Hello!! My name is Jeanette.
I started this website to share my love for travelling with others and hopefully, through my experiences, I can inspire others who share the same dreams as me to do the same.
I used to be content with leading a normal life: working all year round with the occasional holiday or two, acquiring materialistic possessions, finding ways to get more money and in general, just going with the flow of life. But my passion for living the way I wanted grew, and interestingly enough, Covid gave me the push I needed to follow my dreams.
How it all started
My parents brought me on multiple trips to Malaysia and Thailand and perhaps their love for travelling rubbed off on me.
Interestingly enough, while they tried to teach me how to cycle, I never learned how to till I was in my twenties.
I had more financial freedom in my twenties from my job as a music teacher and was able to travel to many countries in Asia such as Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Japan.
I completed a few more milestones in my life such as obtaining my masters in music education, getting married, buying a house and obtaining my car license. As I always wanted to keep learning new things, I started learning karate, tried rock climbing and even became a part time real estate agent for a year.
A few weeks before my 30th birthday, I embarked on my first solo trip to Germany, Italy and the UK. Before this trip, I would have never considered travelling solo in any situation. What pushed me to take the first step was the realization that not everyone would want to go on the same trips as me and not everyone is available at the same time so why wait when I could accomplish what I wanted by myself.
While the first trip was life changing for me, it was only on my subsequent trips to Turkey, Romania, Greece, Myanmar and Nepal where I truly realized that travelling solo allows me to experience so much more than if I were to travel with others. When I made the effort to connect with the locals, I got to experience the countries in a more intimately cultural manner and through these interactions, my travel goals changed.
My first “long distance” motorcycle trip
Four months after my 30th birthday, I obtained my motorcycle license. I started to go on short motorcycle day trips across the border to nearby towns in Malaysia however, I wanted to challenge myself to a longer motorcycle trip. Thus our 415km trip to Genting Highlands from Singapore was conceptualized.
I have been on road trips(by car) to Malaysia and Thailand however, this trip was particularly challenging: my phone flew out of the holder when I was riding at 130km/hr. and I could not get it repaired, I had to take multiple breaks as it was a little difficult riding on a 150cc bike, I was stressed out about the windy mountainous roads up to the top, I dropped my motorcycle while it was stationary at the carpark and I rode in the rain for 7hrs. on the way back to Singapore.
Even though I faced these difficulties, I completed the journey and I felt an immense feeling of accomplishment. A father of one of my piano students shared his favorite quote with me and I could not agree with it more – “We cannot choose the cards that are dealt to us, just how we play the hand”.
Thirty two and beyond
I realized I wanted more in life – I do not want to be a slave to money, I want to gain new experiences, try new things, live the way I want to before it is too late.
As you can see, I love travelling but I have never ventured out of the norm. I did the occasional trips each year while having the security of a job and a house. But with these securities, come sacrifices. While I was travelling, I was always rushing from one place to the next, trying to cram as many things as I could in a day. I never spent more than a day or two at a place and thus I could not develop a deeper connection with the people I meet. As much as I like feeling secure, I do not want this anymore.
After almost a year of consideration, I have decided to leave normal life. I booked a one-way plane ticket to Los Angeles where I will buy a motorcycle and embark on a solo road trip from the United States to Argentina.
The goal of my trip is not to get to the destination in the quickest manner but to stay travelling for as long as I can. I will be documenting my travels in the Americas through this blog, YouTube and Facebook. If you are interested in my trip, do subscribe!!