Conquer Mt. Pinatubo: My First Solo Travel

One! For traveling solo for the first time

I had been looking at Travel Factor’s (TF) tour menu since January this year. I kept on contemplating whether it was worth it to join their tour since I was used to DIY traveling. But because most of my travel buddies already went on their respective summer getaways, I found myself booking a tour just for one person – me, myself and I.

I was very apprehensive at first so  I kept on asking TF about solo travelers joining their tours. I got a good boost from them and from reading solo travelers’ blogs. TF sent the primer one day before the climb.

The day came: May 4, 2013. I stayed in the office the whole night since it’s just a couple of minutes away from El Pueblo. I walked there alone and very much excited. I really didn’t know what to expect but I was really hoping for the best – meet a couple of new friends and who knows, maybe meet my prince charming as well. 😀

Our group met at McDonald’s El Pueblo in Ortigas at 2:30 am (Apparently, El Pueblo became a popular meeting place for travel groups because it is situated in the middle of EDSA). Ced did a roll call and gave our TF magazines and IDs. All the participants were already present so we left before 3:00 am. Our group was composed of 2 lovers, 4 workmates, 2 siblings, Ced from TF, and me.

Travel Factor Magazin, ID and Lanyard

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