Kaiz Galang of missbackpacker.info is just one of the travel bloggers I look up to even before we first met in flesh in Mt. Pinatubo, and I knew this girl loves mountaineering, a hobby that I would like to pursue as well soon. But my curiosity about her had grown more from the time I found out we are working in the same company.
How come she travels often while having a full-time job? Why can’t I? And I started admiring her more. She’s the perfect epitome of a woman who knows how to balance work and passion for traveling while also being married. That traveling regularly is possible without quitting your full-time job. How? Be inspired with my exclusive interview with Kaiz.
Can you tell us your present full-time job? How long have you been working there?
“I am a Technical Writer, someone who creates contents of a Q&A-type support website. How long? That just reminds me that I have been with my BPO company for six years now. Whoa!”
You’re a monster girl! How do you manage to squeeze in your travels between your working days? And my gawd, you really blog regularly!
“I am Chuck Norris’ daughter. Jk. I only have eight paid vacation leaves each year. Tight, huh? Yes. But flawless planning is the answer. I make sure that if I have both time and budget, I go hiking or a 2-day trip kind. If I only have time but no money, I stay at home, drink, and read travelogues that will help me with my next trip. Then if I just have the budget but have a handful of activities, I spend the moolah (money) buying plane tickets or beer. And please, excuse my humility but I am just an occasional blogger who writes whenever she wants to rant. :p”
Who do you often travel with? Have you traveled with your coworkers before?
“Luckily, me and my husband, Rowjie, share the same passion for any outdoor activities. If I feel like going somewhere, I’d just tell him that I have already booked us a flight to wherever it is. Haha. So it isn’t really difficult for me to find someone who I can drag to places. And yes, I’ve been to quite a few provinces with my colleagues. Thanks to team building and outings brought about by random drunk talks.”
Have you ever convinced or influenced someone from your office to travel? How did you do that and where did he/she go?
I consider mountaineering not just a sports but also a form of traveling. When people from the office learned that my husband and I enjoy hiking, they got intrigued. We shared with them our stories and experiences while mountain climbing. Then they started joining us in our hiking activities. Read more…