2017 In A Glimpse

The previous year was more of a slack season for me in terms of travelling. Due to my realignment of priorities, I lagged behind in travels. Instead of traveling, I have realigned most of my energy to losing weight. As they say, one has to sacrifice some things in order to attain one’s objectives. So even though my travels got limited, I am still happy because I have achieved the result I wanted to achieve for the year.

In spite of my limited travels, I was still able to tick some items off of My 2017 Travel Resolutions. In my aim to achieve my weight loss objective, I began to climb mountains. Mountain climbing is a rigorous and tedious undertaking but eventually I began enjoying it. One mountain adventure turned into two and eventually I climbed 28 mountains in 2017 alone. Among the mountains I climbed include mountains on my wish list like Mts. Pulag, Daraitan, Maculot and Batulao. I was even lucky enough to scale my first international mountain, Ulsan Bawi in South Korea.

The road less traveled often leads to the most wonderful destinations.

Outside of mountain climbing, my travels were quite limited. I failed to visit five new provinces as was my original plan. Due to last minute complications, I failed to travel to my first Mindanao destination. On the more positive side, I was able to return to Palawan to visit what is touted as the world’s most beautiful island. I had a grand time in El Nido. I also got the opportunity to explore one of the world’s seven new wonders of nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. And it was scintillating!

Perhaps the highlight of my year is the fulfillment of one of my biggest dreams – to travel outside the country. When I got to South Korea, I was literally in cloud nine. It felt surreal that most of the time I felt like I was just floating in a dream. South Korea is beautiful in pictures but it is even more so in person, especially during autumn. My friends and I were fortunate enough to witness autumn at its peak. And it is nothing short of breathtaking.

That’s the brief summation of my 2017 travels.

2018 In Perspective

2017 was a slow pace but in 2018, things are bound to be bigger and better. I have gained momentum in 2016 but lost it in 2017. However, I am planning to regain steam and barge ahead with more travels.

As the curtain falls on 2017, I have finalized my 2018 travel resolutions which I have listed below:

  1. Hike more mountains. I am more of a beach bum but 2017 changed all of that. By climbing mountains, I have become healthier. I have also gained a lot of friends. I intend to keep the status quo in 2018 and climb even more mountains.
  2. Take it up a notch in my mountain climbing. It may sound far-fetched but I want to climb more technically challenging mountains in 2018. Most of my hikes in 2017 are on the less technically difficult side and they usually last about a day. It is my time to level up and climb more challenging mountains like Mt. Guiting-Guiting, Sicapoo, and if fate would have it, the so-called father of all mountains, the feared Mt. Halcon.

    The most wonderful views come after the most difficult of climbs.
  3. Project 81. As I failed last year to visit at least five more provinces this year, I’ll be keeping this it as one of my priority items. I want to gain some needed momentum in my quest to tick off some items in my Project 81. High on my priority list of local destinations are Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Davao Oriental, Marinduque, Bohol, Ilocos Norte, and Batanes.
  4. Touchdown Mindanao. Although Mindanao is still under Martial Law, it would be great to finally land and explore the promised land, Mindanao. I’ve already had my fair share of Luzon destinations and in 2015 I finally got the chance to travel to the Visayas. The time is ripe to finally land on Philippine’s third largest island.
  5. Revel in them beaches! I’ve been quite the mountain man in 2017 so in 2018 I aim to visit more beaches. I am still a beach bum after all and there is no better place to find beached but in the Pearl of the Orient. Among those I am yearning to visit are Bantayan Island and Camotes Island in Cebu, Caramoan in Camarines Sur and Calaguas in Camarines Norte.

    It is about time to feel the ground underneath your feet. 
  6. Hala bira! Philippines is a land of grand and colorful festivals like Panagbenga of Baguio, Sinulog of Cebu City, Dinagyang of Iloilo City, Kadayawan of Davao, and Masskara of Bacolod. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate in any and in 2018 I intend to change that even though I am quite allergic to large crowds. Nonetheless, it would be great to take part in a grand festival.
  7. Travel to more international destination. My first taste of international travel has opened my eyes into the wonderful world of global trotting. From South Korea, I intend to visit even more global destinations, like our ASEAN neighbors.
  8. Travel solo, AGAIN. My last successful solo trip was way back in 2016. All by myself, I braved all odds to visit Coron, Palawan and tick one item off on my bucket list. I wasn’t able to travel solo in 2017 although I was a solo joiner in some of my climbs. In 2018, I’m hoping to get the chance to travel solo again.

    Explore the backstreets and you’ll discover more.
  9. Travel solo, internationally. In connection to travel resolution number 8, I also want to travel solo, internationally. I enjoy travelling alone because I only have to look after myself.
  10. Share. Beyond travelling and experiencing different cultures, I would like to write more about my experiences and the people I get to meet during my excursions. I also want to share these experiences to my readers so that they can experience the things that I have experienced.
  11. Save more, travel more. I sure have to finance my travels right?

2017 has indeed been great but I am looking forward to even more adventures in 2018.

2018, I am looking forward to you.