Traveling alone is indeed refreshing. The ability to just sit inside a public bus with nothing to mind more than yourself. The opportunity to think of random things possibly inspired from the view you watch over the small window. Or the chance to casually converse with a stranger and learn a bit on what they’re up to. Reasons that make long hours of travel as non issue. Not everyone is comfortable with this, though.
However, I believe this would come naturally with constant inevitable circumstances and experience. I wasn’t a happy bunny when I first traveled alone. I was more of confused, afraid and very vigilant. But I needed to because our province was miles away from the college I attended. I could remember sitting in an airconditioned bus for more or less 9 hours in my teenage years. So either you are just starting to be comfy of it or considered pro, I would still like to share my Moalboal trip last summer where I traveled alone.
Moalboal is a municipality in southwest coast of Cebu Province, and approximately 89 kilometers away from Cebu City. What I loved mostly about the place is its affordability. Basdaku Beach’s entrance fee was less than Php100.00 and you could already enjoy the summer staples: white sand, beach, and sun.
The main reason I traveled alone was because I needed to finish my swimming lesson first, the interest that came up after my Sumilon boat ride. See the story here. It was done at 9AM, I believe. Then, I hurriedly grabbed my beach essentials and rode the bus. I was seated with a solo foreigner traveling to Moalboal, too. She said that she would do scuba diving (activity that Moalboal is known for both local and abroad).
A side note: I really appreciate foreigners making an effort to explore my country. I know that Philippines has a lot to offer ranging from one of the new wonders (Puerto Princesa Underground River) to clear seas of Boracay and other islands to vibrant festivities such as Cebu’s Sinulog or Baguio’s Panagbenga to customs of hospitality and close family ties. But making my country on their bucket list was just simply amazing.
We already planned in advance that we were not going to stay overnight because of commitments we needed to attend the next day. Consequently, that made my whole stay at the beach for less than 4 hours. My travel time for roughly 6 hours was longer than my stay but if you live in a city; sometimes, you just need a sight of nature away from the hustle and bustle to keep you recharged. No matter how limited time you spent, you would always remember it. You would still prefer it rather than nothing at all.
Not to mention, I did not have sleep for more than 24 hours that time. I was working in a callcenter company and naturally, had nocturnal shift until 5AM then proceeded to my lesson until 9 and the travel to this. So, sun’s heat was something I couldn’t tolerate for long on bare skin. However, what’s summer without the sun? What’s Philippines without the tropical weather?
Anyhow, if it’s your first time to visit Moalboal, I highly suggest to stay there for at least a night. You could do the usual bonfire, have night swimming, or simply watch the sunset by the beach. Of course, you get the picture. It would be fun. Till next time.