Travel Buddy

Writing this while currently basking in the sun. I am on an out of town trip right now with a friend of mine. It’s our second adventure so far.

Ironically, my friend is currently based in Belgium. She was my barkada back in high school, but we were not able to spend a lot of time in college because we were in separate universities. After grad, she went to Europe for further studies, and have stayed there since. She comes back to the Philippines around once a year.

Last year I went on adventure with her (and a friend of hers) to Coron, Palawan. It was our first time there, and we really enjoyed the place. A great place to go back to soon.

This year, we were supposed to go to Boracay. However, due to some unforseen events, her trip back to Manila was postponed and we had to cancel our trip. She finally arrived two weeks ago and tried to plan the trip again, but the weather forecast wasn’t so good so we decided not to book for Boracay anymore.

But we were still desperately craving for sun, sea, and sand. We just had to plan something else that did not require from us a long time of planning. After discussions and a little research, we took our bags and headed here, in Subic. Luckily we were able to get a nice boutique hotel in the middle of Subic. Wonderful architecture and interior design, great music and ambience, a nice little pool, and a beautiful suite, at a reasonable price (definitely not cheap, but well worth it). They also have a great spa and a good restaurant.

An afternoon at the beach a short drive away, and a really relaxing time here at the hotel. My last hurrah for this year’s summer isn’t so bad, even if this is my only beach trip this season. Ready for the hectic work I have to face for the next of the year.

It’s so fun to have these adventures with Pia. Her trips back to Manila is always a good reason to plan out of town trips with her.

It’s nice to have travel and adventure buddies like Pia. How do you know the people who are good travel buddies? They are usually:

  • someone you know well enough to be comfortable traveling and sharing accommodations with;
  • someone who is fun to hang out with;
  • someone you can stand (and actually enjoy) talking to for extended durations;
  • someone who’s willing to spend a little bit more than usual;
  • someone who’s willing to spend time on vacation and completely abandon work during the trip;
  • someone who is as adventurous as you; and last but not the least,
  • someone who is actually willing to go on the trip (or trips) with you.

Of course to find a good travel buddy, you should also be a good travel buddy. Don’t expect to enjoy traveling with someone if you don’t know how to enjoy yourself. Be all of the things above. On top of these, do a good research of potential adventure spots, and cheap flights, reasonable accommodations, and the various activities you can do in the places you’re going to.

(Written on June 3, 2011, 12nn, in Subic, Zambales. Edited some other time and somewhere else, back in the city. Booo.)

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