Last year was the busiest year for me as a backpacker. Well, the first quarter was the real backpacking solo and the rest are mostly flashpacks.  Either way, they were all exciting trips that I experienced. Every trip, road, tours, and steps I made, I get to meet new friends, learned a thing or two (sometimes more than expected), discovered a path or a new word, ate food I never thought I would, tried sports I always dreamed of doing, a lots of things to tell…  Those stories were shared here, some I have not posted yet but sooner or later they will all be here to be shared.

Now, here’s the round up trips I made last year that until now I can’t believe I made it alone (It was even more places I have been than the last backpacking I made 2008-2010). What a fulfillment!

International Trips

  • November 5, 2010- January 5, 2011 – I was working in Singapore.
  • January 5 – 13, 2011 I flew back to the Philippines.
  • January 13 – 20, 2011 – I flew to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam heading for Siem Reap, Cambodia via 12-hour bus ride.
  • January 20 – February 6, 2011 –  Flew back to Singapore.
  • February 6-10, 2011 – I flew to Phnom Penh, Cambodia before going to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam via 8-hour bus ride.
  • February 10 – March 10, 2011 – I stayed mostly in  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam(actually applied for 3 month visa extension as I do part time English tutoring), flashpacked Mui Ne, Vietnam on one weekend for a quick sand dunes experience.
  • March 11-12, 2011 – Hopped in a bus to Bangkok, Thailand to meet Leizel (Another Filipina Backpacker I met in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam).
  • March 13-18, 2011 – Travelled on a 14-hour bus ride to Krabi, Thailand.
  • March 19-25, 2011 – Back in Bangkok, Thailand. Undecided if going back to Vietnam, Cambodia or Philippines (I ended up in the latter, obviously to fulfill the following trips).

Domestic Trips

  • April 21- 24, 2011 – I brought my friend Nick (from Team Canada, we met in Krabi) in Tarlac to witness a crazy Lenten Celebration in the Philippines (only popular in Tarlac and Pampanga provinces).
  • April 30- May 1, 2011 – 6-hour bus ride to Baler, Aurora to Surf their awesome waves.
  • October 28, 2011 – Went on a full day trip to Mt. Pinatubo.
  • November 26-27, 2011 – Camped and Island Hopped in Zambales to Capones, Nagsasa, and Anawangin Islands.

I missed one local trip for December 13-18, 2011 to Vigan by the way, because I forgot to pay the ticket on time.  By next year, I have booked 3 flights , 1 Local and 2 International that I wish I don’t have to drop (because of my job, I dropped the Davao trip already for January 11-14, 2012). Gladly, when I talked to my awesome boss Cherryl, I was ecstatic when she understood my nature.  I promised her I will be back if that’s what she’s worrying about, and she said you better be or else… Hahaha! Isn’t she awesome? She is! She made my worries go away… Wohooooooooo! I can’t wait to start my 2012 adventure now. You can do the same, and believe me, it’s amazing!

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4 thoughts on “Rounding Up 2011’s Adventures

  1. Nice photo montage. I hope you get to see more new places this year, abroad or in your home country.

    My year was spent in Taiwan (2 months), Thailand (2 months), Malaysia (3 months), Singapore (2 months), Indonesia (1 month), Philippines (1 month), Cambodia (only a few days) and South Korea (last bit). Not exactly sure what’ll happen in 2012, but I’m not going to stop any time soon.

    1. You’ve been travelling for a long time now, Dave. So I’m not surprised if you want to stop anytime soon. As for me, it wasn’t like your continuous backpacking stint because my online sideline jobs does not pay me as good as yours to keep you going and for some reason, I’m stubborn enough to choose to opt for freestyle writing, can’t abide too much rules.

      That is why I travel here and there when I can, plus the fact that my priorities are starting to change… Hmmm, I’m not even sure if that’s good or bad. Keep us updated with your whereabouts hey… 🙂

  2. It might not really count as ‘travelling’ because I spend most of the time in a hotel room or hostel common area on a laptop – if someone tells me to visit somewhere for two days, I have to spend about a week because of the work time.

    At least it’s more interesting and cheaper than living in my rubbish home country anyway. I like Asia a lot more.

    1. True true… you’re living in Asia. Lucky you, my blogs don’t pay me well enough to sustain long travels like your online job. I tried, but I guess I can’t abide with so much rules, hah! Just enjoy every place, I saw that you went to Cambodia, I love Siem Reap!

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