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MESSED UP TRAVEL PLANS + MOVING ON

Exploring United Arab Emirates

When I moved overseas in 2014, I made traveling yearly a goal. “I wanna go somewhere I’ve never been every year!”; the exact sentence I’ve said. When delved in further my goal, it means, “I wanna go out of the country every year!” See how I associated traveling with out of the country trips? I thought, that’s what traveling means. I thought, beautiful places are all within a passport’s reach.

This year, I had to go through a phase of disappointment as my Europe plans didn’t push through. Leave, budget and schedule problems. I was set to empty my pocket, when my Tita decided to call it off, since they had to go to Manila for an urgent matter. I admit, I felt really bad as it mean, not achieving my goal (the year is ending and I haven’t been anywhere!) and breaking the streak.

Things happen for a reason.

I took it as a sign. I took the time to think things through. I made crazy plans of pressuring myself to book a trip anywhere in the world. I thought, I had to leave. It started to feel like a self-obligation, rather than a trip to relax and unwind.

“I just want to hop on a plane and leave”

Traveling is my reward, a token I would like to claim every year. A prize for living with the sadness, being far away from home. An award for making it through the expat life. So imagine my despair when I had to put this reward on the side.

I learned to explore and appreciate my surroundings.

The Middle East is a very beautiful place, people often had misconceptions about. And Dubai, is more than the tall buildings, man-made islands and luxury life. It is actually a land of dreams, of promises, a place filled with creative, hard-working, and passionate individuals. I know, because I’ve met them.

I said, traveling has to be more than the passport stamps.

I opened my eyes wider and decided to continue exploring the Emirates. Just this year, looking back, I realized that I actually have been to a lot of places! I may not have gone to Paris, but I’ve been to so many wonderful places, met wonderful people, and tasted different cuisines- which explains this bulging fluffy tummy, yas!

Exploring United Arab Emirates

MESSED UP TRAVEL PLANS + MOVING ON

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

Exploring United Arab Emirates

I was so constrained by the idea of traveling abroad, that I fail to appreciate the place I currently live in.

NEW Goal: Explore the Emirates

♥ Abu Dhabi
X Ajman
♥ Dubai
X Fujairah
♥ Ras al-Khaimah
♥ Sharjah
X Umm al-Qaiwain

Traveling doesn’t have to include crazy flight fees and hotels. When was the last time you explored your city like a tourist? Where did you go? I wanna know your story! x

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