Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Southeast Asia Summer Backpacking 2015

Southeast Asian Map

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).

Southeast Asia Itinerary
Plan A
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.
Fifty-five days. No definite plans. Team Red Horse (Lakad Pilipinas | Lakwatserong Tsinelas)

This would be my longest trip ever and join us as we explore our neighboring countries. Check out some real time updates on my Twitter and Instagram accounts; @blissfulguro.

A quick message from my mom as I depart on this journey;

Carla, ‘wag masiyadong uminom ha? Saka mag-pray ka lagi…


  1. I'm so jealous Carla! Send my kisses to Icelyn :) Will visit her on November..

    Have fun! -FEB

  2. Teacher Carla that is soooooo amaazing! The AirAsia pass looks like a great bargain, perfect for an awesome way to spend the summer break :D

  3. Gusto ko rin gawin yan matagal na. Magiipon na nga talaga ako. Tama na ang food trips. Hahaha.

    1. Hahaha. Pwede naman sabay ang food trip sa gala jay eh :)

  4. wow that was really a long trip. I've never seen one who travel continous like that.. so fun!

    1. We're in the middle of the trip now and sobrang saya niya talaga Jeniffer :)

  5. Oo nga naman, tama yung Inay mo - 'wag kang masyadong uminom...I'll pick up the slack. I've been drinking since I was in college and I am now retired....from work, but not from drinking. The secret is daily moderation - drink just enough to give you the buzz and the alcoholic bliss but not the headache in the morning from booze and the problem of going home without your wallet LOL. Take care. I'll drink to that!

    1. Hahaha. Kala ko retired from drinking Bert. Casual drinking is ok naman I think :)

  6. Im planning also to do a series of SEA, what airline are u taking from Bali to Yogyakarta and from Yangon to BKK