Thank You 2017: A Year of Steady Travel

Thankful for the steady stream of travel in 2017
Thankful for the steady stream of travel in 2017

2017 in travel was on the mild side. As much as I want to travel more, domestic and legal responsibilities held me back. Yes, there is another life for a travel blogger like me. The only major travel I did was my trip to Thailand and even then, I was searching for direction. Delving into other interest aside from my photography and writing. The travel landscape has changed drastically the past few years. So many content creators have emerged and I must admit I find many of them to be really good. Honestly, at the back of my head, I felt I’m being left behind already. But looking on another perspective, I already spent quite a good time in my years in travel blogging and I don’t mind letting others get the chance on the spotlight. This also lifts away any pressure on my part to produce content social-media wants or dictates but just create for the sake of my passion and interest. Whether people would bite on it or not, it doesn’t matter anymore for me. Just doing it for the enjoyment. Besides, there is life beyond travel blogging and social media.

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Ironwulf 2016 Flashback on Instagram

Collage of images from ironwulf instagram
Collage of images from ironwulf instagram

“I don’t think that it’s possible to have a truly rewarding experience in travel if it’s simple” – Paul Theroux

Thinking about what Paul said, 2016 is filled with complications and challenges that made it quite eventful. It feels like everything was a spaghetti dream, a collage of moments in ramble but intertwined. Emotions like a roller coaster. Of failures and rising up. 2016 finds me living in different cities for a time and trying to find my place in this world of ours. It is never without a challenge. But there’s always one thing for certain, the warmth of coming home to my family is always a comfort wherever I’ve been. Bruised ego or of heightened rush of satisfaction, there’s always a place to go back to.

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A Year in Ironwulf Travels 2013 | Memorable Moments

Mt Kupapey
Greeting the first light of 2014 at the peak of Mt Kupapey Maligcong, Bontoc

Just when I thought I’ll just be enjoying December mostly at home, I was ecstatic to receive an invite to AirAsia Zest inaugural flight to Miri, Malaysia. A city west of Sabah and home to several natural wonders like the caves in Niah National Park. It wasn’t supposed to be my last trip for the year and was excitedly expecting another one but plans change. As I write this entry, I am off to a detour and go with some good old friends instead to another destination. That seems to be the theme of the year 2013 for me, changes and adjustments, making most of what we have. Looking at things in a positive light.

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Ironwulf En Route 2012 Travels Chronicle

Dawn breaking at Noa Noa Island
Dawn breaking at Noa Noa Island. Photo print available at 500px and SmugMug

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year. –

~ Unknown

We travel the universe every year whether we are aware of it or not. The Earth just made its annual trip around the sun and we were there for the ride. Three hundred and sixty-five days may not be enough time for most of us to circumnavigate the globe but it is enough time to look back how far we’ve traveled. As the year ends, lets take a look back at Ironwulf En Route 2012 travels.

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Ironwulf En Route Travel Chronicles 2011

 

Sunset by the Irrawady River at Sagaing
Sunset by the Irrawady River at Sagaing

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

Can’t agree more with the author I thoroughly enjoy reading a lot from lately. People are quick to say how great and envious they are hearing about my travels to a certain place, probably thinking how glamorous it could have been. But it’s only half the story. Though I had a few trips this year where I was spoiled and pampered, most of my personal trips aren’t all that pretty. Long bus rides, unexpected obstacles and crummy weather were part of my personal journeys in 2011. I’m not complaining though, a little discomfort here and bumps there remind me I’m in the real world as a “traveller”.

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Ironwulf Travel Chronicles 2010

A look back at 2010 and a bright 2011 ahead
A look back at 2010 and a bright 2011 ahead

Sometime in 2010, I was on a plane with a travel writer heading back to Manila from a recently concluded feature assignment. He borrowed the book I was reading “Honeymoon with my Brother” by Franz Wisner  and pored through the pages and read through some entries, he was laughing by himself then threw this question point blank at me “When was the last time you really had a personal trip?” I hesitated for a moment as I think. So what has 2010 been like in terms of travel for me that I couldn’t readily answer his question?

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