Hello & Welcome to the Travel Chameleon Website!
Just like the chameleon our travel journeys take us to different parts of the world absorbing the culture, food, people that we meet & experience along the way. The best way to know a country is to adapt and travel like the locals do even for just a day. The moment we set foot on an unfamiliar foreign land, we become travel chameleons, itching to be a part of the place we land in.
In this website you’ll be able to find my road trips, travel journeys, exotic destinations, travel tips, planning, how I use the weekend break to the max, as well as meeting my friends from the travel community.
The inspiration behind Travel Chameleon.
When I was a tiny girl, traveling to me meant going on merry-go-rounds, taking short naps in the car, holding my parents hands while saying ‘Hello’ to strangers in different cities. I went to school in a different country and had to learn the English language with other international friends. We were isolated from everyone else but we learned so many things from one another and became good friends. By the time I was 10 I’ve gained quite a number of pen pals from around the world who enthusiastically shared with me their stories back home.
Years went by and 18 came, I had a ten year plan to see one country a year and I was so determined to make it happen that I took on jobs, sometimes three at a time to save up for my exploration. I started with exploring my own country, Malaysia before venturing out to South East Asia, the greater Asia and Europe.
Being a Malaysian and having exposure to a multi-racial, multi-ethnic & multi-lingual background since we were young, gives us a good foundation in seeking new experiences and adventures. However being away from home makes you miss it more when you come back. That is why the first thing I have as soon as I land in Malaysia is a hot plate of nasi lemak and teh tarik.
A huge love for road trips.
There’s nothing like getting into a car and driving from where you are to anywhere you want to go. The best part about this journey is that there’s always things to see and places to stop on the way to the destination. On some days, the destinations can even change depending on what you have uncovered. That for me is why road trips has always been a big part of how we could get to know a local destination better, especially while I was in Malaysia.
This love for road trips stemmed from the first ever road trip across America when I was seven years old. All five of us packed ourselves in a brown station wagon, our food and essential items secured on top of the car and our sleeping mat at the back seat. My dad drove us from one state to another starting from Pennsylvania. Although I could not remember most of the places we went to but I do remember the casino in a ship in Boston, the buzz of Philadelphia and the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The road trips continued in Malaysia (read #RoadTripMY campaign), Australia and New Zealand. There will be more of this once I get the hang of driving on the other side of the road because in Malaysia we drive on the left side of the road like some countries. Future plans include Road Trips in Europe, the greater Asia, America and the rest of the world.
On career and travel.
I would really love to tell you that I’ve quit working to travel the world but unfortunately I have yet to reach that stage. While everyday is a learning stage for me, I try my best to balance both and make the best of each day. Having a career allows me to grow professionally while traveling helps me to grow as a person. This love allows me to utilize my creative instincts in writing, photography, social media and networking. I wish to absorb and learn as much as I can and expand my creative to as many outlets, just to share with the world about the world we live in.
The income I generate from the day job would support half of the travel adventures and the other half comes from participating in affiliate programs such as Amazon and Agoda where I would receive minimal percentage from the sale price when you click on the recommended hotels and products. Your purchase through those links would help to support the website and other costs incurred and make me a happy girl forever.
The best way to see the world is to just go!
My parents have always advised me to see the world, and to do it while we’re still young. Sometimes we don’t realize how lucky we are until we see the world with our own eyes. It’s one of the reasons why I decided to write this blog. We often get too consumed with our daily lives that we forget to enjoy those moments with a little exploration and adventure.
It’s not too late though.
We can always start here, right now and go from there.
xxx – Fie
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