Goodbye and thank you Ma’am Carla… that was five days ago; a bittersweet Friday as I leave the school grounds to welcome my two-month hiatus – the teachers are on forced leave (yes, forced). That left me with two options; bury myself with books, journals and theses for my long overdue thesis or pack my bags and go on a two-month backpacking trip. Do I need to tell you what I chose?
It was the 23rd of February this year when me and my buddies were chilling out on our favorite beer place somewhere. We were talking about our grand plans for the summer; to backpack around Palawan (again) or maybe the Mindanao area or perhaps trek around the Cordillera Region. And then some great news was seen on someone’s news feed – the launch of Air Asia’s ASEAN Pass.
In no time, we grabbed our mobiles and researched on this newest thing on air travel. Bright ideas surfaced and the group agreed on purchasing the 20-credit pass (check out our detailed planning and booking process on Air Asia ASEAN Pass).
Thanks to the visa free policies around Southeast Asia for its citizens (The Future of ASEAN Travel); no visas will be needed, no long queues at the airport, no hardcore stuff – just pure fun trip around Southeast Asia. It would be a no fuss backpacking trip, guaranteed.
And just like that, we had a plan. We will travel around six countries (nineteen key cities) on ten flights, dozens of overland trips and hundreds of strides.
Lemme show you our final route which, by the way, was formulated for days;
|Air Asia Ladies on our Manila to Cebu flight.|
A quick message from my mom as I depart on this journey;