Traveling is Possible ProvesWorking Class Filipino Ruby
28 September 2017 | Ruby
Name: RubyCurrent Age: 30ishGender: FemaleNationality: Filipino
Age When First Traveled: 22Time Spent Traveling: 9+ years and countingCountries Traveled: 27Class When 1st left: Working Class
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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? I can’t pinpoint out a specific person, but I’ve met a few of them. There was a lawyer I met in Vietnam who ended up traveling for a few months and went back home to practice law. There’s this girl from Norway who travels for a few months and then comes back and works, and travels again. There’s this photographer from Austria who decided to become a digital nomad, but occasionally comes home to work as well. There’s this family who are traveling with a 3 year old and a baby which inspired me that travel doesn’t stop even if you have a family, despite what other people say. I’ve met these people while I was traveling or attending events relating to travel. The Norwegian girl and the Austrian guy I met in Cambodia, the traveling family in NYC at the NY Times Travel Show, and my husband. I met him while I was technically an expat in the USA. He’s from Slovakia but is also an American, so that’s fascinating. What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? Traveling with my husband is always a lot of fun! So far my favorite travel experience with him will have to be going to his home country of Slovakia. I was one of the very, very few colored people there, and the Slovaks kept asking him if I’m English because I can only speak English and of a different color. I got to see the countryside as well as the beauty of the place. I got a glimpse of how and where my husband grew up and fell in love with his country (and Czech Republic). Basically I can say I fell in love with what used to be called Czechoslovakia and now we go back every 2 years to visit his family back home and explore more of the country. At one point we actually talked about going back when we’ve reached our goal of retiring early, buying a car, and literally going through every castle and tourist destination in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Would be great since he speaks the language so we’ll never feel lost and will definitely feel like a local. 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. I don’t really have a perfect traveling experience. Each destination is unique by itself, and I don’t really want to have a perfect travel experience in my head because then you’ll have an expectation that everything must be perfect and go your way. If things don’t, then you’ll say that the trip wasn’t as fun or as fulfilling as it seems. However, if I could be traveling anywhere where money is not an issue, it will have to be Antarctica. I’ve already researched the cruises there and they are so expensive, even with discounts, my husband and I are expecting to pay over 5 digits (USD) just for the cruise alone for the both of us!
I started my love of travel when I was younger and was watching those Globe Trekker TV Shows. I did not really catch the travel bug until I was sent abroad in 2008 by the company I worked for and lived in the UK for a month and a half. Since then, I decided to travel even though I had a full time job, and have been traveling since 2008. What started out as once a year trips ended up into once every few months and once I got to know more about my habits and what I can/can’t do, decided to foray into weekend travel, so now we travel at least once a month to different destinations. You don’t have to leave the country or fly far to explore, you can stay in your own state or somewhere that’s driving distance to enjoy travel. You can read more about your travels, our goal to reaching financial independence and retiring early on our blog, A Journey We Love. Follow Ruby at:
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