Q: What will you do if you are given 100 days of leave with pay?
Wait… Think first before answering. And while you’re on it, why not read what other travel bloggers would do if they are given that kind of opportunity.
Albino Chua of I Wander: 100-day leave do not come often so naturally, I will use that time to travel. I would embark on a budget-friendly voyage tracing the historic silk road, starting in Central China down to the ancient cities of Central Asia, namely Bukhara and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, then to Iran, one of my favorite countries. From there, it is a straightforward journey to Istanbul, the gateway between Asia and Europe. After passing through neighboring Greece, I will finally cap my trip in Venice, the traditional end to the silk road.
Rain Amantiad of Destination Everywhere: I would love to roam all of New Zealand on a kombi van; write a travelogue while at it (with a book deal waiting); and be able to buy BLT and Chips at McDonalds in my bikinis.
Ephraim Arriesgado of The Adventist Adventurer: If I will be given a 100-day leave with pay, I will be spending it by exploring a hundred cities / historical landmarks / beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines. Or I will be climbing the country’s most famous mountains. I know, for sure, that after 100 days, I will have more than 100 discoveries to share to others that will inspire them to travel more and explore our country.
Carlo dela Cruz of Visa-Free: Take a leap of faith and visit my friends across the globe whom I met and became a huge influence in my journey called life. Wander around the cities, rub our feet against the sand, trek the stretches of mountains etc. No plans at all, wherever our feet leads us – we grab by it, take chance, and make good memories once again, that can be cherished for a lifetime.
Melody Co of Guiltless Getaways: I would go back to Bangkok and take a monk’s previous offer to stay in a temple for free (for as long as I can take it in the next 100 days). I found my version of Ketut (Eat, Pray, Love) in Thailand and I would love to go on a spiritual journey. I will continue my shopping at Chatuchak Market before I leave for Manila and then when I come back home, I would find my pay all saved up for my next trips, a new sense of calm and life lessons from all the meditating and a new business waiting for me. =)
Prince Romana of The Backpack Man: I have given a chance for 100 day leave with pay. I will spend for 100 days with my family in Bohol and I will spend time in bed probably…Sobrang na miss ko talaga matulog ng 8 hours. Lagi akong puyat palagi sa work.
Izah Morales of Tripadora: If I’d be given 100 days to take a leave with pay, I’ll spend 30 days in Batanes to do a documentary among the locals in Savidug and Chavayan. I would continue my documentary to the Bicol Region, where I’ll spend the next 30 days especially in Masbate. Masbate is said to be one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines. I want to bring out the beauty of Masbate through the off-the-beaten destinations. The next 20 days will be spent in Tawi-Tawi to capture the colors and traditions of the tribes. From Tawi-Tawi, I want to be an islander in El Nido and experience the island life for 25 days. The five remaining days will be spent at home to relax and avoid travel hangovers.
Wendell Cagape of Journeys and Travels: I would rather spend that on the road from Sri Lanka, to India and to Nepal. I wanted to go on backpacking trip to these countries where my childhood dreams will be my guiding star. I will forever be on the road to where my heart will feel rested and through it, I shall be wandering and journeying through the alleyways, study, learn, immerse and reconnect to the world where time stood still.
Well, I hope you already read HOW I WAS GIVEN A 100-DAY LEAVE BY MY BOSS. If you haven’t do read it.
Yes, its a leap of faith! The most sacrificial and challenging thing I did all my life. I’m not getting younger so I did it even if I’m not sponsored by a company or individual- yes, an indie-traveler.
As of this writing, I’m almost half-way there, Day 43. The trip is life-changing, eye-opening, back-aching and feet-abusing but most satisfying.
So how’s the journey so far?
Pretty tiring- its pretty out there but tiring too.
I wish to tell you about this tattooing-Kalinga tribe that I visited after 4 hours of bus ride and 2.5 hours of hiking; the slowly fading Senga ritual I witness because I made friends with a local in Sagada; the unexpected invitation to Cebu by Summit Circle Hotel which is really relaxing, the joy of helping copra farmers in Marinduque; the swim with the largest known fish specie-Butanding (for free); the default drinking sessions with locals; and a whole lot more which you will only read on my book (coming soon!).
“The trip is life-changing, eye-opening, back-aching and feet-abusing but most satisfying.”
Ohh, btw, I hope to make a short documentary film about it too; so wait for that!
For now, please be contended with my updates via Twitter- @journeyingjames and Facebook- www.facebook.com/journeyingjames. But if you really want to follow my steps, I have an interactive map- ISANGDAAN Journey map. You might also want to check out my post about it:
- Quirino: Refreshing Dip at Maddela Waterfalls
- Batad, What Happened to Your Charm?
- Sagada’s Porn Cave
- Witnessing the ‘SENGA’ in Sagada, Mt. Province
- Kalinga: Tattooed on my Mind
- So What’s in Abra?
- Astonishing Adams, Ilocos Norte
- I Visited the 4 UNESCO-Stamped Churches in the Philippines
- Why You Should Date a Traveler?
- Hundred Islands Travel Guide
- Scenic Capones Island & Nagsasa Cove
- The Need to Lessen My Load: A Reflection
- 10 New Learnings in Intramuros
#ISANGDAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days. “Isang Daan” is a Filipino term that can mean either “one way” or “one hundred.”
How about you? IF GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY- A 100 Days Leave with pay, how are you going to spend that?
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This is my contribution to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival for March 2012 on the topic “Leap of Faith: When Travelling Changed My Life” hosted by Reiza of Wander If You Must!”
You can also check out some of the past carnival topics: PTB Blog Carnival