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!
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
♥ Ras al-Khaimah
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