30 Places before 30

I remember back in high school when my parents didn’t allow me to go on beach “gimiks” with friends, even go to a nearby mall! It was very hard to ask permission from them. “You’ll have a lot of chances when you grow up,” they would always tell me. Then I would shut the door of my room and don’t understand what they were saying.

True enough, they were right in their prophecy. When I started working and earning my own money,  my itchy travel feet are still there and that desire to see the world has grown stronger and stronger. I could say I am blessed to be have been able to travel places, but I still have a lot to go in the world map!

They say it’s best to travel young. Travel, not to the usual  beach vacations or weekend getaways, but go on adventures that would encourage and excite your senses, expand your experience, meet people from different walks of life, and taste life to the full. Collect moments that would define the rest of your life and stick with you forever. It’s best to do this while you’re young when you still have the energy, disposable income, no obligations, and pull an all-nighter to experience the world as much as you can.  As I have turned 30 a couple of months ago, I look back to my unforgettable travel experiences that have made my first 3 decades in this earth worthwhile.

This December 30, I’m doing a countdown to the 30 most memorable places I’ve been to before turning 30.

30. Spelunking in the caves of Cavinti, Laguna. Shooting around the Laguna Bay Loop.

Cavinti Caves Complex

LAGUNA

29. Roadtripping in North Luzon (Laoag, Vigan, Ilocos Norte). First ever roadtrip with cousins. Photo: Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte. 

Ilocos

28. Catching the sight of the perfect cone of Mt. Mayon Volcano in Albay, Bicol.

BICOL
27. Climbing the Banaue Rice Terraces, the 2000-year-old  terraces built in Ifugao province.

IFUGAO
26. First time solo travel around Baguio discovering Ben Cab museum and Tam-awan Village.

BAGUIO

BAGUIO 2

25. Foodtripping and solo trekking the foot of Mt. Kanlaon in Bacolod countryside during my birthday month and Masskara Festival. Photo: Guintubdan Falls, La Carlota and The Ruins.

BACOLOD

BACOLOD 3
24. Joining my first on-the-spot photo shoot contest in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia with Zone V Camera Club.

KOTA KINABALU
23. Walking in the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

HO CHI MINH

HO CHI MINH 3

22. Partying during a tropical depression in Vang Vieng, Laos.

VANG VIENG LAOS 2

VANG VIENG LAOS

21. Experiencing cool spring in HongKong. Walking at midnight in the streets of Kowloon.

HONGKONG

HONGKONG 2

20. Shooting a friend’s wedding in Singapore.

SINGAPORE 2

SINGAPORE

19. Temple-hopping and getting scammed in Bangkok, Thailand.

BANGKOK THAILAND 2

BANGKOK THAILAND
18. Biking around Ayutthaya, Thailand.

AYUTTHAYA THAILAND
17. Experiencing pure shores of The Beach by Alex Garland in Phuket, Thailand.

PHUKET THAILAND
16. Getting heart-broken in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

PHNOM PENH
15. Feeling awestruck in the ancient temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

CAMBODIA
14. Conquering Asia’s longest dual zipline in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

BUKIDNON
13. Going extreme in white-water rafting in Cagayan de Oro.

CDO
12. Renting a multicab to go around and explore Camiguin Island.

CAMIGUIN

CAMIGUIN 2

11. Going on a retreat in Boracay.

BORACAY
10. Island hopping in Palawan.

PALAWAN 2
9. Family camping at the forest and nearby Pacific Ocean in Oregon.

OREGON 3

OREGON

OREGON 4
8. Becoming a California gurl.

CALIFORNIA 2

CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA 3

7. Learning some American history in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.

BOSTON

WASHINGTON DC

WASHINGTON DC 3

WASHINGTON DC 2

PHILADELPHIA

6. Visiting The Shire in Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand.

NORTH ISLAND NZ 3

NORTH ISLAND NZ 2

5. Bungee-jumping in the highest bridge bungy at 80-meters in Mokai Gravity Canyon, Taihape, New Zealand.

NORTH ISLAND NZ
4. Loving the heavenly beautiful scenery in South Island, New Zealand.

SOUTH ISLAND NZ 2

SOUTH ISLAND NZ 3

3. Finding love and falling in love in New York City. <3

NYC5

Times Square by day.

NYC4

Watching the Broadway musical Wicked in Gershwin Theater

NYC2

Being on top of the world at Empire State Building.

NYC3

The NYC skyline

NYC6

Spending midnight at Times Square.

NYC

The Bow Bridge at Central Park.

2. Going Somewhere Only We Know... ;)

1. Being in the presence of God. Better is one day in His courts. :)

Happy New Year and happy travels, everyone! :)

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