Travel interview with Farah; mother, wife, writer, traveller

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Travel interview with Farah; mother, wife, writer, traveller

Introduce yourself – Where are you from? Where in the world are you currently?

I’m Farah, a new mother, wife, teacher, crafter, writer, and traveller. Being a mother has come first for me now, but now and then I try to drag my two boys (the small one – 7 months, and the bigger one – husband) away on trips mostly based on whim.

I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There was a time when I was younger, when people would not know where that is. Or they would only know it once I mention it’s close to Singapore/Indonesia. Some people even assumed Indonesia and Malaysia was the same thing! (They’re not.)

But that’s not the case now. It’s 2014 and Malaysia is on the map. I hope for good things too, and not just for what makes world news headlines.

 

2. Tell us about your first trip abroad? What first attracted you to a life abroad?

Officially, my first trip abroad was when I was 9 months old. My parents were studying in New Zealand, and that’s where we lived for 7 years. I don’t remember a lot of those few years, and sometimes I even confuse myself. Is it a memory or is it something I saw from photos of the trip?

But recalling life in Auckland reminds me that people were warm. Even though I was probably the only Malaysian in the class, and the whole school, I had many friends, and the teachers were kind too. I remember it being laidback, I remember feeding swans/ducks, walking in the gardens and walking over to the neighbour’s house. It was a simple, beautiful life.

New Zealand is a beautiful country. And I can’t wait to revisit it.

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3. What kind of traveller are you? Backpacker? Long-term traveller? Short term? Other?

I wish to be backpacking one day but I can’t even carry my now 8 kilogram son around without complaining. I would say I travel when I feel like it. Usually there is a very specific time for it – like towards the end of the year – when my heart/body/mind itches to book a flight ticket and hotel somewhere, anywhere. I am that impulsive kind of traveller. Like if you were to say, let’s go somewhere this weekend, I’d go “LET’S!!”.

But of course, there’s the husband and baby I need to check with first…

We don’t have anywhere planned in the travel book as of yet, which is why I started the #travelphotoadayjune project on my instagram account. At least I could travel with everyone else in the comfort of my own home.

 

4. How do you fund yourself when travelling?

Self. At first I just put money aside and for the cash I don’t have I’d credit. I learnt the hard way that is the worse way you can travel. Credit haunts you for a long, long time down the road and even though people say it all the time, I’ll say it again: don’t spend what you don’t have.

After a while I knew that I would never change my thirst for travel and spending towards wanderlust would always be there. That’s one of the reasons I started a side-income project selling handmade accessories and dream-catchers. I now have 3k followers on instagram (on the business account) and currently working towards placing my handmade products in small boutiques.

My hope is, that one day I’ll make enough to quit my job and travel without a timeline. I mean, I am sure that is the dream for every wanderluster around, anyway.

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5. Your favourite place you have been to? And why?

This is a hard question.

Bali. Siem Reap. Las Vegas. Melbourne.

They all speak to me in different aspects.

Bali (Indonesia) for the culture.

Siem Reap (Cambodia) for the people.

Vegas (USA), do I even need to explain?

Melbourne (Australia), the most well-planned city in the world!

 

6. Your least favourite place you have been to? And why?

Phuket (Thailand) & Bandung (Indonesia).

It is overrated, it is expensive, and there are more people there who can cheat innocent unknowing people (money, etc) compared to everywhere else I’ve been.

 

7. What advice would you give to other people looking to travel?

If you’re going somewhere far and expensive, read up, ask around before you go places. You save time doing this and get to do fun things more.

If you’re going someplace close to home, don’t plan. Do whatever your heart desires. It’s fun, and you don’t need to worry about time because if you miss something, all the more reason to visit it again!

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8. What is left on your bucket list for you to accomplish/see?

New Zealand. Europe – especially Ireland. Greece. New York. Japan.

 

9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Planning the next trip for my then 5 year old toddler to enjoy. Probably Disneyland, anywhere in the world?

 

10. What is the biggest difference to life overseas compared to life at home?

Food, I always miss the food at home. Haha! Definitely the weather, too. It’s warm all year round where we are from.

 

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