Why do you travel?
Because it’s fun! Plus I find that experiencing other cultures refreshes my perspective on life as well as inspires me whether it be ideas for personal or work life. It’s also a great excuse to spend quality time since my family lives apart most of the time.
What did you love most about your trip?
Definitely the Bolivian Altiplano. I could be biased though as I’d never been to a desert in my life so the way the browns and the blues melded together with a bit of snow made a huge impression on me. It’s one thing to see it in the movies but another to actually be in there and be surrounded by it yourself! Also it was Copa America finals when we hit Brazil and the energy is always great when football finals take place. We ended up at a random bar and the owner made us feel welcome… as long as we cheered for Brazil (she kicked out a bunch of Peruvians lol)
What’s the one thing you won’t forget?
Salar De Uyuni, for sure. It felt like standing in space! Or like you died and realize this is what the afterlife looks like. It’s beautiful and so otherworldly that I could hardly believe it was real.
What will you come back for in this trip?
Salar De Uyuni!
Did this trip inspire you in any way? How?
It was less concrete and more of like a general “wow, I really have so much more to see still”. I got to visit Iceland both in the summer and winter and, because of how it blew every other place I’d been to away, it kind of made me less excited to see other places. Also, it was my first time away from my business and managing it was a challenge. I wrote an app but it was still half finished at that point so I definitely got new ideas on how to improve it as well as my work flow.
Why do you think Filipinos should travel?
Everyone should travel really, not just Filipino. We spend so much time cooped up in our routines and comfort zones and, while it’s nice, it really closes us off mentally. Until you get out there and meet alien cultures and people with different mindsets and values that you really get that epiphany that makes you think “wow, I never thought of xyz that way” or “wow, maybe I was wrong about abc”. In a way, I’d say it’s like going to school but for the soul.
Any travel tips/hacks you’d like to share?
Just be polite and force yourself to be outgoing. Being a “keep to yourself” race in general, we tend to shy away from reaching out to strangers but you’d be surprised how friendly they are and the kinds of experiences you’d end up with just by making contact. Also people love it when you’re polite (shocker, I know /s) and will generally open up to you more that way.
Why did you choose to #travelwithaccess?
To be frank, it was my mom’s choice so I just went with it. After this trip though, I’d definitely recommend as it was one of the smoothest trips in my life.
Any recommendations on how you think Access can improve to serve Filipinos better?
Not really. Danica del Rosario already did everything right and, despite our kagulohan, she was patient with us all the way through!
What are the places in your travel bucket list?
If we’re talking about things I haven’t ticked off yet then maybe just Mykonos. It seems really chill and I day dream about just spending an afternoon on a yacht with family or friends (but not together lol). Also I wanna go back to Iceland in the summer and go snorkeling in Silfra, Thingvellir National Park. And South Africa! My parents go to go while I was in college and they offered me to come with but I turned them down because I had class… that got cancelled anyway due to a typhoon. And special mention Disneyland in California since they just opened a new Star Wars section!