In some cases we tend to just work everyday, go home, do whatever you have to do at home, sleep, wake up and go to work again. That routinary life happens everyday. And then sometimes we forget to dream big and just say to ourselves that this is all I can do.
I remember when I was a kid looking out the window an airplane passed by. I said to myself one day I will ride in that. I remember passing by tall condo buildings and I said to myself one day I will live in that. These two things happened.
I watched some videos stories of Rihanna, Madonna, Coco Chanel and Shakira. They all had humble beginnings and maybe, more than mine. Look where they are now. Sometimes when you had nothing at all, one day you’ll have so much that you can’ t imagine how it happend. Then looking back at these beginnings makes you smile.
Dreaming big will not cost you anything. It is free. Whatever your heart’s desires, whatever you want to achieve, wherever you want to go just keep dreaming about it. Never say you can’t do it. This is all I have. This is all I can ever be. No, as long as you keep reaching for your dream, it can happen for you. Dreaming is better than not dreaming at all. Dreaming can inspire you. It can push you to what you call your limits. One day you will surprised you made it. You did it. You have it. And when you do, keep your feet flat on the ground and always look back to your humble beginnings. By this, you will appreciate your life and feel the happiness inside you.
Starting from today, never limit yourself.
This is Kinkali. A Georgian national food. It is like a dumpling boiled with seasoned meat inside. Wait till you taste the juice while you bite it. It’s deliciously good.
I love to eat. I can eat almost anything except humans lol. I won’t leave a country without trying their national food. I tried Chinese food, Arabic, Indian, Georgian, Thai, Japanese and a bit of Korean.
This is Kachapuri. It’s a Georgian bread with cheese and egg. Oh gosh I miss this. I love the smell of it and if course it’s amazing taste!
And not only that, drinks and especially coffee is a must. From local cafes to bars and clubs. I love the smell of coffee and bread in the morning. Smell of potatoes at lunch or dinner. Then wine up later. Local beers is also in my list. Truly a worth experience having to try food from all over the world.
Saperavi is a Georgian wine aged to perfection. I tasted several wines from red to white. They fabulously delicious.
I have my bucket list of countries to visit this year 2018. I’m sure gonna share my experience with the places and food here with you.
Thinking about travelling scared me financially. All I thought about it was, you will need an awful amount of money. I also thought that you will always need a travel agency. But there are many ways to afford it. And that was the first thing I learned. How to travel cheap.
Travelling in a cheap way is not that bad either. You can save your money without compromising comfort. First is knowing your country of destination and researching about it. When is the peak season, currency rate, cost of living, price of accommodation and tickets. I learned to book my own tickets and search for my accommodation. Compared prices and chose the best price that I can afford. For the country of destination, I learned more about it from the posts and blogs of people who have already been in that country, how much money they have spent in eating and sightseeing as well.
I learned to be confident. If you’re not with your family and travelling alone or with a friend, you will definitely learn to trust yourself. I learned that even if I am with a friend, I still have to rely sometimes on my own decisions and instincts. For that the confidence comes in to bring them all upfront. Because if you don’t you will end up being silent and just following everyone else around. It will also affect your communication with the locals and fellow travellers. If you’re not confident enough, I guess the trip wouldn’t that be enjoyable. I am a shy type of person, but I learned to step up and express myself to the locals and different nationalities as well.
I learned how to budget. If you’re out there, you will learn how to stretch your money. You will learn when to spend and how to spend. I came there to see the country, this is for myself and not for the others that I have to oblige myself to shop for them gifts or souvenirs. If I had to buy a souvenir it will be for myself. Just a trophy that says I had been there in that country. And part of it is to have a taste of the native food in that country. Whether its a national food or street food as long it won’t cost me a lot.
I learned how to pack wisely and be responsible for my things. I learned how to bring what’s necessary and not bringing just anything I want. I also learned how to use them wisely as not to show that I am a tourist. It’s keeping the safety for myself and looking just like a local in that area. Knowing about the country of destination makes you learn the type of clothes to wear and things to bring. Travelling lightly means less hassle in the airport avoiding over baggage and less stress .Taking care of your things is very important especially when you’re out sightseeing or staying in a hostel.
These are just some of the things I have learned in my first travel. I hope it helps you too especially if you’re a beginner like me.
Last April 18, 2017 I finally stepped out into the world. I flew to Tbilisi, Georgia. The night before the flight date, I couldn’t sleep. I keep looking at my luggages and imagining myself in the airport and inside the plane. I had some fears too as to what’s going to happen once I’m in a foreign land. What the people will be like once they see me. How they’re gonna treat me? During these imaginations that I got myself into sleep. I wasn’t alone, a friend who loves traveling was also with me.
Upon arriving at the airport, it was so exciting feeling. I am like a kid that is so excited to go to Disneyland. I had a very wide smile. Then came the boarding and flight. I did not sleep in the 5 hour flight. I am savoring each moment. Enjoying the plane, the economy seat (it’s what we can afford lol), the food, the blanket and the friendly cabin crew.
When we landed, I felt chills up my spine. It’s like OMG, we are finally here. I am here. Had our passports stamped and headed to baggage claim. We got into a cab (he charged us a bit too much. Lesson learned.) and went to our hostel. It was past midnight, April 19, my birthday. Perfect right? We went to explore a bit within the hostel area. The place was cold and quiet. We were greeted by smiles from the hostel staff and strangers. We found a convenience store and bought a few snacks and drinks. From then on, I had a feeling that this trip is going to be alright.
The people of Georgia are very friendly people. I must say I love them. They always smile and language was never a problem. They speak good English. They are beautiful people as well. Way back in the Philippines, when we see foreigners, we always admire them. In Georgia I felt the other way around. We were admired by the people. So may historical and beautiful places to go. I will mention them in my next blog, had some wine tasting and had a fill of their national food Kinkali and Kachapuri. I will definitely come back. But what’s more important, is finally I did it. I traveled. My fear is gone. I will one by one see the world without hesitation and fear.