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Why I travel

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waiotapu02Words & Photos: @oliverinstead • Location: Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, NZ

This has been a long-time-coming sort of entry since the common theme of the comments I receive in my blog posts and Instagram is either the “Wow beautiful scenery!” or “Where is this? It looks incredible!” And you might have noticed that I love to travel from my response to those comments – which I’m very thankful for btw! Keep ’em comin’!!

这张贴其实我老早应该就写了。因为我在部落格帖子和Instagram上最常收到的留言无非就是惊叹“哇!这风景好美啊!”或疑问“这是哪里啊?好好看哦!”。而你从我的回复里或许猜想到了我对旅游的热情。

 

waiotapu03To say that there wasn’t a history of travellers in my family would be an understatement. In fact, the longest distance my ancestors ever travelled was probably when my grandparents shipped themselves from mainland China down to South-east Asia, known as the Nanyang ‘South Ocean‘ in those days. Apart from that, hardly any of us had ever ventured beyond Malaysia. As a result, I spent most of my childhood fascinated by the outside ‘world’ reading junior magazines learning about various landmarks and festivals from around the globe. I cannot recall a second that passed by where I wasn’t wishing I could just go and see, and experience all these ways of life in this giant melting pot of cultures.

除了我公公婆婆下南洋那段时间之外,我家族里并没有什么过于傲人的旅游历史。我小时候也很少有机会旅游。记忆中我只能回想起童年看过的幼儿报里那些国际地标和节日。不过那时候的我万万没有想到有一天我会有那么宝贵的机会可以去这些国家来体验他们各种各样的道地文化和习俗。

 

waiotapu04One of the reasons why I’ve been able to travel so much for someone who grew up in a small town in northern Malaysia is probably the fact that from a young age, I realised the importance of language – hands down the most fundamental tool when it comes to travelling. I started taking interest in learning English when I was five, or six, watching Sesame Street and TV shows way out of my comprehension but that’s where it all took off. Without language and education, I would never have had the opportunity to see what I’ve seen of the world, especially with a background like mine that doesn’t allow as much luxury as someone from, say present day Seoul or Shanghai so education was my only ticket out of Sungai Petani.

waiotapu05现在快要26岁的我能够那么逍遥的到处走走看看可说是因为我从小就领悟到了语言的重要性。语言,尤其是英语,在21世纪里是对所有想走透全世界的现代人来说可算最重要,最必须具备的行李。我从大约五,六岁开始从芝麻街和其他我根本听不懂的美语电视节目中对语言培养出兴趣。要是我成年的生活少了语言教育,想必我还是和二十年前的我一样还在发白日梦想着有机会可以出国的那一天。我的成长背景给予我的旅游机会一般上比从目前首尔,上海或其他地区的人占少许略势,所以学业和其他人比起来真的是加倍重要。尤其是对一个在双溪大年长大的我来说,语言是唯一的出境机票。

 

waiotapu06By now you should understand why I’m still waiting on tables at a coffee shop several years after graduating with a First in Linguistics and the English Language. Now, catering jobs are perfect for my needs as I get paid, albeit crappily, for doing nothing. I don’t have a car, I don’t even drive! I don’t have a mortgage so I have practically no financial ties. On top of everything else I’m in control of my schedule, which can be difficult if you have that occupational commitment. Although things are looking to change soon, luckily in a way I figure I can make time and money to travel while doing things I enjoy, in a field I’m passionate about and still surround myself with people I adore…

那你们现在应该能够了解我为啥毕业了那么多年还在咖啡厅打工吧?虽然餐馆侍应不是我梦想的职业,不过它好在容易找,容易做,还有钱收… 虽然不算多,不过底薪加上小费后还算可以。我本身没有驾照,所以没买车,不必供车更省了车油费!加上我可以安排我自己的时间表,要假日只需给老板开个口。不过这一切都快要改变了。我想我或许找到了一个不但可以让我分配我自己私人的时间,还可以在做我想要做的行业至于赚点钱…

 

waiotapu07 waiotapu08What do you love most about travelling? Comment below and tell me all about your travel stories! 你喜欢旅游吗?请记得留言告诉我你所有旅游的小故事哦!

 

Oliver ❤

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Bill
    March 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Yes, travel as much as you can Oliver. Like you, I was the first in my family to travel outside my own country – Scotland in my case. I became hooked on travel after a week in Paris. I have since gone on to visit countries in Europe, Asia and Australasia.

    I love finding out about different cultures, visiting places I have seen on screen or read about in books, and sampling the local food. Travelling is definitely educational and learning new things keeps my brain active.

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      Oliver
      March 28, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      I am. I’m trying to visit as many (new) places as I can before I’m too busy, or too old to do it. My first time abroad, I came to the UK by myself and didn’t go home for nearly 5 years. That was fun! Not always, but now I can look back and be happy that I did it because it’s definitely helped mould me into who I am today. Absolutely no regrets.

      Oliver x

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    Ana De- Jesus
    March 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Do you live in the UK by any chance? If you are ever in London I would love to meet up as it is not too far from me. I like your determination and I was the same I always wanted to travel from a young age and even with a university degree you can still struggle. I work several jobs to keep me afloat.

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      Oliver
      March 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Hey, Ana! Yes, I do. I live in Manchester but I only ever go to London during LC:M seasons. Good to hear that there are people out there who are willing to sacrifice stability for travel… makes me feel less of a failure because I do get really down at times when I think of my career (or the lack thereof, rather…) but yes, definitely! I will let you know when I’m in London next and we need to meet up and take some photos!

      Oliver x

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    Sarah - Craft Invaders
    March 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Stunning photography, and really interesting to read a little about your passion. Look forward to following more of your travels :)

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    Oliver
    March 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Ohhh yeah! That’s one of the reasons why my parents never travelled much as there are four of us too!

    Oliver x

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    mudpie fridays
    March 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I really wish I took a gap year out between university and starting work as it would have allowed me to travel, I had friends that have done it and loved it. I didnt. Hubby and I now joke that we will do it but in style when we are older and the kids have grown. But I am not sure I will be willing to wait that long, as my children grow then I think it will be bucket list time so we can take them to the places that we want to see as well. But only once they are older enough to understand. Monkey who is 3. 1/2 has a world map in his bedroom and keeps asking to go to certain places so it won’t be a difficult sell! Good luck with the travelling – enjoy it while you can :)

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      Oliver
      March 27, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment and sharing your stories with me! You’re never too old or too late to do anything you want to do! I don’t agree with the idea of having to stay at a Ritz Carlton to enjoy your adventure – travel is way beyond that. For me, it’s about experiencing how people from different walks of life carry out their daily routines. I have been to places where I was badly food poisoned or suffering from severe altitude sickness because I was living among the locals, putting up with things the they put up with on a day-to-day basis, but they gave me stories to tell and that’s what travel is about. It’s not always going to be all comfy, snuggled up in a king size bed watching your home country’s telly from a flat screen TV whilst sipping champagne, which can be nice (if you drink champagne… I don’t) but it’s not the most important factor when I plan a trip. Also, I don’t think to travel necessarily means you have to hop on a plane and fly abroad… You may very well discover that your new travel destination is just around the corner from you! So please don’t let anything stop you and just go for it when you feel the time is right! I’m sure you guys will have a fantastic time! Good luck!! 😀

      Oliver x

      P/S Sorry for rambling on and on and on…

  • Reply
    Nafisah
    March 28, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Your pictures are always on point. I wish we could travel more!

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    DadvWorld - David Shaul
    March 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I’ve not traveled much at all, unless the internet counts? In that case I’ve been everywhere, google earth! You’re pictures are fantastic, you sound like a very bright guy with the qualifications to back it up. I hope you can get into a world that suits you and keeps a few quid in your pocket :)

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      Oliver
      March 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Haha I Google Earth myself too, daydreaming of places I wish I could visit…

      Oliver x

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    Helen | Wonderfully Average
    March 28, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Stunning pictures! I did a bit of travelling when I was younger but it’s been put on hold at the moment as I have a 2 year old and another on the way. It’s definitely something I’d like to do again when the children are older. I enjoyed reading a bit about your background and your family’s story and look foward to reading more of your blog :-)

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    Katie
    March 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Your achievements in life aren’t defined by the job you have – you are richer than many of us in your cultural and travel experiences. All this you’ve done off your own back through education; you should be so proud of yourself, Oliver!

    Katie x
    http://www.thequickredfox.co.uk

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      Oliver
      March 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments, Katie. :)

      Oliver x

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    Dean of Little Steps
    March 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Your photos are amazing! Used to travel a lot too before I had my daughter. I love discovering new cultures, the food and being lost in a country where I don’t even speak the language – that I find really exciting :)

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      Oliver
      March 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Oh yeah! Even though I do speak a few other languages other than English (which is very much universal) but I do honestly find that the experience is so much more authentic when you don’t speak the local lingo. :)

      Oliver x

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    Rachel
    March 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Amazing photos and well done to you for getting in as much Travel as you can x

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    tots2travel
    March 28, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Sounds strange but living in Scotland, which is stunning but a bit chilly, I first travelled in search of sun, but then i was hooked. Even after having children I still have the travel bug and hope to pass it to them. Keep going.

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    Sassy
    March 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Oliver, I admire your ambition, and congratulations for doing so well at university! I would absolutely love to travel, it’s just about finding the time and money. I am attempting to learn Spanish at the moment, and I would absolutely love To learn Mandarin too. Travelling Opens your mind and your eyes to other peoples cultures, which is something I love! It’s just a shame I’m completely blind and cannot see your beautiful pictures! I’m sure they are amazing! :) xxx :)

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    Oliver
    March 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Exactly! I’m not scared of commitment. I want a proper job where I can progress but I’m just not sure if I’m willing to sacrifice the flexibility that allows me to travel… #dilemma

    Oliver x

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    John Milnes
    March 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    My wife knows this place very well, she is originally for New Zealand, although she as not been there since 2008 when she had to leave for personal reasons. I love the photographs and the scenery.

    Thank you for sharing.

    John M

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    Marie
    March 28, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I love to travel, i.love visiting new places finding out their culture and history. Throughout my life i havent been to many places but i have a list to get started on as soon as the kids are old enough and finances allow. When i was younger i lived in New Zealand for a short time and ive visited USA a number of times, Rome, Tenerife, Majorca, Dominican Republic (that was an experience). Photos are amazing!

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    Lilinha
    March 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I love travelling as I get to see different places, try new cuisines and learn more about different cultures!
    Beautiful pictures! :)
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

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      Oliver
      March 29, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      The fooooooooood, of course! I’m definitely going to post more of the grubs on my travels soon! 😀

      Oliver • http://suedeandsymphony.com

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    Anosa
    March 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I need to check your blog out more often now, I love traveling and I blog about it too. I am the only person in my family who travels so much, every weekend I am free I am somewhere in Europe and being in the UK (originally from Zambia) I can go anyway in Europe plus I have added Asia (S.Korea and Japan) to the mix. My 9-5 M-F job has allowed me the luxuries I now enjoy.

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      Oliver
      March 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Good on you, Miranda! Although budget airlines have made travelling within Europe super convenient and often affordable, I’m glad to hear that you’re not afraid to explore further East as well!

      Oliver x

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