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    Meet TC

    Hello, I am Tracy!

    Or you can also call me TC! I was born in Indonesia, stayed in Singapore for a significant number of years, and am currently residing in Jakarta, Indonesia, where I work on this blog and run my travel planning services.

    I worked as a Graphic Designer for as long as I can remember. I was planning to take a long break from my last employment and go back to apply for my next job when I am ready to juggle with all the deadlines again. However, the plan remains as a plan as of now.

    I love nature and I wish to swim with whales one day. If I am not exploring and working in front of my laptop, most likely I will spend the day trying out new recipes or spending time with family or friends.

    About Peek Holidays

    Peek Holidays was first created in around the year 2011 but I only started to maintain and update the content seriously since the year 2014. I tried to destress by doing something else – something that I can just pour out to with what I have in my mind like in the past when diary books were still popular as the only media for people to write down their thoughts. If you are new to my blog, I would like to tell you in advance that you won’t find much “how-to” or travel guides and such information here. Peek Holidays focuses on people and natures. So, you will find most of my stories are about inspiring peoples I met along the journey or places that closely related to nature.

    Peek Holidays gradually turned from a personal blog to travel blog and to take the changes seriously, I joined Travel Blogger Indonesia and also Travel Blogger community where I learn about content creations and networking. Slow but sure, Peek Holidays is taking off to realize my dream to inspire people through my stories and photos. At the end, I hope that my stories will inspire you to travel or do something out of your comfort zone and be courageous – one of the lessons I learnt from my solo trip to South Korea. Or stay strong when you face an unexpected situation like me when I travel to Papua.

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    " An ordinary girl pursuing her biggest dream. "

    WHY PEEK HOLIDAYS

    Peek-A-Boo!

    My most memorable holiday was in the year 2008. That was when I took the long-haul flight and touched snow for the very first time! After getting chances to visit a few nearby countries, I started to think of a way to keep all the memories. And I thought having my own travel blog would be a good idea. I can practice my writing and photography skills at the same time.

    The name Peek Holidays came up as it reminded me of ‘peek-a-boo’ which was kind of amusing. I hope what I share here will give brief information about the places I have been to and leave the rest as surprises when you go there!

    I love nature, languages, and cultures.

    In this big world, there are many differences and every country is unique – the people, culture, food, and much more. There is a satisfaction which I don’t know how to actually express in words when I know that I can do more than I think I can. Plus, I also can give back to society through travelling! I hope to inspire others to have dreams through my stories and photos; to embrace God and His creations.

    My parents also love travelling! Especially, my late mom. I still remember how excited my late Mom was when she’s telling me about her trip to Japan. I will always remember that (miss you, Mom!) At that time, I was still a little kid and barely understood where Japan was. I never thought that I would be there one day. I will go to the places where my Mom had been before. I want to see what my Mom had seen. My Mom is my inspiration.

    [ Read: Tsukiji Market: Not A Usual Market in Tokyo ]

    A Few Facts About Me

    • My current job titles are Travel Blogger and Planner. Need help arranging for your holiday? Talk to me
    • My favourite food is everything about soya beans, and I don’t mind eating that every day. Congee, fish, and soup will be another two
    • My favourite countries, for now, are Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, and North America
    • I jumped down from a 7 m high cliff when I did body rafting in Green Canyon, Pangandaran. Scary but I did it anyway
    • My first solo traveling was to a country that I totally don’t understand the language – South Korea
    • My first hiking was to Mount Agung in the year 2013 and since then I was addicted to mountains and nature
    • I am allergic to alcohol

    How Do I Afford to Travel

    I get this question pretty often.

    When I was still an employee, the answer was obvious – from my salary. Even so, people will still ask me, “How can you afford?” I think I should have asked back next time, “Why can’t I?”

    I can say my biggest spending is on travelling. I have no fancy branded stuff nor jewellery or other high-priced items. It isn’t that I don’t like but I know my priority. If I get that thousand-dollar branded bag then I won’t have any more funds to go travelling. It is always either one. Unless I get both, then that question is relevant.

    Now I am so-called unemployed, how do I fund my travel then? The answer is about the same. It is still from the reward of my labour but just that from different sources. First thing first, my expenses are lower in Jakarta compared to Singapore. Second, although the living cost here is lower and I do have some savings, it doesn’t mean that I live extravagantly here. I still have to adjust to my new lifestyle – while building up my income streams to sustain my preferred living style.

    The risk is higher without a full-time job. Therefore, I have to calculate my finance carefully. And unfortunately, I have to say ‘No’ to the things that I want sometimes and postpone whatever things that are not urgent.

    To support my living expenses, I offer following services from time to time:

    • Travel Planning and Tour Leading
      I have been organizing trips for people who want to explore Indonesia since 2013 and starting in 2017, I am developing my income stream through travel planning services at Eazycation
    • Freelance writing & designing
      I write for other media besides my own blog and also accept design project
    • Sponsored posts
      I accept advertising or sponsored posts if I see the content is valuable enough
    • Partnership with brands
      I work with brands with a limited number each month so that the brands can have better exposure and get their message delivered across platforms clearer

    Do you think I am the one you are looking for? Find out more about how we can work together here.

    " I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious. "

    – Albert Einstein –

    I hope what I share here through Peek Holidays will inspire you. If you love my stories, support me by sharing them with your friends. And if you want to find out further about how we can work together, check out here. Meanwhile, let’s keep in touch via social networks, or you can also subscribe to my newsletter anytime for my fresh updates. Let’s explore the world together!

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