Before I became an avid fan of Traveling there was a time in my life that I tried to avoid certain people, I want to erase and forget that I messed up. College days. Pressure, anxiety.. depression but my best friends understood and waited for about five years. I missed all events, weddings because I feel screwed up.
We still connect but as much as possible, I cut it short everytime. Until one day, when they found out that I’m going to this province in the southern part of the Philippines and all of the sudden they want to come with me. I asked myself, Am I ready for this? How are they going to react when they see me? Are we gonna be the same? Then tickets are being booked, tours and itinerary are being planned and we end up 17 people coming together, that’s crazy and unexpected. But to be honest little by little I was conquering my fears and thoughts. And just like that we felt students again.
I picked them up at the Airport since I was there days before them, they missed me and I missed them alot, from there our ride took all of us to this City which we traveled for about 3.5 hours. To get to this Mystery Island we needed to ride a boat for about 1 hour. This Island during our visit is just a bare island, no Accommodation, no restaurant, no running water and no electricity. Our boat capacity is up to 25 people, so 17 of us and 3 coordinators, in total we’re 20 pax. At the registration our coordinator bumped into two foreigners which I’m not gonna say their names or nationality :). Since this Island has only limited slots of visitor per day, which I believed you needed reservation few days before, thus the boats were limited as well, long story short the two guys joined us on the boat and become our friends. To be honest I was one of the people who had an interest to befriended with them, because during that time I was and I’m still is learning their language, why not try what I’ve learn with the locals right?
They are friendly, I must say. Or maybe they just get used to Filipino culture since they lived in the Philippines for language exchange and have Filipino friends as well. After the trip most of us kept in touch with them.
And here we go again the crazy side of me. But heads up guys, it all happened when I was pretty young, so its different me now..gosh I hope! browsed and connected into one of them, I remember thinking in that part of my silliness days this person loves to travel, in the last 5 provinces in the Philippines where he’d been, I was there also but in different time, so why met at this island? . If I could just say to a younger me now “So Stupid! So childish! Blaaahh!” There’s no such thing.
Then I realized things happen for a reason, it may not be the ones that we expected but the ones that is destined for us. We haven’t talked for a while maybe with all the schedule, our own different lives. Nine months after that island trip I flew to their country, but not for personal trip. I already met someone else-just friend. But still we continue to talked, of course him telling me about his country, but cannot meet since he lives around 4 hrs from where I am and our itinerary was tight.
Really one advantage of traveling, meeting new people, sharing your culture, learn. Like our stay in that island , all happened so fast, just like the overnight trip and the next day on to our next destination. Never dwell in the situation, just make new memories that will last and plan your next adventure!!
Till our next travel! Is it really possible to find The One during your travel? Maybe for some, not for all. But I bet finding love during your travel will always be one of the best love story written.