Ok, so you’ve read travel guides, travel blogs, magazines, etc raving about a place.. And you spend your entire savings just to see this place, because everyone was raving about it.. the only problem is, once you get there, instead of raving, you feel the opposite.. and you shot back at these guides/blogs/magazines for not telling you about overcrowded people, smell, overpriced everything, very spicy food, and uncooperative weather.
Don’t worry, I have my fair share. And instead of making these annoying experiences secret so I can paint a perfect picture of my travels and make people envious, I cut the fairy tale and be honest from my point of view instead.. want to know more? ;D I’m sure you do.. Here are some of them:
So you think Thailand is heaven here on earth? Well at some point, specially if you are new to the country and is undergoing the honeymoon phase of travel, you will agree that it is indeed paradise.. every thing is beauuuutifuuul..
But will you still see the beauty of everything if you arrive on the wrong monsoon month?
Apparently, I did. Good thing I was with beautiful people at that time of chaos :P
I realized that when I was traveling in Hong Kong and Macau.. People are serious and mean.. even the boat dispatcher and bus driver are mean! and then there’s this Korean guy I just met didn’t pay back his share of bus fare because “he didn’t have coins”.. seriously dude? and you have the guts to go to the Casino after?
I met mean people and everything is crazy expensive.
I don’t even know why people from my country had fun there.. or maybe they just confined themselves in Disneyland and didn’t go outside and mingle with the locals.. or maybe I was just unlucky that time.
This is me in Macau.. with a fake smile xD
Did I discouraged you from traveling? Oh no, I might loose sponsors XD
Not everyone was mean though, I’m lucky to meet few people who didn’t treat me like I’m some kind of a maid.. this includes my American couchsurfer host who even gave a ceramic porcelain for my aunt and my Italian friend whom I have not met for many years.
Sometimes we just have to be open minded when we go to a new country or a different culture.. sometimes what we see on tv and what we read in magazines or blogs are different from what we will personally experience.
Perfect example was when I traveled in Mindanao.. everyone thought it was a dangerous place. But when I got there, I actually thought it’s much more dangerous in the dark alley streets of Manila.. You’ll see the southernmost tip of the Philippines here – Tawi Tawi.
I guess I was lucky… but I do hope in the future that the whole of Mindanao will indeed be a safe place to travel. Coz its a beautiful place not to be explored.
Another example is what happened to me in Nepal.. I was always seeing expensive touristy stuff while researching about the country online, thank you SEO companies, you did a great job.
But once there, I never thought I could live with what I consider luxury on a very small budget.. This is my room.. and guess what, I got it for free ;D
I went to Nepal knowing only 1 person whom I haven’t met for years… but while traveling to the wonderful country, I gained friends from all over the world.. Japanese, Swiss, Indian, Germans, Americans, Italians and of course the locals with beautiful souls… and I always thought I was antisocial! I have traveled to different places, yet not one single moment I felt afraid. My experience can never be measured with money, because it is priceless.. and I will forever be grateful.
This is my contribution to the Philippine Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for the month of April 2014 with the theme “When Fact is really Fiction” hosted by Kaiz Galang of http://www.missbackpacker.info