The world works in weird and wondrous ways, and somehow you’ve stumbled across my small corner of the internet.
Think of this as me welcoming you to my (virtual) home 🙂
My name is Mae-Gene (pronounced “May” “Jean”), but you can call me MG!
I’m an adventurer who’s obsessed with sushi, photography + spending time in the outdoors (but maybe not *too* much time, because I have a massive fear of insects + spiders!)
A bit about my travel-lovin’ journey…
I grew up in Australia as the daughter of Malaysian-Chinese migrants, and despite my ethnicity + background making me sound worldly, I lived a pretty sheltered life.
I grew up with the expectations that I would graduate, get a degree (hopefully in law, medicine, pharmacy or something equally as “prestigious” or “safe”), get a job and have kids.
But these expectations never stopped me from dreaming about seeing more of this amazing world.
12-year-old MG had dreams of traveling to Egypt to see the pyramids + learn about the wonders of the ancient world.
12-year-old MG had dreams of seeing snow (a rarity in Australia!) in Lapland with the fluttering of the Northern Lights across the night’s sky.
And 12-year-old MG had dreams of backpacking South East Asia to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
But something happened when I grew up to be a responsible adult…
I made decisions that were expected of me.
I graduated with a degree in Engineering and took up a corporate job in finance (yeah, weird combo guys – maybe I’ll share this story one day!)
But in my first year of full-time work, I took annual leave + traveled to Europe…
And let’s just say my love of travel was ignited.
Suddenly, I couldn’t wait to see more, experience more and know more about the world.
And that’s when this blog was born!
Sunrise at the Everglades National Park, Florida
Despite being a travel blogger…
I’m incredibly awkward, kind-of-weird and tend to be a bit of a worrier (and by a bit, I really mean I’m a HUGE worrier).
The photos might look glam, but there’s bound to be an awkward travel story, some tears or non-perfect experience behind it all.
What can I say?
Travel isn’t always perfect!
So while I love writing practical guides, I also love sharing the behind-the-scenes stories.
Because I’m not perfect (let’s be honest here, I’m a scared mess half the time who has no idea what they’re doing!)
So here you’ll see (or read) about it all – the good, the bad and the ugly (tears) too!
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