About Me

Hey there, wanderlust souls! Looking for inspiration and tips to make your next move or travel adventure memorable? Then you’ve come to the right place! My name is Karen Chow, and I’m a seasoned traveler who loves to share my experiences and insights with others. With 37 countries visited and three international moves under my belt, I’ve got plenty of Moving Memos to help you make the most out of your own adventures.

Karen Chow playing the ukulele at Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach, OR, USA
Karen Chow playing the ukulele at Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach, OR, USA

Why should you read my blog? Well, for starters, I’ve learned a thing or two about adapting to new cultures and finding my way around unfamiliar places. Whether you’re moving to a new city or exploring a foreign land, I’ve got plenty of tips and tricks to help you feel at home. Plus, I love to share stories about local cuisine, cultural festivals, and hidden gems that you won’t find in any guidebook.

Moving

When it comes to moving, I know the stress and complexity that comes with the territory. In fact, I’ve moved internationally three times, and it never gets any easier. But, I have learned a few things about how to make the move smoother. Firstly, always declutter and prioritize what you want to bring with you. Moving can be a chance to start fresh and to leave behind things that no longer serve a purpose in your life. It can be hard to let go but remind yourself that less is often more. Secondly, make sure to gather all necessary documents, including your visa, passport, and driver’s license. Triple-check that everything is valid and up to date. Lastly, reach out to friends and family for help. If someone can be your sounding board, moral support, or even offer assistance with packing and moving – don’t be too proud to ask! They often know you best and can ease the pressure that can come with moving.

But moving isn’t always permanent; sometimes you just need to take a break and travel. The adventure of exploring a new place can be the perfect solution to help get over a rut or built-up stress. And it’s something I am familiar with, considering I’ve traveled to 37 different countries. From the azure waters of the Caribbean to snowy Norwegian landscapes, every country I’ve visited has had its unique charm and character. So when it comes to travel, I always recommend diving in head-first. Be open-minded and willing to try new things, even if it’s something you never thought you’d do. Lastly, use travel experiences to grow, both as a person and within your career. Exploring new places can open up doors to new cultures, languages, and professional opportunities. Embrace the unfamiliarity and learn as much as possible from the experiences it presents.

When I think about all the countries I’ve been to, some of my fondest memories are from countries like Greece, Switzerland, and Japan. In Greece, there was something unique about the vibrant blue of the Mediterranean Sea contrasting against the white stone buildings. In Switzerland, the food was simply divine, but it was the unexpected snow in Murren that made the trip more memorable. In Japan, the respect and appreciation for aesthetics shone through in every corner I turned. When visiting countries, be sure to experience the culture authentically – and that includes trying local cuisine and participating in local customs.

Conclusion

Traveling and moving can both be dynamic, thrilling, and challenging experiences, but with enough preparation and an open mind, you can make incredible memories that last a lifetime. By sharing my Moving Memos and personal anecdotes, I hope to inspire others to seek out their own adventures. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, go outside your usual area or country, discover new friendships, and break free of all limits. Start exploring today – who knows where it might take you!