people cannot afford to, that is why I am keen to share my experiences with people.
I like telling stories through photos, but rarely with photos of myself. I don’t believe I should be an integral part of my stories, the experiences should be, the scenery should be, the locals should be. Carrying nothing but a backpack with me, hopping from bus to bus, hostel to hostel, I have many interesting and even scary moments from my travels I’d like to share, and of course tips of saving money, food, accommodation, and transportation with other travelers.
Since I am still a full-time student, I have not been able to plan super long trips from one part of the world to another. The most intense journey I have done was spending six months in the poorest region of Europe, studying, working and exploring. In the six month period, I spent three months in Belgrade, Serbia as a foreign student studying the effects of modern-day war in the Balkans.
For one month, I lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina to document the underprivileged lives of the Roma people. For two months I worked as an intern for one of the most popular independent online media in the young nation of Kosovo, covering various issues and events as my job took me from one end of the small country to the other. In between, I explored Romania, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Turkey. Expect stories from these places, and more!