What Are Your 2013 Travel Resolutions?

Friday, January 11, 2013

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A light bulb moment struck when I saw this article on Huffington Post: 12 Months Of Travel Resolutions For 2013. In response, I am coming up with a list of my own - borrowing some ideas from the write-up and tweaking some items to suit my own liking.

1. January - Catch Snowflakes on your Tongue
We've got this covered or at least Lois does and I will just have to live vicariously through her as she goes to Korea!! And since this is the case, I am tweaking my January resolution to "hug the clouds". I have never mountain-climbed before and I am saving a Pulag hike for March with Lois so I am thinking of a trip to Sagada for this one. 

2. February - Fall in Love with a New Place
I have never gone out of the country so this would be an opportune time. Since it's the love month, I think it's best for me to spend it in Singapore where I have a ton of friends I can celebrate the season with! It's about time I paid them a visit. 

3. March - Take a Summer Road Trip
We found a perfect road trip to cool down the dog days as we are going to conquer Mt. Pulag. Luckily, we were invited by Victory Liner and Travel Factor to join Byaheng Victory and experience sight-seeing up high awesome North.

4. April - Visit a National Park
I am not so much of an eco-adventurer but I like nature. Okay, I'll admit it, dislike the hiking part and I fear snakes but I am willing to disregard those things in exchange for natural wonder exploration.

Borneo, Malaysia is teeming with National Parks - they have 18 in Sarawak alone.
I am torn between trekking the jungles of Bako National Park and meeting some wild animal friends (which are hopefully harmless) or spelunking in  Gunung Mulu National Park. Perhaps if I am lucky, I don't have to choose one. I could write an article on Battle of Borneo National Parks. Nice. 
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The Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu National Park
Photo from: Erwin Bolwidt

5. May - Go on a Retreat
How many of us travel (or long to travel) to escape from the hustle and bustle of our everyday routine? I hear you! But sometimes I find that even traveling is exhausting - cramming all the activities in a short trip. So I’d like to go on retreat, a yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia to be exact, and do nothing but spend quiet moments and nourish my being.

6. June - Retrace a National Hero's Life

Since it’s Rizal’s birth month and my knowledge in Philippine History has turned quite rusty, it’s a good idea to dedicate a trip to commemorate our national hero’s life by visiting his birthplace in Calamba, Laguna or retracing his life in exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga or recollecting his last days in Intramuros, Manila.
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Photo from: fashionandpower.blogspot.com

7. July - Try a New Hobby
I’ve always wanted to learn how to play a ukulele. I could play the guitar in my early teens but have lost my coordination skills and now I can’t even sing with an egg shaker in hand without losing my beat. I’m excited to visit Cebu to check out the guitars and ukuleles that they are famous for. And if music ain’t yer thang, you can try other hobbies like pottery with craftsman, Ugu Bigyan of Quezon, marble carving in Romblon, wood carving in Paete, or weaving in Cordillera regions.

8. August - Go on a Gastronomical Escapade
A lot of us are guilty of being a stranger in his own land. I know I am. So I will not look far for this one; I will scour Laguna (my home province) to discover and share with everyone its best kept secrets. Next time we crave for a food trip, it would be nice to have another accessible option other than Tagaytay.  

9. September - Do Something that Scares You
It takes a lot guts and mind power to face our fears but it feels exhilarating to conquer them, whether that's jumping off a cliff into an ocean or swimming with sharks. Point is, I want to unleash my inner daredevil and try stuff that will scare the daylights out of me, and mind you I have a lot, I don't know where to begin!
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Lois cliff jumps on Camotes Island 

10. October - Travel Back in Time 
Don't worry, we don't need a time machine to do this. Just choose a place that's almost untouched by modernization such as Batanes Islands and immerse yourself in its culture. As for me, I choose Laos. Even though the Sole Sisters have gone there, I feel there's more to be explored in this place that takes us back in time.

11. November -  Celebrate a Festival
You will not run out of festivals to go to because here in the Philippines alone, there are hundreds being held like Ati-atihan in Aklan, Sinulog in Cebu, Moriones in Marinduque, among many others. Our neighbors in Asia celebrate festivals aplenty such as Diwali Festival, India; That Luang Festival, Laos; Bon Om Touk, Cambodia; etc. Ever since I've witnessed a lantern lighting ceremony at a friend's wedding, I got really charmed by it. I want to bask in a spectacle of flying lanterns that light up the sky at Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Thailand. Imagine that sight - awe-inspiring!  
Joy - Yi Peng festival
Photo from: Simonbondphotography.com

12. December - Support a Cause
Because travel occupies an enormous space in my heart, I'm all for a cause that cares for the Earth, our beautiful playground. It's only fair that I allot one of my resolutions to support the causes that are closest to my heart such as the one that promotes responsible tourism and saving Philippine seas and its inhabitants. Since my good friend is deeply in love with caring for our turtle friends (via Bantay Pawikan), I'll dedicate time to participate in the Pawikan Festival at Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan.

Have you made your travel resolutions for 2013? Share them with us in the comments!

Wishing you amazing travels in all year 'round,
Sole Sister Madz

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  1. oh em gee, climb to Mt.Pulag this March?! March 2-3 ba yan? We'll avail the travel factor package eh baka makita ko kayo :))

  2. Mt. Pulag is a national park, supposed to be protected by DENR. Though I recently heard tour orgs have been bringing too many hikers up Pulag, the carrying capacity of the mountain's been exceeded. I refuse to climb Pulag again until Ma'am Mereng, DENR's PaSu, does something about it. The playground of gods has now become a playground, and that's it. Nakakaawa ang bundok.

  3. Hey Milet! Our schedule is on Mar 16 & 17. Let us know how your trip goes! Pretty sure we'll bump into each other on the road some other time.

  4. @Mel: That's a shame. Has anybody taken this up with the LGU or DENR?Thanks for letting us know, I don't know yet what I can personally do to address this matter because I'm a supporter/practitioner of responsible travel. I'll see how things are when we get to climb and I'll keep my eyes and ears open about this situation. - Madz

  5. solesister(unofficial)January 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Hello Madz! Did you push through with your January Sagada? Im planning to go there too this January. Hope to see you or any of the other solesisters on the road! <3

  6. I wish I could have a list as grand as this, but I'm afraid I don't have enough leaves. I do have a travel wishlist waiting to be fulfilled this year. :)
    Good luck with your travels!

  7. Thanks, Shieram! Make that wishlist happen! Take baby steps and plan what travel resolutions you would to prioritize this year. Good luck to you too and do share with us how things go. :)

  8. @Solesister(Unofficial): Hello! We are targeting end of January for our Sagada trip. Do holler at us if you see us, we'd love to meet itchy-soled sistahs! :)


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