How Cindy Susanto from Travel Mints turned her travel daydream into her day job, living a life of adventure and chronicling her journey every step of the way.

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Perpetual Wanderlust with Travel Mints

Instagram has become a forum for Armchair Travellers to vicariously explore the world through the daily chronicles of their favourite influencers. One such guide, Cindy Susanto has been making waves with her account @travelmints, with an impressive 26.2k followers and counting, her postcard worthy images are pure perfection.


The FOMO is real. And the only fail-safe cure is to book a trip to a TM recommended destination.


TELL US WHAT’S IN YOUR NEO THE LABEL BAG?

My essentials are iPhone, wallet, sunnies, car keys, Beats headphone and hair bands.


IF YOU COULD TRADE BAGS WITH SOMEONE FOR A DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?


Definitely Alexis Ren! She is cool, sexy yet fun at the same time and I would love to know how she does it! But also because she is so real about her life behind the camera and it is refreshing.


WHAT WAS YOUR ORIGINAL 9-5 JOB, PRIOR TO BECOMING A PROFESIONAL WANDERER?


Like most people, I started with a 9-5 job as a real estate agent and did this for a few years. I have always had a passion for photography since high school but went against my heart and followed the traditional pathway of working in an office. It was only until 2016 that I decided enough was enough! It was time to finally stop living my life according to other people’s expectations and to start living my life for me. So I saved enough money to buy my very first 10-year-old second hand DLSR camera and taught myself photography skills with the help of my lifelong teacher, YouTube. It feels strange to be called a professional wanderer but this dream-chasing journey has taken me to some of the most amazing places in the world and led to the creation of Travel Mints, which is my pride and joy!


HOW DID YOU FIND THE COURAGE TO CHANGE CAREERS AND START LIVING A NOMADIC LIFE?


I became the unhappiest version of myself last year and started to lose sight of my purpose in life. I listened to a lot of motivational videos on YouTube and top shelf audio books to find some inspiration and from there, my perception of a perfect life slowly changed. After much reflection, I realised that I could never be truly happy if I kept trying to follow what I should be doing instead of doing what I actually wanted. I finally realised that we only get one life and I had to create my own happiness so I made a serious choice to pursue my passion for creativity and decided to chase islands and the beautiful life underneath the water!


TOP 3 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS TO DATE?

  1. My first diving experience in Fiji was both incredibly exciting and visually spectacular! I remember feeling nervous because it was my first time diving but the amount of coral and sea life that I got to witness was absolutely magical and breathtaking. It is like entering a completely new world and it only made my love for the beautiful ocean grow deeper and motivates me to explore more!
  1. The time I spent 4 days straight on a remote island in Indonesia with no mobile signal or access to Internet. I spend a lot of my time on social media and the thought of having no access made me feel uncomfortable but having no mobile signal or Internet terrified me even more! But like the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I slowly got used to it and was even starting to like it because I felt more present in the moment. It was definitely an eye opener that I can live without Internet.
  1. Swimming with stingless jellyfish in Indonesia and there are only two places that you can do this in the world. Normally we swim away from jellyfishes but this experience gave me the chance to swim right next to them and even touch them! They are cute little creatures and it was amazing to see them up close and personal.

WHAT’S YOUR TOP INSTAGRAM TIP?


Take it as a platform to express yourself as a creative professional and you will be surprised by the opportunities that may come up! I think we often try to copy other people's styles and I have done this before when I had a crush on someone else's work but it is important to incorporate your own style and show the world who YOU are!


FAVOURITE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?


Happiness is a choice not an achievement. Nothing will make you happy until you decide to be happy - Ralph Marston.


TOP 5 FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW?

  1. @tonimahfud
  2. @samevanslife
  3. @doyoutravel
  4. @sam_kolder
  5. @imjennim  

WHAT’S NEXT FOR TRAVEL MINTS?

I am starting to get into video making. I recently spent 8 hours straight on YouTube to teach myself how to create videos from random footages that I shot while travelling. This drove me crazy but it was also very fun and rewarding to see the final result! I will also continue to chase as many islands as I can and explore the beautiful ocean life that this world has to offer – as you can probably tell I have a massive love for the ocean!


Here’s the link to my recent video: https://youtu.be/mmtvxPMRgrs