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23 Best Travel Moments at 23 years old

July 2, 2011
Riding atop of a bus in Bohol

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

Celebrating the World Cup Finals in Amsterdam

  • Shopping at the Sunday Market in Lille, France

Shopping at the Sunday Market in Lille, France

  • Volunteering for Serve the City Brussels

Volunteering for Serve the City Brussels

  • Paying for the cheapest (0,20 EUR) and most expensive (22 EUR) for a bottle of beer

Belgian Beers

  • Seeing the Grand Place Lights in Brussels for the Belgian National Day

Grand Place Lights for Belgian National Day

  • Going home to the Philippines

Going home to the Philippines

  • Taking a Canoe Trip to Pagsanjan Falls

Taking a Canoe Trip to Pagsanjan Falls

  • Swimming on El Nido bay lagoons

Swimming on El Nido bay lagoons

  • Visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River

Visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River

  • Surfing for the first time in San Juan, La Union

Surfing in La Union

  • Accepting Edge Coaster & Skywalk challenge in Cebu City

Accepting the Edge Coaster & Skywalk challenge in Cebu City

  • Riding on top of the bus in Bohol

Riding on top of the bus in Bohol

  • Seeing the Chocolate Hills

Seeing the Chocolate Hills

  • ZipLine in Loboc, Bohol

  • Christmas in Manila

Christmas in Manila with my fami

  • Starting 25travels.com 🙂

Starting 25travels.com

  • Watching a friend take on the Burger Challenge in Singapore

Watching a friend take on the Burger Challenge in Singapore

  • Day drinking in Tanjong Beach in Singapore

Day drinking in Tanjong Beach in Singapore

  • Reaching the 86th floor of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia

Reaching the 86th floor of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia

  • Seeing & climbing the temples of Angkor

Seeing & climbing the temples of Angkor

  • Drinking buckets of redbull vodka and partying in Siem Reap

Drinking buckets of redbull vodka and partying in Siem Reap

  • Shooting a rifle in Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

Shooting a rifle in Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

  • Meeting old & new friends alike during my travels

23.Meeting old & new friends alike during my travels

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1 month to go: Vietnam & Cambodia Trip

April 12, 2011
Vietnam & Cambodia

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

View Vietnam & Cambodia Trip in a larger map

Now, it is only a draft itinerary for now – looking at it, I’m a bit concerned that it maybe too many places with too little time, and I’m open to suggestions.

Have you been to Vietnam or Cambodia? What are the places that we should definitely visit? Food to try?  Share them below!

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