I come from a small city called Tarlac in the Philippines but I have dreams as big as the universe. I have a severe case of itchy feet. It seems like I can’t stay in one place for a long time. I believe in investing in experiences. I always tell friends to invest in themselves. Life is too short. I’d rather spend good money on a plane ticket than a designer bag. I believe that nothing is really permanent – not things, places, even people. So, treasure everything while you still can.
My friend suggested that my About me page is too short and I should answer these questions. So here it goes:
HOW I STARTED THIS BLOG
I started a blog just because it was a new thing before and I wanted to try it some 8 years ago. Then I stared traveling and friends would ask about my itinerary, what I did, how I got the visa. To streamline everything, I thought I would post it here. When a friend asks, I could just easily give him/her the link and I don’t have to write the same info a few times. It also became a sort of documentation of my travels and adventures. 🙂
WHAT GOT ME STARTED WITH TRAVEL?
I’ve always been curious with the world. I remember our provincial excursions to the mountains or nearby beach when I was a kid and I have fond memories. I had the opportunity to go to a beautiful place for college. I occasionally traveled. I always envied some of my peers who had freedom to go wherever they want but my passport was different from theirs. It was always more challenging to get to places but it was always possible. 🙂 When I returned home, that’s when it really started. I thank budget airlines because they really made it affordable to get from one place to another.
HOW DO I DO IT?
I am not rich. I am self-employed with a comfortable income. I do my best with what I have. I’ve never asked my parents for travel expenses. I don’t like to spend on things like bag, clothes, coffee, etc. Travel is probably my only vice if you can call it that. I have a system in place. I usually buy my ticket 3 months ahead of departure. Then 2 months before, I take care of accommodation. Then the month before, I sort out my travel budget. This way, I don’t spend it all in just one go. I divide it in 3 major expenses: airfare, accommodation and travel budget.
WHY DO I KEEP DOING WHAT I’M DOING?
Because I love it. I love looking at good airfare deals and comparing accommodations. I love the feeling of discovering a nice cafe on a quiet street. I love how my perception of places and people can change. I love eating different cuisines. It’s like getting to know the world one place at a time. I like sharing that here. I hope more people would share experiences with one another. When I look back the year before, I don’t remember how much I earned, what new things I got, I always remember the things I did with this person at this place. That always puts a smile on my face. 🙂
Questions about visas, travel or any other blog post will be entertained on the comment section so others who read it can also benefit from it. For everything else, contact me on my facebook page. 🙂