I don’t know what it is about beaches and other large bodies of water, but I think that I’m secretly on a lifelong quest to discover the most pristine and remote beaches God every created. I’ve been blessed to see many such beautiful sights, but I believe there is much more for me to see.
A few weeks ago as I was planning out my Christmas and New Year’s holiday, I realized that I had an opportunity to take some early time off of work. My current project was wrapping up and I wasn’t slated to start my new role until after the New Year. So, what was I to do with this new found time that had just been allotted to me? I began to do some research on last minute travel deals. Europe seemed to be an attractive destination, but I was looking for a sun soaked adventure where I could explore world famous beaches and lose myself in exciting sea adventures. India was a strong contender as well, but though to hold off on this trip until my trustee travel partner (mom) would be able to join. As I was searching, I came across a special that National Geographic composed on the world’s top 10 beach destinations. Unsurprisingly, the Philippines made top of the list.
So there you have it. It was at that moment that I decided to spend the last days of 2012 exploring some of the 7,000+ islands of the Philippines. Finding a travel buddy was another challenge as most people I know where not able to react as quickly as I would have liked. Nonetheless, I committed myself to seeing this trip through and so I confirmed my travel arrangement a few days later. I would start off my trip in Manila then make my way to Cebu, the central hub of the Visayas (collection of Philippine Island). I would then venture to Palawan before heading back to Manila to catch my flight to the US.
I didn’t want this trip to be a lazy beach-bum type of trip, although I’m sure I’ll manage to squeeze in a few days of those, but I wanted it to be a true cultural and eco adventure where I could assimilate the Filipino culture and expose myself to experiences that would truly change my perspective and life. It’s only been a few days since my arrival to the Philippines, but I can already tell that I’ll certainly get what I asked for....stay tuned for more