Who am I?
I am a Malaysian-Swiss, mother of 2 baby boys who has been to 105 countries and counting.
What is the story behind 105 countries and counting?
It was a freezing day around Easter 2007 when I met Kenshi, a Japanese traveler who was a fellow roommate in a hostel in Tallinn, Estonia. After chatting for a while I realized I was talking to a very seasoned traveler and asked him how many countries had he been to. He said 63. I was astonished. I had only been to around 20 countries then. Immediately out of nowhere, I made a goal to visit 100 countries before 30.
I had no idea how I would ever reach this goal but I am a very determined person.
A dream come true to spend my 30th birthday with the giant tortoises in Seychelles
On the 11th of July 2014, I stepped foot onto my 100th country Kuwait at the age of 28, pregnant with our first child (it was also during Ramadhan and 48°C).
I am now experiencing a different form of travel with my husband and 2 kids in tow (Soon 3!) but I certainly have not and will not let that stop me.
The new goal for myself is to visit 150 countries before turning 50.
Why I travel?
It is not enough for me to hear about an exotic destination or see pictures of them on TV or in the news. There is an itch in me that makes me want to see and experience it all first-hand. I remember watching Megan McCormick swimming with nurse sharks in Belize on Travel Channel as a teenager in Malaysia. I went to Belize and did the exact same thing in 2012.
I watched the contestants of the reality TV show survivor go on a reward challenge to the Jellyfish Lake in Palau in 2005 and went swimming in that same lake myself in 2014.
I of course couldn’t just take the words of Alexander the Great, Marco Polo and Ibnu Battuta on the beauty and splendor of Samarkand and went to Uzbekistan in 2013 to see it for myself as part of a big trip across the Stans.
You get the picture…
When did I start traveling?
As a child, I was lucky as my parents were able to take us abroad to Australia and Europe a couple of times. Whilst at University (Warwick and Oxford; 2005 – 2009), I traveled extensively within the UK and throughout Europe and also hitch hiked from England to Morocco (2007).
After my exams in June 2009, I went traveling for six months during which I met my Swiss husband in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
What is my travel style?
My travel style has evolved a lot. As a student in the UK, I have done backpacking, hitch hiking and spent nights in cars, airports, train stations, hostels and more. done crazy road trips across Europe and with 2 kids in New Zealand.As an adult earning money with a full-time job, I always make sure I have a good night’s rest somewhere comfortable and sometimes splurge on the odd nights away to some amazing destinations.
I cannot keep still. A week in the Maldives was something we did as part of our honeymoon but one I would not repeat. Perhaps 2 nights is enough. I like to go out and see things, do things, experience something new I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to.
Have I traveled solo?
Where have I been? What are my favourite places?
You can see more here.
Ittoqotoormiit in East Greenland is the most special place I have ever been to
How do I now travel with kids?
The four of us at the Peterhof fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
Our 2018 travel plans so far are as follows:
London, Innsbruck, Toronto, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Cyprus and Malaysia
There are still too many places and destinations I would like to visit.
This post talks about the bucket list of things I would like to experience.
This post covers the 10 hotels I would like to stay at someday.