I consider myself a late bloomer when it comes to travelling.
That is while a lot of my friends could go to Boracay or Caramoan or Atulayan or even Mount Isarog at the drop of a hat I would need, back then, a lot of prodding. Yep, it's just laziness.
Then age crept on and the realization that if I wanted to do stuff - it's now or never.
|View from the Pyramid in the Louvre|
I was also affected by an older pinoy who told me that when he worked abroad (Japan or Singapore - can't honestly remember) his greatest regret was that he didn't travel much and he didn't see that place as much as he'd like to.
Travelling is about experiencing new stuff. And there's a lot of experience to be had.
Mind you, travelling abroad is daunting. Getting visa's, exchanging cash, asking for help in different languages and the throngs of tourist like myself doing all of those things all at the same time. But what you get out of it is just immense.
You learn to value the world we live in and you appreciate the uniqueness of our Asian heritage.
Why so? While all the places that you go to are just beautiful. It's the quirkiness of the people around you that in its own subtle way adds color to the experience.
Now, It goes without saying there's a lot of Asian tourist in Europe. They're mostly Indians, Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and ehem of course Pinoys! So you won't feel out of place in the big touristy places.
However, like most Asians, I've observed that most Pinoys keep to themselves and is quite reluctant to ask for help. There's this one family who is absolutely struggling to take a portrait of themselves - for God knows how long- and we had to come and ask them if they needed help.
This was after one of my friends was approached by an American to take a picture of their school group. No fuss. No problem.
Speaking of Pinoys. We were approached by a famous pinoy singer/actress while in Paris and politely asked if we were Pinoy. haha... Syempre ang sagot namin eh 'Naku, Sorry po. Hindi ho eh" - just kidding.
She was so nice. Yun lang nga hesitant s'ya magpapicture cause 'wala s'yang ayos' and we didn't insist that much cause it's a bit jologs. We're in holiday. She obviously is on one as well so enjoy na lang.