I did it. I started a travel blog!
The format is simple, really (Even I had to give myself a pat on the back for showing some semblance of creativity).
Each blog post will be written as a letter, outlining a travel of mine or the other. It will be a correspondence with anyone – family, friend, or stranger. How long has it been since you last received a letter? Mine was in 2010 and it was from my best friend. I was a sophomore in college. It was my 18th birthday— Okay this is a lie. I’ve gotten “other” letters but I’m terribly shy and I barely know you folks from the Internet, so let’s move on.
“Are you sending out [the letters]?” one of my older brothers remarked.
And on the spot I thought why not? I could throw in something a little more personal from my travels: a ticket, a photo, a bit of sand (This last one is frowned upon, thus I will obviously never do …).
I am going to make snail mail a thing again.
After years of pretending to be cool and detached, I find myself quietly admitting that I am but a sentimental schmuck. This blog is the official announcement.
I keep them in boxes.
In 20 years, I’ve accumulated letters (also ticket stubs and identification cards and ribbons; go figure) from every stage of my life, carefully tucked away from the prying glances of my mom (She insists she isn’t being nosy if I leave them lying around in the open). In truth, I got it from her – she kept them all, too: our letters to Santa, the birthday cards, the I’m-sorry-for-being-a-terror letters, the father’s and mother’s day cards.
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I started taking traveling seriously at the same time I was earning money; I was an advertising suit for 4 years. Frankly I wonder if it became a way of coping (Sometimes it hurts knowing I’ve become a typical millennial). I quit my job recently, not to be a full-time traveler, but to dabble in other things that interest me.
I wanted to write about my adventures partly because my friends have been prodding me to do it (peer pressure), but mostly because it has become a cornerstone of which I have laid out my early adulthood. I do not pretend to have traveled the world, but it’s there on my list. I have explored much of the Philippines (I must confess I am a tropical girl, happiest near the sea), and I am starting to work my way through Asia and beyond.
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My first letter should be out tomorrow (Monday). Stay tuned!