Travel is Possible ProvesMiddle Class Filipino Maria Carmen Wellington
12 February 2018 | Maria Carmen Wellington
Name: Maria Carmen WellingtonCurrent Age: 30Gender: FemaleNationality: Filipino
Age When First Traveled: 18Time Spent Traveling: 8 yrsCountries Traveled: 50Class When 1st left: Middle Class
What motivated you to travel on that first trip? Where did you decide to go and why did you choose that place out of all others? Actually, what motivated me to travel on that first trip was knowing it was all-expense paid ;). In 2006, a national youth organization in Seoul, South Korea organized a ‘Youth Camp for Asia’s Future’. Each country sent a set of delegates, and I was one of the delegates of my country. There were more than 100 participants from more than 20 Asian countries. We had cultural competitions, mini olympics, tours, Asian Congress, and a lot more activities. I met a lot of people, got to know different culture, and made friends. I am still in contact with some of them. What obstacles and fears did you have to overcome to travel that first time? Whether this was just finding a house sitter, figuring out how to save up enough money, or becoming confident enough to travel on your own. I was a nursing student. So being away for one month means missing a lot of lessons, tests and clinical duty in the hospital. However, my teachers and clinical instructors were so helpful and supportive. They gave me advance lessons, and allowed me to submit my assignments and projects via email. They also gave me a chance to complete my clinical hours.
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Who was the most fascinating person you met on the road? What made him/her fascinating and how did you meet him/her? On my trip to Budapest, I met another solo female traveler from Thailand. What made her fascinating is she was like ‘me’. While at Fisherman’s Bastion, we sat there enjoying the panoramic view of the city and shared stories. We were able to relate with each other easily - how we both came from a modest family and how we were grateful that we can travel. We also talked about our future plans and travels. We still email each other once in a while. What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? My most treasured travel experience and the most memorable one is the first time I saw snow. I know this sounds so simple and nothing to a lot of travelers. But coming from the Philippines and a modest family, I never thought I would be able to travel overseas. I spent my first White Christmas in Frankfurt, Germany in 2010. I was so excited, thrilled and ecstatic. I will never forget that feeling! If you could travel anywhere in the world where money wasn’t an issue, where would you be and what would you be doing? In essence, describe your idea of the perfect traveling experience. If I could travel anywhere in the world where money isn't an issue, I would go to Antarctica. It is the only continent I have never been to. I want to do kayaking, Zodiac tours, visit Deception Island, cruise the Lemaire Channel, see whales, send a postcard, and plunge/jump into sub-zero water! This might be a once-in- a-lifetime trip, so I want to do everything as much as I can. As long as I am with my husband and kids, it is a perfect traveling experience. Staying in a good hotel, enjoying the scenery and the foods, experiencing the culture, and flying on a five-star airline are just icing on the cake!
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