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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Big Trip: Rough Itinerary



Photos from various Flickr users

Destination-Specific

I guess the main reason why I want to go to these two countries now is the amount of patience and physical activity it requires of travelers. So why not do it now while I’m still young?

Why India?

1) Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic country in Asia. I’m not exactly religious, but I’ve always believed that faith is a personal relationship with a higher being. After visiting Thailand and Cambodia, where Buddhism is practiced, I’ve always been fascinated with how faith is practiced by different cultures. And India is well known as a country where religion (Hinduism) practically defines its way of living. And I want to see it first hand.



2) Taj Mahal, Varanasi, Ajanta and Ellora caves, and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Ajanta Caves
Source: Ashok666

3) “There’s the rest of the world, and there’s India”. I’m also from a third world country and I’ve lived in Metro Manila for almost ten years now. But they say India is still India. Where cows roam around the streets freely. Where you will encounter various types of pollution – air, land, and noise. I wanted to challenge myself. ;)


Why Nepal?

1) Snow capped mountains.

Golden Peak
Source: stuart.hulme

2) Peace and serenity that can only be experienced when trekking.

Trekking above Pheriche

3) Weeks of walking along small villages and being surrounded by nature and beautiful majestic landscapes.


For Spontaneity

Why Thailand/Vietnam/Laos?

1) No visas for Filipinos.
2) Very backpacker-friendly.
3) Vietnam’s coffee!!!!
4) Vietnam’s pirated but really good books.
5) Try Vietnam’s street food.
6) I’ve been to Bangkok before but with relatives. I’ve been wanting to visit it again without restrictions and not having to worry about anyone. I want to ride their metro rail, watch a show in Patpong just for the sake of it (haha), visit the temples in the city proper, and eat lots of spring rolls!
7) I haven’t researched yet on Laos. But I think I’m going there early next year if I still have extra funds left.


El Nido or Coron

I LOVE Palawan. I’ve been to Puerto Princesa and Coron. I’ve always wanted to go to El Nido but on a cheap travel which means I have to go on leave for more than 3 or 4 days since land travel requires a whole day. Since I will be having lots of free time by December or January, I might go there and spend a week or two just lazing around.

Small Lagoon, Miniloc Islands, Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan
Source: Mon Corpuz