RV, author of one of the newest blogs that I’ve been reading recently is a real travel fanatic. He’s been to a lot of place in the Philippines already usually travelling on his own. He also has travelled across South East Asia.
A true blue backpacker and photographer, not to mention a poet at heart, RVs blog will keep you hooked.
Get to know him more at http://livinginabackpack.blogspot.com.
Here’s Flip’s short interview with RV.
How did you discover your passion for traveling?
“When I sold my kidney to finance my backpacking trips abroad! Just kidding.
If packing up months before a trip and getting prepped-up 5 hours before departure are any indication, I’d have to say that I discovered such passion rather at an early age. But kids look forward to adventures! I guess such passion for me was pretty normal, except that early on, there were a lot of times when I would just walk the length of a dirt road (and got bitten by stray dogs 3 times already during primary school), scale the heights of dense hills and pick wild guavas by my lonesome.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“I’d have to say NOT literally on the road, but in the sea off-Batanes. I’m horrible at keeping my cool when waves are big. The falowa that time was whipped by big waves and the undercurrent was so intense I thought we would be swallowed by the sea any minute. But I could just laugh at the thought now because it turned out it was normal there! And there I was, pale and sweating like a pig and praying like never before!”
What’s the most outstanding travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“Riding a bicycle around Angkor Archeological Complex in Cambodia for a day. There are times when an outstanding experience is so personal we just want to keep the details to ourselves, no? But , hell no! I didn’t steal a gorgoyle in Angkor Wat ha.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of traveling?
“Traveling made me understand better sex maniacs, drug addicts and serial killers on rehab. Not that I have met any of them in any of my trips. Somehow, it’s a metaphor on what I believe is my bout of compulsive travel syndrome–the idea of getting restless, itchy feet and what-not if I stayed in one place for long and would do anything to satisfy it by grabbing my daypack and hop on a random bus.
On a more serious note, traveling, I have realized, gave me balance. And yes, the irony is I feel grounded and at home whenever I travel.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I consider myself one lucky bastard in this department. My family is supportive and in my workplace, traveling is a lifestyle and it’s actually in the curriculum. My students travel overseas to satisfy school requirements. For example, they go to India for months on end. Some, during their senior year in high school, go to Cambodia or Palestine for a year to do internship in fair trade or peace education. I still have to meet a friend who doesn’t buy the idea that to travel is to attend a school without borders.
What keeps me going is the two-month paid vacation at the workplace. That makes motivation, in a weird way, a non-issue here.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“Anthony Bourdain! Because he has his own way of getting into the local color, flavor and taste of a country or culture in a style I’ve never seen before.
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“At the Benedictine Monastery of the Transfiguration in Bukidnon every second Sunday of December. The world-famous Bukidnon Boy’s Choir sings during dawn mass, then brunch (for a minimal fee) prepared by the blessed hands of the monks is served after the mass. People from as far as Manila or Davao come there for the experience. That monastery, for me, is my closest idea of heaven!”
What do you think about yourself?
“In simple terms, I am uniquely crazy and naturally inquisitive. That said, everything in between follows.”
“The blog tries to chronicle my travel adventures and misadventures around the world in the next 8,000 days and at the same time, it offers insider tips, local information and budget.” – RV