Solo Backpacker's Confession with Accomplished Bucket List Tasks

pushing myself beyond limits to define who I am, what I am capable of and how I value life !!

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.” - Albert Einstein

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” - Muhammad Ali

"Solo backpacking is one of the most life-changing experience with definitely have an inspiring outcome. My experience cannot be replicated by anyone else. The experience you have will be your own and the journey you make will depend very much on your motivations..."

At first, traveling alone is indeed scary especially if you have tight budget to allot for. Since life without adventure is very boring, I gamble myself for that matter. In fact, I was too hesitant to do it but choice will not become a better decision (good or bad) unless trying it. Furthermore, maturity molds fast as you travel alone due you only depend on instincts and assessments made. On my case, I started this escapade last 2010 and a local online travel forum was my gateway to build that enough confidence. Since then, there was a huge difference who I was and I am very proud of those changes. Most of these are life-changing moment, it's like a light-version of "Into the Wild" movie thing. So my advise, start locally, then observe, contemplate and enjoy however you want it to be. All successful travelers are mostly on solo. Anyone interested in solo backpacking today has to challenge the leap of faith! Life without an adventure is very boring. In order to achieve something really great, you have to work hard for it ...
Furthermore, another trait of being a successful solo backpacker is because I am self-confessed introvert. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people. Among the best characteristics I enjoyed about being a lone traveler are; I enjoy solitude, I dislike conflict, free choice of words and I don’t normally like to take the lead, but will step up when no one else will. The following are the reasons why, most of the times, I prefer to do it on solo rather than invite or go with a group;

1. it is easy to follow itinerary
2. you will just only mind of yourself on any kind of situation
3. dealing others especially on tight budget is difficult for me to negotiate
4. my type of adventure may not be good for others to handle
5. I love the solitude of being in nature
6. decision-making makes maturity go faster on usual phase
7. you will see on wide perspective that the world has lot of wonders
8. life is very boring without something adventure did in your past
9. it makes you give a lot of enlightenment in dealing personal problems

The feeling of doing it alone has also undesirable effects. Some point on the road, you will need someone to talk about something without an effort to explain further. In addition to that;

1. share the laugh and excitement
2. showcase how you really feel
3. someone to take your photo
4. in case of emergency
5. easy to demand a request

In my honest viewpoint, I just want to do Solo Backpacking for the fact that I am just a loner and I am someone who does not dare to ask anything for a travelmate beyond my control. Aside from the above mentions, I travel alone because I want to escape the reality for the moment, feel the world as I know it, assess my limits as a person and a soul-searching act.

autumn biking to the one of the famous castle in the world in Fussen, Germany (25th solo trip 2013)

short rest to the Southeast Asia's highest peak 4,092.5masl of Mt. Kinabalu, Malaysia (23rd solo trip 2013)

the most unexpected journey with zero prepared itinerary at all in winter Armenia (22nd solo trip 2013)

SOLO BACKPACKING TRIPS
COUNT SEASON YEAR FROM TO DAYS DESTINATION  BUDGET 
55th rainy 2017 3-Dec 7-Dec 4 Timor Leste (East Timor)  
54th rainy 2017 21-Sep 23-Sep 2 Phuket, Thailand $432
53rd summer 2017 25-Aug 5-Sep 11 Russia $1,581
5nd summer 2017 23-Jun 27-Jun 4 Uganda - Rwanda $2,265
51st winter 2017 17-Mar 18-Mar 2 Jebel Shams, Oman  625 AED 
50th winter 2017 8-Feb 8-Feb 1 Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE  255 AED 
49th rainy 2016 06-Jun 13-Jun 7 Panay Island ₱8,490
48th summer 2016 7-May 7-May 1 Mt. Balagbag, Rizal ₱190
47th winter 2016 17-Feb 20-Feb 3 Brunei $283
46th winter 2016 23-Nov 16-Feb 86 Nepal $2,529
45th winter 2015 19-Nov 23-Nov 5 Malaysia (3rd) $174
44th winter 2015 8-Nov 14-Nov 7 Iran $416
43rd summer 2015 10-Jun 2-Jul 23 Germany - Liechtenstein - Slovenia - Croatia - Serbia - Bulgaria - Romania - Hungary - Slovakia - Poland - Lithuania - Estonia - Latvia - Denmark $2,503
42nd summer 2015 11-Mar 11-Mar 1 Minalungao National Park ₱1,007
41st winter 2015 20-Feb 26-Feb 7 Mainland China (2nd) $1,231
40th winter 2015 15-Feb 19-Feb 4 Mongolia $766
39th winter 2014 10-Dec 13-Dec 3 Gibraltar $1,107
38th winter 2014 5-Dec 10-Dec 5 United Kingdom (3rd)
37th autumn 2014 3-Oct 6-Oct 3 United Kingdom (2nd) $775
36th rainy 2014 7-Aug 13-Aug 6 Mt. Fuji (3,776masl), Japan (2nd) $1,015
35th rainy 2014 2-Aug 5-Aug 3 Bali, Indonesia $524
34th winter 2014 14-Jul 21-Jul 8 Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895masl), Tanzania $2,885
33rd winter 2014 11-Jul 13-Jul 3 Masai Mara Safari, Kenya
32nd summer 2014 7-Jul 10-Jul 4 Turkey $673
31st summer 2014 3-Jul 6-Jul 4 Morocco $426
30th summer 2014 27-Jun 3-Jul 6 United Kingdom (1st) $1,545
29th summer 2014 25-Feb 1-Mar 4 Sri Lanka - Maldives $1,186
28th summer 2014 2-Feb 7-Feb 4 Myanmar $558
27th winter 2014 27-Jan 1-Feb 4 Republic of Georgia $706
26th winter 2013 2-Nov 10-Nov 7 Israel $1,317
25th autumn 2013 10-Oct 2-Nov 23 France - Switzerland - Luxembourg - Belgium - Netherlands - Germany - Czech Republic - Austria - Italy - Vatican $5,070
24th summer 2013 28-May 4-Jun 7 Japan (1st) $1,318
23rd summer 2013 24-May 28-May 3 Mt. Kinabalu (4,092masl), Malaysia $538
22nd winter 2013 21-Feb 24-Feb 3 Armenia $903
21st winter 2013 24-Jan 1-Feb 7 Mainland China(1st) $1,174
20th winter 2012 25-Oct 30-Oct 5 Egypt $974
19th rainy 2012 4-Aug 9-Aug 5 Eastern Mindanao ₱8,145
18th summer 2012 15-Jun 17-Jun 3 Lebanon $607
17th summer 2012 17-May 19-May 2 India $1,135
16th summer 2012 12-Apr 14-Apr 2 United Arab Emirates $474
15th rainy 2011 23-Dec 26-Dec 2 Boracay Island ₱5,770
14th rainy 2011 19-Dec 19-Dec 1 Quirino - Isabela ₱1,519
13th winter 2011 4-Dec 7-Dec 3 Hongkong - Macau (1st) $348
12th rainy 2011 24-Sep 25-Sep 2 Iloilo - Dumaguete - Cebu ₱5,600
11th rainy 2011 24-Aug 1-Sep 7 Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos $441
10th rainy 2011 13-Aug 15-Aug 3 Dipolog - Dapitan - Pagadian ₱3,463
9th summer 2011 4-Feb 7-Feb 3 Camiguin - Cagayan deo Oro - Bukidnon ₱6,493
8th rainy 2011 19-Jan 22-Jan 2 Singapore - Malaysia $422
7th rainy 2011 31-Dec 1-Jan 2 Puerto Galera, Misamis Occidental ₱1,943
6th rainy 2010 26-Nov 28-Nov 3 Zamboanga City - Basilan ₱2,719
5th rainy 2010 11-Nov 14-Nov 3 Tacloban-Sogod-Calbiga-Ormoc ₱3,004
4th rainy 2010 2-Oct 4-Oct 3 Ozamiz - Iligan City ₱2,655
3rd rainy 2010 4-Jun 8-Jun 3 Thailand $368
2nd rainy 2010 18-Feb 20-Feb 2 Cagayan Province  I forgot 
1st rainy 2009 31-Dec 31-Dec 1 Cavinti, Laguna  I forgot 

awesome morning tandem paraglide above Pamukkale, Turkey (32nd solo trip 2014)

Machame route stop to Africa's highest peak 5,895masl of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (34th solo trip 2014)

snowy winter hike to highlands of Cairngorm, Scotland, United Kingdom (38th solo trip 2014)

ACCOMPLISHED BUCKET LIST TRAVELS

Bucket list is a list of things to do before you die and comes from the term "kicked the bucket". It is also a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. The best way to create a list is to research other awesome lists to generate better ideas.

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving – Terry Pratchett

* savaged myself on a 22-hour brutal extended day-hike in range traverse of Mt. Mariveles, Philippines (2016)
* visited Babuyan Group of Islands, Philippines with an average of 5-hour wavy boat ride (2016)
* hiked the 3 Himalayas famous and only trekking routes on self-guided basis; Everest Base Camp (5,550masl), Annapurna Circuit (5,416masl) and Lantang Valley (4,4473masl) of Nepal (2016).
* Adventured the Persian Gulf cruise from Kuwait going to Islamic Republic of Iran (2015)
* Revisited Europe for the 3rd time in  Summer Central, South to North for 14 countries (2015)
* Experienced hottest temperature of 51'C in Kuwait (2012) and coldest temperature of -23'C in Mongolia (2015)
* Traveled with my mother in Winter Japan (2015)
* Visited the 61 out of 80 complete province of the Philippines (2014)
* Up-close and personal to the Official New Seven Wonders of the World such as Taj Mahal in India (2012), Great Wall of China (2013), Roman Colosseum in Italy (2013), Petra Archeological Park in Jordan (2014)
* Up-close and personal to the Ancient Aliens alleged evidence such as Kaymakli underground city(Turkey), Stonehenge(United Kingdom), Pyramids of Giza(Egypt), Baalbek ruins(Lebanon) and Angkor Wat(Cambodia)
* Up-close and personal to the controversial places in Dan Brown novels such as in Paris and London of "Davinci Code", Rome and Vatican in "Angels & Demons" and Florence, Venice and Istanbul in "Inferno" (2014)
* Bullet train ride and self-guided solo night trek to Mt. Fuji (3,776masl), Japan (2014)
* White water rafting and tubing to wild river of Bali, Indonesia (2014)
* Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895masl) hike along the beautiful Machame route in Tanzania (2014)
* Safari Adventure and Camping in Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya (2014)
* Parachute gliding and Balloon flight high above in Turkey (2014)
* Camel back-ride and Berber Camping to Sahara Desert in Morocco (2014)
* London West-End nights and biking to Stonehenge in England, United Kingdom (2014)
* Temples hopping and white sands on Sri Lanka and Maldives connection (2014)
* E-bike escapade in Bagan Archeological Park of Myanmar(2014)
* Lost in translation hitch-hiked ride for three times in Republic of Georgia (2014)
* visited the most sacred and controversial place in Christianity in Bethlehem, Palestine (2014)
* confronted the strictest airport immigration in the world and Dead Sea floating in Promise Land of Israel (2013)
* Went-up to the most sacred viewing deck in the world of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican (2013)
* Self-guided walk from Coliseum to St. Peter's Basilica at night in Italy (2013)
* Explored the Mammoth and Ice Caves of Austria (2013)
* Biking to the Neuschwanstein Castle, the signature landmark of Germany (2013)
* Sightseeing the majestic Swiss Alps on 3,000ft Mt. Pilatus viewing deck of Switzerland (2013) 
* Staircase walked up to the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France (2013)
* Central Europe train ride from Paris to Marseilles, Lyon, Geneva, Bern, Lucerne, Luxembourg, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Fussen, Munich, Nurnberg, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Venice, Milan, Florence, Pisa, and Rome (2013)
* Mt. Kinabalu's 4,092masl summit trek in Malaysia (2013)
* 4 hours before flight departure spontaneous ticket to Armenia (2013)
* Budget family get-away in Hongkong and Macau (2013)
* Chilling, snowy and slippery walked on the Great Wall of China(2013)
* Self-guided solo travel to the early civilization ruins of Egypt (2012)
* Public transportation challenge to the architectural wonders of Lebanon (2012)
* Incredible 33-hours golden triangle tour in India (2012)
* Reached the highest viewing deck in the world in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2012)
* Challenged the solo travel experience and red sand quad-biking in Saudi Arabia (2011)
* Indochina cross-border bus trips in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos (2011)
* Visited the five palaces and DMZ border in South Korea (2011) 
* 2-days amazing race trip to the major tourist spots of Malaysia and Singapore (2011)
* 1st international backpack adventure in Thailand (2010)

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself – George Bernard Shaw


7 comments:

  1. galeng-galeng!!!!!

    more pa, dude.

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  2. wow, i totally love your travel escapades, kuya! i'm starting to get envious, jk.

    my friend spoke so much about your travel trips, sooo cool, indeed!i hope i can visit all the places u posted.u should have an fb fanpage too! u have a very interesting & helpful blogs.
    thumbs up!

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  3. they're chen&ylen
    i don't know if u know them personally
    they just shared your iti. for batanes coz i'm planning to go there

    btw, pano mo nagagawang mag-travel at low-price airfare?may kakilala ka ba sa loob ng airlines? ipakilala mo naman ako ...hehehe or magaling ka lang mag-abang ng promo?

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  4. Nicely done... Tagal ko na rin gustong gawin yung ganyan, to travel sana sa asia lang muna, pwede ba kita gawing tutor... Hehe, ask ko nga pala, diba locally di ka na nag checheck-in ng baggage para makatipid? Pano yung mga perfume or any liquid containing handcarried items, ina allow na ba nila ngayon ulit? Im planning to go to my province sa zamboanga particularly pagadian. Promo kasi and it's only for php308 roundtrip! sobrang mura, iniisip ko lang pede pa bang dalin ang isang bag na kasya sa overhead then isang bag na for laptop? Ayoko na magcheckin luggage kc hassle saka additional bayad pa... Hehehe

    Anyways, saludo ako sa iyo sir, binabasa ko mga articles mo rito and plan to do a singapore-malaysia trip to... hehehe Advice din po or tips ah. Concern ko rin lang kc sa international travel, kahit na walang visa needed yung country na pupuntahan eh baka kung anu ano tanong sa imigration then di ko masagot... balak ko kasi na nde na ipaalam sa family ko... Strict ang parents eh...

    More power to you, Ciao!

    death_stalker

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  5. Wow!!! what an amazing and extraordinary climbs you have and most of them are international. You are so rich, indeed, with so much funding for the climbs.

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    1. @Benedict; I'm NOT rich with so much funding, I'm just an ordinary corporate slave. Its just that I dreamed to visit this places and saved a lot to fulfill this dreams.

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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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