Challenges of Travel in Philippines
Living in the Philippines is great, traveling in the Philippines is a war story full of ungodly challenges. This is country that is 1 percent extremely modern, surrounded by 99 primitive situations.
Travel can be a challenge, while a vacation should be relaxing, re-creative, restorative, and re-energizing. The prime directive of travel is to enjoy yourself.
Sadly when readers discover this travel journal, they do not find a guidebook, there are NOT endless stories about beautiful locations for vacations. Instead they find a traveler, who has daily challenges, and who is not on vacation, who is exploring the world and has adventures, and almost refused to explain the cliche world of travel.
(Note, I came to the Philippines ONLY for Vacation.)
Let me think, let me empathized, an overstressed person starts searching on the Internet for vacation trips. They stumble up this travel journal, they see it the top this, the top that, the 10 best, the 10 that, so they subscribe. Oops, they goofed up, they wanted a no-challenge vacation, not real life, they want fantasy, they want a reprieve from real life, nothing serious.
Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Monday, September 14, 2009 Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… At three times the price, sorry.
I suppose I have goofed up also, I have not warned them, I am just not sure of the one-liner motto that will make them bounce faster. A vacation should not be a challenge, I think the word vacation means to stop.
1. break from work: a period of time devoted to rest, travel, or recreation
2. fixed holiday period: a scheduled period during which the activities of courts, schools, or other regular businesses are suspended .
In this definition you can see, there is nothing talking about a challenge, it should be rest, and I want you to only have a challenge in a premeditated way.
I just came from East Africa, I think traveling in the Philippines is more challenging. Living in the Philippine is a lot easier than East Africa, however traveling in the Philippines is torture, you do not see me moving much do you, it is difficult.
What are the challenges of travel in Philippines?
1. Money - Expensive, incredibly expensive compared to other countries that give me the same level of quality of life. This place is crowded, it should be one-third the price for what I get, value is terrible.
2. Travel Time - A bus travels in the Philippine about 30-40 kilometers per hour, the normal bus on planet earth in poor countries goes about 50-60 kilometers per hour. This is half as fast, travel is double.
3. Noise - Finding a quiet room in the Philippine is annoyingly difficult, I have to jump three budget grades to find a quiet room here. The trikes, the jeepneys, the karaoke, the bars, the etc. While in Thailand I can find quiet for 5-10 dollars, I have to jump to 20-30 in the Philippines or stay in one location and not move.
4. Expats do not Travel they Live - The advice for travel in the Philippines comes from people who do not travel, they are not tourist, they are living in the Philippines with their small wife they often rented with an option to buy.
5. No City Separation - The cities in the Philippines never end, the density of human population is about 310.8 and rated number 26.
The USA is 33.2 people per square kilometer and rated 141 out of a 192 countries listed. This makes the world angry, they know we have a lot of space, and I believe crowds make people crazy.
Key in on this human density, it is the factor that makes the Philippines an extreme challenge for MOVING. Staying in one location like the majority of Expats is easy, the slower you move, the cheaper travel is, if you read about my 5-7 trips to the Philippines, you will notice I do not move much. This trip had Baguio, Vigan, Laoag, Pagudpud, Bauang, Manila, Angeles City and San Fernando in the Hopper, that is about double the normal person around me right now. They do not stray far from the base, and here this means military base.