I wanted to thank Steph, friend and contributor to this site, for tagging me! This is a tag I’m excited to write about. You can read her version of this tag on her blog!
Coming from the Philippines, the first major traveling I did was move to the United States when I was 14. I remember being a nervous wreck but behind that fear of not knowing was eagerness and excitement. First reason was that we finally get to be with our dad and live as a family, and second was, I get a chance to start fresh, meet new people, see new places, and have new experiences.
Although it hasn’t been smooth sailing since we moved here, I think things worked out well in the end and we are happier than ever. I lived in the same state, same city, same street and the same house for years and it has been great for the most part. One thing I regret is not traveling sooner because I loved exploring! I remember getting scolded by my mom because I’d go with friends and not come home til sundown. I was out playing and going to places I haven’t been before and having a really good time. I also love adventure. I am pretty much up to do anything once. I’ve jumped out of a plane, flew a plane, parasail, got on every roller coaster ride in a theme park and other things you don’t get to do everyday. There’s so much to do in life and there’s so little time to try them all. Another thing I’m fascinated with is other cultures. I come from a very different culture and I had to learn a whole new one when we moved to the States, and now that I’ve been with my bf for several years, it was great learning about his family’s culture.
A couple of years ago, I suddenly realized that I haven’t been anywhere and the lack of experiencing life, other than what I’m already used to, started to bother me. It wasn’t like I had the means and time to travel, but I really really wished I could see other places and have something new to experience. When I finally graduated from nursing school and got a job, I made saving money a priority. The dream to finally go somewhere was more feasible. Two years ago, I, along with my bf, took our very first trip out of the country in 13 years.
Where is your favourite place you have visited?
If I’m being honest, it’s a tie between Guatemala and Holland. I really wanted to add Paris but maybe our second trip there will be better. Guatemala because that trip was so special to me and we saw so many amazing places that my heart smiles when I think about it. We ate like the locals, explored local markets, and of course, the amazing climate and views! Holland because it was also so beautiful there but in a different way. Amsterdam is definitely one of the weirdest and most fun city I have been to.
If you could visit anywhere tomorrow, where would you pick?
The Philippines. Well we are actually going in a few months so I don’t know if that counts. Iceland is also high on my list, I’ll die happy if I get to see the Aurora Borealis in person.
Would you rather go on a city holiday or a beach holiday?
I live in Florida, and we have some very beautiful beaches here, and I don’t think I’ll get sick of traveling to tropical places with amazing beaches. City trips are great and fun but they can be chaotic, so I would prefer a beach trip to unwind and just relax.
What are 3 of your holiday essentials?
Phone! It’s got maps, information, a translator, and ways to get a hold of people in case you need to. A camera, because I like to take nice pictures of places and people and it’s an amazing way to preserve memories. Journal, since I blog, it’s nice to write down details of my travels just in case I don’t get to posting right away
Are you an Over-Packer or an Under-Packer?
I’ve always thought of myself as an Over-Packer but our backpacking trip to Europe proved that I can be an Under-Packer. It was so convenient not having to wait to pick up your bag when you only have a carry on and on our last trip, I also once again, only brought one carry on bag for a two week trip!
What is your favourite thing about going on holidays?
I would say the best thing about going on trips is experiencing something new. I think we work hard and develop a routine, get complacent and lazy, that years pass by and it’s like, you ask yourself, what’s something different that I’ve done lately? I think learning about something new, trying new things, and meeting new people can really add value to how well rounded a person can become. You sensing a pattern? New. It’s a great way to break the monotony of everyday life.
What is one place you would never want to visit?
I’d love to visit anywhere but realistically, places where there’s an active conflict, like war, going on is probably something I’d rather avoid for now
Who would you rather go on a holiday with, family or friends?
I’ve never travelled with friends, it’s mostly family and of course, my travel buddy, Rog, but he’s considered family so I’m going with family. I love going places with my family because they are some crazy people and it’s guaranteed a fun time wherever we go.
What is the most adventurous dish you have tried from another country?
I visited my mom’s family in Mindanao which is south of where I grew up and had to travel by ship for a couple of days. They lived in farms, where they grew and harvested their own food. One time, my uncle asked me if I wanted friend chicken so I said yes! They tend to catch their own food so for dinner, a group of us went to the woods and they were carrying guns. A few gunshots later, they were collecting dead birds. I was served fried bird that night and of course it tasted like chicken. I later found out it was crow. I’m not picky with food and like I said, I’ll try anything once. I used to love eating snails, barbecued chicken intestine, balut (pretty popular dare food to tourists), and other things that most don’t find appetizing.
Who do you want to do this travel tag?
Anyone reading this! If you plan on doing it, leave a message below so I can read your version of this travel tag!