GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF FILIPINO WORLD TRAVELERS
He did not think of himself as a tourist; he was a traveler. The difference is partly one of time, he would explain. Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home.”—Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”
“It’s going to be impossible to travel the way they did under the current climate,” says Riza Rasco, a cofounder of the Philippine Global Explorers group. “Extreme travelers are still going to want to visit as many places as possible, but the volume and the capacity are going to go down.”
Originally from Los Baños, Laguna, before migrating to the United States, Rasco is one of the most widely traveled Filipinos, having visited 161 countries to date. She helped organize Philippine Global Explorers to serve as a resource-sharing network for other Filipinos interested in adventure travel “off the beaten track.”
“I’ve always been passionate about traveling, but it was only in the last five years, after my mom died, that I intensified my traveling,” Rasco told Lifestyle last year.
“I realized that life is short, so I traveled more and started a blog called ‘Midlife Funk,’ because at the time I was kind of depressed and restless. I took a sabbatical and now I’m traveling full-time.”
Our live meetings have been put on pause for the moment, but the photo below is an optimistic sign from the Philippines Global Explorers who met – keeping social distance measures – in Pasig City in late July. Shown here from left to right are NomadMania members Mary Grace Jubinal, Jon Opol, Ricky Alcantara, Nolan Tianco, Cedric Valera and Jamela Santos. We are exceptionally happy to be partners with this relatively new, but very active, travel club and can now boast increased participation by travellers from this beautiful country within our NomadMania community.