THE WEEKLY #14: ALONE IN KUALA LUMPUR

Oct 21, 2016

Kuala Lumpur Futsal

Usually in ‘THE WEEKLY’ I talk about where I am, what I’ve been up to and so forth but I also want to use this as a platform to discuss what’s been on my mind during the week. I think it is important to be real and talk about actual thoughts, feelings and emotions because I am not just a traveler and I don’t want to just be in a character in my photos and articles. I have been on this social media/blogging journey for just over a year now. What I’ve found is that you get what you give so I am going to give you as much authenticity as I can.

This week I met up with Jorden Tually from Newcastle, Australia. You can find him on the gram at @jordentually. We met through Instagram on Oahu, Hawaii and both share a love for adventure. We also have similar outlooks on various aspects of life and have both created a similar lifestyle. Jorden isn’t a blogger but does manage to travel for 7-8 months each year and has done so for the past few years.

Kuala Lumpur

Traveling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I left my camera in my bag for the entire week and took a mental break from photography and creating content and it was refreshing. I worked with ferocious dedication on the blog spending at least 40-50 hrs writing and editing in anticipation for having much less time during the Philippines.

The highlights from my working holiday in Kuala Lumpur were definitely working out and wandering in KLCC park in downtown and also the playing futsal on a rooftop with a bunch of people I randomly met. That meant I kept my streak alive of playing futsal/soccer in every country I have visited so far.

Kuala Lumpur Futsal

Next week

I am currently on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Cebu, which is in the Philippines. We will be visiting Cebu, Bohol, Palawan, El Nido, Coron and Boracay. Some of the time we will be couch surfing including tonight and we also have some sponsored hotel stays to break it up. There are a few typhoons in the area and it is the rainy season but we will make the best of it.

Some weekly thoughts

Dealing with the changes in lifestyle from traveling as a couple with Jess to becoming a solo traveler have not been easy but I am slowly getting used to it. Bouncing ideas off of a partner and making joint decisions has turned into trusting my intuition and just going with the flow.

I have really enjoyed Instastory and the ability to share raw moments with you on a daily basis. My instagram is a creative outlet but it doesn’t represent my life or what I do every day. Even though I am always traveling many days I am in a coffee shop or my hotel room for more than 10 hours working on the computer.

I am an introvert, which makes traveling alone very quiet at times. I am as friendly as possible but I feel comfortable sticking to myself. Being an introverted solo traveler can be lonely but gives you a lot of time to think and learn about yourself. It is probably surprising to a lot of people who likely view me as outgoing, which is definitely not how I view myself.

Get in touch!

If you guys have any questions you want to ask me about blogging, travel, instagram just let me know and if you have any questions about me or you just want to chat, I answer all emails at thejourneyera@gmail.com and respond to every direct message on Instagram @jackson.groves

Thanks for supporting me and believing in my dreams

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