Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Solo Backpacker's Confession with Accomplished Bucket List Tasks

“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. The journey you have will be your own and 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. 

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, share the laugh and excitement, showcase how you really feel, someone to take your photo and in case of emergency. 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. 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.

MY SOLO BACKPACKING TRIPS

COUNT

SEASON

YEAR

FROM

TO

DAYS

DESTINATION

104th

rainy

2022

 

 

 

Siargao Island

103rd

rainy

2022

 

 

 

Palawan 4

102nd

rainy

2022

24-Jun

27-Jun

4

Kalinga - Abra - Baguio City

101st

rainy

2022

20-Apr

26-Apr

6

Tawi-tawi - Sulu - Zamboanga City

100th

summer

2022

25-Mar

30-Mar

6

Mindoro Island

99th

rainy

2022

16-Feb

28-Feb

12

Visayas - Luzon

98th

summer

2021

9-Nov

21-Nov

13

Western Mindanao

97th

rainy

2021

4-May

15-Jun

22

Ecuador 2

96th

summer

2021

8-May

24-May

16

United States 3

95th

rainy

2021

4-Feb

8-May

93

South America

94th

rainy

2021

27-Dec

4-Feb

40

Central America

93rd

summer

2020

27-Nov

27-Dec

30

Mexico

92nd

autumn

2020

16-Oct

24-Oct

9

Ukraine

91st

summer

2020

7-Oct

15-Oct

9

Haiti - Dominican Republic

90th

winter

2020

23-Feb

29-Feb

6

United States 2

89th

summer

2020

14-Feb

22-Feb

8

Uruguay - Chile

88th

rainy

2020

10-Jan

11-Jan

2

Comoros

87th

summer

2019

11-Oct

12-Oct

2

Afghanistan

86th

summer

2019

6-Sep

7-Sep

2

Azerbaijan

85th

summer

2019

22-Nov

30-Nov

9

Antarctica

84th

winter

2019

15-Nov

2-Dec

9

Argentina

83rd

summer

2019

1-Nov

2-Nov

2

Bhutan

82nd

summer

2019

25-Oct

26-Oct

2

Bangladesh

81st

summer

2019

30-Aug

31-Aug

2

Cape Verde

80th

summer

2019

23-Aug

24-Aug

2

Djibouti

79th

summer

2019

26-Jul

27-Jul

2

Pakistan

78th

summer

2019

11-Jul

16-Jul

6

United States 1

77th

summer

2019

5-Jul

10-Jul

6

Turkmenistan - Kazakhstan

76th

summer

2019

25-Jun

29-Jun

5

Western Africa 1

75th

summer

2019

7-Jun

8-Jun

2

Mozambique

74th

summer

2019

31-May

1-Jun

2

Uzbekistan

73rd

summer

2019

25-Jan

30-Jan

6

Samoa - Cairns - Papua New Guinea

72nd

rainy

2019

11-Jan

12-Jan

2

Madagascar

71st

winter

2019

4-Jan

5-Jan

2

Tunisia

70th

summer

2018

26-Dec

28-Dec

3

Zimbabwe - Zambia

69th

winter

2018

14-Dec

14-Dec

1

Qatar

68th

summer

2018

4-Dec

8-Dec

5

Fiji - Vanuatu

67th

winter

2018

16-Nov

18-Nov

3

Ethiopia

66th

rainy

2018

9-Nov

10-Nov

2

Mauritius

65th

rainy

2018

2-Nov

3-Nov

2

Seychelles

64th

rainy

2018

8-Oct

13-Oct

5

Brazil

63rd

summer

2018

21-Sep

22-Sep

2

Cyprus - Bahrain

62nd

summer

2018

13-Sep

16-Sep

3

Monaco - Albania - Macedonia - Kosovo

61st

summer

2018

7-Sep

8-Sep

2

Malta - San Marino

60th

summer

2018

31-Aug

1-Sep

2

Bosnia & Herzergovina - Montenegro

59th

summer

2018

12-Jun

16-Jun

5

North Korea

58th

winter

2018

8-Jun

11-Jun

4

Australia (1st)

57th

spring

2018

20-Apr

25-Apr

5

Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan

56th

summer

2018

6-Feb

10-Feb

4

South Africa (Cape Town)

55th

rainy

2017

3-Dec

7-Dec

4

Timor Leste (East Timor)

54th

rainy

2017

21-Sep

23-Sep

2

Phuket, Thailand

53rd

summer

2017

25-Aug

5-Sep

11

Russia

52nd

summer

2017

23-Jun

27-Jun

4

Uganda - Rwanda

51st

winter

2017

17-Mar

18-Mar

2

Jebel Shams, Oman

50th

winter

2017

8-Feb

8-Feb

1

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

49th

rainy

2016

06-Jun

13-Jun

7

Panay Island

48th

summer

2016

7-May

7-May

1

Mt. Balagbag, Rizal

47th

winter

2016

17-Feb

20-Feb

3

Brunei

46th

winter

2016

23-Nov

16-Feb

86

Nepal

45th

winter

2015

19-Nov

23-Nov

5

Malaysia (3rd)

44th

winter

2015

8-Nov

14-Nov

7

Iran

43rd

summer

2015

10-Jun

2-Jul

23

Germany - Liechtenstein - Slovenia - Croatia - Serbia - Bulgaria - Romania - Hungary - Slovakia - Poland - Lithuania - Estonia - Latvia - Denmark

42nd

summer

2015

11-Mar

11-Mar

1

Minalungao National Park

41st

winter

2015

20-Feb

26-Feb

7

Mainland China (2nd)

40th

winter

2015

15-Feb

19-Feb

4

Mongolia

39th

winter

2014

10-Dec

13-Dec

3

Gibraltar

38th

winter

2014

5-Dec

10-Dec

5

United Kingdom (3rd)

37th

autumn

2014

3-Oct

6-Oct

3

United Kingdom (2nd)

36th

rainy

2014

7-Aug

13-Aug

6

Mt. Fuji (3,776masl), Japan (2nd)

35th

rainy

2014

2-Aug

5-Aug

3

Bali, Indonesia

34th

winter

2014

14-Jul

21-Jul

8

Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895masl), Tanzania

33rd

winter

2014

11-Jul

13-Jul

3

Masai Mara Safari, Kenya

32nd

summer

2014

7-Jul

10-Jul

4

Turkey

31st

summer

2014

3-Jul

6-Jul

4

Morocco

30th

summer

2014

27-Jun

3-Jul

6

United Kingdom (1st)

29th

summer

2014

25-Feb

1-Mar

4

Sri Lanka - Maldives

28th

summer

2014

2-Feb

7-Feb

4

Myanmar

27th

winter

2014

27-Jan

1-Feb

4

Republic of Georgia

26th

winter

2013

2-Nov

10-Nov

7

Israel

25th

autumn

2013

10-Oct

2-Nov

23

France - Switzerland - Luxembourg - Belgium - Netherlands - Germany - Czech Republic - Austria - Italy - Vatican

24th

summer

2013

28-May

4-Jun

7

Japan (1st)

23rd

summer

2013

24-May

28-May

3

Mt. Kinabalu (4,092masl), Malaysia

22nd

winter

2013

21-Feb

24-Feb

3

Armenia

21st

winter

2013

24-Jan

1-Feb

7

Mainland China(1st)

20th

winter

2012

25-Oct

30-Oct

5

Egypt

19th

rainy

2012

4-Aug

9-Aug

5

Eastern Mindanao

18th

summer

2012

15-Jun

17-Jun

3

Lebanon

17th

summer

2012

17-May

19-May

2

India

16th

summer

2012

12-Apr

14-Apr

2

United Arab Emirates

15th

rainy

2011

23-Dec

26-Dec

2

Boracay Island

14th

rainy

2011

19-Dec

19-Dec

1

Quirino - Isabela

13th

winter

2011

4-Dec

7-Dec

3

Hongkong - Macau (1st)

12th

rainy

2011

24-Sep

25-Sep

2

Iloilo - Dumaguete - Cebu

11th

rainy

2011

24-Aug

1-Sep

7

Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos

10th

rainy

2011

13-Aug

15-Aug

3

Dipolog - Dapitan - Pagadian

9th

summer

2011

4-Feb

7-Feb

3

Camiguin - Cagayan deo Oro - Bukidnon

8th

rainy

2011

19-Jan

22-Jan

2

Singapore - Malaysia

7th

rainy

2011

31-Dec

1-Jan

2

Puerto Galera, Misamis Occidental

6th

rainy

2010

26-Nov

28-Nov

3

Zamboanga City - Basilan

5th

rainy

2010

11-Nov

14-Nov

3

Tacloban-Sogod-Calbiga-Ormoc

4th

rainy

2010

2-Oct

4-Oct

3

Ozamiz - Iligan City

3rd

rainy

2010

4-Jun

8-Jun

3

Thailand

2nd

rainy

2010

18-Feb

20-Feb

2

Cagayan Province

1st

rainy

2009

31-Dec

31-Dec

1

Cavinti, Laguna


“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

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.

SOME ACCOMPLISHED BUCKET LIST TRAVELS
* Hiked the 3 Himalayas famous trekking routes on self-guided basis; Everest Base Camp (5,550masl), Annapurna Circuit (5,416masl) and Lantang Valley (4,4473masl) of Nepal (2016).
* 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)

8 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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  6. Wow, Nakaka inspire ka sir. I always wanted to do solo backpacking, but natatakot ako to take the risk na maubusan ng financial resources during the trip. :(

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    1. Salamat po Rommel. Budget lang tayo dude, let's live our life that we want to remember before it's too late.

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