Traveler Profile – Kirsten Han
The Traveler: Kirsten Han
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Where are you from?
What’s Your Story?
I’m a film school graduate who is addicted to new experiences, which explains why I am crazy enough for certain things in my life – long-distance relationship, volunteer trips to refugee camps and the jungle, working long hours and THEN volunteering more on the side, etc.
I am currently working as an assistant producer in a tiny film production company, making documentaries. As I said, the hours are nuts but we get to travel from time to time telling stories, which is
I was born and raised in Singapore, where I work now. I studied in New Zealand for three-and-a-half years, and apart from that have been travelling since I was a kid (thank you, Mum!) to places like Europe, USA (just Florida, though), China, Japan, Australia, etc. Now I am hoping to explore more of South-East Asia, which is my part of the world after all! I’m starting to visit Thailand more because my boyfriend lives there, and also I have done volunteer work in the jungle on the Thai-Burmese border.
I speak English (which I actually consider my native tongue), Mandarin and can take a stab at French.
Why do you travel?
I travel because there is so much out there to see and to experience!
I also travel to meet people and tell their stories, and try to help them whenever I can, however I can. Helping others and opening my eyes to how they live expands the world from where I stand, and I believe that helps me become a better person.
How do you fund your travels?
I have to be a short-term traveler because I can’t get away from work so much, and when we travel because of work we don’t go for too long because we need to come back and edit our documentaries. But I would love to become a more long-term traveler if I had the chance!
Whats your best travel experience? Whats your best travel
My best travel experience is without a doubt, volunteering in the jungle. I worked with some really awesome people who didn’t hesitate to accept me into their community and family. I learned so much about their culture while I was there, and also about myself – it was my first time living without modern plumbing, electricity, a mobile network or (GOD FORBID) the Internet. I can’t wait to go back again!
The best travel blunder (that I remember) is when my friend had to catch a later flight out to Kuala Lumpur, because my flight was full, so I decided to wait for her at the terminal. After waiting for 2 hours, she still hadn’t shown up, and it took us another hour to realize that was because we were at two completely different airports!