A year ago, I quit my job as a defense analyst to allow me to finish my Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of the Philippines Diliman. TBH, entrepreneurship and travel blogging (although they were my interests ever since) were just PLAN Zs. I was set to become the family’s breadwinner and back then, I believed travel blogging would be more of an expense than a capital. I did try to blog on the first semester of my graduate studies (see the link of my old blog here), but I was only able to post one article and that’s the end of it. Course work and full-time job took a hold of me for two and a half years.
You see, I finished a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Management (with honors – although irrelevant in the real world) so it never crossed my mind that I’d end up with just me and my laptop. I was expected to become a lawyer. Well, to be fair, I also dreamt of becoming one. Unfortunately, financial problems made achieving that dream impossible. For the next three years, all I did was work and study. I had no choice. I have to help the family (you know how it is for crazy poor Asians, huh?) Until one day, TREKAFLY Travel Agency happened (and law did not). I thought of a travel agency as business because first, it’s not that time-consuming. Back then, my priority was to finish my Master’s Degree and business was just an additional source of income. I had my priorities straight. Second reason, I love traveling and photography. If you would check my instagram, it’s been curated even back when I had only 300 followers. I was never born with a silver spoon in my mouth and so I didn’t get to ride a plane until I reached the age of twenty – when I was earning enough to buy myself tickets. (All my travels abroad were out of my hard-earned money. I never asked from my parents). Fortunately, my first travel was Japan. And a lot has changed since then. The business ran smoothly until I decided that it’s time to get more personal and share some of my travel stories, tips & tricks not exclusive to our lovely clients but also to you who’s reading this. Who else would do it best anyway?
Through this blog, I aim to:
- First, (although this sounds cliche) inspire you to take the leap of faith, no matter what the circumstances may be. For life is too short to spend most of it doing what your heart is incapable of loving fully.
- Second, show you that there’s more to traveling than the crazy activity of strictly following your detailed itinerary plan, only to realize, at the end of the day that you felt less of the culture and or the experience than showing people off where you’ve been. Be spontaneous, be present, and enjoy the moment of being lost for a while.
- Third, use this blog as a means for people from all parts of the world to share their thoughts, exchange ideas, and voice their opinions on matters of similar interests.
Life certainly is full of surprises. I may have never been who I thought I would be three years ago but at this point in my life, all I wanted is to give my heart and mind a bit of break from all the expectations set on me. I just wanted to be who I truly am. It took me several episodes of disappointments, panic attacks, frustrations, you name it. I even woke up today sobbing, scared of the future. I didn’t know what to do. But I got up and mustered all the courage I need to make this change in my career. So please, join me as I travel the world in pursuit of happiness and self-fulfillment. I’m not dead crazy set yet to becoming a full-time travel blogger, but I will do my best and let’s see where this is headed. I trust that it’s gonna be okay.
With Love and Hope,