Yin and Yang. That’s one thing I learned from my travels in the orient. In the belief of yin and yang, people recognize the fact that light and dark exists. That there is a balance of the good and the bad. That’s why throughout my travels, I’ve learned to accept the fact that there will always be a bad where there is good. Real experience comes from experiencing both.
I wrote this blog post to outline the good and bad things that have happened to me while travelling the country. All these things are real and I have experienced them first hand.
Just a word of thought first. Before you go thinking that this is me telling you to stop exploring or travelling then you are dead wrong. Like what I said above, travelling comes with the good and the bad. Only when you experience both can you say that you have travelled correctly.
So let’s get down to business.
Travelling is fun especially when you meet new people. In a lot of places I have been, there are a number of individuals that stuck in my memory. These are the people who really went out of their way to help me out. Some of them strangers and others are friends of friends. But you can really see that there really are good people out there.
Of course, where there are good people, there are bad ones as well. I’ve been robbed a couple of times during my travel and there was also this one time when I got robbed by an acquaintance who I was with for a couple of days. Just to be safe, keep all your belongings in check.
If there is one thing I never skimp out while travelling, then it would be the accomodations. I am not a fan of hotels and the regular night stop. As a matter of fact, I’d rather stay in a rented apartment. Not only is it cheap but it’s also a good way to take a look at the place your visiting from the point of view of a local. If you want to see more of what I am talking about then go out there and travel!
Accomodations that suck. Note that I include this because A lot of places I have been are nice but the accomodations are bad because they don’t care. In the world of travelling, a bed is a bed but there are times when places just don’t give a damn about people staying in their place. During moments like these, it makes me want to just go back home.
Street food. Some people have no idea how great street food is when travelling. It’s cheap and lets you take a peek into the culture just by taste alone.
Big restaurants that don’t have an idea what they serve. I’ve had a couple of experiences of restaurants offering “local cuisine” but end up disappointing me. Disappointing because they are trying too hard to complicate local cuisine then put a hefty price tag on it.