Tomorrow I am going off on a seven-week backpacking trip all over Visayas.
To say that I am bursting with excitement mixed with just a little fear at my first long and mostly solo travel is an understatement.
In every trip I took, the longest of which was nine days so far, there was always that feeling of exhilaration on the things I discovered and experienced and always, always, the yearning to explore and experience more. The feeling of yearning was greatest especially when I knew that the next province was just a few hours’ bus or boat ride away.
One sleepless night in October last year the idea suddenly came to me that I could do just that – hop from one province to another and travel longer than I ever had, without the impending “end-of-trip” feeling looming over me.
I let this delicious idea run through my mind for several days until I decided that I would do it. My trip preparations went anything but smoothly, though – twice, I thought my trip would not push through. Despite all the mishaps and change of plans, I am grateful to arrive here, the starting point of a new adventure.
I will go to all the provinces in Visayas I have not yet been to and re-visit a few. I will join my friends who will be traveling to Bohol, go up to Leyte by myself afterwards, then Biliran, Samar, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, and finally Capiz (see my route in the map below). I might pay a second visit to Guimaras and Siquijor too along the way.
I plan to post about my travels twice a week but in case I stay too long in an area with insufficient or no Internet connection, I will be updating once that week.