My mind was switching back and forth, hesitant if I was going to push through with a trip to Davao that I already booked months before. Sitting at my desk in the office, a lot of questions came to mind: Where will I stay? How much do I have left? Should I even bother?
I almost decided to just let it pass and continue with my work. I only paid around 200 Php for the airline promo fare so it wasn’t much of a loss if I didn’t push through. Besides, I didn’t even have a concrete plan.
But it didn’t convince me enough to cancel the trip altogether. I’ve been waiting for a long time to go back to Davao just to see how it’s been; without visiting people I know and just doing things my way. I already filed for a vacation leave so it was only me that was stopping myself from pushing through. But I’m glad that I did go and board the plane.
Arriving in Davao
Armed with a knock-off Lonely Planet guide book and my backpack and gadgets, I arrived in Davao without a clear sense of goal. But in the end, I visited my younger brother, met other PTB members and bloggers, and ate one of my favorite fruits–durian.
The only place I truly went for a nature-trip was Isla Reta in Samal Island; a beautiful place to spend a night with friends over drinks under Talisay trees. I can still recall the fallen leaves on the sandy beach – how they add drama to gloomy landscape.
Isla Reta, Samal Island
But even so, I only stayed for less than 30 minutes! I had to hire a boat and paid a lump sum to head back to the town and ride a bus to take me back to the city.
All of these happened on a weekend. The remaining time I had left was used to observe my surroundings as well as work on some freelance jobs (so much for a vacation). I walked and dropped by familiar places that had changed over the course of 12 years. Sigh. I left Davao in 1999; things didn’t look the way they used to.
St. Camillus Dormitory bed at 180 Php per night
Outcome of this Solo Travel
Because of traveling solo to my home town, I
- took lesser photos
- paid more for items that weren’t planned
- lost a considerable amount of time because of not researching ahead and creating an itinerary
However, because of this solo travel, I learned that
- things happen only when you make them happen.
- Lonely Planet books are what they are – just guides and not travel bibles
- you can’t blame anyone but yourself when mishaps occur; which is not such a bad thing because of taking responsibility for your actions.
I did not go to a lot of places during this trip to my home town. I was basically bumming around the city. But I’m still satisfied knowing that I didn’t back out.
On Traveling Solo
In a previous post, I wrote about how I call myself a travel blogger but one of the things that I confessed is I don’t normally travel solo. Sure, I’ve done it a few times. Manila, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Davao. But these places are destinations that I’ve lived in the past. Still, I’m not rushing things. We all develop as travelers because that’s the way life is – we grow with our passion.
This was one of the rare opportunities that I traveled alone. I may not justify my blog’s name, ‘solo flight’, at first glance. But its purpose should NOT be taken literally. I know that the time will come when I’ll surely go out on my own. I’m just taking things one step at a time.
This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Blogger’s Blog Carnival themed Solo Travel which is hosted by the Philippine Blog Awards Best Travel Blog of 2010 Winner, Nina Fuentes of JustWandering.org. Click on the Blog Carnival Logo on the left to see more interesting posts regarding the thoughts on Solo Travel.