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lessons i learned this year from traveling

14 December 2013 19 Comments

Every time I draft a bucket list it always end up looking like a gag show. So instead of wasting my time coming up with one, I decided to look at travel in reverse. After all, most memorable travel experiences are only funny in retrospect.

Here are the things that I learned this year in between transits around the world:

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Be ready to show your undies

When on the road, people are hornier than a toad. Unless you are traveling with a chastity belt or you are on protozoa mode (asexual), chances are somebody will see you  almost  naked. Bacon undies and granny panties will only get you as far as Miss Guatemala—always in the pageant but no luck on the crown. So you can bring home your bacon with you.

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Happy hour gets old

A lot of you will agree when I say getting wasted is fun. Until people started making fun of you and upload photos and videos that will give your parents myocardial infarctions and your friends a lifetime worth of reunion jokes at your expense. See, getting drunk is like your childhood, everybody remembers what you did, except you. So it’s about time to grow up.

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Set your expectations low

“It’s smaller than I thought” You’ll hear this in 20+ different languages when you visit the Mona Lisa, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Bruno Mars. Most often than not, major tourist destinations are saturated with businesses and tourists so expect the litters, long lines of queues, hawking vendors and the organized chaos that are not in the postcard photo that you dreamed of seeing your whole life.

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Wet wipes may save your life

The wooden dresser is to Narnia as to public Asian toilet is to hell. Devoid of happiness and rolls of toilet papers, trips to the public loos are those that I ain’t excited about and wet wipes may one day save you from its horrors. Unless you are creative enough like me to use alternative unconventional options, like receipts and bus tickets. #TrueStory

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Forex will deceive you

So when people owes you money, say I got 1,000 Kyats from Gay in Myanmar, Dong owes me 5,000 riels in Cambodia, I have 10,000 dongs from Marky in Vietnam and Monette borrowed 7,000 kips in Laos. Computing who owes how much will take a toll on you. Then we go back home and realized that your combined invested fund is less than 5 bucks.

Bullcrap! I could’ve just saved my neurons from doing math.

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Keep on moving

We will meet people, we may fall in love, but travelers’ rules are simple. By the time one has to move to the next destination, breathe the memories, pack the bags, say goodbye and never look back.

Staying in touch is an option, while totally forgetting what happened is universally acceptable. Because by default, there is an unspoken understanding that travelers are strong, gutsy and if there is one thing we are really good at, it should be the art of MOVING ON

#MalalimPaSaMarianasTrenchAngHugot

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Traveling is a learning process. Learn from the minutest details most of us will take for granted. Experiences are only as good as the lessons we take home from it.

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What have you learned this year?


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  • Kaiye Pallarco

    Moving On? Ehem… Still learning about it :))

  • Brenna Bustamante

    i’m still in the pageant!!! wooot. amazeballs nararating ng granny panties.

  • darwin

    This post is one of my favorites :)

    The lesson I learned this year?
    Hmmm, falling in love with fellow traveler is not always like a fairy tale na may “and they live happily ever after” na ending. LOL

  • http://www.cebu-beaches.com/ Stella S., Cebu Beaches

    By far one of the best and most honest blog articles I’ve read.

    “Staying in touch is an option, while totally forgetting what happened is
    universally acceptable. Because by default, there is an unspoken
    understanding that travelers are strong, gutsy and if there is one thing
    we are really good at, it should be the art of MOVING ON.”

    I should have known. #MalalimPaSaMarianasTrenchAngHugot Kaw na. :D

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    you will. sooner or later ;-)

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    you’re an exemption. baka naman kasi may glitters glitters ang granny panties! LOL

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    BOOOOM!
    ikwento na yan!
    lerned it the hard way, I feel you Dardar!

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    hahahaha salamat! ;-)

  • Hancel Reyes

    Tagos talaga palagi. Lalim ng hugot. Salamat sa pagshare sir :)

  • Brenna Bustamante

    yes teh. may butterflies pa. Hahaha

  • ems

    post worth sharing. :)

    wet wipes – i hoard them! bestest wet wipes – giggles and j&j! hehe.
    moving on – i couldn’t agree more on this statement ” there is an unspoken understanding that travelers are strong, gutsy and if there is one thing we are really good at, it should be the art of MOVING ON. #truebluebabyiloveyou

    happy holidays ron and monette!

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    hahaha sobrang lalim umabot sa narnia! lol

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    im good with the one from best denki and $2 shop hahaha. Happy holidays to you too!

  • http://www.travelswithahobo.com/ travelswithahobo.com

    It’s my first time to read your blog and I’m hooked thanks to this funny article. Haha! Bruno Mars..can’t get over that one. Hmm..what have we learned this year? Ah! Wag patulan ang menopause na French woman na galit sa mundo! #toolongtokwentoinacommentbox

    Happy new year to you two! :)

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    welcome to our crazy world, hahaha
    yeah, just roll your eyes, pout your lips and say
    “Le bitch! s’il vous plait!” go kwento away!

    Happy new year
    ~RON

  • http://www.walkflypinoy.com paul | walkflypinoy

    Agrees with all of these. Especially the wet wipes bit. Wait, especially last one. Ha!

  • http://layovertolife.com/ Marj | layovertolife.com

    Just read this now, but absolutely agreeing to everything in this post.

    ““It’s smaller than I thought” You’ll hear this in 20+ different
    languages when you visit the Mona Lisa, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and
    Bruno Mars.” –> Made me laugh so much. Babaw lang. Haha.

    Definitely sharing this:)

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    hahaha salamat at bumenta! lol

  • http://flipntravels.wordpress.com flipntravels

    may pinag huhugutan Paul? lol