Yeah I’ve transferred into another island, thank you to my large family clan.. but this person transfers from one country to another.. so while I wait for my trip to Hong Kong on a couple of days.. I decided to become nosey and interview (facebook) friends on how are they able to travel instead.
1. Can you tell me something about yourself? Occupation/hobbies/etc
A big heart to volunteer and help where ever I can, a Problem Solver since I graduate as a technician but didn’t practice the profession. But instead worked in nonprofit technical-vocational school providing opportunities to the less privileged out of school youth, 5 years in civic and community development program, grabbed the opportunity to travel: My friends told me am outgoing and with a sense of adventure; adaptable, creative, resourceful, enterprising and a dreamer. Currently helping two non profit organizations in the Philippines Raise A Village Project www.ravpo.com and The Kindred Nomad Project www.dkindproject.org. Now started my travel blog www.WanderingDann.com and hope to help or inspire others to do the same.
2. How many countries have you been so far?
Last year was El Salvador my 20th and will be going to Brasil and Bolivia this July 13 making it to 22 covering Asia, North, Central and South America, Europe and Australia.
Which is your favorite and why?
Colombia aside that its cheaper to fly from US, I feels like home and the language I find it easy to understand and be able to communicate with ease, and also was colonized by Spain too.
It is a colorful country with varied places and natural interests all the way from the coast, mountains, rainforest and biodiversity. Diverse cultural and historical point of interests and how the country had improved politically and economically. Amiable people, for me they are like the Philippines in South America and don’t forget its delectable gastronomical dishes.
3. How do you fund your travels?
Since 2007 was unemployed so have the all the time to travel and wander. Do get some outsourcing projects from catering to organize group tours on my own locally and internationally, flying to US for free by selling airline miles tickets, volunteering or participate in national or international conference and workshops representing different organizations of which am affiliated with.
4. What are your plans in the future?
This coming June 19 will venture into a 6 months backpacking trip to 5 countries in South America, excited to ride a ferry along the amazon river, visit Machu Picchu as a birthday treat to myself in August. Volunteer for the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro to meet the new Pope Francis and will place the Philippine Flag to Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia in September.
In search for a career in non profit or social enterprise and hoping to launch an inspirational travel book in 2014.
5. How can you make the world a better place?
Be of service to others and be the positive change maker: making one self better and be sensitive to the needs of other will definely makes the world a better place. True change starts from oneself and its a doable means to make this world a better place
6. Lastly, any frugal travel tips you want to share?
Frugal travel tips: Duc in altum, plunge into the deep just make sure you know how to swim against the current. Be creative, resourceful and enterprising while you are preparing for your trip and keep in mind how to increase your money while you travel instead of limiting your journey thinking of how much money you have left in your pocket. I am close to 2 year on the road left Philippines Sept 2011 with $200 that I earned when I was in China helping an english program for a month. Next trip might be Europe or Central America in 2014 after coming back to US on Dec 6, 2013.
There are a lot but ill give you a few; always carry a water container so that saves money to buy bottled water and help the environment also I do prefer homestay instead of staying in hostels so I be able to immerse myself of the places am visiting not a tourist but like a local.
This makes me think that everyone can really travel if the universe is aligned to make it happen for you… remember he went out of the country with only 200$?? If you have questions for Dann or for other people I’ve interviewed, comment away.. I’d be interested to know what other people want to ask too. ^_^
For now.. I’ll prepare to gear myself up on that long term travel. ;)