Sabah creator chosen to travel the world with family amid pandemic

Sabah-born Colin Mukri, 30, was handpicked to travel the world for a year with his family – and hopefully visit his hometown again after being away for years.

The designer, filmmaker and freelance songwriter from Tawau moved to South Carolina at the age of 19 and has not been to Malaysia since 2017. But he will soon have the chance to return with his wife Meg and his two girls since Airbnb chose it. the family to embark on a tour, covering the cost of transportation, accommodation and various local experiences.

“Ever since I started working entirely remotely, the idea of ​​working from anywhere with Meg and the kids was constantly a daydream,” Colin said in a press release. “We decided to put money aside each month so that we could afford to live elsewhere for a month each year.”

Colin then discovered the vacation rental company’s Live Anywhere experience and applied for the program. He was then chosen, along with 11 others, out of more than 300,000 applicants. Other chosen participants include those from countries such as Singapore, Argentina, Canada, UK, France, US, Russia and South Africa. All they have to do is share their travel information with Airbnb to help the company plan long-term stays in the future or any other upgrades their platform might use.

Colin and Meg took their eldest daughter on tour to Iceland, Italy, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia and Thailand in 2017. This year her sponsored travel plan will cover places like Europe and New Zealand. . Colin is very happy to have the chance to meet his family in Tawau just in time for the Chinese New Year (I hope Malaysia’s travel restrictions will be lifted by then). Colin wishes to visit Kapalai or the Kundasang region and enjoy the local cuisine again.

“Living around the world, it is important to my wife and I that our children can spend time with their families during the holidays,” he said. “As Sabahan, we are spoiled by the abundance of natural beauty. I have lots of fond memories of family vacations in the towns around Mount Kinabalu, so a road trip around Sabah would top my list.

“Not to mention the amazing food along the way! My mother grew up in Tanjung Bunga and we also spent a lot of time there, so Penang is another top contender for us, ”he added.

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