How I Freelance my Ticket to the World

Submitted on March 3, 2017 - 6:19pm

If there’s one thing I’ve always been sure of, it’s that I’m bound to see the world.

Growing up, I’d always tell my mum that one day I’ll move to another country but my dream place would change every single year. I fall in love with different countries easily—I’ve fallen in love with more places than men, to be honest. Fast forward to now, I’m still in Manila and I’ve grown to like it more here. I just found ways and reasons to travel more often and somehow, this works just right for me…for now.

 


Sydney, Australia

 


Chiang Mai, Thailand

I was born into a family who valued experiencing the world. I’ve been travelling with my family for as long I can remember and that kept fuelling my passion to explore. It wasn’t until I started traveling with friends when I realised that I have to earn money to cover my personal travel expenses. I landed a small modelling gig for a catalogue when I was in college—it didn’t pay much but I used that money to fund small trips. Boracay was my first independent travel. It felt liberating and it opened my eyes to a whole new reality—I could now go anywhere I want to for as long as I could afford it.


Boracay, Philippines

 

It's true what they say that if you really want something, you’ll always find a way to make it happen. Somehow I set my mind that the more I work, the more I get to travel and the best way I knew how was to find a job that would allow me to have time to balance both—so I decided to be a freelancer.

After college, I became a freelance filmmaker. I produced videos for high-end brands and clients, focusing on fashion films, corporate videos, and events. That became my ticket to the world. Though I’d still have annual family trips, I took pride in my ability to travel independently and travel often because of my hard work. It was a way of rewarding myself and most of my expenses would be allotted to that. A lot of people ask me how I get to travel a lot and it’s exactly for that reason. While some people spend thousands on material things, I spend my money on experiences. That has always been my priority. To take it one step further, I decided to create a travel blog, thelocoinmotion.com, to share what I know about the world so far. This is how I unite work and travel. This is how I push my passion further. This is how I keep falling in love with the world. 


Narra, Japan