3 Regions. 16 Days. 400 Pesos. 1000 Followers. 2000 Likes.
EXCITED BUT NERVOUS. This would describe what I’m feeling today…
After a successful 14-day Solo Backpacking Challenge in Western Visayas last year, I will be on the road again, this time in the beautiful land south of the archipelago- Mindanao. Dubbed “Mindanano Challenge 400,” this is the longest trip I would ever embark and to tell you honestly, I’m quite jittery as I don’t know anyone in all the places that I will visit.
I plan to visit 3 regions: SOCSKSARGEN (Region 12), DAVAO REGION (Region 11) & CARAGA (Region 13) for 16 days starting June 6 until June 21. Itinerary is still unpolished am I’m looking for CouchSurfing hosts or friends who are willing to let me stay in their (or their relatives’) houses for a day or two. Would-be host should not worry about accommodating me, I just need two posts or two trees where I can hang my hammock/duyan and maybe some hot water for the morning coffee. Should this is unavailable, I would check-in at the cheapest pension house/inn/dorm in the area.
I would love to meet new friends while on the road, so if you are within the area, let me know and maybe we can chill over a cup of coffee/booze, stories on me.
Provinces I wish to visit are the ff:
South Cotabato – Sultan Kudarat – Saranggani – Davao del Sur – Davao City – (Samal Island) – Davao del Norte – Compostela Valley – Davao Oriental – Surigao del Sur – Agusan del Norte (Butuan)
My fly out ticket is MANILA – GENSAN (June 6) and going back BUTUAN-MANILA (June 21). Bought the ticket last year and got it for only Php350.00 (promo fare).
As usual, I will be tweeting the activities I’m doing or food I’m eating, so do follow my adventures via TWITTER. It’s fun and as someone said, “it’s like I’m traveling too when I follow your tweets with a map on my hand.” I will also tweet how I manage to live within my Php400 budget (all-in, transportation cost, food, accommodation, etc). Please use #mindanao400 if you are tweeting about this.
To make things more exciting, I would like to do live blogging, I will be blogging how the trip went out every day from Day 1 till Day 16, people I met, places I visited, learnings, reflections and of course expenses incurred. I just hope that I will be able to find an internet shop every single night where I can blog my travel story. Show some love by sharing it to friends.
Aside from a place to stay, I would like to enjoin readers and friends to this journey. This is a practice for my 100-Day Backpacking Challenge which will happen soon.
(1) 1,000 Twitter followers (@journeyingjames) and
(2) 2,000 Facebook LIKES (journeyingjamesFB) before MINDANAO CHALLENGE 400 ends on June 21, 2011.
I still have a month to research, plan and ready myself. I’m nervous but excited about this trip and hopefully I can live up to the challenge.
Lastly, do pray for a safe trip and a healthy body. Daghang Salamat!
Start reading Day 1: Surprises at Gen.Santos City