paul xymon garcia blogger flip nomad
beijing, china farthest north beijing, china
singapore farthest south bali, indonesia
bukidnon, philippines farthest east tennessee, usa
india-pakistan border farthest west paris, france
mui ne to hoi an, vietnam longest road trip beijing, china to hanoi vietnam
paracale to calaguas, camnorte longest boat trip manila to caticlan
kuala lumpur to delhi longest plane trip manila to usa
varanasi to delhi, india longest train trip udaipur to chennai
annapurna base camp, nepal highest point khardung la
el nido, palawan deepest swim kayangan lake, palawan
annapurna sanctuary trek, nepal longest trek mt banahaw traverse
annapurna sanctuary trek, nepal hardest trek klbber to ki
umbrella, lost 4 so far item/s lost in a trip belt, money, credit card, atm
tibetan prayer flags item given on a trip traded a watch for a metal bracelet
tiny silk worms and crickets worst food eaten crocodile, snake and grasshopper
travel feature questions:
dong ho: An unexpected travel experience where you thought would be a bad day but turned out to be a great experience.
paul: We waited for our train to Jaisalmer in the New Delhi Railway Station by queuing to buy all our other train tickets in India that we would need. Twenty minutes before the train departs, train station porters informed us that trains to Jaisalmer leaves not from New Delhi Railway Station, but rather from Old Delhi Railway Station, a few kilometers away.
We had 15 minutes to get there and it was evening rush hour in the fourth most populous city in the world. Our Indian host drove us as far as a few blocks outside Old Delhi Station. We strapped on our bags and ran through Delhi's chaos only to find the train has already left and we were 15 minutes behind it.
Contingency plans made and we headed up to Dharamsala, the Tibetan enclave in the Indian Himalayas where his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama fled 50 or so years ago to escape Mao's persecution. We discovered that his holiness, who for the better part of the year travels the world keeping a candle burning for the Tibetan cause, was actually in town and he was giving a lecture open to the public.
It was his holiness after all who said in his writings, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." He is right.
flip: An unexpected travel experience where you thought would be a bad day but turned out to be a great experience. My trip to Nubra Valley, I was so grumpy because I got dizzy and sick sitting at the back of the car but it was one of the most amazing places I've ever been to.
dong ho: Why people should go beyond the usual path/route/trails?
paul: It is because the real magic of travel happens not in the places you mapped out in your itinerary. What leaves a lasting impression on you are those you discover along the way. It all has to do with the limitless possibilities being on the road offers. Knowing that tomorrow is going to be a lot different from today should be reason enough. It is for me.
flip: A lot of off the beaten path destinations are cleaner, cheaper, less touristy but at the same time less convenient because of the lack of facility that caters to visitors. It's both challenging and rewarding to go to an unpopular destination, but it's always worth it.
1. farthest places reached are referenced from Manila (with Manila to Europe as West and Manila to Guam as East).
2. records here are subject to update. as we know travelers break their records from time to time. records here are updated as of this posting
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