A lot of people are asking us when our next hiking trip will be because they want to meet Wyatt Maktrav. Unfortunately, we don’t have any scheduled hikes and here are the reasons why we no longer hike mountains.
I’m sure you all know that hiking is a very expensive hobby especially if it’s out of the country. The costs may double because it’s hard to be a minimalist if you have a child in tow. After hiking Mt. Kinabalu, I realized that our total expenses there can actually get us to two or three more countries. Honestly, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is just my second out-of-the-country trip and it’s my lifelong dream to travel to more countries. Who wouldn’t want that? Of course, we all do. It’s just a matter of how you will make that dream come true. So yeah, I decided to become a “tourist” than a “hiker”. After our Kota Kinabalu trip, we’ve been to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Bangkok, and we have six countries lined up for 2018. We already have tickets booked – thanks to Cebu Pacific Air’s promo fare. Our itineraries don’t include any mountains.
Yes, you read that right. We are too lazy to hike because... uhhhmmm, I’m not sure. Well I guess, no matter how much you love hiking, there will come a time that you’ll just want to stay at the comfort of your own home or just have staycations at the hotels. This has been our life the past few months. I know we’re not the only ones experiencing this feeling because we have friends who feel the same. Even though we are saving money for our out-of-the-country trips, there are a lot of nearby mountains that we can hike anytime we want. In fact, we always plan to go on a minor hike but we always end up cancelling them. However, our son always request to go on a hike and camp because he missed the tent. Hahaha! But most of the time, he wants to go on a beach than mountains.
The mountains are just there. Right now, it’s not on our priority list. I suddenly got a lot of clients too and I don’t want to waste the opportunity to earn more. Because we have a lot of travels lined up, it means that we have to prepare enough money to make that happen. Aside from that, there are a lot of household bills and living expenses, plus I have the obligation of giving monthly “allowance” to my mother. That’s why I focus on working first before anything else that I want to do personally. But of course, we always set aside family time.
That’s it. I hope this answers other people’s curiosity why we no longer hike. The past few years, we’ve been hiking almost every weekend. But all of a sudden, we’re on a hiatus. I’m not saying that we will never go back to hiking. We will do that again for sure but not as frequent as before.