My 2018 in travel was the biggest so far. With 11 countries throughout the year, it’s gonna be a while for me to top that. You could even add 1 more country since I celebrated the NYE at Singapore and spent the first 2 days of 2018 in the island country (but about 12 hours of that were at the airport hahaha). 🇸🇬🇵🇭🇻🇳🇦🇪🇯🇵🇮🇩🇱🇦🇹🇭🇲🇲🇲🇾🇭🇰🇳🇵
I’ve always wanted to go to Ha Long Bay and I’ve finally done it this year! Me and Wayne even got to spend a night on a cruise across the thousands of rock islets of Northern Vietnam. What a way to kick off our travels in 2018! Hanoi on a Long Weekend
My first and only solo travel this year was also my farthest, the UAE! Even though it’s a 10-hour flight away, I didn’t feel like a foreigner because of the amount of Filipinos living there. They even helped me quite a few times from directions to food suggestions. It was an amazing first experience on Arab culture, and I hope to explore more of the Middle East in the coming years. UAE 5 Days Itinerary
It’s my tradition to visit Japan once a year because it’s Japan and I love it so much. This time, we went at the end of spring season while sakura is still in bloom in some parts of the country. Our first sakura sighting was in Hakone and it was totally unexpected. But the best part of this trip is our short (wish we extended it and cut a few days off Tokyo) stay at Nagano. We stayed at Shibu Onsen right before full bloom. We even got to ski at a nearby resort just a couple of bus rides away. I have not uploaded this trip yet but it’s in progress so watch out for it on my Facebook page for updates!
There were only a couple more countries nearby the Philippines I have yet to go to by June last year and one was Indonesia. I wanted it to have it’s own trip because it’s a huge country. So we made the most out of the 9 days we were there. We started our journey in Jakarta, through the old ruins and temples of Yogyakarta, then the stunning landscapes of East Java, and lastly around the islands of Bali and Nusa Penida. It’s our best nature trip for the year! 9 Days Indonesia DIY Itinerary
One of our longest trips this year and definitely the most jam-packed was our Northern Indochina trip. Spread across 5 major destinations in 3 countries from Laos, Thailand, to Myanmar. It was eye-opening, exhausting, and everything I hoped for. North Indochina 10 Days DIY Itinerary
Yeaaars ago on my first backpacking trip ever, I visited this Malaysian island that easily became my favorite place at that time. And that was Penang. I finally went back to it last November, and it’s still as charming and authentic as my first visit. Now that I’ve been to a lot of different places, Penang still remains in my Top 10 and my most favorite place in Malaysia. 8 Popular Food and Restaurants in Penang
I also went back to Hong Kong which is another special place to me. It was the first place I ever traveled to abroad. And coming back after all these years repainted all the faded memories I have of it. This was just a short trip but we did so much from food, Ocean Park, food, milk tea, and more food. It was amazing. Hong Kong Food and Snacks You Should Try
Finally, the big ender for my year, a 10-Day trip to the most scenic place I’ve ever been to, Nepal! But before that, I stayed for a night at Kuala Lumpur and ate at my favorite restaurant abroad Nasi Kandar Pelita!!! So back to Nepal. It was very special. This trip gave everything from the goosebumps-y views of the Himalayas to the skin-to-skin busy streets of Kathmandu. I couldn’t even believe of the views I saw, even just from a bus stop. My full itinerary of this trip to Nepal will be uploaded soon, so stay tuned!
2018 being my biggest year of travel made me so proud of what I’ve accomplished. I wouldn’t even try to top it this year because I’m planning on having a chill year for 2019. But of course, chill doesn’t mean boring. And I’m actually excited for this year and the places I’m planning to go to.