Ever since I started reading books, learning about and seeing pictures of places from all around the world, and watching these sites on TV or the Internet, I have always had this burning desire to travel there myself, to set foot on these lands and witness it with my own eyes.
This was my DREAM. It STILL is now.
I will not stop.
I shall continue to go to places. As far as my feet (and budget) will take me.
Alone OR not.
Whatever it takes.
As of this very moment I still consider myself not well travelled. I mean, yes, I have been to places but not by a lot. Below is a list of places outside of the Philippines (my home country) that I have been to. Ordered by year since the first time I set foot outside of the Philippines in 2007.
- Singapore (Visit/ Leisure / 2007)
- Hong Kong (Visit / Leisure / 2009)
- Singapore (Relocated / 2011 to 2018)
- Malaysia (Multiple Visits / Leisure / Between 2012 to 2018)
- Indonesia (Multiple Visits / Leisure / Between 2012 to 2018)
- Vietnam (Visit / Leisure / 2013)
- Thailand (Visit / Leisure / 2014)
- Hong Kong (Visit / Leisure / 2016)
- South Korea (Visit / Leisure / 2017)
- Australia (Visit / Leisure / 2018)
- Taiwan (Visit / Leisure / 2019)
- Japan (Visit / Leisure / 2020)
- Singapore (Visit / Leisure / 2020)
In retrospect I just realized that I was already in my late 20s when I started traveling to other countries. My god! I should have started earlier. Then again, economically it was not that feasible yet for met that time. Nowadays I think the younger generation, the millenials, have it easier for them.
My goal is to travel to at least one different country once in a year. Twice if it permits me. The second time might be a re-visit. The important thing is to take trips.
Looking forward to go to Taiwan and Japan soon. Perhaps China. With these places crossed out from my list, that would conclude most of my “need to go to” places in Asia and Oceania regions.
Next hop would be Dubai, Turkey and Israel and the Middle East. Maybe Qatar? Anywhere else in that region is a NO-GO for me.
In Africa I honestly don’t know much on where to go. At the top of my head it would be South Africa, Morocco and Egypt. I would love to go on a safari. Turn crispy brown under the hot African sun, and sink my feet in the timeless desert sands of the Sahara.
To go on a European tour would be the “endgame”. France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Sweden… alright, as many as I could. The UK could be saved for another time and trip on its own.
Unfortunately, I have not thought much about going to the Americas. Okay, that would be a lie. But not totally. Not for the South Americas anyway. It is not so much because of a lack of desire… maybe due to the absence of knowledge and reason on why go there. Of course, a chance to visit places in that continent would always be welcome. On the other hand, I very much would want to fall under the domain of the USA, but getting a visa has proven a challenge for me. Twice! Canada would be another country to go to in the North Americas.
Crossing my fingers that I would get the opportunity to make it all in my list before I get too old, or responsibilities set in. Set foot on all these places. Not just read about it, imagine it or see it in pictures, but to experience it firsthand. I mean it is not only wishful thinking. I am doing something about it. Hah!
Others dream of becoming doctors and lawyers, or managers in their own right. Mine would be to personally observe places and people from all over the world. A lot may see this as an expensive pastime only for the privileged. I see it as just the same as having a goal in life for anything like everyone else.
The Earth – our Earth – is such a tiny place in this vast universe. Life is short. Yet, there is so still much to see in this tiny world of ours with so little time to do it. Not being able to would be one of the biggest regrets in my life.