11 years, and I’m still wandering

I can vaguely remember now how it all started, except that one day in January 2006, I woke up and decided to travel. It’s a decision that took me to so many incredible places, led me to unforgettable experiences, opened my eyes and my tastebuds to the wealth of flavors the world has to offer, and introduced me to some of the most amazing people I know.

I have swam with the whale sharks in the Philippines, rode on a hot air balloon in Melbourne, traveled over four hours just to see a sleeping cat in Japan, struggled to walk up the towering sand dunes of the Sahara desert, nearly puked while crossing the choppy waters between Mykonos and Delos, actually puked while riding on the falowa from Sabtang to Batan.

I’ve had the great fortune to have brands and companies believe in my blog’s capability to inspire people to travel, and to been given the opportunity to explore Malaysia, Macau, Guam, and Japan, fly on the inaugural non-stop Manila-Toronto flight, stay at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

Timabayan Island
Timbayan island in the Balabac island group in Palawan

I’m even more grateful for you, who have stuck with me through the years, still reading the blog, even when I don’t post as often (though I do post real-time on Instagram). Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

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After 11 years, I find that I still have that thirst to see the world, but I find myself more prudent and less impulsive when making travel plans. Part of growing up, I guess, is having the desire to set up roots, and that’s what I’m working on now. I am working on moving out of the city, set up shop in the province, and live by the sea. For real, this time.

In line with this, I am conducting a survey regarding domestic travel in the Philippines, and I hope you can share your thoughts!

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 8 Comments
  1. gelo says:

    Happy anniversary, Nina! ?

  2. Didi says:

    WOW! 11 YEARS! So happy to see you blogging :-)

    And putting down roots by the beach sounds like a plan

  3. viajerose says:

    Just continue wandering! Hopefully I will read blog post of your travel with your grandkids :D

  4. Carla A. says:

    If it were a child, Grade 5 na siya. Amazing! Happy 11th Nina :)

  5. Wow! 11 years..very inspiring :)

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