Peek Holidays in Baliem Valley

Hi, I am Tracy from Peek Holidays!

I was born in Indonesia, stayed in Singapore for 11 years and now I am currently residing in Jakarta, Indonesia.

I worked as a Graphic Designer for as long as I can remember. I planned to take a long break since my last employment and go back to apply for my next job when I am ready to juggle with all the deadlines again. However, plan remains as a plan as of now – I don’t think I will be going back to my office desk anytime soon.

As a Graphic Designer, I spend most of my time in front of my computer and long working hours is often inevitable. The only time I am not working is when I am off to somewhere. orto be precise, the ONLY WAY for me to stop working is by going off to somewhere. Work is a must. However, to me, to spend time with friends, family, and surrounding are equally important. Time flies fast. And I only realized that after I was burn out and missed many moments in life.

WHY PEEK HOLIDAYS

Skiing in Toronto, CanadaPeek-A-Boo!

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

I chose Peek Holidays as the name of my blog as that time I thought of ‘peek-a-boo’ which kind of giving amusing feeling. I hope what I share here will give a brief information of the places I have been and leave the rest as surprises when you go there!

WHY I LOVE TRAVELING

I love languages, I love cultures. I love natures.

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

Is it a genetic issue? My parents also love traveling. 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 point of time, I was still a little kid and barely understood where Japan was. I never thought that I would be there one day. [Read Tsukiji Market: Not An Usual Market in Tokyo] 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. :)

Peek Holidays

ABOUT PEEK HOLIDAYS

Peek Holidays was first created in around year 2011 but I only started to maintain and update the content seriously since 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 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 unexpected situation like me when I travel to Papua.

Tracy Chong

Few (Un)Important Facts About Me

  • I was born in Medan, a little city in North Sumatra, Indonesia. That’s the fact although I only have lived there for 11 years for my whole life
  • My current jobs are Travel Blogger and Planner. Need help to arrange for your holiday? Talk to me
  • Ever asked to shut up because my poor English skill. “Hey you, who’s laughing now?”Jessie J. No, I am not holding grudge but rather taking it as an experience that I will always remember for life
  • Yes, still in the learning process to improve my English
  • I love mountains more than seas. But sometimes I love seas more
  • My favourite food is everything about soya bean. Including tofu (bean curd) and tempe (Indonesia fermented soya bean). What are you saying? Tofu? Yes, and I don’t mind eating that everyday. Congee and soup will be another two.
  • My favourite countries so far are Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, USA and Canada
  • I slept at the Singapore Changi Airport once not because of waiting for my flight but rather because I left my home key while all my family were already left for holiday
  • I jumped down from 7 m high cliff when I did body rafting in Green Canyon. For my level, that’s scary but I did it anyway
  • My first solo travelling was to a country that I totally don’t understand the language, South Korea
  • My first hiking was to Mount Agung in year 2013 and since then I was addicted to mountains and natures
  • I am allergic to alcohol and it is ok. I still have green tea
  • I was a (almost) workaholic before I started to travel frequently
  • I am concern of health and love sports although I am not (yet) fit myself
  • My favourite sport at the moment, Muay Thai. In the past, Kickboxing. Does it make any difference?
  • I believe girls should learn how to protect themselves. At least strong enough to give one punch or kick before runnng for life
  • I am INFJ. Ermm…ahh…OK
  • I believe one should never stop learning
  • I still wish to continue study one day

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

– Albert Einstein

Peek Holidays in Alaska

HOW DO I AFFORD TO TRAVEL?

I often to receive such question.

When I was still an employee, the answer is obvious – from my salary. Even so, people will still ask me, “HOW CAN YOU AFFORD?” which I think I should have asked back next time, “WHY CAN’T I?”

Peek HolidaysI can say my biggest spending is for travelling. I no fancy of branded stuffs nor jewellery or other high-price items. It isn’t that I don’t like but I know my priority. If I get that thousand dollars branded bag, then I won’t have anymore fund to go for 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 more less the same. It is still from the reward of my labor but just that from different sources. First thing first, my expenses is lower in Jakarta compared to Singapore. Second, although the living cost here is lower and I do have some saving but it doesn’t mean that I live extravagantly here. I still have to adjust with my new lifestyle – while building up my income streams to sustain my preferred living style. The risk is higher to travel without full-time job so I have to calculate my finance carefully.

  • Travel Planning Services
    For the past three years, I have been organizing trips for people who want to explore Indonesia through Indonesia Explorer Meetup Group. So, I continue doing what I have been doing and currently I am developing my income stream through Klayap, offering travel related services
  • Freelance writing for magazine and websites
    I do write sometimes if there are good opportunity for exposure
  • Sponsored posts
    At certain occasion, I do accept advertisement or sponsored post if I see the content is valuable enough. I do also work with brands but limited to one each month
  • Affiliate Links
    When I recommend brands or products, I will usually include in the affiliate links where to buy it. When you click on any of the links and make purchase, I will receive a small commission from the brands at no extra cost to you

Groupshot in Bali at Uluwatu Temple

I hope what I share here through Peek Holidays will inspire you. If you love my stories, do support me by sharing with your friends. And if you would like to find out further about how we can work together, do 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!

Thanks for reading,
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