YEAR-END SPECIAL: "Don't just Dream of Getting to your Dream Destinations, MAKE IT HAPPEN!"

Eleven months ago, on January 17, 2013, I wrote an article entitled "Things I Want to Accomplish on my 5th Year of Traveling around the Philippines". It accounts all the things I want to achieve this 2013. Barely 5 months after I quit working professionally as a computer programmer, it was the time that I am still uncertain and unprepared for what to expect this year. But I pushed through with being a full-time travel blogger and dared to do what I love most - "to TRAVEL".

I faced all the challenges and just did what I want to do. Afterall, I am happy doing what I want. Along the way, it made me realize that quitting my job is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was able to live a life that I am dreaming of. I'm not saying that you quit your job and just travel, it doesn't apply to all. But living a life that you want is what you should be aiming for.

TODAY, December 17, 2013, as I look back... Let's see what I've accomplished so far from all of my plans I had this year.

1. Visit Batanes and Sulu, the last 2 provinces on my #80PHL Challenge

  • DONE! Visited Batanes last May 2013 and Sulu last August 2013. Thank you to all my friends who helped me (financially and all) in fulfilling my dream of visiting these provinces which also gave me the opportunity to accomplish a goal - "to visit all the provinces in the Philippines".

2. Re-visit the provinces I wasn't able to explore as much (Romblon, Eastern and Northern Samar, Sarangani, Bukidnon and Compostela Valley)

3. Attend more Philippines Festivals

4. Climb and explore more mountains

5. Try scuba diving, wake-boarding and rock climbing

  • I've tried scuba diving in Bauan, Batangas last December 1, 2013. Hopefully, I will be able try wakeboarding and rock climbing next year!

6. Organize group tours

  • None yet, I just organized tours for friends. Maybe next year, I'll be able to do this. :)

So, that's it! So far, so good! :) I don't have any planned trips before the year ends. So, maybe, those unfinished plans will just be reserved for 2014! I am so excited! Let's bring it on!!! :)

Now, here's my advice to you, my dear readers,

"Don't just dream of getting to your dream destinations, MAKE IT HAPPEN!" -www.pinoyadventurista.com

This is my contribution to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for December 2013 with the theme "The Pinoy Travel Bloggers Closing the Curtains on 2013: Love, Learn and Living" hosted by Brenna Bustamante of The Philippine Travelogue.


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  1. So proud of you sexy blogger! Keep those posts coming!
    Looking forward for more blogs coming from you by 2014.

    Keep inspiring :)

  2. I am very inspired of your story, even my self i really want to get out from the box and travel. But I am scared as of right now, loosing my job since it is my bread and butter. I am so proud of you. "LAKAS NG LOOB MO" just knowing the fact that you were unprepared that time. ... Pero ang hirap din pala pagsabayin ang pag travel at work. may maapektuhan talaga. based sa experience ko

  3. Sapul ako sa unang paragraph palang. If I could only quit my job and travel the world, I would have done it. But I think I'm not yet prepared. Hehe. Inggit ako Mervz, dami mong napuntahan this year! Keep traveling and inspiring! ;)

  4. scuba diving! Kainggit! Ma try nga yan sa 2014! Happy new year, mervz!!!

  5. Ikaw na talaga, idol! I'm happy na you got to do all of those just this year alone.. and got to cap-off the places that you've always been wanting to visit. And kudos sa life decisions! Quitting your job and following what you've always been passionate about is risky business.. but could always be one of the best decisions yet!

    I'm glad that I got to meet you in person, even for a brief moment, Mervs. Next year longer hang out perhaps? :)

    Happy New Year! :)

  6. Congratulations on completing the Philippine provinces this year! :)

    Cheers to more adventures this 2014!

  7. Its inspiring to see those travel achievements you had last year. I wish you more for 2014 ;)

  8. Kelan tayo mamgm--meet? Soul mate ni MingMing? :-)

  9. Congrats on a great year, Mervz! :) Been wanting to try scuba diving too for the longest time. Happy New Year!


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