Let me be honest here. I call myself a travel blogger as I own a travel blog. But there are number of things I don’t know about travelling and I’d like to set things straight just to show how amateurish I am about this passion in general.
Sure, I’ve been to places and I’ve so many photos to prove how much of a tourist I am. But those are probably the only things I can be proud of as I have so much to learn.
I call myself a Travel Blogger, but…
- I don’t know my geography.
I can’t locate a country or region in a map to save myself. A friend laughed at me when I thought that La Union and Camarines Norte were near each other when they’re on totally different ends.
Met a fellow traveller during a trip to Thailand and he asked me which country I’m from.
Traveller: Where are you from?
Me: I’m from the Philippines.
Traveller: That’s nice, I haven’t been there.
Me: What about you?
Traveller: Mauritius Island.
Me: *I gave him a dumbfounded look* and with my big mouth, I had to ask – Where’s that?
If I had an online device, I’d turn away, Google it up and then get back to him to continue our conversation. I have difficulty locating destinations in a map that’s why I easily get lost which is a problem when it comes to budget.
- I don’t know cultures and I’m bad at history.
I’m a boring person. Had a conversation with another traveller during a bus trip to Bangkok who asked me about my country’s culture but there’s only little that I could share. She ended up listening to her iPod while I slept during the remainder of the trip.
history my History teacher which made me dislike History as well. But this is no excuse as it would’ve been the opportunity to showcase what my country is about.
- I don’t create itineraries.
It’s usually my friends who would scout for information online and sometimes I’d just read stories of other people without really thinking about the budget. I let other people do the research which makes me look arrogant if misconstrued. I can’t recall how many Excel sheets were sent to me with different revisions just to squeeze places into our plans while still staying on budget.
Just like my trips abroad, I’m really lucky (REALLY!) to have friends who take time to plan the itineraries. I just document the things that we did when those trips come. The reason why I don’t like it is that I’m just a lazy son-of-a-gun.
- I don’t know how to pack my clothes.
I have a big backpack and it always looks full when I carry it but in reality, I’m a lousy packer. Seems to me that I just look like a poser feeling all flashy but I’ve limited knowledge when it comes to backpacking 101.
Cindy, teaching me how to pack.
Companions would ask me what I put inside as it seems that I haven’t really maximized the space and sometimes, they’re the ones who’d even help me put things in order.
- I don't go solo during my travels.
...most of the time anyway. Strange that I go by the nick: soloflightEd. Solo flight was actually more of a metaphor of having to deal with life and finding a purpose for living. That’s why I advise readers not to take my domain name in a literal sense.
However, this is something I’m working on as I definitely want to go on long, solitary trips to experience travelling on my own and have a more meaningful sense of this interest.
These are my confessions. Pretty ironic how inadequate I am when it comes to these basic points. Makes me wonder if I even have the right to call myself a “Travel Blogger” and share tips and things to know about places I’ve been.
But even if these points certify how poor my navigation, backpacking, conversational and just about any skill for backpacking are, I learn every minute of discovery. I enjoy moments of adventure and escape.
These skills are a work in progress but I welcome the thought of wandering about and immersing myself into the journey. Besides, I believe that in due time, I’ll hone my craft.
Call me naïve but I’m happier this way. There aren’t that many expectations which makes me feel that I don’t have to prove myself. Because of thinking less, I experience more.
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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines and the rest of Asia. He just started his backpacking trip across Southeast Asia in order to live as a digital nomad. Read more about the beginning of his delusions of grandeur here.
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