Of courage and travels

10:58 AM

"Travelling is not about money but of courage"-Paulo Coelho

I have gone into a 10 day trip to Korea to test this courage.

Four seasons in Nami Island (Gapyeong, South Korea)

I am an average salaried employee and in fact a breadwinner. I have been in a lot of places in the Philippines, but unlike other kids, I am paying all my expenses. So in order to travel, I am really working my ass off to indulge to my guilty pleasures. My trip to Korea was indeed a leap of faith, the average length of my travels only lasted from 3 to 5 days and all of it were domestic.

But I am a believer that "there is no harm in trying" and "just do it" principle, so here I am, I am in my last day of my trip. I was shocked myself because I managed (together with my friend) to spend only an approximately 30,000 bucks for the duration of our trip. 

Hmmm... what do I learned from this experience? I learned that preparation is indeed the key. If I was more prepared as to itinerary and things to bring, I might save more time and money. In hindsight, I should have travelled more lightly, I brought a lot of clothes that were useless due to weather here. I was not able to check the temperature, all I know was it's spring time (another stupid mistake), and the temp when we arrived was 0 degrees and my armors were only cardigans. The result? I was forced to buy winter coats which was a little pricey, but it was a call of necessity, so I am charging it all to experience.

I have met a lot of people, travelling alone with different reasons, some to escape work, some for pleasures and some just to soul search. I kinda envy them but this trip expanded my horizons. Paulo Coelho is right, travelling is not about your monetary value, it's about your strength. It's the barometer of how far you can challenge yourself, and right now I am accepting the challenge. 

Cheers to my future travels! All I can say now is I survived Korea!! :) Haengboki!

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