Marya The BeauTraveler

Who I Am

Born and bred in the western part of Java, Indonesia. 100% Sundanese, the ethnic that is traditionally known for their lack of ability to travel and adapt outside their origin. 

I don’t come from a family that is well-traveled. The furthest I traveled with my family as a kid, it was to Surabaya for a relative’s wedding. Other than that, not so much. 

In 2010, I got a scholarship for a summer course to learn Turkish in Izmir, Turkey. It was my very first time to get on a plane. Also my first time to travel abroad and away from the family. 

After getting my degree in 2011, I figured that the downside of choosing your own major is that the chance was thin to get the related job as they are not hiring. 

So, instead of being a diplomat like I had always wanted when I was a kid, I got a job as a flight attendant instead. 

Me at Stone Garden, Bandung.

What I Do

Fast forward to today, after a few years flying as a flight attendant and then changed manoeuvre to the corporate job, I decided to quit my 9-to-5. Not to travel though, unfortunately I’m not that lucky to get the privilege to just quit and go. It doesn’t help to have a rather weak passport like Indonesian, either.

So instead, I work remotely as a copywriter for some local Indonesian brands. In addition, I also act as a social media strategist for a public figure here in Indonesia. 

Ever since I quit my job, I decided to breathe a little and live slow. And so far, it works perfectly fine for my lazy ass personality. 

After awhile staying independently on my own, I’m now back to my parents’ house.

As I’ve got a facial tic disorder ever since I started working for the airlines, I’ve been doing the therapy for almost 2 years now. It’s not exactly gone, but it’s definitely improving compared to a couple of years ago. 

My routine nowadays includes waking up late, and getting online straight away just in case I’ve got some tasks to do from any of my clients. At night, after finishing my job, I usually work on this blog to improve what I have now. 

Occasionally, I take some time to travel somewhere that I’ve never been before. It is because I’ve got my personal mission to at least experience something new once a year. 

After all, life is too short to keep doing the same thing everyday.

How I Do It

With so close to minimum wage monthly income, as much as I want to, it’s almost impossible to travel so often. Therefore, I travel slow and only do it when I can. Time-wise, and money-wise. 

With my Indonesian passport, the country options to travel visa-free is thin. It’s not that I don’t have a dream to go to Europe, because that’s exactly what I’ve been dreaming on ever since I was a kid.

The only thing that stops me now is that I am still yet to have enough money in my bank account in order to get my visa application granted one day, since I obviously have no sponsor.

That alone don’t stop me from traveling, because for now I have my personal goal to visit all ASEAN country members. To this date, I’ve only got Laos and Cambodia left and I’m aiming to do it next year. 

After all, they’re visa-free. Budget-wise, I could still manage to save some to travel around the region. They’re also different with some sense of familiarity with my own culture. 

I mostly travel solo, and occasionally take my siblings with me since I’m single as fuck

Feel free to drop me an e-mail if interested. *lol*

Me in front of the gate of Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei.

Where to Find Me

Most likely, you could find me at my sanctuary. In the second floor of my parents’ house, either at my workplace or around the cats’ room. Yeah, my cats have their own room. 😛 

However, if you’re interested to contact me for either personal chat or asking anything about this blog or its content, feel free to drop me an e-mail at marya@thebeautraveler.com.

If you think I’m worthy to be followed on social media accounts, please be my guest!