Dear Diary: Here are the 7 things I picked up from a spontaneous escapade.

Hidden Beach in ALoguinsan.

Hidden Beach in Aloguinsan.

So just a few days back, Jee, a dear friend of mine, invited me on an out-of-town spontaneous escapade. Thrilled of this spontaneous idea, I decided to go with him. I also tagged along my PIC (partner-in-crime) so he can meet these awesome buddies that I have. We did not discuss any further details of the escapade (estimated budget, itinerary, food preparation, etc). That night, I just packed my things: my rashguard, spare underwear, towel and some vanity kits that I tend to bring along with me anywhere I go. I even squeezed the remaining money I have left from the sideline job I had. And on the following day, we geared ourselves up for the long day ahead.

I am not really a fan of spontaneous escapades. I am the type of person who’d love to plan her day. But for the record, I wanna try being spontaneous sometimes. It somehow ignites my inner reckless self. I was 70km (approximately) away from home with three of the best people in my life and here are the things that I realized from spontaneous trips:

  1. Spontaneous is not a bad thingAlthough, I prefer going out with a checklist of my things-to-do, but this trip somehow made me face my fear of the unplanned.
  2. There is nothing wrong with being afraid of the unplanned. Surely, we don’t want to feel uncomfortable. We want to feel at ease that’s why we organize ourselves, we make plans ahead. But what’s wrong with going out of your comfort zone? Life goes on.
  3. You’ll get excited for a reason you don’t know. For someone who loves surprises, spontaneous escapades are the bomb. You’ll look forward on how your escapade will end and it’ll keep you excited for the rest of the day.
  4. There are a lot of things you can learn. Ending up to places/events you don’t expect will also teach you things you never expected. The world is a big learning facility. Utilize it.
  5. You become open-minded. You become open to a lot of possibilities. As the saying goes, “You cannot change the direction of the wind but you can adjust your sails.”
  6. It’s more fun when you’re with people you love. Yes. You get to learn amazing realizations in life with your loved ones. And what could be more fun than getting lost in an unfamiliar place with them? Just make sure you don’t get massacred somewhere in an abandoned land altogether. *kidding* But on a serious note, BE EXTRA CAREFUL.
  7. Get a good night sleep the night before. I was really anxious the night before our trip and so I was not able to sleep well. I had a bad hair day and a tired pair of eyes the following day.
  8. Lastly, Spontaneous escapades= Spontaneous expenses. For Pete’s sake, prepare your wallet. I tell you, some people in the locality will really take advantage of some tourists and for us who are not pooping dollars, that is a total pain in the wallet. But if you’re the type who can negotiate well, I think it wouldn’t be much of a hassle. I know there are some people who can get away with too much expenses on a spontaneous trip. 

So if you’re going to ask me if I’m still rooting for another spontaneous trip, I’d definitely say yes! Maybe by that time I’ll be a lot more prepared and less anxious.

P.S (Not that this matters) I’ll write a detailed post regarding our Aloguinsan-Pinamungajan trip next time. I’m just waiting for some of the pictures to be uploaded by my friend so that I could include it in the post.

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I am a 20-something Software Engineer who loves to travel, explore places, experience different culture and chase dreams. Apart from my 6 to 9 job, I dance ballet as a hobby. Born, raised and currently living in the beautiful Philippines but will soon travel the world.. one baby step at a time.


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