Where to go next? My dream travel itinerary

Where to go next? My dream travel itinerary

This was an old story last year that I have updated.. aside from bringing my mom last year in Thailand and Vietnam for her first international travel, not much have happened just to let you know I’m still dreaming to go to the countries I will mention below xD… and I will keep annoying you dear readers until the goal has been achieved. :D

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Ok, I know I already have so many mis adventures under my belt, the last one was when a plane diverted back from where we have departed due to weather conditions, not once but twice in the same day!

And despite that, I also know for a fact that whenever I get stressed, or into trouble, I only get facebook stares.. I understand my crazyness is solely my responsibility.. And if I get sick, prepare for a laugh.


when I am sick
And not to mention the last time I announced my plans of traveling 2 years ago, a family clan member got sick or got into an accident and our house got robbed..
So why am I still pursuing my passion?

 

Because really I want to prove to anyone that this average looking dark skinned lady can travel and that any other average person can travel too.. so please don’t envy ok?


grasya in motorcycle
 

There are more challenges now that I have a few family responsibilities like taking care of my mom, or how to help my aunt manage the farm.. I was actually thinking to bring my oldies to my international travels too because they deserve it.

 

First, I’m bringing my mom to Thailand and Vietnam soon.. it’s payback time for her since she’s the primary reason why I grew up loving travel even on budget anyway.. (UPDATE: Mom went to Thailand and Vietnam and missed Filipino food while we’re on the road)

Hopefully next time I can travel with my Aunt out of the country too coz she deserves to see other places other than the farm.


beautiful Thailand
 

So where do I plan to go next?


crossroads
I’m looking into countries where only few travelers have visited.. because they are the countries less traveled. And it’s my niche ;D.. talking about how I can afford to go there is another story.

I already bought a ticket to Dubai..  then I’ll have to figure out where to go after that.. probably Turkey or Georgia, this will depend on the budget and circumstances. (UPDATE: Bought ticket to Dubai but didn’t went.. yep, I hated myself)

I’m also eyeing at Australia. I don’t really like to just go there, shoot and run back home.. As you see I love long term travels where I get to soak in the culture and do roadtrips in the country. But it’s an expensive country so this song is in my head – dream, the impossible dream.

 

Who knows what the future holds.

 

I’m also looking at living in Europe too. More like spending a year or two and learn another language. Austria still fascinates me specially because it’s where my favorite movie the sound of music was filmed. I want to visit Switzerland too and observe how people live in that peaceful country.

Spain is high on the list specially that the Philippines have more than 300 years of Spanish influence, so it would nice to see and enjoy the true Spanish way of doing things and visit as many places as I can.

Germany has a special place in my heart, as well as Italy too.. I should not forget France, UK and Ireland.. and the list goes on.. I should compile all the details at my dream travel destinations.

And then when my Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs has been fulfilled, I will now be ready again to reach out and serve the underprivileged, under represented, under nourished.. I’m actually still doing it at grasya.org but hopefully I can do much more.

Till then I’ll keep focusing on my projects so I can finally have the travel fund to book that ticket to my next destination. Now while I’m plotting my escape, and if you are plotting to borrow money, please don’t.. Let me help you create your own travel fund instead. Alright?

Dream Travel Destination: Austria part 2

Dream Travel Destination: Austria part 2

My last article about Austria just talked about why I wanted to go to Austria.. but the details are left for Austria part 2.. It kinda breaks my heart drafting this itinerary knowing that my travel funds still have a loOong way to go but hey, I believe in angels and I believe that dreams come true. ^_^

 

1. First and foremost, I’d avail all free things that the country has to offer. Apparently, there are free entrance to churches, markets, gardens, parks and galleries in Austria. This will let me feed my wanderlust to indulge in great architecture, art, shopping and history. Check out the Austrian Cathedral in Vienna and the church in Insbruck.. aren’t they marvelous?



 




2. I’d go on a skiing holidays in Austria. I haven’t been in a country that snows and last seen an actual snow when I was in Darjeeling, India… the snow capped mountains was about half inch only.. and that’s about it. Hopefully when I go to Austria, I’ll get to enjoy the bliss of snow.




3. I’ll watch out for Vienna open air opera and Music Film Festival Vienna so I need to make sure I’ll be there in September. I used to play Mozart piano pieces when I was young, would be great to walk in the place where this great composer once lived.

4. Go to the place where the movie Sound of Music was shot.. then once in the hills are alive, I’m gonna sing.. the hills are alive :D.. and “how do you solve a problem like this grasya?”

5. Eat a heuriger, wiener schnitzel and other traditional foods in Austria.. not so much of a wine drinker but wouldn’t hurt to taste some wine. Eating should always be part of my trip because foods and drinks are different in each country.

6. Austria is now the leading European Country for sustainable agriculture with nearly 10% organic production so when I go there, I must make sure I do woofing. For those interested in farms, you should google woof and see how it can enable you to travel. ^_^

So that’s about it. At least I have a draft itinerary once I get to Austria. How about you? Do you have any plans on what to do in Austria?

**thanks to Enrique Manzano for sponsoring my Austrian images ^_^

Travel Dream Destination: Turkey

Aside from Germany and Austria, (and Italy, England, Lithuania, Norway etc etc).. one my favorite dream destination in that part of the world is Turkey.

This Eurasian country is located in Western Asia and in Southeastern Europe.
Bordering countries are Bulgaria to the Northwest, Greece to the west, Georgia to the northeast, Iran to the east, then Iraq and Syria to the Southeast.

One of the many reasons why I look forward to travel in Turkey is:

1. I want to go to Cappodocia. Cappadocia is an area in Central Anatolia in Turkey. It is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks.
There’s nothing like that in places where I’ve went so I want to marvel at those rock houses.. they are such great architectural landscapes.

2. I want to try hotsprings in Pamukkale. These are mineral waters that spring from the earth then cascade over a steep cliff, forming gleaming pools. Similar to other mineral hot springs that are found around the world, the waters are thought to help cure skin diseases, nervous disorders, heart disease and circulatory issues.
Really, nature did an awesome job designing those pools!



3. I want to visit Istanbul, one of the three European capitals of culture in 2010. Aside from Ottoman mosques, I want to see the art galleries and museums of this so called world’s hippest city..



then maybe, I’ll buy a piece of art which has become a hobby in every country that I go to.



4. I want to visit ancient ruins, and underground cities. I love to visit cities that have been destroyed by Mother Nature. It should teach humankind a lesson or two. The largest underground city is apparently found in Turkey so would love to visit that too.

5. I want to meet friends there. It’s more fun when you’ve got friends from every corner of the world to share fun with don’t you think?

6. The last reason why I wanted to travel to Turkey is because I just want to travel.. to anywhere ^_^.. aint that reason enough?

Thank you goes to Wanderingtrader and Mehmet Ali Özçobanlar Hadjidakis for providing the pictures ^_^

Dream Travel Destination: Australia

Dream Travel Destination: Australia

Australia is the nearest continent from where I am at the moment… and even before the opportunity comes for me to travel in that country, I must take steps to draft my dream itinerary just in case fairies who grants wishes drops by this page ;)

 

 

First order, I’d start out checking flights to Perth coz I wish to start the adventure from the West first.

Upon research, it has been said that Perth is the most remote city on earth… hrrmm so my secret paradise in the Philippines is not yet the most remote? Interesting..

Then I’d like to see Australia in Yellow.. just 2 hours from Perth is the Pinnacles. These pieces of rock formation sprouted from the yellow desert sands looks amazing.. looks like you are walking on the moon or in another planet..



 

 

Then after the West, I’d go see Central Australia in orange-red colors thru Mt Uluru.. I’ll stare and reflect at the huge object and note to myself.. how lovely indeed is this Earth, our dwelling place..



 

Then I’d go down South and see Australia in pretty pink.



The picture above is in Silcrete Island – Lake Eyre, South of Australia. An algae was supposedly the reason behind why the water is pink… I do wonder if instead of blue, the ocean’s color turns out pink instead.. could be a pretty color :D

 

And then the last pit stop (subject to change of course) would be Sydney to see Australia in White thru the Opera House. Some friends lived there, so might as well do some catching up on life…  might as well go on a road trip around the beautiful city.



 

So there goes my dream itinerary dear folks.. looking forward to making this dream come true ^_^.. how about you? Are there places you want to go in Australia?

 

** credit of the pictures goes to Australia Facebook Page and from my friend Doh Thailand

Dream Travel Destination: Austria

I know, its overdue dear Austria.

Your place seemed magnificent, like a heaven here on earth that everyone would like to see.. I should have been there a long time ago.. But like the typical Filipina, I hold back.. Just to make sure everything will be in perfect timing.

Why do I want to visit you? Because..

1. I wanna travel. Go around. Experience the world because we only live once on earth, might as well roam it before leaving.

2. A dear sole sister, Vera Wihan, lives there. We’ve been friends since 2004 (or was it 2005?) when she went to the Philippines. We toured the Philippines together. After that, we had reunions in Vietnam and in Thailand… this time around, I want to see her in her own country.

 


 

 

Vera  in the center while we sway to the Indian dance (2005):




3. I want to go to a country where the  movie Sound of Music was taken. Its my favorite movie when I was a child when Beta-max was still existing.. Once in Austria, I’m gonna hum – “how do you solve the problem of this grasya”~~

4. I wanna see and observe how people are living in Vienna. See the goodness in life there so I can bring the good back to my country.

5. Coz I wanna give myself a gift of travel… aint that reason enough? ^_^