Jaclynn Seah is The Occasional Traveller, a Singaporean who loves to travel despite holding a full-time job. She started the blog in 2010 when she realised one day that she had too many annual leave days left over - she had actually forgotten to travel and needed something to spark that wanderlust.
This blog is written for the busy working professional who loves to travel despite having limited time. From journals with tips from Jac's travels to help you plan your own trips, to a broad range of reviews and things that inspire wanderlust, the idea ultimately is to remind you to take that time off for your next trip and travel more when you can.
In 2016, I quit my full-time job to take some time off for travel in a Career Break of sorts, mainly because I wanted to experience what longer term was travel was like, as well as visit places like South America which are admittedly tough to do with a typical 2-3 week Singaporean vacation time. You can read an interview I did with one of Singapore's leading newspapers in the links below.
Where I've visited in this Career Break so far - Japan / Taiwan / USA / UK / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia & Herzegovina / Serbia / Hungary / Slovakia / Vienna / Czech Republic / Poland / Lithuania / Latvia / Estonia / Netherlands / Kenya / Germany / Indonesia / Laos / Thailand / South Korea / Canada / Colombia / Ecuador / Panama / Peru / Chile / Bolivia / ...? Stay tuned for more!
I'm a big fan of solo travel - I love the freedom that comes with being on your own, the way it's easier to make new friends and not having to adhere to anyone's plan but your own. My first solo trip was in 2011 to Seoul in between jobs and ever since I've been hooked, trying to travel solo at least once a year. Places I've visited on my own include Vietnam, Dublin, Prague, Portugal, Penang and my entire Career Break which spans various countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. I believe everyone should try solo travel at least once even if they decide it's not for them.
I describe my travel style as Millenial Flashpacker. Millenial because I'm much more reliant on my phone and the internet for facilitating my travels than using guidebooks and maps. Flashpacker because I don't like to splurge if I can help it but I'm willing to spend on experiences and things that help me travel better. I enjoy the community of hostel living and the ease of reducing m luggage to carry-on only. I love both tourist attractions (there's a reason they are popular) and veering off the tourist track to find unexpected surprises.
In any destination, you're likely to see me hunting street art in the streets, searching for a nice scenic view point or just wandering around the city on my own. I scuba dive whenever possible and love a good adventure activity like skydiving, caving or canyoning. I'm willing to try anything at least once, whether it's eating bugs in the market or jumping out of a plane. I'm a fan of both busy cities and epic natural landscapes, learning foreign languages and meeting new people around the world - I hate strenuous hikes uphill, inconsiderate travellers and particularly persistent touts.