Hi! My name is Eve. I am preparing for my first solo trip. I’m not really a writer but I would like to share my would-be travel experiences through blogging. Nope. This isn’t going to be a how-to blog. But if you find my blog useful in any way, that would send me to the moon … and back 🙂
I’m old! And I am an introvert. I haven’t traveled yet. I live a quiet life in the chaotic city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The farthest places I’ve ever been to were Batangas and Cebu – my parents’ native home. Other than that, I stayed in Manila during my entire existence on this planet.
Why did I decide to travel?
The loneliness of life motivates me to travel. I wish I had a happy reason like the ones that I get to read from travel websites but it’s not. One day, sometime in August 2016, I was waiting for a jeepney near Manila City Hall and I realized that I have been passing by the same roads since I was 4 years old. It made me sad.
Kindergarten … elementary … high school … college … office … these are the same roads that I have been passing by all my life. The place is too familiar and the changes throughout the years are very slight.
Don’t get me wrong. No matter what people say about Manila, I love Manila. This is my home! It’s just that suddenly it felt scary and wrong to get stuck right here forever.
Needless to explain, that motivated me to travel and see other places. So from August 2016 up to March 2017, I gathered all sources available to make this plan happen.
Was it an easy decision?
Far from easy. First, I don’t have money for traveling. I have a modest savings in my bank account and when I say modest, you’d probably laugh when you see how much I have. Second, I have a job. It’s not like I can always tell the managers that I’d be off for a week or two without getting issues at work. Third, I have a mother who depends on me.
But then, no matter how difficult and how impossible this decision might be, I have to do it. I must do it. I’m scared to grow old and not being able to see other places. I know I’d regret it. And I’m already old. I really must do it now. Time is passing me by.
English is not my first language. Expect grammar errors here, there and everywhere 😀 But I would try to convey my thoughts as clearly as I could. For now, it’s 22 days before my first solo trip happens. I am still preparing and I am not yet fully prepared. Meanwhile, I’m just here in Manila doing my daily normal activities.