So many memories to fill in just one post. I haven’t traveled to that many places, but I can definitely say I’ve traveled enough and lived in another country long enough to understand different cultures better, be more open minded about certain situations, and have dealt with my fair share of travel experiences.
I’ve traveled alone and with people and I can definitely say while traveling alone is great, nothing beats the company of friends and/or family. I’ve yet to travel to these continents: Europe, America, and Africa. I would love to in the near future!
My last memorable travel was to Seoul last year. It made me learn a couple of things about myself, how I hate the cold, but I love Seoul so so so so much. I think it’s a place I wouldn’t visiting from time to time to remind myself that order in a city/country is possible in a world of chaos.
One country/city I’m very familiar with as much as my own is Singapore. I’ve been to Singapore every year (sometimes twice or thrice) for the last 16 years of my life. I think this year is when I break that Singapore streak because I haven’t traveled out of the country yet so far.
I moved to Ujung Pandang, Indonesia (now Makassar) when I was barely a year old or around a year old, then spent a few years there, and went back to the Philippines to do my growing up. I think it’s safe to say I’ve been to more cities in Indonesia than I have ever been in the Philippines, which is kind of sad and I think should definitely change. I’ve been to Bali, to Yogyakarta where the Borrobudur temple is, and a few cities in Java along the way because that was a crazy-ass 15 hour drive that I wish to forget. You know how they say the journey is more important than the destination? Yeah, that didn’t apply at all. I’ve been to Bintan Island (via Singapore since it’s actually nearer) Last year I went to Cirebon to visit my dad and I loved it there. So chill without the hustle and bustle of Jakarta.
For my graduation, I traveled to Perth, Australia and spent a couple of weeks there. If Perth is an indication of how the rest of Australia is, then I would definitely want to live there forever, or at least retire. They say Melbourne is better, and I would love to go there as well, but Perth was just the kind of city I would want to be part in. It has a lot of things going on, but it’s not suffocating, nor busy. Areas are vast and there’s just so much good nature to take in. I didn’t even know people were capable of spending their office lunch breaks laying out a picnic blanket in the grass outside of their office buildings, lay there, and eat their sandwiches with a good book until I went to Perth. I was like, “I WANT THAT TO BE MY FUTURE!”
Asia (particularly Southeast Asia) is generally easy to travel to. I’ve also been to Hong Kong a few times, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Brunei (I think? Though it doesn’t count since I don’t remember it).
I’d love to go somewhere not Asia anymore, unless it’s Japan (HELLO, bucket list?!). We have travel plans for the UK next year and I hope that materializes. As much as I love to travel, it’s the journey that ultimately annoys me because I’m iffy with plane rides, have love/hate relationships with airports and hate the part where I can NEVER sleep while traveling. So yeah, can I have some apparition powers, please?