Friday, January 11, 2013

My Top Nine Best Travels in 2012

3rd year of my travel addictiveness, adventures that made me want to go back there
2012 "the viewing deck" year-ender report

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller

the viewing deck super nine unparalleled wanders of 2012

I ranked these posts based on the adventure i have encountered, budget and how happy and satisfied i am through the planning, journey and the outcome.
August 20-21, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because this was my 1st time to travel patterned on a very laidback itinerary, as in we just sit, dip and talk any things out of work.

8th: Davao (2-days family trip)
August 02-04, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because this was my 1st time visiting the Mindanao archipelago with my family and even make fun to the cascaded waterfalls of samal island

April 12-14, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because this is my 1st country to visit covering the previledge of a GCC expat professional. We all know Dubai is the next uprising city in terms of tourism and business. 

bat cave in samal island, davao

abu dhabi mosque, united arab emirates
August 5-9, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because during this time while luzon was in continous saga of heavy rains, eastern mindanao (davao oriental, surigao del sur, surigao del norte) experienced an excellent weather condition. not only that, eastern mindanao has the most stabilized peace and order comparing to all my solo backpacking in Philippines. 

5th: India (33-hours solo backpacking)
May 17-19, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because this was the shortest trip i did on my entire solo backpacking abroad and the most expensive one due to missed-out flight.

aliwagwag falls, davao oriental

humayun's tomb, new delhi city, india

4th: El Nido, Palawan (3-days family trip)
August 12-15, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because el nido is one of the best beaches in the world in accordance to CNN 2012 report. This is my 1st time to visit and share this remarkable experience with family, what a boat ride and island hopping indeed. 

3rd: Kuwait (3rd country as an OFW)
January 2012 onwards
- this trip is astonishing because this is my 3rd country to stay as home for my OFW career path. without being here, I can never pursue my dream to explore further the other parts of the world.

big lagoon, el nido, palawan

kuwait towers
June 15-17, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because of the peace and order situation wherein Lebanon is the closest land-lock country for Syria. Knowing this and equipped with my experience in Basilan, I challenged this status. Again, it was just trial by publicity, Lebanon is 100% safe for all tourist during that time 

1st: Egypt (5-days solo backpacking on eid season)
October 25-30, 2012
- this trip is astonishing because Egypt has the most aggressive touts on all most-visited country by tourist in the world. Not only that, during that time, Egypt experienced the aftermath of ousting their former leader and the election fever. Furthermore, the effect of Eid season for a solo do-it-yourself budget backpacker made the trip more adventurous.

balbek ruins, lebanon

The Sphinx, Cairo, Egypt


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