My friends thought I was crazy when I insisted on pushing through with the trip even after my friend backed out. It was the exact same reaction when I announced I was going to Basilan early last year. I told them I was going to be fine and started visited blogs and forums. I sent reservations not only to 1 but 3 budget hotels. I made a list on where to go and a planned budget. I bought a small notebook and wrote down my options and contacts numbers. I asked a friend who know someone who could drive me around in one of the countries on my itinerary.
So a few weeks ago I went on my first solo trip and learned how to let my guard down. I initiated conversations with OFWs – receptionists, a supervisor, and an airport staff. I learned to approach black-haired travelers and ask “Pinoy ka ka ba?”. I was always right and we would have a quick chat. We would share anecdotes and tips on the best tourist spot to visit or the best place to eat or the best place to buy souvenirs. I made small talk with fellow guests in the hotel where I stayed and enticed them of our beaches. I smiled instead of my usual scowl-poker face.
It was a fantastic experience. Something that I will 100% do again in the near future. I will try to share my experience through a series of blog posts. Here’s hoping I won’t lose interest. Haha.
Happy weekend, everyone. Good vibes!