My first trip to Southeast Asia was a six month adventure, spanning from May 12, 2013 to November 2, 2013. I’m still in the midst of covering this incredible undertaking. During the trip, I only had vague thoughts of publishing any writing in regards to my travels and it wasn’t until well over a year after I’d returned that I began writing this blog. My nostalgia trip is still going, and probably always will be. But the writing on it will be concluding relatively soon; the adventure took place within a finite temporal frame and I’m gradually reaching the end of its coverage.
No, I haven’t forgotten about my trip to the Philippines this past September. In fact, it’s been at the forefront of my mind every single day. My last literary recollection of that particular journey was on the “Unusual Auditorium” of Batad, the rice terraces in the northern Ifugao Mountain Province, as well as the stunning Tappiyah Falls not far away.
The next leg of that trip consisted of a flight from Manila down to Cebu City, followed almost immediately by a bus ride to Danao and a 2 ½ hour ferry to the exotic Camotes Islands. I’ve already written about this adventure, but I have yet to publish it. The reason is that I’m trying to get it published elsewhere first. I’ve been submitting my work to numerous publications that post travel writing, whether it’s the primary focus of the publication or whether such topics are sectional of the overall magazine, newspaper, etc.
It’s a difficult industry to break in to. The quality of writing certainly plays a major role. The persuasiveness of the pitch will go a long way, too. A lot of it, however, is luck. Meeting the right person at the right time, or striking the interest of an editor or publisher with your pitch at the moment they are looking for the kind of writing you are presenting them with. Any creative individual who wishes to be recognized and taken seriously, whether a writer, television producer, YouTube content creator, and what have you, are facing an uphill battle. These markets are becoming more and more saturated with each passing hour.
The piece I’ve been trying to pitch for the last while covers my adventures in the Camotes Islands clustered in the Visayan Sea. I haven’t posted it on The Traveling Space Opera because I want to see if I can get it published elsewhere first. At the same time, my initial trip to Southeast Asia back in 2013 covered a lot of ground. The further back in the past it becomes, the more difficult it is to write about it. Details fade here and there. I want to present my recollections as wholly, specific, and well thought out as I feel they need to be. I also spent a lot of time covering my trip to Peru in 2015, and I have yet to begin writing about a stint in Boston, Massachusetts from the same year.
But as I focus on wrapping up my writings on this trip, my journey to the Philippines also lags further and further behind in the temporal void. I’m not going to let that happen anymore. From here on out, I will continue to post on my adventures in the Philippines. Unfortunately, I will be skipping over the particular leg of the journey whose writing on which I intend to get published. This is only temporary, of course. I will eventually be writing on the Camotes Islands on this blog because that part of my adventure deserves to be written about. It was incredible, it was peace-inducing, and it is a part of my travel life that is as important as every other part.
Stay tuned for more on my trip to Philippines which took place in September of 2015. I haven’t forgotten about this incredible journey and it’s time I begin to do it justice once again.
See you there!