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Taking a very long break!

Hello 2018!!!!

It’s been awhile since I last posted something up, traveling-related, yikes! I haven’t done any traveling after my Palawan and Siargao escapades – which I haven’t blogged yet due to laziness ūüė≠. I’m very sorry for procrastinating about this for so long!

I’m not a seasoned traveler yet. In fact, I got bitten by the travel bug back in 2015. My biggest influences were my¬†Couchsurfer friends, so thanks to them, I decided to do a bit of traveling alone… and I loved it!

Circa 2016: me and my CS friend, Kaye, in Siquijor!!!

I also get questions from people on how I can afford my travels. Most people close to me think that I am well-off or made more money to venture off to the unknown. The answer is simple: I work and save up.

Like you folks, I have a job (I recently switched jobs because my previous company folded) that helps me pay my bills, pay my rent, buy my food and so on. I work hard like everyone else. I do budget my expenses since I live in Panglao Island. I’m not in the comforts of my “home” – the city life that I was accustomed to. I’m unable to seek help from my parents or my siblings anytime.

I knew that some travelers juggled two to three clients to sustain their travels. That may be hard but that’s how they hustle. And I admire their dedication for it. I could have done the same – live a nomadic life and work with three clients at the same time. I chose not to and simply travel once a year. But I’m not closing that doors yet because I plan to pursue the nomadic life in the future.

Working in a cafe in Panglao with my friend, Lux!

Years ago, I juggled two jobs at the same time and I ended up being unhealthy. Worse, unhappy. Did I earn a lot? Sure, but it was physically and mentally exhausting for me. Because I was earning well, I was spending way more that I should. Shopping became my retail therapy at one point – going from one shop to another to try on another dress, another shoe, or a new bag. Since then, I only have one job that can sustain my needs, plus save up for travels.

Now I’m in my 30’s, I started to declutter some stuff – well not entirely. Most of the stuff I accumulated over the years are now in my parents’ place. They’re currently using some of my furniture. As for the clothes, my 10-year old niece (she’s growing up so beautifully by the way) now owned and wore majority of them. I also gained a bit of a weight, so I resorted to use the ones that still fit me while the rest are stored away in boxes.

So where am I going at with this? Well, it feels good to own a bit less. I didn’t have to worry about upgrading to a new TV set or fix a broken door or buy new furniture. For now, I am currently paying for an apartment that is currently building at the moment and I will have to furnish it once it’s done. It’s a good investment and I’ll have to use it at some point by renting it out through AirBnB or something similar. Or maybe I simply retire there and own a dog. Who knows?

In a bar with fellow travelers in Dumaguete

I admit that I’m still new with traveling. I have read other travel blogs, watched Youtube hacks, subscribed to airline email alerts, and so on, so it’s still a learning curve for me. Aside from saving money for airline tickets, allowance, and travel insurance, I also have to worry about the immigration issues and how to properly deal with them (seriously guys, PH immigration is no joke and it’s best to Google them why).¬†Still, it’s fulfilling for me. I get to learn new things as I go and learn more about myself and what I’m capable of. I promised to travel once a year because when I’m older, I’m unable to do it anymore and it’s too late for regrets.

Anyway, I would like to let you all know that I’m still here and I do apologize for the very, very long hiatus. It has been tough for me lately, especially the last few months. Still, I try to stay positive and be thankful for what I have now.

Lastly, I’ll keep you guys in a loop on my next travel plans for this year, yay! And please don’t worry, I will focus more and¬†write those long-overdue travel posts (Palawan and Siargao) very soon. Please, bear with me!

If there’s anything you want me blog next or a question about my travels, please let me know in the comments section and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Wherever you are, happy travels!

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