Hello there! Thank you for visiting my travel blog / diary.
My first name is Ma. Patricia, but I prefer to use my nickname – Rica. I was born and raised in Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental (Central Philippines) but currently reside in the Philippine capital of Manila.
I created Rica’s Rucksack travel blog in 2010, a year after my first and life-changing backpacking journey along the famous Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam route.
The blog started out as a regular travel blog with the usual photos, but in 2011, I decided to write more about my personal journey.
Let me put it this way: 2011 made me realize a lot of things.
You see, prior to it, 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.
Then came 2011 and life turned around for me: my family was hit by a financial storm and two of my friends passed away.
Since then, I started valuing life more, and this new appreciation for life led me to a book that played a huge part on my journey: Vagabonding by Rolf Potts.
Vagabonding means “taking the time off from your normal life to discover and experience the world on your own terms.” Inspired by the book, I decided to create my own journey, which eventually opened a lot of doors for me, including publishing my first book , The 3rd World Traveler, and quitting my 9-5 job to travel for a good nine months.
I’m now in my late 30s and so much has happened – wonderful, sad, bad, amazing and exciting things. I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning (life, after all, is a never-ending journey).
But I’m happy to say that without going through what I went through in the past, I wouldn’t have been able to realize how precious this life is. And if not for the courage to create my own journey, I wouldn’t have been able to see the beauty life has to offer.
So, that’s it for now. Thank you so much for reading!
Just a little bit more about me:
- I’m currently a full-time writer
- I’ve written for several travel publications and given talks and interviews – please see my Press / Media page
- Outside the travelsphere, I’ve also been published by Grief Digest Magazine, Live Tennis and Cvlt Nation.
If you need to get in touch with me, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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