Say Hello to Swezin Yu! The 3rd person to be featured here on the Let's go travel blog! I've met Swezin in person during a trip to Ayia Napa in Cyprus, she always has a big smile on her face and seems like a person who enjoys life to it's fullest! The last year she's been living in the USA as an au pair, and now she's moved on to the land down under,Australia.
I asked her the 5 questions as we always do here on this blog, the questions were:
1. What made you leave and explore the world?
2. Where have you been and what have you liked/disliked so far during your trips?
4. Tips for other backpackers?
5. Which Countries have you visited?
and this is what Swezin told us...
"It’s a big decision. Leaving your comfort zone for a foreign country where you don’t know anyone. But leaving my small home town in Sweden was a easy choice for me. I have been moving from country to country. The first time was when the whole family of mine moved to Sweden from Burma, where I originally came from. I was only 10, I didn’t know anyone, or anything about Sweden, or couldn’t speak Swedish. Since then, I realized how curious I am about all different places in this world and it has to offer. I started to daydream about how I would love to stay in every country and every beautiful places.
After I graduate from high school, I decided to move to the Unite States as an Au Pair. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my 20’s. I had the best time, most out of the year. I travelled from state to state, (even country to country) almost every weekend and whenever I had the chance. And now a year later, I am here in Australia. I moved here straight from Washington D.C, where I worked as an Au Pair.
Current location is Brisbane, Queensland. I just got a job as an Au Pair for 3 months, and trying to get another casual job since I got a lot of free times. And Brisbane is only an hour away from Gold Coast, 2 hours from Byron and Sunshine Coast, so why not.
When I now have lived in different countries, I started to learn and appreciate how peaceful and beautiful country Sweden is. in US, everything was HUGE, (every single thing, as a car parking, a garbage bag, a hamburger, a soft drink, your name it). People were so much nicer, more helpful, and more polite). I actually fell in love with every single state and its beauty in US. I had a hard time living for the moment when I lived in Sweden, but after a couple months in US, I started to enjoying for the moment. Moments as when I was having a walk on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cancun, Mexico, or those spontaneous road trips with my best friend Sara. That one time we drove up 12 hours to Montréal, and Toronto, Canada, which sounds like a long trip, but felt like nothing when we had so much fun. I will never forget the amazing road trip in California for 2 weeks. Driving down on Pacific highway from San Francisco, down to Los Angeles, and then to San Diego with the most beautiful views, and stops that we got to see.
Since I just started my adventure in Australia, so I don’t have much to share yet. But within two weeks, I’ve been in Sydney, and all the incredible beaches around Sydney, as Bondi, Bronte, Tamara, and Coogee. I’ve been to some small beaches in Gold Coast, and during this coming weekend, I am planning a road trip to Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay which I look forward to.
After almost 14 months of traveling, I have got the chance to get to know a lot of people from all over the world. What’s actually a great thing about that? Well, you will have the chance to find out about their cultures, food and traditions and you also probably will have a home/ a place to stay when you visit them in their home countries! So my best tips are, please book one-way ticket to somewhere, stay at hostels, stay airbnbs, or why not couchsurfing (I’ve done that several times, and I enjoyed it all of the times!). Trust me, you don’t have to bring along your sister, your best friend or your mom. The best way to grow as a person and be an independent person is when you travel alone, and you got to do everything by your own. And that’s also when you got to know a lot of people on your own. You will start talking to random people, like people you run into in the elevator, in the bathroom, or just someone random that who just checked in as your roommate at the hostel. Trust me, you will never regret that you do/did this adventure. One day, you will just be so grateful that you chose to buy experiences over external objects has transformed yourself in so many good ways."
I want to give Swezin a big thank you for taking the time to tell us her story and telling us about her life in different countries around the world. Hope to hear more about your adventures in Australia! Till next time! X