It was my first time flying overseas. I never thought I’d actually be going to the Philippines and when I got there I was shocked to find out how kind to Americans, Filipinos were. Living there I eventually got too comfortable and began to do things you shouldn’t do while in another country. Even though people are nice and kind, the cost of living for the locals can be hard with low income jobs. I was surprised at the outcome of a few situations I fell into while in Cebu. Hopefully you can avoid these pitfalls with my tips. Here are My 5 Biggest Mistakes I made while abroad in the Philippines.
5 Biggest Mistakes
Since I’m a Digital Nomad, I work from home, or hotel anywhere I happen to be at the moment. As long as I have some wifi, which can be a rare commodity when traveling to certain countries I could run my business online. I had to keep up with a few devices and special items in order to continue to vacation in Philippines.
Lost my wallet
Yep, silly me, hopping out of a Uber ride (now Grab) in Cebu, going to J Center Mall I managed to drop my wallet on the street. I didn’t hear it, didn’t see it, didn’t really notice my life going down the drain (literally almost). Walked pass the chief, proceeded to shop like normal tourists. As I went to the 3rd level I has a bad feeling, checked all my pockets and travel bag the wallet was gone. I ran back to the entrance as if to find the driver of the Grab car standing there with my wallet.
Then a girl walked over to me, said “Sir, I found your wallet and turned it into the Mall Security” My heart dropped and was suddenly lifted back up. I was saved, spared the humility of losing all my debit, credit cards, money, and ID cards. I still would’ve had passport but would’ve been difficult to get money to say the least. Luckily a Filipina found my wallet and was kind enough to return it.
Lost my iPhone 8