To discover the true charm of the world, one must be willing to take a risk. To jump into the next plane flight to a remote destination with no fear of the unknown. To swim across the ocean and experience the world underwater while the darkness embraces you. To get lost in a new country and feel the new culture seeping through your perspective of life.
Entrepreneur Rach David from Las Piñas is no stranger to taking risks. Being a passionate digital entrepreneur and an experienced traveler, she has been exploring the world and life in general for 34 years now. If you were to ask about someone with plenty of travel stories in their pocket, it's definitely Rach!
Risk It or Regret It: The Anecdotes of the Traveling Entrepreneur
Since 1986, Rach has been successfully crossing places in her travel bucket list. She had explored North and South America, Europe, Dubai, and Africa.
However, she said that her list is still growing. "I still have Egypt, Russia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan as my dream destinations in my bucket list."
With the nature of her "work," Rach gets to travel whenever her soul aches for a new destination. "I really have no fixed schedule when it comes to traveling. My trips usually depend on the incentives I get from my company. When I go with my family, I usually pay for the expenses with my commissions."
When we asked her the reason why she loved wandering across the globe, she had a simple-yet-impactful answer for us. "It expands my knowledge about the culture of other countries."
Rach's favorite travel memory involved her solo trip to the USA last 2017 to celebrate her 50th birthday. "I traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast on a DIY trip for three weeks. Getting on the bus, on Amtrak, and on the city train while following the city map made me feel like a real adventurer. It brought out the Dora the Explorer in me."
I traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast on a DIY trip for three weeks. Getting on the bus, on Amtrak, and on the city train while following the city map made me feel like a real adventurer. It brought out the Dora the Explorer in me.
Her European trip with her family also left beautiful memories in her soul. "We traveled from London to France on a bus, then off to Italy on a train. The places we visited, the culture, the food, and the memories were worth every penny spent."
Long-time travelers like Rach are no exception to encountering some troubles with their plans. She failed to secure a US visa back in 2016. It was a traumatic experience that took her years before she reapplied again. And then one time, she got stuck in immigration in Frankfurt, Germany because of an extended trip she took in Greece.
"This happened in 2006. I was bound for Greece. I have a connecting flight in Germany. When I applied for a visa in Greece, I gave them my detailed trip and whatnots, so they easily approved my application. Kaso di ko sinunod yung itinerary ko! Nag-extend ako ng one day to do island hopping in Greece after our seven-day company event."
"When I arrived in Germany, na-immigration ako sa Frankfurt, so I missed my flight. That was very memorable for me because at that time, there was a bombing incident in Germany. Me and 5000 other passengers were holed up in the airport!"
This scary experience has taught Rach one important lesson, one she'd like to share with her fellow travelers. "Stick to your itinerary. Check your visa date, especially for countries with strict rules."
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