Most people call me Mei. Hi :) I’d shake your hand, but there’s a screen between us, so here’s a virtual high-five *highfive*!
Meimeichu.com is a combination of my passion: backpacking, storytelling, collecting experiences and everything in between. For me, travelling is not about seeing a new place, but a journey of learning. Travelling is my post-graduate education. Every time I leave my comfort bubble to venture into foreign land, I come home more empathetic, curious, and learning much more than any textbook have taught me. Every trip I take I know myself a little better, I appreciate the world a little more and I get a little closer to understanding what living is about.
My travel style? Backpacking solo. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not easy for a girl to travel solo, especially not if you’re an Asian, Malaysian, female, and travels solo. Nonetheless, it has been the best learning curve and most defining experience for me. I want to use my stories to empower other women to overcome their fears of travelling. The memories of my adventures are some of my most valuable treasures, I hope it inspires you to embark on an adventure of your own.
I started travelling when I was 18 when I went to Colorado for a four-month Working Holiday stint. Travel stole my heart during those cold winter months, and she never gave it back to me. Adventure become my drug. I needed to meet different people; I craved new experiences; I didn’t feel at home until I was somewhere out of my comfort zone. And so I saved up as much money as I could and flew miles around the world to get my fix. I volunteered in Mauritius, backpacked the Middle East solo, cleaned animal cages in Indonesia, worked with Orang Asli in Terengganu’s rainforest, translocated wild elephants in Kelantan and quit my job to climb mountains in New Zealand.
Surprisingly since starting this Malaysian travel blog, I’ve been featured in The Star, BFM 89.9, Zafigo, and The Sun Daily, and have been named as one of Malaysia’s top travel bloggers! For the best summary of who I am and what I’m about, read what The Sun Daily had to say about me: The Wandering Writer .
Okay, this talking about myself thing is getting awkward, so here’s a little poem to end with:
In the mornings, I’m a day dreamer, by nights I’m a mermaid;
Most days I’m a wanderer, the travel bug’s my aid;
My pores soak up what I feel and see,
the sound, smell, taste of any degree;
I like travelling to places far and wide,
some days in my head, others in my stride;
No matter who I meet, who knows where I’ll land;
The fun part’s the guessing, with a pen in my hand.
This travel blog by your regular wanderlusted Malaysian girl is a result of that concoction. I hope you enjoy reading this mixture of giddy travels and lucid imaginations!