i won't worry my life away

confronting thoughts and embarking on different adventures, one moment at a time

Flight Finally Booked! Here’s What I or You Shouldn’t Do!

Ok, so I’ve already booked my flight yesterday (after a bit of a pingpong due to a lot of considerations!). I’m a bit worried though, coz (a) i booked the dates and it’s not refundable, (b) no formal application of vacation leave yet, and (c) the hype of me going there died down a bit [coz it isn’t until 2wks before i get my visa interview appointment and i hope everything goes smoothly and i get a visa especially because of (a)!!].

So here’s what I’ve been trying NOT to do after I booked my flight (which I’ve instantly violated):

Don’t check back if there are better flights than the one you just got (and paid for), especially if you’ve thought a lot about it before booking it. Why?

Think about this, if you found a cheaper flight and you know that you need to PAY certain fees to re-book your flight, are you willing to pay for it? If not, then you’d probably end up beating yourself about it because you just can’t do anything about it!

Also, it seems like you’ve just wasted the pre-booking “back-and-forth decision making”, right? Ohhh, I hate going back and forth!

Thus, you’ll be your own BUZZKILL and not the new flights available (that you wish you got instead).

Thereforrreeee, once you click that “Confirm Booking” button, don’t look back! Instead, move on and think of what’s ahead: You chasing your much awaited trip! YAY!!!

xx,

katrina, the gogetterkat

PS. If you’re flight is NON-REFUNDABLE and you still haven’t had your interview, DON’T WORRY about the “what if’s” of the future (specifically, the “what if I get denied of a visa”). Why? Coz it’s a waste. Why worry about something which isn’t in your hands anymore. Your thoughts should be: “My interview would be okay, and I will get a Visa. Why? Because there’s no other way and my ticket is non-refundable. Thus, one way or another, I still have to go!!”

Pray and Hope for the VERY VERY BEST because it isn’t in your hands anymore.

Arghhhh am now a bit enlightened, but I am still worried. Any thoughts? or any advice?

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My Travel Realization: How Did It All Start?

So, where did it all start? How did my love for traveling begin?

There was a saying in my country that if you have a mole in your foot, then you must be a lakwatsera (someone who always go out). I think I have 3 in total! I really didn’t think that’s true because my parents were VERY strict and I was barely allowed to join whatever. Thus, I really didn’t go out that much. Of course by default there were these family vacations or my parents’ company outings in which we joined, but that was it. And it wasn’t even every year! I remember having to spend my whole summer at home, in which my only hope was the swimming/outing from my mom’s work that sometimes gets canceled due to the weather (why would they schedule it end of May when it’s almost the rainy season??).

Subconsciously, I’ve got this urge to always go out whenever I can, be it in the mall, at school, or just at a friend’s house. At gigs, swimming, or even school fairs. Of course as a kid I was limited, but looking back at it right now, it’s all good. My future becomes more and more interesting anyway. 🙂

Okay! Enough about my boring restricted younger life (which somehow, I am grateful for :)). My TRUE traveling experience and appreciation really started in 2007, when me and my family went to Cebu and Bohol for a vacation. Cebu and Bohol are both really beautiful. Ohhh the scenery, the food, the beach, the experience… everything is just LOVELY!!! Since then, I knew that I would be going to different places. That was the turning point of my Lakwatsera life!

I truly appreciate nature, the food, the culture, the people, and the total experience of being just there, wherever I may be. And I guess, I really got into the fascination of traveling because I dove into it with some of the world’s most amazing travel buddies!

Going back to my moles, do you think it has something to do of me being a lakwatsera? 🙂 Possibly, but i think it’s unlikely. Myth or no myth, I’d probably still be taking the same footsteps leading me to the world out there. Once you start, it’s really hard going back to stop. Once you discover that there’s a big and beautiful world out there, then there’s nooooo turning back. The world is my second home, and one way or another, I will go back and be cozy in it. 🙂

 

What about you? How did it all start for you?

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Go Get It, Katrina!

Ok, so YAY! for a new blog! 🙂 I’ve been blogging for some time now (checkout my old blog HERE) and I feel like I need to make a new blog! Ok, I’ve made one at tumblr too but I feel like it’s a bit EMO and resentful which makes me wanna delete it!

Moving on, I’ve got a lot of plans for the latter part of this year–2011 and for the rest of 2012. Mostly travel plans. So, here are the places I WANT and sort of HAVE TO go to:

1. Belgium & Netherlands for my itchy 2011 FEET

2. a SOUTHEAST ASIAN country as the 1st out of the country all-single-cousins travel galore (well my cousin is soon to be married!)

3. Philippines–for a wedding (in reference to #2)

4. US (coz I wanna visit my family andddd wanna watch the US Open too!!)

5. Russia

The last time that I planned a travel almost A YEAR ahead, it didn’t push through. Why? Other than the facts that my favorite band INCUBUS went in town (my country) and I became sort of this crazy fan-girl who did a lot of KICK ASS fan-girl-ing out of LOVE and DEVOTION, I could say that it just wasn’t meant to be!

Well this time, I hope and pray that all these plans come true, without boundaries! I mean, of course there’ll be some sort of restrictions (like Vacation Leave approval from work). But other than that, I hope I get through.

*fingers crossed* and *more prayers*

YAY!!!

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