Who, What and Why?
This is me successfully (I think) taking a self portrait whilst on another travelling mission..
My name is Amer, a boring 28year old architect based in London. Originally from Malaysia, I moved to the UK to study and work and now jumping into a totally new realm..travel blogging.
How it All Started..
Like many travellers, my hunger to travel stemmed from reading countless National Geographic magazines as well as watching the Discovery Travel and Adventures presented by Ian Wright.
Since then, I’ve managed to secure a job here in London and embarked on a memorable trip to Egypt which changed my perception of the world. I’ve then decided to shelf all of my saving plans and spend them all on travelling.
4 years on..still with no savings in my bank account, I’ve started to question my decision making abilities. Hence the birth of this travel blog. I’d like to share my ordinary experiences, photos and some of my sketches written in some broken English..comments are really appreciated.
TendToTravel.com was established in October 2010.
Why Travel Blogging and not Architecture?
Whilst I do enjoy architecture, travel blogging gives me an opportunity to document my travels and share my experiences. It also encourages me to travel more which is great for my general well being.
Part of being a good architect or anyone generally is to get out there and learn new things. As an architect, I can’t just sit in front of the computer and read books to design a building. I need to experience different places, context, culture and people. Travel and documenting it helps me personally. You will find travel experiences from an architect’s perspective.
Why not quit and travel the world instead?
What do you do when you’re so passionate about work and at the same time love travelling? It’s easy, the answer is do both! As much as I envy other people travelling the world for months, I still enjoy working in an internationally mix environment with over 40 different languages spoken. The only problem is length of time but fortunately this equates to balance and the tendency to travel as often as I could and on a more continuous and consistent basis, which I much prefer. Besides, I believe there is more than one way of travelling the globe.
How Do I Travel?
I’m not truly a backpacker or extremely lavish when travelling. I’m the type of person who is in the middle category. I mix and match and try to balance based on my budget. I travel based on the best deals I could find. If you do your homework, you could easily upgrade yourself from a hostel accommodation to a decent 2 to 3 star hotel. Sometimes, I’ve managed to find a 5 star hotel at 3 star prices. At the moment, I always (most of the time) buy the cheapest economy tickets, but from time to time get upgraded to Business and also First Class. Sometimes I spend more on accommodation, and sometimes the money go to food or entertainment. I believe balance is the key, but comfort is also important therefore finding the right balance is essential.
All views and thoughts expressed here are of my own and does not reflect the opinions of anyone else