Hi, I’m Thy (pronounced “tee”) —
Tempted to Travel aims to inform and to inspire you in travels and in life. While I’m a big dreamer and love to share what inspires and motivates me, I’m also quite practical and enjoy talking about personal finance. I thought, Hey! Why not have a mix of these two wildly opposing topics – to inform you by providing practical and financial travel advice as well as to inspire you with destination ideas and captivating photos.
I hope you find bits of inspiration and guidance throughout this blog to spark that travel bug and book the trip(s) you’ve been dreaming of!
I would love to connect with you, so don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on my posts.
Before you jump into my blog, you can read some fun facts about me below!
How did you start traveling?
Fun fact: I was born in Vietnam and came to the States when I was one year old. When I was in third grade (and a functioning kid), my mom took me back to Vietnam for my first visit. In eighth grade, we visited a second time, and those were the two international trips I had taken up until my freshman year in college. Although we lived a meager lifestyle, I remember taking road trips to Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Santa Cruz (I grew up in San Jose). My family did the best they could to provide us with as many fun experiences as possible, and I’m forever grateful for those memories.
Other states I visited while growing up were Florida (Disney World!), Hawaii, and New York.
The idea of traveling to explore didn’t spark until my freshman year in college, when my world was opened up to opportunities I didn’t think were possible before. I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and traveled to New Orleans to help build homes. As a part of my business major curriculum, I participated in a program that allowed me to travel FOR FREE to Australia for a week to learn about international commerce.
In my junior year of college, I applied for an exchange program that placed me in a small town called Poitiers, France. Seriously was the most life-altering experience for me, in that I was surrounded by other international students and learned so much about different cultures and perspectives. I learned to live on my own in a foreign country for six months and experienced bouts of loneliness before being able to form long-lasting friendships.
For my college graduation celebration, my then roommate and I planned a one month-long backpacking trip to Southeast Asia. This was another highlight of my developmental years. Like they say, there’s no better time to live out of a backpack and travel than in your early 20s (when you still have the energy to do so and no responsibilities).
Fast forward to a couple of years later, my boyfriend and I went on a few trips together before discovering travel hacking with credit card points and never looked back since! Most of these trips are on the blog, so you can check it out. I’ve been to 23 countries now, which is bewildering.
What is your favorite destination?
I love Japan for its culture and food. I’m in awe of its metropolitan cities as well as its nature-y places.
Thailand takes second because I’ve only had amazing experiences in the country. People are kind, and the food is also delicious! I prefer the islands, where I could slow down my pace a bit.
Who do you travel with and, more importantly, who takes your pictures?
The one and only, my boyfriend, Nicholai. I call him N for short on here. He’s the most patient person in the world (with everything, not just taking my pictures), and I appreciate him taking on the world with me. I’m usually the creative director, and N is the Instagram boyfriend. 🙂 Not to mention he’s the one to ask if you want to learn more about the ins and outs of travel hacking!
We also love traveling with friends and family. It takes your relationships to a whole other level when you spend time together exploring a strange/different place.
What advice would you like to leave with your readers?
Don’t spend too much time overthinking what your next decision should be. Analysis paralysis keeps us from making moves and doing something. Book that trip, move to the city of your dreams, or take that singing lesson. Although we become more logical and practical human beings as we age, remember to let the inner you drive and block out conventional noise. Be spontaneous, be fearless!
Thanks for reading!!
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