Showing posts with label Solo Travels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Solo Travels. Show all posts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Solo Travel this Christmas?

December 14, 2014 0


The feel of the holiday rush in the city is brewing! Indeed, the most wonderful time of the year is here! Though it is still Advent season (In the Catholic calendar, December 1 to December 24 period is called Advent season. Christmas season will begin on the eve of December 25 and will last on the second Sunday of January, during the commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord), the atmosphere of Christmastime is already felt.

So what's your idea of a memorable, awesome Christmas celebration?

Mine is always be --- a quiet celebration with my family back in the province. I always love celebrating Christmas in the province. More relaxing. More peaceful. Happiness is all over the place. I can hear myself clearly and feel the moment so meaningfully.

Unlike in the city where everything is so loud and chaotic, Christmas celebration in the province is more subdued and joy is everywhere.

Oh God! I hate those blasting firecrackers, going to the shopping malls also is not my thing because I detested the idea of swarming along with the crowd, unless I have something very important to buy that would compel me to visit a department store or supermarket, mall hopping during the holidays is not really my idea of experiencing life to the fullest during Christmas season. So city Christmas is something I never dreamed to experience every year. But I have no choice since it's also my decision to work and live in the city. And returning home to the province for the holidays seems quite impossible at the moment.

I missed celebrating Christmas and New Year in the province, I missed to be with my family and childhood friends. Christmas season is always my happiest moment of the year, so many wonderful memories to reminisce, back in the province, the celebration is always amazing, reunion with family and friends, endless laughter and sharing of stories, sharing meals, feast on food, joyful mood in the neighborhood, caroling with friends, visiting relatives, oh yeah, the joy of the season is truly felt, Ahh! Nothing but happiness! 

I've no travel plan this Christmas as I am preparing for our New Year's getaway to Vietnam and Cambodia so I will have to celebrate Christmas quietly at home with my sister in Caloocan and attending Mass at the Church. But if I would be given a chance to take a quick trip this Christmas, I will choose a countryside trip.

Though I am wary and a little bit uncomfortable visiting a place without a companion, I just feel it's time to conquer my fear and go into an adventure alone. I want to experience the thrill that other bloggers had been raving about taking a solo trip. It would be more exciting to end the year with a whole new experience. But since I am kinda chicken out to really try this experience because of fear of being robbed or abducted or become a victim of heinous crimes or whatever craziness and horrifying events present in the environment, I will choose a place that is a little bit familiar to me - Tagaytay.

Tagaytay is my top choice since it is closer to Metro Manila and I've been there quite a number of times. Although it's a little bit crowded during the holiday season, I would still love to visit the place and perhaps dine at Bag of Beans or travel to Sonya's Garden. I've never been to Sonya's and that's one of my travel regrets at the moment. The place sounds alluring and I love the surrounding! Those amazing plants, gardens, herbs and organic food! Perfect place to chill for a nature lover like me.
How about you readers, what's your travel plan this Christmastime? Feel free to share your views at the comment section of this blog. Thank you! Have a wonderful Holiday celebration!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Want to be a solo Traveler?

July 12, 2014 0

No. Not at the moment, don't have a nerve to do it.

But almost 90% of travel bloggers around the world already tried solo traveling and their sharing of taking a solo trip sounds fascinating and exciting but at the moment, I don't entertain this kind of adventure, it's pretty scary and terrifying, my greatest fear is that I might end up a victim of gang rape or torture or something that will drive me nuts in an unknown place.
I'd done quite a number of solo poses but not solo trips :-D

Though I am a classic adventurer when it comes to traveling, that is, I am not afraid to visit a place for the first time, walk around, discover the environment, explore the area and see where my courage and independence would take me by not asking directions from the locals, I always do it with a travel companion, never with myself alone.

But solo travelers never think this way, they always believe that embarking into a solo trip is the ultimate definition of one's freedom. According to them, it allows you to get the most of your trip doing things you are not used to, like talking to strangers, be uncomfortable with the surroundings, eat unfamiliar foods, discovering your unique strength and a chance to come out with your inner self.

Sounds interesting, but still I don't have the courage to do it, not for the next couple of years. For me, if ever there's anything exciting about traveling to a new place, it's taking an escape with a friend. It's absolutely terrific to share bloopers and discoveries with someone I already knew than share a conversation with a complete stranger. It's kinda uncomfortable and ridiculous. I still prefer to travel with someone, with anyone whom I am familiar and comfortable with.

In my whole existence since earning a college degree and having a job, I lived my life alone and in most part, I stayed in a boarding house with no companion, so naturally, I am used of living alone, but not in travelling. I still won't buy the idea of hopping into a completely different place with just myself.

And so....
my loyal travel buddy, Rowie Tagaan

Since I'm a nervous freak girl when it comes to solo traveling, I would just like to have a travel buddy who can compensate my appetite in adventure. I have my best friend, Rowie Tagaan whom I shared a great inclination in traveling. We spent quite a number of travel escapades outside Metro Manila and the experience was really fun and memorable.

But I know this is just temporary, someday she will have her own life and might not be available anymore when I need someone to accompany me in my travel pursuits. And by that time maybe I would be forced to go solo. Or maybe I could spend it with someone who has the same appetite as mine in discovering and exploring things in a new environment.

To those who may want to try solo traveling as a tourist, here are tips I got from solo travel bloggers around the web:

  • Plan ahead. This includes doing research about the place, the tradition, culture, policies, checking affordable hotel accommodations, preparing a precise itinerary with details on expenses.
  • Pack Light. Do not carry more than two luggage. It's pretty difficult to travel alone with so many bags tuck in your arms.
  • Safety first. Always take precautionary measures. Be attentive and sensitive with the environment, never easily trust strangers and refrain from visiting remote areas.
  • Ensure your budget is comfortable enough to cover your expenses, remember you are travelling alone.
  • Always consider the cost of everything from airport transfer, taxi, entrance fees to amusement parks.
  • Always carry your identification, passport, company ID, government-issued ID wherever you go.
  • If it doesn't feel right then don't do it. Trust your instinct.
  • Be wary from asking bystanders about directions, information, try to look for someone who can be trusted like police officers.
  • Don't draw attention to yourself by wearing fancy clothes, jewelry.
  • Avoid appearing like a tourist and don't walk around holding a guide book or map as if you're lost and needed help, you'll become an easy target of crimes.
  • Check your map, know your destination and transportation schedules before leaving your hotel.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family through email, phone, etc. when you're in a different place, make sure they know your whereabouts and itinerary.
  • If you notice suspicious individuals following you, keep a good distance and make sure you are in the crowd.
  • Don't forget to pray, it's a great help!

Enjoy your solo travel!


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