Hello! I'm Kate. I have always loved traveling on my own. If you are a solo traveler, logistics-wise, budget-wise and schedule-wise, you can do whatever you want to do. You don't need to wait for a friend that takes forever to take a shower, and you don't have to ask your travel buddies if their budget and to-do's are the same as yours. The sense of independence is just amazing. It just feels so liberating. I was traveling alone for most of my trips back in 2014, 2015 and 2016. I just love the feeling that I get when I'm both nervous and excited at the same time.
Come November 2016, I didn't see what was coming. I left the Philippines to find a different career path. I was planning on teaching English in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam. I gave it a go, but it didn't work out. Since I was already in Vietnam, I didn't want to go home to Manila right away. I saw a post on one of the announcement boards in the hostel where I was staying at. They were looking for volunteers for their PubCrawls. Since I didn't really have a plan, I took the chance so I could just stay for longer.
On one specific night, one guy stood out from the crowd. Since part of my job was to mingle with guests, I talked to him. I don't know how, but at the end of our conversation, we decided to travel together! We have just known each other for a few hours, but just like that, I have found myself a travel buddy.
Little did we know, that was the beginning of our love story. Around a week after we met, we started traveling together. We never really thought that we would fall for each other along the way. So after a few months of spending everyday with each other, we decided to make it official; that we are indeed in a relationship with each other.
During my past travels, I always tell myself that I am happy. I get to travel the world, get to see new places and discover different cultures. But at the end of the day, there is this void in my life that still makes me feel incomplete. When I met Nick, he filled it up. He was the true and inner happiness that I have always been longing for. The best thing is, we never really expected anything. I guess, it's true; that you should not look for love. It will eventually find you. You'll find love once you're not looking for it.
We backpacked across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, India and the Philippines for seven months. Everyday together was an adventure (and it still is).
We do believe that traveling with your partner strengthens your relationship. If you really want to know someone, travel with them.
Don't get me wrong, traveling solo is awesome. But once you finally have a hand to hold on to during your adventures (and misadventures), everything is so much better. The views, the experiences.. everything is twice as amazing because you have someone to share it with. As the saying goes; "Happiness is only real when shared".
Here is the link to our story: http://www.travelthoughts.ph/2017/06/21/i-met-the-love-of-my-life-while-traveling/