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To Travel for Work or for Personal Reasons? Your Call!

Monday, July 01, 2019 , , , 0 Comments


bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Travel for Work or Personal? Life on the road, sort of.
Travel for Work or Personal? Life on the road, sort of.
Things on the road have been far from petty – at least, this is as of late, and I have to say, I am far from complaining! From running from one flight to another, chasing last boarding calls, getting sick 35,000 feet from sea level, and meeting more than 100 people in less than one hour - I feel so energized enough to the point that I am starting to close my eyes to some of my travel blogging habits. Sorry about that. Lack of sleep, coupled with lack of time are good excuses, but then again... let’s do this again, shall we?

I am back from my quick hiatus, but I have to admit, it might take a while to get used to this again, or maybe this’ll be the new normal, what do you think?! Just something to share, I am embarking on a new life adventure and it’s taking up all my time. I’ve been flying out almost every two weeks and I just discovered that I have a pet peeve on hotel channels. CNN or even National Geographic Channel, please?... how have you all been so far, guys? It’s been pretty quiet over here, but I know you’re all also doing your own things! Everyday life seems so minuscule, but whenever you get the chance to think about it, it is quite fast too, don’t you think? Morning ramblings, here I go again. Haha! Let’s do a bit of backtrack, to countries like Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore! Where to begin?

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Travel for Work or Personal? Life on the road, sort of.

As I have shared, over the past month or so, I have been to four Asian countries and visited several cities within them. Started off in Taiwan, and ended in my homeland, the Philippines. Taiwan for personal reasons, and The Philippines for career seasons. I used to disbelieve the idea of personal travel being the better among the two options. I always had this notion that traveling for work is equally enjoyable, especially if you happen to visit cities that are not of your own. But over the past month, having experienced both, I’ve come to realize that there is indeed a better option among the two.

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Travel for Work or Personal? Life on the road, sort of.

Personal travel is better among the two is true. At least, from my personal experience – I can say that there are perks about traveling abroad for work, but it’s more often than not, tied up with the amount of work commitment that you have to do. Five-star hotels, breakfast buffets, and ad hoc team dinners are all there to keep you motivated in maximizing your work efforts (to the bone marrow kind of effort, yes!). It’s a nice and interesting experience, yes – you feel like you’re living the movie life of some bigshot protagonist from Wall Street, the only difference is that your version of Wall Street involves Orchard Road and a whole lot of Eastern expats; but it’s a nicer and more interesting experience if your motivations and maximum efforts are geared towards enjoying the free time and the company that every personal travel entails.

Based from personal experience and preference, mainly because I work in the corporate world, I can now say that it’s a nicer option to have your travels for personal reasons and not tied up with any form of work. Let’s see if this’ll change in a couple of months’ time! How about you, any preference? Personal or work travels?

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Travel for Work or Personal? Life on the road, sort of.

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 60 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.

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