Be the gutsy streetsmart traveler. Rule of thumb: Learn to outsmart people should the need arises. Just bear in mind to play your game fair. | Photo taken in Itbayat, Batanes by UV
In the real sense of living, not everyone is filthy rich, physically fit, young, brave, and experimental. But one can and is wise when he prefers to be. Being smart is in one’s nature while being streetsmart can be learned. Here are a few ways on how you can be a streetsmart traveler:
Learn to outsmart others. In the real world, inasmuch as you rank being the most competitive whoever-irrelevant person you are, being the most intelligent doesn’t necessarily let you bring home all the brownies. Reality speaks that in the real world of travel, sadly, there is still a bulk of dishonest travel sets who would take advantage of you—in any place in the world for that matter.
Travelers are the most humble, sincere and honest group of people in the world because they admit to themselves that something is lacking in their life, thus the continuous urge to find that ‘something’ on the road. #sentiTuesday – by Marky Ramone Go
As the saying goes, it’s always sweet the second time around. This lies true for my fancy on Bantayan Island. Returning to the island with a different travel set after two years, there were notable changes in the island—more travelers flock the island, more restaurants and streetfood stalls came about, more budget inns opened up as well.
Staying in the island for four days for Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Challenge 2011, let me share you the different dishes which trickled my buds. We go from home-cooked meals to street grub to a special seafood dish to the chill-laidback style finger food tripping overlooking the ocean.
I’ve always been a south girl. Hailing from Paranaque since I was only a year old, the world I once knew was only the environs of BF Homes, Sucat, Las Pinas and Alabang. Makati was a farawaylandia for me and my sibs.
The south has been known to being the laidback chunk of the metro where ‘everyone’s friend of a friend’ may sound like a bit is definitely true.
For this week, taking a day-off from work or while prepping up for the coming weekend, why not gather your travel set and set foot within our home’s environs. Southerner or not, Offbeat Wanders give you all the more reasons to enjoy staycation in the place we call home.
Touchdown Cebu. Tomorrow is back to Bantayan Island day. Meanwhile, for tonight, airport shall be home. ♥
In this photo: My travel buddies Jan and Teks on our way to Bantayan in 2009. Squeezed in quick beach bumming while at work. Silly girls!
I’ve a thing for dingy, bumpy, old school bus rides when I travel in provinces. More like the ‘ride-at-your-own-risk’ bus type. Given the extra dough, I’d actually pick this over those of luxury bus rides. Window seats are my favorite–with fresh air gushing against my skin. Nothing beats that really!
Writing an interview article now. Will prolly post it tomorrow. Makes me ‘ugh’ as I feel so much for the interviewee.
I like the feeling of being foreign. I like the mystery of travel–of not knowing where you’re going, not knowing anyone and at the same time, anyone not knowing you. I like discovering new places and observing people but most of all, I just like to move and move and see and feel and experience new things. – JHY
Can’t help but wish I was on to some Alexander Supertramp escape to nowhere thing right about now. I don’t mind eating berries, you know.
Posted in Love Bits to Solo Traveling, Random Thoughts, The Asian Traveler, The Stingy Traveler, Uncategorized, Wander Tales and Confessions
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A very cute love story for solo travelers. <3 Meeting at the oddest place in the most unexpected moment of your life. Read on how an infected finger led on to something special.
Matt x Conn | Photo from http://connvoyage.blogspot.com
It was February 2010 and Matt and I were both solo traveling in India with no itinerary, no plan and no destination in particular. Matt and I met one afternoon in Ellora, Maharashtra and exchanged emails. I headed off to my meditation retreat in Igatpuri, not thinking too much of that cute English boy I had just met and was probably not going to see again.~ Connie Hum 2011
Full story here.
When all the while, I thought Binondo is just Ongpin and the nearby walkable streets and Ongpin is just a larger scale Binondo, a while ago, I saw the bigger picture. Well, sort of.
Food tripped and walked for seven hours while lugging around my bag for an overnighter tonight and beachin’ tomorrow (PS: RIP right shoulder!), we went tripping Manila’s Chinatown the offbeat way. Meet my travel set for today: The Primer folks!
My day started hopping on the LRT 1 for this travel project we’re going to do. Met up with my travel set at the Sta. Cruz church. We then walked our way to Ronquillo street. Destination: Ramon Lee’s Continue reading
I’m pretty excited for tomorrow. Road to nowhere again with my happy hobos. Measly dough on our pockets, some clothes for an all-nighter in which I don’t know if it’s gonna be an all-nighter even but whatev. Swimwear x sunblock x sarong packed, definitely starting my summer right!
Beachin from two years ago; Michellardi's bday! Meet the kaladkarin happy hobos: Jan x Upper x Denice x Paelo Photo by Paeped
It really did; it won me over just like that. And I didn’t expect it at all. I love it being a dynamic city as it is. Taipei got me entwined to bits.
Photo by UV.
I’ve got to say that Taiwan currently is one of the places in South East Asia that tops among my favorites. It’s not at all touristy at all (by this I mean travel set don’t flock it that you can’t pinpoint who’s local to who’s not anymore); Taiwan truly is beautiful, got one of the most efficient transportation systems, and they got the best milk tea, ever. The superlative of the milk teas. I rest my case!