The best thing about traveling abroad is that you’re back to being a kid once again. You do not know their language and you are bound to see things with such amazement like you probably did when you first saw a real voluptuous elephant. You learn about new things and you’re asked to become independent. You extend more compassion to yourself.
I made my first travel outside the Philippines when I was 25 and the memories of that first travel never seem to age even when it has been five years already. I’ve been around most of Southeast Asia and touring the region is actually a humbling experience. It also makes you feel prouder that you belong to a race that has so much history and which struggles in the past it has strongly succeeded.
I am making this post now as I excitedly plot my travel for my 30th birthday. I have a particular destination in sight already but I don’t know, with the way my emotions are on a swing now, it might change in the coming days. Last year, I initially planned to celebrate in China, when my friend and I scored some really cheap tickets to Shanghai and Beijing. We got each round-trip ticket for just PhP2,000! But then the universe has its way of taking care of your life so the trip didn’t materialize.
This year, I am thinking I just want to be really busy in the days leading to my birthday and then slow down when the big 3-0 hit me. 😀 So, where to celebrate it? I’ve been to:
Luang Prabang, in Lao PDR
Phonm Pehn, in Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Been to Hong Kong twice
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I honestly want to go back to Luang Prabang because of its sublime beauty but trips to this UNESCO World Heritage Site are just crazy expensive at this time. Maybe I will just explore the Philippines more. Batanes, maybe? Anyway, I still have a month to go, so let’s see.
Where do you suggest I go next for my birthday? 🙂
Love and light, everyone. Go, juanderlust! 😀
- Luang Prabang, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam photographs were taken with a Nikon digital camera. Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore photographs were taken with a Canon 550d.