• Money,  Travel

    Is Your Travel Worth Bigger than Your Net Worth?

    I always like reading, but recently I have a new hobby whenever I’m in the bookstore. Previously, I only roaming around the magazine area. Now, I’m spending more time in the “self-help” area, especially financial books. One of the brilliant books that I found is “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker. The book reveals the differences in how the middle income and millionaire think. As an employee who comes from a humble family, a section struck me: Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income. “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” – T. Harv Eker To sum it up, how much you…

  • Health & Beauty,  Life,  Money,  Travel

    To All Travelers Who Starve Themselves, This is for You

    As much as I wanted to write about Cuban food, somehow the idea of sharing my opinion about the relationship between some travelers and food appeared. There’s some news about travelers who set an extremely low budget for food so they can travel. One girl walks to the office and eats only vegetable. If she feels like spending more, she’ll have canned fish. Her goal? To have luxury holidays! Of course, not all travelers go to that extreme. As someone who has done it, I, too, chose to be hungry so I could save more money to fund my travel. For examples, I skipped dinner for almost two years and…

  • Life,  Money,  Travel

    A Wanderlust’s Journey to The Road Less Traveled

    What I’m going to share with you isn’t about discovering a secret travel escape or an inspirational book by M. Scott Peck. It’s how to overcome your wanderlust, live a life with fewer trips in a year – like what I’m trying to do. I always see wanderlusts as happiest people. Oh, the twinkle in their eyes! You can feel the burning passion in them when they share their travel stories. That cheerful, spontaneous spirit and dreamy eyes… But what happens if you take the passion away from them? Like what I’m trying to do now, toning down the wanderlust within. Toning Down the Wanderlust Within Why? Because as a…

  • Life,  Money,  Travel

    How “Begpackers” Make Me Feel Grateful for My Powerless Passport

    I used to feel bitter towards “begpackers” because of my powerless passport, but not anymore. First of all, according to Global Passport Power Rank, my Indonesian passport is ranked 58th out of 93. While doing this research, I get to know that my passport is ranked lower than the passport of the countries I never heard of like Nauru, Kiribati, and Vanuatu. More surprisingly, the passport of Timor-Leste, which was part of Indonesia until 1999, is doing better – sitting at the 45th position! The Roots of My Bitterness Towards “Begpackers” For someone who loves travelling, the roots of my bitterness towards “begpackers” are obvious. I have to work hard…

  • Money,  Travel

    Why Being Low Maintenance Allows You to Travel

    In the previous blog post, I shared my experience having too many mini-retirements aka six holidays in a year. How could I possibly have the money? Well, basically I’m a low maintenance girl. I’m conscious of my spending so I can save enough money for travel. Here are some habits that help me travel often: I’m Staying with My Family What else do I need to say? I’m waived from house rental, electricity and water bills, and the food is provided. In Asian culture, children stay with their family before they get married, which is an advantage if you love travelling. If you’re working overseas you may need to pay…

  • Life,  Money,  Travel

    Why People Need to Stop Judging How Female Solo Travellers Fund Their Trips

    By this time, I guess you’ve read some news about female solo travellers get raped or killed while travelling. The worse part, some people blame the victims for travelling alone. An article published in 2016 by The Guardian “Why is Travelling Alone Still Considered a Risky, Frivolous Pursuit for Women?” discusses a very interesting topic about double standards on female solo travellers.  Besides of sexual violence and gender inequality, let me add one more double standards on female solo travellers: how we fund the trips. People often praise male solo travellers for their adventurous personalities. If they’re executives, the more countries they visit, they seem to be more successful in…

  • Money,  Travel

    To Travel or To Save? How to End the Dilemma

    To travel or to save? It’s a question many people have, especially when it’s holiday season and airlines are giving special prices for flight tickets. If you’re an office worker who wasn’t born with a silver spoon like me, it’s normal to think that it’s better to save for emergency and retirement than to travel. However, what if you’re born as a wanderlust and travelling is considered a need? I personally don’t want to live in resentment. Chasing my dream keeps me motivated and passionate in life. After all, what’s the purpose of saving all the money if (touch wood) I’m gonna die tomorrow? #dilemma When I decided to embark…

  • Health & Beauty,  Money

    Workout Tips for Dummies Who Don’t Want to Hire a Personal Trainer

    The title isn’t a click-bait because I practice what’s written here myself. I guess you know that there are many tips to tone up your body like YouTube videos, health magazines, and articles on the internet. But, what if even with the existence of those, you’re still lazy to do your own research? On top of that, you don’t want to hire a personal trainer because the fee is expensive? Yet, you still yearn to have a toned-up body! Don’t worry, I’ll show you how – in the easiest way. Remember that it’s easy but it’s not easy for everyone, especially if you don’t keep promises. If you want to have…