Trip of Wonders: Wonderful Indonesia 2016 in a Nutshell

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What will do you if one day, you will receive an invitation to explore a country that you haven’t been to?

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This happened to me last June (2016). I was invited by Pinneng Muljadi & Gemala Hanafiah-the author of www.WetTraveler.com in behalf of the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia. I got so excited after I read what the email was all about.

The email stated that I’ll get a chance to travel around Indonesia along with other international bloggers from the 6th till the 19th of August. Hooot hoot. When I left Dubai and after my previous backpacking trip around Europe and Australia, I told myself that it is about time to explore Southeast Asia. Although my home country (the Philippines) is part of this region, I haven't really explored it that much in comparison to Europe and North America (so I was really excited!).

After passing all requirements and I was about to announce in all of my social media platforms about this upcoming collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia, I got an email that after I sent my travel documents, they realized that I am holding a Philippine passport. Unfortunately, the invitation (or let me say this specific trip --- I’ll get into this later), was only for Middle Eastern, American and European bloggers, and because of that, it is unfortunate that I will not be able to join the trip. I was a little bit (well more than a bit) sad. I was ready to explore this beautiful land and also I was looking forward to meet bloggers from different countries. The confusion came upon because I am originally an ‘Influential’ based in Dubai (the Middle East)…. still feels weird whenever I call myself as an ‘Infulential’ haha.

Right before I’ll get fully disappointed, the representative from the Ministry of tourism told me that they have a different trip being planned for South East Asian Bloggers. YEY! Let me check again, I am from the Philippines, my passport is from the Philippines and I am currently in the Philippines! YES! I am very much qualified this time.-----------fast forward: after a few weeks, I just came back from this amazing trip!

I can’t be more thankful that I got moved to this batch of bloggers who will visit Indonesia. This easily became one of the best trips that I have ever been (and as you know, if you’ve been following me, I have been to a lot of places). Aside from exploring the wonderful Indonesia, I was able to meet amazing and humble South East Asian Influencers who I considered now as my friends.

For 11 days along with 39 influencers from Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, we explored the cities of Makassar, Lombok, Banyuwangi and Bandung.

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The next few blogs will be a series of stories and retelling of what went down during this wonderful trip. To watch our trip in a Nutshell, check out the video above by clicking in play.
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8 comments

  1. […] just an hour of sleep, fresh from our flight from Manila, our 11 days “Trip of Wonders” officially started. While it seemed as if that we just arrived from the airport, we found ourselves […]

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  2. […] stop in our Wonderful Indonesia trip (#TripOfWonders), is the Island of Lombok. In our itinerary, we will be visiting a traditional local village and […]

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  3. We travel bloggers have to be on our toes all the time but such trips are really exciting part of it. I am sure meeting fellow bloggers from different countries would have been a whole new experience. I would love to go back to Indonesia any day, I had loved my Bali trip.

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  4. Yheap it is special. I love Bali also. :)...will be writing about it soon.

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  5. […] Bali after our 11-day trip with the #TripOfWonders team (check my blog about this trip) is a no brainer. It is something that should happen and I will not forgive myself if I didn’t […]

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  6. […] I was privileged (naks) to experience it along with some of the bloggers who were part of Indonesia’s #TripOfWonders batch 3, I was part of the 1st batch so it was my first time to meet most of them. I was so happy […]

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