Amanda Jane is a Filipina raised in Oslo and was born from parents who are both passionate about travelling. A true-blue backpacker that will inspire you not only to travel but also to live your life to the fullest.
An excerpt from Amanda’s blog.
“When you get 80, do you want to regret the fact that you missde out on the world? Missed out on damn real experiences?”
Learn about her more and visit her at Backpacking Tips Asia
Here’s Flip’s short interview with Amanda.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
I took my first flight when I was 3. First with my family because both of my parents were involved in the traveling industry, and they still are. My parents introduced me and my sister to Asia, Europe and North America.
“My first backpacking trip in 2007 was coincidental. I didn’t know what I was doing or what I was up to. Really! Having backpacking friends who kept bragging about their adventures, I decided to find out what they were talking about.
So after I graduated from the Faculty of Law in Oslo I decided to go backpacking with my Swedish friends.
Since then I haven’t really stopped. So you can say that my passion started in 2007, even if I already have been traveling whole my life.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Moped accident in Pai, Thailand (Nov 2007). I seriously thought I was going to end my life right there and then. I hate blood. And I kept bleeding, bleeding and bleeding.
I came off easy with a couple of stitches in my left foot. What’s worse was that the hospital in Pai didn’t give me any sedative while they were stitching me, and the hygiene at the hospital was horrible.
Don’t get hurt in Pai.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“My goodness, there are just too many!!! How can I choose only one? OK, probably the best travel experience was when I traveled alone in Asia for almost 3 months. It was damn scary — but I learned a great deal about myself! And I would do it again! :D”
Pic by Amanda
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“I thought I would “find myself and my role in the universe” as people usually say. I partially did, but all the traveling has confused me as well. I found my love for writing and helping travelers, and I realized how strong and independent I can be.
But at the same time I became more realistic about traveling, Asia and its pains and dark sides — it’s tough and depressing to be in the middle of slums of Cambodia or India, or refusing to give a 5-year old street child money in fear of the consequences. When you’ve witnessed the dark sides it changes you.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I like to explore — that’s my motivation. Stand for what you believe in.
The society we live in expects much from us — to function as “normal” citizens, get a proper education to get a proper job, establish a family and have kids. But if that’s not what you want — go!
No one’s stopping you, only yourself. Not even your family and friends can stop you. If you think about it, it’s not them that’s stopping you — it’s your conscience. But you’re in control of your conscience.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a
chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“Haha, if you know one celebrity whom I could drag through Asia, living and eating cheap with, and who has the same pace as me — let me know :)”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“Hard question…either Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand or the Perhentians in Malaysia. Not sure which one to choose. I absolutely love white, clean beaches. And when I’m tired of beaches I like to have the opportunity of doing other stuff, like snorkeling and diving, getting a good massage, yoga and cooking classes, visit waterfalls and luscious scenery, elephant riding — oh ok!
— Koh Pha Ngan is my favorite place because it has all the ingredients as mentioned above :-)”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“Don’t overplan. Have a good time. Get out of your bubble and experience as much as possible. It will change you and you will never regret it.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“I was in Pai, and it was my first time riding a motorbike. I had no idea on how to do that. I was going to test drive it, and without realizing what I was doing, I was on the fast track just inches from running down a food stall right across the street. People around me were shocked and some were even laughing. Very embarrassing, but today I just laugh about it :)”
What do you think about yourself?
“I’m a happy person who enjoys simplicity, down-to-earth, very honest and an advanced multi-tasker 🙂
“My website is about my adventures in Asia — giving you personal tips and advice about budget traveling. Backpacking Tips Asia” – Amanda Villaruel