10th Country - The GOAL is Officially Sealed With a Metropolitan Mark.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 2 Comments

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Finally! The goal has been officially sealed with a metropolitan mark. My 10th country stamp is still haunting my sentiments. It’s done and I can't be more thankful. 10 countries, with 10 x 10 raised to a lifetime of laughs, loves, and lessons to equate. I have wandered around 10 uniquely incredible countries. Woohoo! 

Well, it was a rough and interesting two years in the making, and it was not that easy. I mean, it’s not like Europe, where everything can just be a train ride away and everything can be paid by rich mummy-and-daddy (insert foreign accent here). Lots of adjustments, financial planning, country repeats, sacrifices, and all that. From each country I visited, I have learned (note: not mastered) the tips and tricks of the trade: from what amenities to check out in hotels, what charm chants to say when bargaining, what works here, what should be tried there – so so many. Yes, it’s an excruciatingly adventurous pursuit, but well as they say, no pain no gain. And, I am happy to have gained this “lot”.

I wish to share them through stories and photographs, but time and words would not be enough (really!). So, I would impart the stress, pressure, and inspiration instead, to try and  see the world for yourself: TRAVEL ABROAD! Make it a part of your lifetime quest, a goal, a commitment, a need. Once, twice, or as many as you can dream of --- it helps you gain more, as a person, in so many facets.

Now, the next fun part: on to the 11th.

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If you’re a Filipino and a holder of Philippine passport who likes traveling and exploring the beauty of the world, but dislikes the visa requirement processing, frown no more for you can still go to wonderful places without hassle-visa-appointments.

The countries below don't require a visa for Filipinos prior to arrival. All you need are passport, plane tickets, itineraries, and of course, show money. NO VISA REQUIRED!

ASIA

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
·         Brunei Darussalam - 14 days
·         Cambodia - 21 days
·         Indonesia - 30 days
·         Laos - 30 days
·         Malaysia - 30 days
·         Singapore - 30 days
·         Thailand - 30 days
·         Vietnam - 21 days

Non-ASEAN
·        Azerbaijan - 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$100
·        Bangladesh - 90-days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
·       Taiwan  - 30 days if holding a valid visa for AU, CA, JP, US, UK
·        Georgia - 90 days visa issued on arrival for US$10 ~ US$200
·        Hong Kong - 14 days
·        Iran - 15 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
·        Israel - 90 days
·        South Korea (Jeju Island only) - 30 days
·        Macau - 30 days
·        Maldives - 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·        Mongolia - 21 days
·        Nepal - 15/30/90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25/40/100
·        Sri Lanka - 30 days
·        Timor-Leste - 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$30

Europe
·         Kosovo - 90 days


Oceania
·         Cook Islands - 31 days
·         Fiji - 120 days Visitor's Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Marshall Islands - 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Federated States of Micronesia - 30 days
·         Niue - 30 days
·         Palau - 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Samoa - 60 days Visitor's Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Tuvalu - 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Vanuatu - 30 days

North America
·         Costa Rica - 120 days Visitor's Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Dominica - 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Haiti - 30 days
·         Nicaragua - 30 days
·         Saint Kitts and Nevis - 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Saint Lucia - 60 days Visitor's Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
·         Turks and Caicos Islands - 30 days

South America
·         Bolivia - 59 days
·         Brazil - 90 days
·         Colombia - 90 days
·         Ecuador - 90 days
·         Peru - 90 days
·         Suriname - 120 days

Africa
·         Burundi - visa issued upon arrival
·         Cape Verde - visa issued upon arrival
·       Comoros - A free 24 hour transit visa issued upon arrival at the airport.
·         Djibouti - 10 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF3,000
·       Gambia - At port of entry passport 24-72 hour transit pass is issued
·         Kenya - 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
·         Madagascar - 90 days visa issued upon arrival for MGA140,000
·         Morocco - 90 days
·         Mozambique - 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25
·         Saint Helena - visa issued upon arrival
·         Seychelles - 30 days
·         Tanzania - visa issued upon arrival for US$50
·         Togo - 7 days visa issued upon arrival
·         Uganda - 180 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
·         Zambia - 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50

Note: Details may change due to new law updates so double-check the immigration rules of the country you’re planning to visit. Transit visa may be required when you're not on a direct flight!






Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 52 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

2 Wandering Thoughts:

bunsongpayat said...

Natutuwa ako, nakakainis! hahahah... panong show money lang need? bring bank certificate sa immigration???

bunsongpayat said...

hey i think it's "some money" not "show money"...=P heheh so the days indicated per country is the allowed number of days if there's no visa?

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