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Potipot Island – Throwback when I was a “once a year” vacationer

I can say I was normal, a few years ago. Haha!

I was like, the majority of us, who think that to live a satisfactory life, one must kill himself with work, and if ever he needs a break like a vacation, well he can do that just once a year.

Yes. Once a year. You read it right. It’s clearly way different from what I am right now who tries to explore new places for like once or twice a month.

But I had to be honest, that was me. That was my life. I focused too much on work, thinking that money and material things are the only way to go. Then if I need to travel, I just have to wait for my friends so we can travel together, once a year.

For me, the word “wait” is big” . After learning much about life from my travels, I realized that the word wait is dangerous.

It gets you stuck.


Why you have to wait for that once a year trip with friends, If you can travel solo? If you can just go to that destination, faace the adventure and meet people along the way.

Why wait to finally follow what your heart desires? If you can pursue it now.

Looking at my life right now that I am pursuing what I love to do despite of having a demanding day job, I am just amazed at how much I have grown as a person, and as a traveler. Much of my learnings and wisdom in life are mostly from the travels and adventures I faced.

If I would do a throwback to the way I travel before, one of my favorite is Potipot Island in Candelaria, Zambales.

Potipot Island Candelaria Zambales
Credit: chenb.reyes / Creative Commons

Potipot Island, I liked the feeling of being in this small, secluded islet. It was like being a castaway of the reality show, Survivor!

I remember I helped planning this trip with my high school friends. I contacted the agency to rent the van going to there and even helped in booking to the resort where we stayed at the mainland.

Off the coast of Candelaria, Zambales, one can easilty spot the tiny island of Potipot. What a strange name right? But it suits for this little creation of nature. About 15 minute boat ride from the mainland, we finally arrived at Potipot.

Potipot Island Candelaria Zambales

You can actually explore the entire island like in minutes. In the middle are numerous trees perfect to give shade and relaxation for every tourists. After eating our lunch, we all stayed at one corner of the island where there was no travelers except us.

We took our time to relax and swim. Then, when boredom struck, we all enjoyed taking jumpshots!

Potipot Island Candelaria Quezon

Potipot Island Candelaria Zambales
Ang drama ni Gev.
Potipot Island Candelaria Zambales
Jump Shot!

I will always treasure my old friends no matter what. They will always be my priority when we talk about friendship and all.

I would love to be with them in my travels, but I have to accept the fact that we have our own lives, our own priorities.

And after all the learnings and adventures, travel will always be part of my life. Besides travel is not really that expensive after all. I can attest to that. 🙂

Sometimes I feel sad, that I also long to share memories and stories with my old buddies, but I can’t just drag them to be part of this kind of life, especially in our case and in the eyes of our society, I am the one who is not normal. LOL!

Is it okay to travel just once a year? For me, NO

If you really want to explore, there are ways without breaking your wallet. I am a more serious traveler now, but I am keeping my old friends, and if ever they plan the usual annual getaway, I’m still going to be there.

Again, looking back in our Potipot getaway, I am immensely thankful at how much I’ve grown.

If majority is chasing money, fame, promotion or climbing the mystical corporate ladder, I am here to just do my job so well so I can do the things I love which are travel and writing. This is my life. I will discover places and adventures as much as I can no matter how stressful my day job is. I will find a way.

I will discover more, travel more and write more. And if choosing this life makes me crazy it’s okay with me. It’s cool to be abnormal.



Potipot Island – How to get there?

Take a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Victory Liner and other bus companies have trips there. The drop off point is near the Barangay Hall of Uacon, then take a tricycle going to the part of the beach where you would find the jump off point to Potipot Island. There are motorboats that you could hire for a trip to Potipot.


Where to Stay?

You can do an overnight stay at Potipot through camping.  As for us, we stayed at the Dawal Beach Resort (Check Room Rates here!), it is located at the main land. This option is suggested if you want to have a more  convenient travel.


  1. Kat

    One of the most common hindrances from travelling is not having friends to go with you. I haven’t tried traveling solo yet, but what I did before was join forum threads looking for travel buddies and join travel groups in Facebook. This was probably about 3 years ago? So much has changed now, but I’m glad that most of the travel acquaintances I have now I met on those trips. 🙂


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