I am Tony, a banker working in a multinational bank in Manila, Philippines as Quality Analyst. I have spent over six years of my career doing an 8am-5pm routinary job from Monday to Friday. Yes, i am broke! Although I am working in a bank, I own almost nothing, but this does not deter me to pursue my journey. I am spending my 17 days annual vacation leaves from work wisely, mostly in travelling. I normally spend my weekend and holidays going out of town with friends, heading to a local destination or nearby countries. If not wandering, I usually spend my off days windows shopping, watching movies at the big screen, DVD marathon, and discovering varieties of cuisines either on buffets or set menus. My passion includes people, culture, ancient architecture, history (oh yeah World History), geography, photography, and food. Yes, you heard it right, the banker loves to eat and want to discover different cuisines while travelling. I love Thai foods, tom yum goong (a classic spicy shrimp and lemongrass soup) and famous pad Thai (stir-fried rice noodles) are some of my favorites.
The four corner of my workstation was my comfort zone not until I was bitten by a travel bug after my first solo travel outside the country. Since I was a kid, it has been my dream to travel around the world, whether cruising Mediterranean Sea, flying over Pacific Ocean, exploring the Angkor temples of Cambodia, seeing the amazing and wonderful Taj Mahal of India, trekking Machu Picchu in South Central Peru of South America, watching beautiful Niagara Falls of Canada or riding at the camel towards Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
My previous travels were a sort of glam I must say, I was a tourist, travelling in complete travel package, checking in a prestigious hotel with English speaking tour guide. I have been to different local destinations, as farthest as Rice Terraces to the north which was nominated as seven wonders of the world, fabulous Camiguin Island to the south, Queen City of the South, Cebu City and famous pristine beach and crystal blue water of Boracay at the northern part of Panay island to name a few. I’ve travelled outside the country also like Hongkong, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
I have been reading and following some travel blogs, after learning about backpacking which is travelling for less and seeing more places. It has fueled my wanderlust and greatest dream to wander round the world (RTW). I’ve learned that I can convert my $500 pocket money from 2N3D to three weeks or even one month travel through backpacking, which is exactly what I want, seeing more places for less. Who wouldn’t want that right? Travelling less for more? How is that possible?
Join me in an epic journey of wandering, a glam tourist travelling banker now turning into backpacking is about to unravel the secret of travelling his beloved country Philippines, Southeast and beyond for less. I’ll try my best to give you tips on how to travel on a tight budget based on my previous and future travel experience. In this blog, I’ll be featuring also the places that I’ve been to, posting nice shots that I’ve taken and more.
Yes, seeing the world does not need to be expensive!