Travel far enough, you meet yourself. -Cloud Atlas
“Take me back to Bangkok!” I kept on saying these words. It was my first solo travel outside the Philippines last year and.. I LOVED IT! Others would find it strange, some dumbfounded, the rest.. interesting. Oh well, It was such a superb feeling. I had always wanted to indulge in solitude, to go wander and see the world on my own but didn’t have the nerve to do so because I was a bit terror-stricken that I might get lost or whatsoever. Then I came across a quote saying :
Not all those who wander are lost.
It somehow made me pause and ponder, it may probably make you feel lost at one certain point but on the other hand, It may also make you feel reborn, found and at home. Found in a sense that you will be unleashing a new chapter in your life, you will meet new people (that will turn strangers into friends) to correlate and share new memories with. Above all, you will gain new discoveries and insights about ‘what’s really out there‘.
Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag” -Alexander Solzhenitsyn
I didn’t want to limit myself to the boundaries I’ve known my entire life so I decided to take it to the next level. I had always traveled with friends and/or family hence, never got the chance to travel solo. I wanted to do something out of the usual like meeting people of different cultures. In meeting we get to share, learn, understand and appreciate each cultural differences then we become more globalized and diverse. Also, the best part of traveling is that it transforms all the self-effacing shyness and idiocy that dominates within us to become sophisticated, cultured and well-absorbed.
Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.”
So.. On my 29th Birthday, I did it! It was like a drug, it was so addicting that I couldn’t stop myself from checking on flights and searching around the web for good deals and places to go. I had all travel-related apps (Booking.com, Agoda, and Hostel world) on my phone. From then on I never wanted to stop. Nevertheless, I had no choice because I had to return to work and attend my language class (they have their own means of helping me save money lol!) Oh well, in terms of monetary value. I used to be so materialistic and updated with worldly things. I know most of us are guilty about this. Nonetheless, when we at least try to internalize, we will then realize that the value of these things will eventually deteriorate, all of these will be replaced one after the other.
When I met some of those beautiful people from around the globe, in their own little ways they depicted how gratified they were with what they have, that they would rather get a plane ticket, collect travel stamps, wake up in a different place and experience how great the World is rather than spending on things that wouldn’t even be of the same value in the future. I was astonished, then I allowed myself to have that kind of mind-set. They taught me how to live my life SIMPLE but to it’s FULLEST.– TRAVEL and Live the life I always wanted! because of that I had gone to Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia-Bali (Ubud, Seminyak, Kuta, Uluwatu, Gili Trawangan) Hong Kong (2nd time, the first was with friends) and Macau in a span of a year (not inclusive of my travels in the Philippines). It’s not much yet but I’m happy I made it and will still be doing it. I will never get tired of it. Now, I feel like a totally different person. Independent, Matured, Diverse, Cultured and definitely Happy.
Note to Self:
Travel. as much as you can. As far as you can. As Iong as you are young and able. Don’t worry about the money , just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money. Life is not meant to be lived at one place.
Photos taken during my first International solo travel to Thailand-Bangkok (16 hours side trip to Kuala Lumpur). I will have a separate post on each of my travels 🙂
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