How to (Awkwardly) Travel Alone, Unrelated Photos and Life

October 10, 2013

Warning: If you don't want the mush, skip this part and go directly to the How to (Awkwardly) Travel Alone part.

Today is my mother’s birthday. It is also the same day I deactivated my Facebook account last year. Moreover, today marks the first year since I became officially single, which is really the point of this post. Haha. I promise to keep it light but first, here’s a quick background.

For the past year, I’ve been too embarrassed to admit it but boy, did I work really hard, pleaded with every tear that I had to keep a failed relationship. For more than a month, I have been crying relentlessly over the past 6 years and 3 months that has been a part of my life. It was a really sucky logic, I know, but I still decided to fight for those years. Heh. Nothing changed.

Come last week of November 2012, I finally snapped out of it. It took a really unconventional way, but it worked like magic. Just like that, I stopped crying. Just like that, I chose to have a life again.

(Wow, so how’s that for keeping things light??? Hahaha sorry, it won’t stop being emotional)

Fast forward to this day, I cannot believe that it has already been a year! It was such a painful and slow process but now, I can proudly say that the tables have turned. I cannot believe it’s this easy not to give a rat’s ass about history.

(Promise, the dark blob ends here!)

So to commemorate this one year of independence and spontaneity, I opted to go to the beach alone. It was not exactly a spontaneous decision because I had enough foresight to bring a pair of bikini and a change of clothes. However, up until I was leaving the office early this morning, I kept on switching intended beach resorts, even municipalities/provinces. There are just too many options and I had to choose what’s best for a commuter like me.

I almost backed out too. The darn LRT1 had technical issues so what could have been a 40-min ride give or take to Monumento became 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was the longest train ride of my life as I had my camera and beach bag on my left shoulder and my work bag, which has a laptop in it, on my right shoulder. I was only able to sit an hour after we left EDSA-Taft. It was that harsh. Did it stop me from going? NO, which brings us to this next segment of..

How to (Awkwardly) Travel Alone
(Disclaimer: I’m not a seasoned traveler. This guide, if you can even call it that, should not be taken seriously. KTHXBYE)

A.      Booking Accommodations
You finally decide on a resort so you call them for room availability. The receptionist will ask, “How many people in your group?” You respond with *stutters*Two people.” Then, when you arrive at the resort, you make up another lie to the receptionist on how your imaginary second person wasn’t able to go at the last minute. This will prevent the receptionist from feeling sorry about you, or so you think.

B.      Transportation
Against every advice of friends, you still sleep on bus rides whenever you’re travelling alone. The secret here is to act like you’re a local to where you’re going. If you’re going to a province, plus points if you already look like a probinsyano/probinsyana. Because really, a local would sleep through a bus ride without having to worry about missing their stop. If you look outside the window every minute, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

Now, this is the IMPORTANT part. Before traveling, read as many user reviews on the internet as you can, and find out about the average commuting time. If you want to sleep during the ride, sleep by all means BUT make sure you are awake at least 30 minutes before the average time of arrival. This is necessary if it’s your first time to go to a certain destination. At this point, you smile to the conductor and say “Kuya, pakisabihan po ako ‘pag nasa XXXXXXXXXXX na ha?

Why the need to smile? You need to make an impression to the conductor. In a bus full of people, he needs to remember about you needing to be assisted on where to get off. At this point, he will probably say, “Ay, di ka pala taga-doon?

C.      Meals
One of the good things when you’re traveling alone is the opportunity to meet a lot of new friends. By all means, share meals with your newfound friends so you can hone your social skills.

If you are not a people person or if you choose to enjoy your alone time by literally being alone all the time during your stay, you can get the resort staff to bring you food in your room/cottage. Saving Tip: Since you’re alone and the room you’re staying in is most probably allotted at least free breakfast, there will be two breakfast meals just for you. If you’re not feeling gluttonous in the morning, charm your way into getting the 2nd meal as another meal you can get for dinner or lunch instead. #libre (well not really because you already paid for it)

D.      Activities
It really depends on your trip goal. If you wanted to just relax, then relax. Bum around the beach. Drink iced cold Coke and/or beer. Swim in the beach. Lie on a hammock. Read the pretentious book you brought with you. Get a massage. Eat a lot. Take souvenir photos. Blog.

If you’re the type who doesn’t want high energy opportunities to pass, take up that surfing session because the waves are great.

E.       Getting Home

All good things come to an end. Because you’re alone, your time will be more flexible. Find out the bus schedule that you wanna take and plot your timeline around that. 

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