Hi, I’m Travel Stylus, Welcome Fellow Traveler!
I’m Travel Stylus – a true blue Malaysian from Penang. I have often asked myself this question.
How well do I know Malaysia?
I became Travel Stylus by chance…
I’m sure many feel the same way I do.
There are 13 states in my beautiful country, and I’ve only visited a handful to date.
I want to travel further and see more.
Since I could “sting a few words into a sentence”, I decided to write this blog to share some of my experiences.
You may share the same thoughts and wonder.
So, Travel Stylus, do you really Travel Solo?
The top question I often get is, how do you travel alone? Or even Are you sure you travel solo?
- Is it easy to travel around Malaysia?
- How can I plan my trip alone?
- How do I stay safe and healthy when I travel?
- Where to go to Malaysia for a short trip?
- How do I save money on flights, accommodation, and other big expenses?
- How do I reduce my overall travel expenses?
- Where do I find the best travel deals?
- How can I make money and travel around Malaysia?
I want to travel more but I don’t know the first step.
Let’s just say you are not alone if you’re planning to travel to Malaysia.
Over the years, I’ve mustered up a lot of courage to find out how to:
- travel in a group
- go on a tour
- travel with a companion
- solo travel
I’ve met many wonderful people on my trips and made more friends than I did when I was working.
I will share with you some tested and proven tips and advice as I go along. If you have some tips that will share, that will be most encouraging and helpful too.
One aim of this blog is to help you travel more.
Explore Malaysia and enjoy your trips whether you chose to go solo, with a partner or a group of friends.
About Travel Stylus
Growing up in little Penang, none of our relatives or immediate neighbors in our community were adventurous travelers.
The furthest an uncle went was to Singapore.
I took my first overseas trip when I was 17.
It was a tour to Singapore arranged by my 16 yo neighbor.
She was more sophisticated and made all the tour arrangements, paid our deposit, and became the treasurer as well as a photographer.
I had no travel experience whatsoever. I’m the girl who gets lost!
After I started working, many trips came my way unexpectedly.
It started with my first ever solo Pangkor Trip.
I remembered a trip I took alone by bus from Penang to Pangkor by express bus.
My friend won a 3D2N hotel stay and invited me along.
She was driving up, and we arranged to meet at the jetty.
That was in the 80s, and we didn’t have mobile phones back in the day.
My friend arrived 2 hours late, and I only had enough money for my meal.
I definitely didn’t bring any money for a hotel stay if she didn’t show up.
We laugh about this now.
That 1983 trip to Pangkor showed me that traveling alone was possible.
After that, I’ve been fortunate to travel to many countries.
How I became a Travel Stylus… Quit My Job – Travel Malaysia
Since then, I’ve traveled to close to 20 countries, flown hundreds of thousands of miles, slept in many places, from 5-star hotels to basic Airbnb.
I’ve tried much unusual food and made lifelong friends.
I quit my cubicle job in 2016 to write full time and travel.
As I travel and write, I’ve met many people who have helped me on my way.
The most important thing I’ve learned is that you need not be rich to travel.
You can travel too!