I've been bitten by the travel bug when I took a trip for work to 5 destinations in Asia in just one route. I made it to Jakarta, Bali, KL, Saigon and Bangkok all in one direction. I was then carrying a huge suitcase and traveling using the national carriers. I wanted nice hotels and took the taxi to and from the airport.
It didn't take long to notice that I was doing something wrong. I just didn't feel right. Trip after trip abroad every month after, I was slowly introduced to the backpacking way of traveling. It was Thailand that brought out the adventurous spirit in me. In the Philippines, I just went to Boracay every year, and that was it. Now, I cannot even stand a weekend without going out of town.
Backpacking is a way of travel and life. It's not for everyone. I've asked my friends if they were willing to stay in guesthouses, share bathrooms, talk to strangers, take the bus and go to a trip without any set itinerary. They wouldn't. And I don't blame them. I always try to convince them to at least try. But I realized it's not a preference. You have to really be a backpacker at heart.
So now, I embark on my another backpacking experience. I am in China. Alone with my trusted backpack. Sure, I have wandered in SEA alone. I have trekked up to Mount Bromo, crossed the islands of Thailand, trekked the highlands of Malaysia and explored the regions of Indochina. But now, I feel I am new in this. I am filled with excitement and anticipation. I am eager to experience what's ahead of me.
For 18 days, I will be travelling in South China, with P35,000, across 10 destinations, from Guangzhou to Shangri-la. I do hope to meet some pinoy backpackers as well, because in all my travels, I have never met any. I hope to share every experience in this ambitious trip.