I’ve recently turned 24 this week. And with this upcoming new year, I’ve decided to take a look back at the past year and relive the 23 best travel moments I had last year. Looking back, I’m really thankful for the great year I had and travel memories I’ve spent with old and new friends alike. In a year, I felt that I’ve experienced a lot of new things – and this post is a testament to it. Lots of things happened this year, including moving back from Belgium back to the Philippines, that significantly affected my travel and personal life.
On any case, I’m looking forward to start this new chapter of my life. I will definitely aim on continuing and finishing my travel goal. I hope for more moments like this, and definitely I’ll make sure that I’ll have the same or even a better year ahead!
World Cup Finals in Amsterdam
Shopping at the Sunday Market in Lille, France
Volunteering for Serve the City Brussels
Paying for the cheapest (0,20 EUR) and most expensive (22 EUR) for a bottle of beer
Seeing the Grand Place Lights in Brussels for the Belgian National Day
Going home to the Philippines
Taking a Canoe Trip to Pagsanjan Falls
Swimming on El Nido bay lagoons
Visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River
Surfing for the first time in San Juan, La Union
Accepting Edge Coaster & Skywalk challenge in Cebu City
Riding on top of the bus in Bohol
Seeing the Chocolate Hills
ZipLine in Loboc, Bohol
Christmas in Manila
Starting 25travels.com 🙂
Watching a friend take on the Burger Challenge in Singapore
Day drinking in Tanjong Beach in Singapore
Reaching the 86th floor of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia
Seeing & climbing the temples of Angkor
Drinking buckets of redbull vodka and partying in Siem Reap
It’s only a month to go before I start our 10-day trip to Vietnam & Cambodia. And am I excited? hell, yeah!
I’m excited for the trip because of a couple of things – one because this will be my first international trip for 2011 and the longest backpacking trip yet (it will be a 9 day trip!). It’s also my first time to go to Vietnam & Cambodia.
With 9-days, I expect to see much more than a weekend – and of course, it will be a bit more relaxed than a weekend trip. I’m particularly excited for the Cambodian leg of our trip as I get to finally visit and see Angkor Wat. At the same time, I’ve been looking forward to be part of the traveller circuit again. And of course, I’m also adding 2 countries to my 25-country list and will up my travel points to 21 countries.
I’m not doing the trip alone but with a good friend of mine, Riya. It will be her first trip outside of the country – so she’s more excited than I do when it comes to this trip.
We’ll arrive their early morning of 14 May and will travel to a few points across the country and will need to be back to Ho Chi Minh by 22 May at night for our flight back to Manila. When it comes to preparation, we have our draft itinerary below which of course is subject to change:
Day 1 (May 14) – Around Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam
Day 2 (May 15) – 12 hour trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia from HCMC
Day 3 (May 16) – Angkor Temples
Day 4 (May 17) – Siem Reap // Travel at night to Sihanoukville
Day 5 (May 18) – Sihanoukville
Day 6 (May 19) – Sihanoukville
Day 7 (May 20) – Sihanoukville to HCMC (12 hour trip)
Day 8 (May 21) – HCMC to Mui Ne (day trip)
Day 9 (May 22) – Around HCMC
Day 10 (May 23) – Trip back to Manila