My name is Rica. I took up Literature when I was in college.
In 2011, I reaffirmed my passion for traveling after almost 10 years of trying to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. Why “reaffirmed”? When I was in my 20s, I thought life was all about partying, getting wasted, spending a big amount of cash on liquor and other “unnecessary” things. My directionless past somehow blinded me from seeing and experiencing the beauty of life. I was too proud and selfish. Even after experiencing a drunk-driving, hit and run car accident that nearly put me on a hospital bed, I was still too stubborn to wake up and listen. But everything changed when my family was hit by a financial storm and when two of my friends died in the summer of 2011.
Despite everything that happened, it was during this period when I came to realize that life is indeed too short. I slowly started to change the course of my life, and when I did, I discovered Vagabonding and it made me see what my heart valued the most.
Around October of 2011, I made a sketch of my plan to travel for a month. I was in a very tough financial situation then, but I did not let it stop me from pursuing my dream of traveling the world one step at at time.
The road to my dream wasn’t easy of course. I went through more trials than ever such as having to deal with a heart condition. I also had a tough time saving money as I had to pay my rent and other bills. But I didn’t give up, that’s why I made it.
This blog documents everything: from the moment I realized what I wanted to do until the time I found myself showered with so many unexpected blessings just because I believed in my dream.
It’s a “continuous journey”, but I’m glad that I was given a second chance to live.
Here’s my story (written chronologically):
1. Making a sketch of my plans / finding inspiration
- The 2012 Travel Plan – Step 1: Plant The Seed
- Never Give Up
- The Road to China and Laos
- Where, Why and My Boss Just Quit
- The Art of Not Planning
2. The trials and not giving up
3. Change of Plans
4. A Lesson in Humility and Facing Fears
- 30 Days On The Road: Challenges, Fears, and FAITH
- Why I’m Not A Perfect Traveler
- Lessons From Habagat
- I’m Not Quitting My Job Yet To Travel
- Say NO to Fear
5. The Blessings
My last post before my actual trip is about receiving a gift from a friend. I never expected that gift but it made me realize that if you believe in something positive, everything will work out to your advantage.
I departed on October 27, 2012 for a month-long adventure. After that journey, my life completely changed. I started to believe that there is something beyond a 9-5 desk job and the paycheck that comes with it. Though I did resign from my 3-year copywriting work in July of 2013, it was in January of 2014 when I finally bid farewell to the corporate life to travel long-term. At the same time, my book about reaching my savings goal for my month-long adventure got published. Know more about it here:
I came back to the Philippines in November of 2014 and started working for a local backpacker’s hostel in January of 2015.
As I update this, it’s 2017 and many things have changed including my priorities. I still travel and will never stop traveling. But I’m headed towards a different direction now (something I’d like to keep for myself). I would like to emphasize though that I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for my earlier decision to follow my passion.
Thank you once again for dropping by and see you on the road!
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