Note: This is a helpful post for freelancers who wanted to travel outside PH for the first time.
Are you worried about going out of the country for the first time? Worried about being held up at the immigration? I have read a lot of stories saying the same thing and worried for a lot of reasons. Well, this is my own version of going out of the country for the first time…
After packing up for 12 days trip and booking a round trip ticket 5 days before, I never did realized I had actually flown to Thailand for an amazing road trip searching for beaches and temples for the last few days. It was not just an ordinary out of the country trip but it was also my first long biking experience, of which I got my first passport stamp, first connecting flights, and first flying abroad flying and alone.
As a first timer, I got my fair share of worries in the planning process. What if my exit stamp will be denied? What if there are people out there wanted me to be a drug mule? What if the plane won’t make it? What if my cash is not enough? Lol… yes yes, I do get worried most of the time. Upon lining up at the immigration, the girl behind the glass barrier look like a poker faced to me. Even the guy that she brought to the lounge for further question was petrified.
At the airport immigration
Business or pleasure? Are you travelling alone? Do you have companion? Are you currently working in a company? Do you have a credit card? The voice of the immigration officer is still running in my head up to these days and these set of questions will probably still be playing in my system for the next few months. But getting through that scenario was a lifetime experience for me even though for others that was an insignificant 20-minute stay in the airport. For me, it was like a passing through an interrogation after being held for hours in a Police station for Jay Walking in my hometown or having to pass through an isolated alley that is full of thugs and rugby boys. Lol. In the end, the officer smiled and put an exit stamp on my passport after asking me where I got my college degree. So this lady knows MSU-IIT after all… got me reminiscing about those people in my previous travels who didn’t even know where Iligan City is.
A friend said, the best time to fly is at night for you to see the beauty of the city and its lights. So, I got my flight where I can see the city up above. I was in awe when I saw the lights in Metro Manila but even WOWed when I saw Bangkok’s. And so I told myself… this is going to be a whole lot of adventure…
I maybe anxious the whole trip but I definitely made the most out of it.
***For first time solo travellers going for out of the country trip:
Bring documents which prove that you can sustain funds for your leisure, name and address of the hotel, and necessary ID’s especially Company ID, for me Alumni ID, credit card, and more cards, ballpen and a big smile.
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